Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Softer Side of Enamel by Diane Cook!

Before we introduce Diane Cook and her work, I'd like to announce that these beads ...

Cathedral Beads
Giveaway Beads at Waterstone Studio's Blog
are going to Debbie Merhege of Bludawg Designs.  Congratulations, Debbie, please reach me through so I can get your things out to you right away.  

I think one of the nicest parts of this Virtual Book Tour is seeing how different artists interpret torch-fired enamel in their work.  You might be asking yourself, "How in the world is someone like Diane Cook going to introduce the vibrancy of torch-fired enamel into her vintage-inspired pieces?"  Well, the answer is, "She's not!"  Diane's staying true to her aesthetic by using soft colors like Robin's Egg and Spruce ... two very beautiful colors and perfect for her work.

These are some examples of Diane's "framed" pieces, which she teaches to her adoring students!  Please check Diane's blog because there's lots more to be seen!

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,

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!


LindaK said...

Thank you for this tour! I am enjoying all the different uses of enamel. So many cool ideas and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the remaining days!

Alice said...

I just visited Diane's blog and was awed at the lovely 'Framed Series' jewelry. So beautiful!

Millie @ ammjewelry said...

I'm impressed with the range of uses artists are incorporating enamel into their work...each day something new. These pendents are amazing!

CreationsbyKari said...

Gorgeous! I would never have guessed those delicate pieces were constructed with enamel/metal- love your work! ps- I am now a follower!

Connie said...

Just visited Diane's Blog.She create's beautiful jewelry and adding the Painting with Fire elements,just simply the most beautiful results.Diane is a awsome artist !!

Diane said...

Thanks again for including me in your tour Barbara. I know that I have just tipped the iceberg on what can be done with torch fired enamel jewelry...which is exactly why I love it!

Cynthia said...

I'm really enjoying the virtual book tour.

Stephanie Gentry said...

I love how Diane's pieces look with the torch-fired enameled accents. Great inspiration provided in the blog tour!!!