September 16, 2014

Unexpected Findings Book Tour

Welcome!! 


Today I'm reflecting on a pretty cool project that landed on my doorstep in 2014. I was offered a contributor spot in an upcoming jewelry book written by my own book editor, Michelle Mach. She was a fantastic editor for Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and I absolutely adored working with her, so I knew that I didn't need to hesitate about her upcoming project! Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring everyday components is officially out in stores and online this month! 

What's the book about?

Michelle did an amazing job showcasing several contributors who have a knack for using findings in unexpected ways. You don't always have to use a toggle as a clasp, and have you ever thought about the outcome if you used a basic finding like a pendant bail or hook and eye clasp in a totally unique and different way? There are 50+ projects in this gorgeous book that will inspire you to start thinking outside the box when it comes to using different jewelry findings.

I guarantee you'll learn something fascinating and this book will be the book you grab first while working on your own projects this upcoming year. 

I was fortunate to have several designs published and here are just a few that are included in the book:





Botanica 

Use a lobster clasp as the FOCAL!























Owl at the Moon




A creative way to include bead frames in a design but without a bead in the centers!
















Sweet
Soire


Bead cones don't have to always have corral bead strands, what about dangling crystals!?












A book/blog tour would't be as fun without a great little incentive eh?  Michelle has some prizes up her sleeve and here is how to be entered to win! Leave comments on my post, or any of the contributors book tour posts this week to be entered to win the following prizes:


Grand Prize
$50 (Fifty Dollars) Etsy Gift Card (1 prize)

You can spend this on anything offered at the many individual shops on Etsy.  This could be fabulous art beads, cool jewelry findings, a hand painted coffee mug, a knitted scarf ... whatever you want.  (Note:  Not all Etsy shops accept gift cards, so if you win, you may want to do a search for those that do.)

Fun with Findings Prize Pack







First Prize
Fun with Findings Kit (2 prizes)

You can win some of the exact findings used in the book, plus a bunch of other findings that I thought were cool. (I ran out of room to add all the page numbers to the photo!) Prize packs include everything pictured here: jump rings, head pins (handmade by Miss Fickle Media and C-Koop), filigree links, clasps (hook-and-eye, ball chain, lobster), bead caps, cord ends, and more!

Second Prize (3 prizes)
To play off the "unexpected" in my book title, three winners will receive a small mystery pack of findings (valued at $8).  No photo or preview ahead of time.  It will be a surprise!

Rules

This giveaway is open to all visitors except the book's contributors and author (me).  Contributors are welcome (and encouraged!) to comment, but won't be entered in the drawing.  

One comment per person per blog post for a maximum of eight chances to win if you visit and comment on all eight book-related posts during the September 15-19, 2014 period.  

We'd love for you to help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  No extra entries, but lots of good karma!

Michelle will contact the winners by email this weekend (Sept. 20-21) and post the winners here next week (Sept. 23).   Remember when you comment that we'll need an email address to contact you if you win.

Blog Tour Schedule - September 15-19, 2014



Have a good time hopping around the participants posts this week, here are the links and dates!


Monday, Sept. 15


Tuesday, Sept. 16
Lorelei Eurto You are here!


Wednesday, Sept. 17


Thursday, Sept. 18


Friday, Sept. 19

60 comments:

  1. I would so love to win. If this book is as good as yours it will be a winner!

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  2. i too would love to win , but what i really want is to get a copy of this book. i'll have to check my local stores.

    I have to tell you that i really like how well you use asymmetry in your jewellery designs. somehow no matter how i try i always end up with a symmetrical design , I think i may have to copy a few of yours to get the hang of using asymmetry.

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  3. This is a book I am really looking forward to. This is a great giveaway. Such talent!

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  4. Looking forward to getting this book. I love using things in new ways. Thank you for the chance in the giveaway

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  5. What a great idea for a book!!

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  6. I've been super excited to see this new book. Love your designs... thanks for the sneak peek! sjdesignsjewelry[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. It doesn't surprise me that you are a contributor to this book, you've got a great eye for using findings in non-standard ways! Would love to win this book, it's on my shopping list for sure! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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  8. Looks like a very interesting book indeed! I really like the designs you contributed which makes me want to see all of the others too. I'll be sure to get my hands on a copy. (meanderingwithkelly@yahoo.com)

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  9. I agree, Michelle will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was a wonderful experience working with her on Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry and you, too! There was no way I was going to miss this opportunity to be part of Michelle's book. All of your designs in the book are great. I'm kinda glad you didn't share all of them because one of the projects you didn't share is my favorite and I can't wait to highlight it on my blog at a later time.

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  10. Those are awesome! I can't wait to take a look at the book!

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  11. Sounds like a great jewelry book! I love your owl necklace the best, of course :)

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  12. Thanks for the great write-up, Lorelei! I so enjoyed working with you again. I think your Bontanica project is the one I would wear the most--there's something so irresistible about that pink/green combination and that wonderful mix of textures and finishes. I really love how you used that large lobster clasp. I have some that size and I never could figure out what to do with them!

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  13. I have this book on my buy it soon list. I appreciate the chance to win some of the wonderful findings to play with. Thanx

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  14. Congratulations on being included in another terrific book! Thanks for the contest, too. Mitzie@ NeedfulLuxuries. Com

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  15. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the contest.
    phandschuh@hotmail.com

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  16. Love to see findings used in different ways. Congratuations. maria.hutzler@gmail.com

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  17. Wonderful designs and an awesome book concept, Lorelei!

