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Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski: 65 Sparkling Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones [Paperback]

Laura McCabe
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1 Feb 2008
Working with world-famous Swarovski cut-crystal beads, author Laura McCabe creates luminous necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings and brooches for beaders of every skill level. Laura provides complete step-by-step instruction for 20 projects (10 for beginners) and presents 50 more in a photo gallery of design variations, teaching readers how to vary colours and shapes to create custom effects. All 70 designs are made with only three simple beadwork techniques: flat peyote stitch, tubular peyote stitch and spiral rope. Laura also provides a chapter on making decorative embellishments, such as bezels, beaded leaves, star flowers, berry clusters and fringe. The concise instructions are illustrated with easyto- follow illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158923345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589233454
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just received this book today so haven't made any of the projects yet, but I have throughly read through the book and instructions, and each project is gorgeous and unique! I pre-ordered this book back in June, so was eagerly looking forward to it since I love Laura McCabe's designs. If you love sparkly, yet elegant jewelry, then you will love this book! The book starts out with a chapter devoted to covering all of the beading stitches you'll need to make the projects, such as peyote stitch, ndebele, etc. (If you're a beginner, however, you may need more instruction in these stitches than this book provides.) It then moves into sections that demonstrate how to bezel, make closures, and embellish, before moving into the 20 projects. Each project and technique has clear, detailed instructions (including an estimate of how long the project will take), along with excellent diagrams to guide you in your beading. The projects also use more traditional Swarovski shapes such as bicones and rivolis, along with non-traditional shapes like squares. The only drawback seems to be that some of the projects call for vintage crystals, which can be hard to find. There are some resources given for finding vintage crystals, however, along with information about modern-day equivalents. All in all, it's a lovely book, and I can't wait to get started on some of the projects! --Leanne

Excellent eye candy. Good directions. I especially like the charts of how many beads to use to start the bezel depending on the size of the crystal you are bezeling. My only problem with this book is that it caused me to start buying more and more crystals, before I finished the first project I started. I've admired Laura's work for a while, it's really nice to page through the book and see how she did things. The instructions make good sense, and being left handed, I have a hard time interpreting some other bead author's directions. I'm buying a copy for a friend who uses crystals all the time but hasn't discovered this book.Robbie Elklow, quilt artist. Seems like there's a million beginner books for the beaded jewelry craze, but there are very few good books that teach more advanced/intricate designs. Great job showing the multiple variations of each design! I can't think of another book that's done this so thoroughly. That's a huge plus and show's the potential of color play. I appreciated the approximate time to make each piece as well. I absolutely love this book and will probably have a go at making at least one of each and every project! Definitely a top favorite in my collection of almost 200 craft and jewelry books.NSmith. This book not only supplies beautiful beading projects but it does so in a way that can be followed by any beader with some experience in the basic off loom stitches. I have bought many bead books where the details were so sketchy or vague as to be almost useless. Not so here. Laura does the directions very well and quite clearly. On her web site there is even an addendum in which she tells you exactly what beads she used in each project. I have NEVER seen that before in a bead book! Thanks for the great book, Laura! --Joaniebeadgood


About the Author

Beadwork artist Laura McCabe exhibits and sells her jewellery throughout the world to more than 2000 international clients through her own website. She regularly teaches workshops in the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 10 Jan 2008
This book was added to my wishlist the second I knew of it's publication. It didn't let me down.

Experienced beaders will find plenty to inspire them and push their limits and beginners/intermediates will find lots of challenges, although I would suggest they gain some experience in the basic stitches before tackling the projects. That said, maybe all beaders ought to get this book to see just what can be acheived in beading.

The book focuses on bezeling (surrounding a bead/stone, in this case with smaller beads) specifically using a well known brand of crystal beads. There is a comprehensive guide to the beads and techniques used, together with bead sizes and counts required to bezel specific gems.

The diagrams are exceptionally clear, instructions comprehensive and pictures beautiful and bountiful. There are 20 projects stated, but with variations suggested, the sky's the limit.

