Thursday, December 27, 2012

Are you ready to learn something new?

Isn't that something we look forward to in the New Year?  Learning something new? Adding to our jewelry-making repertoire? Or maybe you want to perfect the skills you already possess.   Janice Fowler started this great month of giveaways at the Jewelry Artists Network .  Today is my day!  I'm excited to giveaway of one DVD.  You have your choice of "Torch-Fired Enamel Basics" or ... 



"Creative Torch-Fired Enamel Techniques," which features the No-Solder Bezel Bracelet. The enamel cabochons in the bracelet are examples of working with decals, liquid enamel, controlled over-firing and firescale decoration.



To be entered in the drawing, become a follower of my blog, leave a comment about what you're looking forward to learning or doing in 2013, and post the giveaway on your blog or on facebook.  I'll randomly draw the winner on New Year's Day!  I hope you win, but if for some reason you don't, the DVD's can be found at Amazon and should be available any day now!  Good luck!  

133 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would dearly love to try enamelling,the dvds look great, thanks for
chance to try and win one Debs Foord x

Lindy said...

I'd love to try enameling, I've got your book, but I'm more of a watch and learn person. Happy New Year! :-)

Lindy said...

I'd love to try enameling, I've got your book, but I'm more of a watch and learn person. Happy New Year! :-)

Sandy said...

I am looking forward to taking your classes in Tucson! A DVD would be a great accompaniment! :o)

Chris said...

I'd love to have a DVD of your wonderful techniques!!! Crossing my fingers. I have the tutorial in printed format, but a DVD---woo hoo!

nancy vantassell said...

I have been dabbling with enamels, I could use more direction!!

Ann said...

I'd .ove to have the "Creative DVD"! Of course, anything of your should be great!

Rose said...

I would love to learn more about enameling with a torch. Took a beginner class, but have so much more to learn.

Silver Penny said...

I have your book and am definitely going to be trying out painting with fire!!! Have some fun ideas I want to experiment with! You are an inspiration - wish you could come give a class in South Africa!

jumbledhutch said...

I would love to win, I have been dabbling with enamels this would take it to a whole new level!

Lee Anne said...

DVD looks great! I want one!

Julie said...

I want to try enameling. I have the book and most of the equipment now all I need is the time!

Jami aka DaMamaShipp said...

For me 2013 will be the year of FIRE... I am seem to be drawn toward the torch arts more and am eager to learn. I plan on learning some glass beadmaking, enameling, and refining metalsmithing skills this year. These DVDs caught my eye - for OBVIOUS reasons... I am thankful for the opportunity to win a chance at furthering my education with this awesome giveaway. Either way, Amazon is no stranger to me.

bwheather said...

I'm eager to learn anything I can from you. Your work is always so beautiful and very inspiring. ;-)

Changing Woman Studio said...

In 2013 I will be taking up lampworking. I think glass beads and enamel really work together and since I've gotten over my fear of the torch I'm ready for lampworking.

Mike Grega said...

I love anything that is created with FIRE! :)

Stampchick said...

Love love love this method of enameling and am terribly excited that we are going to see more!

Jill Marie Shulse said...

I hope to take a few workshops and get back to making jewelry. I'd love to try enameling!

Katie Hanrahan said...

Have been playing with torch fired enamels a bit this year after reading your book and I love it! I would dearly love to win the Creative Techniques DVD so I can play even more! I'm planning on taking a class with you at Bead & Button in June and am very excited about it!! Thanks Barbara!

Cheryl Roe said...

I would love to learn your technique. I also would love to master a few in the lampwork glass area like hollows.

Islandgirl said...

Would love to win a DVD.. already a floower ofyour blog!

Lynne ezzell said...

I love your techniques! Would love to win a DVD

Jeri B said...

Would love to win your DVD. Thanks for the chance. Learning to torch fire enamels will be on my list for 2013.

MNCRAFTER said...

