Bead&Button April 2017

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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Over the past few years, the news has been full of studies that support the notion that to maintain a youthful vigor, we should constantly be learning new things — that exercising the brain may be just as important as exercising the body in keeping us healthy and vibrant. And while beading may not raise your heart rate (except occasionally when you feel the need to throw your beadwork against the wall out of frustration), it can encourage weight loss because it ’s really hard to eat and bead at the same time! On top of that, it certainly can give your synapses a workout. Sometimes, I swear, I can practically feel my neurons popping when I ’m trying to understand a new technique or follow a complicated thread path.…

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My favorite color for everything has always been green, so naturally I love green beads. Over the years I have come to love purple as well, so when the two colors are put together it’s even better. The combination reminds me of beautiful flowers (lilacs and violets), gemstones (emerald and amethyst), antique fabrics, and the colors of royalty. Recently I’ve also added copper to the mix – Carolyn Cave I love all shades of blue and my favorite color is turquoise. – Svetlana Chernitsky Websites:, Email: Most of my beadwork includes golds and greens, because I love the combination of these two colors. Add a little red tone and everything pops! – Norma Jean Dell Website:, Email: I don’t have a favorite color. I love so many colors. The most used are Miyuki bronze…

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bead soup

BEADING TRENDS, TIPS, NEWS, REVIEWS, PROJECTS, AND MORE! Don’t forget! The deadline to enter our Bead- Dreams competition is March 24, 2017. Finalists will be on display at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee this coming June and will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Go to for more information. Shown here: “Monarch” by Svetlana Kossman, BeadDreams 2016. PANTONE® COLOR OF THE YEAR Add a burst of the tangy, refreshing Greenery to your beadwork in 2017. Says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” BEADING TRADITIONS REKINDLED A Smithsonian Institute affiliate, the Ah-Tah-Thi- Ki is a museum of Seminole culture and history in Clewiston, Florida. Its new exhibit, Rekindled: Contemporary…

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your work

This design was inspired by beaches and my concern for the turtle hatch. The turtle is constructed in several beading techniques and uses a variety of seed beads and gemstones. It was in the making for many months and seemed to speak to me as I went along. The turtle is mounted on a background of faux leather and accented with beaded waves and white caps. Madalyn Svendsen Port St. Joe, Florida 2 Under the sea Inspired by the beautiful waters off the coast of Aruba, my first bead-embroidery necklace is made from a collection of Czech and Japanese seed beads, pearls, semi-precious gemstone chips, vintage rhinestones, and more. The large octopus cabochon is a repurposed pendant and I made the smaller cabochons myself from sea creature images to match. I used two-bead backstitch…

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handy dandy guide

The word rocaille (pronounced ro-ki or ro-kail) is sometimes used to refer to round seed beads, probably in a nod to its French origins, meaning “rocky ground” or “pebble work.” DRUK Round, pressed Czech glass beads. Possibly derived from the German “druck,” meaning “pressure,” alluding to the process of making pressed glass beads. MACO/MACCO TUBES A tiny, thin-walled tube, similar to a bugle bead but smaller. Many look a lot like Delicas but the ends are less regular. CHARLOTTE Traditionally, Charlotte beads are size 130 seed beads (rocailles) with a single facet ground into each one for extra sparkle. Charlottes are also referred to as true-cuts. Other size seed beads (150, 110, 80, and 60) are now available with a single facet and some people will refer to them as Charlotte-cut beads, though purists would call…

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gemstone savvy

How do gemstones go from being rocks in the ground to beautiful beads around your neck? Join us on a trip across the globe to find out. Of course we all know that when gemstones come out of the ground, they generally aren’t ready to turn into jewelry. How do rocks from a remote gem mine in another continent end up on a string, tempting you to blow your budget at a bead show? In this issue, we’re going on a journey to find out. Nowadays the vast majority of stone beads are mined in huge quantities using heavy equipment, shipped to Chinese factories by the container load, machine cut and drilled, and often have their appearance artificially enhanced. But we’re going to follow a small lot of high-quality Nepalese kyanite all…