Book Review: Beyond the Bead by Margot Potter


Beyond the Bead: Making Jewelry with unexpected Finds by Margot Potter

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611056
  • Margot Potter is a modern day Renaissance woman, She’s an author, jewelry designer,  artist, TV spokesperson, Mother,  blogger, consultant and all around gal about town.  Better known as The Impatient Beader, Margot is the author of the very successful Impatient Beader  book series and her work is frequently featured bead magazines and she frequently offers free video tutorials on her blog The Impatient Crafter™ .   Everything she touches with her crafty fingers, comes up technicolored glittery roses.

    After a mishap with Amazon pre-order, then botched delivery-I finally got my hands on her latest book a couple of weeks ago.  I love Margot, and this book and spent time looking at it over and over again.
     One of the many things I love about Margot is that she has a talent for thinking outside the box, and showing others how to do that as well.  
    Beyond the Bead shows  its readers a variety of techniques for creating unique mixed-media jewelry the “Margot” way.  You’ll never be able to use the excuse “I don’t have ANYTHING to work with” again!  You’ll learn to make your own jewelry beads, charms and pendants as well as finished projects.  Techniques include working with  everything from washers from your tool box,  paper, polymer clay, glass, resin and plastic, scrapbook papers and supplies and tons more! 
    The book chapters are divided into seven catagories:  The Looking Glass, Plastic Fantastic, Cyber Crafty, Ephemerally Yours, Scrapped, Mud Pies,  and Mrs. Fix-It.  You can go thru the book chapter by chapter or just open it up and let intuition find a project for you.  There are 26 projects  for you to choose from and each project also includes a variation or two of the project with a helpful tip.  The book also contaings a basic techniques & resources sections.
    Some of my fave projects in this book are the jewelry project featured on the cover of the book “I’ll Fly Away”,  “Come up and see my Etchings” necklace and “Get Your Grunge On” Bracelet.
    This book is for the jewelry maker who wants to shake it up a little, experiment with different materials, delve more into mixed media and those who sometimes need that little creative nudge to get out of a rut.  Also,  I think this book  is one of those rare ones that will appeal to everyone from 10-100.    It’s full of mixed media inspiration, and a one you will want to add to your jewelry library.