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Fostering creativity

Posted 23 hours ago by Julia Gerlach
I love the quote above by Maya Angelou. Creativity is, indeed, a renewable resource! Whether it can be scientifically proven or not, many people know from experience that the best way to get your creativity flowing is to simply start creating. Think you’re not the creative type? Nonsense! Everyone has the potential to transform inspiration and ideas into something great. And certain practices can help you foster a creative mindset: • Make sure you are free of distractions and stre...
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Have you seen the 2016 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead?

Posted 4 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Well it's AMAZING! Each year, the Bead&Button editors have the pleasure of designing jewelry using the newly released Show bead. This year’s bead, I must say, is simply incredible. It is designed by Robyn Cornelius, who is also an instructor at the Bead&Button Show. The 2016 commemorative bead is an unique metal bead made out of a variety of metals and measures about 1.25 in. (3.2 cm) in diameter. The coolest part of the bead is the middle where Robyn incorporated her signature...
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History of a Design

Posted 11 days ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
January can leave people exhausted from the holidays, the weather, and the dark days. It seems this time every year my muse deserts me, and I am left looking for ways to find inspiration. I know a few things help me get inspire, like nature, but when everything is white, gray and black that won’t work for more than a piece or two. So what else do I do? I find organizing my stash and the bead store helps a lot. I find a strand of beads that I meant to use to create a new design, or finding...
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Beady projects for Valentine's Day

Posted 15 days ago by Julia Gerlach
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Celebrate your true love (of beading!) with these cute projects.   Captured heart earrings by Penny Dixon Hearts for Valentine by Ronit Florence    Heart to heart by Julie Paasch-Anderson Bead mosaic heart by Betsy Youngquist Two hearts forever by Susan Eisemann Dancing dangles by Miachelle DePiano Checkered past by Barbara Klann  Also, read about the origins of Valentine's Day, paper valentines, and ho...
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Check out an up and coming designer who will be teaching at the Bead&Button Show

Posted 15 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Although it doesn’t feel like it, June will be here before you know it. Here at Kalmbach Publishing, June is synonymous with the Bead&Button Show. Class registration opened up a few weeks ago, and I’m so excited for this year’s line up. I wanted to give a shout out in regards to a frequent contributor to Bead&Button magazine. Her name is Cary Bruner, and she is a first time teacher this year at the Show. Cary teaches and works full-time at Bead Haven in Las Vegas....
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Color inspiration in a game app?

Posted 22 days ago by Connie W
Color inspiration can be found almost anywhere like nature, flowers, or birds. I recently found it in a game app! I tried the game Blendoku 2, and found myself wanting to match up the colors on the screen to my bead colors. In the game, you are given an assortment of colored squares, and you need to put them in order so they blend from one color to the next. The colors look so good together I could picture them in my beadwork! So if you need some color inspiration, put down the beads and play th...
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Can you adapt peyote patterns for loomwork?

Posted one month ago by Julia Gerlach
We just got a question from a reader about whether you can adapt a peyote pattern for the loom and I wanted to answer that question with a couple of visuals. So I'm going to do it here so everyone can get the answer. When you look at loomwork, you'll see that the beads line up in rows straight across. In peyote, however, there is a gap between the beads in a given row and the next row is nestled in those spaces. That means that a peyote pattern won't translate directly into loomwork. Here's an ...
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Why Learning Different Techniques Leads to New Designs

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
With each pattern I follow in a beading magazine, or technique I discover in a book, or tips I learn in a beading class, I slowly build my repertoire of ways to use color, texture, connections, and stitches. This means if I wanted to do an odd-count peyote band, without sewing the turnaround, or catching in the thread at the end of the row, that I could do the pattern even-count leaving off the last column. Then later, I could complete it using brick stitch because I had learned that stitch. &nb...
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Have a happy beady New Year!

Posted one month ago by Julia Gerlach
We'll be closing the office shortly for a few days to enjoy a long New Year's weekend. While I don't normally go in for the big New Year's bash, I will probably head out for a nice meal and decided to check out the projects in our archives for a festive design to make and wear. Black and gold is a big trend in jewelry currently, so I started there. April Bradley's "Gold standard" necklace is a great take on flat spiral, which means not only is it beautiful, it's also quick and easy to make! ...
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A year in review

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
This is the time of year for enjoying celebrations, planning get-togethers, feasting with family dinners, and looking back at the year gone by. What new things did you do? What techniques did you share with others? Most of my work was Kumihimo, but not all. My final square for the Bead-It-Forward Project included a real meteorite (Figure 1). This is a hematite AB square with silver-plated Delicas interspersed among the darker Delicas. To that, I added a 1.6 gram Campo del Cielo meteorite that i...
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Last minute Holiday shopping for young beaders

Posted one month ago by Connie W
While I was shopping in a local toy store recently, I was amazed at the number of beading-related gifts for kids. Gifts like these are great for improving fine motor skills and allowing kids to be creative, but make sure the product is age appropriate. Below are a few ideas for that perfect gift this holiday. These items are available at the Learning Shop 1-800-236-7467 or contact them at www.learningshop.com. i loom Beyond Bracelet Making Style Me UpISBN: 628845080010Ages 8 & up This is ...
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Make beaded ornaments this holiday season!

