Seed Bead Fusion: 18 Projects to Stitch, Wire, and String

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Featuring 18 exciting projects presented with detailed step-by-step photography, color variations, and practical illustrations, this fresh approach to seed bead jewelry teaches crafters how to combine materials, techniques, colors, inspiration, and design ideas for jewelry with a contemporary edge. Inspired by a wide range of sources--from Indian Punjabi folk costumes to Native American beading--the designs in this inventive resource fuse materials such as silver, copper wire, seed beads, Czech glass, and crystals into these traditional arts in order to achieve a unique outcome. All of the basic beadweaving stitches, wirework, and stringing techniques are explained and illustrated.

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Rachel Nelson-Smith is a teacher and a jewelry designer whose work has been displayed at the Milpitas Museum, Santa Cruz Metro Center, and other locations in the California Bay Area. A number of her original projects have appeared in Bead & Button and Bead Style. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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If beadwork conjures up images of hippies and dangling, useless, crafts-market jewelry, Nelson-Smith will make all those nightmares vanish. The 18 designs are unveiled, each with plenty of instructions. Included in each is a listing of techniques, materials, tools, sizing/finished size; What’s the story, or her explanation of the piece’s name and inspiration; directions with color photographs and illustrations inserted at appropriate steps; Nelson-Smith’s tips (such as coat the thread with beeswax to maintain its tension); and At a Glance, a photographic depiction of the major activities within each item (for instance, bases, bumps, assembly, and so on). The last chapter covers all the basics, whether types of beads and the different tools to the how-to’s of fasting and stitching. The jewelry—earrings, necklaces, and bracelets of all sorts—comes close to museum-quality manufacture, with three-dimensional effects adding to true statements of adornment. --Barbara Jacobs

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