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  18. Lorelei: I love the sneak peek of your contributions, so I'm sure I will love the book, too. I'd love to win!
    Louise (want2bead at yahoo dot com)

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  19. I so would like to win this book---I have your book and refer to it so much. Would love to win some of those fantastic prizes. Thanks for the opportunity! Lynn Carling (lecarling@verizon.net)

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  20. I agree with the others, this sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks so much for the giveaways, they are all awesome. :) Have a wonderful week! Debra - djdesign@triad.rr.com

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  21. debbie freeland9/16/2014

    Have your book, Bohemian Inspired and will add this to my library also. I really like the lobster clasp as focal, sometimes when I order them, they are a lot bigger than I expected and they would be perfect for this. So hope to win! Debbie Freeland (dfreelandlgranch@gmail.com)

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  22. I feel incredibly honored to be part of such an excellent book, and to be in the company of some of my favorite people and designers, like you! I know that this book will be one of my most-referenced books (just like your Bohemian Jewelry!) and I will never look at findings the same way. Such clever ideas and beautiful baubles. I love your cone bracelet so much for the color and movement! Enjoy the day, Miss Lorelei. Erin

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  23. I'm always intrigued by how you use findings. Congratulations on being included in the book!
    maryredman@tds.net

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  24. I would love to win this book - the ideas all look so new and different. Thanks for the opportunity! --Denise

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  25. Such unique designs! What an exciting contest :) (jewelsforthejourney@gmail.com)

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  26. Congratulation on your contribution to this great book! It looks like a wonderful book to spark lots of inspiration.

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  27. This sounds like a really great book! I love anything that gets me to look in a new way. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  28. That looks like a great book! Totally inspirational!

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  29. Very awesome! Looking forward to seeing the book!

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  30. I just found your blog and love this giveaway. I enjoy using pieces in unexpected ways.
    (kmp133@yahoo.com)

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  31. The book looks fantastic! I was thrilled to have one of my little bead caps make it in as part of one of Michelle's designs!

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  32. Can't wait for this one, it looks like a great book!

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  33. Looks like a great book, and your pieces are lovely!

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  34. I am so excited about this book. It really is going to help drive my designs in the future. I'm glad you are included; you are always so innovative.

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  35. Can't wait to get hold of this book. It looks great and full of new inspiration. We are so lucky to have such talented designers willing to share their genius ideas. Thanks for the giveaway. wirednan13(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. This looks like a great book with lots of ideas. Should be fun

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  37. Congrats on your contributions. I really like your 'Sweet Soire' bracelet - how fun! Michelle's book is gonna be a true hit - so much inspiration and innovation all squeezed into one place!

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  38. Looks like an innovative book. Cool ideas and some creative contributing designers. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. Great pieces Lorelei. My fav is the bracelet with the bead cones. Love how they take center stage. Congrats! - can't wait to see the whole book.

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  40. The book sounds awesome and your projects in it look beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes! Can't wait to check out the book!

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  41. The book is beautiful, and sounds great! Can not wait to add it to my collection!

    Karenra1@cox.net

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  42. Beautifully artistic designs Lorelei! I especially love "owl at the moon", what a great idea for bead frames. Love how you used bead cones in "sweet soire" too. I am really looking forward to this book as I thoroughly enjoy using findings in unique and unexpected ways!

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  43. Using a lobster clasp as a focal, as you did, is amazing. Congratulations.
    acbeads AT gmail DOT com

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  44. Great idea to use the lobster clasp as a focal - i should have thought of that as i already use toggle clasps as focals. thanks for such a simple idea.

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  45. The book looks amazing - I need a little inspiration right now :)

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  46. I, too, loved your Boho book, so am eager to get a peek at this one!

    And, of course, I'd also love to win any of the prizes offered.

    Thank you for the opportunity - it's very generous!

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  47. Beautiful pieces and inventive uses for simple findings and everyday components. Can't wait to read more. Congrats on the book. cevans.designs@yahoo.com

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  48. I'm already so inspired by the pieces you've shown here, I'm going to be blown away when I finally get my hands on the book. I can't wait!
    Oh, and e-mail: CraftyHope at gmail dot com

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  49. What a fun book idea! Love your clever tricks and I'm sure this is full of them! (jillimarsh at gmail dot com)

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  50. It is my type of book. Great blog idea!

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  51. I look forward to reading this book! I love using normal things in different ways.

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  52. Looks like a great book!

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  53. Very cool!!! Cannot wait to read it and be inspired :)

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  54. Your contributions to the book are fabulous! Congrats!

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  55. Congrats! The bead cone bracelet is adorable. :)

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  56. I really love Owl at the Moon! Adorable :)
    sarahocreations@gmail.com

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  57. Tamara9/18/2014

    Wonderful designs as always! I promised my husband I wouldn't buy any more beads for a while since I am hoarding a huge stash at home. Great ideas to help use up all my findings in a new way! Thanks Lorelei!

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  58. Lorelei, as always, I LOVE your designs in the book. One of my favorite parts of reading the book was going through a first pass and seeing if I could identify the designer before I saw her name. I admit that I occasionally get your designs and Erin Seigel's swapped, but I did alright! I'm so excited to be included with you and the rest of the amazing designers for this book!
    Hugs, my dear & best of luck with your shows this weekend!
    Molly

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  59. What an exciting book. Wonderful designs and great gob Lorelei!

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  60. OMG just saw this. So cool I can't wait to buy it.

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