Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs – A Book Review and Giveaway

Let’s kick off 2010 the right way, with free books. I have a few that have been accumulating around these parts that I need to review and give away. We are all feeling too broke to buy ourselves anything in January so I thought a little something free might be nice. So every Monday tune in for a quickie book review and a give away.

First up on the review and give away agenda is Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs by Jane Dickerson. I don’t work with a lot of metal chain in my designs, but if the mood ever hit me this would be my bible. Right off the bat I was impressed with the extensive chain identification guide in the beginning of the book. Anyone who has picked up a fashion magazine or been to the mall lately knows that chain jewelry is all the rage. Chain Style has 50 different style options for you to choose from as well as several different contributing designers. What that means is that this book has something for everyone.

Jane Dickerson is the editor of Creative jewelry and Step by Step Beads Magazines so to put it bluntly – you know this book does not suck. Chain Style is chocked with tips and tricks about stretching your beading materials by incorporating in chain, what tools and supplies you will need and basic jewelry techniques like opening and closing jump rings and cutting chain.

If you wanna join the chain gang all you have to do is either run out and pick up a copy of Chain Style or leave me a simple comment right here and next week I will pick one lucky winner. Let me know what you think about the chain jewelry trend. Have you already jumped on board, admired from a far? Do you adore Dirty Librarian Chain and Subversive Jewelry? Are you more of a chunky beads or one chain and one charm kind of girl?

38 Responses to “Chain Style: 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs – A Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. Craftiness of a Modern June

    This is my kind of style for sure! I love single chain, multiple chain…unique charms anything that makes an impact! I think the jewelry you wear no matter the style says a lot about your personality for sure! I am starting out making my own and there was no doubt that this was my style!

  2. Anne

    I would LOVE this book! I love chains with charms and chains worked in unusual ways.

  3. grblog

    I'm definitely a chain-lovin' girly. I make a lot of mixed media pendants and polymer clay Mokume Gane components, and chain seems to set the off…but I need some new ideas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Cheryl

    I totally am in love with the chain style…multiple chains of different materials and sizes mixed with large beads, rings, found objects. It's a medium on my to do list to experiment this year.

  5. psgorder

    I do love working with chain, and I especially love the Dirty Librarian Chains and Subversive Jewelry, because they are (clearly) very carefully crafted pieces that look like they just happened by accident! Maybe this book will show me how to create some accidents of my own… 🙂

  6. Melanie

    I LOVE chains. Especially now where they come in so many different colors than your standard metal ones. & you can always (if you know how and all) add or take away things if you're not happy with them once you've worn them for a bit.

    When I do beaded necklaces it's so much stringing that usually I feel like I gotta get it right when I'm building it.

  7. דנה

    I would love to win the book. I love chains, but were I come from (Israel) the literature on the subject is rare.

  8. Elizabeth

    I have fallen in love with chain recently! Before it was headpins and stringing material, now I want to add chain to everything. I guess it is the newness of the drapiness that appeals to me.

    I like lots of stuff on my chains though. Funky and full, that is the look I like, with the chain on view, of course.

    Fingers crossed for a win.

    Happy New Year!

  9. Betsi Goutal

    I adore chains, and I'm almost as thrilled to see them all the rage as I was a few summers ago when neon was as huge as it was in 1987. 🙂

    I'd love to win this book, thanks for the giveaway and review – what fun!

  10. ChiLLi

    this book looks awesome .. I am so a chain and Charm type Girl, just cant pull off beads! 🙂
    thanks for the oppotunity 🙂


  11. Monica

    I love working with chain. I primarily wire-wrap and find that chain can add needed simplicity, elegance or drama. Now I'm looking forward to the opportunity to make the chain itself the focus!

  12. SewSweetStitches

    Being a child of the 80's, I had my own plastic chain charm necklace, complete with pink plastic telephone and yellow whistle. SO of course I love chains! (even if the adult version happens to be made of metal!) That book look sooo cool, I'd LOVE to have it!

  13. Keli

    I love to learn new things & this part of jewelry making is on my list! Thanks for always keeping things fun around here 🙂

  14. creativegoddess

    LOVE this! I have done a bit of chain jewelry making but want to do more. Actually, I'm teaching a class on a basic chain and bead necklace at the end of the month. I'd love to make a few other samples to take with me. Even if I don't win I might just go buy it! Thanks for the review!

  15. Eve

    I love the chain jewelry trend. I have many of them, and I like bold jewelry so it fits in with my style. And yes I love Librarian chains and I love chunky beads and chains.

  16. Gina

    ooohhhh..just discovered your blog and feel a kindred soul in the discovery! Craft room, jewelry making books, and all! Yep…I'd love the book too! Thanks!

  17. ShellyRaeWood

    Wow….just found your blog and I am LOVIN' it. I think the chain style is an awesome addition to jewelry making. I am likin' this trend!! 🙂

  18. jewelrygirl

    I love it all! Any kind of jewelry. I might not wear it all, but there is no such thing as bad jewelry.

    It looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!


  19. Erin M. Evans

    i love chain jewelry, but im so intimidated to make any on my own….i wouldnt know where to start…..this book looks like a great place to start!


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