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A Publishers Weekly 2012 Best Book of the Year
 
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2013 and April 2013

“Opening this gorgeous hunk of a book is like walking into a high-end jewelry gallery. There are 500 full-color photographs of beaded jewelry--necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins and earrings--created by 275 artists with beads, wire, filament, and fiber. Some of the artists are well-known to beaders, like Carol Wilcox Wells and Diane Fitzgerald, and some not-so-well-known, with their work published for the first time. This makes for a heady blend of inspiration, ideas, and expression. Editor Hemachandra selected the 500 beaded objects from submissions by 360 artists from 30 countries. To his credit, no single style-bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead stringing-gets short shrift. The photography is of high professional standards, no Instagram shots by amateurs posted to Facebook, and is also instructively illustrative of the beadwork, offering closeup shots that will help the aspiring bead worker reproduce some of the techniques.” --Publishers Weekly
 
“Author and juror Ray Hemachandra has undertaken the monumental task of putting together a collection of beadwork from bead artists all over the world and turned it into a tribute to the craft of fine beadwork, written in the voices of those whom it is actually meant to recognize. As a source of inspiration, this is one book that you'll find yourself coming back to, over and over again. The colors, shapes, textures, materials, and techniques used in the beaded jewelry will have you looking at your own beaded jewelry design ideas in an entirely new way. It is a book in which you can easily lose yourself, only to come back with a fresh perspective on the age-old techniques of beading and beadweaving.” --Beading Daily
 
“Do you love jewelry? Beautiful beads? Are you like a kid in a candy store at the sight of colorful, wearable art? Yes? Well, have I got the book for you! Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry takes you on an inspiring visual journey. This breathtaking gallery book from Lark Jewelry & Beading celebrates beaded jewelry with a dazzling kaleidoscope of eye candy from innovative artists all over the world. It is simply delicious!” --Rook No. 17 blog
 
“A beautiful and vast array of beaded jewelry. All of it is good. All of it is inspirational and amazing. I recommend it 100% to anybody who loves beads, even if you don't choose to make beaded jewelry. There's so much about art, about color, about design, and about the beads themselves to be gained from study of these 500 pieces.” --Robin Atkins, Beadlust
 
“Classic to modern, organic to geometric, the pieces in this art book truly showcase what is possible within the medium of beading. Filled with many different styles and techniques, no matter what your beading area of interest you are sure to find plenty of favorites.” --Craft Gossip
 
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry introduces the wonderfully talented artisans that take these tiny spherical forms and create magic. The finished pieces are glorious. Beadweaving, bead embroidery, and bead stringing are some of the methods embraced to produce these amazing body and hand adornments.” --Society for Midwest Metalsmiths

"This book is like window shopping for the artistic mind, whether you plan to simply enjoy the beauty on each and every page or if you are looking for ideas to kick-start your next project. This is not a how-to book; it is a handheld museum of fabulous master beadwork, so take your time to peruse each piece slowly and enjoy the detailed intricacies woven together from the smallest pieces. A truly gorgeous book!" --Scorpio Moon Jewelry

About the Author

Ray Hemachandra is an editor for Lark Jewelry & Beading and the author of numerous 500
Series and Masters Series titles, including 500 Art Quilts, as well as The Penland Book of Glass and Beading with World Beads. He lives in Arden, NC.

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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454703164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454703167
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ray Hemachandra is the Publishers Weekly 2012 Best Books-winning author of Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, which was also an Amazon Best Book of the Month in March 2013 and April 2013. He has served as team lead, business manager, and social media and marketing director for Lark Jewelry & Beading, a sub-imprint of Lark Books; a mind/body/spirit writer, interviewer, and blogger; a book, magazine, and newspaper editor; and an activist, advocate, and family trainer in the autism community. Originally from New York, he lives with his son in Asheville, North Carolina.

Connect with him on his website http://www.rayhemachandra.com, his Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/rayhemachandra, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rayhemachandra.

Ray has interviewed and written many articles about teachers and authors in the mind/body/spirit category, including Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Doreen Virtue, Sakyong Mipham, and Masaru Emoto, as well as many leading retailers, musicians, jewelers, beaders, quilters, and other artists.

His books as author or senior editor for Lark include The Penland Book of Glass; Beading with World Beads; Masters: Beadweaving and other Masters Series books, including Masters: Gold, Masters: Blown Glass, Masters: Polymer Clay, Masters: Earthenware, and Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2; and numerous books in the 500 Series, including Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, 500 Judaica, 500 Art Quilts, 500 Vases, 500 Raku, and three furniture books in the series devoted to chairs, tables, and cabinets.

Customer Reviews

If you want ideas and inspiration, or if you just want to look at nice beaded jewelry pictures, you will like this book.
Deanna Whitney
There is so much to love here I cannot say enough about this amazing book, Showcase 500 beaded jewelry, with Ray Hemachandra, as both juror and author.
Jean Baldridge Yates
This book is one of Lark Crafts' "500 Series," which exhibits the best work of contemporary artists in their chosen fields.
CuteEverything

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LorenaAngulo on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Since the moment I got this gorgeous book in my hands and knew I was going to have a treat looking inside at all the beautiful work. I was not wrong, this book is full of fantastic pieces of art made by very talented artists.

