Let’s Do a Give-Away!!!

Computer issues can be so much fun. So while this was supposed to go out yesterday, it didn’t. Not only that, but I had to redo this post three times. So let’s try this again. So frustrating.

Today is my baby’s birthday. Four years ago today was actually quite a frightening day for me. Her pregnancy was riddled with complication after complication. I was on bedrest at only 18 weeks into the pregnancy and delivered her at 29 weeks after she had already had four blood transfusions. I am so grateful to all the love, prayers, and support that everyone offered during that difficult time. Kiari came into this world screaming and fighting…. all 3 pounds and 6 ounces of her. LOL. She is still a fighter today. That part gets rather old, but I am so glad for my fighting baby. She is a miracle and I love her to pieces.

Only 3 pounds 6 ounces. Such a strong little girl.

Only 3 pounds 6 ounces. Such a strong little girl.

Happy 4th Birthday. So strong, smart and beautiful.

Happy 4th Birthday. So strong, smart and beautiful.

This past week I have hit several milestones in my little business. I will be the first to admit that I am a horrible business person. I haven’t made a profit since beginning this, and that kind of worries my accountant and myself for this years taxes. I hope that I don’t have an audit coming. YIKES! I tend to give everything away. When was the last time you paid for any of my videos? And while I sometimes get to keep the tools I demo in the videos I haven’t been paid in money for any of them. I haven’t monetized my videos either, though I think that will change soon.

So what milestones did I hit this past week? Well first, I have been in business for 8 years. That doesn’t seem possible, but it is true. WOOT! Second, I hit over 1,000 Facebook fans. I know, I am still totally a small fry, but I was excited to finally break into the thousands. 🙂 And it won’t really mean much anyway since FB is changing things so you probably won’t really see my posts anyway. Bummer. But the one that I am really excited about is hitting 5,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. I thought I had hit another milestone by hitting 75 videos, but it turns out I actually have 84 up there right now. At any rate, I am so grateful to everyone for their support. I am sad that my blog changed and I lost all of my subscribers. I had over 2,000 readers and now I am down to like 49. So if you are here and reading this, THANK YOU! That also means your chances of winning the giveaway is really good. LOL. Let’s look at what I have to give away.

 3-piece Titanium Soldering Pick set – I have three sets to give away
  • Overall length:6 1/4″ Tip:1 5/8″
  • Titanium machined tip – will last
  • Fine tip to collect the exact amount of solder for a precise application
  • Grooved aluminum handle, designed to quickly transfer heat away from operator
 95 Durometer Urethane Pad
  • Overall size:6″ x 6″
  • 1/6″ thick
  • Perfect for use with the Pepetools disc cutter. Made in the U.S.A
 Your Choice of a pair of sterling silver earrings
 SterlingTeardrop Melissa_Muir_Cone_earrings

So how do you enter? I am looking for more ideas for my Tool Time Tuesday. What tools would you like to learn about? What projects or techniques would be useful?

  • Just leave me a comment.
  • Please subscribe to my blog (over there on the right.) This way I will have your email address and can notify you if you win.
  • Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel www.YouTube.com/kcjewelbox
  • Follow me and share it – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Help me grow my presence.

Each of these items will get you one entry into the drawing. So you have the possibility of 7 entries. Just let me know in your comment which you have done so I don’t miss any of your chances.

I will announce FIVE winners on Saturday at 5:00 pm MST. Good luck!

Edited to add: Thanks to Pepetools for the great tools to give away!

130 thoughts on “Let’s Do a Give-Away!!!

  1. Rose Mary Flint

    I really enjoy your blog and admire your work. Am following your YouTube channel, also Pinterest and Facebook. Hope to be a winner!

    1. Amy Iversen

      Your daughter is absolutely precious! Happy Birthday!

      Love your tutorial videos…they are so helpful when shopping for tools. Keep up the fantastic work and (I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win!!) thanks so much for your time and efforts in providing such a great resource for us!

