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Book Review and Giveaway : Jewelry Affaire Spring 2018

Books and magazines are great sources of instruction and inspiration.  Especially the latter when you are suffering from a design block. One publication from the folks at Stampington and Company is the Jewelry Affaire Magazine, one of many craft offerings.  This one has some similarities and differences from the Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine which I reviewed before.

Like Belle Armoire Jewelry, this quarterly magazine can be bought as an independent issue or you can subscribe to it. It covers a variety of techniques but its strength is the featured mixed media work.  Styles vary too at least for this issue.  Most are bohemian with a few more contemporary styles.

Painted and Stamped Polymer Clay Necklace Project by Toni Pullen
35 projects covers a wide range of materials such as polymer clay, ceramics, wood, wire, concrete, faux fur, leather and suede, textiles, recycled lace,  paper, vintage tins, even recycled xylophone keys!

Recycled Vintage Tin Rings
The techniques used here are less challenging than with the Belle Armoire Jewelry book so it is suitable for all abilities.  Some of the designs are projects with more detailed instructions than the other featured ones. Unlike other jewelry making books, there are no step by step pictures.  Instead the descriptions go over the design process and how the creator made the piece. So be prepared to make a cup of tea or coffee and sit somewhere comfy to read!

Featuring Scrap Leather and Faux Fur
I  enjoyed reading about the designers themselves and how their work evolved. Rima Tessman who made the textile pouch necklace (shown below) was initially inspired by British textile artist, Mandy Patullo. She then challenged herself to make scrap fabric collages, one per week for a year and shared them on Instagram. She then turned these pretty collages into amulet pouch necklaces which are indeed functional and wearable art pieces.

Mosaic Tile Work
Jewelry Affaire also has a section called "In the Jewelry Box" which features several one of a kind creations.  Lots of ideas there!

Polymer Clay Earrings

Fabric and Embroidery Floss Neckalce by Rima Tessman

This publication is great for those who are passionate makers who need a nudge or two in different creative directions. It is a delight for mixed media artists and those who really appreciate handcrafted jewelry.


If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Jewelry Affaire Spring 2018, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is for US and Canada.

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It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, May 14, 2018. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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  1. Mixed media designs are exciting.I didn't know about this publication before reading your post, Pearl. I'd love to have a copy or better yet, a subscription! Christine O'Connell (cmcoconatgmaildotcom)email subscriber

  2. Perfect! My favorite combination: mixed media in a bohemian style. Love it!

  3. love the styles...hope to win! thank you

  4. Thanks so much for reviewing this publication. I knew about Belle Armoire, of course, but, oddly enough, not about this publication. It's always good to have access to new ideas and inspiration. As a blog subscriber for some time now, I really appreciate how you expose your readers to so many new things - ideas, materials, techniques that we might otherwise not stumble across. Many thanks. Best Regards, Abby.

  5. Would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

  6. Interesting use of different materials! I love the bohemian look, so this would be great for inspiration.

  7. Fantastic! I haven't come across anything in your blog that I haven't loved Pearl.

    Well done once again.

  8. I've never seen this magazine. Looks interesting.

  9. Yes please! Need to add to my collection of Jewelry Affaire always!

  10. Would enjoy being inspired by Jewelry Affaire, over a cup of coffee! It's great to discover the use of various mediums in creating jewelry.

  11. So very inspiring. A wake-up call to my imagination!

  12. I am a fiend for anything written but especially when its about crafts. This is a new publication to me but looks very interesting. You had me at bohemian, lol.
    I'm a follower on Facebook, bloglovin, Google, pinterest, and email.

  13. This magazine is one of favorite magazines in the Stampington group I use to subscribe but for one reason or another I let it lapse. I would really love to win this magazine as it looks like it has lots of project I can still do.

  14. Wonderful magazines, beautifully photographed inspiring projects. I would love to wn a copy of this issue.

  15. Of late I have adopted a more casual style of jewelry and this book looks like it would have some good inspiration for some more relaxed boho style pieces for easy summer wear.

  16. This magazine looks amazing, and seems like it has projects right up my alley. Would love to win

  17. always looking for inspiration when I have a design block. I have begun collecting Jewelry Affaire and find it a quality magazine and would love to start with this publication also. Linda

  18. Oh! that would be a great magazine to see. I would love to win! Thanks for always hosting such awesome giveaways Pearl. Cheers, Debra
    follow your blog - and follow you on FB and Twitter
    Will tweet!

  19. Love creative ideas for mixed media and happy to see some exciting pics for this subject. Would love to win and thanks for the giveaway and your blog from a happy reader.

  20. I've been thinking about subscribing to this. I look through jewelry magazines (or the Fire Mountain catalog if I have nothing else) at night while I eat dinner. The pictures you have shown are tempting and I would love to see what else is in there.

    sneakyburritoblog at gmail dot com

  21. All the projects you showed are interesting. I would love to know how to make them. I am your blog subscriber. lawcoral at gmail dot com


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