Beadwork Magazine: The Best in Beaded Jewelry Design

I can still remember what inspired me to create my first original beaded jewelry design. I was flipping through a book about antique jewelry, and one of the photographs caught my attention. It was an antique seed pearl necklace made up of three components that were linked together with strands of faceted glass beads from the late 1800s. It was such a beautiful beaded necklace, I just had to try to re-create it with seed beads! After a little bit of experimentation and a lot of broken beading needles, I finished my very first original beaded jewelry design — my Victorian Infinity Necklace.

At the urging of my mother and some friends, I submitted the project to Beadwork magazine for their consideration. I never, in a million years, dreamed that they would accept it for publication and pay me for it, as well! That was the beginning of my obsession with beaded jewelry design, and today, almost ten years later, I am the proud owner of dozens of sketchbooks where I jot down all my ideas for new beading projects and seed bead patterns.

There are infinite possibilities when it comes to beaded jewelry design. And for the best in artistic and technically challenging seed bead patterns, I don't think there's a better reference than Beadwork magazine. Check out this preview of three of my favorite beaded jewelry designs from the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine:

How's this for a few of my favorite things? Crystal bicones and Tila beads mix effortlessly in Kassie Inman's Quilt Cuff bracelet. The structure of this beaded cuff bracelet is perfect for learning how to combine two-holed beads with classic crystal beads. Kassie's beaded jewelry designs are both fashionable and educational!
And speaking of structure, I am completely in love with Designer of the Year Diane Fitzgerald's Bedouin Amulet project. Ever since I started beading, I've loved the challenge of translating antique and ancient metal jewelry into their seed bead equivalents, and Diane's mastery of beaded jewelry design is obvious in this beautiful advanced beaded necklace project.
If you want to really explore form in beaded jewelry design, sticking with simple materials is a great way to start. Sara Zsadon's Simple Star Earrings are the perfect way to learn cubic right-angle weave using seed beads that you already have handy. Once you've got the basic form down, punch it up by adding crystals, pearls, or other embellishments to these seed bead earrings.

And don't forget about the Beadwork magazine 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Competition! The last beaded bead pattern is in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine, and entries are due October 26, 2012, so get those beading needles ready.

Do you love creativity and ingenuity in beaded jewelry design? Then you won't want to miss a single issue of Beadwork magazine. Each issue is full of incredible and challenging seed bead patterns from some of today's most talented seed bead artists. Whatever your favorite beading stitch, you're sure to find a new design to spark your creativity and get you beading. You'll also find great product reviews, profiles of emerging bead artists, and the latest and greatest beads and beading supplies.

If you're not already a subscriber, make sure you subscribe to Beadwork magazine today and get year-round inspiration for your own beaded jewelry designs.

What inspires your own beaded jewelry designs? Have you started designing your own beaded jewelry? Do you have a favorite technique or beading stitch? Leave a comment and share your thoughts on beaded jewelry design here on the blog!

Bead Happy,


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