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Basics Beads Components Stringing materials Tools Easy Assembly Chic Antique Button Bracelet- This fun bracelet is a perfect way to use those cool old buttons you've collected from grandma's button box. Stylish Scrapbook- It takes only a few beads and some wire to make a personalized scrapbook that's as unique as the photos inside. Found Object Charm Bracelet - Charm bracelets are timeless pieces of jewelry that manage to be trendy, classy, and fun all at once. Super Stringing Chunky Nugget Necklace- This is the easiest necklace to make on the planet, and its statement is strong. Combine bright eye-catching colors in a repeating pattern with the world's simplest clasp. Double Trouble Choker- Use turquoise chips and tiny crystal beads to make this cool wraparound choker. Follow Your Heart Faux Lariat- Thread faux suede cord through a large focal bead, then add a few dangling beads and charms. Twice as Nice Necklace- Who says less is more? This necklace cleverly looks like you're wearing two coordinating pieces but it's actually one double-strand design. Time to Bead Watch- Beaded watches are the perfect combination of fun and function. Why not make a watch for every day of the week? Fit-for-a-Queen Bracelet- A beautiful focal bead deserves the royal treatment. Multiple seed-bead strands provide luster, and Bali silver spacers add a touch of class. Wear this bracelet and become queen for a day! Great Lengths Necklace and Bracelet- This gorgeous combination is one part necklace and one part bracelet. Just attach the toggle clasps together to wear both pieces as a necklace. Luscious Lariat- A lariat is a dramatic piece that can be worn as a long necklace, a choker, or even a belt. In Vogue Purse- Add some pizzazz to a store-bought purse with dazzling beaded strands and purse charms. Getting Wired Quick and Easy Earrings- Depending on your mood, earrings can complement a necklace or stand on their own. Use different beads from those specified to create an even more casual or glamorous pair. You'll find instructions for 10-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute earrings Sparkly Beaded Barrettes- These simple hair accessories are a snap to make. Rock 'N Roll Cuff- Use wire coiling and bead stringing skills to create this show-stopping cuff. Y Not? Necklace- This perennial necklace style has a delicate look that's elegant enough for evening but simple enough for daytime. Cha-Cha Bracelet- This funky and fabulous design will make you want to dance around, just so you hear that "cha cha" sound! Glamour Girl Chandeliers- This hot fashion accessory isn't going away anytime soon! Your handcrafted chandeliers will add instant drama to any outfit. Clever Candle Wrap- Buy special beads or check your bead stash for this great candle accessory. Make one for every room in the house! Mod Millefiori Necklace- This simple wire wrapping technique was traditionally used to create rosaries, but is also great for fashion jewelry. Add interesting millefiori beads for a convertible, modern accessory. Knotty But Nice World Beat Choker- Use beads from around the world to make this dramatic tasseled choker. Center Stage Opera Necklace- Make a dramatic entrance with this long, alluring necklace. Knock-Out Knotted Necklace- This organic necklace is a contemporary twist on your grandma's strand of knotted pearls. Knotty Hemp Belt- Macrame is back in style! Square knots are easy to master and can be combined to make jewelry and other beaded accessories like cool chokers, fun pet leashes, and this super stylish belt. Rich Stitches Trendy Tank Top- Add flair to a store-bought tank top with this easy stitching pattern. Retro Beaded Journal- Customize a fun fabric journal with a beaded strip of leather. Aloha Flower Frame- Personalize a picture frame with a bright splash of beaded color. Funky Felted Purse- Use beaded blanket stitch to add a fun, whimsical touch to this fun felted purse. Woven Wonders Bejeweled Crystal Bracelet- This lacy bracelet is a good introduction to bead weaving because of the large beads. The end result is impressive! Oceanside Bling Necklace- These big, glittery beads call for special treatment. Use right-angle weave to create a few intricately beaded beads to add to the mix. Creative Cause Bracelet- Are you wearing your cause on your sleeve? Make yours stand out from the crowd with these cool peyote bands. Righteous Right-Angle Weave Bracelet- Perfect your right-angle technique with this gorgeous woven bracelet. Tips and Techniques

About the Author

Katie Hacker is an artist and writer who frequently contributes beading projects to Beadwork magazine. She is the guest beading expert on the PBS series "Beads, Baubles & Jewels," and has authored 15 instructional beading booklets that have collectively sold more than 350,000 copies. Katie and her husband live in Keystone, Indiana.

Reviews

Dec 07/Jan 08

At first glance this book looks perfect for young new beaders and although it would certainly suit a young/teenage beader there is something there for everyone. Like all good bead books it starts with a 'basics' section that briefly covers everything from different beads and threads to various tools. The projects themselves are very well described with a detailed list of materials and tools, although I would have liked a few more photographs of each project. The book is split into six sections depending on technique. There are sections for stringing, wirework, stitching, knots and even an easy assembly section that is perfect for people who've never beaded before. Throughout the book there are also techniques and tips. These are really good and range from things like choosing the right glue to a right-angle weaver. If you love beads, but aren't so keen on making jewellery then don't worry, there are projects for you too like a stylish scrapbook, a beaded purse or even a trendy tank top. There's also a list of suppliers which might be quite useful, although being an American publication this isn't as helpful as it might have been. Overall this is a very good book that I would buy. There's enough of a variety to keep it interesting and useful for a long time.

Lucy O'Hara

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