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Review : Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork
Diane Fitzgerald is an author I've been buying books from almost as long as I've been beading. I have her original Zulu beadwork books along with everything she's written since then.
This book is a fantastic resource for seed beaders. In it, she explains with good diagrams how to bead a lot of geometric shapes to use as components and building blocks for shaped beadwork. She starts with instructions for beading the basic two dimensional shapes, then explains how to turn them into three dimensional shapes. It has projects, instructions and pictures of completed pieces using the techniques to inspire your own creations.
The projects and diagrams are designed for easy to find Japanese size 11 cylinder beads, and the projects are intricately beaded with other easy to find components to create pieces reminiscent of fine metal work or brightly colored pieces that are a lot of fun.
The first projects in the book are very simple, making drop earrings using the two dimensional shaping techniques, and then they get more complex as you get comfortable with the technique.
My favorite projects in the book are her Pouff Bead pendant in elegantly dramatic silver and black, embellished with nail heads and fancy silver bead caps and North Star necklace.
If you order from her site you can get an autographed copy, or there is an Amazon.com direct link below.
Highly recommended for intermediate to advanced seed beaders to learn new techniques to add to their skills for their own creations, and to beginners looking for projects a bit more challenging.
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