    2. Ray

      I am excited to say that I now follow you on your blog, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and subscribe to your YouTube Channel. I look forward to seeing more of your fantastic tutorials. You are such an inspiration!

    3. Athena

      Melissa, I LOVE your video tutorials on YouTube – you are so thorough in your coverage of the material, it’s as if you anticipate my questions. Your delivery is clear and comfortable – I have learned more from you than I have at school. Thank you!!! I’ve subscribed to your blog, followed you on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – I hope I’ll win one of you fantastic prizes!

    4. Will

      Well I’d like to see more tips on using the Pepe ring bender that I’m about to win! Lol I have followed you on pinterest, facebook, and subscribed here to your blog as well! Thank you for allowing me and everyone else the chance to enter.

  2. Dee Hanson

    I just signed up for youtube, facebook, and pinterest … don’t do twitter or instagram. Love, love, LOVE, your very helpful videos and your clear teaching style!

  3. Mary Govaars

    Melissa you are such a beautiful, gifted person! I am so happy to call you my friend. I believe 2015 is the year for new beginnings so let’s rock and roll girlfriend!!! I was already following you are FB and Youtube. I just started following you on Pinterest and Instagram,

  4. Debbie Dixon

    Melissa, what a kind and generous person you are. I loved the class you taught in Tucson last year. While I would love a tool, anyone that receives will be blessed with your good mojo. Good luck to all, Debbie

  5. Kristi Hall

    Melissa, You know I follow everything you do. I wouldn’t be soldering if it wasn’t for you. I appreciate your kindness and generosity. Video suggestion-wise, I don’t have a specific request. I watch everyone of them and learn from each. Keep up the great work.

  6. Maria

    Congratulations on all the milestones – although I have to say, my favorite is sweet Kiari turning 4!

    I think I did everything – but I’m never sure, FB is the only thing I somewhat understand, lol. Following on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram too – but not sure I shared on those last 3? I tried! I know I subscribed to your blog – but must have been one of those lost souls when you migrated – and also subscribe to youtube channel 🙂

    Good luck with all the new things you have planned! xoxo

  7. Joyce Lucht

    This is a great giveaway from a great teacher! I learned so much from the classes I took from you in Ohio, as well as your online soldering class. Also, your Tool Time Tuesdays.

    I’ve already signed up for your blog, Utube channel, FB, Twitter and will do Pinterest and Instagram when I figure out how!

    BTW, Kiari is a clone of your husband!

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Linda, I have done a couple of them. I also have a tutorial on that AND, tonight I am doing an online workshop with Craftcast. I show 4 different projects in that workshop. Check it out…. craftcast.com

  8. Carolyn

    I just subscribed to your You Tube Channel and your blog today. I am enjoying both! I would love to learn more about finishing/polishing. I have a flex shaft but I don’t know what all the attachments are for and in what order to use them.


  9. Char Ciammaichella

    Love your videos on utube. Great instructions. I don’t do much soldering but I would like to get comfortable with it. I know you have done videos, I just have to watch them and practice!
    Great job!

  10. Polly Anna Randol

    Melissa, I love your blog and have subscribed for some time . I’m also subscribed to your You Tube and follow you on Facebook and Pinterest. I’m glad you’ve jumped back into things. You may remember I sent you an email a while back because you had not posted in a while and I was concerned about you. Happy birthday to your miracle baby too. As to tool suggestions, I would love to see a video about ways to use a flex shaft. Congratulations on your subscriber numbers! Hugs!

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      I do Remember Polly. And to tell you honestly, that really helped me get back into this. It let me know that people were still there and still wanted it. <3 So thank you!

  11. Brendalee


    I have purchased one of your tutorials in the past and was worth every penny! I follow you on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and your Blog. Good luck with the continued growth and success of your business.

  12. Darrel Clegg

    Beautiful baby there Mom, you are Blessed…
    Tool Time suggestions;
    *organizing your studio
    *setting up a business properly
    *how to chose the right hammer for the right job
    *how to passion your stamping tool for best outcome

  13. Pam Rowe

    How about a tutorial on setting up a metalsmith area in a home setting. For people who have a small amount of space. The tools to have, how to store them, picking a location, safety issues with pickle etc.

