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October 2015


Every issue of your complete beading resource gives you:

  • Informative articles written by experienced jewelry makers
  • Challenging projects with step-by-step photos and instructions
  • Expert tips and techinques to keep improving your beading skills
  • Plus exclusive online access to downloadable projects and the Subscriber Gallery
  • And more!



Resource Guide

The October 2015 Resource Guide has over 125 links to sources for supplies used in this issue. If you don't find what you're looking for, drop us an email.

Lotus flower necklace

Page 30
Stitch a quick and stylish pendant with Czech glass and seed beads.

Vintage rosettes bracelet

Page 34
Crystals and seed beads give this vintage-inspired bracelet loads of sparkle for a timeless look.

Blue moon necklace

Page 38
Create this darling right-angle weave necklace with peanut beads and adorable dangle components.

Spinning in orbit

Page 42
Make an out-of-this-world tubular herringbone stitch necklace with seed beads and crystals.

Delicate twist bangle

Page 48
The beads may be small but they make a flexible, easy to wear twisted tubular herringbone bangle with a sparkly focal that's not overwhelming. 

Reversible radiance

Page 62
Double your options with this reversible cubic right-angle weave necklace that goes from a little bling on one side to "wow" on the other. 

Pyramids of Nubia bracelet

Page 68
Use Kheops beads to stitch this patterned bracelet inspired by jewelry from the ancient kingdoms of Nubia. 

Snappy safari ring

Page 72
Show off your wild side with animal print buttons that snap into place on a netted ring band.

Step in time earrings

Page 78
Create scalloped earrings that resemble the light, graceful, and elegant designs of the Edwardian Era.


From the Editor

Bead Soup

Bead Soup
Page 11
B&B's Guide to beading contests, findings, book reviews, design challenge, and more.

What's new on the Web

On the web
Page 15
Subscribers – download your October issue of B&B Extra on October 1 at

Want one-stop shopping? You got it! Our new line of beading kits includes complete step-by-step instructions and all materials for each project. Visit

Your Work

Your Work
Page 16
Winning designs from the Bead Dreams 2015 competition. To see all the finalists,go to

Congratulations to Andrea Grzabka for winning Best in Show sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Stitch Workshop

Technique Workshop
Page 22
Learn the tricks to making flourishes and branches in cubic right-angle weave (CRAW), and then use your new-found skills to make a statement necklace.

The Business of Beading

Build your business through publishing
Page 28
Share tutorials in magazines to build credibility and name recognition.

Second Look

Designing sensory delight
Page 32
Go beyond color and composition for a design that looks as good as it feels.

Artist Profile

Melanie Potter
Page 46
Following her beaded bliss. A former software manager, Melanie Potter took a leap of faith – and landed on her beading feet.


Page 82
Basics for techniques used in this issue. Also check out our videos.


America's favorite bead shop
Page 90
In October 2014, CJS Sales in New York City, 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! Owner Carl Strasser shares his thoughts on the experience. 
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Editor's Pick

Daring Daggers

Earn points for style and flair with this clever design that incorporates dagger beads in a flat peyote stitch foundation.  Designed by Marcia Rose.