Every beader knows the seductive pleasures of the bead store. And once you've got your purchases home: what then? How do you put it all together to create a beautiful piece? What shapes fit? Will crystal go with wood? Can you set lustre aginst lustre, or will lustre against matte work better? How many spacers between statement beads? Should you go symmetrical? Does red go with green? Malachite with metallic?
And what about the rhythm of the piece? Will it sit still or shift and shimmy? Will it shout or whisper? Do you want glam or boho? Drama or harmony? Big clasp or small clasp? And what the heck is negative space?
This book answers all of these questions, and a whole load of others that bead jewellery designers are likely to encounter. It is the must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful bead jewellery. And what's more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful projects.
Renata Graham is a qualified teacher and professional jewellery maker - specialising in bead jewellery. She has taught both in the UK and abroad for over twenty years. She also runs a successful jewellery course business - teaching several hundred beginners and improvers every year how to design and make their own beautiful bead creations. In addition to teaching, Renata also makes and sells over 400 pieces of bead jewellery a year.
The essential guide for the beginner bead and wire jeweller Covers topics such as combining colour, texture, proportion, repeats, accents and contrasts Techniques, designer's secrets and 20 wonderful projects