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About the Author

Barbara Case has adored beads for over 30 years, eventually establishing a successful mail order business, Beads Exclusive, and designing for UK retail stores. Barbara has sold the business, but continues to design and make beautiful jewellery.


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  • File Size: 7542 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (October 19, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0AGZFQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Anne Masterson VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am new to beading (about one year) and have found books on my level to be either boring or ugly in their designs. This book is neither. It has gorgeous photographs and more than enough intermediate and advanced projects for me to shoot for. Each project is labeled by skill level and time necessary to complete. You will be amazed at what you can complete in less than an afternoon. Highly recommended.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
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Making Jewelry with Gemstone Beads

This book, first loaned to me by a friend, contains so much useful information that I had to buy my own copy. It's packed with information on gemstones--their composition and metaphysical properties, where found, how to buy. It also contains photos and instructions on tools and their usage, basic techniques, and over 100 designs that focus on each of the 32 natural gemstones listed. Directions are easy to follow with skill levels posted. Many items are interchangeable so no one execution need be exclusive. The photographs are beautifully done. A wonderful guide to jumpstart your own creative ideas.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By CLG on November 18, 2008
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Author Barbara Case brings out the beauty of selected gemstones (my favorites to use in my own work) by using beads of vaious sizes, shapes, and types and the book images reflect that. However, the dangles are all laid out (spread apart) to see their components - great, I grant you - but I would have liked to see how they actually look when hung around a neck for that will show the true appeal of the dangles. So good images reflect the beading design, yet in terms of how it may look around your neck is another matter.

The chart on pages 10 and 11 is a plus as many 'common' stones (wish more were included) are systematically categorized into the typical sizes of round beads, other common shapes seen in the stone type (important as some stones are not cut in specific ways due to the chemical and structural composition), the relative costs of these stones (from very low to very high -- allows for jewelry designers to better evaluate a sale price if an item is sold and/or giving one an idea as to what they can expect to spend if they wanted to use such a stone in their personal designs), placing the gemstone into the birthstone category, and lastly the various attributes often associated with each stone (e.g. LAPIS = wisdon, truth, awareness and JADE = protection on journeys, luck). Additional information can be gathered on the various stones (e.g. hardness/softness of the stone and recommendations on how to properly utilize it - e.g. some stones are 'softer' than others) in the descriptions on various stones along with designs in the second part of the book -- wish this information would have been in the chart, too. This would come in handy and if such information is all tabled together, it would make a great "mini-poster" to the gemstone designer.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By J. Owel on June 21, 2008
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This book is a treasure trove of information on gemstones with great ideas on incorporating them into your jewelry. I have been beading just a year or so and it was very inspiring to me. The projects are varied enough to make it interesting and the directions are very clear. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to add gemstone beads into their jewelry making process.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Beading by the Lake on February 9, 2009
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Lots of nice pictures, but the designs are all fairly basic.

The book is set up to show projects made of various mostly semi-precious beads, in alphabetical order, from agate to turquoise.

Though it does make for a less expensive project, I was disappointed that most of the metal findings and beads featured were silver-plated or gold-plated. Most other bead jewelry books, even those featuring glass beads, usually use sterling silver and vermeil findings. I just found this an odd thing, for the author to pair gemstones with plated beads and findings.

As I flipped through the book, I kept seeing the same basic designs repeated over and over: one, two, or three-strand necklaces with either a single pendant, or three, five or seven dangles or tassles.

Nothing too complicated, nor, unfortunately, much different from many bead jewelry books from the last 15 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Hungarian in Texas on February 25, 2014
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This is a very good introduction to gemstones for beginners. The description of various stones is well-laid out, easy to take in, and the visuals are eye-pleasing. The designs chosen for each piece are gorgeous, and, although some of them are definitely not for complete beginners, are nevertheless described clearly and thoroughly. Ideas in each design, once picked apart and understood, are fun and easy to implement in one's designs. The findings for each piece are easy to replace with more expensive ones, if so desired--but clearly the author didn't wish to discourage beginners with the price of vermeil or sterling silver. Recommending for those past the total beginner stage who want to expand their range beyond basic stringing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Jorgensen on December 6, 2013
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This book has many beautiful jewelry pieces made with gemstone beads, great ideas for some classic and unusual pieces. Some are easy, some take a little skill, but all are doable, even for a beginner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gram M. on March 9, 2010
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This book is great, beautiful pictures, interesting facts about gemstones. Good info on "how to". Book is priceless.
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