Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ancient Worlds Modern Beads Preview

We have just under a month until the official release date of Ancient Worlds Modern Beads– although some readers have received their copies already, and the response has been great so far! Thank you so much to everyone who has given the book a chance. It’s very exciting to know that readers will soon be able to learn the techniques and draw a little inspiration from my own favorite sources.

As promised, I’ve created a slideshow preview of every design featured. There are 30 projects in all – necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings all inspired by the ancient world. The video will give you chance to view all of the finished designs and some of the techniques covered in the book. I’ve only included the main designs – most projects also include examples of variations on color, materials, or style. In other words, there is a lot of jewelry squeezed into these pages!

For the most part, the projects are showcased in the video by the same order you'll find them in for each chapter of the book. Each civilization has its own section, with 10 projects for different skill levels - from beginner to advanced. In writing Ancient Worlds Modern Beads, I did my very best to provide the same attention to detail that Inspirational Beading readers have come to expect for both basic techniques and complete projects. Each chapter is also sprinkled with extra tips for getting the best results, creating variations, or finding the best materials for a design.

The inspirations are quite varied, though most projects are modelled after real ancient jewelry from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Several pieces draw on the icons of ancient deities like Juno and Demeter, while others invoke the things we admire about the classical world. Many of my favorite designs are covered, including those that many Inspirational Beading readers have requested in the past such as the chevron collar, herringbone coil bracelet, and chevron lariat.

Nile Necklace from Ancient Worlds Modern Beads Necklace of Sithathoryunet - Met Museum

Nile Necklace Project

Amphora Cuff from Ancient Worlds Modern Beads Terracotta Lekythos - Met Museum

Amphora Cuff Project

Which project are you most interested in? Are there any techniques not covered that you’d like to see in a future tutorial or book? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Amazing! So talented and I loved the video.I need to get the book

  2. Congratulations on your new book! I watched the video and I love the way you have depicted ancient jewellery with your creations . I am also impressed with the delightful arrangement of the projects which makes things easier for beginners and experienced beaders. I`m sure this book is going to be must have in every beader`s collection .

  3. I love your blog and the inspiration it gives. thank you for all the tutorials. as a beginner, they are very helpful.


  4. Thanks, everyone! It was a blast putting it all together.

  5. Got my book today! Fantastic! Just skimmed through so far, and it is exciting. I can't wait for some time to really "read" it and try my hand at a couple of the projects! Congratulations!

    1. Thanks, Paula! I'm glad you like it so far. If you ever have questions, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email. Happy beading!

  6. This book is a triumph in design, color, and historical perspective. I am crazy about the concept, have had the idea in the back of my own mind for several years. The interpretations are beautifully thought out and executed. Kudos! Your hard work has paid off. This is a truly wonderful book.

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that you're enjoying it.


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