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on 22 November 2012
When I was a child, my Victorian and Edwardian great aunts and aunts made butterflies from wired beads, on long stems, to put amongst artificial and real flowers. I was fascinated by the dragonfly; the use of clear beads to give the transparent effect of its wings, with the wire showing through adding to the lacy effect. Fuse wire was then used.
This book has some 30 designs as accurate as beads allow; all appear to have been made by different people who give the materials needed and provide a coloured layout plan of the beads, like a tapestry plan, as well as instructions with clear, drawn illustrations of each stage.
There are no spiders included amongst the insects to deter arachnophobes.
There is no page of suppliers, but the internet has probably made this redundant.
I would suggest looking-up Rock n' Gem, and Rock n' Bead shows: these are held all through the UK, throughout the year, often at racecourses, all with more than adequate, onsite parking, and the stall-holders all seem to be a font of knowledge. Prices seem much lower than anywhere else, and you get to examine the goods before buying. All suppliers seem to do a postal service once you have the confidence about what you will get through the post.
Had I not wanted this book for a Christmas present, [unfortunately, now not possible, as too creased in the post] I should have saved myself the postage and have purchased it from one of Rock n' Gem's sellers. All the fairs, whatever the title, have glass beads, books, tools, and enthusiasm. They are very happy, friendly affairs. [Did I make a pun?]