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Beads of Glass

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ISBN-13: 978-0971964303
ISBN-10: 0971964300
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About the Author

Previous books:

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

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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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Michelle Alberigi McKenzie VINE VOICE on April 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Denise on August 2, 2005
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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 By E. glasheen on March 16, 2006
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patinky on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Serrano on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Missa Marmalstein on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly P on April 26, 2008
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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. It does inspire you to want to go make your own beads. It ranges from a lot of detail for the way most beads are made to an overview on some, but the pictures are complete in showing how each bead has been made. If you love glass beads you will love this book!
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