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Book Review: Creative Beading Vol. 3

By Sandy Amazeen Aug 3, 2008, 6:02 GMT

Book Review: Creative Beading Vol. 3

• Step-by-step instructions for beadweaving, stringing, wirework, and more • More than 75 stunning projects • Editor-tested, beader-approved! Exciting new beadweaving techniques, creative stringing ideas, and playful wirework projects. That’s what readers have come to expect from Bead&Button magazine, and that’s what they’ll find in Creative Beading, Vol. 3, the annual bumper book of the best projects from a year of this favorite beading magazine. More than 75 jewelry projects ...more

Indulge your inner magpie with Bead & Button’s third addition to their Creative Beading series containing over 80 of their best projects culled from an entire year. These projects are divided into chapters that cover the scope of beading and jewelry making techniques. A nicely illustrated basics section introduces the most common stitches, wireworking, crochet and loomworking skills along with tools and findings.

Beginning with easily mastered bead stringing projects like the lovely "Bejeweled Bangles" or the "Art-glass Focal Bead" necklace, the focus turns to wireworked jewelry like the colorful "Dancing Bead Clusters" bracelet that combines a readymade chain with bunches of sparkling crystals and charms. Designs like the herringbone stitched "Blended Colors" bracelet provide an excellent way learning several new things at once as beaders see how different finishes and colors interact while mastering a cylinder bead toggle closure. Crossweave, chevron chain, netting, right-angle weave, spiral rope and kumihimo are just a few of the many techniques to explore.

Each of these projects has been carefully tested by the Bead & Button staff and includes a comprehensive materials list, step-by-step instructions, detailed color charts and photography along with helpful Editor’s Notes. In addition to being a terrific reference guide, this is a stunning collection of projects jewelry makers will be proud to wear or give.

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