Books

Here are a few of the more popular books on beading and jewelry making that are currently in print.  These are not necessarily recommendations, but a sample of what is available.  What is best for you will depend upon both your level of experience as well as you areas of interest.  Try the search feature at the bottom of the page to access over 500 titles on beads and bead work.

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 Quick & Easy Beaded Jewelry

Book Description
Making stylish beaded jewelry is fun, fast, and easy!

Beaders, crafters, needle workers, and jewelry makers of all skill levels now have a resource for making elegant, beautiful, matching sets of jewelry quickly and easily. Authors Elizabeth Gourley and Ellen Talbott teach basic beading techniques such as stranding, peyote stitching, and netting and then guide readers, with detailed directions and lavish photography, through 30 projects for creating necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Elizabeth and Ellen have been beading for 15 years. This is their second book.

• More than 30 projects for making fashionable beaded jewelry sets

• Detailed directions, lavish photography, and illustrations expertly guide readers to beading success

• Suitable for all skill levels

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 The Beader's Companion

Book Description
A comprehensive guide to all your beading needs modeled after the enormously popular Knitters Companion.  It is filled with definitions, illustrations, tools and techniques. The book includes reference charts, sidebar tips and on and off loom weaving techniques, macramé,  wirework and more.  Small, sturdy and easy to use.

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 The Best Little Beading Book

Book Description
When The Best Little Beading Book first appeared in 1995, it was an immediate hit! Never before had the mysteries of beading been so clearly defined, diagrammed, illustrated, and photographed. Considered the "Bible for Beaders", this is a must-have for both beginners and seasoned professionals. It contains hundreds of projects, useful information, a picture glossary of beads, findings, and everything else a beader might be interested in. Learn to pearl knot, wire bend, Chinese knotting, make earrings, and lots more. There's even a section devoted to healing with stones, chakras, esoteric values of color, shapes and other symbolism; how to start a small business, create a portfolio, start an at-home jewelry business, and much, much more. This book is considered the most complete beadbook of its kind in the market today! A definite necessity for the serious beader!

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 Beadwork (Handicraft Manuals)

Book Description
Beadwork explores the shape, color, and intricate elegance of glass beads that are used to make many creative crafts. Crafters will find projects ranging from flowers to miniature plants along with incredibly varied jewelry of uncommon beauty. All steps are accompanied by step-by-step instruction and illustrated with color photographs.

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 Findings & Finishings

Book Description
Choosing the right findings and finishing techniques can transform an ordinary piece of jewelry from simple to stunning. This guide describes how to use purchased findings, provides techniques for creating unique ones, and shares innovative ways to finish necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins. Each finding and finishing technique-whether it's a description of a barrel clasp, instructions on making your own beaded clasp, or methods for attaching a pin back-is presented in detail with colorful illustrations and photographs. Projects are integrated throughout the book to illustrate the techniques presented.

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 All Wired Up

Book Description
The step-by-step techniques featured in this richly illustrated book take the beginner who knows little about wirework on a journey to creating artistic and unique free-form jewelry. Using round wire that is readily available and economically viable, wireworkers learn everything from how to hold pliers to how to make ear wires, hook-and-eye closures, and cages for marbles and cabochons. Line drawings, photographs of finished objects, and a wirework gallery of pieces by the author and other contemporary wirework artists provide sample creations and ideas for the innovative wireworker.

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 The Irresistible Bead: Designing & Creating Exquisite Beadwork Jewelry

An excellent introduction to many aspects of bead craft, The Irresistible Bead thoroughly explains how to design your own jewelry and bring the designs to life using wirework, stringing, card beading, weaving, and polymer-clay techniques. Each of the 20 clearly illustrated projects is fully explained in step-by-step instructions. The chapters for each technique conclude with a helpful "designer's notebook" that is filled with colored diagrams offering several more ideas for exploring the methods. The final chapter showcases elaborate work by nine bead artists, and the seven helpful appendices include charts of bead sizes, diagrams of various findings, a glossary, and three different design graphs that can be photocopied and used over and over for your own designs.

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