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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 June 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216575
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 960
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $36.99
  • Series: 350 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets
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350+ Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets


A compendium of beading know-how by Jean Power

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'Whether the reader is making jewellery as a gift or to sell, this book has everything needed to get started.' Craft Focus Magazine

'If you are a complete beginner who wants to learn how to string and weave beads plus learn some wire techniques you probably won't find a better book than this.'

New and up-to-date edition of Compendium of Beading Techniques by award-winning jewellery designer Jean Power.

Here are the answers to all your beading questions and dilemmas. Following the success of her last book, Jean has added 50 brand new techniques in this edition to keep you up to speed with the latest methods and style in the jewellery-making world.

Step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions will guide you through each stage of your work. Techniques are organized in the order you need them, from using the right tools and materials to finishing tips for neat, professional results. Learn about creative knotwork using thongs and thread, quick and easy stringing, how to show off display beads, mixing vintage and modern styles, incorporating charms, and rescaling and designing your own patterns. For trickier areas, troubleshooting tips and advice are on hand to help you on your way.

Whether you're using large glass beads, crystals, or seed beads, using wirework techniques or stitches, making jewellery as gifts or to sell, this book has it all. 


Table of Contents

Prelims: 8 pp
Getting Started: 38 pp
Stringing: 22 pp
Wirework: 18 pp
Beadweaving: 63 pp
Resources, Index and Credits: 10 pp

About the Author

About Jean Power

Beadwork Magazine Designer of the Year 2018, Jean Power is the author of eight books on beading and jewellery making. Jean is based in London in the UK but travels extensively teaching, showcasing her designs and talking about her work. A self-taught jewellery designer she is world-renowned for bringing a unique modern twist to this ancient art-form.


Bead Society of Great Britain, Journal 129 (Autumn/Winter 2019)

This book is a very good introduction to beading. Instructions are clear and the book is illustrated throughout with colour photos and diagrams. The beginner will find lots of information and even the most experienced beader could discover a useful new tip. For the price it is good value.

If you are a complete beginner who wants to learn how to string and weave beads plus learn some wire techniques you probably wont find a better book than this.  Its 160 pages are jam packed with pretty much everything you need to know, and unlike a lot of beginner books it doesnt matter if you really are starting from scratch.  Originally published as Compendium of Beading Techniques back in 2009 this is one Search Press classic that any beader ought to own.

I have a copy of the original on my shelves and get a lot out of it despite being an experienced beader.  I love the fold-out flap at the back which tells you wire sizes and gauges plus how many beads of a certain size you get to an inch, 18 or 24.  Turn to the beginning and learn all about beads, tools, wire, storage and more.  Each page has lots of colourful images of the items, plus it tells you a bit about each and why you need them (or not).  There are tips, descriptions, charts and Fix It features to help you buy wisely and get the most out of your purchases.  After this you can find out about what you need to consider when designing a piece and even how to work comfortably.  Along the way are lots of useful features such as a list of birth stones, a flow chart to use when designing for somebody else and the pros and cons of various stringing materials.  The rest of the book is divided into chapters on stringing, wirework and weaving.  This is not a book of projects but a guide to all the techniques you need to design your own pieces, or to understand a pattern.  Learn all the most common offloom stitches, how to use a bead loom, work with wire and use all the different stringing materials correctly.  Master finishing off, using tools, reading charts and fix problems like spilled beads or wonky holes.  At the back is an index, a useful glossary and an indispensable list of UK stockists, groups and sites with more beading information. By the time you have worked through the book you will be reading for just about anything!  This is one for the keeper shelf, and a great gift for anybody who wants to take up the hobby.

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