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February 2016


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 February 2016 Resource Guide has over 50 links to sources for supplies used in this issue. Many of the designers have kits available on their website or the materials to make the jewelry. If you don't find what you're looking for, drop us an email.

Bead single crochet

Page 20
Go beyond the basics with bead single crochet. After learning the techniques, use it to make a lovely diamond-pattern bracelet with a stylish ombré gradient.

Beaded diamonds

Page 26
Pre-mixed bead blends are great, but it can be hard to know what to do with them. Start with a pair of earrings and then see where the beads take you!

All buckled up bracelet

Page 30
Craft an enticing bracelet featuring SuperDuos and sparkling crystals fastened with a clever beaded buckle.

Enchanted pearls bracelet

Page 36
Pearl components embellished with different sizes of seed beads make up this feminine bracelet that's sure to win you over.

Charming channel earrings

Page 40
Stitch a lively peyote band around a metal channel bead to create a pair of snappy earrings.

Playful pinwheel

Page 54
Use easy bead embroidery techniques to make a fun, enameled pendant that is perfect for jeans and a t-shirt.

Right in line bracelet

Page 56
The supple drape of this elegant bracelet makes it very comfortable to wear, and the embellished QuadraTiles give it depth and bling.

Sweet expressions beaded bead

Page 60
These beaded beads are fun and quick to stitch up, thanks in part to a few lightweight and colorful paper beads.

Abbey rose pendant

Page 63
Capture glittering chatons in a pendant inspired by what was once a window of Tintern Abbey in Wales, England.


From the Editor

What's new on the Web

On the web
Page 6
Subscribers – download your February issue of B&B Extra on February 1 at

We have kits!
Find all our beading kits, including our latest, Cassie Donlen's "Blooming petals," available in two colorways! Each kit includes complete instructions and all the supplies needed. Kits available at

Bead Soup

Bead Soup
Page 11
B&B's Guide to sizing bracelets, bead happenings, online beading courses, design challenge, findings, tip, and book reviews.

Your Work

Your Work
Page 16
We're always looking for new works of beaded art from our readers! To be considered for publication, send a high-resolution digital image of your work, a description of the piece, and your contact information to Please put Your Work in the Subject line. If your piece is accepted, we will ask you to send it to us to photograph.

Expert Advice

The Business of Beading: Tax time
Page 24
Top 10 tax questions answered by Jori M. Culp of Smoker, Smith and Associates PC in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 

Artist Profile

Douglas W. Johnson
Page 42
Douglas A. Johnson depicts life, nature, and whimsy on his beaded loomwork canvases.


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

Artist Spotlight

Let's get Funky
Page 82
The owner of a bead store, glass studio, and popular bead camps, Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath is an enterprising, talented artist that approaches everything with an infectious sense of fun.
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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.