You’ll Love This Beading Project Book If:
- You want to learn basic beading techniques through simple & fun projects
- You love creating unique and personal home accessories and gifts
- You want to learn beading basics than advance on to more challenging projects with one complete reference
Discover exciting approaches to beading with the techniques & tips featured in Beading Basics. Carole Rodgers includes great tips and step-by-step projects as well as encouraging hints and secrets from a pro for beading success. Starting with basic stitches then advancing to more advanced techniques, you’ll learn everything you need to make a variety of beading projects.
In addition to the easy to follow basic projects you’ll also learn how to create variations on each project allowing you to add your own personal style to each piece. This beading book will quickly become a must-have reference in your crafting library. This resource is authoritative and inexpensive, so all artists and crafters can benefit from its instruction.
In Beading Basics You’ll Learn:
- How to make a beaded necklace, beaded eyeglass holders, wine glass tags, bracelets & home accents step-by-step
- Carole Rodgers favorite beading tips for guaranteed success
- Beading techniques such as netting, peyote stitches, square stitches, lacy spirals and potawatamie stitches
Check Out This Excerpt from French Beaded Flowers The Complete Guide:
The most basic material needed when making beaded jewelry is, of course, beads. The variety of beads available is so large that it’s impossible to describe all of them. The following are the most common materials and processes presently used in beadmaking. From bone to precious stone, each has its own personality.
Bone: A popular bead material that can be carved, ground, painted or dyed. Bone beads are usually lightweight.
Long, thin glass tube beads from 2mm to 30mm long in a variety of finishes. They can be straight, twisted or hex-cut.
Any bead that is ground with one or more fl at surfaces. Faceting is most commonly done on glass, precious or semiprecious stone beads.
Gemstone and semiprecious: Semiprecious gemstones are carved or ground into beads. They come in a large variety of colors, sizes and shapes.
Lampworked or artisan:
Lampworked beads are handmade by artisans one at a time through a process of wrapping molten glass around a mandrel in an open flame.
Metal: Beads can be made from a variety of different metals. Many used in jewelry are made from precious metals or are a base metal plated with precious metals. Like glass beads, they can be molded into a large variety of shapes.
A material readily used in bead production, although not popular for high-end jewelry. It can imitate any number of materials, like gemstones and glass.
Polymer clay: Beads from polymer clay are becoming more widely available in bead shops. They are often artisan-made. Many are made from canes like millefiori glass and have interesting patterns. Such clay can duplicate other materials, like bone and semiprecious stone.
Beads molded when the glass is still soft. They can be made in almost any size or shape. Many beads used in costume jewelry are pressed glass.
Shell: Shell can be ground into shapes, dyed and treated in a number of ways to make interesting beads. Small whole shells are often used for beads by drilling a hole in them.
These crystal beads are made in Austria. The beads have a high lead content and are precision faceted. They have a sparkle that resembles diamonds.
These beads are made from any number of different wood types and are often carved, painted or dyed. Like bone, wooden beads are relatively lightweight.
A Word From the Author:
"Because it is impossible for every bead store to carry every bead, you probably will not be able to purchase the same beads I’ve used. I’ve tried to do the projects in a way that you can substitute beads of similar shapes or sizes. Several variations are given for each technique because using different beads can result in an entirely different look. I hope you find this book a useful guide as you start on your beading adventure." — Carole Rodgers
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