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Endless Sparkle
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Bead stitchers hungry for more patterns using crystals will love the 25 projects in Endless Sparkle. This book shows readers how to make 12 types of relatively easy and eye-catching crystal components, and showcases the versatility of these components by incorporating them into 15+ gorgeous jewelry pieces, including rings, pendants, earrings, and necklaces. Author Aimee Carpenter’s sparkly creations will appeal to a wide range of tastes, and her detailed illustrations are easy to follow.

•Learn to stitch 12 types of exquisite crystal components
•Themes include butterflies, rosettes, and snowflakes
•Features 15+ stunning jewelry projects
96 pages • 70 color photos • 150 illustrations
Price: $19.95
Product Number: 64223
ISBN: 9780871164223
Carton Quantity: 48
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Aimee Carpenter's book, Endless Sparkle is a collection of component style jewelry made using right angle weaving and cross weaving techniques.

If you are a fan of faceted crystal beads, cross weaving and jewelry with a lot of flash and sparkle, you may really like this book.

The short introduction explains the tools and techniques you'll be using with nice diagrams and explanations.

Then it gets into the components, the beading styles in this book are done using beaded components that are made of crystals and seed beads. Mostly right angle weave techniques and different sizes and shapes of beads to create the individual components. The components are mostly simple to make, and the progress logically so the skills you learn from doing one apply to the next one.

The next section is finished jewelry. How to connect and use components to make necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets, and even a headband. The techniques used in this chapter apply to several of the components, so you can change things around.

The components are clever and pretty. The jewelry can be very Bohemian looking using rich red and orange tones, or more casual using fun colors, or very elegant using jewel tones with metallic finished seed beads. The projects are very nearly instant gratification, being very quick to make. Using the right colors, a lot of the things in this book are great for prom or formal jewelry.

The projects, being built out of simple to weave components also make this a good book for a more advanced beginner. You do need to be able to follow bead diagrams, if you're a complete beginner, I recommend reading through the instructions completely before you start beading. Cross weaving is very easy and fast when you get the hang of it, but sometimes following instructions and diagrams to learn it can be a bit confusing.

My favorite component in this book is the crystal and seed bead butterfly. My favorite project is the Elegant Choker which reminds me of jewelry used in costumes for some of my favorite period type movies.

-Shala Kerrigan, BellaOnline

Most of us cannot afford the kind of jewelry Elizabeth Taylor had (see my past post Elizabeth Taylor : Her Lifelong Love Affair with Jewelry). But sparkle lovers can still achieve that luxury look with Swarovski crystals and beading. Even better, get there as quickly as possible.

Kalmbach Publishing recently sent me a new crystal bead book to me for review. It's just the kind of book time pressed but hard to please crystal bead workers will enjoy.

Aimee Carpenter's wonderful new book, Endless Sparkle: 10 Crystal Components - Unlimited Jewelry Designs is a delight. The designs are simple enough for beginners but yet deliver in terms of elegance and style.

There are several great features about this 25-project book. First of all, the author included a number of excellent beaded ring designs. It was the scarcity of good beaded ring designs which first drove Aimee to experiment with her beads.

As a history buff myself, I sure appreciated the historical inspirations! Many of the designs do resemble pieces you see in old portraits and photographs.

"Tudor Romance" was one of my favorite designs from the book. The inspiration came from the television series, "The Tudors".

What's also different about this book is how the author approached her main book sections. The first part of the book covers several component designs including the Butterfly , Victorian, Tudor Romance, Rosette, Bouquet and Enchanted Star. Her butterfly designs are so refreshingly fun!

The second part of the book deals with finished jewelry designs where Aimee gives plenty of ideas and suggestions on how to make use of beaded components. While the most extensive beaded designs are the bracelets, the necklaces are far simpler. Aimee often adds pearl strands to the component pendants but offers alternatives such as using a wire bail on a metal necklace. There are also ways to adjust the size of a component if it was too big or too small for individual tastes.

There are very few books where I can say I liked virtually every design. This is one of them.

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