Hip To Bead 32 Contemporary Projects for Today's Beader

Each of the 32 projects features fashion-savvy designs created with stylish beads, pendants, and findings that are widely available.

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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

Table of Contents
  • Beads
  • Components
  • Stringing materials
  • Tools
Easy Assembly
  • Chic Antique Button Bracelet- This fun bracelet is a perfect way to use those cool old buttons you've collected from grandma's button box.
  • Stylish Scrapbook- It takes only a few beads and some wire to make a personalized scrapbook that's as unique as the photos inside.
  • Found Object Charm Bracelet - Charm bracelets are timeless pieces of jewelry that manage to be trendy, classy, and fun all at once.
Super Stringing
  • Chunky Nugget Necklace- This is the easiest necklace to make on the planet, and its statement is strong. Combine bright eye-catching colors in a repeating pattern with the world's simplest clasp.
  • Double Trouble Choker- Use turquoise chips and tiny crystal beads to make this cool wraparound choker.
  • Follow Your Heart Faux Lariat- Thread faux suede cord through a large focal bead, then add a few dangling beads and charms.
  • Twice as Nice Necklace- Who says less is more? This necklace cleverly looks like you're wearing two coordinating pieces but it's actually one double-strand design.
  • Time to Bead Watch- Beaded watches are the perfect combination of fun and function. Why not make a watch for every day of the week?
  • Fit-for-a-Queen Bracelet- A beautiful focal bead deserves the royal treatment. Multiple seed-bead strands provide luster, and Bali silver spacers add a touch of class. Wear this bracelet and become queen for a day!
  • Great Lengths Necklace and Bracelet- This gorgeous combination is one part necklace and one part bracelet. Just attach the toggle clasps together to wear both pieces as a necklace.
  • Luscious Lariat- A lariat is a dramatic piece that can be worn as a long necklace, a choker, or even a belt.
  • In Vogue Purse- Add some pizzazz to a store-bought purse with dazzling beaded strands and purse charms.
Getting Wired
  • Quick and Easy Earrings- Depending on your mood, earrings can complement a necklace or stand on their own. Use different beads from those specified to create an even more casual or glamorous pair. You'll find instructions for 10-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute earrings
  • Sparkly Beaded Barrettes- These simple hair accessories are a snap to make.
  • Rock 'N Roll Cuff- Use wire coiling and bead stringing skills to create this show-stopping cuff.
  • Y Not? Necklace- This perennial necklace style has a delicate look that's elegant enough for evening but simple enough for daytime.
  • Cha-Cha Bracelet- This funky and fabulous design will make you want to dance around, just so you hear that "cha cha" sound!
  • Glamour Girl Chandeliers- This hot fashion accessory isn't going away anytime soon! Your handcrafted chandeliers will add instant drama to any outfit.
  • Clever Candle Wrap- Buy special beads or check your bead stash for this great candle accessory. Make one for every room in the house!
  • Mod Millefiori Necklace- This simple wire wrapping technique was traditionally used to create rosaries, but is also great for fashion jewelry. Add interesting millefiori beads for a convertible, modern accessory.
Knotty But Nice
  • World Beat Choker- Use beads from around the world to make this dramatic tasseled choker.
  • Center Stage Opera Necklace- Make a dramatic entrance with this long, alluring necklace.
  • Knock-Out Knotted Necklace- This organic necklace is a contemporary twist on your grandma's strand of knotted pearls.
  • Knotty Hemp Belt- Macrame is back in style! Square knots are easy to master and can be combined to make jewelry and other beaded accessories like cool chokers, fun pet leashes, and this super stylish belt.
Rich Stitches
  • Trendy Tank Top- Add flair to a store-bought tank top with this easy stitching pattern.
  • Retro Beaded Journal- Customize a fun fabric journal with a beaded strip of leather.
  • Aloha Flower Frame- Personalize a picture frame with a bright splash of beaded color.
  • Funky Felted Purse- Use beaded blanket stitch to add a fun, whimsical touch to this fun felted purse.
Woven Wonders
  • Bejeweled Crystal Bracelet- This lacy bracelet is a good introduction to bead weaving because of the large beads. The end result is impressive!
  • Oceanside Bling Necklace- These big, glittery beads call for special treatment. Use right-angle weave to create a few intricately beaded beads to add to the mix.
  • Creative Cause Bracelet- Are you wearing your cause on your sleeve? Make yours stand out from the crowd with these cool peyote bands.
  • Righteous Right-Angle Weave Bracelet- Perfect your right-angle technique with this gorgeous woven bracelet.

Tips and Techniques

About the Author

Katie Hacker is an artist and writer who frequently contributes beading projects to Beadwork, Simply Beading, and Step by Step Beads magazine. She is the guest beading expert on the PBS series Beads, Baubles & Jewels, and has authored 15 instructional beading booklets that have collectively sold more than 450,000 copies. Katie and her husband live in Keystone, Indiana.

SKU: 06BD2

Author/Speaker/Editor: Katie Hacker

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781931499958

Number Of Pages: 96