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Ways to Fundraise with Jewelry-Making

You decided you want to use your jewelry-making abilities to help a cause or charity. Great! But how do you actually raise money for a cause? We're so glad you asked. We'll cover some of the most popular ways designer-artists are giving their time,...

Women of Worth: Making Jewelry to Change Lives, One Bead at a Time

When Chris and I first met Ann Minnich, we were vacationing along the Oregon coast. Ann owned and ran a quaint bed and breakfast nestled in the dunes at Nesika Beach where Chris and I liked to visit to enjoy the rich, autumn sunsets. Several years...

Fundraiser for Asante NICU of Southern Oregon

It's 33mm (1-5/16 inches) long and 16mm (5/8 inches) wide--about the width of an American half-dollar coin. It's made using a mold from the foot of a 24-week-gestation baby girl. She weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces at her premature birth. Now? She's a...

BeadforLife

Imagine you have lost family members--perhaps even your spouse--to war. Imagine one or more of your children has been kidnapped and enslaved. Imagine suffering with HIV or AIDS. Imagine all of this along with daily hunger. Hard to imagine, isn't it?...

Bead-It-Forward Project 2010 Breast Cancer Quilts

This is the fourth year that has organized a beaded quilt project (see the December '07 issue of ) for the (BAABC) auction at the annual Bead and Button Show. For the 2010 project, a total of 622 turtle squares were received! With these...

Story Beads at Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Let's face it, staying at the hospital is stressful--especially for kids. That's why OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon has the Child Life Program. This program is specially designed to provide coping activities for kids,...

Create to Emancipate -- A Jewelry Designer Who is Changing the World One Bead at a Time®

Learn how one jewelry-artist is making a difference and bringing awareness of human trafficking through jewelry-making. Her story... I have been an avid jewelry-maker since 2006. My passion for beading began while living overseas and walking through...

Bead-It-Forward Project 2009 Breast Cancer Quilts

Presenting the 2009 Bead-It-Forward beaded quilts. Auctioned at the Bead Social during the Bead and Button Show in June 2009, each quilt combines 100 squares from bead artists around the world. is the founder and organizer of this annual...

Discover the Clover Mama Afrika Program at the Beadex International Bead and Jewelry Show

The one thing Beadex had which was very different from any shows I've attended in the U.S. was the Clover Mama Afrika program. The Clover Mama Afrika is a program designed to help educate rural villagers with life skills that utilize their hands and...

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Founded in 1993 by visionary Evelyn Lauder, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and providing critical funding for research to prevent and cure breast cancer, and to increase public awareness...

Donated Gift Boxes for Mother's Day

The Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' vision statement says, "We are an evolving community of passionate individuals, each of us, dedicated to creating magical experiences for our customers, employees and suppliers." We love hearing about those...

Circle of Hope Beads - Pam Hahn

It's right in our vision statement, we're a community: a community of passionate individuals who are dedicated to magical experiences. Fire Mountain employees don't just do this for our customers, as we really are one big family here. Pam passed the...

Bead-It-Forward Project 2011 Breast Cancer Quilt - Beaded Squares Quilt #7

Introducing the artwork of passionate bead artists who contributed to the themed ''Caring Hands.'' The 100 individual squares featured below were combined into one of seven quilts. The 2011 quilts were auctioned at the Bead Social during the...

Beads for Education

is for Beads. is for Education. is for Advancement. is for Development. is for Success. What this adds up to is the , started in 1998 by Debby Rooney and Lisa Stevens (Assistant Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian National Zoo). It's mission...

Awareness Ribbons: Color and Cause Guide

Use the colors of awareness in your jewelry designs to support a cause or issue that's important to you. Many groups have adopted awareness ribbons as symbols of support, such as the popular pink cancer ribbon color for the fight against breast...

Why do we call it the Circle of Hope?--Teresa's Story

To understand that, we have to introduce you to Teresa. Spontaneous and snarky, dedicated and talented, Teresa was Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' first photographer. When we started using color slide film to shoot our product pages, Teresa was...

Bead-It-Forward Project 2011 Breast Cancer Quilts

This is the seventh year that Jeanette Shanigan has organized a beaded quilt project for the auction at the annual Bead and Button Show. For the 2011 project, a total of 672 squares were received with a "caring hands" theme. With these squares,...

Boys and Girls Club "Helping Hands" Award

It seemed like any other monthly General Meeting at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®. However, Diann Gilbertson, executive director, and Renee Ludwig, special events resource development, of the Boys and Girls Club of the Rogue Valley had a special...

Beaded Prayers - A Community Project for Hope

The Beaded Prayers Project, created and curated by Sonya Clark, is a worldwide art project aimed at connecting people through a common goal--beaded art. In 1999, Sonya began developing the project while teaching at the University of Wisconsin. She...

Hope Bracelet Project Benefits Ethiopians

Last summer, American lampwork bead makers Tammy Cunningham, Devon Billings and Cindy Brown traveled to Ethiopia to train the beaders in Yetebon. They took with them donated lampwork beads, sterling silver filler beads and findings and other jewelry...
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