    How about ways to etch in metal in a small home setting. Again, what methods, tools, safety.

  14. Tia Rogers

    I love your Tool Time Tuesday. Maybe you could do a segment on vises and the various ways they can be used. You could even discuss the various sizes they come in and the different ways they can be attached your bench.

  15. Jette Sorensen

    I’ve been following your YouTube for a long time, have like(d) your FB page(s), will follow you on Twitter and try my luck with Pintrest and Instagram.

    I would love to see a video on doming – deep and shallow – of pieces that have been textured or given a deep pattern in a rolling mill or hydraulic press.

    Happy birthday to Kiari – and (belated) happy anniversary on you business.


  16. Simone MacNeil


    I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago as I was just beginning my journey into metalsmithing, and am so grateful to have found you. It’s very inspiring watching you work and to be able to freely learn from your experiences. I’m so happy to learn from your last email that you have other social platforms for which we can learn from, too! I’ve just followed and shared you on facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest, and instagram. Can’t wait to watch more videos! Would love to know more about metal stamping, and possibly how to make your own stamps? Wishing you much growth and happiness in your business endeavors.

  17. Trish Hogan

    Have been a follower on U Tube for ages, also Pinterest & Facebook. Love your work.
    Have even chosen to buy from you & learnt from your videos, here in the land down under lol.
    Would like to know of an alternative to a rolling mill ?,
    Good luck with spreading your expertise.

  18. Priscilla Shorne

    I have been following unofficially but now I follow you on facebook, pinterest and youtube and I will sign up for the blog. I would like something on a really basic level – using the right file for the job and how to file straight without rounding the edges.
    Thanks for what you provide


  19. Gwynnda

    Hi Melissa,

    I am new at this about 9 months now. I am looking to do more artistic pieces and would love to see a video on sweat soldering.

    P.S. I’m so glad you are back to posting again and sorry you lost so much with the last blog.

  20. Rose Ann Gussy

    I’ve been following you for a while. Just wish I were geographically closer so I could come to your awesome studio for classes! I started following you shortly before you left the Midwest. Also I subscribed to your YouTube Channel, Pinterest and shared your post on Facebook. I would like a demo on using a rolling mill. I bought one ages ago and have never used it!

  21. Joyce Lucht

    I forgot to mention in my previous post … it would be great if you could share info on the various uses of a flex shaft. I have a bunch of attachments and no clue how to use them. I have used it, along with my Pepe jump ring maker, to make rings for chainmaille, but that’s it.

  22. sue

    Congrats on all your milestones…. BTW you on line classes were great, i did learn a lot from the soldering classes. I would love you to do more of those series. The tools i would love being shown are how use the tools by miland from the potter usa website. the double barrel bracelet bending pliers and other items. thanks sue

  23. MorganRae

    I already follow you on all those places. Sheesh I thought you already knew I stalk you. 😉 I’ll share this post. Ideas for videos- Tumblers, stamps, examples of different pickle ( maybe require permission though). I like when you do videos that are ways to improve using the tools most of us already have. Like you did with the filing the edge for solder, I had no idea about that. The tape on the smaller pieces while filing to help hold it. Little tips like that are great. Besides that I think you’re doing great, it’s just a matter of permissions from big companies to use their tools in videos. Like tumblers. Maybe more about sealing jewerly, or how to store it. Just thoughts.

  24. Kathee

    Tool time Tuesday idea: what are some tools we would have around the house that we can use when we don’t have the space or funds to buy the big guns? Love those teardrop earrings!

  25. Tricia Crowe

    Happt birthday to your little girl! It’s awesome of you to do such a generous giveaway. I love watching your you tube videos. Big fan!

    1. Tricia Crowe

      OK I’m challenged when it comes to posting on social media! But I think I was successful in sharing your post on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and I started following you on Instagram as well. Can’t have enough ways to receive your wonderful jewelry tips. I subscribed to your YouTube channel some time ago and always look forward to new videos!

