Bead the Perfect Halloween Costume Accessory

Whether you’re headed to a masquerade ball or to a friend’s house for a ghoulish night of fun this Halloween, you want your accessories to enhance your costume in the best possible way. We all know beaded jewelry can be worn for a variety of occasions, but I think their opulent styles make them great […]

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Agnieszka Watts created 3 colorways of her Gardens of Eden Bracelet for the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Beadwork. In addition, she made 2 single-strand variations and 4 pairs of earrings. Finally, she made a fun mismatched variation of the bracelet in two different blues. Gardens of Eden Bracelet The main colorway of Agnieszka’s Gardens […]

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Bead weaving is quickly becoming one of my favorite hobbies. However, sometimes it’s hard for me to justify putting so much time into a piece of jewelry that will take me hours to finish and will only match one outfit. Instead of looking for complex patterns, I find myself picking out projects that are quick […]

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Cecil Rodriguez is a designer for Bead Master. She’s originally from Medellín, Colombia, but now lives in New York City. Cecil believes that “jewelry should reveal the beauty of the wearer’s soul.” Her Es-o Express Cuff is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of Quick + Easy Beadwork. Learn what inspires Cecil’s work, and discover […]

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It’s fun looking through old archives, isn’t it? Cleaning out a family member’s attic may reveal facts about relatives who served in a war. Special photos and memorabilia provide clues about ancestors and the lives they lived. Old newspaper articles reveal details from historic events. ABOVE: Getty Images/Mark Boster The National Archives Building in Washington, […]

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Natalia Trukhina submitted her version of Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace from the June/July 2017 issue of Beadwork. Natalia first discovered her love of bead weaving three years ago. She started stringing, but didn’t understand how to fasten the ends of jewelry to the clasp. She searched for information on the Internet and discovered the […]

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Beading on the Road with Michelle Gowland

Michelle Gowland’s bead “studio” is certainly unique! She and her fiancé live full-time in an RV, traveling between Maryland and Florida for her fiancé’s job. Michelle considers the world her studio, and you can often find her beading outdoors or in a baseball stadium. Learn how Michelle keeps her bead stash and in-process projects organized […]

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I don’t know if you’ve ever had one of those days. You know — the kind when everything goes wrong! That is my day, today. And it made my bead weaving quest a challenge! This morning I sat down to make a pair of beautiful earrings from the book Modern Beaded Lace by Cynthia Newcomer […]

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How to Draw Your Way to Inspired Jewelry Designs

Being the editor of Beadwork, I’m obviously entrenched in the world of beads and beading all day. But in my off time, I’ve been circling back around to my art roots. In the process of unburying my creative space in the basement with the goal of having a clear surface to work on, my bead […]

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When it comes to your wardrobe and accessories, are you more of a classic gal, or do you follow the trends? I love this artwork from 1953 showing four housewives having tea. It reminds me of our former associate editor, Lindsay, who had that vintage style—from her clothing, shoes, and accessories, to her hair and […]

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