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Lark Books review and giveaway30-Minute earrings and 30-minute necklaces from Lark Books each feature 60 quick and creative projects for jewelers. As with all Lark Books, both of these titles by Marthe Le Van feature crisp photos that show even the most minute details of the pieces. I especially like the format of these books with their get set, get ready, go instructions. Get set helps you gather all the materials you’ll need for each project. Get ready lists each technique you’ll use during its creation. Go is just that – detailed, step-by-step instruction for making the design.

The 60 projects in 30-minute earrings include all sorts of techniques including beading, wire work, soldering, metal work, and even stitching. There is a project for every skill set and some to help you stretch outside your comfort zone. Each project is quick and simple enough to complete in a small window of time so no matter how limited you are, there is always time to create something of beauty. The many techniques shown in this book are sure to get your creative juices flowing so that you can create variations or original designs.

30-minute necklaces doesn’t disappoint with the variety of mediums and techniques either. There is a design for every mood – the playful upcycled stainless steel bobbin necklace that incorporates polymer clay from Sarah Gazia to the ornate elegance of Ann Lumsden’s butterflies. I love that the 60 projects are so unique and different to get you thinking in lots of creative directions and trying new techniques.

Get a preview over at Lark Crafts Jewelry and Beading blog now! Check out the free project from 30-minute necklaces. But before you go, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of both of these inspiring books! The giveaway ends January 1, 2011 at midnight CST. Good luck dear readers!

By Stacie Hooder

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118 Comments so far

  1. Hannah on December 18, 2010 7:34 pm

    Love Lark books! Great company in a great city. :-) It’s my dream to work for them someday. ;-)

  2. Jill McNamara-Twiss on December 18, 2010 7:38 pm

    I would love to win just one of these amazing books, let alone both!

  3. Heidi on December 18, 2010 8:13 pm

    These both look like great titles. I would love to revamp my earring wardrobe with a little bit of help.

  4. Juli on December 18, 2010 8:23 pm

    The necklaces look great. It makes me want to get to work on one.

  5. Pat H on December 18, 2010 9:08 pm

    I love to make jewelry. It is so relaxing. I never tried these booklets.

  6. Shelly on December 18, 2010 9:11 pm

    These look great – count me in!

  7. Korie on December 18, 2010 9:18 pm

    I am just getting back into jewelry design after a long stretch of sewing exclusively. I would love to win either of these great books!

  8. marisa on December 18, 2010 9:57 pm

    These look like fantastic books!

  9. Tori Whiting on December 18, 2010 10:24 pm

    These look like so much fun!! Could do all sorts of cool things!

  10. Knititall on December 19, 2010 1:39 am

    These look fantastic, and the free project is nice. I like to make jewelry but it always takes me ages – would be nice to have some ideas for those times when I can’t spend the entire afternoon crafting.

  11. Jeanne Clarke on December 19, 2010 5:19 am

    a-m-a-zing Fantastic books from an even more factastic company

  12. Helena on December 19, 2010 5:25 am

    Lovely giveaway! These books really seem interesting and I would love to try out a few projects :)

  13. Claire on December 19, 2010 5:36 am

    With jewellery in 30 minutes, when you go out and have bought a new outfit you can have a new necklace in less time than it takes you to get ready. Thats great isnt it?????

  14. Mimi on December 19, 2010 6:07 am

    These two books look awesome!! I heading over to Lark Crafts Jewelry and Beading blog now to check out the free project. Thanks!

  15. Ann Bertling on December 19, 2010 6:18 am

    even I could find time to do these great projects. It would be fun!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Jana on December 19, 2010 6:19 am

    These look like they would be great books! I’d love a chance to win them! I really enjoy your site. There’s always something new and interesting!

  17. SouthernScraps on December 19, 2010 6:21 am

    These look like fun books to have!

  18. Lynn on December 19, 2010 6:27 am

    I want to start making some of the fab jewelry I see around.
    These books look like a great way to start!

