Friday, November 23, 2012

Design and Create Your Own Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendants by Tela Formosa

*****Please note! My ebook is no longer available online. Please contact me if you would like to purchase it. Thank you! tela dot formosa at gmail dot com******
The day has arrived...  I finished my book. Design and Create Your Own Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendants

Nothing else has existed for me in the last month or so. I have wracked my brain and pushed everything to the limit to create this. I listened to you all. I wove in your ideas and I think I have answered all your questions.

Without rambling on, which I find myself wanting to do, here is the ad for the book. :)
(sample images can be found by clicking the above link.)

Below is taken from the description:  

Your purchase is for more than just a tutorial; this is a true eBook, an all encompassing guide to wire wrapping cabochons. I've been asked so many questions about how I work over the years, and, there seems to be so much interest in a complete break down of how to wire wrap cabochons, that I sat down to write this detailed book to answer all of your questions.
This book is intended for people with some experience in wire wrapping. Very detailed instructions on basic skills is not given. However, it is a very good book to begin with. This is about much more than simply technique. It is intended to help you transcend craftwork into artwork. Technical skill is only a small part of the whole process. It will be good to learn what this book has to offer as you begin your adventure into wire wrapping.
If you have purchased any of my tutorials in the past, know that this is different. It is NOT merely a project driven tutorial. This is a book which gives you a whole new approach to wrapping cabochons. It will give you the tools to design and create YOUR OWN cabochon jewelry. Don't rely on using the designs of others. Reach into yourself and design to reflect your own style.

This is written as if you and I were sitting at a table together. It has a conversational tone and logical flow.

I give you dozens of tips and examples which will both inspire and instruct you. This book will empower and encourage you to create ART versus Craft.

I examine how I evaluate a stone.

I walk you through how I approach a cabochon project.

I take you through a simple wrap from start to finish in order to demonstrate tips along the way.

Another project is done in "real time", while I document each step whilst attemping the completion of a complicated design.

One project is designed to show you how to complete a neat back on your piece.

The emphasis, throughout, is that YOU, too, can design and create your own jewelry.

From the introduction in the book:
Making jewelry with wire is a passion of mine. I have developed my own style over a very long period of trial and error. I never knew any other wire wrappers and there were precious few resources that I could find online back when I started, in 1999. There are so many available now that a good question might be, “Why do I need another tutorial or book?” Well, because this one is different. I'm not going to spend a third of this rehashing old information about tools, findings and wire. I am going to talk about what makes what you do, Art. How do you transcend Craft and create Art? Good technique is one way to craft well, but what gives a piece that extra spark? I examine that and more.

You'll see how to work with the stone not against it; how to incorporate the energy of the stone- that thing that makes it speak to you, be it the shape, color, pattern, a combination, or, something else. How does one listen to the stone? Once you have learned how to work with the stone, you will learn not just technique, but when to use the technique to best bring out the stone's beauty. You will learn the Gestalt Theory of Wire wrapping. The theory that a well made piece transcends the parts it is made of. The stone will be emphasized, the technique will be done in a way so as not to distract from the stone, but contribute to the overall beauty and quality of the piece.
Chapter list:
1 Introduction
2 Gestalt Theory of Wire Wrapping
3 Right Brain
4 Tools
5 Wire
6 Cabochons
7 Designing For The Stone
8 A Basic Project
9 Preparation
10 Let's Begin Wrapping
11 Binding
12 The Border Frame
13 Bails
14 Finishing
15 Review
16 Working Out A Complicated Design
17 Backs
18 Conclusion
19 Resources
Tips Index

There are 102 pages and over 200 great quality, relevant pictures to fully document my approach to wire wrapping cabochons.

The download is 6.55mb pdf.

Along with the purchase of this eBook comes a second, BONUS, ebooklet, adapted from the series on my blog; What I Look for in a Stone. It has 22 pages and 37 images. It is 1.1mb. This text goes along well with the eBook and supports the chapter on cabochons. Rather than reading it online, I am providing you with this convenient pdf.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

eCraft Fair

Sarah, of Saturday Sequins, is hosting an online craft fair this Saturday, November 24th. So, after you're done with the madness on Friday, head over to her blog and check out all the vendors. There will be lots of variety. I know, I can't wait. It should be fun and a nice break from the brick and mortal mayhem this weekend.

While you are at Sarah's blog, have a look around. She has a sequintastic blog, always full of fun, and sparkly things.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Almost Finished

About a year ago, I began thinking about writing a book. I had a block as to how to start. I made individual chapter documents, but couldn't fill the pages. I got as far as the introduction and had know idea how to proceed. I put the idea away for awhile. With Winter coming on, I decided that I would have the time to give it another try. Your input has helped a lot.