  26. Pam

    Your indeed a SuperStar! Love the videos,learned more neat stuff from you than several classes I’ve taken!
    Many Thanks!

  27. Sally Hoffman

    Melissa, Melissa, Melissa – I have followed you and enjoyed all of your Tool Time Tuesdays. Was with you through your pregnancy and all of the complications and love this picture of that beautiful little 4 year old:O) You are so generous with your time, tools and instructions. Thank you so much. I have no suggestions for a video but will give it some thought and get back – I think you have covered so much already!! Off to collect more entries…..hugs to you!

  28. Jolene

    I feel bad that you have not made a profit….. but I really appreciate your videos. I am new to this craft and only discovered your blog a month or so ago. Keep up the awesome work!

    PS I would pay for your videos.

    1. Sally Hoffman

      Ok – if I’d read everything first I would not be cluttering up your post:O)…..commented on post, subscribed to blog, subscribed to you tube, likes FB, Pinterest, Twitter and instagram. DONE……..can’t wait for Saturday….

  29. Diana Davis

    Love your videos especially on the hydraulic press. I bought my Potter Press this summer and I look forward to your eBook on techniques for my press. I am using pictures from your studio setup to help me design my new studio.

  30. Jean Klein

    I follow you on FB, subscribe to your YouTube channel and always look forward to your Tool Time Tuesday posts. My skill level is still a novice level (my workspace is the kitchen table); so your expertise has allowed me to experiment and work on new skills. Thank you!

  31. maureen connolly

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    Congratulations on your 8 year anniversary!
    I love your tutorials – I shared on FB and Pinterest and signed up for your blog. I believe I am already subscribed to your YouTube channel – but I am on my way over to check it out!

  32. Amanda

    I would love to see videos on where you get your inspiration
    Also maybe some -if you don’s have that use this- kinds of videos
    Like if you don’t have a bracelet mandrel, use a bat, kind of videos
    Also I just shared/liked/followed/stalked you on pretty much all of it minus Instagram – I just can’t get the hang of that place
    Thanks for the chance!

  33. Jan Theriot

    I LOVE your work! It would be great to see more on the ring bender! I am now following you on UTube, FB, Pinterest, Blog, and Instagram!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  34. Maggie Mehaffey

    Hi Melissa, I’ve known you ever since the original JAN network that began so many years ago. We learned so much from each other! The technology has changed so much, and so many of the same people are now following you on Facebook and YouTube. Love your videos and admire your grit and wonderful spirit! Keep up the good work. Have you done any Keum Boo?

  35. Julie Leininger

    Love your tool demo videos and blog, been following for years and have learned so much. Thank you! Already subscribed/following your blog, youtube, facebook, Pinterest, twitter and instagram. Got all bases covered, crossing my fingers to win that ring bender. As for new video ideas, I would love to see how to use various types of hammers and stakes.

  36. Jeanne

    I would love to see a tutorial on Bella’s wedding release an optics like a fold formed piece or thin glass cabochons. I am following you on Facebook and Pinterest and your blog and YouTube. Thank you and congratulations on all your milestones!

  37. Judy

    Melissa, saw your craftcast class tonight and I really enjoyed it. Great earrings and technique and your teaching was fun and extremely clear. Thanks. Great blog too.

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Oh that is the best news I have heard tonight. Thank you. I still have butterflies in my stomach. I am so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Thanks for the great feedback.

  38. Wendy Drake

    Congratulations on your 5000 subscriber mark! I stumbled across your blog about a year ago by accident and have been expanding my jewelry making horizons ever since. I follow you through email, Facebook and YouTube. Thank you for increasing my metalsmithing knowledge!

  39. Amy Sabatier

    Thanks for sharing all your knowledge. You are a blessing.
    Fingers crossed for a win on that ring bender:-)
    Best to you! Thanks for letting us all know we can do it too.
    I follow you on FB as well.

