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Easy Beading Vol. 8
Editors of Bead Style Magazine (compiler)

Kalmbach Books
May 29, 2012 / ISBN 978-0871164810
How-to/Jewelry (Nonfiction)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Easy Beading Vol. 8 is a compilation of some of the best designs from Bead Style magazine published over the past year. The editors have taken into account beginning jewelry makers and included a beader's glossary and the basics of beading techniques, then goes into a detailed discussion of gemstones and crystals, along with suggestions for each and easy to follow instructions and detailed photographs. The book also covers metal and chain jewelry, transfers, use of color and metal wires, mixed media, resign, applique, clay, layered polymer designs, and glass & ceramic jewelry. Various design styles are included, including the new steam punk style.

I especially liked the beaded braids section, and ideas for "potluck" designs using left over beads, something jewelry designers usually have lots of around. In addition to creatively using left over inventory, the editors have included articles on repurposing crystals, gemstones and pearls from broken or found jewelry into your own unique designs.

Easy Beading Vol. 8 is truly a comprehensive fountain of information and creative designs that makes an excellent source of inspiration. As a hardback publication with over 250 pages, Easy Beading Vol. 8 is my personal compendium for reference and creative planning for my own inspired jewelry designs, and one I recommend to everyone interested in making beaded jewelry.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2012