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
One of my favorite holiday past-times is admiring all of the creatively stitched holiday themed projects I see on beadweaving groups in Facebook. Even my Pinterest page is all aglow with wonderful seasonal designs. It's pure delight. I've especially noticed many beaders sharing images of beaded ornaments they have made. That had me thinking that we were right on target this year when we created our special "Beaded ornaments" booklet, as obviously they are quite popular. I remember reading severa...
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New Bead-it-Forward raffle

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Bead-it-Forward has a new raffle! There are five quilts being raffled off and tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 15 for $10 with a fundraising goal of $745. Prizes will be mailed just in time for Christmas. You need to hurry though; winners will be drawn on Friday, December 11th! Let’s help them reach their fundraising goal to benefit The Healing Garden. Bead-it-Forward also has items available for auction with this auction cycle ending on December 16. Payments made by December 18th will b...
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Bead Projects

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
 Where is the time going? This is such a busy time of the year, and I know many beaders are busy making jewelry, Kumihimo objects, and Bead-It-Forward squares for the project that helps raise money for breast cancer research (www.Bead-It-Forward.com or https://www.facebook.com/BeaditForward/?fref=ts). The theme this year is Space: Somewhere Out There, There Is a Cure.   The Bead-It-Forward Project had me designing free patterns for others to use, and here are a few (Figure 1; Figure ...
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Amazing button art

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
This past Monday, November 16, was National Button Day, so I wanted to take a moment to share the work of a couple of artists who use buttons to make some really amazing art. Florida artist Augusto Esquivel makes the most amazing hanging button "sculptures" with just sewing buttons and monofilament. Ranging from celebrity portraits to super-cool dimensional renderings of everyday objects, Esquivel's works offer a fascinating glimpse into the nature of form and permanence. I would love to see ...
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New bead shapes or classic bead shapes

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Beading has seen a lot of changes in the past few years. In 2010, Miyuki released Tila beads. Preciosa Twin beads came out in 2011, and were followed by SuperDuo beads soon after. Since then, we’ve seen two-hole tiles, triangles, lentils, and crescents, among others, plus spikes, domes, buttons, and more. And they’re still coming! We’ve got beads with three holes, four holes, and six sides. It’s hard to keep track of them all! Many designers have embraced all the new bea...
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Using photos of your beadwork to decorate personalized items

Posted 2 months ago by Kerrie Slade
I’ve long been a fan of using favourite photos to create unique items around the home or as gifts for loved ones. For example, some years ago I uploaded a sunshine holiday snap to a website specialising in photo products to create my mouse mat, so that even when I am working on the computer on a dull November day like today, I can run my mouse over the golden sands and be reminded of a wonderful holiday which gives me the incentive to keep on working towards the next one. My husband has a ...
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Odd-count peyote contributes to successful design

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
One of the things I love about my job here at Bead&Button is that I get the chance to test the instructions for the designs we're publishing. For our December issue, one of the pieces I worked on was Jackie Schweitz's yummy "Crystal crossings" bracelet. It's drop-dead gorgeous and was a blast to make. A key design feature that makes this bracelet successful is the odd-count peyote base. This allows the surface embellishments to line up symmetrically. Working in flat odd-count peyote is ve...
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National Button Day is coming

Posted 3 months ago by Julia Gerlach
National Button Day is November 16 and we have asked readers to send in photos of their favorite button projects. When we get a good number, we will publish an online gallery of the designs and perhaps we'll pick a few to publish as projects in the magazine! If you have button designs you'd like to share with us, please email photos to me at editor@beadandbutton.com. In the meantime, get ready for National Button Day by making some projects with your favorite buttons. Here are a few cool button...
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New sizes of two-hole beads

Posted 3 months ago by Connie W
If you love SuperDuos, you’ll love the new smaller sizes of similar shaped two-hole beads. In the photo, the green beads are the original SuperDuos. The purple beads are the new MiniDuos and are the same shape as the SuperDuos, just a little smaller. The teal beads are called Super8 beads. They’re similar in shape and about the same length as the MiniDuo, but the Super8s are not as wide as the MiniDuos, and also much thinner. Pick your favorite size or use all three! Available at loc...
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More from the Kumi meetup at Cape Cod

Posted 3 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
People are starting to finish the patterns that they started while in classes with me (www.NeedForBeads.US), Sally Battis (http://stores.sallybeadjewelry.com/), Ren Farnsworth, and Dawn Davis (http://www.simplybeadifulonline.com/). Truly, while in class, you should be paying attention to the teachers, having read the pattern instructions before class. The object is not to get your piece done in class, but to learn everything you need, i.e., the needles, thread, beads, thread paths, and concepts ...
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A cool opportunity to help Beads of Courage.