  40. LindaBoBinda

    I think you would do very well if and when you charge. Your videos are raising the bar for everyone else. Your name comes up more and more in the ‘smith communities and you’re REALLY good at what you do. I have learned more from your videos, not only about how to make things but how to use tools and have become more critical of what I DO buy.

    Your baby is adorable!

    Good luck to the winner, what a generous giveaway from you and from Pepe as well!

  41. Diya Mckee

    Did 6 of the 7, I don’t have twitter. I would love to learn more a bout sawing metal, I have the basic skills but feel I could improve drastically! I would also love to learn more about ergonomics.

  42. Leslie DeWitt

    It is just a privilage to be able to post a comment on your blog. You are a joy to watch on YouTube, you do such a great job. I have been a follower of yours for several years now, keep up the fantastic work… And remember you can’t take that money with you that you really deserve by sharing your talent with us…. even though I do know it would be nice to have now to enjoy along with all the positive praise 🙂 I know I don’t need to tell you to enjoy your daughter, they do grow up so fast.. Next thing you know, you will have grandchildren that complete this crazy and wonderous life we have…

  43. Sharman Martin

    Thanks for all your videos. I especially like the tool reviews and demos as they help me decide if it is something that I could use. I am so jealous of all your equipment ;o)
    I follow your blog, youtube channel and pinterest boards.

  44. Jeanne Maliner

    Melissa, it is just wonderful that the girls are growing up to be such beautiful women, even the baby. I love watching them grow on Facebook. I also love your jewelry and the tips you share. One of my favorite pieces is Anita’s anniversary present that she wears constantly. Have a great Christmas.

  45. Renee

    I signed up again for your blog and for you tube. Follow you on face book & pinterest.
    Happy Birthday to your baby she is beautiful.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog thru 2 or 3 of your moves; glad to be back on the list.

  46. Yifat

    Happy birthday to you & your cute girl!
    I’ll be happy to enter to this great giveaway.
    I’m suscribe to you blog & youtube and i think also to your pinterest.
    I don’t miss any video of yours, it’s joyful to any metalsmith 🙂

  47. S. Estrada

    I love reading your posts/watching your videos, … You’re ahead of me on tool investigation 🙂 This is a very generous giveaway – thank you! Maybe something on tools for stone setting. I did a quick scan of youtube and didn’t see that you did any videos on that. I’m already subscribed to your youtube channel – I’ll see if I’m missing any likes/subscriptions to your various info sites!

    Thanks again!


  48. S. Estrada

    Oops – forgot to tell you where I shared: facebook, stumbleupon, pinterest, twitter, g+, linked in and I’m already following you in the various locales … 🙂

  49. Danis Garcia

    Hi Melissa! First very very happy birthday to your youngest daughter. I remember your strength as well as your fears during the first few fragile months after Kiari was born. What a blessed journey you are on.

    I was already boiling most of your websites and I have shared the links to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google plus, Instagram, and your blog. What a great giveaway!

    1. Danis Garcia

      P.S. That should have been following and not boiling in the first reply. I also shared the link to your YouTube address.

  50. Adrianne Snyder

    Sign me up for the giveaway! I enjoy reading your posts because I love how you incorporate your real life into them. They are always a delight to read. Enjoy your holidays Melissa!!

  51. Beatriz

    Melissa, your little girl is great – a fighter, great spirit and I can tell she has a great sense of humour as well (her expression is great!). And so are you. Thank you for being so generous, sharing so much knowledge and encouraging so many people.

  52. Sandy Yavorcik

    Melissa, I would like to thank you for your dedication to teaching. Your U-Tube videos are great, and invaluable to up and coming students who might not otherwise have access to free education. I co-teach with your friend and former student Nancy Layer. Her work is meticulous, and we have a great time with our students. Enjoy your children, for everything there is a season. My favorite tools are my Dapping block, and Foredom, could you please share more tips on the Foredom. Merry Christmas, Sandy

  53. Ellen

    Congratulations on your milestones! It’s great to see what you’re working on, and impossible not to drool over your tools and studio. Now that I’m (finally) getting my own studio space set up again, you can bet I’ll be visiting here more often for inspiration!
    Also, happy birthday to Kiari! …It’s hard to believe she’s already 4 years old.

