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Bead&Button April 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.

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beading and the big blue pearl

FIND THE BEAD STRANDJoin the fun! Find the hidden picture of a bead strand (exactly like the one at right) and email me by May 5 with the page number the strand is on (put “Find the Bead Strand” in the subject line). We’ll pick a name at random the following week to win a copy of Sherry Serafini’s new book, Inspired Bead Emroidery. Good luck! Congratulations to Susan Farbstein of Flossmoor, IL, who found the strand on p. 85 of the December issue!April 22 is Earth Day which got me thinking about the carbon footprint of beading. I’m not sure how it could be calculated, as we use so many different tools and types of beads. But a quick internet search on the topic suggests that since the glass…

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what’s happening

Gaga for SwarovskiIt’s not just you. Look who else loves the effects that Swarovski crystals offer: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (a.k.a. Lady Gaga). During her last world tour, the performer incorporated “nearly 550,000 Swarovski crystals, adorning everything from ensembles and props to make-up, culminating in a show-stopping spectacle of shimmering light,” Swarovski representatives tell us. No doubt about it, Lady Gaga shines.Spitfire necklace by Deborah Shipp, Kumihimo Fiber & Bead JewelryKUMI GATHERING 2018Registration is now open! Get ready to braid at the 2018 conference for the American Kumihimo Society. Featuring Makiko Tada, Jacqui Carey, Giovanna Imperia, Adrienne Gaskell, and more.October 26–28, 2018; Tampa, FL amksoc.orgHAVE YOU REGISTEREDFOR THE 2018 Bead&Button Show?We’ve planned wonderful ways to bring together beads, jewelry, artists, and teachers this year. With more than 600 classes, there is…

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celebrate with buttons

CONNECTICUT STATE BUTTON SOCIETY ANNUAL AUCTIONWith their 70th anniversary just completed in 2017, the Connecticut State Button Society is holding their annual button auction this spring. What treasures will you find? Plainville, CT; March 17, 2018 connecticutstatebuttonsociety.orgCOLORADO STATE BUTTON SOCIETY ANNUAL BUTTON SHOW AND SALECSBS is celebrating 50 Years: 1968–2018! Check out this year’s event, appropriately themed “Westward Button Trails.” Denver, CO; April 6–8, 2018 coloradobuttons.comNEW YORK STATE BUTTON SOCIETYHelp the society celebrate their 75th birthday! Binghamton, NY; April 27–29, 2018 nystatebuttonsociety.orgTo see if there's a button society in your region, visit No local club in your area? There's a large online organ– ization called “Buttonbytes” that's free and open to anyone interested in the hobby. ■…

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what’s new?

CRYSTAL RECOGNITIONSwarovski plays with our perceptions as they present their new Light and Shadow Collection. New shapes include the entrancing Eye Fancy Stone and twinkling Starbloom Fancy Stone (left). The “Growing Crystals” collection breaks new ground with precision cutting that resembles a mid-metamorphosis crystal (above). New to the color family are scarlet and crystal velvet brown. Plus, you'll see more new shimmer effects colors, including erinite shimmer (lower right). Find them at a bead store near you.CZECH, 1, 2, CZECHNew colors inspired by artisans — Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh — are hitting the shelves at bead stores near you, including 4 mm wide-cap mushroom buttons (also in 7 mm and 9 x 8 mm), 3 x 6 mm 2-hole bricks, 3-cut 60 seed beads, and 4 mm Cubix.C’EST MAGNIFIQUE!Puca…

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have fun with vinyl!

To see a variety of Dianes vinyl cuff samples, download her 2018 Beautiful Beads Calendar of Cuffs from I love bead-embroidered cuffs, but covering the entire surface of a cuff with beads is time consuming. Any ideas?A Yes, dear reader, there is a perfect solution. Vinyl!SUGGESTED TYPESI first came across a bunch of vinyl samples at a garage sale and was intrigued by the variety. I thought, why not use vinyl as the base for a cuff, which would allow one to take advantage of all it has to offer and not have to bead the entire surface. First, vinyl is available in myriad colors and surface textures, including leather-look, metallics, and patent leather; Second, it cuts easily and stitching through it is like going through butter; Third, it is inexpensive…

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design challenge winners

Karen DomineBump In The Night metals winner • ”Spooky Scene Bracelet” • Mixed metals piece, featuring copper, brass, and silver.Sally BattisBump In The Night reader’s choice winner • “Witchy Woman” • Fill-the-Gap beaded braid necklace with glass leaves and firepolished beads.Deborah GlasserChill In The Air Stitching Winner • “Wind Chill” • Bead embroidery, featuring cool-color cabs and ice crystal fringe.Anika JaumannChill In The Air Reader’s Choice Winner • “Fire” • Embroidered necklace with polymer clay cabochons, seed beads, crystal bicones, and glass drop beads. ■…