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The most amazing designs, the WORST in accurate directions
on January 29, 2013
I want to give this book a 5 star, no, like a 100 star review, because it is by far one of the most inspiring beading books I own or have seen. I want to create almost everything in the book. The earrings I've made have gotten wonderful complements & offers to buy them. However, as I've attempted to do the designs, following the directions step by step, I have been driven to complete frustration & anger at the obviously inaccurate directions. Often is given the wrong amount of wire, the wrong size mandrels, missing instructions (like forgetting to tell you to hammer it, for example, which is easy to catch, still, why omit it?) I don't even know if the measurements of the final product are accurate (and from where are we measuring?) And as the book progresses, the step-by-step images go down to almost none. Why?! And, there are no images with a person actually making the earrings, I find that a big blunder, too as you lose out on technique. All they have are pictures of the step completed.
The book has become a great tease: "look at me! you paid for directions to make these wonderful earrings! But well, I'm not gonna tell you exactly how to do it. ha ha!" I want to think the best & say it must have been a mistake or typo or someone other than the supposed author wrote the instructions. But I've found other jewelry making books, while not as flagrant as this book, have similar issues. Is it some grand plan for designers to keep their designs from everyone? Like the chef not telling you the secret ingredient in the dish that makes it truly great? I don't know. I feel abused by this & angry that there has not been a reprint or even a webpage where I could go to get the correct instructions. Ultimately, if you are experienced, you could probably do these designs with less frustration than I, despite the incorrect instructions...I'm not a complete newbie to wirework, so I have eventually figured out on my own how to work out most of what I've tried. However, I buy a book or take a class to get educated & instructed on how to do a certain technique or style in a clear, accurate way...NOT to fumble around on my own, wasting time & wire & getting frustrated..When I design my own jewelry styles, I'm happy to fumble about..but I don't expect to do that when I'm supposedly being taught something & paid money for said instruction.