In all the craziness that was the short month that was February…and the fact that I just started a new full-time job at the beginning of this month…combined to make me remiss on doing a monthly giveaway for my email subscribers. Sorry, friends!
But I’m back again with another great giveaway: this time of jewelry-making books.
These are high-level, technique-driven books…and if you want to take your jewelry-making to the next level, these are truly awesome. Here’s what’s up for giveaway this month:
March 2016 Email Subscriber Giveaway
This month you could win one of these books pictured:
WIN THIS: Metal Clay Jewelry
If you’ve ever wondered how to work with metal clay (Art Clay Silver or PMC, for example), this is the book for you! From techniques in working with metal clay to incorporating stones, using cork as a firing base, working with metal clay sheets, making simple rings to complex brooches and pendants…this book is comprehensive and fun. The projects are whimsical and unique – certain to spark many more ideas for other cool creations. You can also read more about Metal Clay Jewelry on Amazon here. Though the book is secondhand, it is in very good condition.
WIN THIS: Jewelry Making: Tips and Tricks of the Trade
If you’re serious about professional jewelry-making (or taking your hobby to the next level) – this is such a useful resource! Though the Tim McCreight books are often cited as the gold standard in metalsmithing and jewelry-making, this book I thought even better, with beautiful photos and projects to try. It is high-level, but it starts out easy and progresses so by the end of it you will be a true artisan. Read more details about Jewelry Making: Tips and Tricks of the Trade on Amazon. The book is in like new condition.
WIN THIS: The Art of Resin Jewelry
Sherri Haab is a prolific crafting author who isn’t afraid to dive into the more complex materials and techniques. In this book she covers the fun art of resin jewelry: from mixing, measuring, and coloring, to making your own custom molds, incorporating poly clay, making duplicates of jewelry you already have, encasing objects (like candy!) into your jewelry, and so much more. It’s a super fun, colorful addition to any crafting library. I’ve had this book for awhile so it is slightly used but still in very good condition. Read more about The Art of Resin Jewelry on Amazon here.
So…you’d like to know how to win? All you need to do is sign up to receive my weekly newsletter below:
Edit 4/6/16: Winners have been drawn and giveaway is officially closed. Congrats Eric, Nikki C., and Jen B.! Subscribe below for another chance to win some great prizes at the end of April!
Then on Friday, April 1 you’ll receive an email where you can choose which book you want to enter to win. Choose one – and I’ll select one winner from all valid entries for each book – and send you your book anywhere in the world!
Sounds cool? You bet it is!
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I’m big on squeezing every.last.drop of usefulness out of a manicure. If I’ve gone to the trouble of painting my nails (and it’s not gel)…I want them to last as long as humanly possible. Some bottles of nail polish say that to keep your mani fresh you need to paint another coat on your nails every 2 days. But seriously…who’s got time for that?? (Plus, if you’re sealing your manicure with a topcoat once done…wouldn’t you have to paint…and then seal…again?) I want minimal time, minimal fuss, and minimal damage to my nails.
This is where I’m at after about 10 days of wear using a base coat, regular nail polish, and topcoat. It’s almost time to retire it…or is it??
The tutorial is pretty self-explanatory: use tape to cordon off a cool diagonal stripe that makes the nail art cool city girl chic.
Peel tape off while tip color is still wet.
If you do the proper thing and add a layer of topcoat you’ll lose the pretty matte textural contrast…but your tip refresh will last longer. Matte polish chips a lot faster than regular, so you may only get a few more days out of this mani…but it’s good enough for me!
What do you guys think? Something you might try to keep that manicure going a little longer?
Though in part attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson,who wrote “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”…this phrase is sometimes challenging to fully embrace. But as inspiration for living, I’ve finally come to realize:
Truer words could not have been said.
May your trail always be bold and ablaze with furious amazement.
Spring is on its way, bringing a revival of pastel hues, flowery motifs, and lighter fabrics. Want to start the season off with a couple DIY projects to freshen up your wardrobe? Check out these 20 Spring Fashion DIY’s from the Chic Steals archives:
Though I’ve heard it many times before, I was surprised to find that this quote is first attributed to Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. (Not Justin Bieber, strangely enough.)
As a creative, you will encounter many roadblocks. You will experience many naysayers along your journey…as well as your own internal voice that talks you down from that ledge of dreams. Don’t rule the possibilities out…and keep dreaming.
Hi, I'm Carly. I LOVE making things: all things, from clothing to jewelry, accessories, crafts, and home decor. I infuse my life and wardrobe with DIY creativity while staying on a budget. This site is about looking and living chic for a steal, and this is how I do it.