Synopses & Reviews
Starting at the very beginning of the beading process, Simple Beginnings: Beading teaches you everything you need to know to become an accomplished beading artist. It leads you step-by-step through the basic tools, materials and techniques for creating unique bracelets, necklaces, watches, earrings and more. Learn the shapes, sizes, grades and materials of beads. Go inside the beader's toolbox to discover must-have tools and how to care for them. Become familiar with soldering, stringing materials, findings, and clasps. Get advice on organizing your workspace and displaying your creations. Detailed instructions and inspiring color photographs show how to successfully make wearable works of art. A wide range of projects is offered for all skill levels-beginners, intermediate beaders and advanced craft enthusiasts-so you will always have a new challenge on hand as your confidence increases.
Beading is a fun craft that can produce beautiful custom pieces for every occasion imaginable, but if you’ve never tried to make your own necklaces bracelets, the task can seem a little daunting. What type of fasteners are best to use? Where can you find the best materials to work with? And just what can you create once you have everything you need?
In Simple Beginnings in Beading, renowned artist Suzanne Wilson will put all these
questions to rest. Wilson will take you to the very beginning of the beading process and teach you about the tools you will need and the materials you should buy. Then, she will take you step-by-step through the basic beading techniques you will need to know to create your own works of art. Projects for beginner, intermediate, and advanced craft enthusiasts are included, ensuring that you’ll always have something new to inspire and create as your skills increase. Use this book to make bracelets, necklaces, watches, earrings, and more, all in your own unique, creative style. Get started today!
Learning to make your own jewelry is easy with the step-by-step instructions in Simple Beginnings: Beading. Author Suzann Sladcik Wilson teaches you everything you need to know to bring out your inner jewelry designer. By learning about the different varieties of beads and becoming familiar with stringing materials, findings, and clasps, you'll soon discover there is no wrong way to design earrings, necklaces, and bracelets- only your way.
About the Author
Suzann Sladcik Wilson was born in Chicago, Il and attended Loyola University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education. Today, Suzann in the founder and CEO of Beadphoria.com. She is also a professional designer member of the Craft and Hobby Association. Suzann teaches jewelry making classes and has been published in Bead Style, Simply Beads magazine, Bead Trands, epatterns.com, and the books Four Seasons of Beading and Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!. She is an active contributor and participant in many charities, striving to make the world a better place of today's and our future's children.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Where to Begin (Includes the benefits of beading - relaxing, creative, money saving, connections with a community of other beaders . What stores to shop at and what to look for when you are there.) Why Beading? What to look for? Where to shop? Chapter 2 Inside The Beader's Toolbox - (Listing of basic tools with full descriptions and their uses. Then a listing of tools that would be useful when wanting to go to the next level of beading. How to best store and take care of your tools.) Must Haves Above and Beyond Caring for your tools Chapter 2 For the Love of Beads!- (Description of stones, gems, pearls and various other materials to make beads. How beads are measured and their shapes such as bicones, round, potato, and others. Various techniques on how to best store and organize your beads.) Types of Beads Shapes of Beads Sizes of beads Bead Grading Organizing your beads Chapter 4 Putting it all Together - Stringing Materials, Findings, and Clasps (Introduction of beading wire, their thicknesses, and different types. Discussion of findings for earrings and other jewelry making endeavors. Listing of different clasps and which ones are best to use in different designs.) Stringing Materials Findings Clasps Chapter 5 Making your Wearable Works of Art (Full step-by-step instructions with photographs on how to successfully make your own jewelry.) Earrings Bracelets and Watches Necklaces - Single and Multi-Strand Chapter 6 Projects and Inspiration - Beginners* Asian Splendor Earrings Jeans Jacket Bracelet Flirty Fifties Necklace Chapter 7 Project and Inspiration - Medium* High Flying Earrings Two Timing Bracelet It's Only Rock and Roll Necklace Chapter 8 Projects and Inspiration - Advanced* Chandelier Shimmer Earrings Night on the Town Watch Sea of Pearls Necklace Chapter 9 Displaying your Creations Resources Glossary