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First annual kumihimo meetup

Posted 2 days ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
In September 2014, twenty enthusiasts gathered in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod to have their first annual meetup. Several of the attendees were teachers, and informal classes were set up using a Facebook page. I was happy to teach a few wire working techniques, such as forging a clasp, demonstrating the Conetastic, and making jump rings. I also did a class on how to use a marudai. Ricky and I had never met these people, but by the time the meetup was concluded, I had 20 new friends, ac...
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The 2015 Bead&Button Show commemorative bead is shipping soon!

Posted 4 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Oh happy day! Even though it seems like the Bead&Button Show was only a few months ago, things are starting to gear up behind the scenes in exciting anticipation for the 2015 show. Every show year, a limited edition commemorative lampwork bead is revealed. The 2015 bead is even more exciting as it’s our 15th anniversary bead and is made by flameworker Andrea Guarino-Slemmons. Working for Bead&Button totally has its perks and getting first dibs on designing with the show bead ...
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How to use orange with elegance in your jewelry designs

Posted 8 days ago by Mortira vanPelt
Of all the colors that we come to associate with fall, none of them is quite so predominate in October alone as orange. With so much focus on Halloween pumpkins, it’s easy to forget the elegant side of orange. Here are a few classy ways that you can capture this fiery color in your designs. Compliment It with Complements - Pairing your favorite shade of orange with a few of its color wheel neighbors is a great way to tame this often cartoonish hue. Turn up the heat with bold yello...
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New color collection

Posted 9 days ago by Connie W
The manufacturer of the popular CzechMates series of beads has come out with a new color collection called Halo Ethereal. The soft and warm colors have an opaque core and a shimmery coating that emit a radiant glow. Shown from left to right are: Shadows, Myrrh, Regal, linen, and Celadon. These colors would look great in those fall stitching projects! Look for them at your local bead store or online....
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Enter our design contest for Senhoa

Posted 16 days ago by Julia Gerlach
If you got the October 2014 issue, you may have noticed the Spotlight on Senhoa, a non-profit foundation that supports survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia. Their programming, targeting at young impoverished women with few jobs options, is supported in part by teaching the women how to make and sell beaded jewelry. Many of the pieces in their collection were designed by their creative director, Jenny Van, who also owns JJ Bead in Huntington Beach, California. You may have seen her designs ...
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Bead-It-Forward project

Posted 21 days ago by Connie W
Have you started making your Bead-It-Forward squares for next year? Even though Bead&Button is no longer managing the project, it hasn’t gone away. The very dedicated Massachusetts beader Amy Severino has stepped up to keep Bead-It-Forward going. The 2015 theme is animals: “Wild about a finding a cure”. The squares will be assembled into different items like quilts and shadow boxes and auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting two organizations: The Rays of Hope Center...
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Nominate your favorite local bead shop!

Posted 23 days ago by Danielle Barr
October is "Visit Your Local Bead Shop" month — and we're celebrating! Kalmbach Publishing's jewelry-making magazines and books have joined forces to celebrate local bead shops everywhere.  Use our Bead Shop Finder to find a bead shop closest to you and look for in-store giveaways, new classes, sales and specials, book signings and trunk shows. In additions to all these goodies, Bead&Button has teamed up with CJS Sales to find out which local bead shop is your favorite. N...
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How I string my beads

Posted 23 days ago by Cassie Donlen
Take a quick 30 second break to uncover your daily dose of smiles in this short stop motion video I created featuring a visitor that arrived mysteriously on my beading table to help string my lampwork beads.  cs_setInnerHtml('video_24ca7bc4-d025-4ef1-98d9-ea67279f04be',''); Stop motion videos are really easy and super fun to create. Just do a search in your smart phone's app store for free stop motion apps. The possibilities are endless. My kids have spent countless hours creating this ...
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6 tips for taking great submission photos

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
My last blog post was an overview on how to submit your designs for publication in Bead&Button. We absolutely enjoy working with new and previous contributors and strive to make the submission process uncomplicated and encouraging. With your success in mind, I wanted to share a few tips on taking quality “submission worthy” photographs of your jewelry.  Photography can be such a frustrating subject for jewelry designers. Let’s face it—jewelry photographs unque...
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New Matubo seed beads

Posted one month ago by Connie W
Matubo size 7/0 seed beads are a high-quality seed bead made from pressed glass, and are from the same manufacturer that produces SuperDuos and Rullas. Because they are pressed, they have a very consistent shape and size. There are almost no defects so there is no need to cull your beads and that also means no waste! They measure 3.5 mm, which is slightly larger than an 8/0 seed bead, and have a large 1.6 mm hole with a smooth edge. There are more than 100 colors available and they match the ...
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Items to bead besides jewelry

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Over the last 10 years, I have beaded quite a bit of jewelry. I have enjoyed every minute of it! But what else can we do with these wonderful beads? One of the things I did that was different came through Jeanette Shanigan’s Yahoo group. She challenged us to do something new by beading around a bottle. We spent several weeks searching grocery stores for that one particular bottle we needed for this project. And then once we were ready to go, Jeanette would give us instructions f...
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What kind of button are you?

