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Glass Beads: Tips, Tools, And Techniques For Learning The Craft (Heritage Crafts)

Louise Mehaffey is a master with the torch, melting glass and wrapping it around a metal rod called a mandrel to create beautiful glass beads. In this book she provides safe and easy techniques for making beads of all shapes and sizes, with tips on setting up a studio, buying the necessary tools and materials, and learning the basic skills. Helpful step-by-step instructions and photographs demonstrate how to make various shapes, from round to rectangle, and add interesting effects, such as etching and gold leaf inclusions. There are 22 projects featured, including a dot bead, hollow eye bead, petal bead, Christmas tree, and snowman.

Series: Heritage Crafts

Hardcover: 132 pages

Publisher: Stackpole Books; Spi edition (July 21, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0811703762

ISBN-13: 978-0811703765

Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #43 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Glass & Glassware > Glassblowing #1017 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Crafts & Hobbies > Jewelry & Beadwork > Beadwork

Found this book disappointing. There are better books out there. If you want to learn about equipment, read Kervin's book, if you want to read an overview of techniques, read Adams book, if you want to learn technique read Griffin Dove's books. The pictures are large, but the actual bead in the image is small.

As a beginning bead maker (1 month in) I found this book very helpful. The photographs are colorful and detailed. Each bead technique is carefully explained. The techniques for building the different shapes was most helpful in correcting what I was doing wrong. It is a helpful resource for working on mastering the beginning techniques before moving onto the more intricate ones. I closed the book feeling inspired and ready to try again.

This book is great for beginning basics and more advanced techniques. I have been lampworking for awhile and I ENJOYED THE REVIEW OF THE BASICS AS WELL AS the specific designs for more advanced bead designs. I recommend.

This book is sadly disappointing. The cover images show more refinement than the contents. The information is incomplete, and sometimes completely misleading. I hoped for better.

A decent presentation of beginner skills, but nothing beyond that. There are other books which I would go to first, e.g. "Passing the Flame".

This is a book that will help you get started in the Glass Bead hobbie or business. It is illustrated beautifully and is an easy read. You will learn the ins and outs of the glass bead tools. The projects are wonderful. I got the spiral bound and I love it. It lays flat and is hard back bound. I have not seen a book like this before, but I can tell you I wish all books were like this. The techniques are clear and so detailed. I feel like I got a steal with this book and the knowledge within the pages. You can not go wrong with the purchase of the book. Have a great Glass Bead inventing time. I love it. Thank you all for your reviews when I was looking at the books I wanted to buy. Reviews help us determine what we will buy - as I said this is a GREAT BUY! Thank you for your quick delivery of the book and Louise Mehaffey for sharing your style and knowledge. Now Go Get This Book.

I received my book as a birthday gift. It's been a gift that I keep referring to, and can't keep my hands off. I find something new to try each time I open it. I really appreciate the featured "mistakes" mixed in. There are lots of pictures and straight forward instructions. Another bonus, the spiral bound spine lays flat on my worktable. Bottom line, love this book. I would recommend it highly.One happy beadmaker!

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