  19. beadinggem on December 19, 2010 7:30 am

    Lark Books are fabulous publications! And making jewelry quickly? Sweet! Pearl

  20. Christen on December 19, 2010 7:44 am

    These books look so awesome! I’m definitely going to have to check them out. One can never have too much beading inspiration :D

  21. itsrenee on December 19, 2010 7:50 am

    Oooooooo. . . . wouldn’t I look smart using these books? Most excellent give-away!! =)

  22. Chavon Riggins Smith on December 19, 2010 7:59 am

    Thanks for a chance to win!! I would love to have these for inspiring new designs! Nice!

  23. Erin OBryan on December 19, 2010 8:05 am

    Who couldn’t love 30 minute projects, would love to win and start making more!

  24. Irene L on December 19, 2010 8:08 am

    I would love to have those books. They would be a great source of inspiration.

  25. DeeAnn S on December 19, 2010 8:34 am

    Being able to whip out beautiful jewelry in as little as 30 minutes is fantastic! A great idea for last minute gifts too. I’d love to own these books. Thanks.

  26. Elena on December 19, 2010 8:48 am

    Ooh, more inspiration! Always useful and these projects look great!

  27. Pranita on December 19, 2010 8:57 am

    The books sound great!

  28. Corrie on December 19, 2010 9:50 am

    These are great books!

  29. Elaine R on December 19, 2010 10:06 am

    I would love to win these books-fun and fast ideas!

  30. Susanna W on December 19, 2010 10:17 am

    These books look fantastic and fresh…thanks for the chance to win them!

  31. Monica Pinto on December 19, 2010 10:41 am

    These are perfect for those unexpected invitations and you don’t want to take a typical bottle of wine for the hostess!! And only in 30 minutes…who could ask for more!!!

  32. Michele on December 19, 2010 10:59 am

    These books look fun! Always looking for new projects!

  33. Barbara on December 19, 2010 11:03 am

    30 Minutes! The got my attention. I’m not too fast so it might take an hour but still………

  34. Myrna on December 19, 2010 11:42 am

    These would be useful for me!

  35. Molly on December 19, 2010 11:46 am

    Love Lark books!! If I win all my friends would get some great new accessories for their birthdays in 2011!! :)

  36. Alison on December 19, 2010 12:30 pm

    I am all about maximum effect for minimum effort, so these books look like they’re right up my alley :).

  37. Shari J. on December 19, 2010 1:12 pm

    I would love to win these books and be able to gift them to my daughter who loves beading even more than I do! Thanks for the opportunity to win these interesting books.

  38. Jenifer on December 19, 2010 1:22 pm

    wow this looks pretty amazing. I can only imagine that if I won these that friends would be reaping the benefits. :)

  39. Fabulous Finds Studio on December 19, 2010 1:26 pm

    These look like fabulous books!

  40. Jeanette on December 19, 2010 1:55 pm

    I’m fairly new to jewelry making and have a long way to go to be able to make anything worth selling. I would love to add these books to my growing collection!

  41. Jo Garner on December 19, 2010 1:55 pm

    I love books that bring together a whole range of ideas, techniques and artists in such a fabulous format….and it’s jewellery!

  42. IRMA on December 19, 2010 1:59 pm

    THAK YOU FOR THE FREE PROJECT is very interesting because is a simple but beautifuul jewelry,less is more.
    I wish you can choose me to win one of the book.

  43. Paula Wirfel on December 19, 2010 2:12 pm

    These books look awesome! Quick and easy! I would love to win them!

  44. Teresa Novak on December 19, 2010 2:19 pm

    Love jewelry making projects, especially quick and beautiful ones.

  45. kathy s on December 19, 2010 3:03 pm

    These books would be great to make quick gifts for unexpected times and of course jewellery for me – would love to win them.

  46. Ellen on December 19, 2010 3:05 pm

    Can always use more earrings. Thanks for the chance!!!

  47. Dawn on December 19, 2010 3:33 pm

    I want to win!

  48. Shaiha on December 19, 2010 3:58 pm

    What a great giveaway! Please enter my name in the drawing

  49. Ellen Lai on December 19, 2010 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win these fantastic books!

  50. Melody on December 19, 2010 5:52 pm

    just getting started making jewelry , would love this books

  51. marianne adam on December 19, 2010 6:48 pm

    Would love to add these books to my collection!
    30 minutes my speed.

