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Making Beautiful Beads: Glass * Metal * Polymer Clay * Fiber Paperback – March 1, 2003

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Five bead artists have collaborated on this guide to making contemporary-style beads. The most unusual are the rolled and shaped felt beads made from merino wool by Jorie Johnson. Ann Marie Kennedy has several projects for paper beads, Irene Semanchuk Dean shows how to make polymer clay beads, Joanna Goldberg has projects for lovely silver beads, and Kimberly Adams demonstrates lamp-worked glass beads. Public libraries needing more beading material will find this potpourri of projects a distinctive addition to crafts collections.
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Bring a wealth of creativity to making your own dazzling, colorful, and wonderfully textured beads. Felt and paper designs are so lovely, you'll be surprised at how simple the techniques are to accomplish. Polymer clay versions can imitate the qualities of various types of precious stone. Even the stunning metal and glass beads you've always admired can be made at home! Then once you've crafted your own beads, find out how to make the most of your unique treasures by using them in new jewelry designs that you'll be proud to wear or give as gifts..
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579904335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579904333
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I don't know if the previous reviewer is looking at the same book I am, but my copy of "Making Beautiful Beads" has a lot more than torches and glass in it. About a quarter of the book covers how to make glass beads with a torch. Another quarter gives you an intro to metal-smithing. Another covers polymer clay. The remaining section has some very unusual felted beads and cast paper beads.
This books covers a lot of ground, so if you are already experienced in several of these disciplines, then you may not need it. On the other hand, if you're curious about what it takes to get into torching your own glass beads or how to get started making beads with polymer clay, this is a great reference.
Each section gives you a good feel for what you'll need in the way of supplies and how to start with each medium. Lots of step-by-step photos and clear instructions.
The book is worth the price for the gallery sections, alone. I don't much care for fiber jewelry as a rule, but some of these hand-felted ornaments are beautiful! The polymer clay, glass and metal galleries are even more inspiring - gorgeous work from a variety of artists and crafters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for "how to's" on various methods of making beads including polymer clay, fiber, metal and glass. For any beadmaker or aspiring beadmaker, this book will provide inspiration and instructions for making beads. It gives a great overview of the various methods to wet your appetite! A must have book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Picanzo on November 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this to be a great book. The photos were beautiful and the instructions were detailed. I enjoyed the section on polymer clay. The book has chapters on making beads of out felt, paper, metal, glass, & polymer clay. If you enjoy making beads or thinking of starting beadmaking, this book is for you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. This is a great book for the bead artist. The variety of projects and materials is great and many of the techniques for one medium can be translated to other mediums. The polymer clay section is especially good. Not the only book to own on making beads, but definitely full of excellent inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i get my art books from the library first. if the book satisfies me, i then order it here. i just ordered this book after going through the library copy. i really like the end results here. i would be happy to make most of these beads, at first i thought too many of the processes were out for me but as i kept reading it became clear that for minimal outlay i could indeed try quite a few methods over time. the pictures are excellent and the text is clear and to the point. i have already started with the paper beads! i no longer ask the publishers to make kindle editions, although i love ebooks, i bought several art based kindle ebooks and the publishers short changed the readers on the pictures. i got a refund from amazon and no longer use kindle for art or craft books.

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