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Bead&Button June 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.
changing times

In 1994, Alice Korach launched Bead&Button magazine. It was the first of its kind and every issue featured an article or two in each of several categories, including stringing, wirework, on- and off-loom bead weaving, polymer clay, fashion, and whatever else struck Alice’s fancy. A groundswell of interest in beading and jewelry making followed, and led to the spin-off of Bead Style magazine in 2003 and Art Jewelry magazine in 2005, plus a multitude of special issues over the years. But times have changed and many readers have migrated to the internet for jewelry-making instructions and inspiration. So it was with great regret at the end of last year that Kalmbach Publishing shuttered both of our sister titles in favor of a new online learning environment that will be unveiled soon…

1 min.
bead happenings

Bead&Button Show 2016 Once again, it’s time for the largest retail bead show! Running June 3–13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Bead&Button Show features classes in bead stitching, metalwork, wirework, kumihimo, bead crochet, polymer clay, metal clay, and more. In addition, it is the only place to see the 2016 BeadDreams finalists and winners all together in one place. Other exhibits and events round out this beading bonanza. It’s not too late to sign up! Learn more at www.BeadAndButtonShow.com. Halstead Grant Halstead is calling for entries to the annual Halstead Grant, to be awarded this summer. New jewelry artists who work primarily in silver and intend to pursue a full-time career in jewelry design are invited to apply. The winner will receive $7,500 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and…

2 min.
cool stuff for beaders from tucson

Leather and metals a Stainless steel mesh chain, embossed leather, cord, findings and slides, available from www.t-beads.com. b New leather components from www.lillypillydesigns.com. c Amoracast art deco and naturethemed charms and components available at your local bead shop. d and e A wide selection of enameled components from www.gardannebeads.etsy.com (d) and www.ckoopbeads.com (e). Ceramics and porcelain f Ceramic pendants and beads from www.golemstudio.com. g Porcelain beads and more featuring Native American imagery from www.amazingporcelain.com. h Ceramic cabochons and pendants, available at www.artbeads.com. i Unique raku-fired ceramic pendants plus stamped polymer clay ribbon closures, from www.laurasouderstudio. etsy.com. Natural materials j Royston turquoise and spiney oyster cabochons from www.gibsonturquoise.com. k Mactan stone cabochon inlaid with abalone shell and natural handmade wood beads from the Phillippines, available at www.beadsandhoney.com. New beads l 6 mm top-hole round beads, available at local bead…

1 min.
design challenge

(Design challenge ideas are for your inspiration; instructions are not available.) Cassie Robyn’s metal bead is absolutely amazing. I echoed the various colors of metals she used in a stitched tubular right-angle weave necklace in gold and bronze hues with a touch of blue for an added pop of color. I slid my beaadwork over leather cord for extra bulk and stability. Jane Cruz (B&B reader) The Show Bead has a hand-forged texture and I love the movement within the bead itself; the center silver component moves independent of the rest of the bead. I wanted to carry that movement through the entire necklace so I made the rope in sections and then strung them on beading wire, so they too, will rotate as the necklace is worn. Connie I really enjoyed working with the Eternity…

1 min.
new on the bookshelf

Timeless Beadwork Designs By Cynthia Rutledge The book many beaders have been waiting for is finally here! This is Cynthia’s debut book and features 15 classic projects along with a basics section. Each project also highlights a historic painting she used as inspiration along with a short historical perspective about the painting. There are detailed step-by-step instructions, many illustrations, and at least two colorways for each project. Everything about this book is stunning and is a must-have for any beader’s library. Lark Crafts 978-1-4547-0875-9 www.larkcrafts.com How to Make 50 Fabulous Kumihimo Braids By Beth Kemp This is a great book if you want to learn flat kumihimo braids or expand your braiding knowledge. Beth does a wonderful job covering all the basics from findings, cords, and beads to techniques and much more. A wide variety of projects (some with…

2 min.
czech this out

Buying in quantity? Here are some terms you need to know! Mass = 1200 beads ½ mass = 600 beads ¼ mass = 300 beads 1⁄8 mass = 150 beads 1⁄10 mass = 120 beads Gross = 144 beads ½ gross = 72 beads 1½gross = 12 beads Kilo = 1000 grams (2.2 pounds) ½ kilo = 500 grams ¼ kilo = 250 grams 1⁄10 kilo = 100 grams It’s no coincidence that as you go from bead shop to bead shop you often find Czech glass beads sold on strands — sometimes in individual strands and sometimes in bundles called hanks. This has been the practice within the Czech bead industry for decades. Of course you may find Czech beads in bags, tubes, or on shorter strands, but with a few exceptions, if they’re not on strands, they’ve probably been re-packaged after leaving…