Bead&Button 1 June 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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bracelets, bracelets, bracelets!

In most of the reader surveys we’ve conducted over the years, the project type that consistently tops the list is the bracelet. Some people like them because they’re like the Goldilocks of the jewelry world — not too big, not too small, but juuuust right. Bracelets often outshine necklaces for a variety of reasons — maybe they seem more versatile or maybe people like how a bangle dangles on the wrist. Well, if you’re a bracelet lover, you should love this issue, as it is packed with great beaded bracelet projects of all sorts. Whether you like peyote stitch with cylinder beads (p. 32), easy stitching with Half Tilas (p. 36), the lacy look (p. 42), bead crochet (p. 48), architectural structure (p. 62), netting (p. 66), St. Petersburg chain (p.…

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b&b’s guide to flexible beading wire

Handy Dandy You’re just back from your local bead store with a new slew of beads and baubles, ready to get started on your latest stringing project. Make sure your project stands the test of time by choosing the right stringing material. While there are definitely times that beading cord or monofilament are appropriate, for professional results, we recommend flexible beading wire, a cable made up of multiple thin wires woven together and covered with a clear or colored nylon coating. The thin wires are usually stainless steel but can also be sterling silver, silver plated, and gold plated. It is ideal for stringing, some bead weaving, and bead crochet projects. It can sometimes be knotted like thread but can’t be attached to a regular beading needle. A special needle, called a…

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bead happenings

Bead&Button Show Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the largest retail bead show, the Bead&Button Show, is just around the corner (May 27–June 8). With nearly two full weeks of classes plus a three-day bead marketplace in Milwaukee, this event is not to be missed. Additional highlights include the BeadDreams exhibit; exhibits from Toho, the ISGB, the Czech Republic, and more; an artglass flame-off; demos; make ’n takes; and much more. Visit for more information Button convention The annual gathering of The National Button Society takes place July 27– August 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire. With competitions, lectures, and a bustling marketplace where you can find buttons of all sorts, this is one event button lovers won’t want to miss. Learn more at New art glass exhibit: The Sweeney Collection A new museum dedicated…

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cool stuff for beaders from tucson

New beads and finishes Ask for these new products at your local bead store. b Micro spike buttons are 4 x 6 mm (including the shank) and come in silver, gold, and gunmetal. c The newest addition to the Czech Mates system is the QuadraLentil, a 6 mm lentil with four holes. Cute as a button! d Looking for a good spacer bead? Try these new smooth 3 mm glass rondelles. g Is this another timeless classic? Pick up some Infinity beads (available in two sizes), and decide for yourself. Cabochons and beads j For a bold, slightly industrial look, try Maku Raku spikes from Metal components This and that…

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design challenge

Julia I love how the button in this selection kind of looks like it’s already beaded so I chose it to be the focal point for my pendant. Because the button has a lot of detail already, I simply attached it to beading foundation, added edging and a floral drop, and stitched a bail for stringing. Connie I used fire-polished beads and pearls to make the base of my pendant, then embellished it with two sizes of daggers and pinch beads. The sage green 150s add just a little pop of contrasting color. Connie Blank (B&B reader) As soon as I saw the button in the supply of beads, I knew that I wanted to make a leather wrap bracelet. As it came together, the sections of the larger beads just naturally rose above the…

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2015 bead&button show commemorative bead designs

Every year, a bead artist is commissioned to make a commemorative bead for the Bead&Button Show (see more about the show on p. 12). This year, bead maker extraordinaire Andrea Guarino-Slemmons designed this fabulous floral bead with a silver core and end caps as a tribute to the show’s 15th anniversary. We asked three members of the Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee to design a special piece with the bead, and we’re happy to share their work with you here. Each piece will be auctioned off during the Bead Social at the Bead&Button Show, with proceeds going to the Medical College of Wisconsin for breast cancer research. Go big or go home The large size of the bead demands a substantial design so I chose to make a long multistrand, asymmetrical…