Bead&Button October 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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persistence and creativity

Find the bead strand! for your chance to in ! Of all the reasons I love my job, near the very top is the fabulous BeadDreams competition that we’ve been hosting since 1995 (though it was called Embellishment in the early years). It highlights a wide range of beading techniques, design styles, and artistic visions, and I get to see — up close and personal — amazing pieces of jewelry and beaded art from around the globe. We’re sharing the winning designs in this issue (see p. 16), and once again I want to say how humbled and grateful I am that we had the opportunity to feature these pieces, along with all the other finalists, at the Bead&Button Show. Thanks to all the talented designers behind the amazing designs — you…

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new on

Visit Bead&Button’s new website,, for free projects, videos, blogs, galleries, and more, all updated daily. Learn to make harmonius color blends in polymer clay Make a sparkly wire crochet necklace Translate a chain mail weave into seed beads Watch a how-to video on chenille stitch NEW in B&B Extra! Subscribers, download your October issue of B&B Extra on October 1 at Phoenix pendant by Cindy Clark Adorable acorn earrings by Lane Landry Pretty peyote scarf ring by Svetlana Dubinsky Global elements necklace by Dana Meredith DiamonDuo bracelet by Marcia Balonis…

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bead soup

Beading trends, tips, news, reviews, projects, and more! Bead Happenings Oneida Nation beadwork exhibit If you’ll be in the Madison, Wisconsin, area, be sure to check out the Native American Oneida Nation beadwork exhibit, Beading Culture: Raised Beadwork and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Running September 16–November 6, 2016, the exhibit chronicles the revival of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork among the Wisconsin Oneida, who have been established on lands near Green Bay, Wisconsin, since the 1830s. The exhibit will feature examples of their early distinctive raised beadwork, pieces by Six Nations beaders, videos, artist demonstrations, a panel discussion, and gallery talks. To learn more, visit Table mat photo by Jim Kelly Strung Together: Beads, People, and History Exhibit The University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History is presenting the Strung Together exhibit through…

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1 Arcos and Minos beads A new crescent shape bead that has three holes and an even thickness; measures 5 x 10 mm. Designed to fit perfectly within the center of two Arcos beads, the new Minos bead is cylindrical in shape and measures 2.5 x 3 mm. 2 New finish The Czech Republic keeps producing new and interesting finishes, such as “mercury” (a silvery coating), shown on these 6 x 8 mm rondelles. Wholesale:; retail: 3 Cats with attitude Hand-crafted decoupage beads, measuring 2¾ x 13⁄16 in. (7 x 2.1 cm) and depicting whimsical cat images. From 4 Cool clasps A gorgeous assortment of highly detailed clasps with attached cord ends (great for kumihimo, bead crochet, and leather) or crimp ends (for flat bead-stitched or ribbon projects). Cast in bronze and silver, they’re…

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design challenge

We tried a different product for our design challenge this month — stainless steel mesh chain. The chain we used is 10 mm wide and 3 mm thick, and is available at See what the editors and a B&B reader came up with! (These ideas are for your inspiration; instructions are not available.) Penny Dixon (B&B reader) While at the Bead&Button Show this year, I stopped at the Rod Griffin Australian Opal booth ( and fell in love with his boulder opals, exclusively found and mined in South Queensland by Rod and his son. The mesh chain was the perfect backdrop for a vintage style, lacy design of Czech fire-polished beads and seed beads that echo the colors of the beautiful opal. The clasp, with its textured pattern, added the perfect finishing…

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embracing art

Get in touch with your inner art lover by incorporating polymer clay, metal, lampwork, or other art beads into your beadwork. While there are no hardand-fast rules for using art beads, these tips will get your started on your path to designing incredible jewelry with focal beads. Quick and easy Probably the quickest and easiest way to show off your favorite lampwork beads is to make a pendant or, if the beads are smaller, a pair of earrings. • String an art bead along with any desired accent beads or bead caps onto a head pin or eye pin or a piece of wire with a plain or wrapped loop at one end. • String additional beads as desired, and make a plain or wrapped loop. Color, color, color Many art beads are awash in gorgeous…