Bead Simple: Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way You Want It

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Most beading books include a mix of patterns but call for very specific beads and materials. So if crafters don't like the beads used in the projects, or don't have them in hand, they won't enjoy the projects, no matter how beautiful they are. But Susan Beal has untangled this knotty problem. "Bead Simple "is the first work of its kind that offers stunning jewelry patterns that can be completely customized with a variety of beads and stringing materials. Based on simple, yet effective beading techniques, this ...

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Overview

Most beading books include a mix of patterns but call for very specific beads and materials. So if crafters don't like the beads used in the projects, or don't have them in hand, they won't enjoy the projects, no matter how beautiful they are. But Susan Beal has untangled this knotty problem. "Bead Simple "is the first work of its kind that offers stunning jewelry patterns that can be completely customized with a variety of beads and stringing materials. Based on simple, yet effective beading techniques, this strikingly illustrated pattern guide includes 50 glittering designs, each featuring two bold variations for a total of 150 projects that can easily be achieved with different materials or tweaks. With hot guest designers, including DIY Network's Jennifer Perkins and Megan Nicolay, author of the bestselling "Generation T," here is the one book that finally offers jewelers the versatility to let their unique personalities shine through.

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"Bead Simple" is simply fantastic, proving that with a few tools, a couple of easy to learn techniques, and the guidance of Susan Beal's wonderful eye for color and texture, anyone can make beautiful handcrafted jewelry. The projects are absolutely inspiring, and I can't wait to get started myself! — Debbie Stoller, bestselling author of "Stitch 'N Bitch
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"Bead Simple: 150 Designs for Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, Embellishments and More, "by Susan Beal (Taunton Press, 220 pages, $19.95 paperback): Innovative (and easy) beaded designs that range from classy to campy. Includes projects from dozens of national designers, including a multimedia charm collage by yours truly! —"Crafty Chica" Kathy Cano-Murillo, "The Arizona Republic"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589531
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 542,165
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Beal is a craft writer in Portland, Oregon, who teaches and designs projects for the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store. She is the author of seven craft books, including Bead Simple, Button It Up, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, and Sewing for all Seasons. She's also a contributing editor at Stitch magazine, the historian for the Modern Quilt Guild, and the mother of two children, Pearl and Everett. See more of Susan's work, and her Pendleton projects, on her blog, westcoastcrafty.com.

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Table of Contents

1. Getting Started: Tools, Materials, Design, Icons
2. Techniques: Beadstringing, Wirework, Beadweaving, Knotting
3. Earrings: Solo Earrings, Duo Earrings, Trio Earrings, Modern Drop Earrings, Multi-Drop Earrings, Vintage Button Earrings,Circle Deluxe Earrings, Low and Swingy Earrings, Starburst Earrings
4. Necklaces: The One-Strand Necklace, The Memoir Necklace, The Vintagesque Necklace, The Hardware Store Necklace, The Three-of-a-kind Choker, The Front and Center Necklace, The Swingy Necklace, The Vintage Button Necklace, The Woven Collar Necklace, The Two-Tier Necklace, The Vintage Pin Necklace
5. Pendants: The Charming Pendant, The Modern Drop Pendant, The Ribbon Choker, The Circle Deluxe Pendant, The Multi-Drop Pendant, The Spaces and Sparkles Pendant, The Starburst Pendant
6. Brooches and Barrettes: The Sparkle Cocktail Brooch, The Floral Galore Brooch, The Vintage Button Brooch, The Glitter Barrette, The Vamp Hair Comb, The Sparkle Band
7. Bracelets: The One-Strand Bracelet, The Memoir Bracelet, The Hardware Store Bracelet, The Charming Bracelet, The Vintage Button Bracelet, The Woven Bracelet
8. Embellishments and Accessories: The Sparkle It! Ribbon Trim, The Sparkle It! Household Accessory, The Sparkle It! Accessories, The Sparkle It! Wearables, The Sparkle It! Winterwear, The Handbag Charm, The Good-Luck Charm, The Sparkle It! Bag, The Low-Slung Chain Belt, Sunglasses Chain, Holiday Ornament
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