Bead&Button August 2016

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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lifelong learning

Earlier this summer, we hosted the 16th annual Bead&Button Show, and thousands of beaders from around the world came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 10 fabulous days of classes, shopping, events, and all things bead-related. Students, teachers, and vendors bonded over all the minutiae that we beaders and jewelry-makers love. Of course, not everyone can make the trek to Milwaukee for the Show. But that doesn’t mean you’re on your own! Great beading teachers are everywhere and many travel the world to share their designs. Not to mention the many talented designers who create detailed kits so that no beader need be left without expert guidance. Check out the “Classes and Kits” ad section on p. 48–49 of this issue to find designers who can assist you in your lifelong quest…

1 min
on the web

Express yourself with beads! Subscribers, download your August B&B Extra starting on August 1 at New website Discover our new website,, where beading and jewelry-making projects, videos, inspiration, and more are just a click away, 24/7. FREE PROJECTS FREE VIDEOS INFO, INSPIRATION & MORE!…

6 min
bead soup

Bead Happenings BRAIDS 2016 Braiding and kumihimo enthusiasts — the Braid Society’s Third Annual International Conference will be held in Tacoma, Washington, this year from July 24–30. Featuring talks, outings, a marketplace, and classes (like this hira kara bracelet by Adrienne Gaskell), this is a great opportunity to learn from braiding experts from around the world. Visit for more. Rubber earnuts to the rescue tip A friend asked me to convert a treasured brooch into a pendant for her, but my first few attempts didn’t work. The pin didn’t have a bail or a flat back that I could attach a bail to. The pin back was off-center so the brooch converter I tried caused the pin to tilt. Furthermore, I don’t have good wireworking skills. So I improvised and found a great solution!…

2 min
your work

Midnight in the Garden necklace As an artist who paints a story or memory with beads, I often find inspiration in nature. “Midnight in the Garden” represents a flower who stands alone admiring the midnight sky and stars above. The copper flower is a Patricia Healy pendant. I used abalone shells, crystals, gemstones, O-beads, and three sizes of seed beads, working in peyote stitch, backstitch, brick stitch, and stringing. Pamela Garbig Hernando, Florida Nature’s treasures I made this necklace just for fun during a Facebook group challenge. I wanted the piece to have a really organic feel, and to look as if it had just been lifted out of the ocean near a sandy beach. So I made a loose, random net, and embellished it with pearls, apatite, seed beads, and pieces of…

4 min
tempting treasures wire frame earrings

Frames 1 Flush cut 6 in. (15 cm) of 18-gauge wire. With a marker, make marks ¾ in. (1.9 cm), 2¾ in. (7 cm), 3¼ in (8.3 cm), and 5¼ in. (13.3 cm) from one end (photo a). 2 Using roundnose pliers, make a loop on each end, making sure they face the same way (photo b). 3 Using chainnose or flatnose pliers, make a right-angle bend at each mark to form a rectangular shape, making sure the loops are on the outside. If the loops don’t overlap, trim and re-shape them as needed (photo c). 4 Place the frame on the bench block, and hammer it to slightly flatten and texture the wire (photo d). Don’t hammer the loops when they are overlapped. Instead, separate them, hammer them individually, and squeeze them back…

4 min
super cube beaded beads

Beaded bead 1 Attach a needle to each end of 4 ft. (1.2 m) of thread. With one needle, pick up a repeating pattern of a rondelle and an 8ºseed bead four times. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, and continue through the next rondelle, centering the beads on the thread (figure 1). 2 With one needle, pick up an 8º, three SuperDuo beads, and an 8º, and sew through the rondelle your thread is exiting to form a loop (figure 2, a–b). Retrace the thread path (not shown in the figure for clarity). Continue through the next 8ºand rondelle in the ring (b–c). Repeat these stitches three times to complete the round (c–d), and continue through the next 8ºand SuperDuo in the first loop added and through…