is the second book in this author’s Jewelry School series
following on from Let’s Start Beading. It covers most
aspects of basic bead stringing for beginners from working
with different threads to fasteners, crimps and using pliers.
Illustrated with plenty of clear photographs it is easy for
anybody to create twelve attractive pieces.
Having taught beginners basic stringing techniques I applaud
this book for its direct, hands on approach. Anybody can learn
how to combine beads and findings quickly, learning as you
work through the pieces instead of learning how to do everything
first and then applying your skills to the projects. The book
tackles tiger tail first and progresses to thread and finishes
with a section on more complex techniques. Each project has
a list of what you learn, and earlier projects are laid out
in a way so each new technique has its own heading. Learn
how to use a stop bead, attach crimps, open and close a jump
ring and identify the different types of pliers. Various different
styles of necklace and bracelet are covered as are different
types of beads from basic glass to pearls, crystals and diamante
balls and spacers. Each piece is also shown made up in different
colors and materials to show what else can be done, a nice
touch. At the back is an index and a “jargon buster”
showing all the items used in the book and a bit about them,
plus a section on tools. The jewelry has a modern but timeless
look and ranges from sophisticated to fun, missing out the
quirky, so is likely to have a wide appeal. If you want to
learn how to string beads I can recommend this book.
If you cannot find a good range of bead stringing tools and
materials locally try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.