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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...

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...

Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Bead stringing is the backbone of many designs; the rest can be done with a few jewelry-making fundamentals. Learn the fundamentals you need to create your own jewelry lines.

The Dream Catcher

The story of dream catchers is enchanting, including the origin, symbolism and legend of dream catchers, and the traditional beads and materials used to make dream catchers. In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher, the inanimate form of the...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Examining Some of the Most Common Archangels Seen in Jewelry

When it comes to designing jewelry, you might find angels in everything from necklaces to bracelets. Many beading manufacturers incorporate angelic beings into their pieces because they resonate innocence and beauty. Some of the most popular angels...

Jewelry Guide for Clothing Choices

Make sure your jewelry gets the attention it deserves (not lost amongst or hidden beneath garments) with these helpful tips on pairing clothing with jewelry.

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...

DIY Guitar Jewelry

Guitar jewelry is in tune with jewelry trends of personalization. See how to use guitar picks, strings, straps and more for stylish additions to your jewelry collection or resale opportunities.

Angels in Marketing

When you think of angels, what's the first thought that comes to mind? Is it Hope? Guidance? Peace? Love? Maybe it's the comfortable experience you have when you use Angel Soft tissue or "the little taste of heaven" you get when you eat...

D.X. Ross

A creator in every sense of the word, D. X. Ross (American, 1953 - 2008) was perhaps best known for her totemic jewelry: hand wrought, intricate metal work, with juxtaposed materials of precious and semiprecious stones, unusual shapes and soft...

''BIPping''...Beading in Public

You may have seen people knitting, crocheting and working needle-point in public places, so why not beading? Ours is a clean, low-tech and small-scale craft where projects can be worked a little at a time--the perfect portable craft. Don't you think...

Swarovski: Providing the Essence of Hollywood Glamour

When Idina Menzel took the stage at the 2014 Academy Awards to sing the Oscar winning song "Let It Go," from the movie , the backdrop was glowing with over 100,000 shining Swarovski crystals. Hollywood has a long history of turning to Swarovski...

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...

Fashion Trends to Try as Summer Turns Into Fall

When it comes to jewelry-making and other accessories, it seems like the industry is always changing. With new seasons come different styles, and it's important to be mindful of them to seamlessly fit in with up-and-coming trends. This year, there...

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...
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