A Touch of Glass: Designs for Creating Glass Bead Jewelry
“Before they even reach the jeweler, many glass beads are, in themselves, a complete expression of artistic endeavor.”
—Nancy Alden, from the introduction
Beautiful, affordable, and infinitely versatile, glass beads provide limitless design possibilities. A Touch of Glass shows crafters how to capture the allure of glass bead jewelry that rivals the elegance and intricacy of pieces made with more precious materials.
The 50 projects featured here were created by Nancy Alden and her Beadworks design team based on their extensive knowledge of designs that have lasting appeal. Whether it’s a classic necklace or contemporary earrings made from carefully crafted lampwork, dichroic, seed, or pressed glass beads, A Touch of Glass truly has designs for everyone.
With brilliant photographs, clear instructions, a primer on the basics of jewelry making, resources for locating all the tools you need, and enlightening tidbits about the evolution and history of glass beads and bead-making, A Touch of Glass is a must-have for any jewelry maker’s growing library.
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3mm bead 3mm gold bead 3mm silver 3mm silver bead 8mm round Add a 3mm Add the crimp ball tip bead cap bead stores bead tip beadmakers beads 2 silver bicone BRACELET Bring the beading charlotte close the crimp COLOR crimp covers crimp shut Crimping Pliers MATERIALS daisy bead dangles dichroic bead dichroic glass earwire gemstone gold color gold-filled bead gold-filled crimp beads gold-filled hollow seamless headpins with ball hole hollow seamless round jump ring LAMPWORK BEADS lampwork glass beads last bead metal overhand knot Pass the beading piece pressed glass beads remaining beading wire rondel round silver bead seamless round beads seed beads silver crimp beads silver disc silver headpins silver round beads silver toggle clasp silver wire simple loop snip Squeeze the crimp strands sure Thread a crimp tighten the necklace TOOLS Round-Nosed Pliers TOOLS Wire Cutters Venetian VENETIAN GLASS wire is tight wire-wrapped loop