Boutique-style beaded jewelry is hotter than ever, and with Hip to Bead it's w easier than ever to make. Each of the 31 projects features fashion-savvy designs created with stylish beads, pendants and findings that are widely available. Readers learn basic techniques, like ktting, stringing, weaving and working with wire to create a variety of contemporary projects. Check out the embellished cause bracelets, a genius ktted and beaded belt, Rock 'n Roll Cuff, the Y Not? Necklace, Cha Cha Bracelet, Glamour Girl Chandeliers, the Mod Millefiori Necklace, a Clever Candle Wrap - even bead-embellished tank tops! Helpful step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide readers through each project. Sidebar material includes color and length variations in addition to more extensive coverage of stringing materials, types of beads, and essential tools that readers will refer to again and again. A resource section provides an indispensable list of suppliers that will make it easy to recreate every project in the book while inspiring you to create your own designs. This book is ideal for beginning beaders because they can start with basic earrings and simple strung necklaces before tackling more complex projects. Advanced beaders will revel in the contemporary project ideas that take their jewelry to the next level with modified designs and exciting new color combinations.
Katie Hacker is an artist and writer who frequently contributes beading projects to Beadwork magazine. She is the guest beading expert on the PBS series Beads, Baubles & Jewels, and has authored 15 instructional beading booklets that have collectively sold more than 350,000 copies. Katie and her husband live in Keystone, Indiana.