Wirework. Many of us beaders only encounter it when making a wrapped loop or opening a jump ring to attach one bead-y thing to another. But as I am learning, wire and beads go together as well as needle and thread. And I am getting that education thanks to our most recent special issue, Wirework Spring 2013. If you haven't seen it yet, you can order Wirework Spring 2013 here, or find it at your local newsstand. When you flip through the pages, watch for these projects that bring together the best of both worlds -- wire and beads!
1. You're probably going to pick up some fun cabochons at the summer bead shows, so why not try this bezeling technique by Bead&Button contributor Irina Miech? It looks like the technique known as Viking knit, but you don't need any special tools -- just your fingers!
2. These are darling, aren't they? In these earrings by Sandra Lupo, a woven wire ribbon twists around a core of coiled pearls. I want to wear these to a summer wedding!
3. I know how beaders love to incorporate odd finds into their beadwork. You know, beads without holes and nuts and bolts and items that can only be described as "found objects." In this bracelet, Kat Wisniewski uses Czech glass donuts in an easy chain mail weave. In fact, if the words "chain mail" are too intimidating, just substitute the words "jump rings" because that's really all there is to it!
4. Lisa Niven Kelly gets kudos for using seed beads in these bangles. This would be a great stash-busting project to use up those lonely beads at the bottom of a few near-empty tubes.
5. And finally, for something really beady, check out this pendant by Laura Bracken. See how the wire is used more or less like thread? That means you can do this -- for real!
This is just a snapshot of Wirework Spring 2013. There's much more inside and much more to come as we begin work on Wirework Fall 2013! I'll be serving as editor of the fall issue, so stay tuned for more bead-y, wire-y, chain mail-y goodness!