These three titles have lots of ideas for making lovely jewelry pieces. Aristides, a London fashion jewelry designer, provides the greatest selection of materials, including beads of semiprecious stones, pearls, glass, and other materials. Her well-illustrated introductory section on bead types and jewelry components is excellent.
The books by Aimone (The Beaded Home) and Blessing and Hogsett (Stringing Style) concentrate on two of these types, charms and crystals. Aimone's charms are extremely creative, some involving found objects fashioned into charms for the project. Blessing and Hogsett's projects include beadwork stitching and interesting crystal lore. The projects in all three books are sophisticated and certain to appeal to users of public library craft collections.
Constance Ashmore Fairchild
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