Tom Triplett has been a beader for over 8 years, and has been a professional in the bead and jewelry-design industry for more than 6 years. Tom was co-owner of the internationally renowned bead store, Vegas Beads, in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas Beads closed its doors in early 2009 and Tom is furthering his career at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he is currently the Manager of the Content Development Department, managing the creative group of designer-artists who make most of the amazing jewelry for the Fire Mountain catalogs, flyers and website.
Tom works primarily with Swarovski crystal and enjoys projects using weaving techniques including right-angle weave and peyote. At Vegas Beads, Tom was the primary jewelry class instructor as well as the coordinator of the monthly class schedules. Because of the expertise he developed in his 5 years of teaching beading classes, he now shares the many lessons learned as an expert team member of Fire Mountain's online Ask the Experts and in beading instructions.
Tom taught at the 2010 Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He brought his passion for Swarovski to the Harlequin bracelet design, and has developed a modified right-angle weave technique for his uniquely beautiful Crystal Kismet Bracelet.