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Beads of Glass [Hardcover]

by Cindy Jenkins
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2003 0971964300 978-0971964303
Get ready to enjoy a wondrous journey into the fascinating world of glass beads. The tour begins with a vibrant gallery of beads and beaded objects from all over the world. Next is an intriguing behind-the-scenes peek at the artists, their work, and their philosophies. The extensive how-to section's step-by-step action photography allows you to see at a glance exactly how beads are nade. Imagine all the fun you'll have as you turn page after gorgeous page.

Whether you're a collector, a crafter or just plain curious, this book satisfies your need to know. If beads are your passion, this is your passport to paradise.

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About the Author

Previous books:

You can Make Glass Beads 1993 Pyro Press
Making Glass Beads 1997 Lark Books

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Pyro Press (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971964300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971964303
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for budding beaders. A gorgeous book October 5, 2004
This exciting book on lampwork beads is a must-own for anyone getting into glass beads. The first part of the book is a gallery featuring a number of artists. They give biographies--how they got into glass, their vision, and insight into their approach to this demanding art form. Their work, of course, is breathtaking; this is the best of the best. The photography is clear and brings each work to best advantage.

Then the second half of the book shows HOW the beads are made, from simple techniques to some very advanced use of foils, enamel powders, shapes, molds, encasing and sculptural methods. I was surprised how some of the beads were created. My favorites were window-etched beads. Some of the flowers inside these tiny marvels don't seem possible to be made of glass-they look real. Incredible.

Even if you don't make beads (I don't, at least as of yet) and if you collect them instead, this book is fascinating reading, giving insight and knowledge into this ancient and exquisite craft. Highly recommended for anyone interested in lampwork beads.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beads of Glass April 4, 2006
This is an excellent reference for the glass beadmaker. The images are inspiring and provocative, and many of the glass artists explain their process in a step by step guide in the second half of the book. After learning their processes for creating their art glass, it's easier to create my own unique pieces. A super book!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Lampworker MUST Have This Book!!! August 2, 2005
By Denise
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Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!! The pictures of the beads in this book are amazing. I love seeing the pictures and reading a little about the people who actually made the beads!! And the whole last half of the book is Tutorials!!! WOW... What a wonderful and generous display of knowledge. Thank You Cindy for putting this together!! Well Done!!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beads of glass March 16, 2006
this book is clear, inspiring and very helpful, informative. It is especially so, if you are a novice beginner as I am. I have no difficulty with clearly, pictured demonstrations provided. Cindy Jenkins has two excellent glass bead books, and now I do too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality Book February 15, 2008
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I had seen this book in book lists of various suppliers but as there are so many books on bead making the title did not get my attention. After reading reviews in Amazon I bought the book and was sorry I had not purchased it earlier. This book is excellent in every way. The quality of the book is very high. The pictures are great. The selection of projects is very good as even beginners can tackle some of the beads and get encouraging results. I believe this book will appeal even to non-flameworkers who want to find out how beads are made. A minor criticism is that the artist interviews were a bit repetitive. I guess beadmakers think alike in more ways than glass work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but disappointing May 15, 2012
By Patinky
While I would give Ms. Jenkins' first book about glass bead making a five-star rating, this one missed the mark for me. There are some gorgeous beads shown and about half the book contains brief tutorials. The photography is first class. However, the focus is on short sketches (approximately two pages per artist) about bead makers and how they got into lamp work.

This book is pretty to look at but it is a mix of eye candy, short bios and brief instructionals, none of which are covered in detail. The instructionals, to me, were insufficient for the beginner yet not advanced enough for the experienced lampworker looking to learn new or advanced techniques.

If you want a coffee table book for guests to flip through, you might like this one. I'd get Ms. Jenkins' first book if I were a beginner or intermediate needing instruction---it and Corinna's "Passing The Flame" are far better for teaching.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beaderific August 19, 2006
This book was not only a great learning tool, it was great inspiration. I would advice any lampworker to add this to their library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 30, 2008
I took a weekend beginning beadmaking class, and my teacher sent me home Saturday night with this book. I read it cover to cover and went back the next day inspired by all of the talented beadmakers who were so generous as to share their years of experience. I made much better beads that second day, and have been hooked ever since. The biographies are inspiring; so many discovered beadmaking and and changed careers.The techniques are well illustrated with photos. I highly recommend this book to motivated beginners.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beads of Glass
I just love the really neat beads and their information and instruction. It is written in easy to follow instructions and tips.
Published 8 months ago by Jan Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful...
I recommend everybody who are interesed in making lampwork glass bead ...very inspiring and helpful and some tips in the book are very interesting.. Read more
Published 10 months ago by gayenalbantolgu
5.0 out of 5 stars glass beads by cindy jenkens
This book is great for all levels of bead makers. Great pictures, good explanations and very good technical appendix. Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by carld
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!!
A fellow lampwork artist suggested I purchase this book to further my knowledge on my glass work but I didn't realize what an awesome book this was until I received it and quickly... Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by Sandra L. Terrado
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal book
Beads of Glass by Cindy Jenkins is a must have for anyone interested in making or loving glass beads. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Vicki Maheu
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Beads and Generous Artists
This book is a good combination of what lampwork beads can be, at their finest, who makes them, and how. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by mtot7359
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the beginner
This is a wonderful book to begin with if you have never melted glass in your life, or if you have had minimal training. Read more
Published on August 18, 2008 by Tracy Quigley Bailif
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Book
I love this book with its many designers showcasing their work. Many styles of lampworking are covered. The techniques are understandable. The pictures are beautiful. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by flowergal
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, beautiful pictures for anyone who likes glass beads
This book has lots of pictures of beads that are so creative and beautiful it is a joy just to look at them. It could even be a coffee table book. Read more
Published on April 26, 2008 by Kelly P
3.0 out of 5 stars Beads of Glass
The book has a good cross section of artists and techniques to inspire any bead maker.
Published on March 8, 2007 by Rebekah Welty-Ford
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