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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jewelry & Beading Designs For Dummies Book Review

Jewelry & Beading Designs For Dummies

About the Book: Your visual guide to building up your beading techniques and creating stunning jewelry!

Do you love jewelry and beading? Are you looking for some clever, creative projects to make chic jewelry and accessories? This easy-to-follow guide is packed with step-by-step instructions and inspiring color photos to get you stringing, knotting, and looping in no time. From earrings and necklaces to pins, purses, charms, and more, you'll discover new techniques for making just the right pieces to suit you — or to give as fantastic, fashionable gifts!

  • The basics of jewelry making and beading — assemble your gear, work with pliers, and brush up on stringing, bead weaving, and wire wrapping . Start with simple projects — use elastic cord, ribbon, leather, a wire jig, and more to make bracelets, bookmarks, pendants, and napkin rings
  • Incorporate multiple techniques and materials — take your skills to the next level with unconventional designs
  • Complete more advanced projects — craft custom jewelry components, learn advanced bead weaving, and make jewelry with polymer clay
  • Create unique, one-of-a-kind accessories — see jewelry in a fresh way by utilizing nontraditional materials
  • Avoid common jewelry-making mistakes — discover how to read directions properly, buy the proper tools from the right places, remember findings, use the right tool for the job, and more
Our Take: The 'For Dummies' series of books are so helpful.  I mean, we all can't be experts on everything, but if we need a in-depth look at something, for example lets say sewing (as I myself have purchased in the past), you get the jump start that you need so desperately sometimes.  Its like cliff's notes for life!  Well being an accomplished jewelry designer you wouldn't think I could learn a thing. Well, I sure did.  This book covers from the very basics that are essential to advanced techniques.

Jewelry & Beading Designs For Dummies goes over a technique then gives you a project. Then it shows you different ways to incorportate your new skill into differnt projects. Quite handy until you learn how to design better on your own. The first chapter is all the basics and definitions, part two is the simple stuff like stringing, crimping, knotting, weaving, wire jig, then wire wrapping. As you can see all very vital things to learn if you wish to do jewelry. Once you have part one and two of this book mastered you can move onto advanced techniques. You are treated with advanced stringing techniques, fabricating beads and components. I found this section wonderful because it went over lampworking. I have a real interest in that and here is a section on it. Then you get to section four, which puts everything together.

If I ever need to learn new knots I know full well I can go grab this book. I love the 'For Dummies' series of books!  They really do tell you the basics of everything you need to know about anything! I'm very happy with this book. I'll definately keep it around as a reference.

-Holly, Book Legion

How to Buy: Amazon and Wiley Publishing