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Bead&Button February 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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in this issue

1 min.
new year, new beads

Over the past couple of years, the beading community has seen a tidal wave of new bead shapes. Two-hole beads have been particularly popular and designers have really embraced them, developing great new techniques and looks. This issue includes four projects that feature two-hole beads. We love the classic elegance of Svetlana Chernitsky’s cover piece, “Pearly studded bracelet” (p. 31). Karen Bruns dished up the texture in her “Two-hole rickrack bracelet” (p. 44). Shae Wilhite summons a wintery look with SuperDuos in her “Sparkling snowflake necklace” (p. 64). And glass beads exude attitude in Penny Dixon’s “Edgy triangle bangle” (p. 72). As we kick off 2015, I’m excited to introduce a new column that is unlike any we’ve run before. Starting with this issue, design diva Margie Deeb brings her expert…

3 min.
bead soup

Handy Dandy B&B’s Guide to rows of beadwork per inch It’s one thing to know how many beads there are in an inch of strung beads but do you know how many rows of beadwork are in an inch? If you can figure that out, you’ll be able to tell the length of a finished project just by looking at the graph — if the bead pattern is fairly straight-forward. Here’s a chart showing approximately how many rows there are in an inch of beadwork, listed by stitch and bead size. (Note: This is a general guideline as bead sizes vary somewhat by manufacturer.) Bead Happenings 360 Degrees Vanishing In December, Houston artist Selven O’Keef Jarmon (bottom row, center) covered the Art League of Houston building with large-scale “tapestries” made of more than 350,000 beads.…

2 min.
findings

New bead shape The new two-hole triangular Kheops bead by Puca measures 6 mm on each side. Ask for it at your local bead shop. Swarovski If it’s gotta be purple, you’ll love the new colors from Swarovski, including iridescent purple pearls, paradise shine crystals, and smoky mauve crystals. Vintage button lookalikes Add dazzle to your jeweley with drops and pendant sets made from molds of vintage Czech buttons. Several designs are available and come in antique silver or gold at www.firemountaingems.com Guitar picks Make a musician happy with guitarpick jewelry. These are suitable for jewelry making and many come undrilled to allow custom hole size and placement. Available at www.firemountaingems.com Interchangeable jewelry Klik interchangeable components just snap into place to quickly change the looks of your jewelry. Snap sets come in an assortment of themes as well as…

2 min.
on the web

B&B Extra Subscribers — download your February issue of B&B Extra on February 1 at www.BeadAndButton.com/extra! Free Projects The 2015 Bead&Button Show is just around the corner! Go to www.BeadAndButton.com/freeprojects to download instructions to make a necklace (by Connie Whittaker) or bracelet (by Cassie Donlen) with this year’s commemorative bead by Andrea Guarino-Slemmons. www.BeadAndButton.com Follow us online! We keep you in the know about upcoming issues, free online projects, videos, and everything else going on at Bead&Button. Follow us at: • www.BeadAndButton.com/BeadBuzz • www.Facebook.com/BeadAndButton • www.Twitter.com/BeadAndButton Tell us what you think! Give us feedback about this issue at www.BeadAndButton.com/surveys. New on the bookshelf High Strung, A Glass Bead Mystery by Janice Peacock Take a break from beading with this bead-shop murder mystery! Author Janice Peacock (Bead&Button, December 2010) is an award-winning glass-bead artist who has been honing her craft since 1992, and has been…

1 min.
share your vision contest

Summer’s End I love everything about sunflowers, except that they signal the end of summer. This cuff was fabricated using peyote stitch, a simple fringe technique, and a brick stitch edging around an Ultrasuede-covered metal form. Cheri Stewart Gurnee, Illinois chasdesigns@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/chasdesigns Angelic Rose Pendant I was inspired to make my floral pendant by another I’d seen by bead artist Leayn Tibili. My pendant features a rivoli encased by SuperDuos, seed beads, and bicone crystals and framed by 14 x 13 mm Czech glass leaf beads. I really enjoyed the challenge of working with the leaf beads. Renee Kovnesky Appleton, Wisconsin elegancebyrenee@yahoo.com Autumnal Equinox When I found this tiger iron cabochon at a bead show, the design of this necklace instantly sprang to mind! I made a beaded backstich and peyote bezel for the stone and hung it from a spiral…

3 min.
charming wirelace bracelet

1 Create a jig with two-ply illustration board: Begin by cutting it to 7½ x 3 in. (19.1 x 7.6 cm). Cut a notch on each short side that is -in. (6 mm) wide and 1½ in. (3.8 cm) tall (half the height of the board). These notches will allow you to wrap the WireLace easily without it slipping. If you want to adjust the size of your bracelet, be sure to adjust the jig as well by changing the size of the initial board. The WireLace portion of the bracelet is ½ in. (1.3 cm) shorter than the desired bracelet length. The notched portion of the jig should equal that length. 2 Cut 60 in. (1.52 m) of color A WireLace. Leaving a 2-in. (5 cm) tail, clip one end…