Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book Review: Creative Beaded Jewelry

For all of the millions of bead styles available around the world today, there are a million and one ways to combine them into gorgeous jewelry. Finding just the right method to display a gorgeous focal or set of lampwork beads can be a challenge, and it helps to start with a theme to focus on that will showcase the qualities that you love about your chosen materials.

In Creative Beaded Jewelry,the talented beader Carolyn Schulz uses inspirations from Asian art and design to capture the essence of great beads. With themes from China, Japan, India and Tibet, some of the best bead qualities are highlighted in easy to make designs. Color, texture and pattern are combined with favorite stringing techniques that every bead lover will want to try.

Each chapter in the book highlights a different stringing material, with a basic overview of how to use it in jewelry design. Quick and delightful projects for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings follow, with bead combinations inspired by traditional and modern aesthetics from the East. Beginners and experienced beaders will love the new and improved takes on using elastic cord, memory wire, stringing wire, knotted cords, and chain. Every project provides inspiration notes, a full materials list, and step by step instructions with helpful diagrams. Many of the projects are deceptively simple, and are perfect for instant gratification beading!

Carolyn has captured some truly gorgeous inspirations in the 33 projects, which include plenty of jade, pearls, and floral patterns. If you love the look of Asian art, or just need a great resource for busting your bead stash, Creative Beaded Jewelry will not disappoint.

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Carolyn Schulz and Tuttle Publishing
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