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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470101504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470101506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Franchetti Michaels is a writer and jewelry artisan specializing in beaded designs, wirework, and metal fabrication. She has written extensively about jewelry and jewelry making on the Internet since 2003, and she is the author of Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork. Chris has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY Network television show Jewelry Making, and her designs have been featured in popular jewelry project books. Visit her website BeadJewelry.net for more help and inspiration.

More About the Author

Chris Franchetti Michaels is an independent jewelry and beadwork designer and author of several craft books, including the bestseller Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making & Beading. Chris has also written for About.com Beadwork and has appeared on episodes of the show Jewelry Making on the DIY Network. Visit her blog at www.beadjewelry.net.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for beginners.
B. Grant
This book on jewelry making & beading is the one I reach for over and over again when I am learning something new or I need a review.
Susan Anderson
The pictures and the instructions are clear and easy to understand.
J. Gohl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

230 of 231 people found the following review helpful By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2008
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If you want to get into beading & jewelry-making, Chris Franchetti Michaels's Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading is a fantastic place to start. It's a thick book loaded with photographs, and it tackles a comprehensive spread of topics.

Thorough charts detail everything from the common lengths for various styles and sizes of necklaces (both men's and women's), bracelets, and anklets to common finishing methods used for different stringing materials. Photos clearly display techniques for knotting strings, creating eyepins and headpins (not to mention clasps), and making your own Byzantine chain from jump rings. Wire gauge is demonstrated visually, with an image of each gauge's thickness, and with examples of what each gauge is used for.

The book goes through bead-stringing techniques; wire-work; bead-weaving (by hand and on a loom) and even macrame. If you truly want to delve into beaded jewelry as more than just a way to make a few pieces for yourself, then I highly recommend grabbing a copy of Michaels's book. It's extremely valuable and highly instructional. The use of brief, clear instructions combined with a ton of tables and photographs make it a quick read that teaches you an incredible amount of material. It's also a fantastic quick-reference book for use while making your creations.
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215 of 219 people found the following review helpful By T. Decker on November 14, 2007
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This book is really great for telling you everything that you wanted to know about jewelry making of all types from wirework, to bead weaving, to macrame. It gives you the little details that other books leave out and answers all of the questions you may have. There are step-by-step pictures of each technique, so you don't have to "guess" at how something is done. I think that every jewelry creator should have this book on their shelf, especially if you are just learning.
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150 of 154 people found the following review helpful By A T on November 9, 2007
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I chose this book over others because it had chapters on both beginning techniques as well as more intermediate ones once you had mastered that. I also liked that it combined bead stringing, bead weaving and wire work all in one resource. Project ideas are provided but not as many as you might find in other books - just something to know depending on what you are looking for.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By E. Leverich on August 31, 2008
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I am just learning how to make crystal jewelry. This is the fourth book I purchased and it is the best. To actually see the illustrations is invaluable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make jewelry.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Leeman on February 8, 2008
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer)If you are a beginner or advanced beader, this book is extremely easy to follow. The pictures are clear, directions are easily understood, and there are many ideas to use for your beading projects. I am very satisfied with my selection.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Marlene E. Hager on June 21, 2008
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I bought 3 books on jewelry making and this is the one I use the most. It describes all the pieces in jewelry making and how they are used. It has many good projects and pictures. I love this book.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Martinique Lin on February 4, 2009
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I bought this book for my sister-in-law as she was interested in starting a new hobby. I've made jewelry for years, and although I'm no expert I thought I was pretty knowledgeable. This book is so packed with information that i had to order a copy for myself. It's invaluable to any crafts library. The pictures and directions are clean and concise. It covers every type of jewelry making technique you could think of.
A definite must have.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Wong on February 15, 2008
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This book is an excellent guide for anyone who is starting out in beading and jewelry making. It provides clear pictures and instructions that give a solid foundation to the materials and techniques used, and is a great inspiration!
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