Monday, October 24, 2011

Jennifer Cameron's in the house ... no wonder it feels hot in here!

I'm always tickled when I find that a lampworker wants to try the Painting with Fire technique.  I guess it's because I know what a treat is in store for them.  If an artist can make beautiful lampwork beads, they can make enamel ones in their sleep using the PWF method.  They just don't know it yet. Well, that's the feeling I had when Jenny Cameron came around!

Some of Jenny's first beads went into making these darling earrings, which she provides the tutorial for HERE.  She wrote a rockin' review of my book HERE.  I think she nailed it and I'm very grateful ... I know how much time she spent on the review ... it's so thorough.

Jenny's Lantern Earrings

Today I'll be giving away some enamel head pins.  I know some of them look like glass ... well enamel is glass, what am I saying?!!!  But the largest head pins with the transparent glass are made with a Thompson Enamel grain size called 6/20, which is the size of lampworking frit.  The book goes into detail on how to make an enamel head pin.  I know you're sitting there thinking, "What the big deal?"  Well, enamel head pins have a tendency to crack, leaving bits of enamel chunks on your beading table.  I spent so much time trying to figure out a foolproof way to get enamel head pins.  If you're interested in learning how, join and search the forum for "enamel head pins."  It's all there, free of charge, plus you'll also find it in the book.

Here's the giveaway from my blog...

Head Pin giveaway!

Jenny has a great blog giveaway.  On Friday, she will post the directions on how to make these great earrings and have kits for sale for those you don't want to enamel their own.

Jenny's earring design giveaway!

We have giveaway winners ... Stephanie McGinley, you're the winner of Erin Prais-Hintz's darling earrings "Nothin' but Blue Skies."

Erin's earring giveaway

Courtney of Beads by Breul is the winner of a signed copy of the book.   Congratulations, ladies.  Thank you for following along!

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!


justthecook said...

your work on the head pins is wonderful!!! thank you again!

Patti Van said...

Gorgeous headpins!! And...I am so enjoying your book tour!

Kristi Bowman said...

Love those headpins and Jenny is awesome, I'm thrilled she combined her enamel beads with some of my copper components, the necklace is gorgeous!! Gotta get me some of that larger frit to make bigger headpins, I use them alot.

Krys Mann said...

The headpins are gorgeous! Loving the tour!

KayzKreationz said...

Congrats to the winners. Jennifer's earrings are so cute. I got my book late Friday and I've been reading and reading. I'm so anxious to get a kit now and try my hand at it. Headping are definitely something I want to try, to add to my jewelry and Glass Kreationz.
I'm a follower.

Alice said...

Beautiful head pins. I find myself drooling when I see sweet little jewels like this.

Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Shirley said...

Barbara, one of the things I really appreciate is that the enameled beads are so pretty, they don't need a lot of dressing up. I just love Jenny's earrings. And totally blown away by the head pins!

Cynthia said...

Still loving the book tour, sad that it's almost over. I'm now following Jen's blog, thanks for "introducing" me to her.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Loving the book tour and I would love to win me some head pins, although I am still holding out hope for the big prize ;-)
Have a great day!!!

In the Light of the Moon said... much gorgeousness(I think thats a word)to sit and drool over!!Warmest Regards,Cat

Sandi Volpe said...

Love the headpins and loving this book tour just tweeted about it and I am following. Turning into an enamel junkie, bringing the book everywhere I go when I am not able to torch:-)

Janea aka Naya said...

The headpins are gorgeous!

Doris said...

Your headpins are wonderful. Mine always turn uniformly black, no wonder what color I use. Have to go through your book again and really read now (instead of mostly looking at the gorgeous pictures).

Rosalynn said...

I just love your headpins. Jen's tip on making them larger is a great idea to share. I enjoyed her review of your book as well. The giveaways today are a delight.

I am so glad I have followed along each day. It has been great fun.

The Crazier Sister said...

Congrats to the winners and .... ooooooohhhhh! LOOOVE the headpins!

Erin S said...

Just checked out Jennifer's blog. Awesome headpins!

moonlitfantaseas said...

I want to make some head pins!

Copper Diem said...

Those headpins are very cool!

Anonymous said...

Enamel headpins?!! Oh my, genius! I'd love these. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Barbara!

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Thoughtfulhands said...

The head-pins are gorgeous! Okey-doke next stop Amazon :>

Cinder says said...

The head pins are great!
Still following along with the tour.
Learning about all the talented bloggers is a bonus!
Thanks Barbara!

LindaK said...

I love the head pins using the frit! I am a follower and have posted a link on Facebook. Jennifer's work is beautiful and Jennifer's blog is just as inspiring as the rest of the tour. Thank you!

Secret Squirrel Designs said...

The head pins are absolutely delicious and I love Jenn's earings.

shelley said...

ohhhh how i love handmade would be so cool to win well...