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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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beading bookIf you're a beginning or intermediate beader/jewelry designer, you may want to check out a set of cool books compiled by the editors of Bead & Button and BeadStyle magazines: Chic & Easy Beading. There are multiple volumes, showcasing over 100 fabulous jewelry projects. The authors include illustrated basic techniques sections, with all the instructions beginners need to get started on great pieces that are relatively quick and easy. You could put your own spin on any of their basic designs using higher end materials and precious/semi-precious gemstones for a stunning effect.

Here are links to the two volumes I recommend if you want to check them out:

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 2

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 3

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy some of our previous posts on similar subjects:

Great books on Jewelry Design

Jewelry Making Tutorials

and

Learning to Design and Make Jewelry

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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