Happy New Year 2013! Love, love your techniques and all your jewelry! I have Painting with Fire and have been playing with it for a few months. Really, hope to learn a lot more in the new year. Ideally, would like to travel from Minnesota to your studio as well.

Cindy Johnson

Cathy said...

would love to win the dvd
i want to get better at enameling pendants with a torch

Cathy said...

would love to win the dvd
i want to get better at enameling pendants with a torch

eepjr24 said...

I took a class on enameling in the kiln and loved it. Torch enameling looks to be fun as well, I would be overjoyed to get one of your DVD's. Thank you for this offer and for introducing me to the FB group.

Paula Long said...

Squeeee, a DVD! Either of these would be awesome! I have your Painting with Fire book, and a DVD would allow me to see the nuances of the work! In 2013, I hope to actually begin work with enamels instead of just wishing to do it! Thank you so much for this giveaway! Happy New Year!

Lynn said...

Hey! Even though I do enameling I'd love to get a dvd to see what I am doing right or wrong! 2013 is the year I expand my talents and techniques and move up to even bigger shows.

Jen Ren said...

My plans for 2013 are to learn how to enamel and work with resin! I might have to get these dvds to learn, even if I don't win. Thanks for the giveaway. :) Happy New Year!

Michael's Musings said...

I have tried the enamel on steel method with mixed results. The colors are beautiful and the shading and mix are just what I want but occasionally the enamel will "pop" off after a few days. The pieces haven't been flexed or otherwise distorted. Maybe if I get one of these DVDs I will learn how to do it properly and prevent this problem.

Barbara Colberg said...

Torch enameling sounds interesting.
I don't know that much about it but would love to learn. Thanks for the opportunity.

khess136 said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'm looking forward to my classes with you in Tucson, 2013!

Sandra Graves / Isis Rising said...

I'd love to win one, but if I don't I'll probably end up buying them from you in Milwaukee. Hope to play with you again there - too much fun the last time we had a chance to play with glass and fire.

- Sandra Graves

Palimpa Lim said...

Please draw me in, Barbara! I have already downloaded the bracelet workshop, and it's fantastic!!!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Palimpa Lim
Thank you so much for that nice compliment!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Sandra Graves / Isis Rising
Sandra, Looking forward to it!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Michael's Musings
A couple of things can cause enamel to pop off. First, if the metal isn't hot enough. I mean, it really has to glow orange and then the enamel has to be put on QUICKLY! Second, the metal may be incompatible with the enamel. Third, it's important to keep fairly equal thicknesses of enamel on both sides of the piece, if not, the enamel will chip off as a result of warping. This doesn't have to be a scientific measuring of the thickness of enamel, but if you apply lots of millefiori and lump enamel to one side and not the other, this could result in chipping. Why don't you join me at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com, where it's all about torch firing. It's a great resource and the members are very friendly!

enchanted said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I got a starter kit of enamels for Christmas so either dvd would be great!

Kathy R. said...

Things to come for the new year --- MORE FIRE!! I took your class at MARYLAND HALL and was hooked. I love to add dimension to my ceramic work with enameled trinkets . My sister & I ran into you at the bead fest in PA. Year before last , will be going to the one in April - will look for you .HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you & yours !

Barbara Lewis said...

@LindyI know what you mean. I need show 'n tell too!

balanced. said...

I've already purchased the bracelet workshop vid, thinking I didn't need the first one, but I'd actually really love it. Even though I've done some enameling, I'm still quite scared of it. Thanks for the opportunity to win, Barbara!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Paula LongYou need to do it! Put it at the top of your list! It's really easy ... I'm not kidding!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Silver PennyHmmm, South Africa? Don't they have pretty beaches there? LOL I wish I could come too!

Barbara Lewis said...

@JulieJulie, I know all about that minor detail!

Julie Pishny said...

