« Make Your Own Cards by Made By Hands World Tech Toys Electric Luxury Lights and Sounds Train Set » 3 thoughts on “The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry” 62 of 62 people found the following review helpful Excellent Book for Beginning Jewelry Makers!, May 5, 2010 By Jennifer (Fort Wayne, IN, United States) – This review is from: The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry (Paperback) Where was this book when I was first trying to learn to make jewelry with my lampwork beads? Life would have been SO much easier! One thing I love is that Karin Buckingham, the author, stresses selecting beads based on what you love, and your budget rather than trying to recreate the exact pieces in this book. The point is learning the basics, learning the basics, learning the basics. So, how is this accomplished? First, you need to learn and acquire the basic tools, beading supplies, and most importantly, beads. Then you go to project #1 and you start. All you need is beading wire, crimps, 4 spacer beads, clasp, and a single strand of all the same beads, plus wire cutters and needlenose pliers. The point is to learn the basics of stringing a necklace. This can seem daunting the first time, this book is written in such a way as to make it seem super easy and fun. The book is divided into four main sections with a total of 35 projects after the basic tools and supplies are covered. The first section is Stringing Projects, then Connecting Projects (basic wire techniques), third is Fiber Fun, and last is called Extra Goodies. Many of the projects include extra tips and design alternatives. Each section of this book begins with the easiest project and each project builds on the previous project. This is particularly obvious with the Stringing Projects section. Again, project #1, you string on all the same beads and add a clasp. Project #2 you learn to string an alternating pattern of 2 different beads, one big, one small and learn the small beads set off the larger beads. Project #3 builds on the alternating pattern. #4 shows how to string graduated beads, #5 shows how to add a focal section and build off that. Ultimately, you learn how to create multistrand and assymmetrical pieces (a look that’s VERY hot right now). The second section (Connecting Projects) is all about learning how to open and close jump rings (and create a chain with that skill), do wire wraps and make dangly fun jewelry. Fiber Fun covers how to knot pearls, knotting larger cord as part of a design using big beads, using cord to create multistrand yet airy projects, how to use leather cord, ribbon, and my absolute favorite of the book-wire mesh necklace. The Extras section is a mish mash of different things that include how to create a chain extender, headpins, wire earring findings, your own custom clasps and a bead board. I believe this may be the first time I have read a jewelry book that gave instructions for how to create a nice sturdy bead board. The last page of the book has a GREAT page called 10 tips for getting past a creative dead end that has some excellent suggestions for everyone. The photos in the book are excellent and well lit. The instructions are very clear. I’m telling you, if you have always wanted to learn how to make your own jewelry, this is an excellent first step towards that goal. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 29 of 29 people found the following review helpful An Absolutely Great Book!, April 24, 2010 By Mozahs – This review is from: The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry (Paperback) I had wanted to try beading for a while, but always felt intimidated by the volume of books and magazines to choose from. Sure, lots of them say they are for a beginner, but I am a BEGINNER. Prior to getting this book, the only jewelry I had made was a pin in freshman art class, so I really needed things to be spelled out for me. Luckily, The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stinging Beaded Jewelry was the right choice.This book has great directions, just the right variety of cute projects and techniques, and includes tips and variations for most projects. It is also designed well with clear, helpful photos.The best thing about this book, though, is the author’s voice. Ms. Buckingham has a pleasant, conversational style that is both entertaining and easy to follow. It’s obvious that she is skilled at making jewelry, but she really knows how to “keep it real” for people who are truly starting out. She speaks from her own experiences as a beginner and her writing style put me at ease about dabbling in a new hobby. I even made a new necklace to prove it! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 24 of 24 people found the following review helpful All I need is a bead store and this book!, June 4, 2010 By J. Williams – This review is from: The Absolute Beginners Guide: Stringing Beaded Jewelry (Paperback) I was thrilled to recieve this book. I always wanted to try beading and this book seemed it could get me well on my way. After an overview of beads, supplies and tools, it launched right into projects – 29 projects. They are divided into stringing, connecting and fiber projects. It even includes “extra goodies” such as clasps, extenders and even a beading board. Each project includes quick tips and helpful hints. Many have design variations or same project/ different idea. The techniques are all well-illustrated. If you missed techniques along the way the book finishes with ten basic techniques for stringing beaded jewelery. With the “how-tos” covered, the book ends with ten tips for creativity. I’m sure I will come back to this book time and time again. There is enough information in this book to keep me beading for years. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.