Even though it is only January, I doubt there will be any book released this year to top this as my favourite. Because I've given a few other books five stars already, I would really like to give this six, or seven, or eight...!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous 3 Jan 2009
Amazing and beautiful bling. The instructions are very clear, and although the end pieces are stunningly complex they were not so hard to create as a first glance might suggest.

however, finding some of the unusual and essential beads used in the UK (vintage rivolis and size 15 czech charlottes) was impossible so be prepared to shop on line across the world for supplies...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An eyeful of a book 23 May 2011
By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE
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This book deals primarily with jewellery made with Swarovski crystals. Laura McCabe has an enviable reputation in the beading world and her designs are often lush, unexpected and exotic. Her offerings here are no exception.

The book opens with a history of the Swarovski company and the crystals they produce. Seed beads, crystal and the various tools needed are dealt with over Chapters Two and Three. Ms McCabe gives instructions for four basic bead-threading/stitching techniques, shows how to make a bead bezel to support a cabochon or crystal and various ways of making beaded clasps or closures for necklaces and bracelets. She shows different ways one can embellish beaded chains or surrounds.

There are twenty projects to make: necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches and earrings, each with large, clear diagrams and full-colour photographs of the finished pieces. Many are spectacular. Ms McCabe suggests how long each project might take to complete, the average being between ten to twelve hours and offers us different colour combinations that give a different 'look' to the same pattern.

I liked the initial impact of the jewellery although some of the pieces look over-elaborate to me, almost using crystals for their own sake rather than as a means to an end. A bit, how many can I pack into this piece? I thought to try a necklace but when I looked more closely at the list of materials for the Crystal Burst Necklace I saw it calls for around ten gross of Swarovski crystals - that's almost fifteen hundred pieces - as well as eleven rivolis and various seed beads. Ten gross is a lot of crystals.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful beadwork 13 Feb 2009
I have dozens of beading books and this is the one I keep coming back to, once you have learned the bezelling technique (easier than you would imagine), you can make the most spectacular 'bling' jewellery - definately a book to recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 16 Mar 2009
Being an intermediate level beader, I was hoping for a book that was not too difficult, but that challenged me enough to stay interested. I was not disappointed.
This book is packed with the most beautiful crystal jewellery. It looks really complicated, but actually isnt that tricky. With a basic knowledge of peyote stitch, you can be making these lovely items in no time. There are many variations on the colour schemes, and so any level beader should find something of interest in this book.
My only problem with this book is knowing which project to tackle first....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 65 designs? Hardly 8 July 2010
By Donnar
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The book is really helpful, you can learn how to make this kind of jewellery, that's fine. But it says 65 sparkling designs - actually there are like 18 of them, the rest is just color variations on any given real design, that's why I give just 2 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had seen the work of Laura McCabe before but to find a book containing her work was a real treat. Being a self taught bead artist, I often find it tedious to follow instructions however I found the instructions clear and concise and very easy to follow. The book was wonderfully colourful and beautifully photographed and it was lovely to see the various options of each style aswell as the additional description of the material used for each one. I have already adapted the bracelet design and made one as a present for someone and it looks fantastic. I'm so pleased I found this book. My imagination has certainly been sparked and I am now onto a pair of earrings for my best friends birthday. This would also make an excellent present for anyone who loves beading and already has some knowledge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice book, not many patterns
A really well explained book, my only issue is that it focuses a lot on the same thing, mainly how to bezel a crystal. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alison Fryer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, clear instructions and good diagrams
This book is great.

On first glance the designs look complicated and a bit nightmarish but once you've mastered some basic skills such as bezzling (did it first time, no... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great beading book
I received this book for Christmas. I love it. I have not yet copied exactly any of the designs as I am awaiting delivery of some crystals but I am sure they will all get done... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by pattyann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent creations
This is a book for people that already have a good knowledge of beading technics although it gives basic information at the very beginning. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by Pucca
5.0 out of 5 stars Creating Crystal Jewlry with Swarovski
This is truly inspriational book,everything is set out clearly.
One small problem is that it was hard which design to do first. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2010 by Mrs. E. C. Lovesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
A truly amazing book and so inspiring. It would make a lovely gift for a beader who likes a little bit of sparkle.
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by Mrs. Anne Carslake
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book
The instructions are clear and easy to follow for all the projects I've tried. A truly lovely book to have and a must for all crystal fans.
Published on 4 April 2009 by Mrs. Shelley Pizzey
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