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Bead&Button October 2019

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.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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6 Issues


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be the change

It seems like only yesterday that many of us were longing for hot summer days. And now, in what feels like the blink of an eye, autumn is upon us. (Time certainly does fly when you’re beading!) The fall season gets me thinking about two things — color and change. As the air becomes crisper and the days shorten, my excitement grows to take in autumn’s impending abundance of vivid hues. From sepia to amber, scarlet to crimson, maroon to auburn, and so many more — take a cue from nature’s presentation of changing shades when choosing colors to bead with. I can’t think of a better way to honor vibrant falling leaves than by stitching up Zsuzsanna Erdei’s “Flying dragon scale bracelet” (p. 45), which features leaf-like Kite beads artfully…

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Editorial Director Diane M. Bacha Senior Art Director Lisa A. Bergman Senior Associate Editor Diane Jolie Senior Technical Editor Connie Whittaker Assistant Editor Katie M. Salatto Contributing Editor Julia Gerlach Technical Editors Erica Barse, Cassie Donlen, Cary Borelli Facet Content Editor Kathryn Keil Editorial Assistant Lora Groszkiewicz Graphic Designer Lisa M. Schroeder Photographer Bill Zuback Illustrator Kellie Jaeger Production Coordinator Jodi Jeranek EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Bead&Button, Facet Lindsay Burke fusionbeads.com Nancy Cain nancy@nancycain.com Diane Fitzgerald dmfbeads@bitstream.net Adrienne Gaskell adriennegaskell.com Courtney Gray creativeside.org Heather Kingsley-Heath heatherworks.co.uk Irina Miech eclecticabeads.com Cynthia Rutledge cynthiarutledge.net EDITORIAL Call (262) 796-8776 or write to: Editor, Bead&Button P.O. Box 1612 Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 Customer sales & service (877) 246-4833 to subscribe Outside the U.S. and Canada: (903) 636-1125 Customer Service: customerservice@BeadandButton.info ADVERTISE (888) 558-1544 x 523 Ad Sales Representative Dina Johnston Ad Sales Manager Lori Schneider Ad Services Representatives Melissa Valuch, Daryl Pagel SELL BEAD&BUTTON magazine or products in your store Phone: (800) 558-1544 Outside the U.S. and Canada: (262) 796-8776 x 818 Fax:…

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bead soup

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOOKING FOR SPIRITED BEADS? PERHAPS THEY’RE NEW TO YOU, BUT GHOST BEADS ARE ANCIENT IN ORIGIN. These unique items are made from juniper berries, which are actually female seed cones. The beads are thought to bring harmony, peace, and safety, symbolizing the connection between humanity and nature. Ghost beads are said to ward off negative energy and protect the wearer from evil spirits, ghosts, and nightmares. Betina Smith, a member of the Dine/Navajo nation, tell us how she, her mother, and her grandmother keep traditions alive through their creations at Dzabahe Jewelry. According to Smith, “Traditionally, juniper berries are collected after ants have found the berries on the ground. They nibble off one end, and eat the inside of the berry.” The result is a hollow and dry form. Today, berries are…

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THE CULVER CITY BEAD BAZAAR October 27, 2019 Culver City, CA beadsocietyla.org Meet artists, vendors, and people who enjoy beading! Download the postcard for discounts. IROQUOIS BEADWORK CONFERENCE September 13–15, 2019 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada otsiningo.com Presentations, workshops, beadwork competition, and other activities. BEAD SHOP HOP September 6–8 and 13–15, 2019 Los Angeles/Orange Counties – Riverside/San Diego Counties sclbsa.org Don’t miss this southern California beading tradition! Enjoy shopping, and make projects at select stores. THE BEAD AFFAIRE October 19, 2019 Watertown, MA beadesignerintl.org 40+ venders with all things bead-related. Find unique art glass pendants, vintage beads, and much more! If you have beading news, tips, or events, send emails to editor@beadandbutton.com, and put “Bead Soup” in the subject line. Psst: we work four months ahead of the publication date.…

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what’s new?

CAPTIVATING CABOCHONS Karen Bruns’ Designs showcases stunning handmade porcelain cabs. A variety of cabs painted with alcohol inks are available at karenbrunsdesigns.etsy.com. Discover uniquely layered, hand-painted acrylic cabs from Alexandra Beads — perfect for wire wrapping, bead weaving, and bead embroidery. Get them at facebook.com/alexandra.sydorenko.5. Take a gander at these eyeball cabs by Pumpkin Hill Beads. Use them to catch a lot of glances. Eye-quire them at instagram.com/pumpkinhillbeads. BEAUTIFUL BEADS Mirroresque metallic-backed beads are lighting up the beading scene. Check out Beadsmith’s expanded line of backlit finish beads, now offered in 12 colors of oval Baroque cabochons and Ginko beads. Also new from Beadsmith are hefty 3-Cut 20 Matubo seed beads. The faceted edges give these substantial beauties extra sparkle. Use them to quickly add pizzazz to your jewelry designs Beadsmith introduces a new color palette with…

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design challenge winners

Carol Surges “Buds ‘n’ Birds” • FLORAL & FANCY Reader’s Choice Winner • Avian pendant wired to vintage floral spray for a slightly asymmetrical centerpiece. Robin Gower “Yellow Roses” • FLORAL & FANCY Winner • Seed beads and Delicas over memory wire and copper wire, using brick stitch. Ruxandra Puscas “Madame de Pompadour Earrings” • CREATE WITH CRYSTALS Reader’s Choice Winner • Swarovski crystals, pearls, and seed beads. Lindy Hartig “Fossil In Paradise” • CREATE WITH CRYSTALS Winner • Highlights include a fossilized shark tooth, Swarovski chessboard crystal, rivolis, abalone, and pearls.…