An excellent introduction to many aspects of bead craft, The Irresistible Bead
thoroughly explains how to design your own jewelry and bring the designs to life using wirework, stringing, card beading, weaving, and polymer-clay techniques. Each of the 20 clearly illustrated projects is fully explained in step-by-step instructions. The chapters for each technique conclude with a helpful "designer's notebook" that is filled with colored diagrams offering several more ideas for exploring the methods. The final chapter showcases elaborate work by nine bead artists, and the seven helpful appendices include charts of bead sizes, diagrams of various findings, a glossary, and three different design graphs that can be photocopied and used over and over for your own designs.