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Learn to Make Bead Jewelry
With 35 Fabulous Projects
Lynn Davy

Kalmbach Books
January 12, 2016/ ISBN 978-1627002844
Crafts & Hobbies / Jewelry & Beadwork / Beadwork

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Learn to Make Bead Jewelry is yet another excellent entry into Kalmbach Books' craft publications. Though it appears to be intended for beginner to intermediate jewelry designers, it has wonderful ideas for any designer with any level of experience. One of the great things I love about this book is the detailed beginning section on materials, tools and techniques; also included are photos that reveal blends of colors and color gradients to create different motifs: ocean, beach, meadow, woodland, forest, mountain and volcano. Also included in this section are the names of the various projects and a quick indication of the page number where you can find the complete step-by-step instructions, along with more color photos. The book has comprehensive sections listing beads and their diversities, tips on bead buying, string materials and findings. The "Toolbox" section discusses various tools needed to complete the projects listed in the book, though most people who have already designed jewelry may possess most of them. The most important section is "Techniques" for using the tools, findings and beads to make beautiful pieces of jewelry.

I'm not a novice at making jewelry, but even so, I found several ideas I could use from the "Simple pleasures earrings" for gifts. Some of my favorite designs were the "Beach love beads" and "English garden necklace." New techniques I found that I definitely will try is a new take on the traditional technique of French beading found in the "Fall leaves necklace." But that's just a sampling of the many outstanding projects in this book. Anyone who possesses Learn to Make Bead Jewelry will have a selection of 35 bountiful ideas for fabulous projects from Lynn Davy. This is a great resource for any jewelry crafter and designer, and one I'll return to often.

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Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2016