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May the 4th be with you!

Posted 18 hours ago by Cassie Donlen
Today, for all you Star Wars fans out there, Bead&Button is embracing the saying "May the fourth be with you."  Here is a clever idea of how to create jewelry with those tiny Star Wars figurines. We featured Pat Tyler's necklace "The Force is with me" in the "Your Work" section of the December 2005 issue of Bead&Button. Pat wrote that One day, after vacuuming up yet another of those these tiny figures, she turned to her son and said, "You'd better put your toys away or I'm goin...
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Introducing your new website!

Posted 2 days ago by Julia Gerlach
We have some exciting news for you: Finding gorgeous beading projects, can’t-miss stitching patterns, and expert jewelry-making advice is about to get easier than ever. Facet, a brand new resource for jewelry-makers, will soon become the new website for our Bead&Button magazine customers. Each edition of Bead&Button magazine will continue to bring you new beading projects, helpful product reviews, and all the other features that make it a must-read for beaders everywhere. It&rsq...
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Copyright and Ethical Considerations in Beading

Posted 6 days ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
There is so much confusion about patents, copyrights, and ethics regarding what you can and cannot do. Getting a patent for an invention or design is a costly process, but getting a patent pending might be within your means. Regardless, the real cost of protecting your invention comes from the legal process. Most people do not want to pay that much to gain a legal win over trespassers. A copyright comes easily enough. Using the © symbol will get your work copyrighted, but the issue is the ...
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Will your specialty make a good book topic?

Posted 8 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Have you ever considered submitting a jewelry book proposal? Or would you just like to know more about what's involved in making a how-to book? Here's your chance to ask questions of the editorial team from Kalmbach Books. If you'd like to have a one-on-one meeting with an editor to discuss a book query or proposal, you may set up a short appointment during the week of the Bead&Button show (June 6–12). Please email Editorial Assistant Andrea Moser at amoser@kalmbach.com or call 262-...
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Kumihimo DVDs

Posted 13 days ago by Julia Gerlach
As I mentioned in my last post, we recently finished up a special issue on kumihimo, which will be available next month. Well, the other piece of that news is that we also had the good fortune of having kumihimo master Adrienne Gaskell (who was a contributing editor on the issue) come for a visit to shoot some videos about doing kumihimo on a marudai. Adrienne is an great kumi teacher (I know from experience as I got to take her master class last year at the Bead&Button show!) and her videos...
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Need some color inspiration?

Posted 20 days ago by Connie W
For some, picking out bead colors can be a challenge while others seem to nail it every time. Myself, I get in color rut, always going back to the same color palette because I know the colors work well together. But sometimes I get tired of the same old colors and want to try something new. There is a wonderful website called Design Seeds that has all the color inspiration I need. They have beautiful photos with a matching color palette next to them for inspiration. With so many palettes to ch...
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Coming soon: Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry

Posted 23 days ago by Julia Gerlach
It seems like we're always really busy here at Bead&Button, writing, beading, and testing patterns. Tough life, right?  But the past couple months have been busier than normal as we've been putting together a special issue on kumihimo that is scheduled to come out next month. Kumihimo Fiber & Bead Jewelry features 21 gorgeous new projects and stunning inspirational images from a host of highly-regarded kumihimo artists. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find in the issue. Thes...
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Share your "Cat on the mat" photos!

Posted 28 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Let's face it. If you bead and have a cat, it's just a fact of life that your furry friend will find the most opportune time to ever so slyly (like a ninja!) creep onto your beading area. At first, he or she might just sit next to your beading mat. Then a paw might gently reach over and just touch a bead or two. Then there is that entertaining moment of being taunted by moving thread, and before you know it, the cat's entire body is now covering your beaded project. If you are like me, I bet ...
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Kumihimo Study Group on Facebook

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
From the myriad Facebook groups focusing on Kumihimo comes one that I am particularly enjoying. The group to which I refer is Beaded Kumihimo The Next Step. In January, the administrators announced that they would organize a study group that would focus on Beth Kemp’s book Twist, Turn, & Tie. An array of other books was listed as reference material and I bought just about all of them. When you own a bead store that specializes in Kumihimo, you need all the reference material ...
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Unique new bead to be out soon!

Posted one month ago by Connie W
We have some exciting news! There have been many new beads in the last couple of years, but there’s a new bead coming out that we’re sure you’ll love. It’s called the OctoBead! It’s an 8 mm, eight-sided bead with eight holes, and will be available in eight fun colors with eight more not-so-fun colors to follow. Be sure to look for it at your local bead store in about eight days!   Oh, and Happy April Fools day!...
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Sterling silver findings for designers

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Every now and then a product comes out that really gets me thinking about design in a different way and the Eternity Design Frames by Amoracast fit that description. I got three components from them and got to work designing some pendants. The first one was relatively simple (Figure 1). I used amazonite and peacock pearls along with Argentium wire, which looks great with the tone of the finding. I am told by Amoracast that they do not use Argentium silver in their piece. The second ...
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National Craft Month, continued

Posted one month ago by Julia Gerlach
I don't know about you, but I haven't quite managed to work on a crafting project every day this month. But I'm still at it. One thing I wanted to do was make a pair of tassel earrings as they continue to be popular lately. So here's the simple tassel earrings I made the other day. They were very easy – I just strung several short pieces of  chain into the eye of an eye pin and then added crystal dangles at the bottom of each chain. I strung a bead cap and another crystal  onto...
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Get your green on!

