Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Grand Finale ... Sharilyn Miller!

We're down to the last artist, but don't be discouraged because this one's a doozy, plus tomorrow we get to announce the winner of the Floral Cascade kit!  Sharilyn and I struck up an easy online friendship ... I wish we lived closer.  She's a very generous person. Not only is she a talented jewelry designer and teacher, she's the author of nearly a dozen books!

We're all in luck today because Sharilyn is sharing her tutorial on how to make these cage beads at her blog!  I think these are some of the cutest things ... they have so much personality.  They're like a family!  You've got the fat one, the skinny one, and the one with the crazy hair!

Sharilyn Miller's Cage Beads!

But Sharilyn didn't stop there!  Wait 'til you see the creation she made with these beads ... WOW! Please make sure to visit Sharilyn's blog today to find out how she make these cute little darlings and uses them in her design!  You can find the great review she wrote for my book HERE.

Before we get on with the rest of the details and rules, I'd like to announce the winner of the enamel head pins.  Congratulations, Patti Van!  You're the winner! Please get in touch with me through

The winner of these darling pair of earrings by Jennifer Cameron is none other than Theresa Fosdick! Theresa, please contact Jenny! 

  Please come back tomorrow where we sum up the tour and announce the winner of the Floral Cascade Necklace kit! And remember we have a major drawing for a Torch-Firing Enamel Kit!  But if you've already got the kit, you get a $110 shopping experience at  Think of all the good enamels that will buy! All you have to do is leave a review of the book at Amazon ... Just be honest about your appraisal of the book.  We'll have a random drawing on November 24 for the winner! 

Remember, you're at the Virtual Book Tour for this book!

So you don't miss out on any of the blog posts, here is the list of hosts for you to follow:

October 6, Mary Jane Dodd,
October 7, Gaea Cannaday,
October 8, Linda Larsen,
October 10, Andrew Thornton,
October 11, Lori Plyler,
October 12, Diane Cook,
October 13, Lori Anderson,
October 14, LeAnn Weih,
October 15, Jen Judd Velasquez,
October 17, Melissa Meman,
October 18, Lisa Crone,
October 19, Shannon LeVart,
October 20, Cindy Wimmer,
October 21, Laura Twiford,
October 22, Erin Prais-Hintz,
October 24, Jennifer Cameron,
October 25, Sharilyn Miller,

To thank you for following along, we will have a BONUS PRIZE at the end of the book tour! All of the entries will be included in the drawing for a kit containing all the elements of "Floral Cascade," one of the projects in the book. You'll receive everything you need to make the necklace, including the chain, jump rings, clasp, enamel beads, and head pins!

But that's not all! Really? Seriously? Seriously.

For a chance to win the Grand Prize - a Torch-Firing Kit (or $110 shopping experience - please leave a review at by November 24. Remember, leave an honest review... the book must stand on its own.

Thanks for playing along! This is going to be a lot of fun!

P.S. Unfortunately, we have to restrict the giveaways to U.S. residents. Winners should contact me with their name and address through my author website: so that you can receive your prizes!


SummersStudio said...

Those beads are awesome!

Shirley said...

Oh heavens Barbara, I love the "family" descriptions you gave the beads! Those are absolutely the cutest things ever! I can imagine so many cool things to do with them.
Congratulations to Patti and Theresa!

Alice said...

Those cage beads are amazing! How cute that you gave them each a personality! I'm off to check out her blog post.

Congratulations to the lucky headpin and earring winners!

Millie @ ammjewelry said...

What a great last stop to the tour! Maybe there will be another tour soon...hint hint...
Enjoy your day!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Oh my gosh those beads are so cool I can't wait to see what Sharilyn made with them!
Shannon C

KayzKreationz said...

I love Sharilyn's work. I have several of her books. I can't wait to see how she made those beads and see her review of her book.
I'm a follower.

Courtney said...

I love her twisty beads!

Cinder says said...

Congrats to the winners!

Love the caged fun!

Cathie Carroll said...

The tour has been so fun Barbara.
I won a lot of great ideas.


The Crazier Sister said...

I left my comment on Amazon, already. I'm so excited to see who the winners are. This has been SO much fun :D

Cynthia said...

I love those cage beads. It gives me ideas of my own....I've got to get my kit out and start enameling this weekend!
I'm sorry the tour is over, but happy to have been along for the ride.

shelley said...

this has been such fun...educational well...

Secret Squirrel Designs said...

Fantastico! I knew Sharilyn would have something great to share, but she exceeded my nice of her to share the tutorial.

This book tour was pure genius and I'm sorry its over.
Thanks Barbara.
Mary Kelly-Stobert

Pearl and Pebble said...

OMG I think these wire spirals are about the coolest thing yet! I am so amazed at the seemingly endless possibilities with this process!Almost everything is fair game to go under the torch:)

Erin S said...

The caged enamel beads are so cool! Definitely one of my favorites so far.

LindaK said...

Barbara, thank you for a great tour. I love your book. I am a follower and have posted a link on Facebook.

justthecook said...

Barbara, thank you so much for this...what an awsome collection of people...please do something like this again!

moonlitfantaseas said...

your virtual book tour has been so much fun! and so informational too bringing a new twist to your book by so many different artists, I have loved seeing each ones views on the concept of torch enameling....this was a great idea!

Cori Marie said...

These cage beads are so cool! I am also now following your blog too! :)

Cori Marie said...

OH! I also left a review of your book on amazon!

Carole said...

Barbara, I have really enjoyed the book tour. I'm following your blog.

KayzKreationz said...

Do we have to leave you a comment on your blog to let you know we left a review of the book? Or will you just check Amazon and see them. Do we need to leave our e-mail on Amazon somehow in the review for you to know how to get hold of us? Thanks.

Cindy said...

Congrats to the winners! I love that analogy - the caged beads being one big family. :-) Sharilyn's enameled beads are really cool - I enjoyed seeing a different twist on enameling.

Thoughtfulhands said...

Thank you Barbara and all the amazing talent involved. This has been so much fun seeing all the great work and finding all these new blogs to follow.

My new book is on its way!!!