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Beaded Bugs: Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles, and Other Cute Critters Paperback – Jun 12 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (June 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449417620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449417628
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Nicola Tedman is a professional model maker who has worked on productions as diverse as the Harry Potter films and the BBC television program In the Night Garden . . .

Jean Power is a jewelry designer and the author of three books on the subject, including 200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and intricate! June 22 2012
By Hello Happy - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beaded Bugs asserts that the "neat shape and brilliant colors of insects make them ideal subjects for small beading projects" and the resulting projects are certainly intricate and beautiful. All of the specimens in the book are based on real bugs and Beaded Bugs gives a little bio on each, along with their habitat, wingspan and technical name. There's a wide range of colors represented by the different species, from bright to dark to pastels. When the bugs are finished the author suggests using them as pins to decorate clothes, hats or even a desk or dresser. I think that bags and purses would also be a nice way to display the lovely creatures.

I've done beading projects in the past, but if you're new to it, Beaded Bugs includes several pages of information on simple beading techniques, as well as tips for using beads, wire and tools. The author suggested starting with one of the butterfly patterns in order to figure out how to use the beading chart and also the butterflies are 2-D, while some of the more advanced bugs are 3-D. I started out with the first design in the book, which was for an Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly. I found the illustrations and diagrams that explain exactly how to arrange the beads very clear and easy to follow. I'm sure I could use a little improvement, but I was quite pleased with how it turned out and I'm excited to move on to the caterpillar, which the author assures us is a simple project. My goal is to work my way up to creating the classic Seven Spotted Ladybug in Beaded Bugs.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Moderately challenging but the bugs look real! July 18 2012
By Peggy Means - Published on
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I consider myself an advanced beader, but I haven't done very many wired bead projects. I just made the orange spotted tiger moth, and it is truly beautiful. A little large for a pin (about 2" X 2" X 1 1/2") but nice on a hat or as an ornament. It took about 12 hours to make, and I could probably do it in 10 hours if I did it again. The instructions are very clear, but working the wire through the beads takes some practice, especially when you are attaching wings and legs. I bought magnet wire on ebay and it was very inexpensive. I'm looking forward to adapting these techniques and incorporating them into beadweaving projects. The wire really helps in shaping projects and it is pretty sturdy. Thanks to the authors for the extensive effort that went into this book!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Great projects well illustrated June 27 2012
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on
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Nicola Tedman is a skilled artist and craftsperson who has worked on movies and written several books. This one, written with Jean Power is subtitled "Make 30 Moths, Butterflies, Beetles and Other Cute Critters".

The bugs are made using wire and seed beads and make nice little knickknacks for a shadow box, or you could attach pin backs for pins, or attach them to a wire to decorate houseplants. You could also whimsically mount them with their names and Latin names under them and frame them for a wonderful bit of artwork.

It starts with a basic introduction to the tools, materials and techniques. The techniques are explained well enough that a complete beginner to beading could understand them.

Starting with several kinds of butterflies, the wing patterns are based off of real butterflies. Swallowtails, gliders and other kinds of butterflies, all with their habitat, regular name, Latin name, and wingspan listed. Full color easy to follow patterns and further details about construction where needed.

Caterpillars follow, a Southern dogface caterpillar is made fuzzy with the addition of embroidery floss, it's those types of details that make the caterpillars very cute.

Dragonflies and moths follow and there are several of each. They remind me quite a bit of designer costume jewelry from the 30s to the 50s and would look very good as pins on a retro-styled suit.

Then to beetle type bugs like ladybugs. These are shaped to have rounded backs and are intricately detailed. They might be a little too creepy for some people, but I also know some of you really love insects. They work up big enough to be nice pins, or to set in a plant under a leaf to be noticed by the observant. I really like the colorful striped love beetle.

If you're a fan of insects and other creepy, crawling things or if you know someone who is a fan who likes to make things, this is a fun book to add to your library. Because the beading is done with wire and beads it doesn't require learning off-loom seed beading techniques.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my bead site- BellaOnline Beadwork. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Patterns July 28 2012
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Got this book a month ago and have made three butterflies, one dragonfly, a ladybug and spotted moth and they all came out gorgeous. The author's patterns are easy to follow and the colors are beautiful. Hope they come out with another book soon.

HINT: While following the pattern place a Post-it Note in the book over the row you have just completed and under the row you are about to do. That way you will not lose your place while beading.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
description oops June 22 2012
By Heather Schmitt - Published on
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There are some AMAZON description mistakes for this book. There are no patterns for bees or cocoons in this book that I could see. There are patterns for butterflies, caterpillars, dragonflies, moths, lady bugs and beetles. Also I have not seen any difficulty level grading unless it is just the order in which the patterns are listed. I just got the book today in the mail, so I of course haven't gotten a chance yet to try any of the patterns, but they look very nice. The instructions look very thorough and there are lots of nicely done diagrams and tips. Although I was looking forward to a cute bumble bee pattern, I'm still pleased with the pattern offerings. If I am incorrect and have overlooked anything please correct me. I just wanted to inform others of the mistakes I saw so they don't buy the book expecting some patterns that aren't there. This is of course not a mistake of the author but of the description that is provided by Amazon for the book.