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Bead&Button

Bead&Button June 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

2 min.
time to create

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how much time and effort goes into beadwork. Depending upon the complexity of the piece, the size of the beads, whether or not you’re starting from an existing design or are creating from square one, a beaded creation can take hours, days, or even weeks to complete. No one knows this better, of course, than our BeadDreams competitors, who will have their amazing works on display at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee this June. I know not everyone can come for the Show and for some it is an eternal “bucket list” item, but if you are planning to join us, I know you’ll have a blast. With classes, exhibits, a fabulous marketplace, a lively party, and much more, it is a cornerstone…

2 min.
what is your favorite time saving tip?

FOR MORE BEADING TIPS VISIT FacetJewelry.com I cull (and count out if needed) all beads being used, especially making sure that both holes are open in two-hole beads and that broken beads, or those with sharp edges, are discarded. – Joanie Jenniges Be organized. Keep supplies in order and put daily, monthy, and yearly tasks on a schedule. – Dana Rudolph Use tight thread tension so your 3-D projects are done right the first time. – Graziella Malara I cut one long piece of thread and start working from the middle. When the first half ends, I move the needle to the other half, and continue my work. – Margherita Fusco Maintain meticulous storage of beads and tools in order of size, color, and typology. – Debora Hodoyer I store supplies for each individual project in a clear plastic case. This…

2 min.
what’s happening

BUTTONS GALORE If you love buttons, be sure to head to Appleton, Wisconsin, this August for the National Button Society’s annual conference. Running August 6–12 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, this year’s gathering will include membership meetings, button competitions, and a marketplace featuring literally millions of buttons, including rare antiques, artisan buttons, and much more. Learn more at nationalbuttonsociety.org. Rise Up for the Fallen A traveling exhibit of international bead work is currently on tour at locations throughout North America. “Walk With Our Sisters” is a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the USA. The artwork showcases intricatelydetailed moccasin tops, which are intentionally not sewn into shoes to symbolize the unfinished lives of murdered and missing women. More than 200 individuals from around the world…

2 min.
what’s new?

FINDINGS SPIN-N-BEAD QUICK CHANGE TRAYS Developed by kumihimo guru Adrienne Gaskell, these plastic inserts fit perfectly into both models of the Beadalon Spin-n-Bead (regular size and junior) bead spinner. Available in packs of two, these inserts are brilliant because they cut down on how many beads you need to dump into the bowl of the bead spinner and they allow you to quickly and easily switch beads in your spinner. Definitely one for the “I wish I had thought of that” category. Find a retailer at beadalon.com. GEKKO BEADS Sabine Lippert has come up with another new bead called the Gekko bead. It measures 3 x 5 mm, and has a hole on one end and a point on the other. HYBRIDAI No, it’s not traditional, but this new concept kumihimo stand gives you all sorts…

2 min.
tucson trend report

Every February, beaders, jewelry-makers, and stonelovers of all stripes descend upon Tucson, Arizona, for the Tucson Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Showcase, a citywide festival of rocks, minerals, and much, much more. Actually an assortment of more than 40 shows in dozens of locations, this is the place to go early every year to see new products and learn about upcoming trends. Which of these trends will you incorporate into your beading this year? Gemstones Rough-cut stones have been gaining in popularity for the past few years and this year the trend continues. Singleand double-terminated quartz points, both un-drilled and drilled, were especially prominent. Many gemstones were electroplated, usually in gold, for extra panache. Druzies also continue to be popular, both in beads and in cabochon-style cuts. And while natural cuts were dominant,…

3 min.
panic button

Q I absolutely detest ending and adding thread while working on a project so I tend to use really long threads. Problem is, they get tangled and knotted easily. Do you have any advice? A Most beaders share your lack of enthusiasm for adding new thread. But, pulling an extra long thread through beads requires more time than it does to add new thread. At the same time, as thread passes through the beads it may be slightly abraded and therefore weakened. So, how do I add thread? I use the following methods for Fireline, Nymo, and most threads. First, when I have about three to four inches of thread left on the needle, I stop to add more thread. I leave the existing thread on the needle so that it marks…