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Mosaic Masterpieces

Jacqui Ridley always drew, took art classes when she was an undergrad at Wayne State University, ran a successful bakery business, and found ways to nurture her creative spirit. But something shifted within her when she started playing with pieces...

Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Using Accu-GuardsAt one end of a length of Accu-Flex beading wire (cut to the proper length for your design) thread on a crimp bead (or crimp tube) then thread the wire through one side of an Accu-Guard wire protector. Continue passing the wire over...

Bold and Brilliant

pre-made and then pick one of a zillion stones, and voila! You have a so-called ‘custom piece.' Metal clay brings back the feel of having a one-of-a-kind piece. Unless you have something cast and run off a machine, it is impossible to make two...

The Seven Year Stringing Cycle

Dear Customer, In the 36 years that we have been manufacturing jewelry wire, we have witnessed a clear trend that we refer to as "The Seven Year Stringing Cycle." For approximately seven years, the fashion jewelry industry embraces bead stringing...

Attitude of Gratitude

Congratulate yourself if you made it through 2010 with your business and personal life relatively intact. Even if you're a bit bruised, bummed or burned out, you still need to pat yourself on the back--you survived! In my last column, I mentioned...

Where Creativity Thrives

In this competitive day and age, professionals from all walks of life have their eyes set on improving their skills in order to remain relevant in the job market. Understanding the latest advances in your field keeps you relevant rather than...

Artistic Evolution

''By the time I was a senior in high school, I'd been playing the piano for a dozen years, and many people expected me to pursue it in college,'' Rebeca explains. ''However, it wasn't something that came truly natural to me. I enjoyed playing, but I...

Famous Paintings Depicting Angels

Angels are everywhere you look, from film to television to jewelry designs--and with good reason. These beautiful beings are renowned for having a radiant glow that naturally draws attention. Angels are also acknowledged as do-gooders here on Earth....

Bead Star 2009 Best in Show

Sue has left Florida and moved back to New Jersey to be with her son and grandchild. While everyone hopes to be an asset to the company they work for, it's another thing for the boss to turn out to be an asset to the employee. Clearly, Sue's boss...

2nd Street Beads

After much deliberation and about a year of research, Janie and Russell were ready. They made a few renovations to their charming old furniture shop and started stocking up on jewelry-making basics including findings, Swarovski crystals, gemstone...

Gemstone Engagement Rings

Long before Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother's famous sapphire engagement ring, women were receiving engagement rings featuring gemstones other than diamonds. Notably, Jackie Kennedy received an emerald and diamond ring from...

It's a Wide, Wide World!

Getting going can be expensive; it's essential to not compromise quality now, or ever, in your career. You'll be faced with the cost of the classes where you'll learn your skills, and then there are tools and space to pay for. Typically all of this...

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...

Jewelry Component Swap Parties

You've heard of clothing swap parties, recipe swaps, even beer swaps--but have you ever thought of a jewelry supply swap party? Recycling, or upcycling, is here to stay, so what better way to make new jewelry than with existing components that were...

From Craft Drawer to Career

Whether she's making metal clay rings, teaching workshops or producing new learning resources on this fascinating clay-like material, Hattie Sanderson's craft business is, in her words, a "one-woman show." After a career including work as an art...

Carmex Teams with Artist Lisa Pavelka for 365 Days of Lip Service

Carma Laboratories, makers of Carmex® lip balm and skin care products, has teamed with world-renowned mixed media artist Lisa Pavelka to launch , a collection of artwork created on the lids of 366 Carmex lip balm jars. Pavelka will create an...

Examining the Various Forms and Characteristics of Angels

When it comes to wholesale beading, angels are growing in popularity--and why not? These elegant beings are perfect for traditional and contemporary pieces of beading alike, and they can seamlessly fit into any occasion. Whether you're giving an...

Discover the Black Pearl

A little bit of luck, a whole lot of skill, and a strong will to succeed was the magic potion needed for the husband-and-wife team of Eric and Mikkeline Hicks to make it in the wholesale jewelry world. Six years ago, the couple began a handmade...

Balance, Form, Transform

While on maternity leave from her full-time job, artist Kim Paige was looking for something to do at home while also caring for her two young daughters. Having always felt that she had some sort of artistic inclination, she became intrigued with the...

Traveling with Beads

Why would you take your jewelry-making on the road with you? Plenty of reasons, from the creative to the productive: When you decide to take your creativity on the road, you have the power to choose easily portable projects. Some ideas are:
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