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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164285
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm Heather Powers, the creative force behind Humblebeads. I'm an innovative bead and jewelry artist, creating art beads collected by bead enthusiasts all over the world.

My greatest joy is to inspire others to find their creative voice. Through my writing and design work I hope to encourage others to grab hold of what captures their imagination and spirit.

My inspirations stem from my childhood home on the shores of Lake Michigan and in the woods of my sleepy hometown. Birds, tree branches, leaves, flowers and sundries from the sea reflect the beauty of nature that inspires all of my work. When I'm not looking to nature for inspiration, I study the artwork of artist who find their muse in the natural world. A few of these artists include Van Gogh, Monet and Gustav Klimt.

My work has been featured on HGTV's That's Clever, PBS' Beads, Baubles and Jewels, in bead magazines and books.

I also organize an annual Bead Cruise and run the popular blog, The Art Bead Scene. Visit www.beadcruise.com and www.artbeadscene.com for more information.

Visit my website to learn more about my work: www.humblebeads.com

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The great thing is, you really can make this necklace too!
Jean Baldridge Yates
Heather Powers' new book, Jewelry Designs from Nature is an exciting journey through nature, art beads and unique beading designs and techniques.
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If you like the sea theme inspired jewlery, you will love the authors designs.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amy Henry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2011
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First, it must be said that the designs in this book are stunning. Gorgeous pieces with unique color combinations that are just a knockout. Really pretty stuff.

That said, I was disappointed for two reasons, which lowered it to 3 stars. One is that there's no real technical explanations so a beginner would likely have trouble. I'm not a beginner, but in this, there's really nothing new for me to learn. It's basic stringing practices, when normally I'd like to learn something new or be challenged.

The biggest disappointment is that she uses STUNNING and gorgeous beads and pendants. What's wrong with that? Nothing, except that after buying the book, you have to get access to these pieces which are not easily found. The majority of components are from small artists--good luck trying to find something even remotely similar. I went to some of the websites of the bead designers, and was unable to afford or find what similar options they had.

Thing is, if you had those gorgeous beads or pendants to start with, you wouldn't need instructions...they are lovely on their own. So I felt that too much of what was beautiful in this was dependent on having those as well. I may adapt some of the color schemes, but that's about the most I can get out of the book

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on August 31, 2011
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I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book because I really hadn't heard much about it. I was pleasantly surprised by its depth and subject. Let me explain. It would have been easy for Heather to do a bunch of stringing projects with her beads as the focal. As lovely as her beads and jewelry designs are, for me to buy a book, it has to have more substance than that. Heather accomplished this through featuring Art Beads by various artists in a variety of media, basing the theme of the entire book on inspiration from nature (woodlands, gardens, and sea), peeks at her sketchbook and design process, tips for creating with colors from nature, and interviews with some of the creators of the art beads she uses in her designs.

Included in the book are more than 30 designs. Some designs include brief instructions for matching earrings or bracelet or a variation for creating an entirely different look. She also includes a sidebar for every single design explaining her thought process, inspiration, and design choices. It's kind of like crawling inside her brain. Photos are clear and include some step by step photos. The layout for the instructions is different than any other book I recall. The first page contains materials list and explains creating the components step by step along with photos of the components. On the 2nd page of the layout is a nearly full page photo of the finished piece with numbers pointing to the location of that particular step.

One of my favorite things about each layout is the inclusion of whose art beads she has used for that particular design immediately under the title of each piece. I personally get frustrated when art beads are used and the artist of the bead is not mentioned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Eurto on March 20, 2012
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I find myself pulling this book off my shelf time and time again to peruse the projects and to look up my favorite art beads included. This is definitely a must have book for any designer and not only does it teach you how to become inspired, it inspires by itself! Heather Powers is a powerhouse in the world of art beads and inspiration. What are you waiting for!? Get your copy now! You won't be sorry!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nicki hall on January 26, 2012
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A fantastic source of inspiration for jewellery making. One of those books that you can look at again, and again, and again. Full of great techniques, beautiful detail, inspirational art beads, and just all round goodness. Definitely a must for any jewellery maker that creates unique/one of a kind items.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 24, 2011
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Heather Powers' Jewelry Designs from Nature is a collection of projects that are inspired by nature. It's mostly it's stringing and simple wire work designs with palettes chosen for their resemblance to natural settings.

Beads and pendants made by various artists out of various materials get the frames they deserve in this book. The techniques are simple, just right for a beginning jewelry designer to make pieces that are artistic and wearable.

The introduction includes the bead types and tools you'll be using. Basic wire working and stringing tools are all that's necessary for the pieces in this book. No specialty pliers or mandrels needed.

There are also good tips on getting inspired and how to use that inspiration to create beautiful pieces of jewelry.

The projects are wonderful. The focal pieces are well set in chains that carry the themes. One of my favorite things in the book is the use of baroque and stick pearls to emulate natural settings. It can be hard to find a use for those sorts of pearls that really suits their beauty.

The focal pieces are fantastic, and there is an artist list in the back of the book so you can find those pieces and other things made by the same artists. The techniques and ideas will also work well for pieces of a similar size that you get from artists at local shows.

My favorite piece in the whole book is the Birch Forest Bracelet. Having recently hiked through a birch forest, I can see the inspiration in the piece made with lampwork beads that have layers of colors that look like birch back and the seed bead part of the bracelet with it's leaves and accent beads looks luck and growing.
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