Stylish Jewelry Made Simple

From Bead Style magazine
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45 projects from the pages of Bead Style magazine.
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Hand-selected for their fashion-forward designs and wide range of materials, these 45 projects from the pages of Bead Style are fresh, fun, and perfect for novice beaders looking to try something new. A handy spiral binding allows the book to lay flat for easy reference. Lots of techniques and design ideas increase the value, and fashion colors keep the projects exciting and on trend. It’s the ideal place to start for beaders new to the hobby.

• Step-by-step instructions and detailed photos build a beader’s comfort level and confidence

• Projects are conveniently arranged by color to match any outfit

• Collection features beads, crystals, chain, leather, metal, wire, and more

Author: From Bead Style magazine
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 144
Color photos: 345
Black & White photos: 0
Illustrations: 0
Author Bio
From the pages of Bead Style magazine.
Table of Contents
Introduction

PROJECTS:
Reds-
Golden ruby bracelets 
Totally tubular cuff & earrings
Vintage chic necklace & earrings
Crystal kisses bracelet & earrings
Leather & luxe bracelet & earrings

Greens-
Lush layers necklaces & earrings
Garden bracelet
Springtime sparkle necklace & earrings
Bountiful bangles & earrings
Inspired by opposites necklace, bracelet & earrings
Filigree forest necklace
Margarita mix necklace & earrings

Blues-
Easy gemstone necklace & earrings
Bubbly wire earrings
Clever kumihimo necklace
Prefab & pretty necklace & earrings
Crystal crests necklace & earrings
Charming links bracelet & earrings
Fab finishes necklace & earrings

Pinks-
Hugs & kisses bracelet & earrings
Leather & chain bracelet & earrings
Stylish transfer pendant
Stick to pearls necklace & earrings
Flirty flower bangle
Lush loops necklace & earrings

Neutrals-
Textured three-strand necklace & earrings
Study in contrasts necklace, bracelet & earrings
Breakout buttons bangles & earrings
Woven crystal and chain necklace & earrings
Pearl essence necklace & earrings
Keshi pearl necklace, bracelet & earrings
Sail away bracelet

Metals-
Super hoop earrings
Marrakesh multistrand necklace & earrings
Poison pen earrings
Design on a dime bracelet & earrings
Bridal wave necklace & cuff
Grow fabulous flowers necklace & bracelet
Turning over new leaves necklace & earrings

Mixed-
Taffy garden necklace & earrings
Crescents of color necklace & earrings
Bohemian blooms necklace & earrings
A splash of color necklace
Bead bold necklace & earrings
Charmed life necklace

Beader's Glossary
Basics
Contributors
Reviews
Many beginners start off with stringing.  But by adding two more popular techniques like wire work and stitching beads, the design diversity will increase.  Often little tricks will make the difference between ordinary looking jewelry and stylish pieces.
The cover design of the book  Stylish Jewelry Made Simple which I just received for review, is an excellent example of simple yet effective creativity.  The right angle weave of long Lucite cylindrical beads with a hourglass bead and a go-go pendant for the clasp is very clever!
The 45 project book is filled with the designs curated from the previous year's issues of Bead Style magazine. It is a steal at $22! This book is also spiral bound. Making it lie flat when opened is rather handy.  Another difference is the way the projects are divided into color categories - reds, greens, blues, pinks and neutrals - rather than by technique.  This makes visual sense but from a design point of view, other color choices will also work for any given design. The last two chapters are devoted to metals and mixed media.
The projects all contain many ideas of putting together different components. Suppliers of some of the key components are also helpfully included in each project's material list. Not all books include details like this.
Although the key techniques are stringing, wire work and stitching beads, there are others in the book such as resin, patination and braiding. Plenty of helpful tips throughout the book are included such as how to use a locking crimp.
This book is ideal for beginners and for those suffering from a design block.  It is a great help for those who crave style without having to sweat it.
-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

45 spectacular designs from the latest issues of Bead Style magazine will inspire you to turn page after page. Divided into color palettes, Reds, Greens, Blues, Pinks, Neutrals, Metals, and Mixed, you'll find everything from everyday work wear to special occasion statement pieces. Large life-size photos show you every last detail on beads, findings, and techniques in a variety of stringing, wirework, and stitching designs. Although the gorgeous designs are the stars in this wire-bound book, the Beader's Glossary with visuals on bead types, shapes, findings, tools, materials, and chains comes in a close second. We loved the Bubbly Wire Earrings, Lush Layers Necklaces & Earrings, and Woven Crystal and Chain Necklace & Earrings.
-Craft Ideas Magazine

I love to make jewelry and am always searching for new ideas and methods. The first place I look is the latest release from Bead Style Magazine, published by Kalmbach. The new Stylish Jewelry Made Simple is a compendium of 45 chic projects that include stringing, wirework and stitching.  What I love most about this new release is that the projects are arranged by color, then technique.
When I make jewelry, I generally have a specific color in mind, usually depending upon the season and the latest fashion trends. I also want to stay in tune with the latest techniques and this book is chock full of ideas for necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are quite beautiful and easy enough to make for even a beginner. The book also allows those of us who are more advanced in designing and making jewelry to try out new techniques, such as kumihimo (an easy braiding technique to add beads to a single cord), which I had not tried until I found this book. I love the selection of truly unique ideas, such as using pen nibs to make “poison pen” earrings, which would be a perfect gift for authors, writers and calligraphers. My youngest daughter especially loved the “sail away” good luck friendship bracelet I gave her, made from rope.
All of the designs in this book are truly an inspiration for all. I found many ideas where I could use my left-over beads, spacers, leather, rhinestones, chains and findings to create wonderful and unique pieces. I discovered too many favorites to mention, and I’m sure every designer, whether beginner or advanced, will find lots of favorites as well. One of the best features of Stylish Jewelry Made Simple is the spiral binding, which makes placing this collection near or on a workspace quite handy. This is an outstanding resource for one and all.
-Linda Morelli, MyShelf.com
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