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Book176 - Beading With Cabochons - $24.95
Beading With Cabochons Beading With Cabochons
Simple Techniques for Beautiful Jewelry
by Jamie Cloud Eakin
Hard cover, 9" x 10.5", 127 pages, copyright 2005
Sample page
Sample page

Beading With Cabochons shows you step-by-step how to combine an amazing variety of cabochons and beads on sophisticated jewelry. Both beads and cabochons offer virtually unlimited creative opportunities for jewelry artists. Jamie Cloud Eakin shows you the basic techniques and the unique stitches she developed over more than a decade. Her projects range from a pair of double-cabochon earrings to and elaborately fringed dichroic glass necklace. With so many cabochons and beads to chose from, each piece you make will be one of a kind.

The step-by-step projects include: Fringed Dichroic Glass Necklace, Oval Solitaire Rhodonite Bracelet, Noondrite Jasper Necklace, Sea Moss Ladder Bracelet, Double Cabochon Dangle Earrings, Leopardskin Jasper Necklace, Black Onyx Pin, Victorian Triple Cabochon Bracelet, Southwest Spirit Necklace, Fringed Tiger-Eye Cabochon Earrings and Crazy Lace Agate Pin.

Chapters include: 1 Materials and Tools, 2 Basic Cabochon Beading, 3 Edge Stitches, 4 Attachment Methods, 5 Other Bezel Stitches, 6 The Projects, and 7 Creating Your Own Designs. Also included is a photo gallery of beaded cabochon jewelry by talented artists, an appendix on attaching findings, an index to stitches and a note about suppliers.


Book26 - Beading with Gemstones - $24.95
Beading with Gemstones Beading with Gemstones
Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques
by Valerie MacCarthy
Hard cover, 9" x 10", 128 pages, copyright 2007
Sample page
Sample page

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.


Book174 - Beads - $4.95
Beads Beads - The Art of Stringing
by Genie Ragan
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 58 pages, copyright 1986
Sample How To - Tying The Knots
Sample How To - Tying The Knots
Sample How To - Tying The Knots
Sample How To - Tying The Knots
Sample How To - Tying The Knots

Beads - The Art of Stringing is the most inexpensive guide available that describes the invaluable techniques of knotting in bead stringing. Knotting prevents wear at the hole, secures the beads in place if the strand should break, and helps the necklace drape better by separating the beads and holding them in place.

Step-by-step instructions explain knotting between beads using your fingers, a beading awl or "tee pin", or the double needle method. Materials that you will need to get started are described in detail. Techniques in stringing and knotting are explained with easy to understand text and illustrations for the beginner.

Contents include: Introduction, What You'll Need to Get Started, Choosing the Proper Beading Material, Silk, Nylon, Needles, Tiger Tail, Bead Tips, French Wire (Bullion), Clasps, Crimp Beads, Beading Boards, Head Loupes (Magnifiers), Beading Awl and Tee Pin, How Many Beads You'll Need, Using Tiger Tail, Cleaning Pearls, Using Silk or Nylon and Bead Tips, Using French Wire (Bullion), Knotting Between Beads, Tying the Knots, Double Needle Method, Having Fun with Fancy Beads, Twister Strands, Convertible Multiple Strands, Sectioned Multiple Strands, Continuous Strands, Lariats, Tassels, Trade Secrets, Some Do's and Don'ts, How Many Beads per Inch, and Where to Buy Bead Supplies.


Book175 - The Basics of Bead Stringing - $9.95
The Basics of Bead Stringing The Basics of Bead Stringing
A Complete Illustrated Approach for Beginner and Advanced Designers
by Debbie Kanan
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 82 pages, copyright 2001
Sample Design Gallery
Sample Design Gallery
  Sample Project - Brick Stitch Earrings
Sample Project - Brick Stitch Earrings
Sample How To - Finishing with Jump Rings
Sample How To - Finishing with Jump Rings
Sample How To - Finishing with French Wire/Clam Shells
Sample How To - Finishing with Crimp Beads on Beadalon
Sample How To - Finishing with Crimp Beads on Beadalon

The Basics of Bead Stringing addresses the most common and popular questions of those who would like to begin designing and producing their own jewelry. Basic bead stringing and wire wrapping techniques are demonstrated step-by-step. Once you have mastered the basic techniques, your creativity will soar.


Book27 - The Illustrated Bead Bible - $29.95
The Illustrated Bead Bible The Illustrated Bead Bible
Terms, Tips & Techniques
by Theresa Flores Geary
Hard cover, 8" x 10", 406 pages, copyright 2008
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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.


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