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Beautiful Beadwork from Nature: 16 Stunning Jewelry Projects Inspired by the Natural World

Beautiful Beadwork from Nature: 16 Stunning Jewelry Projects Inspired by the Natural World

by Melissa Shippee


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16 gorgeous beaded jewelry projects for intermediate-to-advanced beaders, featuring one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired designs.

 “The elaborate process of creating tiny beaded works of art has never been so well-captured.” —Booklist (Starred review)

Drawing from the shapes, colors, and beauty of the natural world, award-winning jewelry designer Melissa Shippee has fashioned a breathtaking collection of wearable art. From delicate earrings made of graceful beaded flowers to a showstopping crystal fringe necklace inspired by ancient stalactites, each striking project uses popular materials such as seed beads, crystals, and Czech glass beads. Along with illustrated step-by-step instructions, a basics section provides a refresher on essential beadweaving techniques. A gallery of works from top artists offers additional inspiration.

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ISBN-13: 9781454710776
Publisher: Lark Crafts
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 564,076
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melissa Shippee’s beaded jewelry has won numerous awards and appeared on the covers of Beadwork and Bead&Button. In 2017, she was named one of Beadwork magazine's designers of the year. Melissa teaches workshops nationally and internationally, including at the Bead&Button Show, and she sells kits featuring her beadwork designs on her website. She is the author of I Can Herringbone and a contributor to Beading All Stars, 500 Necklaces, and 1,000 Beads (all Lark). She lives in Ashford, CT. Learn more about her on

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

Tools and Materials 1

Techniques 4

Small Accessories

Bluet Earrings 17

Jellyfish Tassel Earrings 21

Leaf Hair Ornament 27

Little Lilies Ring 33

Dahlia Brooch 37

Raindrop Anklet 49


Ocean Waves Bracelet 63

Vine Wrap Bracelet 71

High Tide Bracelet 79

Butterfly Bracelet 87

Metaphase Bracelet 99


Seed Pod Lariat 109

Stalactite Necklace 115

Orchid Necklace 125

Snail Shell Necklace 141

Moon Cycle Necklace 149

Gallery 164

Acknowledgments 167

About the Author 167

Index 168

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