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Celebrate spring by stitching up some flowers.

Posted 10 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Signs of spring are finally starting to show here in Wisconsin. Which means it is finally starting to warm up! Ours flowers and trees aren’t quite blooming yet, but it shouldn’t be long now. YAY! In the mean time, I thought I would share some of my favorite floral theme projects from previous Bead&Button issues. This downloadable retro daisies bracelet by Janice Chatham always makes me think of early summer.   I Love this downloadable Bead intuitive project by Conni...
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Tools are getting better all the time

Posted 18 days ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Looking at new tools is one pass time that I really enjoy. As new innovations are made, early adopters take hold of new things, modify them if they can improve upon them, and then spread the word on how they are being used. I did a blog on the Conetastic a while back, and since that time, new mandrels have been suggested, manufactured, and are now available to use with that handy tool. The first set of mandrels puts the hole in the mandrel at the other end from the original one. This makes...
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Garden beading

Posted 20 days ago by Kerrie Slade
I’m sitting writing this blog in my little garden in the heart of England wearing just jeans and a T-shirt. It’s seemed like a very long winter this year, but there’s suddenly been a marked shift in the weather and today the temperature has hit a high of 18°C after a week of 5°C or less. Today is the first time in over six months that we’ve set foot outside the house without being bundled up in coats, gloves, scarves and boots and being able to finally shed ...
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B&B Extra project update

Posted 26 days ago by Connie W
The Royal lace bracelet by Lorraine Coetzee pictured in the Bead Soup section of the April issue of Bead&Button magazine is not yet available. We encountered an unexpected delay with it after we had already gone to press with the April issue and ended up having to pull it from the B&B Extra. We are still working on it and the pattern will be available within the next few weeks. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience....
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Do you know about our resource guide for Bead&Button?

Posted 27 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Now I might be a bit biased here, but I think Bead&Button has the most incredible resource guide available to our readers. There are several downloadable resource options for each issue of Bead&Button that are broken down into sections. If you visit www.bead&button.com/resources you will go directly to the landing page for all of the valuable resources included with each issue. Just click on the issue you're interested in. Oh, if you aren’t a registered user of the website, i...
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Tuscon Shows Part Five: Rocks, minerals, and gems

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
My first interest at the bead shows was finding copper in matrix, with my second goal being to see new seed beads and my friends that sell them! Both Ricky and I were interested in the lampworking resources, but after making my cabochons, rough gem materials, stones, and fossils was quickly added to the list. One stone carving was enormous, and caught my eye (Figure 1). How people find a stone large enough to carve into a horse remains a mystery to me, but I am glad they did. This piece...
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New CzechMate bead shape

Posted one month ago by Connie W
We’ve barely had time to play with the new CzechMates QuadraTile, QuadraLentil, and bar, but make room for another new bead in the Czechmate series: The CzechMate Crescent. It measures 10 mm x 3 mm in size and has two holes. This new bead will be great for adding dimension to your beadwork or creating a curved frame around other beads. Available at your local bead store or online....
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My favorite thread cutters!

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
Have you ever wished you had the perfect tool for cutting beading thread (especially Fireline) in one smooth quick swoop? Here in the Bead&Button office, we have a favorite tool that offers the perfect blunt cut to beading thread (which in our case is usually Fireline) — Xuron model 441. They look just like a pair of wire cutters but they are referred to as “Thread & Cord Scissors” on the Xuron website. I don’t really mind what they are officially called, but...
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Tuscon Shows Part Four: Learning something new

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Beading around cabochons is one the things I like to do. You can make rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and even beaded bottles with a component you enhanced yourself. What I have never done until this year was make a cabochon. At the Tucson shows last month, Ricky and I wanted to spend some time looking at tools. Sure, we bought a marver, but we also took a look at some of the bigger tools—machines even! One tent was selling lapidary tools, and Terry Deal of the Deal Cabbe...
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The new Ripple beads from Preciosa Ornela

Posted one month ago by Kerrie Slade
It’s new bead time again and the latest exciting new bead shape to be launched is the Ripple™ bead from Preciosa Ornela. I was lucky enough to be one of the designers asked to make some sample pieces with this new bead before it came onto the market, so I’ve already spent some time experimenting with them. The Ripple is a circular pressed glass bead with a 12 mm diameter and a central hole. It also has an interesting curve to it – hence the name. It comes in ...
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New Swarovski colors

