Issue 70 of Bead and Jewellery Magazine is currently on sale. The issue had a theme of 'Something Old, Something New'. To whet your appetite, here is the editorial from Katie Dean.
Traditionally this i ssue of Bead and Jewellery has been a Spring special, sometimes with a wedding theme. I like tradition, but I thought it would be good to give this one a new twist this year. So I’ve challenged our designers to create work with the theme of ‘Something Old, Something New’ in mind. I hope you will agree with me that the results are stunning. As you will see, some have taken inspiration from the traditional wedding rhyme from which this phrase comes. Neena Shilvock shows you how to create Polymer Clay roses and turn them into a beautiful tiara. Rachel Hyde uses wirework to create a different collection of hair accessories in which you can also preserve old pieces of jewellery that have a special meaning to you. In another twist on the theme, you will find several projects that combine ideas of old and new in different ways. Carmi Cimicata from John Bead, takes some simple jewellery making techniques and applies them to a fun new product. My own project takes inspiration from a traditional daisy chain technique, but gives an added twist by using some of the new seed beads to mix things up. We have had a few requests for some projects using Chilli beads, so Zoltan Kisjuhasz will be showing you how to use these wonderful new beads to make a traditional floral inspired pendant. We are also bringing you an interview with Cath Thomas and a very special feature in which she shares some fabulous tips and tricks for working in one of the beading world’s newest techniques: Diamond Weave. We will be looking at Honeycomb beads and how to use them in beading designs, plus bringing you a fabulous project from Karen Jones to get you started. If all that excitement still leaves you wanting more, then you can read about the cutting edge new Kumihimo Disk designed by Pru McCrae. Of course, we will also be including our regular features, your letters, book reviews, this issue’s Inspirational Motif and a look at the bead beginnings of another featured designer from the UK, Justine Gage. So please, sit back, relax and enjoy what I hope will be an inspirational issue.