    – Ellen

  54. Marny Janson

    Your blog posts have inspired some of my tool purchases and many tools on my wish list! Thank you for all the sharing, and especially for sharing the building of your newest studio! You’ve given me some great ideas.
    I’ve been following you on your blog, facebook, and You-Tube, and just began following on Pinterest.
    Happy Birthday to your little one!

  55. irene c kjærstad

    Congratulations to your sweet 4 year old girl 🙂 I am now following you on blog, fb, youtube, pinterest, instagram and twitter, and hope to win your great giveaway! I am a newbie to most metal work and will watch your videos and tutorials. My main interest right now is soldering.

  56. Lyn Stoll

    Exciting giveaway! Thanks for being open to sharing advice and I love the tools I’ve gotten from you! I’m subscribed to your tutorials and I’m a fan on Facebook!
    Amazing story about your little girl, what a miracle baby!

  57. Sharon

    Thanks for all you do!

    I’d love to see cold connections featured, particularly in regards to mountings for delicate items in pendants. Also, would love to see how to combine this with making fibulas for pendant/pin combinations or for dedicated pins.

  58. Robin Myers

    Hi Melissa, I enjoy your videos of the various pieces of equipment. But many of those tools are very expensive, and some take up quite a bit of space. I enjoy the videos that use basic equipment that stretches our skill set or expands our knowledge of working with metals or wire, or even an unusual material. You have many creative ideas that go beyond the basics. Keep throwing those ideas into the mix as well as the videos of equipment that goes on our want list.

  59. Karen Dougherty

    I LOVE your youtube videos! You are an inspiration. Thank you so much for taking the time to help aspiring metalsmiths learn from your skills. I would like to know more about the stones you use, and where you get them. I loved learning about tube setting stones. I’m going to try and find your blog post about the “miter cutting vise” and learn about that today.
    Love Love your work.
    Karen A. Dougherty
    P.S. Your daughter is precious.

  60. Sherrie Brittig

    Hi Melissa! A question I see coming up a lot on various Facebook forums is what polishing compounds to use. Perhaps a Tool Time demonstrating use of compounds and either a polishing motor, flexshaft buffs, or both; and comparisons of finishes and proper order if using more than one compound.

  61. Beth

    I appreciate all that you share! It is so generous to pass on what you have learned and make it available to EVERYONE! Following you has lead me to rolling mill purchase and now I want a Potter Press for Christmas. I loved your kitchen remodel!

  62. Leslie Gordon

    Thanks for your generosity. I just subscribed to your blog, although I think I already did a long time ago.(?) Love your Facebook posts too.

  63. Mickey Fehr

    I would love to see your work incorporated with leather for a fun change. I think your textures and designs are incredible.

  64. Cynthia

    Hi Melissa
    Love your tutorials/videos. You are an amazing artist and a great instructor.

    I would be interested in learning more about precious metal Clay (silver and gold).

    Thank you.

  65. Susan Barton

    I just discovered you, and so happy I did! I’m new to metalsmithing and love instructional videos and look forward to all of them. I don’t have any special requests or suggestions now, but give me time and I will.

  66. Jackie Arcand

    Hi Melissa! While researching a tool purchase about a year and a half ago (I believe it was for my first torch), I stumbled across one of your blog posts…and I have been thankful ever since! Most of the tools I have purchased since then have been based on those you have reviewed or recommended. I also have a “ooooh, that would sure be nice to have” list that is about a mile long…thanks to you too 🙂

    You do a great job at providing easy to follow tutorials and hands on, knowledge based reviews…I know I am not alone in saying “thank you for doing what you do…it is greatly appreciated”.

    Cheers from Canada…Jackie

  67. Alicia Monteith

    I believe that I have completed all 7 entries. I love your art, all of your pieces are beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  68. donna

    happy birthday to your sweet girl
    I follow your blog, shared the give away on Facebook, follow you on Pinterest and subscribe to your YouTube channel.
    I don’t know if you have a video about the flex-shaft, I would find that helpful; I’m just a little intimidated by it and I’m sure I’m not using it to its full potential.
    Thanks to you and Pepe tools for the give away.

