Monday, May 16, 2011

Creating Glass Beads - book Review

This book is a bit off the track for my fiber art friends. However, many of us love beautiful and interesting beads, so take a look. Jeri Warhaftig has written a delightful book on creating those quirky beads that so many of us love to use. Lark Crafts and Warhaftig are to be congratulated on the publication of this all too seldom found book. It is a book, not for the rank beginner or the coffee table, but one for the ambitious novice and intermediate glass bead maker. The type of book that is too rarely found in any craft area. It is well designed and laid out for ease of use and reference as a technique-driven book that will take the ambitious novice many strides forward in learning about tools and techniques that are building blocks to creating in one's own style.

There is an opening chapter on tools, safety and how to use the book. Then 10 chapters that are individual projects and four appendices on specific techniques like mirroring with silver and working with resin. The project are each laid out with the same structure covering what the session will teach, tools and materials and specific illustrated instructions. My favorite parts of the book were the work done by testers and the examples they did with the techniques and how they branched off from the basic instructions to make their own work. If you are interested in how to make those fancy beads, this book is a delight. ISBN: 978-1-60059-582-0 HC, 144 pages, $24.95


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