The holiday season is a wonderful time to slow down, get organized, and most importantly – catch up on some leisurely reading! Reading a sci-fi thriller or a romance novel can be fun, but we suggest you to take this extra time to read up about your work and/or hobby. Whether you are new to working with beads or a jewelry making professional, you will benefit from staying up-to-date on the latest industry news. Reading about your craft can provide you with tips to make your work more efficient, and may even inspire your next big jewelry making project.
There are a number of different sources that you could go to in order to learn more about beading and the jewelry making industry. However, one of the greatest resources that you might consider is magazines. There are a lot of advantages to reading industry magazines. Once you are familiar with them, you might consider a subscription and incorporating them into your schedule. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the latest beading happenings!
To help you get started in your search for resources, we have put together a list of several magazines we find beneficial to those interested in beading and jewelry making.
Bead & Button Magazine offers a variety of beautiful jewelry projects for every skill level. This is a good resource for those of you who love stringing, bead weaving, wirework, polymer clay, bead crochet, and other unique jewelry-making techniques. This magazine is published 6 times a year, and has some really useful online components as well, including: tutorials, videos, blogs, forums, and newsletters.
Stringing Magazine provides stylish and intriguing jewelry designs for the fashion conscious beader. Creative inspiration for fashion jewelry, and beading your own earrings, bracelets and necklaces. This magazine is published 4 times a year.
Bead Unique Magazine showcases how beads can accent every aspect of life. Each includes projects with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos and well written instruction, as well as an explanation of the creative inspiration behind the featured beadwork. There is lots of useful information about working with crystal beads and glass beads. There are also many member exclusive online resources. This magazine is published 6 times a year.
Art Jewelry Magazine presents today’s most unique and distinctive jewelry, along with concise step-by-step how-to instructions. This magazine has a strong focus on education. It also showcases a wide variety of materials including wire, metal, metal clay, gemstones, and other media. Subscriptions are available for 6, 12, and 18 months.
We hope these suggestions help you get started in your quest for reading material to match your interests. When you find something you like, sit back, have a cup of hot chocolate, and savor the free time the holiday season has allowed you by enjoying some good beading reading. Don’t forget, most magazines let you purchase gift subscriptions. So, if you know someone with an interest in any of these topics, a magazine subscription makes a great holiday gift!