  52. Pat on December 19, 2010 7:47 pm

    Very pretty stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Leslie on December 19, 2010 9:18 pm

    I think this would be something my daughter could use and enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  54. Mel on December 19, 2010 9:22 pm

    Looks interesting!

  55. Debra Womack on December 19, 2010 10:59 pm

    I would love to win these!
    Thanks for giving us the chance to win. :)

  56. KIM HIL on December 20, 2010 12:03 am

    These would be great books to add to my library – short on time doesn’t always mean short on style!

  57. Sunshine-Spigot on December 20, 2010 6:15 am

    Completely digging these two books! Would be nice to have them. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  58. Alysha on December 20, 2010 6:39 am

    Inspirational! Thank you for this opprotunity!

  59. Amber Nixon on December 20, 2010 7:55 am

    I would love these books!

  60. Christy Fisher on December 20, 2010 8:44 am

    I was just looking at these in the bookstore a little while ago and drooling. Love them!

  61. Tamara on December 20, 2010 8:59 am

    I would love to get these books! My mom started jewelery making a few years ago, and is always looking for ideas and new trends. This is a craft I have not done, but would like to get into. I would love to be able to use these books to share time with my mom.

  62. Nia on December 20, 2010 9:35 am

    I wish I would have seen those last month as they would have been great gifts.

  63. Judith on December 20, 2010 10:27 am

    I’d love to win these books.

  64. Karen Farley on December 20, 2010 4:43 pm

    What a great new craft to start off 2011!! Please enter my name. Happy New Year.

  65. Isabelle on December 21, 2010 1:58 am

    These books look fabulous!

  66. Jeannie on December 21, 2010 3:20 am

    I love the cover on the 30 minute necklaces.

  67. jennifer wilson on December 21, 2010 7:43 am

    I love jewelry making books.

  68. Beverly on December 21, 2010 7:46 am

    Always looking for new jewelry books..

  69. Kellie on December 21, 2010 8:04 am

    I would love to have either and/or both of these books. My sister, my niece and I make handmade jewelry and sell it on etsy, ebay, at craft shows and home shows and to be able to have some quick ideas to “demonstrate” at the craft and home shows would be awesome. Check us out on etsy and let me know what you think of our pieces. I hope we win the books.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Jewelry By LUET and Co

  70. Susan Spiers on December 21, 2010 8:12 am

    Great books! Looks like great ideas too!

  71. Marisol Perry on December 21, 2010 6:14 pm

    I would love these books!

  72. Caitlin on December 21, 2010 6:17 pm

    I make all kinds of necklaces and I would like a book on necklaces, – Caitlin

  73. Congratulations to Gina! · Jewelry Making | CraftGossip.com on December 21, 2010 8:08 pm

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  74. Debbi on December 21, 2010 8:35 pm

    Wow I had never seen Lark books until today… Can’t wait to go to the website and look at more free projects… I would love the books for some more great things to make…

  75. Elena on December 22, 2010 1:00 am

    What a great and fun idea! thanks for the chance to win!

  76. Leslie on December 22, 2010 9:22 am

    Since 30 minutes is about the length of my attention span, I would love to have these books!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  77. HoopBunny on December 22, 2010 12:34 pm

    I would love to win one of these books!

  78. Cristina on December 22, 2010 7:56 pm

    looks loke something my teens can make.
    will love the books

  79. Sarah on December 22, 2010 7:59 pm

    I could use some inspiration!

  80. Deci Worland on December 23, 2010 10:09 am

    I’m a jewelry hound, would love to win!

  81. Carole Hickman on December 23, 2010 1:56 pm

    I’m a jewelry hound, would love to win!

  82. Michele Foley on December 24, 2010 5:42 am

    I love the cover on the 30 minute necklaces.

  83. Emily Callender on December 24, 2010 2:27 pm

    Sweet! enter me

  84. mama lusco on December 25, 2010 5:38 pm

    I love quick projects like these!

  85. Sunni on December 26, 2010 12:15 am

    These look awesome for a quick gift! CAn’t wait to take a look at them

  86. Kristi C on December 26, 2010 7:02 am

    I would love to win these for my teen who likes making her own jewelry.

