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