Wednesday, April 27, 2011

FREE Book & DVD offer!!!

Patti Bullard over at Wired Up Beads (makers of my very favorite pliers, Wubbers!) is offering this incredible deal that you don't want to miss. Purchase just three Wubbers tools direct from the Wired Up Beads web site and get a copy of my latest book, Wire Art Jewelry Workshop, with DVD, for FREE.
This is an amazing opportunity. I use and highly recommend the Wubbers pliers to anyone who is serious about making beautiful wire jewelry and keeping his or her hands safe from harm. I have successfully used my Wubbers on all wire gauges up to 8-gauge (yes, EIGHT gauge) without stressing my hands, without causing injury. I love the big "classic" size but for those with smaller hands, you might prefer the "baby" Wubbers.
I especially love the big bail-forming pliers, and I've also been using my bent chain-nose pliers a lot lately for opening and closing jump rings and other links. You will love these pliers, and for a limited time if you purchase just three pair you get a FREE copy of my new book.
Just enter WUBDEALS in the "special requests" section of the shopping cart, and that's it!
Offer expires at midnight on April 29, so get your orders in soon.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wild Wire Women Retreat April 7-11, 2011

This is a late addition to the blog; photos from last weekend's Wild Wire Women retreat! Sometimes it's just too busy and hectic to post all of our activities each day, and with the snow we got and everything else, I just wasn't up to posting during the actual retreat. So, here is a recap of our adventures. Above you can see two Wild Wire Women: Sally (left) and Raven, ready to begin the first workshop on Friday morning. They look rested and stress-free already, don't they?
Unfortunately it began to snow on Thursday evening and we continued to have some rather wild weather for this time of year, all the way through Saturday night. So we didn't have our welcome dinner at Cafe Aroma on Thursday as we usually do. I made pasta (Trader Joe's Puttanesca sauce and some chicken ravioli from Costco!), and, given that Sally provided an excellent bottle of wine, we did OK. The next morning we awakened to the scene above: clouds to be sure, a nice dusting of snow, and brilliant sunshine breaking through now and again. We saw deer and other wildlife... it was quite enchanting.
Our first workshop was 10 Trippy Tricks 2, a necklace of many different wire links and bead wraps. Lots of coiling (above), twisting 24ga wire to make "worm beads" (below) as featured in my newest book, Wire Art Jewelry Workshop, and more: spiraling, wrapping, shaping, forging, and generally bending wire to our own designs. It was fun and a great learning experience.
We made 16ga twisted wire using the drill, and then formed it into tight coils which we then sawed apart (below) to make gorgeous jump rings. I provided all the copper wire needed to make our jewelry samples and practice pieces. Sally brought some silver wire because she was interested in using it here and there... she made some very pretty jump rings twisting silver and copper wire together.
Above you can see Raven working hard on her twisted-wire jump rings. Below is a picture of my mom's daffodils, which I had cut from her yard on Thursday morning before the snow started. I'm glad I did, because my parents' house is 1000 feet above mine so their daffies took a beating while mine weathered the storm much better. Sally took the photo below with her iPhone and emailed it to me. Thanks, Sally!
Pictured below you can see Sally in my kitchen, using a common kitchen torch to make ball-headed headpins out of scrap copper wire pieces. Amazing the things you can do with simple tools and materials! On Saturday we used the same torches to do some fine-silver fusing to make links for bracelets. After lunch, we made Worm Bracelets using 24ga twisted wire to make each worm. They came out gorgeous!
Sunday was our last day of the retreat, and we worked on the Silver Sampler bracelet with a Celtic Knot link thrown in... after lunch, we finished our bracelets and I showed the ladies some different types of hook earrings that are easy to make but very stylish, too. Once you learn how to make your own components from wire, you'll never buy them again.
Since we never got our welcome dinner at Cafe Aroma on Thursday night, we decided to have a farewell dinner on Sunday night instead. It finally stopped snowing and the sun melted so much of it that by Sunday evening we were able to drive up the hill to my favorite restaurant in Idyllwild. We spied this handmade sign in a shop window near Cafe Aroma: "Vote for Casey, Our Wild Idol!" Yes, Casey Abrams of American Idol fame lives here in Idyllwild where he attended the local arts academy. He loves Cafe Aroma, too. No, I've never met him myself but I have heard from the locals here that he's super nice.
Here's Raven (left) and Sally at my favorite table in Cafe Aroma: the couch. Actually, you can't see it because I was sitting on the couch while I took this photo. Guess what, the couch is also Casey's favorite seat in the house!
Another Wild Wire Women retreat begins tonight, and I'll be back at Cafe Aroma for our welcome dinner. The snow has long since melted away and it looks like springtime again. My daffodils are up again and nodding their golden heads. Soon we'll begin our workshops... stay tuned!
Happy wrapping,

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Arty Jewelry & Arty Jewelry II on Amazon.com!

