Welcome to the 6th and final stop on the Totally Twisted Blog Tour!  (If you are interested in checking out the previous stops, they will be listed at the end of this post.)

This blog tour celebrates the book Totally Twisted: Innovative wirework & art glass jewelry, written by Kerry Bogert and published by Interweave.

Totally Twisted is a great book to have on hand to learn about working with both twisted wire and glass beads.   In this book Kerry presents a multitude of fun projects which burst with bright modern colors, of both bead and wire, and funky textures. I love the anodized coils! Each project not only includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions written in a friendly tone, but also tool and supply lists, ways to create additional looks with the same basic principles and tips and hints.  My favorite “ordinary home” tips where using boiled eggs instead of liver of sulfer to patina your work, and using your washing machine to work harden your wire.  Awesome!

The beginning of the book includes an excellent section on the necessary tools and at the end of the book is a great resource list for beads, supplies and tools, as well as a profile of the bead artists who’s work was used in the projects.  Also worth a mention is how fabulously the the step-by-step instructions and finished pieces were photographed and the overall fun feeling of this book.

If you are just starting out, or pressed for time, and feel you need a little more help to get started on these projects, you can pick up a materials kit straight from Kerry’s  site - instructions are not included,  so you will have to buy the book for those.

If I haven’t sold you on the book yet, here is your chance to pick up a free copy.  Interweave has supplied us with a copy of Totally Twisted for one lucky reader (very lucky indeed, as I don’t really want to part with this one!)  Just leave a comment here and I will choose a winner on April 28th. You  can leave addition comments letting me know that you have posted on your own blog, Facebook or Twitter about this competition. Each will count as new entry and a winner will be chosen at random.

If you are interested in interviews with and by Kerry, author photos or seeing some of Kerry’s projects tested by other bloggers, be sure to check out the blog tour list below.

Good luck and happy twisting!


Past Blog Tour Stops:

Friday, March 19 – Sweet Bead Studio

Friday, March 26 – ArtBeadScene

Friday, April 2 – CraftyPod

Friday, April 9, LIVE FROM Bead Fest Wire!
(A post from Kerry)

Friday, April 16, Beading Arts

Alice, lucky number 13, was the winner of this giveaway!  Stay tuned to Jewlery Making @ Craft Gossip for future giveaways.

By Katrina


29 Comments so far

  1. Cindy on April 23, 2010 3:45 am

    I agree wholeheartedly, you will certainly want to add this book to your reference library…you won’t be able to put it down once you open it! :-)

  2. Tara on April 23, 2010 7:05 am

    I would love to win!

  3. Jana on April 23, 2010 7:58 am

    I really interested in learning to work with wire and would so love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Elaine R on April 23, 2010 8:09 am

    I would love to win this for my crafty friend.

  5. Jessica b on April 23, 2010 8:16 am

    I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Laura Blanck on April 23, 2010 8:16 am

    I’m happy and grateful to be able to read your blog and admire one more time Kerry’s creation. I would love to win a free copy of her book. Today is a wonderful day, thank you again, all the best for you, Laura.

  7. Susan Spiers on April 23, 2010 8:35 am

    Would luv to win this great book!

  8. Ellen Lai on April 23, 2010 8:44 am

    Thanks for the chance to win this one great book!

  9. edie on April 23, 2010 9:01 am

    This intrigues me! Yet another way to wrap my mind around jewelry and add my polymer clay beads… thanks for the opportunity!


  10. Susan Spiers on April 23, 2010 9:16 am

    I posted this competition on both Facebook & Twitter! Great giveaway!

  11. Kim R. on April 23, 2010 9:17 am

    I’d love a chance to enter your wonderful book giveaway – Thanks!

  12. Valerie O on April 23, 2010 9:58 am

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to get a free book!

  13. Jen on April 23, 2010 12:09 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with wire, and I’m always looking for new techniques.
    Thank-you for the chance to win! :)

  14. Erin Prais-Hintz on April 23, 2010 12:35 pm

    This is one to treasure. I just know that I will be keeping this book in close reach for a long time to come. The projects are each very accessible and stunning in turn. And they really are very easy, with Kerry’s guidance. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

  15. Agnes on April 23, 2010 1:42 pm

    Wow – no matter where I roam (and I roam the internet all over) I keep reading about Totally Twisted….it is definitely on my wish list…..the key work I see is “easy” and I like easy….will have to check it out – or maybe I will win it….I hope..

  16. Tanya M. on April 23, 2010 2:50 pm

    Sounds like a great book thanks for a chance to win one.

  17. Alice on April 23, 2010 3:15 pm

    I just love Kerry’s work and try to visit her blog a couple time a week. I would be thrilled to win this book since it’s been on my wish list since it came out!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. carmel on April 23, 2010 3:22 pm

    looks great! i would love to win a copy

  19. carmel on April 23, 2010 3:23 pm

    and i blogged about it on my side bar

  20. kate Gardenghi on April 23, 2010 3:54 pm

    If I don’t win I might just have to buy it! Thanks for the contest :)

  21. Holly on April 23, 2010 9:58 pm

    I would love to win! I’m a HUGE KABS fan!

  22. Susanna on April 24, 2010 6:27 am

    I think the author was on an episode of “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.” A book that combines new techniques, fabulous projects, and pages bursting with inspiration will be a treasure in my craft library.
    thanks for this opportunity!

  23. katie on April 24, 2010 6:54 pm

    i would love to win this book! ever since i have seen all these cool works or jewelry art on etsy i have been wanting to learn!

  24. Jasmine on April 25, 2010 7:49 am

    This book looks great and I think I will be buying it soon if I don’t win!!

  25. barb broxson on April 25, 2010 12:47 pm

    I absolutely love this book and Kerry’s work! Great inspiration to aspiring jewelry artists!! I’ll be posting this on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/earthyelegance and twitter http://www.twitter.com/earthyelegance

  26. Susana C. on April 26, 2010 7:55 am

    It looks fantastic!!! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  27. Kathy Lowe on April 26, 2010 10:01 am

    Kerry is such an inspiration to lampworkers providing the creative end to glass beads. I really enjoy reading about her work and her adventures.
    I’d love to win your book.

    Thanks so much for all your input.

  28. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor on April 26, 2010 3:22 pm

    Kerry sounds like a girl after my own heart, doing things with stuff around the house. The boiled egg thing I had heard of but the washing machine hardening is new. Bet she’s got all kinds of hints and tricks inside that cover. Would love to take a peak!

  29. Georgia on April 27, 2010 4:14 am

    It sure seems like a great book!! I’d love to win it!!!!

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