Yayy! I am so glad it's your turn in the giveaway... Enameling has been on my list and 2013 is the year I get 'er done! Can't wait to try your fabulous bead caps and filigree beading... I have a pair of your earrings that I wear all the time. They just seem to go with everything! Thank you for being an inspiration, a teacher and supplier. Best wishes for the new year. Blessings- Julie

Tammy Vitale said...

Am looking forward to combining enamels with ceramic for unique jewelry pieces - also makes for great play dates with my artgalpals!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Jami aka DaMamaShippWe sound like we have a lot in common! My "fire" progression went something like this ... fire gas kiln, fire raku kiln, fuse glass jewelry, fire lampwork beads, fire enamel ... the word "fire" seems to crop up a lot!

Barbara Lewis said...

@nancy vantassellNancy, the time in the studio was great and the DVD allowed me to focus on problem areas for students. Having taught this technique for a while now, I know the areas that need more focus. You can do this!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Changing Woman StudioYou are absolutely right about that. I was just making some lampwork beads the other day. You can so easily shift gears from torch-firing enamel to lampworking! Perfect complements!

Michelle said...

Hi Barbara,

I'm always looking for tips and tricks on how to improve my firing skills as well as inspiration for new projects.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

-Michelle

laurie prophater said...

love the book...would love the bracelet dvd

Barbara Lewis said...

@Jill Marie ShulseJill, your work is so gorgeous! I can only imagine what your enamel work would look like! I'd love to encourage you!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Mike GregaMike, if you're local, and I'm thinking you are because you responded initially through KSPL, you must come down and say hello! I can hook you up with fire! :-)

Barbara Lewis said...

@Katie HanrahanKatie, Can't wait to meet you!

Barbara Lewis said...

@MNCRAFTERCindy, a trip to FL during the winter months sounds like it could become a top priority! It's beautiful down here. But I'll be at Bead and Button in June, which would be closer. Would love to meet you!

Barbara Lewis said...

@LynnMove enameling to the top of the list! Join me at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com, where it's all about torch-firing!

Barbara Lewis said...

@khess136Yay for Tucson! It's right around the corner! Gulp!

Barbara Lewis said...

@balanced.Hey there, Rachael! Hang in there and practice. You'll get it!

Barbara Lewis said...

@Julie Pishny You're very sweet, Julie! thank you ... The immersion process of enameling is the bomb! You'll see!

Sherrie Brittig said...

In 2013, I'll be moving across country and reestablishing a studio. I work with fused glass and metal, and would love to add enameled components to this mix. I've played a bit with torch enameling, and am looking forward to more!

Athena's Armoury said...

Barbara, that bracelet DVD looks awesome! I would love to learn that technique.

BeadlesAz said...

Hmmm, Las Vegas in April. Wonder if I could trick my husband into going? Meanwhile, a DVD would sure be nice. Hope to see you in Tucson.

Teresa Davis

Cinder said...

I would love to learn more about enameling and metal smithing.
Put my name in the give away for your bracelet DVD...it looks fantastic!
Thanks
: )

My Art and My Soul said...

I'm on fire and this DVD would just fan the flames:O) Would love to win one of these, Barb. In 2013, I hope to become more focused and organized in my business. Wish me luck :O)

Svanhildur Thors said...

Great giveaways! In the new year I am really looking forward to carrying on with practising the torch fired enamel techniques from your book. I would love to win one of the DVDs but If I don´t I hope they will be available to buy online soon. Happy New Year :)

Perri www.ShaktipajDesigns.etsy.com said...

Thank you so much, Barbara, for this opportunity!! I'm a total sucker for enamelled pieces - when I do branch out into another medium, it is gonna be with enamel! Here's crossing my fingers, but Amazon is just a click away, too!

suzanne said...

Yes, I'd love to learn more about painting with fire! Torch fired enamel basics looks like the dvd for me.

Karen Downs - kdowns8@cfl.rr.com said...

