Friday, October 21, 2011

Stop #14 ... the unique work of Laura Twiford!

Let's take care of yesterday's business first by announcing the winners from Cindy Wimmer's blog post.  The winner of these gorgeous earrings is ...
Alice Peterson

The winner of this decal is ... 
Betty Stafford 

Congratulations ladies!  Cindy will be in touch with you or you can get in touch with her ... 

Now, on with the show! I have really enjoyed getting to know Laura.  We've giggled a lot over the past couple of years ... in classes I've given and classes I've taken when Laura and I were students.  My daughter's name is even "Laura." We found out that we have a lot in common.  I don't know if you saw the photos Laura posted on her blog of her studio during the "cleaning up" phase ... I thought, "OMG!  She's me!"  There was jewelry stuff, a sewing machine, pottery stuff ... which is my creative history!

When Laura said that she was drawn to the No-Solder Bezel project, I thought, "That's great!"  But, I had no idea how much she liked it! LOL  Look at these!  But you must go to her blog because there's much, much more! Laura, your success with these bezels is definitely a pat on my head!

The No-Solder Bezel by Laura Twiford

As a tribute to Laura's love of pottery, we're giving away these porcelain beads that have been torch-fired!  Yes, you heard me right ... these are clay beads that I've torch-fired with enamel like I do a metal bead. 

Porcelain Beads that have been torch-fired with enamel

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!


moonlitfantaseas said...

wow! I really love those torch fired shell beads, they are gorgeous! and the no solder bezel necklace is beautiful....

justthecook said...

Each day holds such beautiful things! thank you again for this tour, Barbara!

Lois Moon said...

I love Laura's work. Amazing torch fired ceramics!

Laura Twiford said...

Barbara, thank you again for having the confidence in me to be a participant along with all the talented artists on this fabulous tour! I am so proud of you and this book is such a gift to the creative community, I know it will be treasured by many like myself! (((Big Hugs))) Laura

Shirley said...

What a stunning necklace! I'm so very thrilled over all the amazing artists in this book tour. Thank you so much Barbara!

Alice said...

I'm so excited to learn that I won Cindy's lovely earrings! I'm jumping for joy!!!!!

I'm off to check out Laura's blog to see what pretties she came up with.

I'm a follower of your blog.

Pearl and Pebble said...

OMG is there ANYTHING you can't enamel?!?!?! These are gorgeous!

KayzKreationz said...

I love those torch fired shell beads. And that necklace of Laura's is gorgeous. Off to read her blog.

I'm a follower.

Diane said...

Great work Laura =))

Erin S said...

Love that no solder bezel!

Cynthia said...

Oh Wow! those beads are so cool. And Laura's necklace is so beautiful.

The Crazier Sister said...

EEeeeeeEEE! So much fun to see how others take your ideas and run! (and so inspiring!)

Betty S. said...

Woo Hoo!!! Can't believe I won that gorgeous decal pendant! And, love, love this necklace. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Barbara, I've really enjoyed Laura's book tour blog post! Her cabochons and her finished necklace is just gorgeous... I would love to wear it, if just for a day! :-) And your enameled shells are really sweet - I can see some great designs incorporating those!

Judy said...

I LOVE the bezel...just gorgeous with so many possibilities! Laura's necklace is stunning!

TesoriTrovati said...

TOrch fired ceramics!? OMG! That is so totally cool! I love the bezel. That project intrigues me too.
Enjoy the day!

LindaK said...

What great work! I love her colors and the bezel is beautiful! I am a follower and I am posting a link on Facebook.

Alice Schmidt said...


I just discovered your blog and where is it just an exciting blog you have. I just startet work with enamel, and love your color combinations.
I apologize for my english and hope I make myself understandable.
I would ask if I may use the image from the front of your new book on my blog where will I write that I've discovered your fantastic blog and will of course link to your blog?

Cinder says said...

Beautiful bezels and torch fired beads!

I'm going to hop on over to Laura's blog to see what else she has up her sleeve. : )

Rosalynn said...

I love the idea of enamel on ceramic pieces. I wonder if you will ever run out of new ideas for using this method. I certainly hope not. Laura's bezels really inspired me. I might not have been willing to try this technique if I had not seen her lovely work.
I do follow your blog.

Mary Kelly-Stobert said...

The no solder bezel is one of the cleverest techniques in your book and Laura has done it beautifully. I guess I'm going to have to win those seashells if you're not going to start selling them on your site.

Stephanie Gentry said...

What?! With porcelain beads too! WAY cool!

Theresa said...

I'm worried I'm going to go thru withdrawal in four days after the book tour ends. You have chosen such great folks to introduce us to. At least I can continue to follow you here and at workshops.