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Delicate yet durable, cold to the touch, but full of charm: glass beads are amongst the worldrs"s most ancient forms of art. Today, they are enjoying a popular revival, as people discover their miniature magnificence, and are using them to create vibrant pieces of unique jewelry. Glass beads are not only beautiful to behold; they are also a pleasure to create. With some fundamental tools and careful instructions, amateurs and artists alike can form colorful glass beads, and use them to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. Making Handmade Lampwork Beads & Glass Jewelryteaches readers everything they need to know about making glass beads-and using them! The first section provides clear guidelines on how to make glass beads, from start to finish. Readers receive a full explanation of the tools and materials theyrs"ll be working with. Following this are step-by-step instructions, accompanied by full-color photographs, for making a variety of beads. Some of the beads are perfect for beginnings, others will spark the imaginations of experienced beadmakers. The second section provides instructions for making necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces of jewelry using handmade glass beads. The projects show readers how to combine handmade beads with other beads to maximize their splendor and really show off their distinct beauty.