The great use of bright colors in some of the pieces is one of the things I enjoyed more. It is not easy to combine colors in a way that will not compromised your design and these artists were masters in their work.

Even if you do not work or create jewelry with beads, this book will be a great source of inspiration and creativity.

Beautiful book and wonderful pictures !
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Showcase 500 series are chosen collections based on themes. Art books, like carefully curated collections, they are generally what would be considered a coffee table book. The photos are in full color, with detail shots on some images. All printed in a nice big size.

This collection is focused on beaded jewelry. There are over 350 artists represented and the pieces cover a broad range of techniques and ideas. It's pure eye candy for bead artists.

What I liked best about this volume is everything. Trying to narrow it down is hard. The pieces chosen are inspirational. The artists prove that bead art is fully relevant and expanding. Mr. Hemachandra picked the pieces well to cover simply an amazing array of styles and techniques while sticking to the criteria they must have beads and they must be jewelry.

There are sculptural pieces made from wire and beads, strung pieces made using handmade beads, and over course, all the types of seed bead work including looming, off-loom bead weaving and embroidery.

Artists used their skills and imagination to create pieces that are conversational, interesting and beautifully made. Some of it is made with subtle humor. Some of it is just laugh out loud funny. Some is very thought provoking. There are also a lot of pieces that are inspired by more traditional work, but bring it completely into the 21st century. There are also pieces that just are, they are gorgeous, colorful, elegant and beautiful and that's all they need to be. It's bead art jewelry at it's best.

My favorite pieces were impossible to choose. Of course, I love fellow Alaskan Rebecca Starry's elegant violence. She turns dangerous weapons into amazing works of intricate art.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I believe that the moment you get your hands on this incredibly beautiful book you won't be able to stop looking at it until you have seen everything at least once. Possibly twice! It is remarkable how gorgeous this collection of jewelry is.
Each picture has been carefully selected by the author and juror, Ray Hemachandra.
It is a dance across the pages as the reader follows the beauty, remarkably stunning technique, and, occasionally, the wry wit which is on display from the 360 modern jewelry artisans who contributed.

The reader will be familiar with many of their names if he or she knows and loves jewelry.

For example, I immediately recognized the amazing Laura McCabe when I saw her "Ostrich Cuff".
It is outstanding; proud and fierce looking.
This sort of jewelry is very modern, yet extremely and passionately timeless.
We have adorned ourselves with beautiful treasures which we have made since the earliest days. Now that we have come to this millennium, a philosopher/anthropologist could teach a course on human history by observing jewelry design.

There is also a celebration of color in this stunning book which cannot be denied.

The eye delights in Marcia DeCoster's neon right angle weave "Party Girl" necklace, with glass by Heather Trimlett. It beckons you to come out and play!

Another colorful necklace I liked was Sandy Lent's "Bevy of Butterflies", made of seed beads with acid-etched lampworked butterflies. It is flat out pretty!

As well, I admired the architecturally oriented Maggie Meister's glorious "Castellani Necklace". She is apt to take her inspiration from past buildings, sites, or geometrics. This beautiful creation uses the loveliest carved scarabs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy King on July 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
As with the other 500 series books put out by Lark, Showcase 500 beaded jewelry is one you will want in your collection. I may be a bit bias since I have two pieces included in this book but it's not my pieces I enjoy looing at. The book covers a huge range of styles. Being a bead weaver, I really like to see what others do with their bead woven designs. But I also enjoy seeing other styles of jewelry, getting me to think outside my normal box of materials. This book contains beautiful photos of beautiful and unique jewelry pieces that will provide hours of enjoyment and inspiration. It will happily be placed on the shelf next to the many other 500 series books I own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed paging through this book; I'm a beginning beader.

I did page through it several times because the craftsmanship is so impressive, and I did find some inspiration even with the pieces I didn't like because the artistry that went into pieces is so apparent (though anything with eyeballs creeps me out and I'll never be keen on those).

Seeing page after page of "pretty things" made me want to learn the different methods used (crochet, quilling, straightforward beading, peyote, embroidery, netting, etc.) and the wide range of supplies used were also inspiring (ex: I thought the Fishing Swivel Necklace on p. 65 quite nice, considering what it's made from). Thank you to all the book's artists for making me want to learn!

There was a wide range of complexity, and that made the book even better because it proves the point that complexity does not correlate to an item's beauty: if you do something very well, even if it's a simpler design it can be gorgeous. While Marsha Wiest-Hines' "Bollywood Beauty" on p. 70 and Susan Belssinger's
Impending Bloom" on p. 107 are so incredibly intricate (and I can only hope to attain that level of skill someday), the simpler designs found in Lucie Veilleux' "Caterpillar Bracelet" on p. 131 and Lucia Nieve Cortes' "Imagined Herlooms: Gensis" on p. 110, are just as beautiful to me. I hate even comparing them because it's like comparing a Warhol to a Cezanne: it's just different.

Even for the items I didn't care for, I could appreciate how much work went into the piece. Also, since I hate throwing anything away, some of the pieces might make something "click" in the future when I have some material that makes me say "What could I possibly do with this?
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