Learning how to do something (like jewelry making) from scratch is not as easy as it sounds . . . as an adult! When we were kids, we welcomed learning with open arms and enthusiastically ran full steam ahead. Then we grew up and began “adulting.” Admitting we didn’t know something became not only intimidating […]

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Does stress seem to rule your days? Are you looking for an excuse to slow down and a way to be more present in your own life? Many beaders say that bead weaving helps them unwind — and looming is one of the most meditative beading techniques. Take our quiz to discover your personality type, […]

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Growing up in West Virginia as the youngest of ten siblings had its pros and cons. Although I never got a dolly that wasn’t handed down from a sibling, my older sisters were always willing to teach me crafts including sewing, knitting, and quilting. Since I learned certain arts around age three, I had plenty […]

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We asked a handful of prominent designers for their best advice on how to improve a beaded jewelry design. Whether you struggle with color selection, tool choice, or just plain old inspiration, read on to see what the experts recommend! Sara Oehler, Soft Flex Company To improve your jewelry designs, choose the best products possible […]

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Artist Kinga Nichols certainly has a unique perspective of the world, especially the beading world. As an expert in bead embroidery, she has recently filmed a five course series on Advanced Bead Embroidery with Interweave, featuring courses on finishing touches, closures, troubleshooting, 3D layering, and bezeling unusually shaped focals. Learn a little bit more about […]

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Nandini Arakoni was born with a cleft lip. Luckily, Nandini lives in the United States. She received cleft palate surgery at a young age and now lives a completely normal life. Recently, Nandini began thinking about the thousands of children across the world who don’t have access to this life-changing surgery. The cost of a […]

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How I Learned to Love Cubic Right-Angle Weave

Ever since I started working on Beadwork magazine, I’ve admired Melissa Grakowsky Shippee’s designs. We were lucky enough to have Melissa as one of our 2017 Designers of the Year. Two of Melissa’s projects graced the cover of Beadwork this year: her Czech Me Out necklace in the October/November 2017 issue and her Silver Twilight […]

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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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