Kazuri Beads and Other Good Causes

Kazuri Beads and Other Good Causes

I fell in love with Kazuri beads at a local bead show. ("Kazuri" is the Swahili word for "small and beautiful.") I loved the bright colors of the ceramic beads and once I learned the story behind them–these beads are handmade by Kenyan women who are trying to support their families–I was hooked! You can find Kazuri beads at a number of places, including some local bead shops. At left: One of the Kazuri beads in my "Copper Cowgirl" necklace (Stringing Spring 2007)

Need more inspiration? Here are a few beaders who are using Kazuri beads in their designs:

  • Feli at Life in Mono, Diary of an Iban Girl Abroad
  • Helen at the Ohio Beaders Showcase
  • Stone Wren at Human Beadings


Share the Beading Joy

On Monday, I mentioned Bead It Forward which raises money for breast cancer research. Here are a few other ways to share some beading joy:

  • BeadforLife
    Purchase handmade beads and jewelry that Ugandan women create out of recycled paper (old calendars, magazine pages, cereal boxes).
  • Beads of Courage
    Donate handmade lampwork beads for children with cancer.
  • Layne's Legacy – Beading for a Cure
    Purchase a kit of beads and create a project to be auctioned off to raise money for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association.
  • Refugee Crafts
    Donate your leftover beading supplies to a group of ESL instructors and refugees working together to help the women learn skills and confidence through jewelry making.

Paper beads from Beads for Life

Other Ways to Help

A growing number of places help support artisians by selling finished pieces of handcrafted beaded jewelry. One example is Tropic Options, which sells pieces created by Mayan women of the Guatemalan highlands. Another example is the O Magazine bangle bracelets being sold to support women in Africa. (A list of places that sell these bracelets is available at Jane's Fiber and Beads.)

If you know about other beading charities, fundraising opportunities, or bead-related causes, please share the information in the comments section. Special thanks to Beading Daily readers, Margot, Jeanette, Sandra, and Eliza who contributed information to this list.


Beading and . . . Hardboiled Eggs?

Coiled Stiletto Earrings by Catherine Hodge
Not only can you learn how to create these long, coiled wire earrings, but you can also learn how to patina them using a hardboiled egg! This project is from the editors of Step by Step Wire Jewelry.



 Have you started your earring project yet?

The deadline for the first Beading Daily reader challenge, It Takes Two Earring Challenge is two weeks away!

I'm also looking for reader examples of the Rubber Stamped Polymer Clay Beads project and examples of bead quilts or beaded quilts by Beading Daily members.

Coming next week: A beaded candle holder, the results of the "kitchen table" poll, plus an interview with Katie Hacker, author of 15 beading books and a presenter on the PBS series, "Beads, Baubles & Jewels."

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She is going to work on her earring challenge project this weekend. (Just because she can't enter, doesn't mean she can't use a good creative challenge!)

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