Exquisite Beaded Jewelry: Use Basic Techniques to Create Distinctive Designs

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Explore a wide range of jewelry-making techniques and build your skills to create beaded pieces that are nothing short of exquisite. Author Lynda Musante shares her wealth of experience to challenge you to develop your skills as a bead artist. She encourages you to stretch your imagination in your quest for distinctive jewelry to wear yourself or give as gifts.
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Trade Paperback New This book is a comprehensive guide to creating gorgeous beaded jewelry. Inside, readers will find enough techniques and projects to keep them busy for ... months. It's a on-stop resource for anyone interested in creating jewlery with beads. Techniques range from beginner to advanced. Clear step-by-step photos and illustrations, tips and sidebars make it easy to master each one. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Explore a wide range of jewelry-making techniques and build your skills to create beaded pieces that are nothing short of exquisite. Author Lynda Musante shares her wealth of experience to challenge you to develop your skills as a bead artist. She encourages you to stretch your imagination in your quest for distinctive jewelry to wear yourself or give as gifts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873498081
  • Publisher: KP Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 As You Begin 7
Comfort, Considerations, and Inspiration 8
Learning Problem-Solving Techniques 8
So, What Do You Want to Make? 9
Comfortable Jewelry 9
A Few Thoughts for Success 10
Chapter 2 It's All About the Beads 11
Size Considerations 12
Planning Makes Projects Easier at First 13
Determining the Elements 14
Bead Shapes 15
Seed Beads 17
Bead Finishes 18
Specialty Beads 19
Chapter 3 Knowing Your Tools and Materials 21
Wonderful Decorative Wire 22
Wire Types 22
A Guide for Selecting Wire 23
Wirework Tools 24
Working with Wire 26
Stringing Tools 27
Stringing Products 29
Clasps 31
Earring Findings 32
Specialty Components 33
Chapter 4 Wire Findings 34
Creating Your Own Findings 35
Decorative Wire Components 40
From Jump Rings to Beads 44
Projects
Twist'n Curl Bracelet 45
Bicone Spiral Bracelet 46
Flat Coil Bracelet 48
Bright Blue TNC Necklace 50
Wire "Interview" Necklace 52
Gallery 55
Chapter 5 Stringing Explorations 57
Common Jewelry Lengths 58
Arranging the Beads 58
Choosing a Stringing Material 59
Getting Started with Stringing 60
Projects
A Suite of Spacer Bead Bracelets 62
Traveler's Bracelets and Variations 64
Simply Strung Necklace and Variations 66
Multi-Strand Necklace 68
Three-Strand Jet Lariat 70
Multi-Strand Fairy Necklace 72
Gallery 74
Chapter 6 Stitched Bead Basics 77
Getting Started 78
Solving Challenges: Broken Threads and Beads 81
Learning Off-Loom Stitches 83
Basic Peyote (Gourd) Stitch 83
Double-Peyote Stitch 84
Peyote Variations: Transforming the Swatch 85
Tubular Peyote Stitch 87
Brick Stitch 89
Embellishing Your Beadwork 90
Projects
Fringed Party Bracelet 92
Zipped Peyote Choker and Variations 94
Gallery 96
Chapter 7 Sculptural Beading 99
Preparing for Improvisational Beadwork 100
Creating Open Spaces and Texture 101
Attaching the Beadwork to the Wire Frame 102
Starting an Improvisational
Peyote-Stitched Piece 102
Projects
A Bracelet Study 104
Pleated Pods Necklace 107
Meteoric Shards Necklace 111
Redside Designs Cuff and Variations 114
Fringed Fantasia Amulet Bag Necklace 117
Gallery 121
Resources 125
Bibliography 126
Contributing Artists 127
About the Author 127
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