Fabulous Fabric Beads Create Custom Beads and Art Jewelry

Fabulous Fabric Beads combines beading, scrapbooking, quilting, fiber arts, and mixed-media techniques to create lightweight beads made from a variety of materials.

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Don't settle for just any bead when you're creating handcrafted jewelry. Make unique, one-of-a-kind beads from silk, muslin, or hand-dyed ribbon embellished with crystals, fiber, glitter, wire, and more for show-stopping bijoux. Fabulous Fabric Beads combines beading, scrapbooking, quilting, fiber arts, and mixed-media techniques to create lightweight beads made from rolled tubes of silk fabric and painted or embellished with stamps and other materials.

Author Kristal Wick shares her simple and highly sought-after techniques for creating basic fabric beads, plus ideas for embellishing to achieve unique effects. Begin with a primer on supplies, materials and tools, suggestions for ideal fabrics, and how to create surface designs on fabric, including painting, dyeing, stamping, stenciling, computer printing, and foiling. How to create basic fabric beads is explained in detail, from cutting, rolling, dipping, and drying to how to create collage beads. Kristal explains how to use wire wrapping and metals and how to incorporate fibers and embellishments.

All beadmaking steps are shown with step-by-step photography and use easy-to-find materials from craft and fabric stores. Sidebars and tips plus bonus information on using successful color palettes help the reader make stunning and personal jewelry. An inspirational gallery of art jewelry pieces using the featured beads gives readers ideas to use beads in ways they never envisioned.

Projects are inexpensive and use readily available materials or fabric scraps or even materials that readers already have in their stash. No expensive equipment is needed and many beads can be made with common components. Plus, beads can be created in just a few hours, and all finished projects can be created in a few hours.

To achieve different shapes, Kristal also uses fabric to cover inexpensive wooden, plastic, and resin beads. In her finished pieces, she combines her unique beads with commercial beads, using simple stringing and wire techniques for stunning art jewelry.

Reviews: "Surprising how many different types of beads you can make with fabric... this combination of various craft techniques mixed with fabric really appealed to me."-About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"One of those high-value craft books that teaches you lots of different craft techniques within a simple project framework."-Craftypod.com Blog

"Your stash of scraps will suddenly become a wonderful way for creating a totally different form of wearable art."-The Detroit News

About the Author

After years in the corporate world, Kristal Wick decided to follow her passion and take the plunge into the craft and jewelry world. Once a maker of glass jewelry, she was inspired to design her signature Sassy Silkies by customer requests for lighter jewelry. In addition to making and selling her beads, she teaches and designs for Swarovski. Her art jewelry pieces are sold in galleries around the world. Kristal has been featured on HGTV and PBS as well as publications including Lapidary Journal, Stringing, Beadwork, Bead Style, Crafts Business, Simply Beads, Sew News, Sewing Savvy, Piecework, Step-by-Step Beads, Crafts Report, Vogue Patterns, Bead Unique, and Belle Armoire.

SKU: 08BD12

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kristal Wick

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680777

Number Of Pages: 112

Customer Reviews

Fabulous Fabric Beads Review by Sonjette Rodrigues

I am primarily a textile artist, but I like to experiment with other art forms. The techniques gleaned from Fabulous Fabric Beads allows me to utilize our indigenous madras fabric (plaid) which is normally used for our national dress, to make interesting pieces of jewellry. October is Creole Heritage month here in Saint Lucia and this book allows me to create some really interesting fabric jewellry for this cultural extravaganza.

(Posted on 10/6/11)