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Creative Beading Vol. 6

Posted on: June 30, 2011

Projects from Bead & Button magazine

If you want the best projects from an entire year of Bead&Button magazines, this is the book to get!  Volume 6 has 77 stunning projects divided into 3 sections: stitching, wirework and miscellaneous.

There is a great steampunk design, with lots of character, by Diane Hyde. I can think of many many ways to personalize it for someone, using the suggestions they give and then adding personal touches.  Instead of just 1 pendant on a chain, they added in bits and pieces as links, giving it individuality and lots of character and texture.  The bicycle chain bracelet by Luan Carnevale is another favorite. It uses chain links and round glass donuts of approximately the same size to create a 3 layer bracelet.  By alternating colors of the round donuts, you can mix and match to every possible outfit and occasion. Other great chain link designs follow that one, one by Kathy Petersen adn Susan Matych-Hager that teaches you Byzantine weave, and then a design by Wendy Hunt.  This design uses a series of links to actually create a focal point by itself or with gemstones between then.

If you want to start wirework with some simple projects so you can get to know how wire turns, twists and forms, try Twisted Sisters by Kimberly Berlin.  This one pattern shows you three variations of earings, using round beads and 18 g round wire.  I also loved the Paisley Perfection earrings, a creation from Sonia Kumar.  If you ever wondered how to make an adjustable ring, try Following The Curve by Lilian Chen.  It uses only 2 beads. Stunningly simple, yet offering literally hundreds of variations, this can be a quick design with lots of potential.  The Keshi Cuff shows you how to make a freeform bracelet frame then literally cover it with beads. The Keshi Cuff is a design by Candice Sexton.

But the most stunning design is Maria Kirk’s Autumn Garland.  On cord, this has lucite flowers and leaves in fall oranges and browns, forming a wreath of fall flowers to adorn your throat.  Light, simple, this has the potential of a show-stopper.  You are sure to get compliments every time you wear it!

I love the Creative Beading books.  They pull the best designs from a year’s worth of magazines and bundle them into 1 book for your library!

If you make something from one of the projects in this book be sure to post a comment and let everyone know!

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1 Response to "Creative Beading Vol. 6"

Sounds great Teri, thanks for sharing. I might just have to go get this one.
Lois

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