by Elise Mann.
Choosing the perfect beads for your next project just got easier! The Bead Directory features stunning color photographs and information on more than 600 beads. Here is an exceptional resource for anyone who uses beads-from jewelry designers to crafters-and this attractive and functional guide allows even novices to choose the appropriate beads, while inspiring more experienced beaders.
The Bead Directory's structure includes a layout showing each bead photographically (a close up picture and a smaller scatter of beads to show them from several angles) as well as in diagram form, from two directions, giving exact dimensions and an indication of the position and direction of the hole.
Much more than just photos, however, The Bead Directory describes material, color range, usage, special care, size of hole, weight, suitable stringing materials, relative cost and suggested beads from elsewhere in the book with which to mix and match.
Each chapter features a single bead material such as glass, ceramic, semiprecious stone, wood, resin, and more. Opposite page 251, you'll find a handy fold-out flap, which you can have open while you refer to the "directory" pages. The flap provides an instant explanation for the symbols used throughout the book. You'll also find an extensive supplier's list with the inside scoop on where to buy these beads in stores and online. In other words: Here is the definitive guide to beads you've been looking for!