As a prize, Kalmbach sent an advance copy of Crystal Jewelry Inspiration. (Thank you, so much!)
This gorgeous book contains contributions from thirty Create your Style Ambassadors. And, can I tell you, these artists know how to use crystals!
The earrings on the cover are designed by Lilian Chen and are just a sample of what you'll find inside.
The book is full of inspiration and eye candy. The gallery in the back is drool worthy.
So many projects caught my eye, but I will show you just a few. (The following two pictures are used with permission from Kalmbach.)
Leslie Rogalski's "Pink Orbits" bracelet makes me want to try bead weaving with a loom.
I was blown away by Pat Riesenbruger's "Tribal Princess" cuff. Pat's fiber art is amazing.
There is truly something here for everyone. The projects range from wire work to polymer clay, from bead weaving to stringing, from wire crochet to metal work and from fiber arts to epoxy and resin. The list of contributors is star-studded, to say the least.
Of course, in my mind, Swarovski is synonymous with Marcia deCoster. Her "Two By Two" bracelet is a wonderful combination of bead weaving and "bling." You can see her bracelet here.
To celebrate the release of Crystal Jewelry Inspiration, the contributors are participating in a small blog hop. Please take a few minutes to visit their pages. You might glimpse more projects from the book. Most are having giveaways as well.
Monday, June 15
June Beach www.beachhausdesigns.blogspot.com
Lilian Chen www.liliangoldgatsby.blogspot.com
Fernando daSilva www.modern-expressions.blogspot.com
Marcia DeCoster www.maddesignsbeads.blogspot.com
Stephanie Dixon www.thedixonchick.blogspot.com
Tuesday, June 16
Katie Hacker www.katiehacker.blogspot.com
Monica Han www.cysdreambeads.blogspot.com
Wednesday, June 17
Diane Hertzler www.dianehertzler.blogspot.com
Val Hirata www.cbysparkle.com/blog
Jamie Hogsett www.jamiehogsett.blogspot.com
Tamara Honoman www.thonaman.com/Tams_blog_dir/blogs/index.php
Thursday, June 18
Lisa Pavelka www.lisapavelka.typepad.com
Margot Potter www.margotpottertheimpatientcrafter.blogspot.com
Pat Riesenburger www.urbanstitchstudio.blogspot.com
Leslie Rogalski www.sleeplessbeader.blogspot.com
Nadia Sanchez Ramos www.foufouchat.blogspot.com
Renata Sanchez Ramos www.foufouchat.blogspot.com
Debra Saucier www.debrasaucier.blogspot.com
Frinday, June 19
Brenda Schweder www.BrendaSchweder.com
Debbi Simon www.debbisimon.blogspot.com
Kim St. Jean www.kimstjean.blogspot.com
Laura Timmons www.therabeading.blogspot.com
Kristal Wick www.kristalwick.wordpress.com
Diane Whiting www.sparklesandsmiles.blogspot.com