I've just managed to upload my two new e-books (Arty Jewelry & Arty Jewelry II) to the www.amazon.com web site, where you can download them to your kindle device or use the FREE software that amazon provides to read books on your smart phone, iPad, or computer. For more information on these e-books please have a look at my previous post (April 5, 2011) which provides all the details.
It's really exciting to finally finish a huge project like these two e-books, which retail for $9.99 each. If you prefer to read them in the paperback versions, they'll set you back 30 bucks plus shipping (just go to www.blurb.com and type in my name). Otherwise, download the e-book versions using either Barnes & Noble's nook (device or software) or Amazon's kindle (device or software).
One caveat: I provided full color photos (over 200 in each book), but the kindle is only readable in black and white, so if you download your e-books to a kindle everything will appear without color. However, you can easily use Amazon's free software to turn your iPhone or other smart phone, BlackBerry, iPad, PC or Mac computer, etc. into an e-reader device that provides images in full color.
I read books on my iPhone all the time, and in fact I order very few printed books these days. It's just so easy and convenient and portable... and saves a few trees as well!
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Arty Jewelry & Arty Jewelry II on NOOK!

I'm so excited to share my news: Arty Jewelry and Arty Jewelry II are now available as download e-books for just $9.99 each!
If you have the Barnes & Noble full-color nook e-reader device, you can download them instantly by visiting the following links:
Arty Jewelry
Arty Jewelry II
What if you don't own a nook? I don't myself, but you and I can easily download e-books from www.barnesandnoble.com to iPhones, iPads, android phones, PCs and Mac computers, or BlackBerry phones, using the FREE nook apps from B&N. To read more about their free apps, click here.
What can you expect from my e-books on nook?
My first Arty Jewelry book was published a year ago on www.blurb.com and is still available for $30.24 plus shipping. It's a small book, 7x7 inches, but printed in full color on 120 pages of premium paper. If you prefer to own physical books, this is the way to go. Arty Jewelry includes 11 projects stepped out with big photos and 14pt type, very easy to follow! To see all 11 projects on my Web site, click here. To order Arty Jewelry as a paperback book, click here.
Arty Jewelry as an e-book provided the opportunity to include all 11 projects plus much more than in the paperback version: an introduction, tools & materials section, basic techniques demos, plus resources with Web links. You get more for less: it's just $9.99. Tons of photos, plenty of step-by-step instruction, a great value for the money. To order, click here.
Arty Jewelry II was published early this year on www.blurb.com, and is still available for $30.24 plus shipping. Like my first book, this one is small but mighty: 120 pages of premium paper, full-color, plenty of instruction, 10 projects plus using liver of sulfur and polishing techniques. If you'd like to see a preview click here. If you'd like to see all 10 projects on my Web site, click here.
Arty Jewelry II as an e-book also provided me with the flexibility of adding more pages and text and photos, virtually repeating all the basics and tools & materials info from my first Arty Jewelry book. Everything you need is included (if you are a novice wire artist) to get you started. But the projects in this book are all unique, no repeats from any of my previous books. It's a great value at just $9.99 and you can download it instantly. Just click here.
Now I have to say—and I admit to bragging here—that my downloadable e-books are far better than any other jewelry making e-books currently available. I've purchased (for my iPhone) all the bestselling titles in the jewelry making category because I had to know what the competition is up to. Some of these e-books have been OK, but my main complaint is that their photos are too small and hard to see, and there aren't very many of them. Not so with my e-books! You get hundreds of photos in each book, all of them very bright and clear, sharply focused, and easy to see because they show you close-up detail of each and every step. Naturally, every step is not only photographed but described in text that is easy to read and follow.
I hope you enjoy my new e-books. I'm very excited to finally be able to offer them to you in a format that I am truly proud of.
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn