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Keiko Wada


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2010 featuring Gemstones
Category: Jewelry Design Sets
Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner



Gold Medal Prize Winner in the Pearls, Natural or Created category
2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest



Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Contest 2014 featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
Category: Home Décor and Doll
Gold Medal Prize Winner

Meet the Designer-Artist

Describe your artistic style.
Spontaneous.

Who inspires you as a designer-artist?
Tatiana Van Iten, Judy Walker, Laura McCabe

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Natural materials, seed beads

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
The Necklace of a Mermaid

What inspired this design?
Children's story of mermaid princess.

How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working?
I combined my favorites in this necklace, shells and cultured freshwater pearls. I composed this necklace with the five cabochons, seed beads, cultured freshwater pearls, shells, cylinders and Czech glass beads. I made rose flower beads from polymer clay.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
When I was a silver clay instructor, I was interested in beadwork.

Who introduced you to beading?
My friend taught me off of a loom.

Do you have an artistic background?
Bridal contest 2009 and silver prize in the Be Naturally Inspired Design Contest 2009 in Japan.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
When I bought a Bead and Button magazine I found the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads website.

What other hobbies do you have?
Swimming and scuba diving.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
Part-time career

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I hold individual shows.

Keiko's design, The Necklace of a Mermaid, won the Gold Medal Prize in the Pearls, Natural or Created category of the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads beading contest. Zoom in for a detailed view in the Gallery of Designs.

View all of Keiko's designs in the Gallery of Designs.

What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?


I was inspired to donate my necklace because I thought that I would like to carry out that I can do something to breast cancer.



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children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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