Posted one month ago by Julia Gerlach
My job, as you might expect, involves a fair amount of shopping for beads and buttons. It's a tough life, but someone's gotta do it, right? Well, I was recently looking for a certain button style online and came across the website for the online store Lots of Buttons, which they proclaim to be the world's largest button store. While I was browsing, I was charmed to discover that they have named all their buttons. Not something boring and descriptive, like "antique silver dome" or "plastic 4-...
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Same design: Different colour, different look

Posted one month ago by Kerrie Slade
It's not often I make the same piece twice as I'm usually so busy trying to keep up with various beady deadlines that I move from project to project. I tend to spend some time experimenting with beads and then if it looks like a design is going to work, I make one finished piece with perhaps a couple of small sectional samples if I know I am going to need to write the instructions. I've recently been thinking about colour though and how different the same piece can look if you make ...
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How a design develops: Using beaded beads

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Last week I continued my effort to make more earrings for the store. We were preparing metal beads for sale, and of course, I took some to see what I could do with them. The first pair of earrings used copper rondelles with cobalt blue crystals that Perry Bookstein of YorkBeads gave to me last year. “Do what you can with them. Let’s see what you come up with,” he said. “What fun,” I thought. The first pair of earrings used some gold-plated round beads, ...
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The inside scoop on what it takes to be published in "Bead&Button."

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
As a jewelry artist, I recognize the importance of the creative journey. It’s a road we have all traveled. Learning and evolving as a jewelry designer can be a challenging yet incredibly rewarding process. Attaining recognition for our personal designs and creativity gives us confirmation that we are, indeed, on the proper path to greatness. Bead&Button wants to help you attain that greatness and help boost your recognition to the next level and I want to share a few tips on discove...
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New bead shapes from Sabine Lippert

Posted one month ago by Connie W
Sabine Lippert came up with the idea for the Rizo bead and O Bead, and both have been very popular. Well, she has done it again! She has two new bead shapes that will be available soon in local bead stores and online. The first one is called a Dome bead. Like its name suggests, it’s dome shaped, has a flat bottom, and has one hole near the bottom of the bead. It measures 14 x 8 mm and comes in 30 colors. The second one is called a Dragon Scale bead. This cute little bead measures 1.5...
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Book Look: Seed Bead Stitching

Posted one month ago by Danielle Barr
Experimenting with stitches offers new looks for traditional beadwork—and author Beth Stone loves to play! Seed Bead Stitching explores variations on peyote stitch, brick stitch, right-angle weave, daisy chain, and more.  Book Excerpt: Brick Stitch Chain You can make brick stitch rows as wide as you like, or as narrow as two beads. I love making simple two-bead-per-row chains. They work up quickly, and with brick stitch I can use a wide variety of beads.  Two-bead Chain To...
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Findings: What are they used for?

Posted one month ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
When I taught beading classes at Michaels, one of the favorites was an introductory class to beading. And the biggest part of that class was taking a look at all the different findings and explaining their uses. Most people are familiar with clasps, so I’m certainly not going to spend much time on that. But there are other findings out there where the purpose is not quite so clear. For instance, going back to ancient times, a multiple-strand necklace employed separators to control t...
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New design critique column

Posted one month ago by Julia Gerlach
Are you interested in getting an expert opinion on your beaded jewelry? Want to know if your color choices or bead placement are hampering or enhancing your designs? Wouldn't it be great to get a professional's suggestions for improving a piece that was a disappointment to you? Design diva Margie Deeb wants to help beaders everywhere improve their design skills and is seeking jewelry designs to critique for a new upcoming column in Bead&Button. For your chance to see a review of your work in...
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Outside looking in: An insightful view of the "Bead&Button" office

Posted one month ago by Cassie Donlen
As I’m well into my third week here as associate editor for Bead&Button, I can happily sum up my entire experience thus far with just one word. Wow! It’s amazing how such a small word like “wow” can express how I’ve felt during my short time here. Having been a contributor to several beading magazines and jewelry-making books throughout the years, I thought I had a pretty decent grasp on the publishing side of the beading industry. In some sense this is totally...
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It only feels like goodbye

