The Bead Maker by Mary Maguire is a great book for all those bead-crazy crafters out there. Sometimes it's easy to forget that you can actually make beads yourself, as their something you use to make other things, but as this book will teach you, there are dozens of ways to make your own.
The book includes a variety of techniques for making your beads, such as embroidery, molding, felting and papier mache. The beads are also made from a wide range of materials including clay, candy foil, plastic, paper and natural items like spices, shells, stones and seeds. My favorites were the embroidered Clever Cubes, adorable Dabbling Ducks and the Spotted & Striped felted beads.
Making your own beads is a great way to save money, recycle and be creative from the complete start to finish of your project.
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The Bead Maker shows you everything you need to know to create beautiful handmade bead jewellery. All the techniques are covered, including use of self-hardening clay, polymer clay, paper, felt, and foil, as well as covering embellishing techniques for polystyrene and wooden formers. The second section applies these techniques to specific 'recipes,' each one illustrated with photographs of the finished product. In a final section Mary Maguire offers advice and techniques on making jewellery from your finished beads