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
The Fiesta Bowl Helicopter Ball Drop has to be one of the coolest opportunities for a select group of charities to win money for their organization. If you aren't familiar with Beads of Courage, it is an amazing charity that provides innovative arts-in medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness. As stated on their website, "The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Throug...
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5 free beady Halloween projects

Posted 3 months ago by Julia Gerlach
Halloween is almost upon us, but there's still time to get in the spirit with a spooktacular beaded accessory! Here are just a few of my favorites. For more, go to our home page, and enter the word "Halloween" or "pumpkin" in the search field at the top of the page. Try these ghostly pumpkin earrings using crescent beads and seed beads. They're really easy to make and can be worn all season long. Free for magazine subscribers: One of my all-time favorites, Ronit Florence's peyote stitch "Hal...
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How to Bead a Candy Corn Bracelet

Posted 3 months ago by Mortira vanPelt
Candy corn - with its distinct yellow, white, and orange pattern - is a favorite symbol of Halloween and everything we love about fall. This project allows you to capture that playful look in a pretty bracelet with St. Petersburg chain. You will need: 2-3 grams each 11/o seed beads in white, yellow and orange2 grams 8/o black seed beads1 matching button4 yards 6lb test Fireline or size D beading thread To make a candy corn bracelet: 1. Attach a stop bead to 2 yards of your favorite beading t...
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Anticipate the holiday spirit with the December issue of Bead&Button

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
Cause for celebration just arrived at the Bead&Button office as we were handed, hot off the press, the advance copies of the December 2015 issue of Bead&Button. Which means that subscribers will soon find the December issue awaiting them in their mailbox, and copies will start peeking out of the magazine stands at your local book or craft store in no time. And if you're a newsstand buyer, you'll see that this issue will be polybagged with a special insert containing five holiday ornament...
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New red-hot Chilli beads!

Posted 4 months ago by Kerrie Slade
It’s new bead time again and the latest shape to come to my attention is the Chilli™ bead from the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand. There has been an explosion of new bead shapes and names arriving in the marketplace in the last couple of years and on my travels around the Internet I’ve recently seen a few mentions of there being (gasp!) “too many” bead shapes! While I can imagine that this could be an issue for bead store owners not knowing which ones will b...
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Our jewelry design contest is open!

Posted 4 months ago by Julia Gerlach
Happy October! Bead&Button and Bead Style are celebrating local bead shops, and we want you to be part of the fun. For the month of October, you can submit your favorite original designs that you created with supplies from your local bead shop. Bead shop owners can join in on the fun, too. Simply submit photos of the pieces that were completed in your shop or with supplies from your shop. On November 1st, come back to vote for your favorite design. We will select four winners &mdash...
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Kumi Meetup at Cape Cod

Posted 4 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Last month I went to the 2nd Annual Kumi Meetup at Cape Cod. We had new faces in the crowd, as well as returning attendees from last year. The ice-breaker dinner the night before was held at a seafood restaurant directly across from the hotel in Hyannis. This is where we got to know the new people coming to the event, and reacquaint ourselves with old friends that we made last year. This year we had four bead store owners set up to vend, and we collaborated amongst ourselves to make sure that w...
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Breast cancer awareness month

Posted 4 months ago by Connie W
October can be very busy and has many things happening like our “Visit Your Local Bead Store” design contest, Halloween, and football. It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer touches most of us in one way or another. My mother is a survivor, but unfortunately other friends and family members were not. There are many fundraisers and benefits going on around the country, but there is one that incorporates the beading community called Bead-It-Forward. Beaders from a...
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Back to the basics with beaded rings

Posted 4 months ago by Cassie Donlen
I'm always a sucker for cute rings. Now that Fall has arrived and cold weather is slowing creeping in, bracelets and necklaces often get camouflaged in long sleeves and warm fuzzy sweaters. This makes it the perfect season to adorn your fingers with beaded rings. I went through previous issues of Bead&Buttton and picked out some of my favorite ring projects to share with you. If you don't have your collection of past issues handy, each project is available as a download in our Jewelry and B...

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