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Bead&Button December 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.
a beady christmas

The holidays are here, a time for reflection, gratitude, and good cheer. A time to gather with friends and family to show how much we appreciate them. A time to let bygones be bygones and spread goodwill far and wide (have I got you thinking about Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life” yet?). This year, we’re adding a bit of beaded joy to all of our packages and cards with a series of 12 easy-to-make gift ideas that you’ll find right in the middle of the special pull-out booklet, “Your Guide to a Sparkling Holiday.” Besides these gift toppers and stocking stuffers, this booklet also features a beautiful necklace, a bracelet, earrings, and an ornament, all crafted with care using Swarovski crystals and pearls. And because we are so…

1 min.
new on facetjewelry.com

Go to www.FacetJewelry.com/ChristmasGiveaway to enter for your chance to win a 40-piece set of TierraCast holiday findings. Retail value: $75. Deadline is December 14, 2016. No purchase necessary. NEW in B&B Extra! Subscribers, download your December issue of B&B Extra on December 1 at www.FacetJewelry.com/extra.…

7 min.
bead soup

Bead Happenings Bead-It-Forward 2017 Started in 2006 by Jeannette Shanigan to benefit breast cancer research, Bead-It-Forward is still going strong under the direction of Amy Severino. The 2017 theme is “Fantasy: Dreaming of a cure.” Get involved and check out the patterns that are already available. Deadline to send in squares is March 1, 2017. Visit www.bead-it-forward.com for additional information. Plus, click on “Auction” to bid on some remaining pieces from 2016. All proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Beach Dreams It is time for BeadDreams, our annual competition celebrating bead artistry. This year’s categories are: • Seed Bead Jewelry • Finished Jewelry • Crystal Jewelry • Objects and Accessories • Metal Clay • Polymer Clay • Wirework • Metalwork • Handmade Beads and Buttons Finalists will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and will be exhibited at the Bead&Button Show in June. Go…

1 min.
your work

Nancy Cain’s 2015 stitching master class at the Bead&Button Show focused on creating structural vessels in peyote stitch. Student Yvonne Kuriata of Australia used what she learned in that class to create this gorgeous collection of beaded forms. See more work from Nancy’s students at www.BeadAndButton.com/resources. Ephesian Septenary I attended Nancy’s master class with the expectation of making a wearable piece. I learned a lot about construction and, most importantly, the math behind it. I was initially disappointed that my vessel was too big to wear. It took me a couple of months to get around to finishing it, but once I did, it reminded me of an ancient urn. This inspired me to create a set of complementary urns and explore construction techniques further. It was a wonderful journey. Yvonne Kuriata Melbourne, Australia alexyvonne@optusnet.com.au…

6 min.
bead pattern software roundup

Many beaders have no interest in using software as an aid in beading — they’d rather just sit down with their beads and start playing. But for those who are inclined, software can be a great help in designing graphed patterns for peyote, loomwork, and the like, and it can be immensely useful when you want to document your stitching paths, as we do in the magazine and designers do for tutorials and kits. For the most part, these uses really require two different types of software. This software roundup overviews seven programs that can make these tasks easier.* Graphed patterns A graphed pattern is generally defined as a design or image that is worked into an otherwise plain piece of beadwork in a single stitch, like a straight, flat peyote bracelet…

10 min.
cardinal ornament

Designed as a versatile loom to make various styles of bracelets, the Endless Loom can also be used to make bands to fit 25⁄8-in. (6.7 cm) diameter ornament balls. Fringe at the bottom and decreasing rounds of crystals and seed beads at the top create an heirloom-style ornament cover to be cherished for generations. Prep the loom 1 Measure your ornament around the widest part. The one in the photos measures 85⁄16 in. (20.8 cm). Due to manufacturing variances, your ornament may differ somewhat. 2 Assemble the loom using the sizing rods marked “Orn.” Add easement rod(s) as needed to adjust the loom measurement to equal your ornament circumference plus an additional 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) to accommodate the Delica beads. 3 Wrap your thread 16 times around the loom, and trim. You will…