Beading Gem Journal Book Review

Our dear friend Pearl, CEO and Woman in Charge of the Beading Gem Journal has reviewed our book, Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry.  A wonderful review by a classy lady! Thank you, Pearl!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Some of the loveliest found objects for jewelry making has to be sea glass and pretty stones.  Throw in crystals, pearls and gemstones and these are the fixings for delicious jewelry designs.

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry is the name of the book I just received for review.  It celebrates the beauty of natural materials combined with man made ones as well as an intrinsically relaxed progress in the design process.   

Clamshell Bracelet and Earrings

This new inspirational and instructional book is by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Both designers are also instructors and one assumes, also great friends.  I was disappointed there wasn’t anything in the introduction, other than their mutual love of sea glass etc, which explained  how their collaboration came about.

Book Review organic-wire-and-metal-jewelry beginner

The book covers several different  techniques such as balling wire, drilling, stamping, riveting, forging and texturing metal.  While there are clearly metal work methods involved, the tools used are not majorly expensive ones. They use a drill to help coil the wire faster!

They certainly make a good case for learning how to use a hand held torch. It is not only used for balling wire ends but to anneal wire so it is soft enough to be forged or textured.

One awesome technique I learned from the book was how to braze copper, an easy soldering technique just for this metal. A torch and a brazing rod are needed.  The Vines and Tendrils pendant uses this technique to great effect. As you can see from the instructions below, 3 U shaped wire lengths are brazed together at the back. The wire ends are then either scrolled in the front or used to create the bail. Neat!

The authors show how to drill sea glass and stone  and even how to set a grommet in the hole.  But I was pleased to see a number of projects which did not require any drilling.  One example is the Waterway pendant featuring a coiled wire surround for the stone or sea glass focal which is held by cross wires both front and back. Adding beads to the front cross wires is a delightful touch.

My favorite design from the book was the Mermaid Tears collar.  This design was absolutely true to the book’s theme as the various elements were indeed fashioned organically around the metal collar.  Every design created with this style is bound to be one of a kind!

Mermaid Tears

This book is not for absolute beginners but for jewelry makers further along the journey – the late beginners and intermediates – who are willing to try new techniques and are not hung up on symmetry and preciseness but love to go with the flow with organic materials.

Thank you again, Pearl!

Original Review  by THE BEADING GEM






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Nautical Cottage Book Review and Giveaway!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

My dear friends way way over in the western side of the United States (Washington…) have posted a book review on our  Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry

Marie Rhodes, CEO of Sally Lee By The Sea and Nautical Cottage have kindly reviewed this book and are offering a giveaway of a signed copy along with a beautiful copper bracelet!  The bracelet is one of the tutorials shown.

A fun giveaway and would love for you to simply follow the directions to enter this giveaway – what could be better than to win a signed copy of the book, along with a fabulous copper bangle??

See you on the beach!  Regards, Beth and Eva

 Sea Glass Jewelry!  Learn to Make Jewelry Give Away!

You’ll be amazed at what you can create!  Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry is over 100 pages of stunning jewelry made with sea glass, stones, and crystals.  Kalmbach Publishing asked if I would review my friends new book, and I certainly couldn’t refuse.

As someone who has never possessed the manual dexterity or patience for creating jewelry, I think that I could actually make something after reading this new book.  The book is bursting with exceptional up-close photography which walks you easily through each process.  The explanations of basic tools and techniques are written clearly and for those without any jewelry making experience, it all makes sense!  Once you learn the how to’s of working with different organic elements, the book teaches you numerous beginner and intermediate projects. Again, the photography is exceptional and the instructions easy to understand.  If you’ve had the desire to learn jewelry making, especially using sea glass or other natural elements,  I highly recommend this book to you!

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry features an incredible breadth of styles, from delicate necklaces of sea glass, crystals, and pearls to bold cuffs and free form rings.  Eva Sherman & Beth Martin have provided jewelry makers with clear instructions and readers will see firsthand the design potential of using found objects.  The friendly collaboration between these two inspired artists is reflected in their harmonious pairing of natural elements with free form wire and metal techniques.  The book is second to none as far as showing step-by-step tutorials on 25 fabulous jewelry designs!  Kalmbach Publishing released the book for sale on March 24, 2014.

Co-author, Beth Lampe Martin, is also the owner of Beach Glass Shop on Etsy, where you’ll find hand crafted beach glass jewelry. “My beach glass is authentic, genuine and surf tumbled! I invite you in to explore the many hidden treasures from the shores of Lake Erie.”

We sincerely congratulate Beth and Eva on this beautiful book that will be used by millions around the globe to create amazing pieces of natural jewelry!

Beth has graciously offered a giveaway to our readers that you’re sure to want to enter and WIN!!!
The winner will receive a signed copy of the new book, Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry, valued at $21.99. You will also receive a handmade piece of beach glass jewelry made by Beth, valued at $40.00.  The Solitaire Bangle is a swirling copper wire atop a lovely beach gem makes a magnificent bangle—and this piece is elegant even without an accent bead. We made both pieces in copper to embrace and celebrate our favorite metal.
Solitaire Bangle

Solitaire Bangle

Posted on April 9, 2014 by  in Beach Cottage Decor


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Book Signing at BAYarts

March 21, 2014
Book Signing
“Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry”
Author Author!!!

Author Author!!!

It was 4 years from conceptualization to realization, but we did it! My co-author Eva Sherman and I began talking about writing a book featuring sea glass as a jewelry design element back in 2010. After revising the concept of the book several times, finding a publisher, signing a contract, starting over with the photography halfway thru, and a few other 2 steps forward – 3 steps back dance moves, the book was finally finished at the end of 2013. Then we waited. And finally!!! The BIG Day of our first book signing arrived.

With many thanks to BAYarts, who made it a such a wonderful evening (we felt like brides at a wedding), Eva’s husband, Jeff Sherman who provided the perfect musical accompaniment, dear daughter Jesse who helped with the raffle, and all our other family and friends who helped out, contributed, encouraged and just generally coped with our bad days, and kept us down to earth during the walking on air days…..

Love to all!
Beth and Eva

posted April 4, 2014
reprinted and amended  

Eva Sherman Designs


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Craft Test Dummies Book Review

A GREAT book review from Jenny Rohrs, CEO and Craft Queen ofbeth one


Today I have a special share for you- a book written by two of my favorite people (and SUCH talented jewelry artists, to boot!) Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry was written by good friends and local artists Beth Martin and Eva Sherman.

 To continue reading this book review, click HERE

Jenny has been with us since the beginning of the “let’s write a book” discussion.  Now that  has come to fruition, it was nice to see Jenny try one of our tutorials “Catch a Wave” ….

Thank you Jenny!!


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