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Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry
The potential creations of metal clay and mixed media jewelry are practically endless.

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelery
Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry contains instructions for classic and contemporary styles of jewelery to suit everyone’s tastes. Additional descriptions for designs of some of the pieces of jewellery are also included to demonstrate the possibilities of jewellery making.

It's All About the Beads!
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.

Easy-to-Do Beadwork
Beading will never go out of style and even though Easy-to-Do Beadwork was originally published in 1954 most of the ideas are still popular today. What I like about this book is that for a thin book it is jam packed with information on beads, beading and a large number of projects you can do with beads.

Make Your Own Teddy Bears
Make Your Own Bears is a timeless classic because no matter how many generations grow older and have children of their own, teddy bears are always a popular and treasured toy/friend.

Crafting with 4 Supplies
The projects in Crafting with 4 Supplies are divided into six chapters based on the supplies used. There are four main components for the crafts in each chapter including polymer clay, colored wires, beads, buttons, colored card stock, marking pens, glitter, air dry clay, acrylic paints, fun foam, scrapbook papers, ribbons, rubber stamps and pads, elastic cord, glass votive candleholders, glass paints and clay pots.

Party Time! Making Invitations, Favors, and Decorations
Most of the ideas are fresh and really inspiring for any party you may be planning. The color and materials combinations are unique and attractive. Some people feel daunted about the idea of planning a party and in this book there are ideas for making wine glass charms, ice bucket, party hat, plates, favors, vases and much more.

Beautiful Home-made Gifts for a Baby
The gifts in this book involve a wide variety of techniques, which is where the varying levels of difficulty rating comes into play. The techniques include paper mache, potato printing, cross-stitch, decoupage, sponging, crochet, knitting, collage, appliqué, tie-dye, sewing and woodworking.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Great Gifts
Amongst the many categories of gift giving opportunities included in this book are Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Spring (including Easter and Passover), Fall (Halloween and Thanksgiving), Birthdays, New Baby Gifts, Anniversaries, Gifts for Children of all Ages, Teacher Gifts, For Those Who Have Everything Gifts and On the Mend (gifts for sick friends).

The Crafter’s Project Book
The instructions for the projects are clear, complete, easy to follow and direct you to additional pages if there is a pattern to copy for that craft. The materials and tools are combined into one list directly next to the instructions, which makes it easier to find and see clearly what you need.

Creative Craft Lettering Made Easy
Creative Lettering Made Easy is a great book for beginners. It contains a wealth of information and clear step-by-step instructions (accompanied by photos) for the lettering projects.

Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed
The author has used language in a clear, concise manner to describe the process of making handbuilt pottery so the reader feels they can be successful at the projects she has included in her book. There are step-by-step instructions and photos for every project as well as helpful Tips for Success accompanying most of the individual techniques.

Easy Beading
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 throughout the book.

Wonderful Wire Works
Wonderful Wire Works is a great book if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced wire crafter. You may have experimented with one or more of the types of wire works in this book; wire jewelry, bottles & vases, tabletop glamour, lamps & shades, frames, baskets or candle holders but you may still need help with the techniques with which you aren’t as familiar.

Christenings: A Celebration, Creative Ideas for a Special Day
This book contains crafts and projects that are not only relevant to christenings but which also fit into other categories such as quilting, gardening, and floral. This book full of beautiful and interesting projects but it also has the background and stories of christening traditions and beliefs during ancient times around the world as well as those of the Scottish and Irish.

The Book of Dollmaking
This book contains a wide variety of dolls to make including different styles and sizes of dolls as well as dolls made from diverse materials.  I like that the author has considered different cultures and looks when choosing which projects to include in her book.

The Teddy Bear Craft Book
Bear lovers will delight in this book because there are many types of bears to make.  The projects include such techniques as sewing, knitting, embroidery, printing on fabric and paper, making wooden toys and decorating a cake.

101 Crafts Under $10
101 Crafts Under $10 is the perfect book for recyclers and do-it-yourselfers because the base materials for most of the projects are items you might already have in your home. When reading through this book I was amazed and intrigued by the variety of crafts within its pages.

Adorable Sock Dolls to Make & Love
Adorable Sock Dolls to Make & Love has great ideas for making dolls that would be special to receive and readers can get a jump on Christmas gifts by making one of the projects from this book.



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