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Beads of Glass

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0971964303
ISBN-10: 0971964300
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Previous books:

You can Make Glass Beads 1993 Pyro Press
Making Glass Beads 1997 Lark Books

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Pyro Press (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971964300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971964303
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This exciting book on lampwork beads is a must-own for anyone getting into glass beads. The first part of the book is a gallery featuring a number of artists. They give biographies--how they got into glass, their vision, and insight into their approach to this demanding art form. Their work, of course, is breathtaking; this is the best of the best. The photography is clear and brings each work to best advantage.

Then the second half of the book shows HOW the beads are made, from simple techniques to some very advanced use of foils, enamel powders, shapes, molds, encasing and sculptural methods. I was surprised how some of the beads were created. My favorites were window-etched beads. Some of the flowers inside these tiny marvels don't seem possible to be made of glass-they look real. Incredible.

Even if you don't make beads (I don't, at least as of yet) and if you collect them instead, this book is fascinating reading, giving insight and knowledge into this ancient and exquisite craft. Highly recommended for anyone interested in lampwork beads.
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This is an excellent reference for the glass beadmaker. The images are inspiring and provocative, and many of the glass artists explain their process in a step by step guide in the second half of the book. After learning their processes for creating their art glass, it's easier to create my own unique pieces. A super book!
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Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!! The pictures of the beads in this book are amazing. I love seeing the pictures and reading a little about the people who actually made the beads!! And the whole last half of the book is Tutorials!!! WOW... What a wonderful and generous display of knowledge. Thank You Cindy for putting this together!! Well Done!!!
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this book is clear, inspiring and very helpful, informative. It is especially so, if you are a novice beginner as I am. I have no difficulty with clearly, pictured demonstrations provided. Cindy Jenkins has two excellent glass bead books, and now I do too.
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While I would give Ms. Jenkins' first book about glass bead making a five-star rating, this one missed the mark for me. There are some gorgeous beads shown and about half the book contains brief tutorials. The photography is first class. However, the focus is on short sketches (approximately two pages per artist) about bead makers and how they got into lamp work.

This book is pretty to look at but it is a mix of eye candy, short bios and brief instructionals, none of which are covered in detail. The instructionals, to me, were insufficient for the beginner yet not advanced enough for the experienced lampworker looking to learn new or advanced techniques.

If you want a coffee table book for guests to flip through, you might like this one. I'd get Ms. Jenkins' first book if I were a beginner or intermediate needing instruction---it and Corinna's "Passing The Flame" are far better for teaching.
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I had seen this book in book lists of various suppliers but as there are so many books on bead making the title did not get my attention. After reading reviews in Amazon I bought the book and was sorry I had not purchased it earlier. This book is excellent in every way. The quality of the book is very high. The pictures are great. The selection of projects is very good as even beginners can tackle some of the beads and get encouraging results. I believe this book will appeal even to non-flameworkers who want to find out how beads are made. A minor criticism is that the artist interviews were a bit repetitive. I guess beadmakers think alike in more ways than glass work.
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I took a weekend beginning beadmaking class, and my teacher sent me home Saturday night with this book. I read it cover to cover and went back the next day inspired by all of the talented beadmakers who were so generous as to share their years of experience. I made much better beads that second day, and have been hooked ever since. The biographies are inspiring; so many discovered beadmaking and and changed careers.The techniques are well illustrated with photos. I highly recommend this book to motivated beginners.
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This book is great for all levels of bead makers. Great pictures, good explanations and very good technical appendix. I would recommend this book for all beginners, and intermediates, also for advanced to clean up some over-looked bad habits. Yes you can start with this book and a torch, buy a handful of 104COE glass,a small kiln, and start making beads. If you follow the book, you can start to learn how to work hot glass. Let your imagination inspire you.
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