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Book Name: Easy Beading

Author: Karin Buckingham, Julia Gerlach

Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing

ISBN: 0-87116-217-2

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 256

Illustrations: Color photographs

Experience Required: Varying degrees of difficulty

Book Review

Easy Beading is a book is full of creative projects that anyone should be able to do if the clear illustrated and written instructions are followed precisely. You are also provided with a complete, handy supply list for each project and as a bonus there are 5 pages of Shortcuts (reader’s tips to make your beading life easier) throughout the book. Following the introduction from which you will get an idea of the types of jewelry you will be making in the book as well as the history behind this book, there are illustrations of the tools and materials, gemstone shapes, freshwater pearl shapes, glass, crystal, and miscellaneous beads, findings, spacers, and connectors so you will have a know what the products and tools you will be using look like. This is followed by step-by-step instructions for basic techniques you will be using to make the jewelry from start to finish.

Easy Beading is broken up into chapters based on the types of materials you would be using; Glass and seed beads, Pearls and shells, Metal and chain, Gemstones, Crystals, and Mixed media (wide variety of beads and beading styles). I really like the wide variety of beading projects in this book because it means there is something for everyone. There are instructions for making earrings, bracelets and necklaces separately as well as necklace and earring, necklace and bracelet, necklace, bracelet and earring combinations. For a few of the projects in this book there are alternative color combinations provided (i.e. Shell game and Face it).

The title and description of the projects in Easy Beading will give you an idea of the style or flair of the project (i.e. Balinese beauty – Pair soft white pearls with rosy quartz for a feminine look and Creative license – String a multistrand necklace with assorted beads). For those of you who are especially creative and want to make your beading project more special you can even create a custom clasp in the section on fabulous finishes. If you have always wanted to make your own jewelry this book has some fabulous projects for you to make and expand your knowledge of beading.


  • Tubes and cubes (earrings)
  • Sheer delight (simple choker)
  • From the hip (beaded belt)
  • Simply pearls (bracelet)
  • Subtle shells (necklace, bracelet, earrings
  • Simple and streamlined (easy chain lariat)
  • Filigree finesse (necklace and earrings)
  • Fruit punch (green garnet necklace)
  • A passion for pendants
  • Blossoming bouquet (necklace, bracelet, earrings)
  • La-di-da (fanciful earrings)
  • Trace of lace (delicate scallop necklace)
  • Tying the knot (floating fantasy necklace)

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