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The increase in availability of a wide variety of beads has popularized bead jewelry crafting. What we once knew as simple beads on a string have become complex creations of glass, ceramics, stone, or metal. These books give step-by-step instructions that may be followed explicitly or used as a point of departure for original designs for all types of jewelry. Campbell (Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags) emphasizes traditional beading stitches in her projects for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. LaFerla (Making Creative Baskets) uses simple stringing with large beads made of exotic materials and gemstones. And Remmers uses wires and chains to good effect in creating colorful bracelets and necklaces reminiscent of the flower leis of her native Hawaii (her beaded watchbands are especially lovely). All are good choices for public libraries wanting more beading material.
—Constance Ashmore Fairchild