Four Things You Didn't Know About Michelle Mach's Unexpected Findings Book

California Poppy necklace by Michelle Mach

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes during the writing and editing of a great beading book? Michelle Mach shared four fun things with us about her newest book, Unexpected Findings. Read on to find out more about what really goes on during the writing and editing of a beading book!

Too Many Michelles.  My editor's name was also Michelle.  This made for some confusing moments:  "I thought Michelle was working on that part!" I tried to always say "my editor" when writing emails to the contributors.  I didn't want them to think I was that weird person who talks about herself in the third person.  "Michelle thinks we should …"

Too Many Erins.  There are three Erins in this book (Erin Strother, Erin Prais-Hintz, and Erin Siegel).  That also made for some potentially confusing moments when I was sharing projects with the Interweave team:  Erin made that necklace … no, not that Erin … not that one either … the other one.

Sorry, Conan.  I'm used to having my project names changed by magazine editors, so I wasn't surprised when my book editor wanted to change my original name for the Metal Mixology bracelet.  I originally named that one Conan, a play on the word "cones" (as in, bead cones).  It's a bracelet could be worn by a male, although I'm not sure if it would be better suited for Conan O'Brien or Conan the Barbarian.

California Dreamin'.  At the photo shoot, I watched the staff take tons of potential shots for the book cover, including the one on the left.  (I added the text myself.)  As I was writing the book, the California Poppy necklace pictured here was the one project that I kept hearing would definitely, certainly, absolutely be on the cover.  And it wasn't!  That was just fine with me, but it was a surprise when I saw the final cover for the first time.  

That California Poppy project is one of my personal favorites because I grew up in California.  It also caused the most teeth gnashing.  I shared a version of this project in my book proposal.  The Interweave team asked me to make a minor change and I broke a big metal component in the necklace when trying to rework it.  Twice.  Argh!  It was a good thing in the end; I came up with a much stronger design using a different component.  This final version of the necklace is going to last forever!

All of her hard work certainly seems to have paid off! Do you want to learn how to use your favorite jewelry findings in highly creative, stylish jewelry-making projects? You'll find a delightful surprise on every page of Michelle Mach's Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components. With jewelry-making and beading projects from some of your favorite designers and artists, you'll come back to this beading book again and again. Get your copy of Unexpected Findings: 50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components and learn how to make fabulous jewelry with your favorite findings.

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