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Bead&Button 1 April 2015

As the complete beading resource, Bead & Button features innovative and unique projects by top jewelry designers that challenge and inspire readers of all skill levels to learn, grow and excel in their beading. Every project is fully tested for clarity and dependability so that readers can master the skills needed to create beautiful jewelry pieces.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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1 min.
surprise inside

I may have mentioned before that I love surprises, especially of the beady variety. Well, every so often I come across a design that stops me in my tracks and makes me say, “How did she do that?!” Diane Hertzler’s fabulous cover bangle is one of those, because at first glance it appears to be a lovely, if basic, peyote bracelet. But look a little closer and you’ll see that the inside is different than the outside, which has never happened with any of the peyote bands I’ve made. That’s because Diane built this piece with a special surprise — a unique twist she calls “quilted peyote.” Give her technique a try, and revel in the exclamations of delight from all your bead buddies when they see your handiwork. There are…

5 min.
b&b’s guide to pearls

Handy Dandy Pearls have long been prized for their color and luster. Early on, their value was driven by their scarcity — and the fact that their existence couldn’t be detected without opening the shell of the mollusk they were hidden within. By the early 1900s, several Japanese entrepreneurs had secured patents on the tools and methods used to introduce foreign bodies into oysters for the purpose of creating pearls. By the 1920s, Japan had become a leading supplier of cultured pearls. Today, there are farms worldwide, with the majority of freshwater pearls grown in China. A mussel can produce several dozen pearls in one harvest season while a saltwater oyster may only produce one or two pearls in the same amount of time. Cultured pearls are the standard today with natural pearls…

1 min.
weaver’s knot

Tip One of the least popular tasks in beading is ending and adding threads — no one likes all that pesky knotting! To avoid having to sew loose ends into your beadwork when adding a new thread, try using the weaver’s knot. (1) To work the weaver’s knot, make a slipknot at the end of the piece of thread you’re going to add: Make a loop a few inches from the end of the thread. Pass part of the tail through the loop to make a new loop. Pull very tight. (2) Pass the end of the old thread through the slipknot, and without touching the old thread, tighten the slipknot in the new thread until you hear it click. Don’t pull any tighter. (3) Attach your needle to the new thread, and continue…

1 min.
book reviews

How to Make Jewelry Charms From Polymer Clay by Jessica Sharpe This book shows you how to make 50 cute, colorful, and easy-to-make charms out of polymer clay, in themes such as food, nature, animals, home, beads, and special occasions. Each project clearly lists the tools and clay needed for the project, an actual-size photograph of the piece with dimensions, skill level, step-by-step photographs, and variations for each project. No matter what your skill level is, you’ll be inspired to make these charms, but be prepared, the hard part will be picking which one to make first! Barron’s • ISBN: 978-1-4380-0455-6 • www.barronseduc.com Bead Play with Fringe By Jamie Cloud Eakin Adding fringe to your beadwork can change the whole look and give it that “wow” factor. Jamie goes through the basics of creating various styles…

2 min.
your work

Butterfly in bloom I designed and beaded “Early Fall Monarch” from an original photo I took at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring, Maryland. The 4 x 6-in. (10 x 15 cm) banner is made with almost 9,000 110 Delica beads in 33 different colors. I used two Google Play apps created for Android tablets to assist with the design and construction. iBeadBPix converts photos to peyote banner patterns, and iBeadBanner refines the pattern and tracks progress while beading. Myrna Regardie Silver Spring, Maryland regardiemyrna@gmail.com Vintage button bracelets This piece is from a series of bracelets I made that feature vintage flower buttons. I wrap a bracelet form in fabric, and then attach a variety of beads and buttons. Très chic! Jana Toledano Yardley, Pennsylvania janatoledano@comcast.net ‘Heart of the Explorer’ While the focus of this necklace is the Maku Studios raku heart,…

4 min.
captured cup chain bracelet

LADDER STITCH / BEADWEAVING Base 1 Cut a length of cup chain long enough to fit around your wrist, minus the clasp length and 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm). 2 On a comfortable length of thread, pick up eight 110 seed beads, and sew through the beads again, positioning the beads into two rows of four beads each (figure 1) and leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. 3 Pick up an 110, a 3 mm bugle bead, and an 110, and sew through the row of 110s your thread is exiting, positioning the bugle bead set above the row (figure 2, a–b). Working in ladder stitch, use 110s to make four more rows (b–c) using a tight tension. 4 Place the cup chain on the base so the end cup is next to the bugle bead…