Fast & Easey Earrings, edited by Erica Swanson and published by Kalmbach, is a great beginner's book and is perfect for holiday gift-giving also! There are more than 100 projects by 47 different designers, in all types of materials: crystals, glass, metal, wire, stones, pearls, and mixed media. The projects are culled from BeadStyle magazine by Kalmbach.
Right up front, basic materials are identified and explained. Step-by-step basic techniques are taught with lots of clear photos and illustrations. Many of the designs could be made in under an hour, so seriously, think about this book not just for holiday giving, but also for holiday gift-MAKING :-) I am especially enamored of Jane Konkel's spiraling dangles, shown below, which are made with crystals, chain, and bead caps!
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