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Bead&Button

February 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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new year, new opportunities

The new year calls on us to hang a new calendar and embrace new challenges. One item to mark on your to-do list is the deadline for BeadDreams: April 8, 2019. Yes, it’s time to submit to this annual competition for bead artists. We know you’ve been working hard to create gorgeous pieces, and we can’t wait to see them. For those of you new to BeadDreams, let me tell you a little about the process. I’ve taken care of almost every competition since 2001. I absolutely love it! I am excited to open every box and see all the amazing...

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bead soup what’s happening >>

Coast to coast EVENTSFLORIDA STATE BUTTON SOCIETY’S ANNUAL SHOW January 17–20, 2019 Tampa, FL floridastatebuttonsociety.org Break away from your savage schedule and visit this year’s escape-from-the-zoo-themed show.TOMOKA GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY’S ANNUAL SHOW January 19–20, 2019 Deland, FL tomokagms.org You’ll find admission discounts on their website.PALM BEACH FINE CRAFT SHOW February 15–17, 2019 West Palm Beach, FL palmbeachfinecraft.com This prestigious show features the nation’s top contemporary craft artists and their latest works.TUCSON GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOWCASE February 2–17,º 2019 Tucson, AZ visittucson.org, xpopress.com Many of us have been waiting for this international show all year. That’s right. It’s time for trading, collecting, and treasure hunting in Tucson! Since we are sharing B&B memories throughout our 25th...

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bead reads

LEARN TO STITCH BEADED JEWELRY by Marla Salezze This colorful collection of easy projects is perfect for beginners. First-time author Marla Salezze guides the reader through nine different bead stitches, including peyote, right angle weave, ladder stitch, herringbone, and more. She offers three creative projects per stitch, plus design variations with complete instructions for each project. Clear illustrations and helpful tips make it easy for any beader to complete the pieces successfully. ISBN: 9781627005067 Kalmbach Media JewelryAndBeadingStore.comFABULOUS CHAIN MAIL JEWELRY: CREATING WITH COMPONENTS by Marilyn Gardiner With a focus on component-based project construction, Marilyn’s latest book includes 27 projects using chain mail techniques to link beads and...

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how did you get started in beading?

Walco’s loom hooked many of us on beading. beaders develop their passion for beading in many different ways. For some, it goes back to childhood, and many of us can thank the Walco Company for the Indian Beadcraft kit of the late 1940s to early ’50s. It contained glass vials of seed beads, the familiar wire loom, needles, thread, wax, and instructions with patterns for belts, fobs, and bracelets. I was thrilled when I opened this at Christmas, and worked until the beads were gone. While some, such as Virginia Blakelock with her Daphnis nerii (moth) pectoral, took looming to new...

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design challenge winners

Holly Kurzman ROAD TRIP Winner • “Portuguese Azulejo” • Inspired by traditional ceramic tiles that adorn many buildings and homes in Portugal, made with two-drop even-count peyote.Linda Pratt ROAD TRIP Winner • “Not Your Grandmother’s China” • Made from gold-plated china pieces and her grandmother’s vintage jewelry, with seed beads and rhinestone chain. Stitched with Viking netting.Diana Lopez CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE Winner • “Lady in Red Clutch” • An elegant decoration for a simple rectangular clutch, with square and round Swarovski crystals, gold soutache braid, gold rocailles, and Strass chain.Judy Ball Reed CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE Winner • “Autumn Splendor” • With color...

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insider tip

Crafting Perception Q I’d like to sell my bead-work at craft fairs and local shops, but I worry that buyers undervalue handmade jewelry. How do I enhance the perceived value? A When you make jewelry to sell, little else is as frustrating as having a customer admire your beadwork and hear their shopping companion say, “I could make that for you,” or “You could make that yourself.” Some customers equate “handmade” with easy-to-make, so it is important that everything about your jewelry — from the beads to the display — be as professional as possible. Here are some tips: • Use the highest...

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