Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Arty Jewelry III on SALE at!!!

I just discovered—by accident!—that my brand-NEW eBook, Arty Jewelry III, is available for download at 20 percent off the normal retail price of $9.99.
I just released this new eBook, and when I went to to make sure it was available before making my announcement, I discovered that they are offering it on sale. The great news is, I still get the same royalty. The bummer is, they never notified me about the sale and I have no idea how long it will last. So, I advise downloading it immediately to take advantage of the new sale price, for a limited time, just $7.99!
To see all nine projects in Arty Jewelry III, click here.
To download it from, click here.
So you don't own a nook e-reader for reading eBooks such as Arty Jewelry III? No problem! There are some cool FREE e-reader apps available that will turn your smart phone, computer (PC or Mac), iPad, Android, BlackBerry, etc. into an eReader. I use the free nook and kindle apps on my iPhone to read all of my eBooks myself.
To download a FREE nook e-reader app, click here.
Once you start reading eBooks, you may never (or rarely) purchase a printed and bound book again. The advantages are so numerous! Here are a few:
Take your library of eBooks everywhere you go: they're weightless!
No shipping charges!
Saves trees and the environment: no paper used, no printing inks!
A dictionary is automatically built into most eBooks. Just touch an unfamiliar word and the dictionary definition pops up!
You can enlarge or shrink the text very easily! Choose text color, too: You can read black on white, white on black, or dark brown on sepia...
All my full-color photos are close-up shots that allow you to see every detail. If a photo looks small on your iPhone, just use your fingers to "swipe" and enlarge it. Cool!
You'll never lose an eBook! Your library is permanent. Keeps you from accidentally purchasing duplicate books, too!
You can share your eBooks with your friends for up to two weeks at a time!
There are hundreds if not thousands of FREE eBooks available to download from various sources such as and!
OK, I'm running out of breath. Time to order Arty Jewelry III while it's still on sale...
Happy wrapping,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Workshop: Faux Raku Beads

If you enjoy making your own big focal-point beads, I have designed a great new class just for you. My "faux raku" beads are made of polymer clay, a few other ingredients, and a wild dash of creativity.
If you're interested in learning how to make your own beads and embellishments, and how to make a gorgeous ethnic-style bracelet or necklace, come on up to Idyllwild for a Wild Wire Women retreat! I have several openings in July and then again in September through November after I return from teaching found-object jewelry in Cortona, Italy.
Hope to see you in Idyllwild soon!
Happy wrapping,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Arty Jewelry III: Eye-Pin Loop Tutorial

Every now and then it's fun to share a tutorial with my readers, and I thought you also might enjoy getting a brief glimpse into my soon-to-be-released eBook, Arty Jewelry III.
This effort has been a huge "labor of love," involving hundreds of photographs and months of concentrated writing and editing. Arty Jewelry III is much more than just a collection of tutorials: It's a real book with introductory text, lots and lots of information (with photos) on tools and basic techniques such as the one shown below, and nine original jewelry projects stepped out in detail with hundreds of close-up photography. It's a real book, but it is not printed. Arty Jewelry III is an eBook.
Here's a tiny sampling of what you can expect, from the "Basics" section:
Making Simple Eye-Pin Loops
Take hold of a wire piece in a pair of round-nose pliers. The placement on the tool where you grasp the wire will determine the eye-pin loop’s size.
Bend the wire over firmly until the wire end touches.
Switch to chain-nose pliers and bend the wire back sharply. This is known as “breaking the neck.”
Reinsert the round-nose pliers and bend the loop forward just a bit, until it is centered on the straight wire piece and resembles a lollipop.
As you can see, I start by giving you the instructions and then follow them with a nice close-up photo so you can copy the step and compare your results with mine. This is one of the best ways to learn; I actually feel that live workshops are the very best way, followed closely by instructional DVDs. But my eBooks are written and produced in such a way that they're almost as good as a live workshop.
Arty Jewelry III will be available for download soon; I hope by the end of this month. You'll be able to get it at and, as well as through Apple's iBookstore. For now, you can order my other two terrific eBooks in my Arty Jewelry series: Arty Jewelry and Arty Jewelry II. Both were published earlier this year, so they're brand new!
If you don't have a kindle or a nook device, this is no problem. Amazon and Barnes and Noble both provide really easy ways to download their software apps that turn your smartphone, computer (Mac or PC), iPad, etc. into an eReader. Here are the links:
I hope you enjoy reading and learning from my eBooks. I sure love writing them, and I really appreciate all the positive feedback I've received so far from my readers!
Happy wrapping,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Arty Jewelry III Cover Design

The final design for Arty Jewelry III's cover has been approved and we are ready to go forward with the contents! It's such an exciting moment to see your book cover for the first time ~ nothing can really compare to it, except perhaps childbirth.
While my new eBook is still in the editing stages, I now have a gorgeous cover for it and I am so excited, I just had to share it with you. As soon as it's ready for download at $9.99, I'll make an announcement.
For now, just a bit about the contents. For one thing, it's huge! I took 241 photos to convey all the step-by-step information required to make nine original jewelry projects. I also beefed up the tools section and basic how-to's quite considerably, adding lots of instruction and information with stepped-out photos to get you started.
For instance, I'll show you how to ball up headpins with a kitchen torch and how to make a safe and easy pickle solution to remove the fire scale, which can be easily disposed of because it was made to go through plumbing. I added lots of techniques for texturing your copper washers, too:
And of course, the curly wire embellishment featured on the cover image, Embellished Copper Washer bracelet. It took 57 photos to provide all the step-by-step info you need to make your own unique bracelet in this style ~ and this is just one of nine original jewelry projects found in Arty Jewelry III.
You can preview the contents by clicking here!
As soon as Arty Jewelry III is ready for download, I'll let you know. For now, happy wrapping!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Arty Jewelry III Final Sneak Peek: Woven Treasures Pendant

So this is it: my final "sneak peek" into my newest eBook, Arty Jewelry III, is the Woven Treasures Pendant.
I'm very happy with this fun design, and even more thrilled that I've finally finished my book!!! It is very much like having a child. You start out very excited, but by the end you just want to be finished and done... which I am! Now I can deliver my document to my editor, who will turn it into a terrific new eBook with an interactive table of contents and web links to great resources.
Arty Jewelry III has nine new, original jewelry projects plus a thorough discussion of the tools and materials needed to make artistic jewelry using wire, beads, and pearls. There are hundreds of closeup photographs illustrating the projects, so you won't miss a step. And I have expanded the "Basics" section to ensure that everyone is on the same page once you start making the projects.
As soon as Arty Jewelry III is ready to download to your kindle, nook, iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, Mac or PC, etc. I will let you know. It will be available via and; probably by the end of this month.
Meanwhile, I am extending the sale on my instructional DVDs. For a limited time, they're just $19.95 each! You can learn more about them and see color photos of all the projects you can make by visiting:
Happy wrapping,