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Deadline for Bead-it-forward project getting close

Posted 4 days 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 5 days 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 12 days 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 21 days 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 22 days 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 29 days 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Lace cuff bracelet in two colour palettes

Posted 2 months ago by Kerrie Slade
Bead & Button magazine has once again reminded me of another ‘Same design: Different colour, different look’ example to show you. When I was working with Preciosa Ornela’s neon seed beads last year, one of the pieces I made was my Peas and Carrots cuff – a bright citrussy looking three row cuff, fastened with a slash of orange silk ribbon. Although it’s colourful, I used opaque matte beads for this piece which gives it a lovely smooth feel and also tones...
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Eyelash yarn

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
When I put out a call for jewelry pieces made with eyelash yarn, I expected a few responses. I received so many that I am going to tell you about many of the different ways this yarn was used in pieces. One of them has a touching store that I am going to repeat here. Deborah Shipp of DMK Artisans Jewelry shared not only her pictures of her work, but also the story behind it. As she said, “I'm sharing ‘Snowy’ with you.  It is a 16-Element Kongo Gumi Braid and it won...
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Holiday design challenge: Round 5

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
Happy Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! This was our inspiration for our round robin holiday design challenge we started back in early November. The staff of Bead&Button has been taking turns creatively embellishing a holiday bracelet. Take a look at what Linda has added and watch for round 6 to see what Kristen does with it for her turn. So get out your Ugly Christmas Sweater and matching holiday jewelry (don’t worry if it doesn’t really match) and wear them proudly today!...
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What to do with new beads

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
It seems as quickly as we learn how to use a new shape bead, there are two more different ones hitting the market. Figuring out what to do with these new beads means I have to dive deep into my experience and use basic design techniques. If the hole of the bead is on the side instead of the top, that has to be taken into consideration. However, you really don’t know how things will look until you get brave and try it. Here I tried pellet beads with Kumihimo and made sure the ...
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Make bead garland for the holidays

Posted 2 months ago by Mortira vanPelt
As any beader with a family of children knows, it’s exciting to share our favorite crafts with kids, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes they surprise you with their creativity. Sometimes enthusiasm is in short supply. Either way, crafting is a great activity to share over the holidays. When my son was just a tot, we tried creating our own Christmas garland together using a variety of vintage beads. If you have some spare beads and string, you can make your own deco...
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2015 Bead&Button Show catalog

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
cs_setInnerHtml('video_97befa01-7612-40aa-a150-50a43cd0de2d',''); Yay! The Bead&Button Show registration booklet is in the mail to everyone who has signed up for classes in the past three years. It should arrive in your mailbox any day now! And on-line class browsing starts tomorrow, December 9! This will give you a few weeks to examine all of the classes and ponder which ones to add to the top of your list when registration opens on Tuesday, January 6. From my perspective, thi...
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Holiday design challenge: Round 4

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
The bracelet for the holiday round robin design challenge is starting to look festive. I had the bracelet for round 3 and added little red bells and white pearls down the center of the base. If we’re going to wear it with an “Ugly Christmas sweater” I thought it needed to jingle a little! Linda Kast (our publisher) has it for round 4 so watch for the next update to see what she added to the bracelet....
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Need to bead!

Posted 2 months ago by Lora Groszkiewicz
Inspirational stories abound in the beading world. We've heard tales of how beading helps people get through tough times, how beading brings people together, how beading has helped communities out of financial difficulties, and many more. Bead&Button reader Denise Ginnis wrote to us wanting to share her own inspirational story — one that illustrates the how the need to bead helped her overcome a major obstacle. In 2011, Denise  was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her doctors gave h...
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Holiday design challenge: Round 3

Posted 3 months ago by Connie W
We are off to a great start on our round robin holiday design challenge. Lora started us off with the bracelet base and it was Julia’s turn next for round 2. Check out the video to see what she added to the bracelet and who’s turn it is next for round 3! There’s still time to start your own round robin challenge and design along with us. Send us a photo of your finished bracelet to editor@beadandbutton.com. Please put round robin in the subject line. cs_setInnerHtml('video_2...
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Software to help you design

Posted 3 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Many designers use graph paper and colored pencils to make designs that they use in their bead work. The first software that I became familiar with was from The Bead Cellar. I still use it, and I do have a later copy of it that I was Beta testing, but that version was never really finished. It never ran on the Macintosh, have the bead store that sold it closed. But with my old computer, I can make patterns for peyote, loom, brick stitch, and if you think about it, the loom designs can be...
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Senhoa design contest winners

Posted 3 months ago by Julia Gerlach
During the month of October, we co-sponsored a design contest with the Senhoa Foundation. Senhoa is a social organization that supports survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia by teaching them life skills, including jewelry making. The purpose of the contest was to get a few new designs to add to Senhoa's line of products. Thank you to everyone who entered! Our judges had a great time evaluating the pieces and here is our list of winners: 1st: Heidi Kummli's "Kaleidoscope Pendant" 2nd: San...
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Bead-It-Forward call for patterns contest

Posted 3 months ago by Cassie Donlen
The Bead-It-Forward project for 2015 is in full-swing and this year's theme is animals: "Wild about finding a cure." Even though Bead&Button is no longer managing the project, it is still going strong and is in the dedicated hands of fellow beader Amy Severino. All of the proceeds benefit two organizations: The Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, and The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden. Do you have an idea for a Bead-It-Forward bead square in an animal theme? There is a call fo...

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