Posted one month ago by Connie W
With pastel colors being popular this year for spring and summer, Swarovski has released new pearl and crystal colors that will look great in your spring beading projects. The new crystal colors are blush rose and crystal metallic sunshine, and there are five new pearl colors; crystal pastel blue, crystal pastel yellow, crystal pastel green, crystal pastel rose, and crystal pastel grey. Look for them at your local bead store or online....
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Tuscon Shows Part Three: Finding the unusual

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
If you recall, one of the things that was on my list to find that the Tucson bead show was copper in matrix. The first days of the show we spent looking for that. One vendor did sell it but they had already sold out. So the search continued. Arne Christophersen of Starborn Creations not only had some beautiful things worked with amber, but he also had finished pendants that were copper in matrix. (Figure 1). The work was done with sterling silver, and they did not forget to make ...
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Deadline for Bead-it-forward project getting close

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Have you submitted your squares for the 2015 Bead-It-Forward project yet? The deadline for getting your squares in is March 6. Amy Severino took over the project from us and has all the information you need on her website www.Bead-It-Forward.com. Take a look at the gallery page to see some of the cute squares that have been submitted already, and if you need a pattern for this year’s theme “Wild about finding a cure”, there are many available on the patterns page.  Th...
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Tuscon Shows Part Two: Friends

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
The most wonderful thing about going to the Tucson Shows was seeing what friends were up to making with new products. One of my first shows had me visiting Kim Fox of Handfast Design (http://www.handfast.biz/), Tim and Linda Hartung of Alacaste Clasps, and meeting friends, like Jill Wiseman, who I had only known through Facebook. I met her in person at Linda and Tim’s booth (Figure 1). Linda had explained to Jill and me that her new WireLuxe product was strong enough for artis...
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Tuscon Shows Part One: Lampworking

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
The trip from Manchester, NH to Tucson, AZ was grueling. Our flight on Tuesday was cancelled because of the second blizzard to hit New England. An early morning standby on Wednesday was overbooked. The next flight was delayed and we were going to miss our connection. So Delta drove us to Boston and we flew to Atlanta from there and then out to Tucson. Two days of waiting, but they were worth the wait! The hotel in which we stayed had the show for the lamp workers who were staying in our...
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Turn your Instagram bead photos into temporary tattoos with Picattoo!

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
I know right? "Beads and temporary tattoos?" you might ask.  It sounds kind of strange but honestly, I'm kind of digging the concept. As social media has expanded by leaps and bounds over the years, it's only appropriate that someone would come up with the idea. I mean there is a website that will make posters of your Instagram photos, so why not be able to wear images of your favorite instagram photos? Sounds like a logical thought process right? Kind of...sort of...maybe? I mean, yo...
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Oops, I forgot my bead mat

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Any free time I get I use for beading. So when my daughter and her friends wanted to go to a local indoor waterpark for the day, I said sure! I can sit and bead for hours with no distractions like errands, house cleaning, or making supper. I had my project picked out and everything else I needed for it in my Bead&Button show tote bag. When we arrived at the waterpark and I found a nice quite table in the corner, and started to unpack my bag. First thing I realized was I forgot my beading ...
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Make a List for Those Beading Shows

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
I have a very short list for the show. I am looking for copper in matrix cabochons. If there is one thing I learned while going to bead shows (Nine times at The Bead & Button Show!), you have to have a list. It is so easy to go over-budget and come home without the things you wanted! Since I design with the new shapes, I want some of those two-hole triangles, so Starman can expect me at their wholesale booth. I am still looking for end caps for Kumihimo, and I have that on my list. Mostly, ...
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Peyote Cheops bangle revisited

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
In our October issue, we published this cool, structural bangle by Eleanna Zegkinoglou. It's done in tubular peyote with three herringbone "corners" that create the pyramidal shape. Even though the thread path is pretty straight-forward, our in-house editor who tested the instructions and made the two bangles pictured found this project challenging because of the need to create a curve in what normally wants to be a straight tube. It wants to be straight because the way the instructions were w...
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Enter to win our February bead giveaway

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
I hope everyone has been enjoying the February 2015 issue of Bead&Button. We decided that it's time for a giveaway to celebrate a great collection of inspiring projects. And it's a good one, if I do say so myself. Do you love Meg Mullen's "Egyptian scarab necklace" on p.47?  Well, here is your chance to win a kit to make a necklace of your own. The kit contains all of the supplies needed to complete the necklace: a polymer scarab cabochon by Marion Hertzog; a gemstone cab; a leather ...
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Refresh your bead stash