Would love to win one of the DVDs. I purchased your book and equipment last Christmas and still haven't started enameling! Need a big push

velvet9859 said...

Hi, I just requested membership on the facebook page and have requested to follow your page. It looks fascinating. Enameling has always held an interest for me and I would love to learn by one of your dvds. 2013 I hope will be the year I spend lots of time creating. Thanks for the opportunity.

Christina Fowler-Thias said...

REally looking forward to adding color to my metal work and learning about using the new to me media of enamel. My kit is coming to me soon from your Etsy site!

Sue Wade said...

Glad you have a DVD to follow along with and am anxious to see it! Torch-fired enameling is BIG fun!

Amy said...

Hi Barbara! I'm always learning new things on the ning and your blog. The video clip of the new DVD lessons was great. I really enjoyed watching it! You're such a supportive force with this very creative method of enameling. I'm loving the experimentation of my own work!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! That second Picture one of the girls in the LE community chose that as inspiration for bead making in one of my exchange goupes. Gotta say I had some gorgeous bead come outta the kiln. Love it!!

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

I am already a follower of your blog and a fan! I would love to win the DVD. I took your class in St. Pete and also did the online class but during the online class were had just made the transition to our country place and the internet connection was horrible so I could not watch all the videos :(. I love using my torch but would love to get better. Thanks for having such a great giveaway.
Sonya

Cindy said...

I love to see the colors you showcase so I know which ones I want in my studio.

Dana said...

I have your book and drool over it every chance I get. This is the technique that I want to learn this year and I'm sticking to it. My hubby will just have to learn to share the garage work space with me. To have a copy of your new DVD would be just like you were here teaching me...too awesome.

Heather said...

I've been dying to learn enamels. Whether or not I win I will probably try to learn enamels this year so the Basics dvd would be the one for me :)

MoonBeam's Jeweled Creations said...

I would love to win one of your books! I have a beginner's enameling set that is just waiting for me to play with it!

Thank you for the most gracious giveaway!

Jacki Stump

Aly Jackson said...

I just started dabbling in torch enameling. To have this book and DVD would be fabulous!

art-in-my-spirit said...

Hi Barbara! I've been a big fan of your work forever and i talk abou tyour work when i netwrok with other jewelry artist! Seems everyone knows about your work! Thank you for the opportunity to join the FB Jewelry Artisit Network I'm thriiled! Looking forward to following your blog and hope to win your give away! Be blessed in the New Year! Warm Regards, Leslie

Bookbug said...

Oh, yes ....please pick me. I WANT to learn this wonderful skills
Thanks
Marie

Diana Swallow said...

I've wanted to learn this for the LONGEST time! It looks like a fantastic resource.

Robin Koza said...

Cool,I love everthing about torch firing enameling!! Thanks for this giveaway. :)

Robin

Lea Avroch said...

I'm already a follower & a fan. :-)

I'd love to win the dvd. I took your workshop & have your book, but the dvd would be an invaluable tool that I could watch over & over again.

Maneki said...

I'd love a chance to win a dvd (both to learn and to have a fun new product to review on my blogs). Have been wanting to enamel for ages now. We did do it a few times in school, but nothing too advanced considering we were only 11-12 years old at the time and there wasn't much time to dedicate to it.

Other than enamelling, I'm mostly looking forward to experimenting more with mixing materials and techniques in various way. Just pull out my stash of assorted craft, bead and jewellery-making supplies and combine them in new ways.

ArtZhodgepodge said...

Can't wait to see your new dvd... been a follower here.. and just joined JWN.... waiting for confirmation.. thanks for the chance to win

Jane S said...

Barbara,

I have (and love) your first book, I'm a beginner in the enameling world but am hooked already!
Thanks for the opportunity with your great giveaway, I'm excited :)

Connie said...

great giveaway......loved your book!

Shirley Moore said...

