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Enter to win our February bead giveaway

Posted 5 days 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 8 days 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 10 days 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 14 days 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 15 days 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 18 days 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 21 days 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 27 days 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month ago by Cassie Donlen
cs_setInnerHtml('video_88307efb-323a-4b68-99bb-a069ae672b07',''); 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 one month 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 one month 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 2 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_4...
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Software to help you design

Posted 2 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 2 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 2 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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Kazuri Kritters – from button to brooch

Posted 2 months ago by Kerrie Slade
Following on from my recent work with the polymer clay Samunnat beads from Kazuri West I’ve finally got around to having a play with some of the ceramic items from the Kazuri range. These buttons and beads are all hand made by an inspirational fair trade co-operative in Africa from clay from Mount Kenya. They are then carefully painted one at a time to produce a unique collection of richly coloured beads, cabochons, pendants and buttons in every shape, size and colour imaginable wh...
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Holiday design challenge: Round 2

Posted 2 months ago by Connie W
The Bead&Button staff is getting in the holiday spirit and doing a staff holiday round robin challenge.  Lora (editorial assistant) started us off with a right-angle weave bracelet base of red and green pearls. She hid the base in one of five boxes and we all picked a box at the same time to see whose turn it was next. It was Julia (editor)! She can embellish the base using any type of bead or button, and any type of stitch. Anything goes! When she is done, Lora will hide it in a box...
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Wire wrapping meteorites

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
With all the excitement about landing scientific instruments on a comet in the recent news, I thought I would show what I’ve done with things from outer space. In particular I’m talking about meteorites. One of my brothers sells them on eBay, and the smaller pieces he sends to me for making into jewelry pieces. I started doing this wire wrapping years ago, and found that many people were interested in this out-of-the-world jewelry. I hadn’t even taken a wire wrapping cl...
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Learn the basics of three-drop peyote stitch

Posted 2 months ago by Cassie Donlen
Peyote stitch is often considered a beading favorite, but have you ever tried your hand at making a project using three-drop peyote stitch? It isn’t as intimidating as it might sound and is actually quite fun! Here is a short, laid-back video demonstrating the basics of three-drop peyote stitch. The video refers to the Santa Baby bracelet designed by Josie Fabre. It’s an extremely darling design, and I just know you are going to want to make it! And… the pattern is free to re...
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Learn how to make holiday beaded ornaments

Posted 2 months ago by Danielle Barr
The holidays are just around the corner, and whether you want to make beaded ornaments to decorate your own home, or to give as a gift to those you love, our Holiday Ornaments app is the perfect way to get started. You'll learn how to craft ornaments with classic beading stitches combined with your favorite materials — SuperDuos, pearls, seed beads, crystals and more.  You can get the app on Android or iPad, and it includes video tips, interactive illustrations, a...
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Winner of the $5,000 shopping spree is...

Posted 2 months ago by Julia Gerlach
As many of you know, during last month's Visit Your Local Bead Shop celebration, we teamed up with CJS Sales in New York City, who offered a $5000 shopping spree to one lucky shop owner. To determine the winner, we asked you to vote for your favorite shop. And with nearly 5,000 votes cast, we have a winner! Garnering 207 votes, the winner of the Vote for Your Favorite Bead Shop Contest is iBella Beads in St. Louis, Missouri! In addition, everyone who voted had a chance to win one of our weekl...
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BSNH fall 2014 bead retreat

Posted 2 months ago by Dr. Gail H. Devoid
Twice a year, members of the Bead Society of New Hampshire get together for a bead retreat at The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center. We enjoy four days and three nights dedicated to beading and teaching each other new techniques. I had wanted to try a 7-strand Kumihimo pattern, and set up my disk before arriving on Thursday, Oct. 23rd. I was also prepared to teach how to use a marudai, and it certainly left me more beading time by having the twelve strands pre-loaded on bobbin...

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