Passing the Flame is a glass bead making book by Corina Tettinger and is pretty much regarded as if you only buy one beadmaking book, you get this one!
It was quite the investment as the book is not something you can pick up on sale at your local bookshop but it was worth every penny.
It's full of great illustrations, large colour photographs and it will take you through the basics of how you can hold rods and mandrels, through to much more complex topics.
I love Corina's style of writing, she has a very dry sense of humour and if you are ever going to indulge yourself with an expensive coffee table book this is well worth the money; it also comes in handy for me to flatten my roles of kiln paper after I've cut them to size... but shhh don't tell anyone as it's probably against the law to use it for such a trivial purpose!
What is the most expensive book you have ever bought?