Woohoo! It's Barbara time!!!! I would be the one requesting the 'basics' video, since I have no previous experience with fire....:)
I hope I win, just because I'm constantly lusting after everyone's enamel pieces, and I need some of my own!!! Thanks so much for the giveaway dear!

Elaine said...

Happy New Year! Glad to see the DVDs - always good to have a refresher. Looking forward to exploring more ways of adding color to my jewelry.

Bonnie Dees said...

I love your book and would love to win you DVD.

Unknown said...

I'd like to experiment with enameled pieces beyond jewelry... flowers, mobiles, playing around without a goal in mind.

Unknown said...

I'd like to experiment with enameled pieces beyond jewelry... flowers, mobiles, playing around without a goal in mind.
Judi Dalton

Cheri said...

I would love both videos, however I believe I should start with the enameling basics since I have never attempted to enamel. I did purchase my torch and many tools to start enameling and soldering. Some of my new years desires.

Thank you for this opportunity. I have also shared on facebook.
cheri

Createology said...

I am a follower and I admire your creative talents. My mother used to do copper enameling in a little kiln and I have always been intrigued with learning it myself. I even have a torch for the new way. Thank you for such a generous offer. Blessings with Peace and Joy for all of 2013...

ciaolucia said...

Congratulations on all your publications! I would love a chance to win one of your DVD's.

LindaK said...

Hi, Barbara! I am a follower and would love to learn more about all the enameling but especially working with liquid enamels and the pens! I have shared on Facebook!

Heather said...

I am SO excited to be embarking on this great adventure! I made sure "Santa" knew exactly where to get the supplies I needed and sure enough, he came through!
The dvd looks like it will be a fantastic addition to the basics in your book. Congrats on all your success!!

Elizabeth said...

I got the kit minus the hot Head for Christmas! got the hot Head at art and Soul in April!! Ready to fire!!!! WQHoo Hooo!!

Joanne Box said...

I like your blog and do want to be a happy winner too. Thanks for the chance.

pupton said...

Oh Barbara! There are so many things I want to try! I took your class at Art & Soul at Hampton Roads, Virginia a couple of years ago. I loved it but don't have the tools to continue. I also want to learn metal etching and soldering. I think these all could go together nicely! I follow your blog and I shared the link on FB. Thank you so much and happy new year!
pupton58@gmail.com

KayzKreationz said...

I follow your blog and would soo love to learn how to get consistent results when I enamel. Plus, I'd like to learn how to solder.

KayzKreationz said...

Just posted to my Facebook page. http://Facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

Akua Lezli Hope said...

I love fire for glass and am learning to love fire on metal. I got two torches this past summer and look forward to learning more about how to create with them. So winning a DVD would assist this poor artist in her journey!

jessbell said...

Hi Barbara,
I've had your awesome book for quite a while and was just able to place an order for one of your lovely kits from the website to start enameling. I'm so very excited to experiment with all of your fantastic techniques. Thank you for being so generous with sharing your skills. Your DVD's look amazing and I hope to buy one or both if I don't win. Thank you for everything and Happy New Year!

Stephanie Rozelle said...

I got my enamel kit for Christmas. And I must say it was the best gift EVER!!!! I hope to perfect my technique enough to maybe do a craft show for the first time. I might even take a trip to St. Petersburg to visit Barbara's shop.

anne dinan said...

i am working on making my own decaals for enameling.

Lee Anne Messerschmidt said...

There are so many things I want to learn in 2013. and enameling fold form objects is one! also the dombed bracelets are very cool..Pic me! I know which DVD I want!

Carol said...

I'd choose #2. And I'm glad that I'll find out soon if I won, cause if I don't, I'm buying it!!! Great job, friend!

Candace Stribling said...

If I win, I would choose the 'Torch-Fired Enamel Basics'. It is something I would like to learn and this would be a great learning tool

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

I have been wanting to learn enameling and now have it on my list of new techniques to learn in 2013! I have your book "Torch-fired enameled basics" in my Amazon wish list. I would love to win the DVD for that book!

