Category Archives: Giveaway

And the Winner for the Craftsy Giveaway.

Congratulations to Robin S. the winner for the Craftsy Giveaway. Thank you all for taking the time to enter. This was the first time that I had use Rafflecopter for my giveaway and I will admit, it had a few bumps. I will figure out the whole giveaway thing eventually. LOL.

If you didn’t win, you can still get a great deal on the workshop. For the next week (Until March 5, 2015), you use this link: Creative Wire Wrapping Techniques and you will receive 50% off your purchase of this workshop. That makes the course only $15. Even if you just go to the website it is on sale for $20. Think about what you pay for tutorials, most are upwards of $10 and that is just for a paper tutorial. This is a video, your subscription never expires, you can watch at your pace, rewind and everything. I am excited about the video platform, but you already know that.

I love doing videos. I can’t wait to get back from the retreat in Texas in another week so I can start on the videos that will be a companion to the projects in my book. I am currently in talks with several places to offer my video workshops. So there are some good things coming down the line and I hope to get them live this year. Now I just need to figure out how to photograph myself so I can get the projects for my book done.

Don’t Forget, I still have the Pepetools Jump Ring Maker Giveaway going on. We are just past our 1/2 way point. Please help me spread the word on this. Just copy and paste the link where you want to share it.


Tool Time Tuesday – Bench Anvil and Steel Plate Reviews

Remember when I said it was always fun to go to Tucson and hang out in Kevin Potter‘s shop? Well, that is also a dangerous place for me to be as I fall madly in love with the tools he makes, and of course, those tools find a way to follow me home. But my studio will welcome all the new tools with open arms and graciously finds places for everything. That is certainly the case with these two new additions to my studio. They are similar, but still quite different in their function.

The first of these is a Bench Anvil. The bench Anvil is a heat hardened steel that becomes abrasion RESISTANT. This means that while it is extremely hard, it is still possible to leave little dings in it, especially if you haven’t properly dressed and polished your hammers (a topic for an upcoming Tool Time Tuesday post.) However this tool is HARD and glorious to work with. The Anvil is 6″, round and the hard top is welded to a 2″ high mild steel base.

The next tool is a larger Steel Plate/Platen. This piece is glorious as it is a fairly large working surface measuring 10″ x 6″. This tool differs, not only in size, but also in material. The steel is actually a Mild Steel, which means it is NOT abrasion resistant. You would be best to use a rawhide or nylon mallet with this one to prevent surface marking. So why have it then? Well, for me, I use it to flatten out larger pieces of metal, scribe designs and measurements, layout designs, etc. It is such a useful LARGE, FLAT surface for me.

One other really great thing about these tools is that Kevin will resurface them for the first time for free, and for life after that, for a nominal fee and shipping. I have only been working in my studio for a week since returning from Tucson and both have been quite well used already.

So if you are looking at buying a larger working surface, you may want to consider these.


Don’t forget, there is still time to enter my giveaways. I have two of them going right now.

Debora Mauser’s workshop giveaway has only 2 1/2 days left. Be sure to enter at the end of the linked post. Even if you aren’t able to leave a comment, fill in your information and mark it complete and you will be entered. If you are having issues entering, just send me a message and I will be sure you are entered.

Pepetools Jump Ring Maker Giveaway. We are just past our 1/2 way point. Please help me spread the word on this. Just copy and paste the link where you want to share it.


Online Workshop Review/Giveaway: Debora Mauser/Craftsy – Creative Wire Wrapping Techniques

As I mentioned in my previous post I have an online workshop review and a giveaway. I am very excited about this one because the star of the workshop is one of my good friends, Debora Mauser. Debora and I met probably 7 years ago when I attended a retreat in North Carolina. We hit it off right away and she remains one of my good friends to this day. In fact, she was one of my roommates in Tucson. Since meeting Debora all those years ago she has become a sought after instructor teaching at events and locations including William Holland, Bead and Button, Tucson Gem Show and many more. She has recently teamed up with to make a video on Creative Wire Wrapping Techniques.

I had the good fortune to be able to watch and review this workshop. I haven’t ever seen a Craftsy workshop before so it was fun to be able to see this in action. I have quite a few friends and colleagues that are currently filming for them and I am thrilled to see these professional videos available at such an affordable price. One of the things I like about the videos is that you have them for life. They never expire. You can return to the video and watch again and again as you would like. These videos also have the option of speeding up or slowing down the playback rate. This is really nice if you want to really see how something is done and need it just a bit slower. Or, if you have already heard the topic, but don’t want to miss anything, just increase the speed a bit. The videos are really well done.

Debora is very easy to watch and I love listening to her sweet Southern accent. See the picture above? She walks you through every little thing in that beautiful necklace. The workshop is laid out in 7 sections, each about 20 – 25 minutes long. Some of the lessons build on the techniques learned in the previous lesson. By combining techniques you can really step up the look of your components and end up with a truly artistic piece of jewelry.

She begins with hammering techniques to create paddles and chain links. You will learn troubleshooting techniques to address uneven hammer blows, texturing, proper wire working techniques and tools, along with the safe use of said tools. Learn multiple ways of creating coils and take that even further to created coiled embellishments. She also demonstrates wire weaving, lashing, and the proper way of connecting multiple pieces of wire together for a great focal piece. And there is so much more.

