Bead&Button October 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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be the change

It seems like only yesterday that many of us were longing for hot summer days. And now, in what feels like the blink of an eye, autumn is upon us. (Time certainly does fly when you’re beading!) The fall season gets me thinking about two things — color and change. As the air becomes crisper and the days shorten, my excitement grows to take in autumn’s impending abundance of vivid hues. From sepia to amber, scarlet to crimson, maroon to auburn, and so many more — take a cue from nature’s presentation of changing shades when choosing colors to bead with. I can’t think of a better way to honor vibrant falling leaves than by stitching up Zsuzsanna Erdei’s “Flying dragon scale bracelet” (p. 45), which features leaf-like Kite beads artfully…

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bead soup

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOOKING FOR SPIRITED BEADS? PERHAPS THEY’RE NEW TO YOU, BUT GHOST BEADS ARE ANCIENT IN ORIGIN. These unique items are made from juniper berries, which are actually female seed cones. The beads are thought to bring harmony, peace, and safety, symbolizing the connection between humanity and nature. Ghost beads are said to ward off negative energy and protect the wearer from evil spirits, ghosts, and nightmares. Betina Smith, a member of the Dine/Navajo nation, tell us how she, her mother, and her grandmother keep traditions alive through their creations at Dzabahe Jewelry. According to Smith, “Traditionally, juniper berries are collected after ants have found the berries on the ground. They nibble off one end, and eat the inside of the berry.” The result is a hollow and dry form. Today, berries are…

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THE CULVER CITY BEAD BAZAAR October 27, 2019 Culver City, CA Meet artists, vendors, and people who enjoy beading! Download the postcard for discounts. IROQUOIS BEADWORK CONFERENCE September 13–15, 2019 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada Presentations, workshops, beadwork competition, and other activities. BEAD SHOP HOP September 6–8 and 13–15, 2019 Los Angeles/Orange Counties – Riverside/San Diego Counties Don’t miss this southern California beading tradition! Enjoy shopping, and make projects at select stores. THE BEAD AFFAIRE October 19, 2019 Watertown, MA 40+ venders with all things bead-related. Find unique art glass pendants, vintage beads, and much more! If you have beading news, tips, or events, send emails to, and put “Bead Soup” in the subject line. Psst: we work four months ahead of the publication date.…

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what’s new?

CAPTIVATING CABOCHONS Karen Bruns’ Designs showcases stunning handmade porcelain cabs. A variety of cabs painted with alcohol inks are available at Discover uniquely layered, hand-painted acrylic cabs from Alexandra Beads — perfect for wire wrapping, bead weaving, and bead embroidery. Get them at Take a gander at these eyeball cabs by Pumpkin Hill Beads. Use them to catch a lot of glances. Eye-quire them at BEAUTIFUL BEADS Mirroresque metallic-backed beads are lighting up the beading scene. Check out Beadsmith’s expanded line of backlit finish beads, now offered in 12 colors of oval Baroque cabochons and Ginko beads. Also new from Beadsmith are hefty 3-Cut 20 Matubo seed beads. The faceted edges give these substantial beauties extra sparkle. Use them to quickly add pizzazz to your jewelry designs Beadsmith introduces a new color palette with…

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design challenge winners

Carol Surges “Buds ‘n’ Birds” • FLORAL & FANCY Reader’s Choice Winner • Avian pendant wired to vintage floral spray for a slightly asymmetrical centerpiece. Robin Gower “Yellow Roses” • FLORAL & FANCY Winner • Seed beads and Delicas over memory wire and copper wire, using brick stitch. Ruxandra Puscas “Madame de Pompadour Earrings” • CREATE WITH CRYSTALS Reader’s Choice Winner • Swarovski crystals, pearls, and seed beads. Lindy Hartig “Fossil In Paradise” • CREATE WITH CRYSTALS Winner • Highlights include a fossilized shark tooth, Swarovski chessboard crystal, rivolis, abalone, and pearls.…

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enter to win

We invite you to participate in our monthly design challenge! Create or share an original design that fits the monthly theme. If your piece is chosen as a winner, it may be featured here in the magazine as well as on our website, SEPTEMBER 2019: CELESTIAL WONDER The night sky has proved an inspiration for countless artists. This month, we want you to cast your eyes skyward to the stars, the moon, the constellations, and beyond for your creative jewelry designs. Whether you bead, hammer, twist, or string, spend September embracing the velvety blue of an Autumn evening. As the full moon eases into the new moon, submit your astronomy-inspired designs to this month’s challenge! OCTOBER 2019: AUTUMN COLORS As we enter October, we are already surrounded by the changing of the seasons:…