Celebrate the innovation and creative inspiration of contemporary beadmakers from around the world This gorgeous volume in the popular Showcase series presents , unique beads, all handcrafted from a dazzling array of materials including glass, polymer clay, ceramics, metal, paper, fiber, plastic, wood, and stone Each one is a magnificent piece of art, whether on its own or in a piece of jewelry or other ornamentation


10 thoughts on “1000 Beads

  1. Picky Virgo Picky Virgo says:

    Based on what I saw when I Looked Inside I expectedphotographs of finished jewelry While the beads themselves are absolutely stunning, I ve got a fairly large focal collection of my own, including several by the artists featured in this book, and was interested in getting ideas about ways to showcase them All in all, a beautiful book but just not for me.


  2. JayeL JayeL says:

    This is another inspiration book by Lark Crafts, which they sent me to review Thanks, Lark The cover grabbed my attention right away with the turquoise and silver bead sporting a beautiful spiral running in silver through the turquoise Aqua Spiral Enameled bead by Lynne Glazzard, pg 13 More eye candy and inspiration for all kinds of creative people.This book starts off with an introduction by the juror, Kristina Logan, who is recognized internationally for her glass beads It is clear from This is another inspiration book by Lark Crafts, which they sent me to review Thanks, Lark The cover grabbed my attention right away with the turquoise and silver bead sporting a beautiful spiral running in silver through the turquoise Aqua Spiral Enameled bead by Lynne Glazzard, pg 13 More eye candy and inspiration for all kinds of creative people.This book starts off with an introduction by the juror, Kristina Logan, who is recognized internationally for her glass beads It is clear from the introduction that Logan is as entranced with beads as I am with quilts and fabric as she says Beads They have a power that belies their size They ve been around for 40,000 years They ve been found on every piece of land occupied by man Small objects of enormous impact, beads can tech us about past cultures about religious beliefs, social system, and aesthetic trends or be taken at face value and simply enjoyed as works of art She has clearly done her homework and doesn t pull any punches when telling the reader about the importance of beads to her and hinting at the importance of beads in life, culture and history.The photos in this edition in this Showcase depict surprising beads, at least surprising to me Lily Liu shows beads that look like brightly colored post it notes pg.7 flung down in a fit of pique the book also shows beads displayed in a variety of ways, so they become part of artworks rather than just a bead.Page 9 starts the photos of the beads They are not arranged by artist, just page after page of eye candy It is impossible to judge the size as the beads are photographed in extreme close up, but extreme close up is fabulous, because the details are amazing Peeli Rohini s Royal Collection has tiny 3D flowers covering the bead It looks like each petal has been added individually Barbara Simon s Quote Beads pg.10 have microscopic writing on each one.Again, neutrals such as bronze, grey, black, gold, pearl and silver have a firm place in the range of colors in this book Wiwat Kamolpornwijit s Lantern Festival is a polymer clay confection that looks like nickel has been used to create lanterns that morph into jellyfish or octopi The ceramic grey beads of Ana Gomez s Dominoes pg.44 make up a a dress that could easily blend in with society and designer frocks Color is well represented Harold Cooney s Nevada Trade Beads pg 37 and Iris Mishly s Brocade Collection Beads are a riot of fabulous color, as well as shape, and are inspiration worthy of any quilt.It is very hard to pick a favorite from the 1000 beads in this collection I do like the variety of turquoise color not stone beads on pages 130 131, especially Astrid Riedel s Blue Moon I am also a sucker for the polka dot beads Leslie Schenkel calls Loose Beads pg.115 I also like the pink and yellow combination of Donna Millard s tango necklace made from soda lime glass pg.231 The detail work in Melanie Moertel s Clear Lakes pg.230 makes me want to take a second and third look There are really too many fabulous works to chose a true favorite.A lot of the beads are depicted singly, but many are in groups made into necklaces.Look at the shapes, materials and colors and be inspired any creative drought, no matter your medium of choice, will be rehydrated by this book


  3. Samantha McGuire Mirror Bridge Jewelry) Samantha McGuire Mirror Bridge Jewelry) says:

    The color photos are AMAZING and very beautiful I love how it calls attention to each bead individually and talks a little bit about the artist of the particular bead Very cool concept Beads should be respected as a form of art, although sometimes forgotten about..