Review and Giveaway: Four Fabulous Kalmbach Books

4 fabulous Kalmbach books for giveawayThe giveaways continue with four fabulous titles from Kalmbach Books!

Build Your Own Wire Pendants by Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin is filled with 20 projects to help you learn how to mix and match basic frames, bails, and embellishments to begin creating your own one-of-a-kind wire and bead pendants.

Kimberly says, “This is an easy-to-follow guide that introduces you to the joy of making unique pendants to enhance your current jewelry designs. If you’ve never made a wire pendant before, I hope this book will inspire you to pick up a pair of pliers and give it a try.”

Great Designs for Shaped Beads by Anna Elizabeth Draeger will help you master designing with tilas, peanuts and daggers. With 24 great projects to give you some ideas for these new and exciting bead shapes, you’ll be able to incorporate them in your bead work with no problem.

Anna says, “Each project includes a design option or two to give you ideas for stitching a variation on the main project. As you work, you may discover even more ways to incorporate the techniques or components into your own designs.”

Project: Earrings will make other ear lobes envious with these 44 fabulous projects to adorn yours! Taken from the pages of Bead & Button, the projects are split into three sections – loops & stringing, bead stitching, and wire work & chain mail. Clear instructions and great photography make these projects easy to follow. You might even be inspired to help dress the envious ear lobes with a handmade gift or two.

Bead Soup by blogger, jewelry designer and author Lori Anderson will show you what inspired work is created when beaders swap their stash. Given a focal bead, a unique clasp, and coordinating beads, Bead Soup participants bring their style to the mix and before long a flavorful new piece of jewelry is created!

Lori says, “When you have a few beads left over from a project or strand of beads, toss them into a bowl. Before long, you’ll end up with a colorful blend that is so full of possibilities, you’ll be making soup recipes for weeks!”

Are you brimming with ideas for jewelry yet? To enter for a chance to win each of these great titles, simply leave a comment. The giveaway ends December 5. Sorry, this giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.


  1. Karey says

    Wow, fabulous books! I love working with beads and I see lots of creative ideas just from the covers of those books!

  2. mindy says

    I love the idea of bead soup. I always have a few left over beads or find random beads that i forgot to put away after a project.

  3. says

    Pick me! This collection would be the final touch for my Christmas gifts for my daughter! And just maybe I’d get those bracelets she’s been promising me.

  4. sandy price says

    Collecting beads for years, would love to learn wire working. These books would be a blessing

  5. Dennis says

    I could use all four books but the wire wrapping is the one that I need the most because my skills are lacking it that field. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

  6. tammy says

    I would love love these books. I’m just starting to get into jewelry making and these would be great helps!

  7. Angel Deigh Lint says

    Love crafting! I was making chokers for awhile & handsewing the beads on, I’ve always wanted to get more involved in the wire side of jewelry making, so many great ideas!!

  8. rosanna hogan says

    Awesome Giveaway!

    Would love to win to share with my friends and family and make it into a PROJECT to do before Christmas. Being I supply the materials…and whatever my guest makes they can have! :)

  9. Sarah Yurga says

    Being creative relieves my stress from having 3 kids, aged 17 to 9 months. I would love to have an outlet to relax and do some beading.

  10. Candace Butler says

    I am a volunteer at a small rural art guild and this would be a great group of books for the members to share.

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