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September 6th was National Read a Book Day so I decided to read and review Jewelry & Beading Designs for Dummies by Heather H. Dismore and Tammy Powley.

Now I am normally a fan of “for Dummies” books but I will say that maybe it’s not the most entertaining format for books on jewelry making.

The authors did a good job of inserting some humour here and there but the book was otherwise dry and the instructions would likely be confusing at times for new jewelry makers.

The topics they cover go from some basic instructions, stringing techniques including tying knots and crimping tubes, wire wrapping, stitches, polymer clay and end with ideas and organization tips.

The images weren’t entirely visually accurate to back up the written instructions which wouldn’t help new jewelry makers either.

Having some accompanying videos would be helpful.

The authors refer numerous times to Jewelry Making & Beading for Dummies as the go to source for more beginner jewelry making techniques. I have not read that version so I cannot compare them for instruction and beginner techniques.

I am not sure I like the idea of referring people to a previously written book for more information as I feel that each book should stand on it’s own. Although there may be ways that this technique could work so I withhold fully being against it.

However, all that said, if you are looking for inspiration and possibilities then this is as good a book as any. The styles are not quite my taste but the techniques can be used in so many ways so their style doesn’t need to hold you back, take the concepts and make them your own.

Just don’t read Jewelry & Beading Designs for Dummies when you are tired or it may put you to sleep.