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I’m a magpie

At least, I have a magpie’s fascination with shiny objects. I don’t actually wear much jewelry at all; I’m a jeans and t-shirts gal. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drool over shiny things. So, it seems I’ve taken to

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Easy Beading (BeadStyle)

Pros: Fun projects; a few genuinely new ideas Cons: Materials you can’t get; specific projects can be of limited usefulness Rating: 3.5 out of 5   Easy Beading is a collection of projects from the first year of BeadStyle Magazine.

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"The Beader’s Guide to Color," Margie Deeb

Pros: Comprehensive; insightful; stunning Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5   I love color, and I love shiny beads (I’m a magpie at heart). While there are plenty of books on color theory for artists, and of course you

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"Jewelry Making & Beading" (TYV) Chris Franchetti Michaels

Pros: Clear, simple instructions; tons of photos; extremely comprehensive Cons: Misses a few small details Rating: 4.5 out of 5   If you want to get into beading & jewelry-making, Chris Franchetti Michaels’s Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading

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"Getting Started Stringing Beads," Jean Campbell

Pros: Clear, simple instructions; lots of photos Cons: Absolutely bare bones Rating: 3.5 out of 5   I’ve learned the hard way that any time I want to learn about a hobby, such as sewing, beading, some aspect of gardening,

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