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Easy Jewelry Making
50+ projects from the 11th year of Bead Style magazine
BeadStyle magazine (Compiler)

Kalmbach Books
April 14, 2015/ ISBN 978-1627002189
Crafts & Hobbies

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Easy Jewelry Making begins with excellent "Beader's Glossary" and "Basic Techniques" sections that include easy-to-follow instructions with color diagrams and photos. Five chapters cover various materials, from Crystals, Stones, Glass and Pearls to Metals & Mixed Materials, all with stunning color photographs and easy to follow instructions, along with tips to make the jewelry-making process comfortable for novices.

Jewelry designers with lots of experience will find great ideas for new creations. My ultimate favorite is the "Crystals Necklace," very timely for me as I've wanted to make a similar necklace with my tiny gemstone beads for a while now. The "Color notes" with this necklace were very helpful and my finished product looks stunning (if I may say so). The" Zuri Necklace" is unusual and beautiful. I also love the innovative inclusion of Druzy beads in bracelets and especially in "Nature's Treasure," which includes two stunning necklace and earring sets made with the addition of bicone crystals, pearls, crystals, filigree bead caps, and more. Also included are designs for "Super Stretch" bracelets, mixed gemstone multi-strand necklaces. And I especially love the "Chevron Set" which replicates Native Indian designs in a spectrum of new colors.

This wonderful book also includes festive designs, such as a "Night in Ipanema" necklace featuring multi-colored seed beads and crystal stones. The pearl designs are, naturally, wonderful, and the mixed materials section has some excellent ideas to stir your creative juices.

I can't wait for the yearly release of projects from my favorite jewelry magazine, Bead Style. As usual, this latest issue features new and exciting creative ideas for making beaded jewelry. Just looking at the cover gave me some wonderful ideas for making new items using various materials. This is a great source of inspiration for all jewelry designers, from novice to expert.


Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2015