Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Book review: Beads in Motion



Is anyone out there not a fan of Marcia DeCoster's work?  If so, lean in here so I can slap some sense into you!  For everyone else: you are seriously going to love her new book, Marcia DeCoster's Beads in Motion.  If you don't do any work with seed beads, you can be excused to borrow, rather than buy, the book.  Otherwise, you want want to return it, so you might as well just get your own copy to begin with!  The subtitle is "24 Jewelry projects that spin, sway, swing, and slide," which only partially tells you what you need to know about the book.

Marcia's work is exquisite, as always.  Lark Books is the perfect partner for this collection too - I love how they have little thumbnail pictures of each project in the table of contents.  The projects are divided into earrings and rings, bracelets, and necklaces, so they tend to get more complex as you go since the pieces become bigger.  But that's not completely the case, so having the thumbnails helps a lot.  Marcia has created and used just a few palettes to give the book a cohesive design and to allow pieces to be worn together.  These are very sophisticated palettes, though, so please don't think you are going to be bored.

Swing Dance

Each pieces has a little photo inset detailing the specific movement.  I have two favorites, Marcia's Swing Dance earrings (which I just might make in spite of myself) and the Rings of Saturn necklace, which is featured on the cover.



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