- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Rockridge Press (November 19, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1641526424
- ISBN-13: 978-1641526425
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 54 customer reviews
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Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners: Step-by-Step Instructions for Beautiful Designs Paperback – November 19, 2019
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“If you're new to jewelry making and looking for a book that provides the basics, this book is a great starting place. It covers how to open and close a jump ring, how to use a crimp bead, and how to form basic knots. It is easy to source all the supplies that you will need online, making this book not only a great learning tool, but inspiration for projects that you can actually create!”―Becky Nunn, Nunn Design
“It can be really overwhelming and intimidating to make jewelry because there are so many types and colors of beads―not to mention findings, wire, cord, and especially techniques. Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners will help you choose everything you need and offers plenty of jewelry designs with progressive skill levels. Every project in this book has a step-by-step guide filled with beautiful pictures, and if, like everyone else, you have a busy schedule, you will appreciate that the book includes the approximate amount of time needed to complete each project and a difficulty rating. I found this to be very helpful. As a bonus, you'll also discover great tips and advice for those that wish to sell their finished pieces.”―Cynthia Kimura, president & chief jewelry designer, Artbeads.com
”Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners is a great base coat for anyone new to beading and wants to get their creative engine going. . . . My favorite part is how Cecilia layers techniques from easy to more complicated, rather than hop scotching around. It's a make-sense book for any beginning beader who wants knowledge and inspiration. Cecilia also does't use an excessive amount of beads or tools, which is often overwhelming to new beaders. And the section at the end on how to sell your jewelry is a good gateway for the new jewelry artist.”―Janice Parsons, founder of beadshop.com
About the Author
CECILIA LEIBOVITZ is a Vermont-based jewelry designer and artist. Before launching her own line of wedding keepsake jewelry at CeciLeibovitz.com, she worked in the Home Collection at Ralph Lauren, produced hair accessories for New York City milliners, and created a jewelry collection for April Cornell.
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Great basic manual for newbies, and nice refresher for those wanting to get back into jewelry making.
What is done right - "Make Your Own Findings" is a rare chapter in beginning books and really necessary. Well done.
What could be better - "Basic Techniques" - several times I felt the pictures were missing steps. Eventually, between the whole book, you got everything, but the step by step is okay.
What isn't worth it - "Designing your own bead jewelry" - as mentioned this is beginner stuff, "all the colors of the rainbow" just mentions the color wheel, not how to use it. The inspiration is just her sources. Some information in this chapter, but not much.
The other chapters - "Bead Stringing and knotting", "wire wrapping" and "sell your work" are expected and well done, if beginner.
Great pictures and a variety of examples, all from the author's art style. Having a couple examples of her students doing variations on her examples would have been nice. Good step-by-step instructions.
Overall a solid beginner beadwork jewelry making book. A good place to learn the basic skills.
After getting the basic skills down, the next step would be learning about design and history, as well a bit more about how different beads act. This is a beginning, but not the end.