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It's All About the Beads!

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Book Name: It's All About the Beads! Over 110 jewelry designs to make and wear.

Author: Barbara Case

Publisher: David & Charles Publishers

ISBN: 0-7153-2284-2

Cover: Paperback

# Of Pages: 128

Illustrations: color photos & drawings

Experience: varying levels of experience

Book Review

It’s All About the Beads! contains instructions for necklaces, bracelets, an anklet, chokers, brooches, a watch, pierced and non-pierced earrings, hair slides (clips), matching sets (i.e. mother of the bride necklace & earrings) and a hatpin ranging in difficulty from 1 – 8. The jewellery/accessories projects come in a wide variety of color schemes, styles and patterns with antique and modern flavours with influence from many cultures and countries. This book is a perfect resource for you if you are looking to make unique and special gifts, pieces for sale and even fundraising. There is also a money earners section at the back that has ideas on how and what to sell for jewellery and for what markets.
I like how the author of It’s All About the Beads! writes in the Introduction with a positive voice. This attitude gives confidence to the beader, not only with her words but the content she includes (a description of the different types of beads used in the book), materials (a description of the basic components of the necklace – clasp and wire), a description of tools required to make jewellery (the author refers to when they are needed, how useful they are and when they are used in the book) as well as a section on basic beading techniques. I also like that the author gives you options (i.e. bead choice to suit your needs/tastes, the availability of beads as well as possible methods of storing beads and accessories). The author also includes a safety for children advisory about supervising them during the use of tools and materials as well as safe storage of tools and materials when children are present.

In the Basic Techniques section the author gets you started stringing beads with simple necklace and earring instructions. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by illustrations demonstrating the techniques involved in each step. While the basics of jewellery making are explained the projects do get more detailed and complex so it is better to begin with a simple project (i.e. Junk Box Gems – necklace & earrings). Also in this section is a small article called About the Projects, which is important to read before you begin beading because it describes the nature of the projects included in this book. There is a grading system for the beading projects as well as a time period it will take the beginner beader to complete a project. There are also some hints and tips about following the instructions.

In the description of a project the author talks about the beads used in the creation of the jewellery piece, their features, how they fit into the makeup of the piece as well as their availability/suppliers. There is a complete and very detailed list of ingredients for each project that make up the jewellery piece. The instructions for the projects are outlined like a recipe because there are amounts for the beads and the method is in a step-by-step format. Like a recipe, if you follow the steps and directions clearly you shouldn’t go wrong. The author also refers you back to Basic Technique pages when required for a specific jewellery project.

As well as the instructions for projects in this book there are 6 variations without complete instructions for the All Alone single bead pendant necklace based on the Making a Thong necklace instructions. Additional earring designs without instructions are also included at the back of the book. In the description of each piece the author refers back to the Basic Earring making instructions or earrings of similar style with any slight differences in their composition to help you complete the piece.


  • Roaring Twenties (necklace)
  • Crystal Chains (earrings)
  • Time to Bead (watch)
  • Hair Bells (hair slide)
  • Forget-Me-Not (necklace)

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