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Creative Seed Bead Connections
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Theresa Meister’s fine-scale wirework provides structure, and her beaded patterns bring on the color! Colorful seed beads, pearls, and crystals are used to create delicate jewelry components. Now link all these components together with wirework connections including wire loops, chain, and jump rings. The results are thirteen jewelry sets (each set includes a necklace, bracelet, and earrings) plus variation ideas giving readers a lot of options for exploring techniques. All jewelry makers will find this wearable jewelry to be classy and timeless.
112 pages • 200 color photos
Price: $21.95
Product Number: 64797
ISBN: 9780871164797
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Are you a beadweaver who only does beadwork? Maybe it is time to get out of your comfort zone and explore other forms of jewelry making. Not only will you add more skills to your repertoire, you will also move into new design pathways as you incorporate them into your core interest.

I just received Creative Seed Bead Connections: Using Wire, Jump Rings, and Chain for review. The designer and author, Teresa Meister does a fabulous job of convincing beaders to add metal to their work. There are 13 gorgeous projects but each is for a 3-piece jewelry set consisting of necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings. The beadwork consists of first making many small focal pieces before connecting them together with metal.

This truly inspiring book introduces beadweavers to wire work in 3 stages, starting with jump ring connections. She does make it look a little too easy as it will need a little patience to connect focal pieces together with a jump ring. There is not much exposed ring left to grab hold of especially with 3 focals to connect. So she includes the graphics to show the use of two pliers for this task - she used a chain nose and a bent nose.

The second part of the book called "Broadening" assumes the reader is completely new to any wire work so the author introduces basic wire work gradually. She begins with a simple wire wrapped loop for the pendant in the Gibsonia Girl jewelry set.

Teresa is the first author I have come across who uses the (one size) looping pliers a great deal to make consistent sized loops. She used them to make the loops on either side of the pearls in the design below so they became simple connectors. The wire butterfly connectors of the design were also formed with the pliers.

Every project is divided into a beadweaving and wire work section. The wire work sections included step by step photographs of how to form different kinds of links - wishbones, scrolls, S-links and so forth followed by a plan of how things are connected together.

The final section of the book entitled "Building", is more challenging. The wire work is more involved like the Give it a Whirl design. The metal work do add visual interest to the beading.

The best is saved to last and my favorite from this collection. A Piece of the Past is an outstanding design which shows off the designer's creative skills as she managed to combine metalwork, beadwork and chains all in one!

As with many instructors, Teresa shares some wonderful tips in her book including the clever uses of a folding ruler which bends at every inch.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

Creative Seed Bead Connections: using wire, jump rings, and chain was written by Teresa Meister and published by Kalmbach Books. Teresa holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. Today Beads are at the heart of her Jewelry designs. Teresa was profiled in the German beading magazine Perlen Poesie (issue 6). She has also contributed to Bead Unique and other beading Magazines. She teaches nationally. Okay honesty has always been very important to me. So I have to admit, I have never been very partial to seed beading. It always overwhelmed me to the max. But Teresa Meister has helped me over come my fears. Her projects in this book are not overwhelming at all. Teresa takes her time and shares her knowledge with us all. I love the way she incorporates wirework techniques in these seed beading projects. Those techniques give her designs that extra pizzazz and elegance. At the beginning of Teresa's book she tells you how to use her book so you can gain the most from it. Then she goes through the bead weaving materials and tools used in her projects. Then you get a break down of information you will need on : beadweaving techniques, wirwork techniques, and working with chain techniques. Now the Projects begin. Each project is supplied with a list of tools and materials you will need for that particular project. There are tips and detailed figures you can follow for each round. There are 13 projects but each project is for a set including necklace, bracelet and earrings. So in all actuality you are getting a lot more projects. At the end of her book, Teresa generously supplies you with a list of her resources. This book is a refreshing journey through creative seed bead connections. I give this book 2 thumbs up.

-Jacqueline Marchant, Fiddledeedee Jewelry
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