Preparations underway for 2008 Bead&Button Show

As of February 5, 88 classes are sold out, 146 classes are more than 50 percent full. It's an exciting time as the Show's first day, June 1, nears. Last year, 14,000 jewelry enthusiasts attended the Show at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee.
Published: February 5, 2008
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WAUKESHA, WI -- Anyone with a passion for jewelry, fashion, or art needs to experience the 2008 Bead&Button Show, June 1-8.

Few hobbies are as popular right now as jewelry making. People make jewelry for a variety of reasons -- to give as a gift, to wear with a particular outfit, to bond with loved ones, to relax, or to sell.

No event in the country celebrates this artistic pastime and its participants better than the annual Bead&Button Show.

For the eighth year in a row, the Midwest Airlines Center will host this showcase for stunning jewelry and personal style. Last year's Show welcomed more than 14,000 jewelry enthusiasts from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 26 countries.

June 6-8 the Bead&Button Show will transform the Midwest Airlines Center's third floor into an international bead marketplace as more than 370 vendors from around the world show off and sell their one-of-a-kind beads and jewelry pieces. For those three days, shoppers enjoy the unique opportunity to purchase handcrafted jewelry from the artist who created it.

And if shoppers can't find the jewelry piece they're looking for, they can learn to make it during one of the more than 500 classes available at all skill levels.

The 2008 Show will feature a lampworking competition. The world's top flame-workers will create beads and sculptures in front of an audience Friday, June 6. Only 150 tickets, $25 each, will be available online beginning December 14, 2007. Order tickets at

Bead&Button magazine and its parent company Kalmbach Publishing Co. of Waukesha, Wisconsin, produce the Bead&Button Show.

Request a media kit
To receive a media guide for the 2008 Bead&Button Show, please contact Matt Quandt at 262.798.6484 or

The media guide contains:
  • Bead&Button Show Class Catalog — this contains detailed information on each class available at the Show and provides an overview of the events at the Show
  • Contact sheets of more images available for reprint
  • A copy of a recent issue of Bead&Button magazine
  • CD-ROM with images, videos, helpful links, and a PDF of the Show schedule

Members of the media are encouraged to experience the Show. We can arrange for interviews with teachers, vendors, Show attendees, magazine editors, and Show staff. Please direct all media inquiries to Matt Quandt at 262.798.6484 or