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Bead&Button

Bead&Button April 2016

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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in this issue

1 min.
vernal inspiration

Spring has sprung and if this seasonal reawakening isn’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, I think we can help. Several projects in this issue of Bead&Button put me in a vernal mindset, including Julia Hecht’s fresh and colorful kumihimo necklace (p. 38), Julie Moore Tanksley and Stephanie Goff’s floral bracelets (p. 42 and 62, respectively), Sveltana Chernitsky’s “Seed of life earrings” (p. 48), and Fatima Mensen-Potter’s really fun beaded bead (p. 59), which we’ve noted — in the right colors — could be mistaken for a sparkly but diminutive Easter egg. And we have lots more in store for you as well, including a new column on gemstone beads, a quiz to help you pinpoint your jewelry style, several additional projects, and more! As always, I hope you’ll play…

1 min.
welcome!

Buy the kit! We have kits! Shop now to get Connie Whittaker’s latest design, “Petite flowers bracelet.” Featuring Swarovski pearls and MiniDuos, the kit also includes seed beads, a clasp, thread, and a needle — everything you need to make this sweet bracelet! Buy these kits and many others at www.JewelryAndBeadingStore.com On the Web…

2 min.
bead soup

Handy Dandy B&B’s Guide to 2-hole beads Over the past few years, a flurry of two-hole and multi-hole beads have hit the market. To help you make sense of it all, here is a roundup of the many beads that have come out so far. We’ve organized them by general shape so you can easily see which ones might have potential for substitutions or combinations. Oval / pinched oval Square / tile Rectangle Cylinder Triangle Round / disk Other shapes…

2 min.
bead happenings

March is National Craft Month Looking for a reason to try a new beading or jewelry-making technique? Look no further! March is National Craft Month and to celebrate, we will be posting free projects and more all month to inspire you. Visit www.BeadAndButton.com or www.facebook.com/beadandbutton throughout the month for great projects, tips, and techniques. Or check in with your favorite bead store to find out what kind of activities they have planned. Register now for the Bead&Button Show! We’ve planned some wonderful new ways to bring together beads, jewelry, artists, and teachers under this year’s show theme, “Connect, Create, and Celebrate.” With more than 700 classes, there is something for everyone! Visit www.BeadAndButtonShow.com to register for classes. Register now for the Bead&Button Show! We’ve planned some wonderful new ways to bring together beads,…

1 min.
design challenge

For the challenge this month, we used Eternity Design Frames by Amoracast (www.amoracast.com) in a variety of shapes and sizes. The frames have a fluted outer edge that conceals the perfectly spaced 1 mm holes around the circumference of the frame. Frames are available at local and online bead stores. Here is what our editors and a B&B reader came up with. (These ideas are for your inspiration; instructions are not available.) Jimmie Boatright (B&B reader) I have been playing with tubular spacers in my designs lately so I incorporated them into my frame to give it more dimension and texture. An assortment of beads, crystals, and seed beads finish off the design. Julia The long rectangular frame seemed like the perfect setting for a small strip of stitched beadwork so I worked up a short…

1 min.
findings