Create Jewelry: Crystals presents 20 glittering projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to seed bead weaving designs. All projects are glamorous and timeless and represent unique ways to use crystals in jewelry designs for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. In Create Jewelry: Crystals, the editors of Beadwork magazine combine innovative designs with intriguing anecdotes, history and tips about these multi-faceted beads.
Designs are divided into the Classics, Special Occasions, and Fashion Forward so readers can easily find designs of their choosing. Beautiful photos are accompanied by step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow so readers can recreate their own designs. Additional material of interest for crystal lovers includes crystal basics, how to tell the difference between manmade and rock crystal, entertaining tidbits about this specialty bead, and more.
Marlene Blessing has worked as an editorial director in western book publishing for two decades, was a contributing editor to SPA magazine, and was a senior features editor for The Seattle Weekly. Sewing, embroidery, quilting, clay sculpting, and calligraphy are a few of her favourity crafts - until, of course, she began beading. Marlene is the Editorial Director for Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Beads magazines. She lives in Longmont, Colorado. Jamie Hogsett is the editor of Stringing Spring 2005, the projects editor of Beadwork magazine, and has contributed to several books in the Beadwork Creates series. She holds a BFA from Colorado State University, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.