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.