Jewelry Book Gallery Call for Entries

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 4:59 pm

The book is called The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making and covers 10 different types of jewelry making: bead stringing, wire work (like wrapped loops and coils), chain making, fabrication (non-soldered metal jewelry), soldering, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber (crochet, braiding, macramé), resin, and mixed media. It is published by Creative Publishing International, who has asked me to do an update to the previous version published in 2010. The update should be out in spring 2014.

A high resolution (350 dpi resolution) image of each jewelry piece in .TIFF format, jewelry artist’s name and URL, and a brief list of techniques/materials used should be emailed to me at no later than August 30, 2013. Images should have good lighting and be very clear. Signed hardcopy release forms need to be mailed to me no later than August 30, 2013.

For the gallery, I need about 36 pieces that cover either one or a combination of techniques. For example, a piece could be a beaded piece with a resin or metal clay pendant created by the artist. Mixing media and types of jewelry making methods is fine. A few things I’m *not* looking for include pieces that have a great deal of wire wrapping (like the type done in the book Wire Wrapping by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey) or bead weaving.

Once submissions are received, they will be reviewed by the author and editor for possible inclusion in the text. Some of this will depend on need and some will depend on quality of design. For example, if I receive 30 bead stringing submissions, obviously, I can’t accept them all no matter how wonderful they are because I need a variety of techniques exhibited in the gallery.

Submission of jewelry pieces made of components primarily made by the artists versus pre-purchased components is encouraged. Jewelry pieces should not be previously published.

The release form surrenders all rights to the image of the piece over to the publisher, but the artist still owns the actual design used. This means the publisher has the right to use the photo of the piece in any form of media from digital to hardcopy. Contributors will receive a copy of the book (furnished by the publisher) but otherwise will receive no monetary compensation. A “by line” and URL of the artist will be included in a caption next to the image of the jewelry piece.

If you are interested, I ask that you run a general design idea by me including materials and techniques used before creating or submitting the piece. Feel free to ask me any questions. I appreciate your interest!


  1. Comment by Gina Leonard — June 25, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

    Afternoon Tammy, I wonder if I can actually get up the courage to try this. My understanding is that it is the photo of the piece that is important, not the piece itself. If I submit a photo, will I still be able to use that photo on etsy of fb? I am also lovecreating on the Forum…. Gina

  2. Comment by Robin Kae Reed — June 26, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Good Morning Tammy, I am very interested in talking to you. My daughter and I are stringers with some mixed media thrown in for good measure. We do a wide variety of designs and are developing a following [still in it’s infancy] and we do a large number of shows every year. I have a Pinterest page that has quite a few designs on it. I thought, if you have time, you could go to that site and take a look. All of our pieces are one of a kind, so we would not duplicate an item, but if you like the overall quality and flow etc, then I could get a couple of ideas together for you and see where we can go from there. that address is

  3. Comment by Tammy — June 26, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    Hi – While I can discuss general ideas, I do not have time to look through tons of photographs and select your submissions for you. I don’t want to sound harsh, but that’s just the reality of how this works. Both the photo and the jewelry design are equally important. If you have a great piece but not such a great pictures, then obviously, it can’t be considered for the book, and visa versa.

  4. Comment by Eileen — June 30, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    I blogged about this Tammy. What a great opportunity for designers who want to build their reputations. It sounds like you’re adding new content, e.g. resin. Can’t wait to see it!

  5. Comment by Tammy — June 30, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    Resin is in the book now, but we are adding new projects for all 10 sections, so it’s a pretty healthy revision. Thanks for helping get the word out Eileen!

  6. Comment by KG — July 5, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Will you be including bead embroidery?

  7. Comment by Tammy — July 5, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    KG – Not exactly bead embroidery. There is some beadwork in the mixed media section though.

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  9. Comment by Nancy Olivia Hoffmann — August 12, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    Tammy, you asked that we run our ideas by you before submitting a piece. I would like to submit two bracelets made of polymer clay.

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