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Create Jewelry Glass [Paperback]

Marlene Blessing , Jamie Hogsett
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9 Feb 2009 Create Jewelry
Jewelry makers and beaders love working with glass beads for their versatility, affordability, and ability to be used in a combination of techniques. Glass beads can add a subtle shine to a jewelry design or take center stage. From tiny seed beads to eye-catching lampworked beads, glass takes many forms - clear, transparent, opaque, vibrantly colored, shiny, or matte. 21 stunning projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to more involved seed-bead weaving designs. All projects are glamorous and timeless and represent unique ways to use glass beads in jewelry designs for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Innovative designs are combined with intriguing anecdotes, history, and tips about these beautiful beads. Try your hand at a range of techniques, including stringing, wireworking, knotting, and bead weaving and stitches such as ladder stitch, brick stitch, tubular herringbone stitch, square stitch, peyote stitch, and more. Step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, plus thorough materials lists. Projects are divided into Classic, Special-Occasion, and Fashion-Forward categories, so readers can easily find designs of their choosing. Additional sidebars of interest include the history of glass, glass bead-making techniques, and entertaining tidbits about these specialty beads. From sassy, elegant, dressy, or flirty, Create Jewelry: Glass gives beaders exciting ideas with stunning designs that are both easy and challenging.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (9 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680678
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glass I perhaps the quintessential material for beads. It has been used for this purpose since ancient times, and now there is a bewilderingly huge range to choose from. This book shows you how to transform these lovely components into something really special. I like the way this book does not stop at just telling you how to make up the beads, but goes all the way and tells you interesting snippets about their creation, anatomy, history and use. Learn about how the ancients made beads and what they did with them, read about Venice and lampworking, Bohemian glass and trade beads. I also enjoyed the way the projects were grouped into three types of occasion and a short scenario described where the pieces might be worn. Classic imagines a simple housewarming party, Special Occasion envisages the opening of an antique business and Fashion Forward conjures up a design school's fashion show. None of the projects are advanced, but they all get you thinking how they could be adapted and come with lists of what you need, concise instructions and large color photos. If you live outside the US you will find it hard to obtain many of the special beads and findings, but I found that reading through the instructions and poring over catalogs and websites produced some substitutes. One for my inspiration shelf! This book will appeal to both bead weavers and bead stringers. It starts by explaining the several ways of manufacturing glass beads, ie drawn, would and lampworked beads. The projects are designed to cover various occasions and are beautifully illustrated with easy step-by-step instructions. At the end of the book there is a comprehensive stitch index followed by a resource section. The combination of techniques use the whole range of available beads from seed beads to large lampworked beads, incorporating wirework and chains along the way. Throughout the pages are to be found snippets of bead information including the history of glass, glass beadmaking techniques and interesting footnotes about them. Not a book for anyone looking for complicated designs but one from which ideas can be taken. For me the charm of the book lies in the presentation and the volume of information contained in its pages.-Bead Society of Great Britain

About the Author

Marlene Blessing has worked as an editorial director in western book publishing for two decades and was a contributing editor to SPA magazine and a senior features editor for The Seattle Weekly. Sewing, embroidery, quilting, clay sculpting, and calligraphy are a few of her favorite crafts???until, of course, she began beading. Marlene is the editorial director for Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado. Jamie Hogsett is a jewelry designer and feature editor in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is author of Stringing Style and coauthor of Create Jewelry: Pearls, Create Jewelry: Crystals, and Create Jewelry: Stones (all from Interweave).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bead Weavers Included 2 April 2009
It is often difficult to find a book dedicated to large focal beads which takes into consideration beading techniques other than wiring or stringing. As an avid beadweaver I particularly like this book as it has given me suggestions as to how I may incorporate focal beads into my work. I like all the books written by these authors and have several others in the series. They cater both for the beginner and the more experienced beader and anyone not able to make their own glass beads is certainly not left out here. All the projects are beautifully set out and the instructions and diagrams are clear. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the love of glass beads and how a beautiful and wearable piece of jewellery can be produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine addition to the Create Jewelry Series ! 29 Jun 2009
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"Formed by Fire" are the words which begin this excellent book, and with such a dramatic concept to start it off, Glass manages to fan the flames of the readers' interest at every turn. Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett have teamed up once again to cover a specific area of jewelry design. They have co-authored Create Jewelry: Pearls, Create Jewelry: Crystals, and Create Jewelry: Stones previous to this book.
Glass beads for jewelry design are, as is said in the book, so flexible in appearance that you can create all sorts of different looks. There is something for everyone here, in fact, from elegant to funky. In the able hands of Jamie Hogsett, who rises to every challenge, each piece is better than the last! With the ability to seed bead as well as string and work with wire (sometimes all in the same piece!), she is a true master of jewelry design. No project is forced looking or anything less than the finest, ultimately, in Glass.
There are educational sidebars, as well as introductory commentary by Marlene Blessing, which expands upon the understanding of the beautifully photographed projects.
I was impressed with the unusual styles presented. I have read many jewelry books at this point and there was a feeling of freshness to this book which imparted a special energy to it. This alone makes it very worth owning.
Even if you have never been specifically drawn to glass before in your jewelry pieces, you will not be able to resist trying out some of the beautiful projects from this book. From the sweet "Honey Blossoms" earrings, which uses brass bee charms, brass chain, and pink and yellow glass beads hand torched by Patti Cahill, to the wonderful "Tribal Relics" bracelet, which incorporates black braided leather, arrowhead glass charms, and vintage-style glass, giving off a nice hip vibe, to the grand, gently green and golden colored "Venetian Vines" necklace, with all sorts of sizes of beads, both Venetian and Czech,which is a feminine piece suitable for the finest occasion, you will be intrigued by every project you come across in Glass.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and was very impressed by the unusual and lovely beauty I found in it. I consider it an inspiring project book and a great addition to the series by Blessing and Hogsett.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not great 13 Mar 2009
By Sparky - Published on
I was not impressed with this book. More full of glossy photos than useful information and different ideas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning to medium beaders 30 Dec 2010
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Very nice and not too hard jewelry pieces to copy or revise. A good book for beginers or someone who needs more ideas or has gotten stuck in a rut. Good techniques.
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