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Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence: Elegant Jewelry Projects with Right Angle Weave (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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“Marcia DeCoster is one of the smartest, most elegant designers in the bead world today. Not only does she create sumptuous jewelry designs, her projects are deceivingly straightforward and fun to make.” — Jean Campbell
“A great book with wonderful projects—these are the pieces that people will want to make to enrich both their right angle weave techniques and their jewelry boxes.” — Carol Wilcox Wells
“Marcia DeCoster launches contemporary seed beadweaving into sophisticated high fashion. . . . Follow her well-written instructions for these gorgeous projects, and your work will become the haute couture of beaded jewelry.” — Margie Deeb
“Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence delivers all that the title promises and more—beautiful, interesting jewelry projects, clear instructions, and true inspiration for beaders.” — Diane Fitzgerald
“Twenty-four beautiful bead projects from Marcia DeCoster, one of the very best beading artists and teachers out there, make this book a standout essential. It’s the second title in the Beadweaving Master Class series — the first was the wonderful Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch — and Marcia maintains the series’ true excellence for serious beaders. The instructions and illustrations are clear, and the stunning photography reveals the lovely elegance of these spectacular jewelry pieces. This book and its designs will astonish and please you.” — Best Selling Books
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The book is divided into six chapters: Chapter 1 covers beading basics; Chapter 2 provides a good overview of right-angle weave (RAW) that will benefit both experienced beaders, as well as novices; Chapter 3 covers projects that involve flat beading that resembles fabric; Chapter 4 covers rope-based projects; Chapter 5 covers beaded armatures; Chapter 6 covers embellishments; Chapter 7 covers curved projects; and Chapter 8 covers layered projects. The Appendix also contains a lovely Gallery of RAW projects by other bead artists such as Nan C. Meinhardt, Huib Peterson, etc. that makes for great eye candy.
In total, there are 24 projects to choose from; some of them (like Terracita and Etruscan Treasure) are older designs of Marcia's, but there are also plenty of new designs to choose from. There is also a good range of projects for both beginning beaders (such as earrings and bracelets/anklets) and more advanced ones.
Another nice feature is that the supply list for each project lists the precise colors of the beads being used, which should make it easy to replicate the exact look of each piece. A few of the supplies (like various widths of rubber tubing for the projects that involve armatures, etc.) looked like they might be a bit hard to find, but a quick Google search revealed that they should be easy to track down, and Amazon even carries some of them. This is a definite plus since it's always frustrating to discover that a beading project requires hard-to-find materials.
What I also noticed is that the directions in this book are very thorough and clear. I've had a few problems in the past following along with Marcia's directions, but the directions here are very clear and the diagrams are excellent. The instructions have definitely benefited from some good editing by the publishers of the book.
I don't have the first book in this new series by Lark, so I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the book is hardback since hardback books are so much easier to work from while you're beading.
I can't wait to get started on some of these projects!
This book is tops in "my book" and I was glad to see in the comments that material suppliers are listed on the author, Marcia deCoster's, website.
Thank you Marcia! This is the best Christmas present I have ever given myself!
I work with a large group of indigenous Mayan Indians on the shores of Lake Atitlan who do beautiful work, and they will love to see your ideas as well. So many variations to be made here. I hope Marcia will consider coming to our design studio and meeting the artisans and perhaps even teaching a class one of these days. How about it?
Yours, Catherine Todd, AtitlanArts dot com
I know how to do the basic RAW but have never attempted ropes and a few of the more technical projects in here. While RAW is simple to do (I do peyote well enough already and have used several bead sizes for increases/decreases as well as in bead crochet)yet the idea of using the various bead sizes like in Whitby or Ringlets projects never crossed my mind---its an easier stitch to me and now that I can visulize how to produce the same basic effects as with peyote I am positive it will end up being much faster to work as well! Ms. DeCoster's directions/projects clearly show how versatile it can be also!
Very happy I added this to my beading library :)
This book meets not only met my needs as to what I would like to wear. It also provided the challenge that I needed to learn a new technique. The directions are very exact so at no time have I questioned what the author was trying to say.
I give this book 2 thumbs, 8 fingers and 10 toes up. For I plan to make many of the wonderful designs this creative lady has shared with us.