Bead & Button Show

Bead & Button Show

I just booked my flight for the Bead & Button Show in June. I registered for classes months ago so this was long overdue. It was a frustrating morning on airline websites but that’ll teach me to procrastinate booking!

Downtown Milwaukee

Bead & Button is a fun little expo but the real draw for the event is the staggering roster of classes offered in nearly every discipline of the jewelry making arts. You can learn a new skill or master advanced techniques. Courses are taught by nationally renowned teachers and authors. Here is a list of some of the skills on the menu:

-Metal Clay

-Lapidary cutting & polishing



-Cold connections



-Wire work

-Chain Maille


-Seed beading

There are regional expos that attempt to emulate the success of Bead & Button but the scale of the event is simply unparalleled. If you attend one event per year, I think Bead & Button should be it. Visit one of the embedded links to check out classes that are still available. Keep in mind that you will need about half a day to walk the expo so you can cram classes into the rest of your time in Milwaukee. It is a little tiring to do a lot of classes in a row but it is worth it!

This year I am squeezing six classes into my trip. I will leave with skills and inspiration that would take months to garner through other means. Let me know if you will attend this year! I will be there for a whole week. Can’t wait!


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