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In this book you'll discover the art of glass beadmaking and learn many of the secrets that were guarded for centuries by Venetian glassmakers. You'll gradually build your expertise, beginning with the basic methods for making and decorating beads and working up to more advanced approaches. Dozens of techniques are described in step-by-step detail, and the text is liberally seasoned with "hot tips," each designed to make learning easier and more fun. This book is lavishly illustrated with how-to photography and ...
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In this book you'll discover the art of glass beadmaking and learn many of the secrets that were guarded for centuries by Venetian glassmakers. You'll gradually build your expertise, beginning with the basic methods for making and decorating beads and working up to more advanced approaches. Dozens of techniques are described in step-by-step detail, and the text is liberally seasoned with "hot tips," each designed to make learning easier and more fun. This book is lavishly illustrated with how-to photography and photos of works by more than 50 contemporary beadmakers, all in full color, making it a practical handbook and inspirational artists' gallery all in one volume.
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Beads have become so popular that entire shops are now devoted to selling beads and bead accessories. However, it is possible to make colorful beads of one's own from craft materials. Casey's beads are often humorous items made from glued strips of cloth, yarn, or paper and finished off with clear nail polish. Resembling polymer clay beads, they can be made in fantastic shapes and colors. The projects have detailed, step-by-step instructions with large enough illustrations to be used for children's as well as adult crafts. Jenkins's beads are little glass gems made using standard glassworking supplies and equipment such as a kiln and propane torch. She gives step-by-step instructions for plain glass, millefiori thousand flowers, sculpted beads, and others. Photographs of museum-quality beads by other artists are interspersed throughout and provide an eye-opening look at the bead as art. Both books are welcome additions to craft collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887374163
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/31/1999
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Making a Basic Bead
Preparing Mandrels 27
Igniting the Torch 28
Forming a Bead 30
Extinguishing the Torch 34
Removing Your Bead from the Mandrel 34
Finishing Touches 36
Simple Variations
Shaping Your Beads 38
Overwraps 43
Multicolored Beads 44
Spots, Dots & Eyes 45
Stripes & Trails 47
Pulling Stringer 49
Fun with Stringer 53
Raked Patterns 56
Taking the Next Step
Mixing Colors 59
Ribbon Cane 60
Twisties 61
Making Your Own Filigrana & Cased Stringer 64
Combing, Feathering, Side-Shifting & Furrowing 68
Pinching, Poking, Snipping & Plunging 71
Adding Metals 74
Inclusions & Surface Treatments 77
Commercial Millefiori 78
Advanced Techniques
Making Your Own Millefiori 82
Cased Beads 87
Dichroic Glass 90
Sculpted Beads 91
Hollow Beads 98
Buttons 99
Marbles 101
Core Vessels 102
Appendix A. Jewelry-Making Basics 105
Appendix B. The Nature of Glass 108
Appendix C. Troubleshooting 110
Contributing Artists 111
Acknowledgments 112
Index 112
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2004

    The 'MUST' book for Beginner Beadmakers

    Like many, this was the very first book that I bought, and was the foundation of my self-instruction. Cindy gives the reader step by step instructions for basic beadmaking, and a few intermediate techniques. With a great gallery of pieces made by the pioneers of the contemporary lampworking 'movement', this book is essential for those starting out in this addictive craft of lampworking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    A Wonderful Book

    This was the first book I picked up when looking for more info on making glass beads, and I haven't found a better one yet. This book is loaded with color pictures of completed beads and the processes to get there. The expanations are simple and precise, with enough detail for you complete any one of the projects. I have gotten some great ideas and learned alot. This book also gives a small amount of the history of beads and where they came from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    What a fun and helpful book!

    If you want to begin learning how to make glass beads, this book is a perfect choice. Cindy gives you just the right amount of information to keep you from being intimidated by the technical aspect of glass bead making. The photos in the book are so beautiful and inspiring. I must have looked through the book a hundred times just to look at all the creative beads. I love this book and keep it nearby at all times. It comes in handy for reference and inspiration.

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