Posted one month ago by Stacy Werkheiser
Who were you seven years ago? I was a student on the cusp of my MA in professional writing, still living at home, but certain that my big break was right around the corner. And it was -- quite literally! I discovered Kalmbach Publishing Co. in my home town, and when I learned about their beading books and magazines, I knew that was the place I had to be. I had never done any beading before, but I was steeped in crafting experience. I was certain I could learn to love this art, and the fine folks...
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4 ways to use bead soup

Posted one month ago by Mortira vanPelt
Pre-made bead soups and seed bead blends are a fantastic way to add exciting color palettes to your beadwork, and making your own can be even more fun. Mixing together several different bead colors and styles into a coordinated blend creates a sense of whimsy, or an organic flair that can’t be achieved any other way. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers or add new life to a color that’s been forgotten in your stash for awhile. One of the most popular ways to use bead ...
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Charm bracelet techniques

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
The second bracelet I designed was a copper one. I called this one “The Love of Butterflies”, and I used a few wire working techniques to make sure the charms were secure. Since copper is not as strong as silver or gold, I wanted to be sure to wire wrap as much of the wire as possible instead of using simple loops. To do this, I put all the heart charms on a spool of 18 gauge copper wire. I then made a wrapped loop at the end of the wire (being sure to make sure I caught the hea...
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Discovering new jewelry techniques

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
I've been working for Bead&Button for nine years now, and with all the projects I've made it's not often that I come across a technique that is totally new to me. But the "Metal and leather bracelet" free project by Marla Salezze that just went up on our website this week presented something I haven't done before. No, it's not the woven bracelet part. Rather, the bracelet features a customized button made with a button blank, a small amount of epoxy clay, and an image transfer. Image trans...
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Designing a charm bracelet

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
While designing this week, I made notes of a few rules that I needed to follow to make the charm bracelet that I was working on turn out the way I wanted it. I called this one “The Love of Dragonflies” (Figure 1). The first thing that I did was pick out my clasp and attached to the end of the chain that I was going to use, and then measure it to my wrist. I then added about half an inch to the length of the chain to make sure that I had a charm bracelet that would be musical. I ...
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New face at Bead&Button!

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
You may have noticed the announcement that Bead&Button is hiring. Unfortunately, we’re not adding staff, rather we’re replacing Jane Cruz who decided to take a different job. We miss Jane but wish her happiness in her new endeavors. And now, after six weeks of searching, I’m delighted to introduce our newest associate editor, Cassie Donlen. Cassie has been working as an independent artist within the beading community for the past 12 years, making and selling lampwork bea...
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Samunnat and Kazuri beads

Posted 2 months ago by Kerrie Slade
I was recently introduced to the beautiful hand made ceramic Kazuri beads made in Kenya and the stunning polymer clay Samunnat beads made in Nepal. You may already be aware of the story and perhaps you have even used the beads in your own work, but it was new to me and once I learned the background and saw the beads, I was happy to lend this initiative my full support and help to spread the word. Both of these small businesses were set up to help disadvantaged and vulnerable women escape...
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Having fun with beads

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
The social aspects of beads include wearing them to show rank, to show class affiliation, and to show wealth. Another less weighty aspect is to just have fun showing what you can do with beads and then sharing this with others. There are several beading groups in which one can get involved. Most states have a beading society or two. If you have a local bead store, you can participate in contests, or enjoy a get-together and bead with people who are sure to become friends. If you do not ha...
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Win our Wirework sweepstakes!

Posted 2 months ago by Stacy Werkheiser
Here at Bead&Button, we're hard at work creating our next special issue, Wirework Fall 2014, and we're even calling for submissions for Wirework Spring 2015. Whew! That's a lot to handle during the dog days of summer, so we decided to have a little fun. And what's more fun than giving away FREE stuff? Nothing! That's how the Wirework sweepstakes was born. Enter the sweepstakes here. At the end of the entry form, you'll have a chance to win more entries by sharing the sweepstakes with friend...
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Summer peyote necklace tutorial

Posted 2 months ago by Mortira vanPelt
When summer is at its peak, many jewelry lovers are on the lookout for lightweight designs that won’t interfere with staying cool and comfortable. This might mean going for a simple pendant and chain, a bit of macramé, or a few beads on a strand. But there’s no reason why we can’t have our summer jewelry, and do a little beadwork, too! A single beaded bead is all you need to make a really eye-catching summer necklace. Your favorite design plus a few accents, and y...

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