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Bead&Button October 2018

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.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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endless inspiration, plus a few new faces

It’s hard to believe there was a time when I’d hear the word “herringbone” and think of a snappy wool blazer instead of a sparkly beaded bracelet. But yes, it’s true: I was once clueless about beads, beadwork, and bead stitching.Thanks in large part to Bead&Button magazine, and motivated by a lifelong love of jewelry artistry, that’s all in the past. I’m now blissfully in the know yet consistently challenged by what I don’t know. I’m endlessly inspired by every issue and every update to With each story, project, pattern and product, the Bead&Button team strives to embrace the tried-and-true we all love while exploring the untried-and-new. That’s what keeps life interesting, right?We’re changing things up in this space, too. Longtime readers will know I’m not the usual face…

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bead soup

WHAT’S HAPPENINGA MAN OF MANY BEADSThe saying goes: “The one who dies with the most beads wins!”If that’s true, than Olayami Dabls is in the running to be a winner.On the corner of Grand River and West Grand Blvd. in Detroit, Olayami Dabls brought a vision, and built a bead museum that offers space for his community to “understand the immense power of their African heritage.” Dabls established the MBAD African Bead Museum in 1994, which currently displays 18 outdoor installations, the African bead gallery, the N’kisi Iron House, and an African Language Wall.Located in Detroit’s West Side, the inspirational setting draws 35,000 international visitors a year, and was recently designated as a “jewel” of Michigan. Grants and outreach programs are in place to ensure Dabls’ MBAD African Bead Museum…

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society spotlight

THE CULVER CITY BEAD BAZAAROctober 14, 2018Culver City, CAculvercitybeadbazaar.comAlong with products for jewelry designers, collectors, mixed-media artists, and fiber artists, the show offers inspiring finished artwork from designers and lapidary technicians, plus make ’n’ take classes. Go to the website, and print a coupon!2018 INTERNATIONAL IROQUOIS BEADWORK CONFERENCESeptember 14–16, 2018Hogansburg, New York, and Akwesasne Mohawk Territory (on the borders of Quebec, Ontario, and New York)otsiningo.comJoin researchers, collectors, and beadworkers from all of the Six Nations! Topics of discussion include beading history and current work. Plus, you’ll enjoy beading classes, a beadwork competition, silent auction, beading supply sales, and boat tours to St. Lawrence River islands.THE BEAD AFFAIREOctober 20, 2018Watertown, MAbeadesignerintl.orgCelebrate the BDI New England Bead Society’s 40th Bead Affaire with more than 40 local and national artists and vendors exhibiting…

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bead shop hop

September 7–9 & 14–16, 2018Grab your friends, plan your trip, have lots of fun! Lots of prizes, special promotions, trunk shows, make ‘n’ takes, and much, much more.If you’ll be in southern California during the month of September, be sure to participate in the Southern California Bead Shop Hop, the largest event of its kind in the U.S. Spanning two weekends (Sept. 7–9 and 14–16), you’ll have ample time to visit all 12 participating stores to get in on special promotions, make ‘n’ takes, trunk shows, prizes, and more. For more information, visit and download an event map. ■…

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what’s new?

HOT FINDSTierraCast’s new Caravan collection components reflect the romantic architecture of the Middle East.Charming Worlds Away findings from TierraCast are perfect for the avid traveler. They are available in multiple finishes and sizes.Jill MacKay’s designs come to life in TierraCast’s Botanical Birds collection. Available in four finishes: antique pewter, brass oxide, and antique silver and gold.Super lightweight Lighten Up earring components and links are embellished with Swarovski crystals. Find them at out these new two-hole beads from Puca! The Paros par Puca beads is a 7 x 4 mm hexagon-shaped bead with the holes going diagonally through the bead. The Kos par Puca bead is a 6 x 3 mm half-moon shaped bead with a curved edge and a straight edge, and with the holes going from edge to…

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online ordering dilemma

“I made a string of 11o̠ seed bead samples each ten beads wide and one inch long with a loop on top.”Q I live several hours away from the nearest bead store so must order my beads online. My problem is that between the color names used for beads and the distortion of color images on my monitor, it is difficult to be certain I am ordering the color I need. Often I end up with colors I can’t use or don’t like and have wasted my money. Any advice?A You have my sympathy. I once needed a few yellow drops to finish a project. Should I choose lemon yellow? Canary yellow? Dandelion yellow? Light beige? Like beauty, color is in the eye of the beholder. I’m now the owner…