Beading & Jewellery Making Books

Beading and jewellery making is a wonderful hobby or work-from-home occupation, and with these beautiful books from Spotlight you can treat yourself, or others, to some great inspiration, tips and advice on how to make unique jewellery and other bead projects. Learn how to design and create leather and beaded jewellery, or get tips on how to master all the fundamental beading techniques such as stringing, crimping, knotting, basic wirework, and more. You will also find beads, charms, stones and all types of jewellery findings here at Spotlight, so you can get started straightaway!

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Cover Your Basics! How To Read Beading Books & Guides

Beading is a fun hobby, but it does require some skill. There are even patterns you can follow to create some masterpieces. But what if you are not familiar with beading patterns and how to read them? No need to worry, because Spotlight has you covered with all the basics!

What Are The Types Of Beads I Should Become Familiar With?

When you start reading patterns, you will notice there are various types of beads you can use for your project. Even though there are many options, these are some of the main ones you should become familiar with.

Bugle bead - You can recognise this bead by its long tubular appearance and its small size. They fall under the category of seed beads, which means they are often used for detailing and finishes.

Chaton bead - The Chaton bead stands out by its crystal and faceted appearance. It also has a pointed back, which enables light reflection in jewellery creations. You can also find a variant on it in the form of the Rivoli bead, which is circular with a point in the centre, front, and the back of the crystal, allowing for even more light reflection.

Please note that the chaton bead and the Rivoli bead do not have any hole for threading, this means they have to be set in your jewellery piece with glue or another medium.

Swarovski crystals - These crystals are known for their superior shine and can be more expensive than other Czech made crystals. If you are on a budget, you can find similar quality with Czech crystals, but nothing quite beats the superior shine of real Swarovski crystal.

Delica - The delica bead is made from Japanese glass and is characterised by its large threading holes. They often come in two sizes and are quite popular for specialist beading patterns.

Faceted bead - This type of bead can envelop all bead types that have facets. Because of their faceted nature, these beads are known for their light reflection. Because of this property, you will find that most faceted beads are made from materials such as glass.

Flatback bead - Those who do not like threading for their jewellery pieces could consider a flatback bead instead. As the name suggests, this kind of bead has a flat back, which enables you to apply glue to fix the bead into place. There are also so-called iron-on versions known as hotfix beads, perfect for those who do not want to mess around with glue or thread.

Pearls - As you may know already, this kind of bead is obtained from the ocean. However, they can be artificially created too. Fake pearls are made from materials such as glass, while natural pearls can be recognised by their unique pink, peach, mauve, white, or cream colours.

Rondelle bead - Some beads are simply used as spacers, dividing the space between your most valuable beads evenly. One such a spacer bead is the rondelle, which can be recognised easily by their compressed look.

Seed bead - We mentioned this kind of bead briefly in our overview. Seed beads are basically a category name for the smaller beads used in beading and jewellery making projects. They are usually made of glass and come from countries such as Japan and China.

Shamballa Beads - Even though most beginners will not encounter these beads until later on, Shamballa beads are still worth mentioning. They are made from clay and embellished with crystals, making them perfect for macrame themed projects. Simply use a square knot between each of the beads to get the best result. The best thing about these beads? They are quite affordable too!

What Beading Tools Do I Need To Get To Work With Patterns?

Most patterns require the basic beading tools. If any specialist tools are required, this will be mentioned clearly on the pattern. So, always read through the pattern before you start beading.

Common tools for beading projects include wire cutters, pliers such as flat-nose and round-nose pliers, crimping tools, memory wire, clasps, crimp beads, a tape measure, adhesive, and thread. You can view the required tools in a little more detail in our beading tools section.

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