Kim West has been beading since the mid-1990s. She’s the owner of Stony Creek Bead in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where she teaches classes and creates new designs. Kim’s Playful Pentagons Bracelet was in the June/July 2017 issue of Beadwork. In addition, her Mini Medallions Bracelet & Earrings Set was featured in Quick + Easy Beadwork Winter 2017. […]

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Business Saturday: A chat with Cynthia Deis, Owner of Ornamentea, a brick-and-mortar bead shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, plus online supply shop. Q: What’s your background in jewelry production? A: I began making jewelry as a teenager on my parents’ back porch in Columbus, Ohio. My beading and jewelry making continued as a hobby until a […]

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Jewelry and Bead Studio Organization

There are lots of “new” items in the organization category of most retail outlets. From organizing sneakers to coffee cups to beads! We can’t help but want to get organized. Thankfully we are also creative types and able to adapt many things not necessarily designed for our jewelry and beading studio organization. A Few Outside […]

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New to seed beading and not sure where to start? Pick out some beads and get your creative juices flowing! We asked Tammy Honaman, web producer for the Interweave Bead and Jewelry groups, founding editor of Step-by-Step Beads, and bead artist extraordinaire, to introduce us to the basics. If you’re a seasoned pro, consider this […]

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I can’t believe it’s already time to register for Bead Fest Philly. I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about Bead Fest Santa Fe! It was big fun, hanging out with dear old friends and making new ones, shopping for beads and jewelry-making supplies, taking jewelry classes in roll printing and keum boo, […]

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Debora Hodoyer submitted her first design to Beadwork magazine in November, 2014. We checked out her Etsy site and were immediately enthralled with her designs. Since then, Debora has become a frequent and valued contributor to the magazine. She has a fun and wearable style, and lately we’ve loved seeing how she has been incorporating […]

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Business Saturday: An interview on the bridal jewelry business with Angela Olsgard Tiernan, owner of Angie Star Jewelry In 2002, Angela Olsgard Tiernan established Angie Star Jewelry, a Boulder, Colorado, boutique specializing in custom-designed jewelry. This includes bridal jewelry and special occasion pieces. The company creates a variety of wedding jewelry, from earrings, bracelets, and […]

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Every jewelry maker I know has one type of jewelry that makes her sigh or cry or curse. For me, that’s bracelets. I can whip out a dozen pairs of earrings in a couple of hours without batting an eye, but making a single bracelet can sometimes stump me for days. Logically, I know it […]

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