I was particularly excited to see this book because I know absolutely nothing about making jewelry. The book starts with the basics – types of wires, clasps, findings, beads and tools. It takes you through the techniques for securing beads, making jump rings and hooks and bead stitching.
Then it jumps right in with chapters for basic to elaborate projects for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and fun embellishments like handbag charms, card decorations, sunglass cords, a beaded belt and holiday ornaments.
The projects come from a bunch of outrageously talented crafty people like Natalie Zee Drieu of the fantastic Craftzine and Craft Magazine, Diane Gilleland who does the podcast Craftypod, Leah Kramer the creator of Craftster, Faythe Levine of Handmade Nation, Kathy Cano Murilla, whom you might know as Crafty Chica, Torie Nguyen of Totinette, Shannon Okey of Knitgrrl, and Jenny Ryan of Sew Darn Cute.
In addition to Susan Stars Ms. Beal also has the site West Coast Crafty. She co-wrote the book Super Crafty with of the PDX Super Craft group and she contributes projects and writes columns for a whole lot of magazines. You can keep up with the book events at beadsimple.com. Congratulations Susan!