  87. Tabitha on December 27, 2010 12:01 pm

    My daughters and I are just starting to get into jewelry and this book would be a great resource. Thanks for the free project link!

  88. Brittany Kinsey on December 27, 2010 12:47 pm

    I’ve been making simple button earrings, but I’d love to win these books to expand my knowledge and craftiness of jewelry making!

  89. Deborah on December 27, 2010 3:19 pm

    These books look very interesting and I would sure like to win them. I teach fused glass jewelry and wire wrapping, this would give me a new challenge to try in jewelry making.

  90. Trisha on December 27, 2010 5:36 pm

    What a great book to have! Thanks….on my way to check it out now!

  91. Lise Pitre on December 28, 2010 5:01 am

    Love it, love it, love it!

  92. chicnjoy on December 28, 2010 7:02 am

    I really need to learn from those two books!

  93. Rachel Higgs on December 28, 2010 2:43 pm

    I would love to win these great books

  94. Kellie on December 28, 2010 7:41 pm

    These books look like they would provide lots of inspiration. I would love to win one or both.

  95. Lubaska on December 29, 2010 7:07 am

    To be able to create jewelry in 30 minutes – it is great chance. I would be very happy to win any of these books.:-) Thanks

  96. Jayne Yenko on December 29, 2010 2:04 pm

    What great projects – and so fast! Less frustration that way! Thank you for being so generous!

  97. Jennifer on December 29, 2010 7:36 pm

    I would like these books

  98. Aik on December 30, 2010 11:53 pm

    I would LOVE to win these books! I’ve been wanting to make a pair of simple earrings!

  99. Susan R. on December 31, 2010 10:48 am

    I would love to win these books! Jewelry making has always been intimidating and I think even I could pull it off using these!

  100. Ed Nemmers on December 31, 2010 11:49 am

    For my friend Carole!

  101. Julesha on December 31, 2010 1:28 pm

    I love the concept behind these books. I’d live to be able to finish a project in 30 minutes.

  102. shawna on December 31, 2010 8:00 pm

    I would love this book.

  103. Heather B on December 31, 2010 9:45 pm

    what a great giveaway! would love to win!

  104. sherry walker on January 1, 2011 8:28 am

    I am always looking for new and exciting pieces to make! I would love to win these books!

    sherwalk at yahoo dot com

  105. Bonnie McAfee on January 1, 2011 10:10 am

    The main thing keeping me from crafting as much as I’d like is the time commitment. These books sound like they’d be amazingly helpful!

    wakeupangel at gmail dot com

  106. James Coyne on January 1, 2011 12:07 pm

    I would love to win

  107. Melanie on January 1, 2011 12:11 pm

    Ooohhh. These books are just what I need!

  108. Debbie on January 1, 2011 12:29 pm

    Wanted to start this type of project a 30 minute one is right up my alley

  109. Valeen N on January 1, 2011 2:15 pm

    Wow! Both these books sound amazing! Thanks for a great contest!

  110. kate dunn on January 1, 2011 5:00 pm

    These look like fantastic books! I would love to win them as a gift for my mom. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to everyone who enters.

    kylie8cake (at) gmail (dot) com

  111. susan smoaks on January 1, 2011 5:07 pm

    i would love to win
    happy new year!

  112. Sue on January 1, 2011 8:05 pm

    I need help! These books would be great. Thanks!

  113. kathy pease on January 1, 2011 9:00 pm

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

  114. Michelle H. on January 1, 2011 9:13 pm

    These books look great. I would love to win.

  115. Gianna on January 1, 2011 9:57 pm

    I’d love to win :)

  116. heather c on January 1, 2011 10:14 pm

    I have such hopes of making a necklace that people wanna rip off my neck! lol Thanks for this chance!

  117. Veronica Garrett on January 1, 2011 10:57 pm

    These books sound great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  118. And the winner is… · Jewelry Making | CraftGossip.com on January 15, 2011 5:47 pm

    [...] Tools & Materials by Joanna Gollberg, 30-Minute Necklaces by Marthe Le Van (take a look at my review), and Pewter Studio: Contemporary Projects and Techniques by Lisa Slovis Mandel is…Teri [...]

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