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Bead&Button February 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.

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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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new year, new opportunities

The new year calls on us to hang a new calendar and embrace new challenges. One item to mark on your to-do list is the deadline for BeadDreams: April 8, 2019. Yes, it’s time to submit to this annual competition for bead artists. We know you’ve been working hard to create gorgeous pieces, and we can’t wait to see them.For those of you new to BeadDreams, let me tell you a little about the process. I’ve taken care of almost every competition since 2001. I absolutely love it! I am excited to open every box and see all the amazing pieces.We invite submissions from both professional and amateur designers in three categories: Finished Jewelry, Objects and Accessories, and Young Beader. Designers from around the world can submit photos of their…

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bead soup what’s happening >>

Coast to coast EVENTSFLORIDA STATE BUTTON SOCIETY’S ANNUAL SHOWJanuary 17–20, 2019Tampa, FLfloridastatebuttonsociety.orgBreak away from your savage schedule and visit this year’s escape-from-the-zoo-themed show.TOMOKA GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL SHOWJanuary 19–20, 2019Deland, FLtomokagms.orgYou’ll find admission discounts on their website.PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT SHOWFebruary 15–17, 2019West Palm Beach, FLpalmbeachfinecraft.comThis prestigious show features the nation’s top contemporary craft artists and their latest works.TUCSON GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOWCASEFebruary 2–17,º 2019Tucson,, xpopress.comMany of us have been waiting for this international show all year. That’s right. It’s time for trading, collecting, and treasure hunting in Tucson!Since we are sharing B&B memories throughout our 25th anniversary, we thought it would be nice to get to know you a little better, too. On Facebook/Bead&Button, we asked:Q “Where is your favorite place to bead?”A “I bead while…

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bead reads

LEARN TO STITCH BEADED JEWELRYby Marla SalezzeThis colorful collection of easy projects is perfect for beginners. First-time author Marla Salezze guides the reader through nine different bead stitches, including peyote, right angle weave, ladder stitch, herringbone, and more. She offers three creative projects per stitch, plus design variations with complete instructions for each project. Clear illustrations and helpful tips make it easy for any beader to complete the pieces successfully.ISBN: 9781627005067Kalmbach MediaJewelryAndBeadingStore.comFABULOUS CHAIN MAIL JEWELRY: CREATING WITH COMPONENTSby Marilyn GardinerWith a focus on component-based project construction, Marilyn’s latest book includes 27 projects using chain mail techniques to link beads and components; build dangles, bails, and beads; and create shapes. Each project begins with a “plan of action” that explains the design of the piece, and includes easy-to-follow instructions and lots…

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how did you get started in beading?

Walco’s loom hooked many of us on beading.beaders develop their passion for beading in many different ways. For some, it goes back to childhood, and many of us can thank the Walco Company for the Indian Beadcraft kit of the late 1940s to early ’50s. It contained glass vials of seed beads, the familiar wire loom, needles, thread, wax, and instructions with patterns for belts, fobs, and bracelets. I was thrilled when I opened this at Christmas, and worked until the beads were gone. While some, such as Virginia Blakelock with her Daphnis nerii (moth) pectoral, took looming to new frontiers, others put beading aside until later in life.You’ll see this earring style, “Dusters,” on Pinterest — what’s old is new again.Some people began beading during the hippie era with…

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design challenge winners

Holly KurzmanROAD TRIP Winner • “Portuguese Azulejo” • Inspired by traditional ceramic tiles that adorn many buildings and homes in Portugal, made with two-drop even-count peyote.Linda PrattROAD TRIP Winner • “Not Your Grandmother’s China” • Made from gold-plated china pieces and her grandmother’s vintage jewelry, with seed beads and rhinestone chain. Stitched with Viking netting.Diana LopezCIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE Winner • “Lady in Red Clutch” • An elegant decoration for a simple rectangular clutch, with square and round Swarovski crystals, gold soutache braid, gold rocailles, and Strass chain.Judy Ball ReedCIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE Winner • “Autumn Splendor” • With color choices driven by the porcelain cabochon, the beadwork incorporates 110s, 150s, and Swarovski rivolis and pearls.UP FOR A CHALLENGE?We invite you to participate in our monthly Facet Design Challenge! Create…

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insider tip

Crafting PerceptionQ I’d like to sell my bead-work at craft fairs and local shops, but I worry that buyers undervalue handmade jewelry. How do I enhance the perceived value?A When you make jewelry to sell, little else is as frustrating as having a customer admire your beadwork and hear their shopping companion say, “I could make that for you,” or “You could make that yourself.” Some customers equate “handmade” with easy-to-make, so it is important that everything about your jewelry — from the beads to the display — be as professional as possible. Here are some tips:• Use the highest quality materials in your jewelry that you can afford.• Carefully check your stitching for consistent tension, secure connections, and no thread showing.• If you use a crimp bead, attach a…