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The Book of Beads: A Practical and Inspirational Guide to Beads and Jewelry Making Hardcover – August 15, 1990
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This stunning volume utilizes glorious color photos to catalog all types of beads (glass, wood, metal, ceramic, natural, semiprecious, plastic, novelty, and collectible), offer design guidelines on planning jewelry (considerations of bead shape, texture, size, weight, and color), and document various practical considerations (findings, equipment, basic how-tos of creating earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and brooches). The section on themes and special occasions, complete with directions for each project, features designs for evening wear, summer styles, holiday looks, weddings, children's items, and African- and Indian-inspired pieces. Even the purely informational and visual spreads (those without actual how-to instructions) offer endless inspiration and ideas for beaded creations.
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*Beads - how they are made, origins, types, uses
*Catalog - amber, shell, pearls, wood, jet, plastic, ceramic, collectibles, shapes, natural stones, etc.
*Design Guidelines - design based on shape/texture/size/weight of beads, color combinations
*Themes - love the ethnic approach in several of the sections in this category, also included are wedding/summer/evening and other design foci.
*Techniques - primarily focused on tools and findings, also approaches to necklace/bracelet/brooch designs.
Each of the above sections are short, to the point and full of images that play along the senses of the reader, particularly due to colorful and abundant images on every page in order to cover a wide range of bead types.
I also love the plethora of beads scattered throughout nearly every page and some of the designs that fit the subject page. Some of the beads really can make or break a design and this book gives one ideas to produce the perfect design. So "Inspiration" is a good addition to the title of this book and I recommend getting this book and others focused primarily on beads - not just jewelry designs and techniques. This is the best way to stimulate creativity in this field.
For instance, it describes what real jet beads are, when they were in vogue and what imitations were made.
Sections show you how to use color, how to plan a necklace and how you can use themes like African, Indian, American Indian and children's styles in making jewelry.
In the back there is a section on using beads: beading, re-imagining old jewelry, using findings etc. as well as a bead resource page for suppliers.
This is a great resource for bead lovers. Also it is a great book for just wallowing in your love of beads!
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