The Bead Directory The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using More than 600 Beautiful Beads

An exceptional resource for anyone who uses beads-from jewelry designers to crafters-this attractive and functional guide will instruct and inspire.

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Choosing the perfect beads for your next project just got easier! The Bead Directory features stunning color photographs and information on more than 600 beads. Here is an exceptional resource for anyone who uses beads-from jewelry designers to crafters-and this attractive and functional guide allows even novices to choose the appropriate beads, while inspiring more experienced beaders.

The Bead DirectBella Online Guide to Jewelry Makingory's structure includes a layout showing each bead photographically (a close up picture and a smaller scatter of beads to show them from several angles) as well as in diagram form, from two directions, giving exact dimensions and an indication of the position and direction of the hole.

Much more than just photos, however, The Bead Directory describes material, color range, usage, special care, size of hole, weight, suitable stringing materials, relative cost and suggested beads from elsewhere in the book with which to mix and match.

Each chapter features a single bead material such as glass, ceramic, semiprecious stone, wood, resin, and more. Opposite page 251, you'll find a handy fold-out flap, which you can have open while you refer to the "directory" pages. The flap provides an instant explanation for the symbols used throughout the book. You'll also find an extensive supplier's list with the inside scoop on where to buy these beads in stores and online. In other words: Here is the definitive guide to beads you've been looking for!

Reviews: "Think of it as a "field guide" for beads. It will help you make better purchasing decisions..."-Bella Online Guide to Jewelry Making

"Gorgeous, clever book"-Get Creative

"A remarkable compilation... a wonderful resource. This is definitely a must have!"-Needlepoint Now

"Beading fans will like the extensive reference section of bead-making artists and stores both Web-based and brick and mortar."-Washington Post Express

Table of Contents
How to use this book
Bead Directory
Chapter 1: Glass Chapter 2: Crystal
Chapter 3: Semiprecious
Chapter 4: Precious metals
Chapter 5: Base metals
Chapter 6: Clay
Chapter 7: Plastic
Chapter 8: Wood
Chapter 9: Other natural materials
Chapter 10: Other materials
Chapter 11: Findings
How to buy beads
About the Author

Elise Mann, also known as “the Crafty Owl,” has a degree in physics and worked as a computer systems designer while crafting, designing, and writing projects for magazines and books evenings and weekends for more than 25 years. Seriously asthmatic as a child, she was taught to knit (to give her something to do that did not require getting out of bed) at the age of five, taught herself to crochet from a book the following year and has never stopped learning new crafts and working in older ones since. Now happily practicing her crafts fulltime, she specializes in beadwork and beadmaking and is newsletter editor for the Bead Society of Great Britain. For eight years (1995–2003) she was a regular monthly contributor for Practical Crafts magazine, which ran her column “Ask the Crafty Owl.” Elise lives in Edgware, Middlesex, England.

SKU: 06BD3

Author/Speaker/Editor: Elise Mann

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680029

Number Of Pages: 256

Customer Reviews

The Bead Directory: A Must Have! Review by Linda Lee

I have had this book for several years and find it an invaluable reference tool. When I was new to the hobby it helped to open up the range of materials available to me. It also identified the shapes in my "bargain mixes"! Now I consult it for help in using various shapes and types. For example I check to see if I need seed beads or spacers to make the drape happen. My only suggestion for change would be to give it a ring binder format so that updates on bead shapes/types could be sold as add ons.

(Posted on 7/17/11)