Enchanted Adornments – Book Review and Giveaway

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a jewelry designer named Cynthia Thorton. When Cynthia was not busy creating whimsical pieces for her line Green Girl Studios she was busy day dreaming of fairies and nymphs. If you think a book a review written like a fairy tale is different, try a jewelry how-to book written like one.


Part fantasy and part instructional Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin & More is an interesting and different concept for a book. The book is not only your typical jewelry project book filled with lush photographs it is also a peak into authors Cynthia Thorton’s journal filled with her own drawings and watercolor illustrations. If you love a good Renaissance Festival or if you saw Avatar on opening weekend you are going to want this book for the illustrations alone.

Even without the pretty pictures and unusual theme this book has a lot of good jewelry making information. The Woodland Wings Necklace is my favorite project in the book. The wings made from tissue paper not only covers working with resin but also wire wrapping. Metal Clay has always been a medium that has perplexed me a bit so I was interested in the Dogwood and Urban Fairy Necklace. Shrink plastic, polymer clay, stamping – you name it this book covers it. Probably not for the novice jewelry designer, but for those ready to venture into more unfamiliar mixed media territory Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin & More will help you on that journey.

So today we are giving away a copy of Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal, Clay, Wire, Resin & More. All you have to do is leave me a comment about why you want a copy of this book.

27 Responses to “Enchanted Adornments – Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. CraftyHope

    WOW! This book sounds like it was meant for me . . .all the different materials, the whimsy and fantasy, the journal aspect. . .LOVE it!!

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  2. Sunday Afternoon Housewife

    This book sounds fantastic. I would certainly be able to use it for all the information it has about using the mixed mediums. I would especially love to learn more resin techniques and the metal clay techniques sound interesting, too.

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  3. gardener02

    Oh please!!! I am a jewelry maker and master gardener who also makes fairy houses and tableaus! Love Cicely Mary Barker's fairies and Ellwand's Fairiality. Would love to get book and more inspirations!

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  4. Nicole Maki

    This sounds fantastic. I do a lot of mixed media, but I haven't moved that interest into jewelry (yet). This sounds like just the sort of thing that would set my inspiration on fire.

    Thank you for the review.

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  5. Viv

    Sounds like this book is just what I need to try out metal clay. Besides that who couldn't use a little magic in their lives?

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  6. Sylvia W. Rivera

    I would love a copy of this book!!!♥ I make jewelry but I am not very original…. This book looks like it could offer inspiration and ideas that would help me create my own original pieces!!
    And even if I don't win….I will buy a copy!!!

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  7. Sharon

    I am a faeriegodmother and feel I that I simply must make the woodland wings necklace!I would love a copy of this book!

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  8. Tracey Carlson

    I have been so interested in metal clay and how to incorporate it into what I craft.

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  9. Heather Sitarzewski

    I've already started costumes for the Renaissance Festival this year, saw Avatar opening weekend, love faires and jewelry making. I enjoy working with all kinds of materials and who wouldn't love to make and wear fantasy-art jewelry! The book looks beautiful and will be a must have even if I don't win! =) Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  10. Andrea

    I've been trying to find some ideas to get me motivated to try mixed media! For some reason, I am intimidated. I just need some ideas to get started, and from there who knows where I'll end up! This seems like it has a magical component that I like 🙂

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  11. Misti

    I'm doing a 101 tasks in 1001 days mission. One of my 101 tasks is to craft at least once a week. And my jewelry making is rather simple; I'd love to kick it up a few dozen notches!!

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  12. Elizabeth

    I'm in desparate need of new inspiration. The urge to take the road NEVER taken. This books sounds right up my alley! Good luck to everyone.

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  13. Andrew Thornton

    Thanks so much for writing a review of my sister's book! I think your fairy tale approach to writing the review did the book justice. And I agree, there's so much packed in the book… tips, tricks, techniques, illustrations, a narrative component…. and the secret little meanings that go behind each step out and component. I think Cynthia did an outstanding job.

    Thanks

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  14. Crafty Belle

    I've worked with metal clay and LOVE it. I'm always looking for new ways to use it. I've been eyeing this book but have been too broke to buy it.

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