  69. Jeanne Wagner

    Hi Melissa. Wonderful giveaway you’re doing. My operation is so tiny with almost no tools that any one of these would be a benefit to me. Not to mention those earrings! They look beautiful. 🙂 I’ve followed your channel a while back, and I just followed your twitter channel. And of course I subscribed here. Facebook, twitter retweet and Pinterest done in just a jiffy.

    I am recently interested in coaxing colors out of the metal – silver, copper and brass and bronze. A couple years ago, I took a class to learn how to make spiculum earrings and I was able to get an amazing blue patina. Unfortunately we didn’t learn how to seal the metal and I was too new at it to ask, and it turned black over time. Good thing I took pictures of them! So sealing would be great too. I love your time lapse videos. One thing I would add to them are text inserts from time to time with a short explanation or just a line saying what you’re using (product/tool).

    Thanks again!

  70. Laura m

    What a great give away! I have to say I have watched quite a few of your videos and did ten so helpful! You really are a great person so share your knowledge with the world

  71. Dana

    I love how informational your videos are, I always check them first when I’m ready to try something new. You have a video on moving metals where you touch on the different hammers. But there are so many hammers = Planishing, riveting, cross peen, ball peen, texturing etc etc etc. that I think it would be nice if someone (ahem maybe You!) could actually explain what all the different hammers are for.

    I’m already subscribed on you tube and following on FB just subscribed here, I like the new blog.
    Thanks for the opportunity!


  72. Michele Helders

    I purchased a tutorial from you a couple of years ago on how to make a spinner ring. The skills I learned from it opened up a whole new way of doing things for me and have enabled me to be much more productive and earn more dollars! Thank you so much! Keep the tutorial coming! I love your blog.

  73. Dee Bennett

    Hi Melissa…I am so glad I found your blog! I love watching your videos on Youtube…even though I think I know everything, I realize I have plenty to learn:) Every time I watch one of your videos, I learn something new. Thanks for the work you do and keeping us all informed…your hard work is much appreciated!

  74. Leslie Stewart

    Thank you for your willingness to share and teach. It is so appreciated! I have subscribed to your You Tube channel and your blog. I’ve liked you on Facebook. I hope I win the Pepe Superior Ring Bender!

  75. Karen

    Love your work and would like to enter the giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity! It would be welcomed into my studio with open arms.

  76. Robin Meyer

    Hi Melissa, I always love your YouTubes!! I think my favorite is the Tube Setting Video and I have turned about everyone I know onto it who is looking for direction in Tube Setting. When I am looking at videos, I am looking for clear, concise direction which you always do and also a finished product so we can see the outcome. Which you also do, at least on the videos I have watched. So, I think you should keep doing what you are doing. I would love to see tutorial on Hinges as I am making a hinged bracelet. Nancy Hamilton has one but I always like other perspectives. I think to make some money off of videos, you can have a tutorial as described above, and of course show the outcome, and then show a different piece you designed and to get the step by step directions on how to make, you can charge a fee?

  77. Missy Powell

    HI Melissa, I have been following you for many years and loved watching you grow. I first met you at cmag show in Portland where u demo the hydraulic press a few years ago. Your logo with the calla lily became my inspiration to learn spiculums. I have purchased all the press accessories from Potter because of yours tutorials. I have shown off your shop like it was mine… i wish ! Yes… i have been a subscriber in all formats since you started!
    I would love to see you show us how to maintain your flexshaft. It still intimidates most of us and we ignore all the recommendations but it gets the most use in the studio. ALSO alternative uses and accessories. May grace always find its way back to you. YOU have worked hard and deserve a big thank you from all of us!!! Happy Holidays to you and yours and Hugs!

