Beading Beautiful Costume Jewelry: Patterns for Every Festive Occasion by Mary Ellen Harte is devoted to creating beautiful costume jewelry by stringing beads. This first comprehensive beadwork book of its kind is an easy-to-use craft book that lets you create quality costume jewelry for any occasion. Large, clear, graphic illustrations are supplied, with instructions on how to string the beads, and it has a special lay-flat binding that keeps the book open for ready reference while beading. Beading patterns ranging from simple to sophisticated, royal to romantic, and modern to vintage, allow you to create unique, elegant or glamorous jewelry for any outfit, any occasion, any holiday - from elegant office wear to parties and weddings, from Valentines Day to winter holidays! This book is a must for any beader who loves creating beaded jewelry.
Most projects use faceted glass beads in combination with silver and gold seed beads to mimic the look of the gem encrusted creations worn by royalty _ several patterns are inspired by actual pieces in famous jewelry houses or collections. A concise section on Materials explains the different types of beads available and specifically what you need to get started, while the Methods section describes the process of beadworking - how to layout your design and workplace, how to start a piece, how to add on beads and thread, and how to finish a piece. In addition, valuable tips on how to design your own pieces at the start of each of three sections (Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings) will expand your creative horizons. After this, the fun begins.
A diverse array of beading techniques are illustrated in both the Necklace and the Bracelet sections that follow, and they include quick and easy, as well as in-depth patterns. The largest section has over 25 patterns just for necklaces: learn to create jeweled blossoms, chandeliers, dangling curtains, or lacy networks _ or simply create a necklace that elegantly shows off your prize beads! The book concludes with over a dozen patterns for dazzling earrings of all types _ bridal, valentines, royal, or simply elegant, and most can be made within an hour!
Special Lay-Flat binding keeps the book open while you work. Enjoy a treasure trove of techniques, ideas and great jewelry patterns!
96 pages; 18 color plates; SC.