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This is the title of today’s daily mail from Beading Daily, “it’s like Julie & Julia, but with beads” and this is precisely what I said to my fiance when I decided to start a blog.
The universe is listening.
The email mentions a trend in beaders getting a book and completing every project in it, much like Julie did with Julia Child’s book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This sounds like a cool idea and possibly a challenge I could undertake.
It is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. All 30 projects are absolutely beautiful. A lot of them require crystals so using this book for the challenge would be costly but on the plus side you’d end up with 30 pieces of gorgeous jewelry.
The same is true for Marcia DeCoster’s book Beaded Opulence. 4 out of 24 completed projects. I especially like the ring “Quetzal”. I made mine in green and bronze.
But again, crystals. One project use 472 4mm crystal bicones! Using the exact color as in the book would cost me 188€ but using a different color is “only” 37€. Comparatively a big difference in both beads and bead stores but it is still a small fortune for a beader on a budget. For reference I used Bricol’Art and I-Beads for a price check. I-Beads did not have the Siam ABx2 that is used in the book so I chose the Rose Gold 2x.
Beaded Colorways, Creating Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes by Beverly Ash Gilbert, a birthday gift from my fiance. The book is So colorful and it comes with 2 custom color wheels. Beaded Colorways shows you how to mix beads and gems to create custom color blends called Bead Soups. The projects use mostly seed beads and other glass beads mixed with a few gemstones and pearls. The projects towards the end of the book use metal and wirework which scare me but therein lies the challenge. I have not tried any of the projects in this book yet, mainly because I don’t own enough colors of beads to make good soup. I own more greens and purples than any other color so I guess this means I can at least make bead wine.