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Bead&Button October 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

2 min.
rise to the challenge

It’s nearly October, which means Visit Your Local Bead Shop month is just around the corner! This year, we’re teaming up with our sister magazine, Bead Style, to sponsor a design contest to find exciting new designs from our talented readers. It’s easy to enter and the winners will be published in one of the magazines. Check out p. 12 for more information about how to enter. And also go to p. 90 to read the Spotlight on ibella BEADS in St. Louis, Missouri, which was voted the most popular bead shop in last October’s Favorite Bead Shop contest. While I hope you enter our contest with a fabulous original design, I also hope you take time to make some of the great projects in this issue! Cary Bruner’s cover project,…

4 min.
b&b’s guide to beading contests

At one point or another, many beaders start to consider entering beading contests. Such competitions are a great way to gain recognition for your work and credibility within the community. Prizes and bragging rights offer more reasons for entering. But perhaps the best reason for entering a competition is to stretch yourself creatively and set goals for advancing your own artistic vision. Competitions can range widely from fun, casual online design challenges to formal juried contests with prizes and exhibits. Whatever your interest or experience level, a contest could be an exciting way to take your beading to the next level. Juried contests In a juried competition, a panel of judges selects finalists from all the entries (not all pieces are juried in), and the contestants are usually required to send their pieces…

3 min.
findings

Beads Ask for these new options at your local bead shop. a Crystaletts buttons: The new 5 mm size features Swarovski crystals or pearls. b MiniDuos: A smaller version of the popular SuperDuo bead; measures 2 x 4 mm. c Trinity beads: A new trishaped bead that comes in 3 x 6 mm or 4 x 8 mm. d Half moon beads: A twohole bead with one curved and one straight edge that measures 4 x 8 mm. e eMMA beads: A 3-hole triangle bead that measures 3 x 6 mm. f Crisscross cubes: A 4 mm cube with offset holes that cross through the cube. g 2-hole cabochon: A small 6 mm domed flat-back bead that has two parallel holes. h Button bead: This bead has a flat surface, a pointed end that nestles perfectly with 110 seed…

1 min.
new on the bookshelf

Let’s Hubble by Melanie de Miguel Want to learn a new beadwork stitch? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beadweaver, you will be delighted at how easy it is to learn the Hubble stitch. Melanie teaches you the basic stitch along with 2-and 3-drop, Spaced Out Hubble, circular, tubular Hubble, and inverted Hubble using detailed instructions, clear illustrations, and wonderful photos. Once you learn this stitch, you’ll be hooked on Hubble. SRA Books ISBN 978-1-909116-47-4 www.suerichardson.co.uk Kumihimo Combinations by Karen DeSousa If you’re interested in stretching your kumihimo knowledge and skills, try this new book from Karen DeSousa. While it does cover several fundamental techniques and concepts, this book quickly gets into new territory, such as transitions from peyote to kumihimo, making flat braids, adding cup chain in a channel, and more. Featuring both beaded and…

1 min.
design challenge

Not all design challenges are based on specific supplies. Sometimes it could be a theme, a literary character, or just about anything else. When we heard that Preciosa was hosting a design contest around four “Afternoon Tea Party”color palettes they recently created (along with color experts at Pantone), we decided to play along, each selecting a different color palette. (These ideas are for your inspiration; instructions are not available.) Cassie I immediately imagined a flowing cascade of crystals when I saw the Preciosa’s “Fruity sundae” palette. I grabbed my 22-gauge steel wire and started attaching crystals randomly to a 11⁄8-in. (2.9 cm) steel wire frame that was formed using a mandrel. To help complete the design, I added dangling crystals for extra sparkle. Edgy yet elegant! Bonnie Boblin (B&B reader) When I saw the colors in…

1 min.
we have kits!

Want one-stop shopping? You got it! Our new line of beading kits includes complete step-by-step instructions and all materials for each project. Buy the kit! SPARKLING SPIKES NECKLACE WHEELS OF FUN EARRINGS RULLA WAVE BRACELET JEWELRY KITS FOR YOU Buy these kits and many others at www.JewelryAndBeadingStore.com On the Web 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.…