This book addresses beading basics, runs you though essential tools and products, gives you an overview of the most important techniques and then takes you straight into designing first simple, and soon more sophisticated pieces. The projects range from simple to quite challenging, each explained with clear step-by-step instructions and photographs of the finished item. The author shares her considerable design and manufacturing experience in the form of hints, tips on short-cuts, and design suggestions that will ensure your success every time. The focus is on wire and chain, meaning that you see results within minutes or hours, rather than days. The beads used range from bold and bright glass and acrylic to sophisticated pearl and crystal combinations. The author's personal preference is gemstones of which several stunning pieces have been included.