Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry

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North Light Books, Mar 14, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 127 pages
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If gorgeous beaded jewelry always catches your eye, you'll love making (and wearing!) your own necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry includes 50 projects plus variations in designer Heidi Boyd's simply elegant signature style. Inside you're bound to find plenty of designs to strike your fancy as well as a helpful section that shows you the basic supplies and techniques you'll need to get started. As an added bonus, many of the projects have variations in different colors and styles to help you customize your jewelry to your personal style.

&break;&break;Just think how proud you'll feel the first time you can answer, "I made it myself" to a compliment on your fabulous new multistrand necklace or your sparkling, swingy crystal earrings. With Simply Beautiful Beaded Jewelry, it truly is easy to get started–in no time at all you'll be showcasing your own original beaded creations and making them as gifts.


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User Review  - amf0001 - LibraryThing

Above average in design but very poor in exececution - really pretty designs but few amounts given (ie 4mm crystals, but how many??) and really poor descriptions (make a loop and attach and repeat ... Read full review



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Page 15 - It's a great shortcut that comes in handy when making beaded accessories and home accents. storage containers Plastic fishing tackle boxes are ideal for bead storage. Look for boxes with tight locking lids and sealed dividers that won't let beads slide out from under them. I use several boxes to organize my beads and sort them by variety (seed beads in one, glass beads sorted by color in another, stones and metal beads in a third). As your collection grows, continue to add boxes. Adjustable-divider...
Page 14 - Memory wire cutters easily snip through this heavy-duty wire. scissors Any good-quality scissors will work, but my scissors of choice are Fiskars Softouch Micro-Tip. They have small, sharp points that fit easily in tight places. The built-in spring is activated by a light touch on the handgrips. The center locking mechanism and plastic sleeve make them portable and easy to stow. needles 1 only use size I0 beading needles, as they're common and easy to find in craft stores.
Page 14 - PLIERS | Needle-nose pliers are commonly used in wire jewelry projects. They're perfect for holding the jewelry while wire ends get wrapped. Serrated pliers provide a tight grip but may mar the metal findings in the process. If you're working with precious metals or doing a lot of metal work, it's a good idea to use nonserrated pliers. CRIMPING PLIERS | Crimping pliers have specialized grooved ends that work together to squeeze a crimping tube flat. If you're only flattening a crimp bead or a small...
Page 13 - E_D beading threads TIGER TAIL | Tiger tail is one of the least expensive nylon-coated steel-core beading wires and is sold by the spool. Be sure not to purchase the thicker fox tail variety. Tiger tail doesn't knot and does have a memory, so try not to twist or kink the wire.
Page 10 - ... different varieties in this book, I've only managed to scratch the surface of what's available. Each time I went shopping I found a new bead type that inspired yet another project design. At some point I had to stop; I could have only so many pages in the book. The following is a brief introduction of the different varieties of beads featured in the projects. Please keep in mind that the following photographs are only a sampling; while shopping you'll find color, fmish and size variations within...
Page 10 - BEADS Larger than seed beads, "E" beads also have inherent color and size variations. Faster to string, "E" beads are useful for framing and spacing other beads. BUGLES Bugle beads are small tubes of glass that come in different lengths and colors. Their openings are close in size to those of seed beads. The shorter the bugle bead, the more light the finished piece will reflect; but the longer the bugle, the faster the strand will string together. PRESSED GLASS These glass beads have been stamped...
Page 11 - ... makes the perfect frame for sewn seed beads. | CHARMS Surprisingly inexpensive, charms come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes, including pewter, plated and sterling. Some charms are sold in themed sets, making it easy to group similar charms on a bracelet. size chart Round beads are easier to measure on a millimeter size chart and are usually packaged with the size printed on the package label or on the container in the bead store. You'll find many of the beads in this book aren't sized...
Page 11 - Small rhinestones are set in metal disks, heart shapes or round bead shapes. These accent beads add sparkle and interest to a piece. | SPACERS | Metal-finished spacer beads come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Keep a selection on hand, as their neutral color makes them the perfect accompaniment to almost all bead types. | POLYMER CLAY BEADS | Polymer clay beads (not shown below) are made with colored synthetic clay that is hardened in an oven. The clay comes in bright colors that create \ibrant...
Page 15 - CONTAINER cap is screwed on or off. It's perfect for accurately inserting a drop of glue into tight spots or over small knots. | ALEENE'S PLATINUM BDND GLASS & BEAD SLICK SURFACES ADHESIVE For larger areas, this adhesive is the perfect choice. It does require...

About the author (2006)

Heidi Boyd is a freelance artist, creative designer and photo stylist. The author of 7 books, Heidi is also a regular contributor to many crafting magazines. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.

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