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Metallic Seed Bead Splendor: Stitch 29 timeless jewelry pieces in gold, bronze, and pewter
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Readers will learn to create various types of seed bead jewelry to imitate the look of rich metals. Metallic Seed Bead Splendor includes over 25 projects covering a range of styles from elegant to casual, all stitched with gorgeous gold, bronze, silver, and pewter seed beads. Illustrations accompany each project, as well as a thorough Basics section covering many different stitches including peyote, right-angle weave, St. Petersburg chain, square stitch, herringbone, and ladder stitch.
96 pages • 50 color photos
Price: $19.95
Product Number: 64841
ISBN: 9780871164841
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Not into metal work but love beading? The way to get the look of luxury without using any metal is to use metallic beads! These are glass beads with metallic finishes. The gold ones are especially gorgeous and very economical when you consider the cost of real gold these days!

Nancy Zellers' latest book, Metallic Seed Bead Splendor, which I received for review, brings home the beauty of these seed beads.

The author covers a wide range of styles and designs which are sure to please beginner and intermediate beaders. Some of the projects are simple and clearly aimed at those still starting out in bead work. However, that doesn't mean the designs are bland. One of my favorite designs is the St Petersburg choker shown below. It is easy to make but packs a good visual punch with the color combinations.

Nancy covers many different types of stitches in her book which will make working through the designs a pleasure. I also liked her clever use of metallic bugle beads in her Golden Twist design because it does remind me of metal coils!

She also plays with contrasts. Black looks stunning with a metallic palette, doesn't it? Her Opposites Attract bracelet design uses beaded tubes, a focus of her previous book.

A number of her necklace designs feature focal areas with simpler bead work for the rest of the piece. These do have another advantage - making the necklaces quicker to finish!

One delightful design is the Key to My Heart necklace. The design elements are again easy to accomplish but the end result is so unique.

Her Etruscan necklace is spot on! A great take on the work of the Ancient Etruscan jewelers who first discovered a way of putting gold granulations on their jewelry.

Nancy uses high quality seed beads like Toho (Permanent Finish) and Miyuki (Duracoat) which she finds rarely flakes. She includes some tips on how to test if you are unsure of the finish on your beads.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

Recently I received this book from Kalmbach to review. I found it to be an extremely interesting and very beautiful book! Sometimes I feel like metallic can be gaudy, but that is obviously NOT always the case! The 29 projects in this book have something for everyone and are rather elegant, NOT gaudy.

Nancy begins the book with a fabulous, yet simple explanation of metallic beads, the differences and the similarities. This I found useful in how I would make my choice on which beads to use with a particular project. She even explains how to determine whether a bead will hold up over time or will damage easily based on your skin type. Good to know!!!

There are great pictures, photographs, and illustrations of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, charms, and pendants. Each project is laid out with materials, stitches, and directions for the project with details and tips. These are very easy to follow, especially for those of us who don't regularly seed bead.

For example, I love the Opposites Attract Bracelets on pages 19-21. She shows how to make two bracelets with peyote stitch by using opposite colors in each pattern. By alternating the color this way, two unique bracelets are made and yet similar if you look hard enough. I love making adaptions of projects I see pictures of or read about. There are so many possibilities with these bracelets, I honestly can't wait to give it a try. Then if you throw in the color contrast, you can really let your imagination run wild because you wouldn't HAVE to use metallic beads!

There are also simple projects for the beginner. For example, the St. Petersburg Choker and Earrings on page 22 or Going Baroque With Pearls bracelet on page 41 are simple enough for a beginner to do.

I'm definitely no expert, but recently I adapted the Going Baroque With Pearls bracelet to make an anklet for the Anklet Blog Hop hosted by Kashmira Patel. I didn't have any metallic beads that matched pearl beads I had and since it was extremely late the night I decided to give it a try, midnight, I couldn't really go to the store for beads. However, I was able to lengthen the bracelet to an anklet (10 inches instead of 7) and change the beads with a little adjustment in numbers. It worked very well! The best part is I can repeat it any time with other colors and beads.

Then there are projects for the more advanced beader; The Dragon Pearls Necklace and Earrings on page 68 or the Gold Lace Cuff on page 29.

At the end of the book, Tools For Beading, is a great page of information for the beginner seed beader. It is very informative and easy to understand. This is followed by 7 pages of Stitch Basics which are a great reminder and very helpful to those of us who only seed bead occasionally. I was able to refer to these pages throughout the book refreshing my memory on certain stitches I haven't used recently.

It's a great book for all! I highly recommend it. You can even go to Kalmbach for another preview of a few pages and projects.

-Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
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