I'm a jewelry designer in my spare time :) and to feed my habit I usually stop by Chapters Book store every week and take a look at what's new in the Beading and jewelry design world. One of the magazines that I pick up quite often is the Bead & Button magazine.
This is a thick, content rich 130 page plus magazine and although it has its fair share of advertisements, they are relatively well placed so that those who don't like a lot of advertising mixed with their reading, can still enjoy the magazine's meatier contents.
Every issue offers at minimum 6 projects that are unique and offer the reader the opportunity to learn new beading and design skills. This magazine is heavy on the beading and most of the projects included every month work with any number of different beads and techniques. From the tubular Peyote stitch to Japanese loom work, this magazine can keep one busy for some time with the in depth instructions offered and the many ideas that can be generated from just one project.
I like the fact that the cover price is a single price rather than one that includes US/Cdn and/or British currency. When that happens we here in Canada usually tend to pay far more than the current rate of exchange is actually shown at. The cover price of $7.95 for this magazine is well worth the amount of information, how to's and ideas as well as advertisements for those suppliers and products that one might normally not go looking for. Everything is printed on glossy paper that is high quality, easy to read and shows project images to their best advantage.
If you are an avid beader or are just getting into the design/beading process, I think you'll find this magazine to be a great addition to your library of resources.