Bead Fantasies: Beautiful, Easy-to-Make Jewelry Paperback – Nov 18 2003
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About the Author
Samejima is a Kodansha International author.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a lot to like in this book:
1. The different projects--bracelets, rings (lots of rings!), pendants for necklaces, necklaces in several lengths, eyeglass leashes, barrettes, even cell phone leashes--If you don't own a cell phone with a leash attachment, you can easily use the patterns for necklaces.
2. The color photography and the color directions. Makes flipping through the book like a walk in the garden. Also makes the small-format-size book cost $18.00 in paperback.
3. The additional information in the back on techniques and materials, all with lots of photographs.
4. Once you learn the basic technique that Takako Samejima favors, you can zip through her ideas and start working on your own. I've found the circle-style weaving can be achieved with two needles, but using one as Samejima does makes the work easier.
And a few things that can make a reader cranky:
1. The book is perfect bound, so you will have to weight both sides down to follow a diagram.
2. The pages on tools have tiny pictures, so you can't really tell crimping pliers from round-nose from cutters.
3. The author seems to favor nylon filament, which, if it is fishing line, will disintegrate in five years or so. Use Nymo, Silamide, Fireline, or for the larger projects, SoftFlex.
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I highly recommend this book for the quality of the projects, clarity of the instructions/diagrams, and variey of project types. You'll find some great eye candy! The projects are very attainable, providing you have a good supply of bicones (e.g., Swarovski) and Czech firepolish rounds/ovals in 3-mm, 4-mm, and 6-mm sizes.
What I love the most about this book is the filigree quality of the pieces, reminiscent of times gone by and also of the most beautiful japanese beading style. It is a good book for every level but specially for beginners as they'll find the pictures very helpful.
Most recent customer reviews
This is not for the asbolute beginner, and goodness knows I was quite frustrated at first, because there were no written supplements to the instructions. Read morePublished on May 25 2007 by C. Edwards
this is a great book is you can learn from drawings... this book does not have any real instructions that i can see... get diagrams. The artist has great designs and ideas... Read morePublished on May 4 2004