  78. Missy Powell

    Okay… it worked. When using phone you have to scroll to the bottom of page after all 100 PLUS comments to get to a blank field. You need to enter your name email and website. If you leave comment with out this info it will say ERROR… missing information? It is Very small on phone to read. I did not have to log in. Once posted it days your comment is being mediated by Melissa before it will show in posted comments. Hope this helps.

  79. Lin

    Congratulations on all of those milestones. Your daughter is indeed a miracle child.!! I love your utube videos and reading your blog. I’ve missed some recent ones as I’ve been in a such a creative fog I can’t seem to do anything.

    You are so talented and a great teacher, keep them coming. And figure out a way to start charging so you can make a profit.. I know easier said then done .

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holiday season..

  80. Lana Kinney

    Well of course you know I’m a big fan of your videos and love love love your swage block. ..I’d love to see more projects to utilize that…I alredy subscribe to your youtube and facebook…I’ll go find your pinterest…that ring bending tool would look amazing in my studio and sure help with the strain on my neck…I’d love to win

  81. Amy Estelle

    WOW, what an awesome give-away! Thank you for the chance to win all of these great prizes! I already followed you on FB and Instagram, but here’s the summary for all my entries! Thanks!

    Blog — subscribed & commented
    Facebook — followed & shared
    Pinterest — followed & shared
    Instagram — followed & shared
    YouTube — subscribed

    PS, as for videos, I’d love to see even more on the rolling mill and hydraulic presses! 🙂

    Thanks so much!

  82. Paul Hall

    Hello, you have some great work. I did like your facebook page, but i dont have any of the other accounts set up. But i will probably get a youtube account in the near future. I saw some of your tutorials and you make everything look so easy. I look foreward to seeing more of your work as i am following you now. I really enjoyed the rolling mill tutorial though i dont have one. Possibly in the future i will get one, also the ring bender looks pretty cool. Thanks

    1. Melissa Muir Post author

      Thank you Paul. Yes, I do make things look ridiculously simple. But if I didn’t, people wouldn’t try it, right? 🙂 And, it wasn’t always simple for me either. LOL. You should see the piles of “dead pieces” on my bench. It is rather sad really.

  83. Sandy

    I have a lot to learn. Love homemade jewelry. I subscribed to your blog and youtube channel. I also signed up to follow you on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  84. Donna

    I love your work and follow your Blog, FB, Pinterest, Instagram and Youtube. Don’t have twitter but when I get them set up I will follow you on there too! I ordered my swage block and hammer from you and love them. I would love to see more settings, gypsy, tube etc. Have you heard Garth Brooks new song “MOM”. If not google it and listen. You are one of those Angels he was talking about!

  85. Ann

    I’m sorry to say that I have just found u … I love to watch videos to learn how to make jewelry the way it’s suppose to be made … I look forward in seeing more of your videos … I hope I’m the winner …

  86. Peg McCurdy

    Thanks for having so many wonderful, useful posts on your Pinterest . I have pinned everything I think will work for us. My son and I have been doing chainmaille for years. We both love working with metal, and leather. In the last few years my son has been lost most of his eyesight due to glaucoma. He needs to work with larger pieces than just jump rings. We have decided to invest in new tools and learn new crafts. He has more knowledge in metal than I do. He is also the creative one. Prior to his vision loss, he worked as a tool setter and has machining experience. I will be his helper with saws etc., his robot and QC. We haved worked well together for over 20 years and look forward to many more. With limited income winning this would be a godsend. If we don’t, we will someday have one. It’s first on our list of wants.

  87. Laurie Schutt

    I found you on youtube quite a while ago. I have found your videos so very helpful. Your daughter is beautiful. Congrats on your family and your talents!

  88. Rhonda

    Hi Melissa,
    I am doing everything with you except Twitter – I don’t tweet!!

    LOVE your blog and videos! Please don’t give up on us!!

  89. Lisa P

    You’ve probably already covered everything I could possibly want to learn – I just have to go watch your videos! I want to learn more about soldering, but need to find free time to learn. I subscribed and am following on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest…I think that covers them all! Thanks for the giveaway!!


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