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World Beads: An Exploration Of Bead Traditions Around The World, With 30 Projects To Creatie You Own Jewelry Paperback – 15 Jul 2005


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845970012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845970017
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,448,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara Boltman on 4 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my Gran as she had started making jewellery and wanted some inspiration. The projects are mostly necklaces (Jet choker, Jade pendant, lapis lazuli disks etc) but there are a few bracelets, earrings and other bits and pieces too. The photographs of all the different kinds of ethnic beaded jewllery are beautiful too - it's almost a coffee table book.

It's worth noting that this is a reprint of an earlier Janet Coles book, with most of the same photographs, so if you already have "Beads" save yourself buying it again.
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This book is packed with useful information and loads of gorgeous photos. It's one of the best bead books I've seen.
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A good introductory book about the subject, very well explained and also the step by step techniques are clear and easy to follow.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book, BUT..... 25 Feb 2007
By Bonelocker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a treasure, and a super reference for beaders, with information about beads from around the world. Beautiful pictures and history of the origins and uses of beads in many cultures. BUT be forewarned, this is exactly the same book as "Beads" written in 1997 by the same authors, with different publishers and a slightly different title. I mistakenly assumed it was a new, updated work. There is no indication that I can see in the review of this edition, that it is the same as the earlier version.

Gets 5 stars for the book itself, but a 1 for lack of information regarding it being a duplicate of prior edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a reprint of another book. 29 Dec 2010
By Betsy Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wish I'd read the other review. This is a reprint of "Beads" by Janet Coles. Same pictures, same words, page for page. This is a great book - but not twice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yup - Re-Issue! 30 Jan 2011
By S. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read the reviews on this book, but had not known that my wife had the original.

Your seller may not know this is a reissue. It has a new title, and a new soft cover, but the contents are unchanged. My wife was disappointed to find she now had the same book twice.

Fortunately, we have other friends, who are into beads, and were happy to receive it. But, check your collection, before you buy this.
Great Book 10 Jan 2013
By Jimmie - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an American Indian and the book was excellent to see other bead cultures around the world. The delivery from this vender was very quick and was exactly as described.
A Must-Have for Serious Beaders 27 Jun 2012
By Barbara - Published on Amazon.com
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As has been stated, the book is the same as "Beads", with a different title. I got "Beads" from the library, and upon checking the pages in the Amazon ad, it seemed that way to me. Loving "Beads", I just purchased this one.
This book is a history of beading, a description of the role of beads in various world cultures, and 30 projects. The projects range from simple stringing to challenging weaving. The projects and finished work shown throughout the book are examples of serious, beautiful, elegant work, unlike much of the overdone, cutesy, amateurish stuff we so often have visited upon us.
The authors emphasize that the projects can be made from materials on-hand, instead of having to buy specific items. This is a welcome relief from the bead stores, whose projects often seem to exist for the purpose of having you buy as much as possible. You can get many ideas for your own work from the photograpy, even if there are no specific directions provided.
Detailed descriptions of various bead and gem types are included. These are very useful as a guide when buying beads.
Had I been led to buy this book already owning "Beads", I'd be quite annoyed and would have returned it. As is, I can give it five stars. It's actually the best beading book I have.
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