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« on: May 31, 2005 08:35:53 AM »

Any opinions on the best bead magazines out there?!  The selection available seems overwhelming when trying to decide at the craft store.  Any reviews or reccomendations would be greatly appreciated!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2005 11:32:26 AM »

in my opinion, Bead & Button, and Simply Beads

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2005 08:45:07 PM »

Depends on what style of jewelry you like to make.
I like Bead & Button, and I'm starting to love Beadwork. It used to be kind of crappy, but it's gotten a lot better in the last year or so.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2005 04:49:50 AM »

If you do a lot of on and off loom weaving, and like working with seed beads, or want a wide variety of projects (strung, woven, wire, polymer clay), go for Bead & Button or Beadwork, those two are the two big 'all purpose' magazines.

If you just do stringing, Beadstyle and the special Beadwork Stringing issues are good to go with.

Creative jewelry is good for strung projects, but it only comes out every once in a while (vol 4 is out currently).  Sometimes Step by Step Beads has some good projects, but I don't pick that one up very often.  Bead Unique is okay, I'm not really fond of it, but they put more non jewelry projects in that mag if you're interested in that.

In the end it's best to look through them and buy the ones with projects you like, like you normally would.

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2005 05:57:40 AM »

If you do any metal work, Art Jewelry is a nice magazine.  (Bead & Button is my favorite, too.  The last magazine that came out was the best I've seen in a long time!)
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2005 03:27:40 PM »

I prefer Bead & Button and BeadStyle, which is more fashion-based.

« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2005 02:36:47 PM »

BeadStyle it's easy yo understand and fashionable.

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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2005 11:53:00 AM »

I say your best bet is to decide what you're looking for and each month flip through to see if there'e even anything you'd be interested in.  IMHO I find that for what I get out of them they aren't worth the money.  Depending on what you're looking for the book section might be of more help (get one book on a specific topic with tons and tons of ideas/patterns for only double what a mag costs, when in a mag you have a variety of things that may not intertest you not to mention the pages and pages of ads!)

You can also find a lot of the main patterns (Bead & Button and Bead Style in particular) on line!

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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2005 11:47:39 PM »

I will forever sing the praises of BeadStyle magazine - there are not many magazines I will actually subscribe to, but that's number one on my list every year.  I was so intimidated when I first decided to make jewelry and got magazines like Bead & Button, but BeadStyle was so easy to understand and provided basic knowledge.  Now that I'm not a beginner, it still gives me good ideas and challenges me in different ways...it's the best!

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2006 10:00:17 PM »

I have just found a great beading magazine it is called Australian Beader.
It is currently the only Australian beading magazine on the market. (Or so Im told, if anyone out there knows of any others please let me know!)
Being an Australian I have found it a wonderful resourse not only for projects but the suppliers they mention are available in Australia.
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