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Simply Gemstones: Designs for Creating Beaded Gemstone Jewelry Paperback – July 14, 2009
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Nancy Alden uses the most basic of jewelry-making skills to highlight the gemstone designs in this book. There are selections in the usual semi-precious stones such as Peruvian Opal, Labradorite, Turquoise, Jasper and lots of Tourmaline. Then there are stringing projects using Ruby (not Ruby Quartz), Larimar, Sapphire and even rough Diamonds. The earrings have a matching necklace or bracelet counterpart.
As usual with most Potter-Craft books, there are excellent photos of the finished product with clear, well-written instructions on the following page. Visual learner will not find step-by-step photos. The techniques, which are in Nancy Alden's other books, are found in the back using line illustrations.
The rating gets 4 stars instead of 5 because if you want to splurge and make these designs, you need to know where to get them. Here are a few (besides Firemountain); Softflexcompany.com, and BeadsofCambay.com (probably the best source for precious gemstone beads).
I must admit that I have never really followed her designs to the letter, but instead have been inspired by them to develop my own approach. The author encourages her readers to do just that. I have already made a lovely necklace with lapis lazul using the cover design as my inspiration. I am very pleased with the result.
The earlier book had a gallery page showing all the designs covered. This section has not been included in the current publication and I think it suffers as a result because you cannot see all the designs at a glance.
I would recommend this book as a source and inspiration to people like myself who enjoy stringing and want to be challenged rather than to stay in their comfort zone!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I was hoping for. Very basic. Also, subjectively, projects just not my style.Published 7 months ago by Vickie Ebenkamp
I liked the book very much. Am very happy with it, Thanks, Margaret HartPublished 17 months ago by Marge Hart
Beautiful projects that inspire me to new heights! Transaction was very smooth also.Published 21 months ago by Jay Dee
This is another book that I checked out through my local library system. I chose to purchase it because there are many ideas that I liked. I would shop through this vendor again.Published on February 26, 2013 by Sue Wojakowski