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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610165
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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As its name suggests, Links focuses on the possibilities in connecting and attaching beads to wire, wire to wire, beads to beads. Though not as sophisticated a portfolio as Campbell and company,Yates does provide satisfactory, well-styled earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Her differentiation can also be found in the sources of inspiration, rifling through antique stores or button boxes to discover just the right look. Sidebars include brief questions and answers with artists and design tips; plenty of up-front groundwork—information on materials, tools, and techniques—prepares beaders to tackle any one of the 35-plus projects. Coins, pearls, and smoky quartz are transformed into the Minerva lariat, while an ancient armor bracelet displays the almost lost art of chain mail, in this case, European four-in-one mesh. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Jean Yates's designs have been featured in many jewelry magazines, including BeadStyle, Stringing, Simply Beads, Beadwork and Bead and Button, as well as Belle Armoire. She is currently designing pieces to contribute to two books. View her work online at www.prettykittydogmoon.com.

More About the Author

I love music and I love books. You'll be able to trust my reviews. I won't bother to write about anything I didn't really love or hate.

I love books about jewelry design in particular, followed by well-written books on human nature. I am interested in good books on autism because we have several children with autism.
If you would like a recently published book on jewelry design, altered arts, crafts or (more rarely) human nature (such as autism or neurological disorders), reviewed, email me through my site. www.prettykittydogmoonjewelry.com see the contact me page. I also like books on fairies, in a BIG way. We'll discuss it! Put "book review" in your subject header. Thanks!
I believe in humor and I believe in communication. I think there is a place for both in the music / writing heirarchy (did I spell that even close to right? ...shoot, my credibility is at stake ALREADY?), and that we as humans owe it to ourselves to speed on, full tilt, to the core of whatever it is we love. Yay, we humans!
Only if I feel strongly about something will I give my opinion. It will be well put. Count on it. It will be true. I have heard a LOT of music. Seen a lot of movies. I care!Additionally, I always got an A+ in English, so there you go.


A movie I find incredible: 'Unforgiven': such classic, fine film making...a thing of beauty! Perfect use of symbolism. 'Fargo' is another favorite movie of mine. Totally different but the acting is incredible.

Thanks for reading this! Try my book, Links. You will love it. It is beautiful and fun! my contact address is: Jean@prettykittydogmoonjewelry.com

Customer Reviews

I really really liked it so I decided to try and buy it.
Sue Wojakowski
I loved this book -- not just for the beautiful jewelry but for the way Jean encourages beaders of all skill levels to approach designing.
NF
Her stories and vignettes accompanying each project conveys her personal inspiration for the work.
Marc D. Waldman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A reader on January 9, 2008
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There's the kind of jewelry where someone says, "Hey, cute earrings." Then, there's the kind of jewelry where someone grabs your arm and says, "Where did you get this bracelet!?" The jewelry projects featured in "Links" definitely fall into the latter category. This book features over 50 different and exquisite pieces.

The author, Jean Yates, chose stunning and unique beads for many of her projects, such as lampwork beads by Kim Miles, and polymer clay ones by Emma Ralph, to name a few. One of my favorite designs is actually the one on the cover: 'The Red Planet Necklace' featuring Ralph's chunky, sparkling polymer beads, with black rubber tubing and silver chain maille dangles strung on memory wire. It's truly fabulous. However, a beader doesn't have to drop a ton of money using top quality artist's beads, like the ones I just mentioned, to achieve similar effects. Each project is flexible that way.

For each design, the author discusses how she got her inspiration and encourages the reader to explore her own thoughts and imagination. "Links" also offers creative prompts to kick-start your own creative process.

I have a couple of other books by North Light Publishers, and they tend to create reliable, accurate and easy-to-follow instructional books. "Links" is full color, with large step-by-step photographs. The close-ups of the author's hands creating her jewelry make it almost like being in a class. (Without the cost of a class. I love that!) It especially helps with the chain maille projects.

To sum it up, if you didn't want to try all the projects right away (like I do) "Links" could double as a coffee table book when you're not making jewelry--the pieces are that pretty and the book is that beautiful!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on January 6, 2008
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If you're like me, you feel you have a definite future making to-die-for bejeweled adornments! I have actually ventured into the realm, and loved my brief forays. Like me, you may have felt stymied at several junctures, not knowing the specific techniques required for solid and elegant wire-wrapping, or the specs for creating intricate versions of basic chain maille.
Jean Yates Northlight book, Links, shows you how to do wire-wrapping, make chain maille Queen Guinevere would have been proud to wear, and other techniques to get you successfully beyond attaching a jump ring to a charm, putting that on a chain and calling it a bracelet. With dozens of easy to follow, and large, clear photographs, Jean lays out a workbook of step by step projects to suit almost any style, from an Art House Bracelet, Elegant Underwater Earrings, and an Indian Summer Necklace, to my favorites, the Golden Flowers Earrings (delicate) and her Mandala Earrings (retro-cool).
A few of Ms. Yates' references made me smile, the 'Sara Crewe' line of jewelry (yes, Sara Crewe, 'The Little Princess'!) and the Gigi Bracelet.
A rather nice feature is found on several projects where possible variations are explored, including suggestions for additional color schemes. That's particularly helpful if there's a single piece you want to duplicate for gift-giving to friends with dissimilar color faves!
The book commences with a thorough rundown of materials and techniques and progresses into the projects and instructions. There is a lovely metric conversion chart included, but I didn't understand, or really appreciate it being on the copyright info page; I would find it more useful placed at the end of the section on techniques, along with the Mohs Hardness scale which is at the very BACK of the book. But those are small details that don't really detract from an otherwise fun and useful addition to the jewelry maker's bookshelf.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By NF on January 19, 2008
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I loved this book -- not just for the beautiful jewelry but for the way Jean encourages beaders of all skill levels to approach designing. The focus is on how you can use different inspirations (family and friends, nature, your bead box, or color) to help you make jewelry. The family and friends section is especially good: through her stories, Jean shows you the people behind her creations. Her knowledge and affection for jewelry (and people!) come through in all of her designs.

She's also got some bonus stuff: "Creative connections" are snippets from artists who do lampwork, chain maille, and polymer clay. And she suggests a few "Creative challenges" like using a favorite childhood book to inspire your design. As a jewelry designer, I thought the bonus material elevated this book above other instructional craft books.

My favorite projects: Magnificent Mineral Lariat and Mandala Earrings, where she turns bangle bracelets into huge hoop earrings. She's good at showing how to use available components in innovative ways and lists sources for all her materials. I do wish the Color section had more projects, but I can't complain because there are over 50 projects in the book. The jewelry is beautiful and the instructions are clear, but what's most appealing about this book is Jean's appreciation for the many inspirations in her life. It's definitely a good gift for anyone who's looking for a little inspiration!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2008
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The focus of this book is not only on creating projects, but on the creative process as well. Instead of covering principles of design, Jean Yates combines a description of what was in her mind while creating her designs with quotes from other artists.

The projects shown in the book are quite varied; there's something for virtually every taste. Large photos and clear descriptions make it easy to follow the processes involved in creating her designs, while her tips and "creative challenges" show the way for her readers to create their own.

The only criticism I have is that projects are not labeled "beginner," "intermediate," and so forth. That was not a problem for me, but might have benefited beginners.
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