I'm happy to say that I have about 100 pages finished now and I think I have covered everybody's suggestions. Especially Joyce's, who hoped that designing wasn't all about intuition. 

This book will not be project driven. It is about how YOU can design your own pieces. I have demonstrated the skills you will need, with dozens of tips and 100's of images, so you can  successfully create your own masterpiece.

I am using lots of examples, including one project to complete together, one completed in real time and others to follow along, if you wish.

This has turned into an encyclopedia. It will also include a really great resource page full of the stuff I actually use and an index to all the tips.

This is written as if you and I were at the table together working. It has a friendly tone, is easy to follow with a logical progression and flow.

One of the projects I completed in the book
I hope to have this pdf eBook finished within the week. It will include a bonus pdf text, as well. :)

I would have been finished earlier, but I got my new camera (Yay!) and had about a day to get used to it. Blow up the image above. It was taken with the Canon G12. I'll do a review of it after I've had more time with it.

Thank you everyone!!!!!

Have a great day... I'm off to work on the book again.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Working Hard

No, I haven't fallen off the Earth. :)

I've been busy 12 hours a day writing my new eBook. I have done little else. It is positively flowing from me. I'm not really sure where it will end, yet. But, I'll know when it is done. It will be a happier note than was Daniel Day Lewis's infamous last words in Let There Be Blood -- "I'm finished." Though, I think it will be no less abrupt. I have clear ideas of what I want to accomplish and when I feel I have done it, that will be it. "I'm finished."

I have gone over tools, wire and a secret weapon. I have talked about design with lots of examples and I have gone over cabochons. I have finished one project, so far. Tip boxes and factoids are liberally scattered through out and the text is easy to read and follow. In short, I'm really pleased with how it's fleshing out. (If only formatting wasn't such a time consuming drag!)

So, that's it, that's my post-- just a little update to let you know that I am serious about this book and, of course, I'm still alive. :) Not even any visuals today. I'm off to get back to work---

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Back to Basics

Well, the weather has definitely turned colder. I had to get my slippers out. Sandy came in warm and left cold. She also left some flooding and other messiness, but my area fared quite well, all in all. I am left now with news stories of how bad it could have been. New Jersey and New York have my heart felt condolences for having suffered Sandy. 

Colder weather means a few things for me. One, I can't cut slabs into preforms. Two, I can't cab. I may get a few stray days left to cab, but those days are pretty much behind me. So, I have plans to learn how to use my rolling mill and to work on a new tutorial. Which brings me to the point of this post.

My idea for a tute is to do a simple wrap with all the tips thrown in along the way. It won't be project driven. I want to try to explain why I do things a certain way. It won't be the end all of tutorials because everybody has different ways of doing things. This will be my way of doing things. I'm thinking it will be pretty involved. I'm also thinking it will be very helpful to have a firm grasp of the basics to build on.

There is a problem with my plan, though. I work without thinking too much about it. Recently, I made a piece and really thought about what I was doing and why. I realized that I take a lot for granted, having done this for long.

A simple piece, but how do you explain it?

So, on my next piece I tried to imagine describing absolutely everything I was doing. But, then I wondered- What do people really want to know? What is it that people have trouble with? How do I do this without being too simplistic?

What part of this do people really want to learn?

I am putting those questions to you, the reader. What is it that really needs explaining? What would you like to see? Do you want a complete walk through? Are there specific things that need to be explained? Give me your thoughts. I am too close to the subject to be objective. :)

Once the basics are down, the rest is easy.

I will have to learn a new camera, though. After much hand wringing and anxious debate, I have decided to get a new camera. My digital camera is 12 years old. It was the height of technology when new with 3.2 megapixels, but now I find I need more cowbell. My Nikon still takes awesome and incredible close up pictures. It is still a sought after camera on eBay! I hate to part with its fabulous lens, but I will for the sake of modernity. My friend Laura, CookOnStrike, who is pretty smart about cameras, helped me figure out a new one to get. I am leaving the Nikon family and joining the Canon family. I have decided to get a G12. I love the flip LCD monitor which will replace the swivel body on my Nikon which I also loved. After reading reviews and comparisons, I learned that the Canon beat the Nikon competitor. So, as soon as I can, I will be ordering the G12. I'm getting a little old to be learning too many new tricks, so I'm hoping the learning curve won't be too steep. ;)

That's it for now. Be sure to leave your thoughts about a new tute, it will help me a lot.