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Let’s Start Beading
Jewellery School Series – Book I
Carolyn Schulz

Search Press
16 June 2016/ ISBN 9781782212584
How-To Books/Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Have you always wanted to make your own jewelry but don’t know where to start? This book is aimed at the beginner who wants to make some fashionable costume jewelry and learn how to use various tools and materials. Unusually, it focuses mostly on working with wire, and the projects are sorted into chapters according to what type of wire they use. Learn how to work with memory wire, beading wire, chain and jump rings and, if you fancy a break from wire, there is also a chapter on using stretchy cord. I am all for something different and thought that this was a good way of grouping projects, all of which manage to look both contemporary and timeless. None are too daunting either, with bracelets predominating (eight out of twelve projects are for these), but there are also two necklaces and two rings. Each of the four chapters starts with a brief overview of the type of wire/cord being used together with some useful tips. The rest of the chapter contains three projects, each handsomely illustrated with several good-sized captioned photographs, a list of materials and a useful “what you learn” area so you know what you are going to be doing. There is also a list of the tools you need, with handy photographs of them, and an alternative idea showing how to make the project using different materials. Throughout the book there are also useful things, like a list of birthstones for each month, wire gauges, how to tie various knots and a jargon buster so you can familiarize yourself with all the terms. Another nice touch at the top of the first page of each project is a row of beads; these are all the beads used in that particular project. This is much more useful to a beginner than a mere list. I would recommend this as being a book that is genuinely useful to complete beginners, rather than being aimed more at improvers like a lot of beginner books.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016