Surprise Giveaway!

September 9, 2014 , In: Events, General
I had planned to do a book review today but have been in bed since last Thursday (literally) with a tenacious upper respiratory infection. In addition to lots of coughing and persistent fever, it’s meant no play time in the studio, so no project samples. The book review will have to wait.
I decided instead to do a giveaway of a book that several members of the AJE have found inspirational since it’s publication, myself included.
Melissa Meman and I both used elements from this book in our Component of the Month challenge pieces for July.

Kristi Bowman used some for this lovely earring pair, which promptly sold.
And Linda Landig wrote a whole review for us last December after trying a lot of the projects – these lovely earrings are in her shop now!

If you haven’t already guessed, the book is Cindy Wimmer’s “The Missing Link” and I’m giving away a brand new copy to ONE lucky Art Jewelry Elements reader! Here are the rules:

  • Enter to win by leaving a comment below.
  • You must include your email address in the comment for the entry to count!
  • Comments received through 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, September 14th will be eligible to win.
  • The winner will be announced Sunday evening here and on the AJE Facebook page. (Have you “liked” us yet?)
  • I will contact the winner via email to arrange delivery.
That’s it! Entries are open to everyone, everywhere, so spread the word!
Until next time –

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson got bit by the jewelry-making bug in 2008, when she and a few girlfriends took a simple stringing class at a local bead shop. Now, she is co-owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio and gallery in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where Francesca creates and teaches metals, wire and enameling full time, and indulges an emerging interest in mixed media. She and her husband Nick have been married since 1989 and have one grown daughter.
    • Irene
    • September 9, 2014

    The book looks great. Would really like to win it.
    Thank you for the giveaway

    icbnett (at)

    • Irene
    • September 9, 2014

    Oops, I meant to say that I hope the infection clears soon.

  1. Reply

    Awesome! I have been meaning to buy a copy and haven't yet. It would be great to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Reply

    Very generous of you! I'd love a chance to win a copy!

    craftymoose @ yahoo. com

    Hope you feel better!

  3. Reply

    wow, this is great, I love the links portrayed on the previews and really wanted the book. it will be super awesome to win

  4. Reply

    This is on my beady book list and I'd be thrilled to win it. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Hope you are better soon, Francesca 🙂 I have a digital copy of Cindy's wonderful book but would LOVE a hard-copy!

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    Thank you for the giveaway, this book is on my wish list!

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    I purchased THE MISSING LINK from and have made a few of these links for my own use. Some of them are quite difficult for me-brain injury-but I will persist. A MARVELLOUS book….

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    Oh my … looks like the perfect resource for a metal and wire junkie like me. Please enter me in the giveaway – thrivesonchaos @ And feel better soon! =)

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    While enjoying the photos, I correctly guessed that you had selected Cindy's book! I'd love to win a copy — thank you for the opportunity! Feel better soon.

  10. Reply

    Hope you start feeling better soon. Your giveaway is wonderful. I would love an opportunity to have this book.

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    Get well soon. pohummer at yahoo dot com

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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    This book has so many great ideas and I have been eyeing it since it was published! jcwendel at Hotmail dot com

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    Oh, I'd love a chance to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Sonny
    • September 9, 2014

    Thanks for doing this give away. my e-mail is

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    I'd love to win this book 🙂 I was just flipping through it at a craft store the other day. The wire-work is so inspiring! My email:

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    Awesome! I would love a copy of that book!

    • sue
    • September 9, 2014

    This is a fantastic prize thankyou for the chance to win and hope you are feeling better.
    Doinwire at gmail dot com

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    I would love to be inspired and to learn all the techniques of these beautiful jewelry creations. I have the tools and would love to have the techniques this book would offer. Thanks for the giveaway and hope you feel better soon.

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    Oh, such a beautiful book (I've been leafing through it at the library 🙂 – and a great opportunity to win it. Thank you for the chance and hopefully you're feeling better soon!


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    Please see the doctor soon if the fever doesn't break? Lots of fluids and rest! Try some Wonton Soup with extra chive and hot mustard added, as hot as you can stand it (temperature and flavor-wise).. Lots of good anti-oxidants there. Thank you for thinking about of give-away while you're recovering!

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    Hope you are feeling better soon! Would love to win a copy of this book!

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    I have not seen the book yet, but have seen some gorgeous pieces made with the links in the book. thanks for the chance.

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    I hope you are feeling better, I just got over something that sounds just like what you have. Yuck!

    I have been thinking about buying that book because it looks so interesting! It would be even better to win! Thanks for this wonderful give-away!

    Kathy [at] Kurke [dot] net

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    So sorry that darned infection has kept away from your creative pursuits! I would love to win a copy of the book so I can find out how to make those "light bulb" links! Feel better soon!
    mibs2056 at gmail dot com

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    Thank you for the giveaway. I would love to win.

    Hope you feel better soon.


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    This is such a fabulous giveaway. Would love to win this. I love wire!! But my wire explorations have been limited to making spirals and I have been unable to move further. This book would be an added motivation to learn more. Hope to win this. Get well soon!!

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    I'd love to win. This book was on my Christmas list 🙂
    fulgorine @


  27. Reply

    Feel better soon! I think that book is just what I need! Thanks for the giveaway! pupton58 @ gmail . com

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    I would love to have some inspiration from this book.

  29. Reply

    Healing fairies on their way! Thank you for sharing your wire inspiration.

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    I love making bead and wire jewelry, and I could definitely use more instruction. Thanks for the chance to win! pk_sews at yahoo dot com

  31. Reply

    What a lovely idea to hold a book giveaway, especially this book. I loved the chains when they first started showing up in posts.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.


    • Mokki
    • September 11, 2014

    This giveaway is great, I'd love to have a look through and a play. mokkiblossom at gmail dot com

    • Cindi
    • September 11, 2014

    This books looks like a winner for me!! Thanks for the chance.
    Cindi T

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    Seems like a good book.


    • riley
    • September 12, 2014

    Thanks such a great giveaway! This could really help my jewelry making skills.

    • Helen
    • September 13, 2014

    Love the copper swirly link piece! I'd love to try this when I retire at the end of the year!

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    Hope you are feeling better. This book has inspired so many wonderful projects. I really like the chains… Would love to have a copy of this book!

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