Beadwork Creates Jewelry: 40 Beaded Designs

Beadwork Creates Jewelry features dozens of projects for earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces from top-notch bead designers.

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Create beautiful jewelry for any occasion with Beadwork Creates Jewelry, a dazzling collection of 40 designs covering a range of techniques, styles, and materials. Handpicked from the popular Beadwork Creates series, you'll find dozens of projects for earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces from top-notch bead designers.

Choose from designs featuring peyote stitch, brick stitch, right-angle weave, bead embroidery, bead crochet, stringing, or wirework. The beautiful photography, step-by-step instructions, and illustrations guide and inspire both the beginning and intermediate beader. Plus, a comprehensive techniques section describes steps needed to complete each project, a useful refresher for any beader. The pieces in Beadwork Creates Jewelry aren't only beautiful to look at and wear, they are also fun to make. Get inspired!

Reviews: "An intriguing collection of designs... Great photography, step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide and inspire both the beginning and intermediate beader."-South Jersey Bead Society

Table of Contents

Introduction- In that famous movie, Marilyn extolled the virtue of diamonds. And I guess Liz thinks they're a girl's best friend, too. But for me, a tray full of semiprecious stone, precious metal, crystal, and handmade beads has so much more meaning, creative potential, and often just as much beauty.

  • Elizabethan Cuff- Use bugle beads to make a three-dimensional right-angle weave matrix, and then embellish it with pearls, crystals, and seed beads.
  • Pearls and Twists- This bracelet is a clever working of wire and pearls. It encircles your wrist like a golden guard!
  • Slither Chain- This versatile bracelet is a natural for any attire. Alternating matte and shiny beads of the same color makes a very effective look.
  • Netted Garden- Making this pretty bracelet is just the thing to bring you down to earth. After you create the netted base, you'll decorate the bracelet with seed and accent beads.
  • Fences and Flowers- This seemingly complicated pattern is a snap!
  • Three-Step Bracelet- Make this bracelet by weaving a band of flat peyote stitch and then embellishing it with applique and a picot edging. The result is a delicate but sophisticated-looking chain.
  • Wagon Wheels- These wheels roll across your wrist like wagons on the trail. By altering the type and color of beads used for the spokes, you've got a whole different look.
  • Serendipity Bangles- Make these fun bangles as simple or as fringed as you like. Add fringe legs, fringe loops, or fringe ruffles for a variety of effects.
  • Flower Garden- This lovely bracelet brings springtime flowers year-round! Once you learn how to construct one of the pretty flowers, you'll be able to create new variations, making you own unique garden.
  • Peek-a-boo Bracelet- A combination of square and odd-count peyote stitches, this bracelet resembles chain link.
  • Cuffed- Create this fanciful wire cuff in an evening. Let the beads be your design guide.
  • Vesselage- Inspired by the focal vessel made by Minneapolis lampworker Annemarie Herrlich, this free-form necklace evolved on its own. When making yours, do away with preplanning and let the beads speak to you.
  • Pearl Net Choker- Make this versatile choker by working rounds of netting.
  • Victorian Necklace- Create this elegant necklace by adding a swirl of picots and loops to peyote-stitched strips.
  • Topaz Beauty- Combine simple peyote-stitched tubes, crystals, and a swirling Sparkly Wheel to make this stunning topaz necklace.
  • Crochet Braid- You don't need to know how to crochet to make this light and fanciful piece.
  • Spiral Sync- This spiral variation is worked on a prestrung necklace. By using beading wire, you can string larger, heavier beads with small holes without the fear of breaking the thread.
  • Trinket Chain- Collect special beads, charms, and lockets to create this special necklace that shows off your wares.
  • Green Temple- this twisting, curving, snakelike necklace is certain to snag attention.
  • One-to-Many-Strand Necklace- Use a favorite piece of multicolored clothing or a colorful picture as a guide in choosing the bead colors for this lush necklace.
  • Crystal Extravaganza- These earrings gave the designer (a former tomboy) the freedom to be as outrageous, glitzy, and uninhibited as she dared to be.
  • Beaded Bead Stiletto- Suggesting a highly refined look, these stilettos nevertheless pack a wallop as they draw the eye from the ear down to the main event - a beaded bead as dazzling and colorful as you want it to be.
  • Chained Reflection- These earrings are simple, chic, and fun, and they take advantage of the earring nut - a jewelry finding that's often ignored.
  • Crystal Elegance- Experimenting with moss stitch produced this pretty double-sided, three-dimensional design that employs Swarovski crystals.
  • Watermelon Balls- Watermelon tourmaline is a beautiful semiprecious stone that has a range of green, white, and red shades. Instead of actual tourmaline, however, this clever design features bicone crystals in an array of those same shades. The crystals successfully mimic the stone, and they're much easier to find.
  • Stardust Earrings- Create these dazzling earrings using ladder and herringbone stitch in the round.
  • Sheer Dangles- Wondering what to do with leftover beads? These earrings will inspire mixes and matches that make an enchanting pair of drop earrings.
  • Sparkly Studs- If you like to wear your earring close to the lobe, try this design.
  • Briolette Earring Jackets- Here's a way to use beads to perk up a pair of gemstone or pearl stud earrings. Just add the "jacket" to the stud before you put them on.
  • Shooting Stars- If you know how to work flat peyote stitch, you'll be able to make these unique earrings. Put them on and let the celestial show begin!
  • Czech Cab Earrings- Tiny cabochons are the perfect centerpieces for these embroidered earrings. When the designer found the vintage cabs during a trip to the Czech Republic, she knew they were destined for her ears.
  • Retro Wraps- This spirited look from the 1960s and 1970s is made new again with up-to-date color choices. By wrapping the large drop with an assortment of beads on wire you'll make your own statement.
  • Inner Light Ring- Inspired by those wonderful Miyuki color-lined teardrop beads, this gorgeous ring is designed to wow your admirers.
  • Crystal Visions Ring Band- This sparkly crystal band is a great off-loom project for first-timers.
  • Beaded Cluster Ring- Here's a cocktail ring for the twenty-first century! Large and funky, it's perfect to make on a Saturday afternoon just before heading out to dance the night away.
  • Stone, Set, Match- Who says you can't set stones amidst beadwork? This design marries the more traditional look of set stones and free-form beadwork.
  • Buttercup- This lovely flower ring seems a little tricky to make at first, but once you've got the hang of it you can easily make one for each finger.
  • Wonder Dome Ring- Create this elegant ring using bicone crystals to weave half of a dodecahedron, who thought geometry could be so fun?
  • Lucky Scrunchie Ring- This ten-minute project will get you hooked on making rings! It is flashy and stylish, but also easily glides over any finger, making it very comfortable.
  • Simplicity Ring- If you have swollen knuckles and have sworn off ring-wearing, this knitted ring made with stretch cord is the answer to your prayers! And making one just might inspire you to use up that bead soup piling up on a corner of your beading table.
  • Sister Lucien- When you wear this ornate ring you'll receive more compliments than you'll know what to do with!

SKU: 07BD7

Author/Speaker/Editor: Jean Campbell

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680371

Number Of Pages: 128

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Customer Reviews

Nice assortment Review by Carys Jones

As a beginner bead-weaver, I appreciate the clear directions in both the patterns themselves and in the Techniques section at the back of the book. A couple of friends will be finding the Watermelon Ball earrings under the Christmas tree. I expected all the designs be weaving, and was very pleasantly surprised to find a variety of other techniques, such as wire-wrapping and bead crochet. The only thing I would change would be to include the technique used listed under the name in the Table of Contents for quick reference.

(Posted on 10/5/11)