Get ready to explore an exciting new frontier in bead design! Journey beyond geometric and pictorial patterns to a realm where beads can be sculptured into an unlimited variety of shapes. From birds in flight to rearing horses and clowns with curly, three-dimensional hair, the earrings in this book are truly amazing to behold. Barbara's use of smaller beads (Delica, Hex and 14/° seed beads) allows the creation of amazing design detail in earrings which are small, light in weight, and very original in appearance.
This unique how-to book is fully illustrated and contains complete, detailed instructions, with specific notes for each design. It begins with a chapter of Basic Information, including sections on Beads, Needles & Thread, and Wax, Workspace & Lighting. There are 29 incredible designs, each coded for its level of difficulty from * easiest, to ***** most difficult.
Standard instructions for beading and the essential techniques needed to create sculptured designs (increasing and decreasing the number of beads in a row) are presented in the Getting Started section. To simplify the sculptured patterns, a system of symbols indicating frequently used techniques is also introduced. The steps indicated by each symbol are fully illustrated and explained. Other chapters include Horizontal Base Rows, Vertical Base Rows and a fanciful chapter called Girls, Curls and Clowns with lots of three-dimensional detail. Each of these chapters features creative patterns using the techniques discussed.
Sculptured designs included are: Penguin, Mallard, Mallard Taking Off, Wood Duck, Rearing Horse, Peregrine, Grapes, Junk, Pagoda, Sculptured Rose, Bouquet, Alley Cat, Siamese Cat, Persian Cat, Big Eared Dog, Lion, Yellow Ducky, Flying Peregrine, Hot Air Balloon, Flower Basket, Mask, Derringer, Flapper Girl, Blonde Curly-Haired Girl, Girl With Hat, Clown With Red Bow, Orange Curly-Haired Clown, Hobo Clown, and Wild Hair Clown.
At the end of the book, blank sheets of Bead Graph Paper are provided for Delica beads (vertical and horizontal) and Hexagon beads (horizontal). These can be copied by those who have mastered the books techniques and wish to create their own designs.
An outstanding book for those seeking to stretch their creative legs.
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