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Beading with Gemstones
Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques
by Valerie MacCarthy
Hard cover, 9" x 10", 128 pages, copyright 2007
Beading With Gemstones shows you how to create contemporary wire and chain jewelry featuring stunning gemstones and beads. Learn how to make gorgeous rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that showcase a wealth of gemstones. Make an elegant charm bracelet with white, pink, and gray pearls; a pair of turquoise earrings that feature intriguing wire loop detail; a spectacular necklace that has a dangling blue topaz pendant; and so much more. Once you master the basic techniques, you'll be able to design your own pieces with stones you like best.
These 30 lovely projects progress from beginner to intermediate skill levels. The styles range from funky to sophisticated, and also incorporate seed and glass beads. Learn about some of the most popular gemstones and the healing properties they are said to possess, as well as the tools and techniques you'll use.
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The Illustrated Bead Bible
Terms, Tips & Techniques
by Theresa Flores Geary
Hard cover, 8" x 10", 406 pages, copyright 2008
The Illustrated Bead Bible is the ultimate reference on beads and beading. From Abalone to Zipper Stitch, this profusely illustrated guide covers a broad range of beading subjects and presents encyclopedic entries on historical background, technical details, and cultural customs. It includes a comprehensive A-Z listing of rose-petal, fertility, wampum, wedding, sacrifice, pumtek, Viking, and other beads. It also contains an instructional guide on buying materials and mastering techniques. There are essential tables and charts on bead shapes, needle and thread sizes, gemstones and birthstones, the Mohs scale of hardness, and more. Also found inside are drawings of twenty-one common stitches, knotting and finishing techniques, and three graphs.
At the heart of the book is an illustrated encyclopedia of bead types and styles, materials, tools and lore. In beading tips and techniques, you'll find a question-and-answer format to help you learn how to buy materials and tools or deal with snags. It's easy to look up any topic you'd like to know more about, from which manufacturers make the best seed beads to which size needle goes best with which thread size. Complete with stunning work by artists from around the world, this unique reference is an invaluable source of information for beaders, collectors, jewelers, and anyone who admires fine workmanship.