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General Works on Beads

The book, to start with, surveys the beads used and made around the globe. It includes helpful identification tips and a price guide.Beads of the World - click here for details

Schiffer Publications. 142 pp. 272 color plates -- $19.95 (includes postal surcharge)

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The Bead Dictionary

The standard bead glossary with over 1300 definitions, etymologies and citations. Charts and 60+ illustrations aid in understanding the vocabulary of beads.

Left: Decorative techniques achieved through combing, a common glass working practice.
I am not the world's greatest artist, but try to illustrate concepts that are not always easy to grasp through text.

1989, WBMS 9, ISBN 0-910995-11-7. 49 pp. -- $10.00

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Special Issue on Glass

Margaretologist 11(1) is entirely devoted to glass and glass analysis. It explains the nature of glass, the major and minor ingredients and how glass is made. A unique feature is the discussion of the whys and wherefores of glass analyses. Putting this into practice is the explanation of the results of the analyses of 20 Indo-Pacific beads done for the Center by Ron Hancock of Toronto University. The results overturn many well-established but groundless assumptions about ancient glass beads.

Margaretologist 11(1) 1998 -- $6.50

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Bibliography of Works on Beads by Peter Francis, Jr.

Complete list (revised through 1993) of over 300 publications on beads by the Center's Director. The New York Times calls him "The World's leading Bead Researcher."
Second edition. 8 pp.-- $4.00

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Bead Identification Workshop Handbooks

The Bead Identification Workshops are one of our most popular and requested services. These are the handbooks that are used for the first two workshops.

20 Easy Steps to Identifying Most Beads in Most Collections.

 Bead Identification Workshop I introduces you to the basics of beads. You learn to identify major bead materials, including organic materials, quartz and steatite (soapstone) and glass, all with simple home-tests. Glass beads are then treated in depth, focusing on the two most important beadmakers of the last 500 years: Venice and Bohemia.

1992 CBRWH 1 ISBN 0-910995-13-3, 22 pp., 80+ illustrations, ring bound, plastic cover $10.00 Buy It

Advanced Bead Identification.

 Bead Identification Workshop II takes you into more depth on material identification, to the specific level, including plastics. Glass is discussed in more detail: sintering (also faience), coloring and older beadmaking techniques. More complex tests (specific gravity and fluorescence) are demonstrated. Bead trading networks are outlined and beadmaking industries are highlighted, including the Middle East, China, Indo-Pacific beadmaking, Southeast Asia and minor European beadmakers.

1993 CBRWH 2, ISBN 0-910995-16-8, 21 pp., 48 illustrations, ring bound, plastic cover $10.00 Buy It

NOTE: If you should buy these books and subsequently take the workshops, there is no refund for the second book; give it to a friend.

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The Bead Business

 by Penny Diamanti

An amazing little book; a must for anyone interested in getting in on "The Bead Business." Covers business basics, the supply side, building a creative environment, pricing, retail and wholesale selling, advertising, and customer relations.

This book is written by one of the most successful bead shop owners in the world. Full of great practical advice. $12.00

1994 (9th printing) 5 x 8 inches. 79 pages. Ring bound.

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Some other key general works include "Some Thoughts on the Bead Trade" a special topic issue of the Margaretologist 4(2) 1991 Buy It and "Toward a Social History of Beadmaking" in Beads 6. Buy It

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