Gems and Beads
Using the handy easy-reference Q&A format, this comprehensive guide for both beginning hobbyists and experienced jewellery makers opens with a detailed section that describes the many different kinds of beads available to craftspersons.
Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, this book also serves as an excellent refresher course. It offers a practical review of bead jewelry making techniques, with straightforward instructions and clear step-by-step diagrams. Readers are taken back to the very beginning to help them learn about the tools they will need, how to care for them, and the materials they will work with. Three simple practice projects are provided for making a pair of earrings, a simple necklace, and fringing a scarf. A guide to weaving beads on a loom includes two easy-to-follow beadweaving designs plus advice for creating original designs.
Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider helps beaders to refine their skills and learn how to apply what they know to new, creative projects. Thirty all-new jewelry-making projects, plus alternates, set the tone for this book as fresh, colorful, and playful. These projects are organized into three categories including technique-based projects, material-based projects, and design focused projects. But more than projects, this insider’s guide covers everything that is crucial to beaders such as expert tips, time- and money-saving tricks, inspiration, design trends, techniques, innovative materials and products, and most importantly, fun. The secrets, tips, and tricks are inspirational nuggets and are desirable, must-have ideas for aspiring beaders. Jewelry makers are sure to love this light and fun book that will make them feel like they are getting a private beading lesson from a girlfriend who just happens to be an expert!
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