This workshop is technique based and not project based. At the end of the workshop you will have learned a number of wire techniques and be able to combine them all to create unique pieces, but you are not guided through an entire project from start to finish. You are left to your own creative devises for the execution of the final piece.

For the next two weeks (Until March 5, 2015), you use this link: Creative Wire Wrapping Techniques and you will receive 50% off your purchase of this workshop. That makes the course only $15. Even if you just go to the website it is on sale for $20.

To enter just click the link below and fill in the form so I will be able to contact you when you win. I will do a random drawing for names of the entries on Friday, February 27th.  There is just one condition, and even then, not really. Please leave a comment on your experience with online workshops. Have you taken any? Plan to take any? What would you like to see? You won’t be added to any lists, your name and information won’t be shared. Good Luck! 

Creative Wire Wrapping Techniques with Debora Mauser GIVEAWAY

Tool Time Tuesday – Mini Hydraulic Press Review

I have been home from Tucson for just over a week now, but I think I am finally just now getting back on track. It is crazy how long it takes to get back into the swing of things when you have made a trip, let alone an 11-day trip. Sadly, the trip was rather difficult on my girls, especially my youngest. So I don’t think I will do much traveling for a while. I am leaving in just a week and a half to teach at the retreat in Texas and I will be gone for 9 days there. But that one has been in the works for almost a year, so I can’t exactly cancel, not that I even remotely want to. LOL. Speaking of the retreat, there are still a couple of spaces open if you think you might like to join us. 🙂 It will be a great time with great instructors in a beautiful location with gourmet food (which is included in the price of the retreat.)

My Giveaway is still open for the Pepetools Jump Ring Maker. So if you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to enter. We are about 1/2 way to the goal for entries. So please enter and share it.


Tucson was so much fun this year. I was able to share a room with some good friends from when I lived back east in Ohio. It was so good to spend some time with them again. I also got to meet many new friends. It was the most fun to meet some of you, my blog readers. It is always fun to put a face with a name. So thanks for stopping by to meet me and introducing yourselves. I am looking forward to next year already. I will have some really fun things to show you in the very near future. I got myself some VERY beautiful rocks, so be on the lookout for some eye candy. I also bought some copper sheet (at a discount due to being scratched and dinged a bit) and was able to get it cut into 6×6″ squares and will be destashing some of that very soon. In fact, I need to destash quite a bit. We have to put a new roof on our house and the bids are CRAZY for this big house of mine.

While I was in Tucson, I got to play with a lot of the new tools that Kevin Potter of Potter USA has come out with. And of course, I brought quite a few of them home so I can review them for you. That reminds me, I also have an online workshop I am reviewing and will be able to give one lucky winner a free subscription to the workshop. More details to come soon. Sometimes it is so hard to be me. *snicker*

One of the tools that I brought home was the Mini Hydraulic Press. This press is an 8-ton press that is meant for cutting pancake dies only. It will not do any kind of forming, it just doesn’t have the strength. In fact, the opening is too small for the bracelet pancake dies. So this is going to be for any of the other pancake dies that are 4″ or smaller. The nice thing about this press is that it has such a small foot print.

Press Size Comparisont

The Image above gives you an idea about the size of this little machine. It is so much fun to use though. This is a great tool for anyone that is wanting to get into a production mode and just punch out shapes. If you want to do anything other than that, you would be wise to move up to the next larger size.

Want to learn more? Check out this short little video.

Tool Time Tuesday – Rotary Tumblers & Another Giveaway

Hey everyone. Yes, I know it is Friday. But, the video was posted to my YouTube channel on Tuesday, so technically it is still Tool Time Tuesday, right?  Hey, when you are a mom to three busy girls, you just have to roll with it sometimes. That, and Sales Taxes caught me off guard. I looked at the due date wrong. D’oh! So glad I looked again.  And, I owe a whole whopping $2.46 in Sales Taxes. LOL. That is good and bad, as it is an indicator of my sales for this past year. However, I believe I squeaked out a tiny bit of profit. Like maybe a hundred dollars or so. WOOT! Last year was probably my worst year emotionally and everything, so that tiny bit of a profit made me smile all night long, even now. 😀 <== See? Big Smile.

When I asked about topics for Tool Time Tuesday, a couple of people asked about Rotary Tumblers. I have a couple of them here in my studio so I thought I would give a quick comparison between the two of them.

If you are interested in getting a 3A Lortone Tumbler (the one featured in the video) and Mixed Stainless Steel Shot, let me know. I do sell those, however I do not keep them in stock. They do meet my minimum purchase amount from my supplier, so I can have it sent directly to you. Just let me know.

GIVEAWAY – Pepetools Jump Ring Maker


That is right, Pepetools has graciously offered a Jump Ring Maker (JMR2). Same deal as the last giveaways. You are just giving us (Pepetools and I) to add you to our email lists. You can always unsubscribe if you would like. Pepetools only sends out a few a year. There will be a few more than that from me, especially as I would like to just have my blog posts go out to my email list. That way I can have everything in one tidy little place.

** Oh, and no worries. You won’t be added to the list multiple times. I know it says you are, but you really aren’t. So you shouldn’t receive two emails and such. But I do still need you to actually enter the drawing through the link provided below.

When will the giveaway be done? Well, that depends. Pepetools has asked that we have a certain number of entries before we do the giveaway. We are currently about a 1/4 of the way there. So please share and share and share. I am dying to find out who is going to get the jump ring maker.


Here are a couple of videos for you to get you excited about winning it.