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Bead&Button December 2017

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.
handmade holiday

For many years, this season would find me scurrying around from store to store, looking for the perfect holiday gift for each family member. Until recently, that is, because almost everyone has now taken to creating an online wish list with links to the exact thing they want. I know a lot of people like that because then they’re sure their gifts will be appreciated. But to me it seems impersonal. And since I actually enjoy pondering what I think my loved ones would like, I am going to go back to my old ways. But this year, I plan to stay home a little bit more and make some handmade beaded gifts. And what better place to start than this issue! Not only does it contain lots of gorgeous,…

2 min.
what is on your beading wish list?

My beading wish list would be for more color options for findings. I really wish that more fancy clasps came in black, antique copper, and antique brass. Silver and gold should not be the only choices. – Marcia L. Balonis I wish for a magic beading wand that would clean up my studio and bead boards! Until that happens, I’ll be happy with more storage and organization supplies like the flip-top plastic boxes shown on p.12. – Lindsay Burke Besides wishing I had more time to bead, I would really like to learn how to use a loom. – Janice Chatham My wish is that beading would burn a lot of calories, almost like running a marathon. In that case, beading would require you to consume chocolate, ice cream, cake, or whatever it is that you…

1 min.
bead soup

WHAT’S HAPPENING BEADING FOR A CAUSE For those of us who devote a lot of time to beading, soothing and therapeutic are not surprising words to associate with the hobby. Recognizing this, twin sisters and bead shop owners Ann and Anita Tristan decided to offer support to their northwest Ohio community in a caring, beady way. These owners of Bonita Bead Boutique provide specialized art beading programs geared to adults and children in hospitals, outpatient cancer centers, and a developmental disability art studio in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this year, the Tristans paid a visit to the children and teens at the ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, teaching them how to create their own lampwork necklace or bracelet. They also worked with parents coping with having a child in the NICU area, providing beading…

1 min.
‘tis the season to shop

AKS GEM, JEWELRY & BEAD SHOW Dallas, TX; December 1–3, 2017 aksshow.com For both wholesale and retail shoppers, the show features beads, gems, and jewelry. Classes taught by Naomi Fron. AMERICAN BEAD AND MERCHANDISE SHOW Knoxville, TN; November 11–12, 2017 Atlanta, GA; November 18–19, 2017 Memphis, TN; December 9–10, 2017 americanbeadshows.com These two-day events showcase beading and jewelry supplies, finished jewelry, weaving materials, and more. Look for coupons on their website. INTERGALACTIC BEAD & JEWELRY SHOWS Richmond, VA; November 11–12, 2017 Charlotte, NC; November 18–19, 2017 beadshows.com You’ll find hand-selected beads, gems, and stones from all over the world at both of these events. GEMSTREET USA BEAD & JEWELRY SHOW Hamburg, NY November 10–12, 2017 gemstreetusa.com From amethyst to zircon, this show offers fine gems, jewelry, beads, minerals, and fossils. TULSA BEAD MARKET Tulsa, OK November 10–11, 2017 thebeadmarket.net Admission is free for this…

2 min.
holiday gift guide

READY, SET, BEAD! Jane Danley Cruz’s new book makes finding time to bead a breeze! Projects are arranged by the approximate amount of time it takes to complete them, with chapter 1 projects taking less than an hour each and those in chapter 4 taking up to four hours. This is a great book for beginner to intermediate beaders and features 25+ quick and easy designs, including earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, and necklaces, all using easy-to-find beads. Find this Kalmbach publication at JewelryAndBeadingStore.com. EMBROIDERY SQUARES What do you get if you pair bead embroidery with the adult coloring trend? Beading Between the Lines designs on Ultrasuede! These 4½ x 4½ in. (11.4 x 11.4 cm) embroidery templates are a great way to get started with this fun technique! Look for them at knotjustbeads.com,…

3 min.
panic button

Q My jewelry sometimes looks boring to me. What can I do to spice things up or put my beads together in a fresh, new way? A Often in making a piece of beadwork, we work in mostly solid colors. In reality, though, most of what we see has highlights, shadows, and variations that show reflections. When we apply this idea to our beadwork, it makes jewelry more appealing and the process more fun. Making (and using) a mix One thing you can do is take beads left over from other projects and transform them into something new. Here’s an example: I recently came across some two-hole crescents in a variety of colors left over from earlier projects and some I had purchased because I liked the color. As I laid them out,…