Posted 3 months ago by Mortira vanPelt
Whether you need to inventory your beading supplies for your craft business, or you like to make a fresh start of things for the New Year, January is a great time to refresh your bead stash and get organized for another 12 months of fabulous projects. Like any cleaning project, the toughest part is getting started, but once you’ve begun the benefits are well worth it. Re-organizing your supplies is a great way to find new inspiration, breathe new life into your workspace, or redisc...
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Winter beading

Posted 3 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
There is something about beading during the winter that is unlike any other season of the year. Most beaders have received beading gifts, or spent their holiday gift money on those things that they want. They are chomping on the bit to get going! With the snow and ice, and cold temperatures hitting, beading becomes a great way to watch the snow fall. What I love about beading during the winter is getting the latest issue of Bead & Button Magazine, getting my beads together, and trying o...
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Beading inspiration: The everyday world

Posted 3 months ago by Kerrie Slade
As it’s been some time since my first post about where I find inspiration for my beadwork designs, I thought it was time for the next instalment. Last time I chose something that is purpose made for jewellery making: clasps. A clasp will speak to you immediately, it will be one of a number of colours, it will be a certain size, it may have a stone set into it that you want to highlight and it will have a set number of loops so that you either make a single or multi-strand piece. ...
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What is on your desk?

Posted 3 months ago by Connie W
Winter has definitely arrived in Wisconsin this week with bitter cold and snow. For some of us that means dreaming of warmer weather in far away places. Our assistant, Lora, found a mini desktop beach scene she set up to remind her of her trips to Mexico. With the flip of a switch, it even plays the sound of ocean waves! That got me thinking of what other fun or unique items people have on their desks. I have a polymer clay peacock I made from a Christi Friesen class my daughter and I t...
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Have you chosen your Bead&Button Show classes?

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
Tuesday was the pick day of our week here at the Bead&Button headquarters as registration for the 2015 Bead&Button Show began at noon. Before moving to Milwaukee, my yearly tradition was to fly into Chicago and meet up with my dear friend Joan. She would pick me up at the airport, and we would make a beeline straight to the convention center for a full weekend of shopping. It was such a giddy feeling to sit on our hotel beds examining and comparing all of our must have bead purc...
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Beaded holiday designs do not grow old

Posted 3 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
I have seen some very pretty holiday work over the past few weeks, and the pieces reminded me of the one ornament cover I made (Figure 1). This design is my own; I had no pattern. Simple enough, the ornament did spread holiday cheer. Not all my holiday decorations were ornament covers. At the Bead Society of New Hampshire, we had a project at our monthly meeting by Lois Wood that worked with wire and made an angel (Figure 2). This season, I saw several tiny ornaments made up of crystal...
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Top 10 beading patterns 2014

Posted 3 months ago by Julia Gerlach
2014 has come and gone and as always, there have been notable events throughout the year. We'll leave it to other media outlets to chronicle the biggest news stories, top box office hits, and best-dressed lists. For our 2014 roundup, I'd like to reflect on the feedback you, our readers, gave us this year. Shortly after each issue was released, we asked you to score the projects and articles in the issue. Here are the top 10 magazine projects from Bead&Button 2014, as determined by those surv...
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Merry Christmas from Bead&Button

Posted 4 months ago by Cassie Donlen
As the end of the year draws to a conclusion, we are busy behind the scenes getting ready for the holidays while at the same time gearing up for the June 2015 issue of Bead&Button. Time flies when you are having fun, but I wanted to take a brief moment and share a different rendition of “The Night Before Christmas” poem. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the office, not an editor was stirring, not even a computer mouse. Our projects for next issue were all...
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The holiday design challenge is finished!

Posted 4 months ago by Connie W
Just for fun, the staff at Bead&Button participated in a round robin holiday design challenge with an Ugly Christmas Sweater theme. Everyone took turns adding something to the bracelet, and we enjoyed the big reveal every week to see what had been added. We finished the bracelet just in time for Christmas, and it definitely fits our theme! A lot of creativity and unique items went into this bracelet to make it a one of a kind treasure. It was fun to work together on a project, and we had a l...
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Holiday design challenge: Round 6

Posted 4 months ago by Connie W
Our round robin holiday challenge is nearing the end. Kristen did a great job embellishing it with red pipe cleaners and white seed beads for a fuzzy candy cane look.  It’s definitely starting to embrace the Ugly Christmas Sweater theme. Cassie will be the last person to add her creativity to the bracelet. She said she has some unique ideas for what she wants to do, so look for the completed bracelet to be unveiled right before Christmas. You won’t want to miss it!...

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