Boutique-style beaded jewelry is hotter than ever, and with Hip to Bead it's now easier than ever to make. Each of the 32 projects features fashion-savvy designs created with stylish beads, pendants, and findings that are widely available. Readers learn basic techniques, like knotting, stringing, weaving, and working with wire to create a variety of contemporary projects.
Check out the embellished "cause" bracelets, a genius knotted and beaded belt, Rock 'n Roll Cuff, the Y Not? Necklace, Cha Cha Bracelet, Glamour Girl Chandeliers, the Mod Millefiori Necklace, a Clever Candle Wrap-even bead-embellished tank tops!
Helpful step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide readers through each project. Sidebar material includes color and length variations in addition to more extensive coverage of stringing materials, types of beads, and essential tools that readers will refer to again and again.
A resource section provides an indispensable list of suppliers that will make it easy to recreate every project in the book while inspiring you to create your own designs. This book is ideal for beginning beaders because they can start with basic earrings and simple strung necklaces before tackling more complex projects. Advanced beaders will revel in the contemporary project ideas that take their jewelry to the next level with modified designs and exciting new color combinations.
Reviews: "Katie will have you adding some zing to your jewelry box, home décor, even your clothes."-Get Creative
"Projects are trendy and easy to make, most taking just a few hours. Teens and young adults would really enjoy this."-About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"The projects help to build skills as well as create finished pieces to wear."-Bead Unique
"Each of the 32 quick and easy, fashion-savvy projects builds your skill level."-Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects magazine
"There’s a slightly downtown feel to this decidedly not-uptight volume, which doles out details on 32 unusual projects. Think a chic antique button bracelet, a colorful millefiori glass bead necklace and a charm bracelet made with commonly found objects."-Washington Post Express