Bead&Button February 2020

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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20 years … and counting!

Hello, beaders! I’m here to share exciting news with you about the upcoming Bead&Button Show. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and the whole week of the Bead&Button Show will be filled with excitement, surprises, gifts, and parties. This is one extravaganza you won’t want to miss! I invite you to visit and click on “Classes.” You’ll see hundreds of possibilities fill your screen, all of them sure to take your jewelry making to the next level and help you explore new techniques. As always, we’re convening an amazing collection of talented teachers to help you pursue your passion for beads, gems, stones, and your favorite facets of jewelry-making. Remember that some classes fill up quickly! It’s best to reserve your seat early if you can. And be sure to…

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bead soup

what’s happening Focus on 2020 Trends: calm and confident colors! According to the paint industry, the 2020 colors of the year express a sense of calm, as illustrated by Glidden’s Almost Pink (top right) and Benjamin Moore’s Soft Fern. On the other hand, the Pantone Color Institute experts have a bolder forecast for Spring/Summer 2020. “The color palette infuses heritage and tradition with a colorful, youthful update that creates strong multi-colored combinations as well as energizing and optimistic pairings,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Among Pantone’s friendly and relatable palette is Flame Scarlet. This strong red (similar to Swarovski’s new Royal Red, bottom right) represents “confidence and determination.” According to Eiseman, “red always gives a voice to women.” To learn more about color theory and how it can influence…

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what’s new?

beads & focals Indulge in Swarovski’s new Fall/Winter 2020 colors, which evoke radiant femininity through passionate berry-tones and glittering candy-colors. Find pearls in sumptuous elderberry and mulberry (including the new rice pearls!). And discover opulent DeLite-finish crystals in silky sage, lotus pink, royal blue, royal red, and orange glow. Beadsmith presents three fresh colors of backlit Oval Baroque Cabs. Violet ice, aquasol, and tequila will add luminous warmth to your projects. Also new from Beadsmith are additional finishes to their extensive line of Ginko Duo beads. Find them in satiny Chatoyant Shimmer and joyous Confetti Splash. Add distinction to your beadwork with Indigo Turtle Art’s new, mother-of-pearl-glazed focal pendants. Fine porcelain pieces with Swarovski inlay dazzle, while animal portrait pieces add a touch of whimsy. Find them at Check out Miyuki’s latest shades…

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bead reads

COLORFUL COMPONENTS: STITCH DAZZLING DESIGNS WITH MULTI-HOLE BEADS By Patricia Parker In this brand-new book, designer and teacher Patricia Parker shares her secrets to bead weaving using many different types of multi-hole beads. Readers can choose from 25+ component-based projects, such as earrings, bracelets, pendants, and more. Includes helpful illustrations and step-by-step instructions for each project, as well as a visual guide to shaped beads. Enthusiastic beaders can whip up a number of these colorful, wearable pieces in no time! Kalmbach Media 978-1-62700-692-7 GEM & JEWELRY POCKET GUIDE By Renée Newman No matter where you shop, make sure you have this traveler’s guide to buying diamonds, colored gems, pearls, gold, and platinum jewelry. You’ll find essential material on shape, cutting style, carat weight, color, and clarity for those purchasing colored gemstones with a brief description of different…

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design challenge winners

View them all on Susan Cologne THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (AND CATS, TOO!) Reader Choice Award Winner • “Lola” • The work showcases a handmade, lampwork glass bead with a woven wire “collar” that coils around an asymmetrical Cellini-spiral-variation necklace. The necklace decreases down to a few beads that spiral onto SilverSilk-captured chain. Denise Sassone THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (AND CATS, TOO!) Winner • “Green-eyes” • Bead embroidery with seed beads, Swarovski crystal bicones and flowers, Czech and vintage French bugle beads, freshwater and glass pearls, vintage glass beads, Czech fire-polished beads, leather, and a brass-bar pin back. Vicki Si CELESTIAL WONDERS Winner • “Inhabited Solar Systems” • The necklace depicts a “distant galaxy, foreign star, and inhabited planets around it.” The work is made with various-sized Toho beads (15°s – 30s) of more…

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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, JANUARY 2020: HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! Queue the fireworks as we celebrate the Chinese New Year and all things related! Will you make red-and-gold lanterns with bead embroidery, or string components with embossed Chinese zodiac creatures? You might reinterpret the intricacy of Chinese paper cutting with wirework. Add traditional lettering to resin. Or layer metal to pay homage to the Great Wall itself! If your original jewelry piece has a nod to China, submit it to Facet in January. FEBRUARY 2020: VIVE L’AMOUR The February Design Challenge beckons all romantics.…