Friday, May 30, 2008

Bead & Button Show Survival Guide

bead and buttonFrom the editors of Bead Style magazine, a check list of what to do and how to do it is now available online. Included is the show schedule for next week as well as some helpful hints. To view the pdf, click on the title above. And if you're going to the Bead & Button show, have a wonderful time!!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Major Jewelry Event Returns to Milwaukee

Despite economic distress, jewelry enthusiasts from around the globe flock to the 2008 Bead&Button Show for a week of classes and shopping. Early numbers point to record year.

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Anyone with a passion for jewelry, fashion or art should experience the 2008 Bead&Button Show, June 1-8, at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

No event in the country celebrates jewelry making and its participants better than the annual Bead&Button Show. Last year's Show welcomed more than 14,000 visitors from all 50 states and 26 countries.

June 6-8 the Bead&Button Show will transform the Midwest Airlines Center's third floor into an international marketplace as more than 370 vendors from around the world show off and sell their jewelry pieces and one-of-a-kind beads. For those three days, shoppers enjoy the unique opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry from the artist who created it.

If shoppers can't find the jewelry piece they're looking for, they can learn to make it during one of the more than 530 classes available at all skill levels. Register in advance or at the Show.

Bead&Button magazine and its parent company Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, Wis., produce the Bead&Button Show.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Liat Lichtmann: The Loss of a Friend & Bead Artist

Louise Hill has posted about one of her dearest friends and fellow bead artists, Liat Lichtmann. Liat was a woman of great beauty, intelligence, and a true Visionary in her field. Living in Israel, a country under constant siege, Liat overcame immense obstacles to create and share her designs with the world. Please take a moment to pay homage to this wonderful artist's life and work by clicking on the title above.

My deepest sympathies to Liat's family and friends.

Friday, May 09, 2008

New Delica Size Comparison

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I got my new Delicas this week and beaded up a little sample for you. Each sample was woven in peyote, 10 beads in length and 20 beads in rows (read along the diagonal). In other words, they are all the same samples in numbers of beads, it's just the size that is different. I choose the same color finish for them too - DB 321. If you click on the thumbnail image, you can see a much larger version (150 kb). The new 15's are wonderfully tiny. They remind me of the Toho hex cuts (14/o) except that they are more uniform - like Delicas. And the sample above remained beautifully supple, attesting to the size consistency in this new bead. I wove the samples using a size 10 needle.

I also tried weaving the 15's using brick stitch, square stitch, and RAW. For brick stitch and square stitch, you will need a smaller needle, perhaps a 12 or 13 - which will make manipulation of the needle and thread a little easier. To have your work look nice, you will also need a smaller thread. I used a 5lb test thread and it worked just fine for the samples but I think a Nymo-type product would work well. RAW looked the same as RAW looks with the standard 11/o Delicas. Because of their tiny size, working with these other stitches was a little challenging, but if you want to do it, it can be done. Enjoy!

PS To order the new 15/o Delica, click on the title above. You can also view Barbara's Delica size comparison by clicking HERE.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Got 15/o Delicas?

Barbara Elbe does! She's expecting a shipment sometime tomorrow (May 5th) and is taking pre-orders for these exciting little beads. Be sure to click on the post title to see all of the colors available!