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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Cecil Rodriguez is Bead Master’s resident designer. She loves beading with Czech-glass two-hole beads, especially DiamonDuos. Cecil’s Infinite Beauty necklace and Es-o Express Cuff are in Quick + Easy Beadwork Winter 2018. Her Es-o Express Cuff is available as a kit, while supplies last. Take a peek at Cecil’s beading space. Q: Where is your current […]

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