- Series: Beadweaving Master Class Series
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Lark Crafts; F Second Printing Used edition (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600592929
- ISBN-13: 978-1600592928
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Tip: When I'm learning a new technique I always use YouTube as a secondary source for making sure I have the correct tension and hand movements, since I'm a visual learner. It helps me to focus on learning the technique while still being able to take advantage of the beautiful designs in books like these.
All that said, each project is photographed beautifully, and because of that, the more experienced beader can "figure out" what needs to be done to complete the particular project......or come to another resolution for the lack of more detailed instruction. Great idea-stimulator for creating one's own designs and pieces & a nice "gallery" section of various artists' works......a very nice book in general......just not really a book for a beginner, it would leave you somewhat confused.
She starts by giving us the makings of the basic beading kit. Having these basics in hand before starting projects puts us ahead of the game before even beginning.
Add to that the detailed photos and stylized pictures of the order of beads, with very well written directions, & I have found her projects very easy to complete. I cannot say that about all designers and their directions. Many write in such a way that I am unable to follow them.
I have not found it difficult to locate the beads she uses in her pieces & I really appreciate this. Of course this doesn't apply to one of a kind lampwork beads, but I've been able to adequately substitute by looking around, on Ebay or one of the many beading stores from which we all have to choose.
I've made several of these, but would have to say I've gotten the most compliments from the "Whitby" earrings, which I made in black, minus the drops.
Another thing I appreciate is that she creates many of her designs using components, which can then be used to create an entirely different piece of jewelry. What had been a necklace can be modified to become an earring or a bracelet.
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 :)