Fabulous Fabric Beads eBook: Create Custom Beads and Art Jewelry

The Fabulous Fabric Beads eBook 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. The Fabulous Fabric Beads eBook combines beading, scrapbooking, quilting, fiber arts, and mixed-media techniques to create lightweight beads made from materials including 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. With all the conveniency that comes with an eBook and all the beauty that comes with handmade beads, what's not to love about Fabulous Fabric Beads?

SKU: EP4718

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kristal Wick

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781596687028

Table of Contents

Forward by Sherrill Kahn
Materials and Tools

Creating Surface Designs on Fabric

  • Heat-Setting Fabrics
  • Painting
  • Sponging
  • Grids
  • Stenciling
  • Scrunching
  • Salting
  • Splattering
  • Dyeing
  • Bleaching
  • Gesso
  • Stamping
  • Paintstiks
  • Foiling
  • Computer Printing
  • Combining Techniques

Fabric Beads

  • Basic Fabric Beads
    • Cutting
    • Dryin
    • Rolling
    • Dipping
    • Stabilizing
  • It's All About the Fabric
    • Batik Beauties
    • Vintage Kimono
    • Wedding and Name Beads
  • Collage
    • Wooden Beads
    • Picture Resin Beads
  • Mixed-Media
    • Talisman Message
    • Princess Resin
  • Wire and Metal Wrapped Beads
    • Wire and Seed Bead Wrap
    • Crystal Edge Wrap
    • Hammered Copper Strips
    • Wire Lace Beads
  • Leather
    • Leather and Eyelet Beads
    • Embossed Leather Beads
  • Fiber
    • Wild Fiber Beads
    • Angelina Fiber Beads
    • Fringed Beads
    • Ribbon Beads
  • Stitched
    • Mini-quilt beads
    • Cross-stitched beads
  • Layered Muslin
    • Ribbon Muslin Bead
    • Square Muslin Bead
  • Finishing Touches
    • Crystal Edges
    • Paint-Dotted Beads
    • Tiny Seed Bead Dipped Edges

Stringing Projects

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.

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

SKU: EP4718

Author/Speaker/Editor: Kristal Wick

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781596687028

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