Unexpected Findings Book Blog Tour

I am excited to announce that I am one of the  co-contributors to Michelle Mach's fabulous new book Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components

This book takes a completely new approach to working with findings by focusing on nontraditional uses for them: bead frames become connectors; toggle clasps become pendants; filigree can be rolled to create tube beads or bails; and so much more.

Author Michelle Mach offers a thorough overview of the many different findings available, essential tools, and other materials, such as beads, wire, and cords and ribbons. Tips for modifying purchased findings with patinas, beads, hammering, painting, and other techniques is also provided. Fifty projects showcase one or more findings used in a new or unusual way. The designs include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which can be taken apart and reassembled to become different pieces of jewelry. Basic techniques, such as stringing, simple wirework, and basic metalwork, are also covered along with a thorough list of resources.

Here is a sneak peak at my three designs featured in this book -

Amy Ayres Bracelet

Dancing Damselfly Necklace

Brazen Blooms Necklace

Unexpected Findings Giveaway

What is a party without a fun giveaway?


Etsy Gift Card Grand Prize
$50 (Fifty Dollars) Etsy Gift Card (1 prize)

You can spend this on anything offered at the many individual shops on Etsy.  This could be fabulous art beads, cool jewelry findings, a hand painted coffee mug, a knitted scarf ... whatever you want.  (Note:  Not all Etsy shops accept gift cards, so if you win, you may want to do a search for those that do.)

Fun with Findings Prize Pack
First Prize
Fun with Findings Kit (2 prizes)

You can win some of the exact findings used in the book, plus a bunch of other findings that I thought were cool. (I ran out of room to add all the page numbers to the photo!) Prize packs include everything pictured here: jump rings, head pins (handmade by Miss Fickle Media and C-Koop), filigree links, clasps (hook-and-eye, ball chain, lobster), bead caps, cord ends, and more!

Second Prize (3 prizes)
To play off the "unexpected" in my book title, three winners will receive a small mystery pack of findings (valued at $8).  No photo or preview ahead of time.  It will be a surprise!


This giveaway is open to all visitors except the book's contributors and author (me).  Contributors are welcome (and encouraged!) to comment, but won't be entered in the drawing. 

One comment per person per blog post for a maximum of eight chances to win if you visit and comment on all eight book-related posts during the September 15-19, 2014 period. 

We'd love for you to help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  No extra entries, but lots of good karma!

I will contact the winners by email this weekend (Sept. 20-21) and post the winners here next week (Sept. 23).   Remember when you comment that I'll need an email address to contact you if you win.

Please visit all the co-contributors on the Unexpected Findings Book Blog Tour:

Monday, Sept. 15
Michelle Mach

Tuesday, Sept. 16
Lorelei Eurto
Erin Siegel

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Cindy Wimmer
Erin Prais-Hintz

Thursday, Sept. 18
Andrew Thornton

Friday, Sept. 19
Denise Yezbak Moore

Click here to purchase a copy of Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components

I hope you enjoy the book blog tour!  



  1. I'm so loving this blog hop/book tour! I can't wait to get my hands on the book and see all the designs up close! I'm quite smitten with what you did in your Brazen Blooms necklace with those bead caps. Yum!

  2. Would love to win a copy of this book and discover some new ideas for my jewelry making. Congratulations

  3. I love that bracelet! and that this link up is bringing me to such fun sites! jillimarsh at gmail dot com :)

  4. My favorite is the blooms necklace, Gorgeous pieces. What a great book.

  5. Hi Denise, I have been a fan of your designs since I saw the first one in a magazine. These three are no exception. The filigree used as a clasp is a really cool idea. My favorite of the three is "Brazen Blooms." I can hardly wait to get my hands on this book.

  6. You have such a beautiful and identifiable style Miss Denise! I knew these were yours when I spotted them! So happy to be sharing this with you! Enjoy the day! Erin

  7. Love how you used the bead caps! My fav is the bracelet with the pop of color. Congrats!! Can't wait for the book....

  8. These are all so neat. Now I'm looking forward even more to getting the book

  9. The books looks very inspirational, and your contributions are very lovely. Congrats.

  10. Thank you, Denise! I'm so happy to have some of your signature designs in this book--you have such a unique style. I especially like the clever clasp on the damselfly necklace. You can make a clasp out of anything!

  11. your pieces rock, as usual, girlfriend!

  12. Love your work! Can't wait to get the book. :)

  13. All unique but I am loving the blooms necklace!

  14. Beautiful pieces of jewelry. Love the book and the concept.

  15. Love your work Denise. I esp. like the combo of different components in the Amy Ayres bracelet. Congrats on the book! Can't wait to see all the unexpected component uses and wonderful designs by all the contributors. Again... Congrats!!

  16. I love the way you use the brass pieces. All are beautiful and inspiring designs. Congratulations.
    acbeads at gmail dot com

  17. I really like your designs, I think this is going to be one of my go-to books to refer to often!
    Louise: want2bead at yahoo dot com

  18. Wow, these are lovely, Denise (especially loving that bracelet!)

  19. Those are great. I can't wait to see the book!

  20. I've been waiting for this book. Love the way you used the bead caps and the piece of filigree.

  21. You pieces are beautiful. I really like the bracelet!

  22. I can't wait to see the book and all the wonderful talent inside. Such wonderful pieces.

  23. I love the use of a filigree as a hook for the clasp. Beautiful pieces. (kmp133@yahoo.com)

  24. I can't wait to study your beautiful designs - and all the others in the book!

  25. I love the way you incorporate fibres into your finished jewellery. It adds such a softness and a contrast to the metals used.

  26. I've long admired your work, and that bracelet is so stunning. Can't wait to see this book. Such creative designers.

  27. I love your work for this book. Beautiful and smart at the same time. I'm looking forward to perusing the book and pushing my imagination in new directions after seeing what all of you artists accomplish. Looks fab so far! wirednan13(at)hotmail(dot)com


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