Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads

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Glass beads, in all their infinite shapes and sizes, add a magical dimension to jewelry design. Stephanie Sersich, a lampwork artist and jewelry designer known for her adventurous use of color, shares her insights, inspirations, and special methods for success in Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads.

Learn Stephanie's process for creating great jewelry by starting with a primer on the different types of glass beads and how they are made. Then explore creativity with key principles of design including repetition, balance, contrast, texture, and color, all discussed in an accessible, conversational writing style illustrated with beautiful photographs. For the first time, the author shares her special method of knotting beads and fibers-called "spiny knotting" and until now only taught in her classes-as well as other new and exclusive projects. Throughout the book, sidebars on the inspirations and creations of other glass jewelry artists, as well as insight into the author's evolution as an artist, offer unique perspectives on creating artful glass jewelry.

Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads features twenty dazzling step-by-step projects incorporating a variety of beading techniques from simple to complex. The projects are fully illustrated and include wirework, stringing, sewing, and a variety of knotting techniques. Readers will build their skills by progressing through the projects and using the design tips in each project to make unique variations.

Projects will allow readers to use a mix of inexpensive, commercially available beads as well as one-of-a-kind handmade glass beads. A resource guide offers readers options for sourcing glass beads at a wide range of price points.

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There is something about shiny, colorful glass beads - and here is a whole book full of projects in bright, tropical colors which will make any outfit come to vibrant life. Find out how lamp work beads are made, have a look at lots of different types of beads and then make some wonderful pieces. It is always interesting to discover how something is made, and learning how glass beads are made - and were made in the past - makes for fascinating reading. There is also much about designing your own pieces and then some gorgeous projects using a wide range of techniques, including stitching, macramé, stringing and knotting. If you live outside the US, many of the glorious beads are not going to be easy to find, and many are the type of art pieces which are not going to come cheap. But as this is a book on designing, there is plenty of food for thought and I was soon combining the techniques and creating some of my own summery, fun pieces using what I already had. This is the sort of inspiring book which is good to look at, and can be mined for both inspiration and information on a variety of techniques. Another one for the keeper shelf! --Rachel Hyde, MyShelf.com

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Stephanie Sersich, a lampwork artist and jewelry designer known for her adventurous use of color, shares her insights, inspirations, and special methods for success in "Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads". Learn Stephanie's process for creating great jewelry by starting with a primer on the different types of glass beads and how they are made. Then explore creativity with key principles of design including repetition, balance, contrast, texture, and color, all discussed in an accessible, conversational writing style illustrated with beautiful photographs.For the first time, the author shares her special method of knotting beads and fibers-called "spiny knotting" and until now only taught in her classes - as well as other new and exclusive projects. "Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads" features twenty dazzling step-by-step projects incorporating a variety of beading techniques from simple to complex. The projects are fully illustrated and include wirework, stringing, sewing, and a variety of knotting techniques. Readers will build their skills by progressing through the projects and using the design tips in each project to make unique variations.

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