Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Bringing Jewelry Making to Life

Beads, Baubles & Jewels has been on PBS for over 13 years! The amazing team behind the show has completed 26 seasons over the 13 years. With 13 episodes per season and at least two jewelry-making segments in each episode, this means over 675 jewelry-making segments have been recorded with you in mind. Wowza!

Wyatt White on set of Beads, Baubles & Jewels with host, Katie Hacker

Wyatt White on set with host, Katie Hacker

I’m not sure how many different artists are behind this astounding number, but I can tell you, it’s a lot! That 675+ segments also means a lot of different approaches on how to create a special jewelry design to share with you — so when they say there’s something for everyone, you have to believe it!

Candie Cooper rockin’ the Sizzix machine and Jackie Truty with Katie on set

Candie Cooper rockin’ the Sizzix machine and Jackie Truty with Katie on set

In the 2600 season of Beads, Baubles & Jewels, there are 13 artists and 36 projects explained in detail. If you want to see each episode at your leisure so you can pause, rewind, and play again, you’ll be glad to know you can watch each episode of Beads, Baubles & Jewels through video download or in DVD format. You have shared with us that you appreciate having access to the video to ensure you can watch the show whenever you want to, not to mention the convenience of playing it from any device. (I have been known to walk around the house watching my iPad, so I totally get this!)

The theme for the 2600 season is “The Art of Jewelry,” and in each episode you can be sure there is artful jewelry each step of the way!

A Few Beads, Baubles & Jewels Highlights

In episode 1, artists Kate Richbourg and Brenda Schweder bring their “A” game! Kate creates Frieda Kahlo-inspired ear wires that feature motifs found in Frieda’s paintings (above). Brenda encases found objects in a Joseph Cornell-inspired piece that shows off his iconic style (below).

Episode 3 brings chain maille, mantra bracelets, and metal clay to your screen. Ashley Bunting uses jump rings and crimp tubes to make a simple chain maille style bracelet, Katie Hacker (host of the show) creates a prayer mantra bracelet inspired by ancient art. Also in episode 3, I get to play with fire as I show how to torch-fire metal clay.

In Episode 7, I get to play with fire and a torch again, sharing quick and easy soldering and easy bezel setting.

Brenda is back in episode 8; this time she channels Alexander Calder to create a statement piece made with wire and Now That’s a Jig. (For more from Brenda and her amazing jig, check out her videos: ABC’s of Wire Wrangling and Making & Designing with Simple Single Links.

If you love lampworking glass as much as I do, be sure to tune into episodes 4 and 10. Aja Vaz was in the house rocking her torch and sharing how to make these lampwork glass beads!

Jackie Trudy and Katie Baum show off their metal clay prowess and share some really wonderful techniques. Here are Katie and Katie on set, along with some of Katie Baum’s tools and sterling metal clay designs.

The show really does have something for everyone; these highlights just scratch the surface on all you can learn. Visit our Beads, Baubles & Jewels page for a peek into each episode and some behind the scenes fun. We’d love to know what your favorite episode is or what techniques you enjoyed learning. Please leave a note in the comments section.

Group Editorial Director, Bead & Jewelry and Editor, Beadwork magazine

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