Thank you for the giveaway! I am already a follower of your blog and am heading over to my FB page to share this giveaway!

Vivi Magoo said...

Enameling - on my jewelry design bucket list for 2013! Can't wait to learn from the master! Thanks for the opportunity!

Angi said...

I would so love to win your DVD! I really want to try enameling in the new year, so pretty please count me in! Thanks!

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

C. White said...

I'd love to learn more creative techniques - those cabochons are gorgeous!

Maria said...

Already have the book but would love to win the DVD to improve my technique. Happy new year, thanks

Patti said...

In 2013 what I look forward to is setting up my torching studio in the garage and being able to work on something that will fuel my creativity. Thanks for a chance.

Susan said...

I'm looking forward to getting back into enameling and your videos look so inspiring! I'm interested in doing my own metal forming and adding enamel to those forms.

MoonBeam's Jeweled Creations said...

I shared on my Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/jackifeltnerstump

I am looking forward to learning a few new jewelry techniques. Right now I am learning some beading techniques, and, if I win Barbara's book, I am looking foward to learning enameling basics!

Thank you for the giveaway, Barbara!

Lp said...

I guess I missed the chance.
I am hoping to figure out how to put the torch ON the canister this year.
!

AliMc said...

Ooooo, would love to win the basics DVD. Just got the creative techniques one via download the other day and am enjoying it. A happy and prosperous new year to you Barbara :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbera, I met Eugenia Chan at a show in Vancouver. She showed me her lovely work and recomended I purchase your book, so I did AND a whole buch of beads to enamel And the enamel so I'm all set to learn this marvelous new technique! Your work is so inspiring and I've definitly been bitten by the enameling bug...
Cheers, Sharon

Martina said...

Thanks Barbara for bringing enamel into my life. Like your book and videos!

Creative Arty Facts said...

Hi there Barbara
Greetings from the land of Oz! The non solder bracelet project sounds it could be lots of fun! Love the DVD concept,

Cheers,
Liz

Cheryl said...

Creative techniques sounds wonderful.


Vivi Magoo said...

I followed....I commented....I posted....Now, keeping my fingers crossed ;o}

Deborah said...

2013 will be my year of GAS!

I've worked with butane and propane - plus oxy/acetylene (husband's GIANT welding set-up) and I've loved experimenting with Thompson's enamel assortment on screens and tripods, so far.

I got your book, Barbara, as soon as it was available - I just got my MAPP-Pro gas canister, FireWorks torch & beads (thanks, Barbara!) for Christmas and am anxious to try your immersion method - and to see if my enamel colors are "truer," as I keep hearing about. I'm looking forward to trying liquids, decals, etc., etc.

Next, I'm hoping to decide on a "real" jewelry torch system (combination gases) - maybe for my birthday in Feb., expand my skills with it - then on to the next gas!

Looked at both DVD previews - they both look GREAT! It'll be hard to choose only one, but I promise I'll force myself if I win!

Thanks SO much for this giveaway, Barbara - I've followed your blog and ning group since the beginning and appreciate your commitment and willingness to share your knowledge with all of us!

Heather said...

What I would like to accomplish this year - a trip to FL to visit you! (and of course learn some more enameling techniques.)

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Bonita Bead said...

Hi Barbara,
I have your book and took your class at B&B. I loved the class you are a great teacher and your helpers are so helpful. I have got to get your bracelet workshop video.
Linda

Carole said...

I'm looking forward to trying painting with fire. I've got your book, I've got some beads, and I've got some enamels. Now all I need is to set up my shop (we recently moved).

Marny said...

My 2013 goal is to become more proficient at soldering, better at torch-fired enameling (I took your e-course and LOVED it!) and get my ideas from my brain onto metal!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

Oh no...I'm late... :)
Love your DVD's... :)