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Bead&Button August 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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celebrating the little things

On top of a dresser, just out of reach, sat an old tin container. Its allure was insatiable when I was visiting my grandma’s sewing room as a five-year-old. My fingers twitched as I stood on my tiptoes, trying to nab the tin treasure trove. Inside what awaited? Buttons of all shapes and sizes.Oh, the endless possibilities to count, organize, or simply admire. While I did not go on to collect buttons, I still have a special place in my heart for the diminutive darlings, and find it fitting to work at Bead&Button magazine. Like many people, I wondered where the name came from — since the projects showcase beads not buttons. When I started at the magazine in 2003, Founding Editor Alice Korach still headed the group. Alice told me…


Editorial Director Diane M. Bacha Senior Art Director Lisa A. Bergman Senior Associate Editor Diane Jolie Senior Technical Editor Connie Whittaker Assistant Editor Katie M. Salatto Contributing Editor Julia Gerlach Technical Editors Erica Barse, Cassie Donlen, Cary Borelli Facet Content Editor Kathryn Keil Editorial Assistant Lora Groszkiewicz Graphic Designer Lisa M. Schroeder Photographer Bill Zuback Illustrator Kellie Jaeger Production Coordinator Jodi Jeranek EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Bead&Button, Facet Lindsay Burke fusionbeads.com Nancy Cain nancy@nancycain.com Diane Fitzgerald dmfbeads@bitstream.net Adrienne Gaskell adriennegaskell.com Courtney Gray creativeside.org Heather Kingsley-Heath heatherworks.co.uk Irina Miech eclecticabeads.com Cynthia Rutledge cynthiarutledge.net ADVERTISE (888) 558-1544 x 523 Ad Sales Representative Dina Johnston Ad Sales Manager Lori Schneider Ad Services Representatives Melissa Valuch, Daryl Pagel KALMBACH MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales & Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation Director…

what’s happening >>

INTERNATIONAL BEADING WEEK Bringing beadworkers together July 27–August 4, 2019 nationalbeadingweek.co.uk Help spread the beading bug! To aid in supporting this mission, the International Beading Week (IBW) website posts ideas for beading groups and bead-loving individuals from bead bombing to pattern sharing. New this year is a beginners’ page, “Learn to Bead,” offering resources and tips to get newbies started. For the rest of us, don’t miss the “Gallery” and the “Free Goodies” pages with news and projects (including a free project from Heather Kingsley-Heath!), respectively. Take your jewelry business to the next level Do you have what it takes to win Halsted’s annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists? To apply, applicants must answer 15 business questions, and submit their design portfolios. The experience helps jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to start their careers.…

what’s new?

BEADS Make your pieces sparkle brilliantly with Swarovski’s DeLite crystals. This new lacquer finish makes the facets of rivoli, chaton, oval, pear, cushion, and imperial shaped stones sparkle even more. Try them in a variety of ten alluring colors, all pictured here in rivolis. Swarovski introduces two new pearl colors: Eden Green and Iridescent Tahitian. Eden Green is an intense shamrock color, perfect for creating pieces to coordinate your jewelry with fresh summer grass. Iridescent Tahitian is a soft shade of teal, created to look like an authentic Tahitian pearl. Wear this color when you wish you could be oceanside. Both colors come in sizes 2–6 mm, 8 mm, and 10–12 mm. Metal Cap Pear Shape Pendants, by Swarovski, will bring a trendy and contemporary flare to your work. Precision-cut Austrian crystals harmonize…

stitch innovations

One of the most exciting aspects of my “Walk Down the Memory Lane” of beadwork is a survey of “new” off-loom stitches and techniques. We may all agree that some are truly new, while others are derivations of the good-old peyote, brick, and netting stitches, which go back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. You decide! Stitching innovations I recall my amazement at Gineke Root’s book, Innovative Beaded Jewelry Techniques, in 1988, and with it what came to be known as the Dutch Spiral. Although this is a peyote tube variation, like the Cellini Spiral, the use of varying sizes of beads was surprising. It was first published in Dutch, and then published in 1994 as an English version. In 1988, Mary J. Winters-Meyer selfpublished Linked Chain Stitch Basics Volume 1. Perhaps related…

design challenge winners

Anita Kozinko ARCTIC TUNDRA Reader’s Choice Winner • “Arctic Princess” • Threedimensional bead embroidery, incorporating fur, Swarovski crystals, vintage cup chain, vintage buttons, seed beads, and pearls. Anca Varetea ARCTIC TUNDRA Winner • “The Iceberg” • A Labradorite stone as a centerpiece, bezeled with seed beads, transparent glass bicones, and gold-coated Czech bead. The necklace is hollow tubular peyote. Katie Dean MAKE YOUR OWN BEAD Winner • “Aquatic Necklace” • Made completely from seed beads. The sea turtles, star fish, and octopus all use peyote stitch, and the fish are netted. The back rope uses a simple wave stitch. Patti Parker MAKE YOUR OWN BEAD Winner • “Imperial” • Set of jewelry made from solid beaded beads measuring 1 in. (2.5 cm) Materials include: beaded spacer beads, Swarovski pearls, an 18 mm backlit cab, GemDuos, and Baroque cabochons. ENTER TO WIN >> We invite…