Posted one month ago by Connie W
Do you need a quick necklace to wear out today for all your St. Patty’s Day celebrating? Stop by your local bead shop, and pick up a Swarovski emerald clover pendant and a pinch bail. Attach the pinch bail, and hang it on a silk ribbon. That’s all it takes for a fun and sparkly St. Patty’s Day necklace!...
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As a Design Develops

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
In my last blog entry, I talked about how I created design. The ones that design has been used it doesn’t mean that you can’t change a few things in use something else, letting the design develop. I had designed a few bracelets and necklaces using netting techniques where the netted pieces were more accented by the design. I wanted to try an equal out the design for the next iteration of what I was creating. To do that, I needed to get beads, which were going to be as long as the ne...
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Happy 57th birthday, Barbie!

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
Barbie made her depute on March 9, 1957 at the International American Toy Fair in New York. Even after 57 years, Barbie still holds a great appeal to young girls. There is just something special about being able to role-play and emulate being a grown-up that sparks the imagination of young minds. Playing with Barbies was my first encounter with developing a sense of fashion. My grandmother made the most incredible Barbie clothes. I think Barbie had a better wardrobe and selection of cute plasti...
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Recognizing International Women’s Day

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
March 8 every year is recognized as International Women’s Day. It celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women. It is also a way of highlighting the struggles of women globally and to advocate for women’s rights. Through beading, women around the world have experienced the positive impact of this important art. It affects our livelihood, gives us hope, and inspiration. It gives us a purpose and draws us closer as a community. Beading encourages the s...
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Inspiration board

Posted one month ago by Connie W
I love to display my jewelry from the design challenges and some of the projects I have worked on for the magazine on my office bulletin board. It’s great for design or color inspiration at a glance. Do you have an inspiration board? I would love to hear what's on your board!...
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Finishing UFOs during National Craft Month

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
One of my goals during National Craft Month is to finish up some of my many UFOs (unfinished objects). I have lots, but what better place to begin than one that is already on one of my beading trays. I have several trays and sometimes if I'm struggling with a project or just have to move on to something else (darn deadlines!), a project will just sit on that tray – for a long time in some cases. So, I was looking at my stack of partially-finished pieces and decided to pick up with this bra...
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National Craft Month, day 3

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
Unleash your creative juices by visiting flea markets and antique stores. You just never know what you will discover. Flea markets can be so much fun for fueling the artistic mind. I don’t always know what I’m searching for, but I never fail at finding items that I am instantly confident I must have. I mean, how could I ever live without this ice crusher that I unsuspectingly stumbled upon? My grandmother used to have one exactly like this in her pantry. I was instantly transported ...
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National Craft Month, Day 2

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
It's Day 2 of National Craft Month and it's also Dr. Seuss's birthday. So what would be more appropriate than making something a little colorful and a little wacky? That was my thinking, anyway, when I grabbed some pink and purple feathers along with a few lime green lentils and blue seed beads from our storeroom. Ten minutes and a few wraps of wire later, I had a pair of whimsical earrings. I feel certain Dr. Seuss would approve. Are you getting into the spirit of National Craft Month?...
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Celebrate National Craft Month with our new issue and more!

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
March is National Craft Month, making it the perfect time to finish up that UFO, learn a new technique, and stretch your skills. Need a little inspiration? Here are a few suggestions: • Come back here to the Bead Buzz for ideas and tips all month long. We'll be sharing projects, links, updates, and inspiration throughout the month • Check with your local shop or bead society to see if they have special activities lined up. • Visit Fusion Beads for their 30-day challenge featuri...
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Here is a handy chart for bezeling rivolis with peyote stitch

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
Even though it is only the middle of February, we are currently working on the June issue of Bead&Button, which features a bracelet designed by Cary Bruner that includes an exquisite embellished rivoli using 11/0 cylinder beads. This made me start thinking about rivolis in general. The challenge when bezeling a rivoli with peyote stitch is guessing how many 11/0 cylinder beads are needed to start the first two rounds of peyote. The initial ring should always have an even number of beads tha...
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Nunn Design winter collection

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Check out the great components in the 2016 winter collection from Nunn Design 1 Keepsake pendants in two sizes 2 Filigree strand reducers in 2-, 3-, and 4- loop design 3 Itsy flat tags-triangle, star, lightning bolt, crescent moon 4 Itsy spiritual charms - infiniti, lotus, and ohm 5 Wire frames in large drop and hoop 6 Ribbon end leather connectors in 3 mm and 5 mm size 7 Arrow toggle bar and connectors 8 Narrow channel bracelet bangle Go to www.nunndesign.com to see the entire collec...
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Fostering creativity

Posted 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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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