Item description for Love and Beads by Emi Takamatsu...
Tokyo jewelry artist Emi Takamatsu specializes in making hip wearable jewelry and accessories. Her two shops are filled with colorful beads and are a destination place for many young artists. LOVE AND BEADS is her first book to be published in English and is a stunning a collection of her original designs featuring Swarovski crystal beads-well-known for their clean lines, elegance, and quality. The step-by-step instructions, photographs, and basic information about beads and tools will help a beginner to master dozens of fun jewelry designs. Designs include rings, necklaces, and earrings as well as seasonal accessories-a snowflake-motif choker and earrings for winter, a necklace of brightly colored Venetian glass that looks cool on a hot summer day, and a vibrant pink heart pendant, to name a few.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 8.19" Height: 0.31" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2005
Publisher Japan Publications Trading
ISBN 4889961852 ISBN13 9784889961850
Reviews - What do customers think about Love and Beads?
Great Book with Fantastic Tutorials Jan 2, 2008
This book is great for beginners. It has check-boxes for you to put a check mark in once you've completed a section. I'm an intermediate beader and just picked up this addicting craft and have been pouring through countless magazines and books. I decided to buy this one and believe it or not, I've actually had success just following the printed diagrams on the instructions pages without having to read the instructions.
For novice beaders, you will need a little patience, but practice a few sections before investing in more expensive beads first. It also helps to buy the listed size beads and thread for greatest success.
I highly recommend this book! Have fun fellow-beaders!
Great new designs Jul 18, 2007
Great designs, beautiful pictures but the instructions are convoluted, and at times, redundant. I don't recommend it for beginners. I think some of the instructions got lost in translation.
Complicated instructions made easy Jun 2, 2007
I picked up this book and made both a crystal heart and a crystal sphere. Both are beautiful. I have seen instructions for the heart before, but they were extremely complicated, and require someone who has made it before to sit with you and explain it to you. These instructions are much simpler and easier to understand.
I have recommended this book to several beaders - most were able to understand the instructions well enough to make the projects. A few were not. The graphics were a lot easier to understand than the written instructions. If someone relies on just the written instructions and cannot follow graphics, that person will have a harder time completing the pieces.
Yet another fine Japanese Beading book Jan 12, 2007
I wish there were more of these books. It's so hard to find japanese beading books here in the US. *hint hinT this site!!*
Having been a beader for over 20 years, It's always wonderful to see how different people over the world approach beading. This book is a wonderful example of the uniqueness you will find in Japanese beading books.
The basics to know, is that all the patterns assume you are using two needles to pass the two ends of the thread through, and start at the star, end at the moon. If you need written out instructions, these books arn't for you. Once you take the time to figure out the diagrams, it will all "click" and you're ready to go.
This one has some beautiful crystal balls/pendants, and a nice version of the puffy crystal heart that is so popular. That pattern alone is worth the book.
Learning Experience Dec 24, 2006
A first-time beader, I bought this book for a ring pattern it contained (similar to one on the front cover). I had bought a similar ring and wanted to reproduce it. Unfortunately, the book did not offer enough explanation for me. It recommended use of a number 3 thread --which I could not find, nor was anyone able to help me locate. This makes me wonder if different nomenclature is used to refer to various wires and threads in Japan vs. the United States. I first tried weaving several rings with a steel coated thread, but to no avail. Next, upon recommendation at a beading store, I tried Firewire, which worked better, but the rings did not hold their shape off the finger. Finally, I tried monofilament, which worked. --I think the book should have offered better information about which type of thread to use.
After successfully making six rings per the pattern, I deviated from the pattern to precisely emulate the ring that I bought - which had a better design (nicer segues from the front of the ring to the sides). The Love and Beads book design for the ring I made (which is on the book cover) looks nice from the front, but it has an awkward transition to its sides --rather like a large rectangle appended to another thin rectangle. The large rectangle corners look awkward so I eliminated them and used a slope instead. After some missteps, I was able to execute multiple rings that were quite pretty all around.
I have also tried multiple ways of knotting the thread/monofilament. I have tried various half hitches, and intend to research a bit more as I am not sure the half hitches work as well with monofilament as they do with string. I have also arrived at a technique to hide the leaders of the monofilament. (I bought a tool to melt thread, but the thread doesn't make as nice a ring as the monofilament. All the mucking about with various techniques resulted in my spending more time and money than planned.) I think that the book should offer explanation on how to handle knots as they are a vital part of each piece.
I feel that this book was rushed to production too quickly.