an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

The Specials For Pre-Orders page is live!

Helix Bangle, size 8 rounds, by Christina Vandervlist. We’d love to see yours!

See that link up above, the one that says “Specials For Pre-Orders”?

That’s your page for special projects, extra photos, and book updates, so you might want to bookmark it, or subscribe to the blog. We’ll be adding new content every Friday (yes, we heard your massive outcry for Friday over Monday) but we won’t be emailing you to tell you about it after today.

Email is so glitchy, especially when we’re sending thousands. So in the future, you can use your password to log on to the Specials page, anytime you like, and see what’s new. The patterns and photographs will be there, in a nice string, and you can pull them up from wherever you are, or download them to your IPad, print them out, whatever you like.  Remember time zone differences; updates originate from Tucson, AZ.

They are in simple PDF form, so the colour is true and any computer can display them, and e-readers can hold them. We’ve got a neat e-book app that we’ll get everything loaded into, so that those of you with Kindles and such can just do your thing more easily.  Within the next few weeks, you’ll see a lot of things coming together like that.

Passwords are being mailed out to all pre-orders; due to a glitch on Kate’s end, those going out to Jean Power’s pre-orders were unable to be sent before England went to bed. By noon tomorrow we should be all caught up, and if the Internet ate your email like a cocktail olive, we’ll of course be happy to resend.

Email to report a missing email, but if you ordered from Jean, please wait until tomorrow late morning to receive yours. And thank you all very much.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

8 comments on “The Specials For Pre-Orders page is live!

  1. Mary Farrugia
    August 15, 2012

    Looking great, and masterpieces are not done in a day. Great projects to date as usual thank you.

  2. Karen Lincoln
    August 14, 2012

    thank you, the ring download finally loaded had to keep doing it but finally came up . again thank you. Karen

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      I think people just need to give it a minute to load. It’s a big file. I might replace them all with condensed versions, which would make things easier. It would still look as pretty, I think.

  3. Karen Lincoln
    August 14, 2012

    a popup keeps coming up that says I have to sign up to receive email from site is this junk or official. Karen

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      It sounds like you are clicking the “Follow” or “Subscribe” button. That is a system where if you click it, a box will pop up, and you put in your email, and then when the blog is updated you get an email message letting you know. It’s a good thing to do- that way you know when there is new stuff to look at.

      If you are trying to see the files, simply click on them in the list. For example, to see the Helix Bangle PDF, just click on the words “Helix Bangle”, which are in orange below. All of the orange words are hot-links, so that when you click them, a new page will open. Click “Helix Bangle”, and the Helix page will open. Then click the words “Helix Bangle” again, and WordPress will load the PDF for you, and you can look at it, or download it to your computer or IPad, or print it, if you like.

      There is a page for every one of those list items, and we invite you to explore them all!

      If you have difficulties using the web site, I’m happy to help. Please email me at and I can help you one on one.

  4. Marlene quigley
    August 14, 2012

    Can’t wait so excited just so inspired by your work

  5. evelyne
    August 14, 2012

    Thank you c’est très joli

  6. katemckinnon
    August 13, 2012

    Reblogged this on Kate McKinnon and commented:

    And…. we’re off.

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