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The strength of this title is evident from the subtitle: instant inspiration. Since the author uses several unique beads that might be hard to duplicate, it is the inspiration that will have lasting value. To set the stage, a pictorial list of common tools and other materials are listed, as are hints for gathering ideas. Some jewelry-making how-tos for novices are included before jumping into the actual designs. Illustrated instructions are given for each step, as well as tips for adjusting the overall design. Each one is labeled according to difficulty, although none are particularly basic. The layout is colorful and highly attractive, although, somewhat impractically, many of the tools pictured are hard to see since they were laid out across the gutter. The book concludes with a detailed list of supply resources and source notes that tell where each of the pictured beads was purchased. Though not for beginners, teens with some crafting experience will indeed find this book inspiring.
—Jamie WatsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.