As a trip to any clothing or department store will illustrate, beads are hot! Every fashion magazine or catalog that arrivesin the mail is full of strings of beads and wireworked beaded jewelrythat add style and individuality to any look. As you flipthrough the pages of Stringing, our wish for you is to be enticed to make your own jewelry, which will ensure one-of-a-kind designs that show off your unique good taste. Packed with more than 150 beading projects, this issue of Stringing is sure to inspire you to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.
Were you to add up all the beads used in the sixty pairs of earrings, nearly fifty bracelets, and over sixty necklaces in the projects that follow, the number would surely be in the thousands. If you are lucky enough to have a reasonably large stash, chances are you already have the makings for many pieces of jewelry. If not, it may be time to make that stash grow. The materials lists for our projects will serve as a valuable shopping guide for you in your local bead shop. Or, if you want to work more intuitively, you can just pick out whichever beads catch your eye as you shop. Make exact replicas of the pieces shown, or branch out and tailor each one to reflect your own special style. Check out “Stringing 101” on pages 14–17 for information about beads, findings, materials, and tools, as well as instructions for all the project techniques. We hope you’ll be inspired. Inspired to bead, inspired to adorn yourself, inspired to create!