About the Book
Have you ever designed the perfect necklace or bracelet and then wondered how to fasten it?
This book shows you how to create customised clasps for necklaces and bracelets. You will learn how to choose the correct type of clasp for your project, how to make a range of beaded clasps from seed beads and how to use these clasps in projects, from the quirky and whimsical, to timeless elegance.
'Beaded Clasps' includes seven different clasp designs made using Peyote stitch, Herringbone or Right Angle Weave, covering concealed magnetic clasps, toggle clasps and a hook and eye variation. You can adapt these designs to suit any item of jewellery you have made. The book goes on to develop the basic ideas into ten projects to create unique pieces of jewellery.
I began beading back in 2003 after being diagnosed with a serious illness. The beading proved to be a powerful tool in my recuperation. After teaching myself beading and jewellery making techniques, I moved straight on to designing my own work. I was invited to publish my first design in a magazine in 2006. I have won several beading competitions both in the UK and internationally, including the British Bead Awards. In 2010 I wrote my first beading book, with designs for miniature beaded cakes to celebrate special occasions. In 2012 I left my 'day job' to work full-time as a writer and bead artist. I gained a teaching qualification and regularly teach beadwork designs and techniques throughout the UK. In 2014 I was invited to become editor of Bead and Jewellery Magazine. I am probably best known for my beaded wedding bouquets - they look like fresh flowers! - and my beaded cakes...the calorie-free answer for those with a sweet tooth!