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Beadazzled: Where Beads + Inspiration Meet Hardcover – 1750

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: 1st Impression Publishing; 1st edition (1750)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977882020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977882021
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bethany M. Homrighaus on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a jewelry designer, I am forever open to quality inspiration. "Beadazzled: Where Beads and Inspiration Meet," has become the go-to volume in my library when I need a little tug in the right direction. Unlike other jewelry showcase books which tend to present pieces in stark lighting with little more text than a list of ingredients, this one is rich in both bead lore ("Prized in China, Mongolia, and Tibet for its ability to protect wearers from evil, turquoise was also pulverized and added to traditional Asian medicines") and sumptuously arranged photos (necklaces adorn not only lovely decolletage, but also gorgeous raku pottery and Indonesian textiles). Sheer beauty and innovation were key when choosing featured designers; works from celebrated masters such as Grazia Zalfa, Amy Kahn Russell, and Susan Green appear alongside necklaces from up-and-comers such as Caito Amorose, Walter Ford, and 16-year-old Elizabeth Hutsell. Author Penelope Diamanti and photographer William L. Allen have created an inviting atmosphere for pure inspiration. My advice? Curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and this book -- start with Diamanti's engaging introduction, and by the time you turn to the last page to see Zalfa's joyful bottle-cap necklace, your beads will be calling you to play.
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I received Beadazzled as a gift from my 14-year-old daughter, who's always loved making jewelry. Nothing like the stunning creations in this book though. We enjoyed the book together, and were amazed at the range and beauty of all the beads--and also compelled by their stories. Every page of the book drew us in. The beads themselves are fantastic, but also seeing them around the necks of women is inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, that we've already made a couple trips to a Beadazzled retail shop in our area. My daughter is hard at work, creating "just the right jewelry" for me, her sister, her grandmother, her friends. I think this book has started a lifelong interest for both of us. I'll surprise her with one of my own creations on her next birthday.
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This book has become the ultimate coffee table decoration in our home. Out of several we display, this one gets the most admiring attention. The women are drawn to it at once. The book is rich, well concieved and crafted. The verbiage is plain and easy to read and the pictures are warm and beautifully detailed. Many are almost 3D. For the neophyte (like me) this is a virtual "course" in cultral taste from around the world. There are high quality pictures of jewelry, the likes of which, I have never seen. Very worthwhile and well done. Congratulations to Penelope Diamanti and to Bill Allen for such a successful collabration.
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I highly recommend this extraordinary book! It is an inspiration, showing the creative diversity of bead artistry. I love the way the authors have included the historical value of these art pieces from around the world, integrating personal comments from the artists themselves. The superior photographs show details of rich color and texture not usually seen in books of this genre. I have sent this book to professional jewelry designers and friends around the country.
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I have approximately 53 hard copy books on jewelry. This is in top 3. The designs themselves are so far and above that which you see in 95% of beading and jewelry making books, that you will want this out where you can see it frequently, if only to see the cover, or remember the aesthetic sojourn between the pages. Don't get me wrong-the designs are replicable and don't require fancy equipment or techniques. Its that the designs are classic and timeless, have good quality materials (attainable gemstone, glass, and organic materials), and are more "professional" or "boutique" rather than the hobby/crafting jewelry.
The photography is wonderful too. Read the introduction--very interesting.
This is a book you must add to your collection.
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Beadazzled: Where Beads + Inspiration Meet

Anyone who is interested in beads -- making them, buying them, stringing them or wearing them -- will love this book. First of all, the quality of the photographs and the writing are exceptional. That's not surprising when you learn that all the principals connected with the project have worked for National Geographic at one time or another. So along with remarkable designs by 70 of the best artists now working in the field of beaded jewelry, you'll find information about the history of beads and beading. The combinations of colors and materials are truly inspiring. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in the age-old art of creating beauty from stone, glass, metal and string.
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Just wanted to tell you the reaction to your book here. A beading friend saw it at another beading friend's house. She immediately purchased one, then told me about it. She brought it to our bead society meeting last night and I came home and immediately purchased it, too. And several of the ladies in our group said they wanted it also! What a wealth of inspiration! And so beautifully photographed and displayed. Thank you, thank you for sharing this with us all. Who knows what wonderful creations will be born from seeds you have sown!!
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