Beading as Architecture: The Design Behind the Design

Before coming to work for Beadwork magazine, I never gave much thought to the engineering behind beading. But now that I'm knee-deep in reading instructions and proofing illustrations, I have a definite appreciation for the design behind the designs, as well as the architectural structure that holds a component together to provide the necessary durability.

Cindy Holsclaw's designs always fascinate me. I find it interesting that, although Cindy's creations are absolutely breath-taking, the most intricate part of the beadwork is actually on the back of Cindy's jewelry. (For example, notice the structural design on the back side of this component from Cindy's latest project in the upcoming April/May issue of Beadwork.)

If you want to learn more about the foundational physics behind peyote stitch in projects like Cindy's, join beading artist and teacher Nancy Cain on Tuesday, February 10, at 1 p.m. EST, for her live web seminar, Techniques for Structural Peyote Stitch. (Don't worry if you can't make the live event; all registrants will receive a link to the archived program about a week after the live event.)

We hope you can join Nancy! This web seminar is sure to provide unique insight into three-dimensional bead sculpturing and engineering.

~Lavon Peters, managing editor, Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing magazines

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