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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164841
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Zellers is a bead artist and teacher who lives in Colorado. She especially enjoys encouraging others to develop their own style through teaching beadwork classes. Nancy has taught at the Bead&Button Show, the Puget Sound Bead Festival, the Rocky Mountain Bead Society Bead Bazaar, and other venues. Nancy’s work has been featured in many magazines and beading books, including Bead&Button, 500 Beaded Objects, The Art of Beaded Beads, and Beading with Crystals. Her sculptural pieces have appeared in regional and national contemporary art shows.

More About the Author

Nancy Zellers is a bead designer and a writer who truly enjoys creating amazing beadworks 'one little bead at a time'. She takes seed beads and turns them into something different, bigger and totally unexpected using her analytical perspective and software design training.

Her first exposure to beadwork was in the '70s when she explored loomed beadwork and needlepoint. In the '90s, she took several art classes and started producing sculptural works with seed beads. These sculptures have appeared in over 28 local and national contemporary exhibitions.

Nancy acquired new techniques and expanded her view of the bead world through classes with many leading beadwork teachers. Branching out of the solitary artist's studio, she began designing jewelry pieces and developing instructional material. She has published over 35 articles in magazines and books, appearing in Bead&Button, Beadwork and Step-by-Step Beads magazines as well as several Interweave Press and Lark books. She has been teaching on the local and national level for more than 10 years.

Nancy loves strong colors and clean lines, designing beadwork that is extremely wearable. She can usually be found in her hot pink and lime green studio in Denver, sewing one little bead to another little bead. Contact Nancy at www.nzbeads.com.

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I am looking forward to making some of these projects.
Beth Ann Shapiro
I recommend this book to my fellow lovers of sparkle and fellow bead geeks in general.
Cookie
Clear concise instructions, easy to read, easy to follow.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By K. Varraso VINE VOICE on April 10, 2013
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I bought this book and spent a whole evening drooling over the projects and matching the bead lists to my own limited stash of metallic beads. As another reviewer wrote, the projects are of intermediate difficulty, which is rather refreshing, considering how many books I have that feature either beginner's projects, or ones that are so difficult that it would take me forever and a day to do them.

These projects are in the middle - they have enough variety and features to make them worthwhile, but they aren't so difficult that they cause total frustration to any moderately experienced beader. I can make the difficult projects, it's just that I don't always want to. Especially at holiday time, when so many people request a beaded gift that I am tempted to string a few pony beads on an elastic and give it to them! (I will deny this if confronted with the statement)

After a very enjoyable afternoon and evenin making the "Rubies and Pearls" bracelet, which fit my stash of square coin pearls perfectly -- it hit me. I didn't need to use metallic beads as the author did. I could substitute any beads for the metallic ones in the book. It makes for a lot more versatility and many more exciting projects than the ones pictured in the book. Don't get me wrong - I love the metallic projects. But some of them could put me in the poor house, especially if I made multiples for gifts. But if I made the projects with the seed beads in my stash, I could make tons of copies and then make one special one for me.

Nancy Zeller's language is approachable, and her directions simple to follow. She breaks down difficult procedures into small, understandable steps. I really like her writing style. I think this book is a great deal - you get many projects that can be worked in gold or silver beads when you feel flush in the wallet, and in coordinating non-metallic beads when you are learning the design or just to have fun.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cookie on April 7, 2013
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I have to confess that I am addicted to sparkle and this book offers projects with plenty of it. But these projects would look just as good with substitutes for the gold and silver beads shown on the cover...in fact I've already done one using a different size and color bead and it turned out just lovely.

Secondly, I ususally have a devil of a time following the instructions and diagrams in bead books and magazines. These seem to be clearer and easy to follow. I'm actually looking forward to being able to learn a couple new stitches because of the clear instructions in the book.

I recommend this book to my fellow lovers of sparkle and fellow bead geeks in general.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Ray on March 24, 2013
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This is a great book. There are many patterns that I can hardly wait to make, and when I took it to show my beading buddies, thay also loved this book, asked me where I purchased it, etc. I have already started a project, hoping to finsh it soon, to start another. I am sharing it at our next Bead Guild meeting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Happy Customer on March 31, 2013
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I can't wait to make everything in this book. You will love it. Instructions are clear, and nice pretty pictures. I made a necklace from it already and I just received it three days ago.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. LaBoomba on May 2, 2013
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Despite the current focus on all the new shaped beads (Tilas, peanuts, etc) my first & biggest love will always be seed beads. I took a class from Kate McKinnon (a fairly well-know author/teacher in the bead world) who taught that "metallics always sell the best." I have found her advice to be true.
This book contains projects ranging from the very easy to the more complex. There are some new ideas that I'm eager to try.
I've been beading for about 8 years.
I would only note that there is no information on where her supplies were from. However, armed with either BEADWORK or BEAD & BUTTON, and using Google and Ebay, there shouldn't be any problems locating the supplies used in this book. I'll admit that I have not taken an in depth look at the materials.
The illustrations are large and clearly labeled. They are accompanied by written directions, which are clear-cut and straightforward.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By klamityjan on August 27, 2013
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The pictures are beautiful and the projects are intermediate to advanced. I have found the patterns are not well tested. Disappointment and frustration on more than one pattern. Evidently going to press was far more pressing than sending the patterns out to a test group for feedback. When you tell a beader to pick up 10 beads and start an even count peyote, for 6.5 inches, you will not end up with a 2" wide cuff. Saying this bracelet closure has a snap without dimensions or even a picture of the closure area, leaves even experienced beaders to create their own design. The finished project looks nothing like the picture. As you can see, I'm more than a little disappointed. To the beader who questioned her level of experience, this is not the place(book)with which to question your ability.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BeadingWithLove on March 31, 2013
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Well, women and men around the world that read this post will hate me. I know this is one of the most popular beading books right now, and At first I loved it. That was until I started to follow the patterns. I have found there are some not so clear, and that is very frustrating. Also, at the cost of metal beads, this can cost a small fortune to make the things exactly as pictured.
I am just disapointed in the instructions over all. Maybe I am just not an advanced beader.
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