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Emi Takamatsu started to make bead accessories as a hobby. She now owns her own beading store in Tokyo where she teaches classes and is the author of several bead work books in Japanese.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4889961852
  • ISBN-13: 978-4889961850
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette on October 6, 2005
This is a really great book full of unusual designs (and yes, it is in english). You may want to get a little experience if you are a true beginner before tackling most of these projects, as many of them have somewhat complicated bead paths. There is a 3-D (two sided) heart pendant made from swarovski crystals that is just wonderful! With many beautiful necklaces, bracelets and even rings, this book is a great value!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Poller VINE VOICE on December 4, 2005
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The instructions in English are very good; better than the other bead books from Japan in English. There is much more written out instructions in additon to the charts with the bead paths. Very pretty jewelry that doesn't look difficult. Materials include Swarowski, seed beads, elastic, nylon coated wire and nylon threads. Rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, chokers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Laura on January 11, 2007
I wish there were more of these books. It's so hard to find japanese beading books here in the US. *hint hinT Amazon!!*

Having been a beader for over 20 years, It's always wonderful to see how different people over the world approach beading. This book is a wonderful example of the uniqueness you will find in Japanese beading books.

The basics to know, is that all the patterns assume you are using two needles to pass the two ends of the thread through, and start at the star, end at the moon. If you need written out instructions, these books arn't for you. Once you take the time to figure out the diagrams, it will all "click" and you're ready to go.

This one has some beautiful crystal balls/pendants, and a nice version of the puffy crystal heart that is so popular. That pattern alone is worth the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Luz Seine on December 23, 2006
A first-time beader, I bought this book for a ring pattern it contained (similar to one on the front cover). I had bought a similar ring and wanted to reproduce it. Unfortunately, the book did not offer enough explanation for me. It recommended use of a number 3 thread --which I could not find, nor was anyone able to help me locate. This makes me wonder if different nomenclature is used to refer to various wires and threads in Japan vs. the United States. I first tried weaving several rings with a steel coated thread, but to no avail. Next, upon recommendation at a beading store, I tried Firewire, which worked better, but the rings did not hold their shape off the finger. Finally, I tried monofilament, which worked. --I think the book should have offered better information about which type of thread to use.

After successfully making six rings per the pattern, I deviated from the pattern to precisely emulate the ring that I bought - which had a better design (nicer segues from the front of the ring to the sides). The Love and Beads book design for the ring I made (which is on the book cover) looks nice from the front, but it has an awkward transition to its sides --rather like a large rectangle appended to another thin rectangle. The large rectangle corners look awkward so I eliminated them and used a slope instead. After some missteps, I was able to execute multiple rings that were quite pretty all around.

I have also tried multiple ways of knotting the thread/monofilament. I have tried various half hitches, and intend to research a bit more as I am not sure the half hitches work as well with monofilament as they do with string. I have also arrived at a technique to hide the leaders of the monofilament.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MsPav on June 1, 2007
I picked up this book and made both a crystal heart and a crystal sphere. Both are beautiful. I have seen instructions for the heart before, but they were extremely complicated, and require someone who has made it before to sit with you and explain it to you. These instructions are much simpler and easier to understand.

I have recommended this book to several beaders - most were able to understand the instructions well enough to make the projects. A few were not. The graphics were a lot easier to understand than the written instructions. If someone relies on just the written instructions and cannot follow graphics, that person will have a harder time completing the pieces.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 17, 2007
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Great designs, beautiful pictures but the instructions are convoluted, and at times, redundant. I don't recommend it for beginners. I think some of the instructions got lost in translation.
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