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Jewelry School – Bead Stringing
Carolyn Schulz

Search Press
16 January 2018/ ISBN 9781782215301
How-To Books/Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


This 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 for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017