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A Touch of Glass 1That is not a typo. I actually meant glass, as in A Touch of Glass by Nancy Alden. Some months ago, before I ever started beading, I asked for a review copy of this book. Then I promptly forgot about it. When it arrived a couple of weeks ago, I tore into, and I have been sitting on my hands until I could tell you about it. Girls, this book is golden. And also silver-en, which isn’t a word, but should be. And the only reason you haven’t read about it here before today is that yesterday the release date, and I did not want to tempt you unduly.

The projects in it are interesting for all levels of beaders and the instructions are clear enough that even a newbie (that would be me) can understand them. I particularly enjoyed her explanations of the supplies. Alden doesn’t just tell you what to use, she tells you why. And the pictures totally made me lust for more beads so I could do more stuff. That last necklace I made? I was inspired to make it by what I had read. It’s not patterned on anything in the book, because I don’t have any of those types of beads, YET. But I closed the book after reading the last page, and my hands were just itching to play with the baubles.

I did make quite a wish list for my next shopping trip, though, including some wire wrapped beads I saw before, but wasn’t sure what to do with. Now I know, and I can’t wait to get them. Well, I guess I can wait, since I really should not be buying craft supplies, but it’s hard, yk?

Anyway! Get the book if you have ever even thought about stringing a bead. Just know that you will be wanting to go shopping before you finish reading it.

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