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Making Beautiful Beads: Glass, Metal, Polymer Clay, Fiber Hardcover – May 1, 2002
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Five bead artists have collaborated on this guide to making contemporary-style beads. The most unusual are the rolled and shaped felt beads made from merino wool by Jorie Johnson. Ann Marie Kennedy has several projects for paper beads, Irene Semanchuk Dean shows how to make polymer clay beads, Joanna Goldberg has projects for lovely silver beads, and Kimberly Adams demonstrates lamp-worked glass beads. Public libraries needing more beading material will find this potpourri of projects a distinctive addition to crafts collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This books covers a lot of ground, so if you are already experienced in several of these disciplines, then you may not need it. On the other hand, if you're curious about what it takes to get into torching your own glass beads or how to get started making beads with polymer clay, this is a great reference.
Each section gives you a good feel for what you'll need in the way of supplies and how to start with each medium. Lots of step-by-step photos and clear instructions.
The book is worth the price for the gallery sections, alone. I don't much care for fiber jewelry as a rule, but some of these hand-felted ornaments are beautiful! The polymer clay, glass and metal galleries are even more inspiring - gorgeous work from a variety of artists and crafters.
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Having no interest at this time in felt or paper work. The sections were interesting reading in passing. The clay section has some nice touches. All things covered in this book are for the beginner or somebody that wants to get a handle on the hobby of beads/jewelry.
Yes in the glass beads there is torch work but how many homes today don't have a maap torch for plumbing. Same thing with the metal work Joanna gives it in two sections. The cold working and the hot working. So you can start out with a small investment or none if you have a handy type house.
The pictures are clear bright and show the area that the description tags cover, not work bench scenic shots.
The gallery's have an assortment of other peoples work for wider scope of styles than just the featured artists. I own it and use it