The wide range of projects allows one to choose an item that can be made in an evening or a week. Book Summary: The title of this book is Crystal Play and it was written by. I found it totally infuriating to weave two inches worth of a bracelet only to discover the design looked nothing like I had imagined and I hated it. One of the best things about the first section are the crystals, lined up by color, marching across the bottom of the pages. Bookseller: , South Dakota, United States. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. The designs are worthwhile, and dimensional.
Next time though, I hope she gets her beading book published by Lark Books. It has absolutely beautiful jewelry designs, if you can dechiper the photos. Pulished in association with Swarovski Elements, the book is filled with stylish and innovative ways to use the Swarovski product line. Draeger starts the book off by giving a brief history of how she picked up beading. Color swatches of this crystal brand were printed along the bottom of most pages.
I simply mean that when the reader opens this book, he or she will be greeted with a ton of sparkle of all sorts! Draeger also gives a list of resources to obtain supplies from. I didn't think I would end up beading. As I mentioned above, I like the manner in which they are laid out, but it sure would be nice if they were all accurate. I found the projects in all sections to be very attractive, although quite different in style. Crystal Brilliance delivers a collection of over 30 beautiful, creative projects that showcase the brilliance and hues of Swarovski crystals, along with inspiring variations on each. I like the designs, will make quite a few of them, but am very dissapointed in the photos. I learn best with pictures but the instructions were easy to follow, the pictures are crystal clear and the projects featured are beautiful.
The recipient of any of the projects will surely be impressed. In one often repeated step, you are supposed to string: two 15's, one 11 and two 15's. The projects feature gorgeous colorways and innovative variations on basic stitches. Let us know what we can do to help! I decided to test whether a beginner could truly be successful doing one of these projects. I love it, love it, love it! That seems to me to be the least they can do. Table of Contents Introduction Stitching Basics - Materials and Tools - Techniques Projects Three-Drop Pendant Bamboo Bangle Brick Stitch Baby Cosmic Connections Criss-Cross Connections Curly Q Diamond Duo Bangle Emerald City Irresistabangle Junctions and Juxtapositions On the Edge Peyote Petals Quad Stackers Quadra Cool Ringed Rivoli Triangle Tulips Triple Threat Twin Tracks Water Lily Wrap Bracelet About the Author and Acknowledgments. I will keep this book and likely make several more of the projects.
And this black background is my only complaint about this book. Editor not named in the credits - 1 star for not doing their job properly! The author is known for her expertise in certain stitches. As a small independent book store in the Midwest we thank you for the support. For the price of this book, it is totally beyond me that some funds couldn't have been spent on a pro photographer. A nice addition to the library, especially for gift giving.
Luckily I had all the supplies I needed on hand because I have been wanting to try peyote no, I still haven't done it yet. The directions and diagrams are very clear, and works well for all beaders. If the publisher added another 8 pages to the book it would be 104 pages. Other than that, when you wear your finished projects, expect complements from people, because they notice the results of the beautiful crystal jewelery you make from this book. That's all it would have taken to have caught the errors. It has some projects, as well. Has anyone else tried this bracelet? And several are just screaming at me to stop this writing nonsense and get out the beads!!! She now shares her love of beading through teaching classes, writing how-to books, and plans to start online classes.
I started out making the simple, Crown Jewels bracelet and that seems to have good accurate directions. I just received this book today after waiting six months since I pre-ordered it. I'm hoping that none of the other projects have these issues, but I'm not holding my breath. As the title and cover photos suggest, it is entirely dedicated to projects using Crystallized Swarovski Elements, along with seed beads. The photography in that book is really vivid, and it teaches you about materials and various stitching techniques.
It couldn't be any more elegant and is a symphony of soft greens, violets, and peacock- purples. Often it seems to me that that playful characteristic is lacking in many designs which utilize Swarovski Elements. Following this information, the book is organized into four sections: Classic, Romantic, Geometric, and Organic and each project is assigned into the appropriate section. Anna does cover the basics of bead weaving, tool, materials, and that sort of thing, but the organization of the book allows you to jump right straight into the projects if that's what you want. They should have had more robust explanations of the stitches accompanied by diagrams. The color looks very accurate when I compared them to the pitifully small number of colors I have in my collection.
It is pretty much impossible to get any useful information while beading from the photos. . A lot of the designs are very beautiful, and there are a few I'd like to try out, once I've collected the proper crystals my selection is pretty much all 4mm bicones since those are what I use for my right-angle-weave bracelets. Pulished in association with Swarovski Elements, the book is filled with stylish and innovative ways to use the Swarovski product line. . Very clear information on what was used on each project. What is so good about this book? Get ready bead lovers, here's your chance er excuse to expand your Crystal selection ten-fold.