Beaded Bugs: Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles, and Other Cute Critters

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Beaded Bugs features 30 colorful photographs, tons of how-to illustrations, and easy-to-follow instructions for making 30 true-to-life, cute critters, which can adorn jewelry, key chains, cell phones, and other accessories.

The popularity of beading is at an all-time high, and it's a great choice for beginners because the supplies are inexpensive and easy to come by, and readers can get terrific results with just an hour or two of practice.

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Beaded Bugs: Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles, and Other Cute Critters

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Overview

Beaded Bugs features 30 colorful photographs, tons of how-to illustrations, and easy-to-follow instructions for making 30 true-to-life, cute critters, which can adorn jewelry, key chains, cell phones, and other accessories.

The popularity of beading is at an all-time high, and it's a great choice for beginners because the supplies are inexpensive and easy to come by, and readers can get terrific results with just an hour or two of practice.

Beaded Bugs features 30 options based on just six basic prototypes, so you can quickly pick up the basics and build on your skills. The projects are graded by difficulty level, so you can start with your very first quick and simple butterfly or move on to more complex bees and beetles. Each project also includes full-color photos, illustrations, and step-by-step pattern instructions. The finished bugs can be turned into beautiful, unique jewelry, or adornments for key rings and cell phones. They make great gifts, too.

The cute critters in Beaded Bugs are based on real species, and the book also includes a few fun facts on each bug to read as you bead. The creatures include:

* A tiny scarab beetle

* A lovely, leggy little ladybug with varied spots

* Beautifully detailed bees with intricately veined wings and striped bodies

* Intricate and colorful butterflies, such as the peacock swallowtail

* 3-D caterpillars and cocoons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449417628
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 515,011
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Tedman is a professional model maker who has worked on productions as diverse as the Harry Potter films and the BBC television program In the Night Garden . . .

Jean Power is a jewelry designer and the author of three books on the subject, including 200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Beautiful and intricate!

    Beaded Bugs asserts that the “neat shape and brilliant colors of insects make them ideal subjects for small beading projects” and the resulting projects are certainly intricate and beautiful. All of the specimens in the book are based on real bugs and Beaded Bugs gives a little bio on each, along with their habitat, wingspan and technical name. There’s a wide range of colors represented by the different species, from bright to dark to pastels. When the bugs are finished the author suggests using them as pins to decorate clothes, hats or even a desk or dresser. I think that bags and purses would also be a nice way to display the lovely creatures.

    I’ve done beading projects in the past, but if you’re new to it, Beaded Bugs includes several pages of information on simple beading techniques, as well as tips for using beads, wire and tools. The author suggested starting with one of the butterfly patterns in order to figure out how to use the beading chart and also the butterflies are 2-D, while some of the more advanced bugs are 3-D. I started out with the first design in the book, which was for an Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly. I found the illustrations and diagrams that explain exactly how to arrange the beads very clear and easy to follow. I’m sure I could use a little improvement, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out and I’m excited to move on to the caterpillar, which the author assures us is a simple project. My goal is to work my way up to creating the classic Seven Spotted Ladybug in Beaded Bugs.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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