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Meet Mandi Olaniyi: Happy Accidents

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We launch 2023 with an introspective and innovative beader who designs pieces that are elegant and timeless classics, from simple to complex, jazzy to regal. Mandi Olaniyi is a self-taught beader who “jumped into beading and started designing.” She calls her designs “happy accidents” as they seem to “just happen.” Mandi named her jewelry design … Continue reading Meet Mandi Olaniyi: Happy Accidents

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Heralds of the Festive Season

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Today we celebrate two heralds of the winter festive season, bells and stars. From jingle bells to carillons, made from pottery, wood, or metal, used in Shintoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and other religions, found in China, Assyria, Rome, Greece, England…bells are found all around the world! Teresa Morse, owner of Iceni Bead Designs of Norwich, … Continue reading Heralds of the Festive Season

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Meet Jamie Cloud Eakin – Life is Too Short to Wear Ordinary Jewelry

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Jamie Cloud Eakin’s name is synonymous with beadwork. Jamie’s love of beads expresses itself in designs that can be complex and exquisite or easy and fun. Over the last two plus decades, Jamie has shared her expertise as a professional bead artist in books and many downloadable projects; she is an artist, teacher, and perpetual … Continue reading Meet Jamie Cloud Eakin – Life is Too Short to Wear Ordinary Jewelry

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The Magic of Making

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I imagine we beaders feel similarly – take our beading away and our bead-i-ful smiles turn frowny! LOL I’ve often wondered, what is this human draw to handiwork? So, I did a wee bit of research. It turns out that the earliest evidence of beadwork dates from about 75,000 years ago. These earliest beads were … Continue reading The Magic of Making

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Meet Julie Glasser

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This month, we introduce our beaders to Julie Glasser who grew up in Michigan but has lived many years now in Georgia’s warmer climes. Inspired by her mom, artist Rita Grossberg, Julie shares that “I learned early on that you could pretty much make anything!” Self-taught, by high school Julie was selling her beaded jewellery … Continue reading Meet Julie Glasser

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Meet Neva Brown

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We have introduced you to bead artists from the Netherlands, US, and Canada, and this month we dive “down under” to acquaint you with Aussie Neva Brown. Neva’s artistic talents first expressed themselves through both interior and graphic design, fields in which she has been professionally successful for many years, and in which global clients, … Continue reading Meet Neva Brown

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Meet Maria Rypan

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Maria’s beading specialty hails from her Ukrainian roots. From that tradition she shares her expertise in netting beaded collars, as well as unique beadweaving and loomwork techniques. On her website you will find free resources as well as patterns to purchase. The necklaces below are advanced and popular netted collar designs. Colourways and choice of … Continue reading Meet Maria Rypan

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Meet Suzanne Golden.

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If you are a beader who yearns for color – or maybe fears color! – prepare to be inspired to the max by the work of January’s profiled bead artist, Suzanne Golden. In Suzanne’s words, “Color is my biggest influence. I see everything from people to nature in terms of color, and am inspired to … Continue reading Meet Suzanne Golden.

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Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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  I love to join FB beaders’ groups, peruse Pinterest for inspiration, and deep dive into mainly seed bead creations wherever I find them. In this way, I’ve stumbled upon several bead artists whose work captivates, impresses, and inspires me. Today I’d like to introduce you to one such artist, Floor Kaspers of the Netherlands. … Continue reading Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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