Bead&Button 1 August 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.

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we teachers!

June marked the 15th anniversary of our annual Bead&Button Show. Besides the best possible bead shopping, a close-up view of the finalists in our BeadDreams competition, and several bead-related social events, the main reason people come to the Show is the classes. After all, where else can you have access to nearly all the top beading teachers in a single location? It really is a remarkable event that brings the faithful back year after year, for which the entire Bead&Button team and all the teachers are extremely grateful. Thanks to everyone who gathered in Milwaukee to learn, celebrate all things bead-related, and score some new finds for the studio. Of course, the Bead&Button Show comes around only once a year, but you can keep learning all year long with Bead&Button magazine.…

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b&b’s guide to cup chain

Cup chain, sometimes referred to as rhinestone chain, is a series of metal cups set with crystals (or occasionally pearls) and linked together to form a slinky chain. It is usually made of base metal and comes in a wide array of finishes, most commonly silver plate and gold plate, which are generally applied after the stones are set in the chain. There are many wonderful ways to use cup chain in jewelry designs. You can incorporate it into bead embroidery by simply sewing it down to your foundation. Using it in off-loom bead stitching, like right-angle weave, is also popular. Many current design trends combine cup chain with leather. To string cup chain (instead of stitching with it), you will need chain ends and/or connectors, which are sized to match the…

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New beads and finishes Cabochons Findings Fabric-friendly cup chain (shown on p. 11) doesn’t have prongs, which makes it easier to incorporate into your beadwork without the worry of snagging clothing. Many colors are available in a gunmetal finish which does not compete with the crystals like bright metals do. The cup chain is made with Swarovski crystals and is offered in several sizes. Available at Odds and ends…

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bead events

East Seaside Bead Retreat 3 days of classes May • Mystic, Connecticut Midwest Bead&Button Show 10+ days of classes May–early June • Milwaukee, Wisconsin Missouri Bead Retreat 4-day flameworking and jewelry event May • Lake Ozark, Missouri South The Great Bead Escape 4-day retreat March • Jacksonville, Florida Beading in the Ozarks 4-day event August • Eureka Springs, Arkansas Arkansas Bead Retreat 3-day retreat October • Mountain View, Arkansas groups/481926681822178 Southwest Texas Bead Retreat 4-day event January • Temple, Texas Art Retreat in the Desert 7 days of classes February • Tucson, Arizona To Bead True Blue 9 days of classes + marketplace February • Tucson, Arizona West Beads on the Vine 3-day retreat July • San Luis Obispo, California Colorado Bead Retreat 3-day event October • Nederland, Colorado Beader’s Dream Retreat 4-day event October • San Diego, California Beyond our borders • A variety of bead cruises are available at and • Find a range of beading workshop getaways at • Bead safaris in Kenya, Africa, are not bead classes in the usual…

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design challenge

(These ideas are for your inspiration; instructions are not available.) Julia I made a bracelet using three raku components — a 30 mm cabochon and two 20 mm connectors, each with two built-in wire loops. I worked two rounds of beaded backstitch around the cab, and then embellished the outer round with a few crystals and a bit of chain. I used jump rings to connect the focal to the connectors and chain to attach the clasp. Maggie Roschyk One of the best things about using MAKUraku is how easy the cabochons are to work with. The clay is strong, yet light, and the cabs have a rough surface on the back so they are easily glued to foundation material. I embroidered a triangular focal with matte metallic beads in shades of copper and…

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on the web

Subscribers B&B Extra Subscribers — download your August issue of B&B Extra on August 1 at 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: • • • Tell us what you think! Give us feedback about this issue at…