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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Customizing Eyeglasses with Jewelry-Making Products

Just like most items in fashion, glasses and sunglasses have evolved over the years. Everything from aviators to heart-shaped frames, from thick black frames to lenseless, have been in and out of style over the years. A current trend is embellished...

Style Snapshot: Make Boot Bling Jewelry

If you love boots and love jewelry, then you'll absolutely love one of the hottest statements in the fashion world--boot jewelry. Boot jewelry, as we like to call a ''bootlet,'' is a great way to instantly update any pair of go-to boots in any...

Stepping Stones

Metal clay artist Lora Hart started out making rings from metal clay. She realized she could use a lot of those same jewelry techniques to make more from metal clay and found her own niche.

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...

''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...

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...

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...

Having an Artistic Identity Crisis? 7 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back

Anyone reading my bio might think I'm having an identity crisis-- In my case, it's really more about not knowing what I want to be when I grow up. But a recent conversation made me stop and think that maybe I do have a bit of an identity crisis. I...

Identity Jewelry

In this mass-produced world, personalized detailing has grown into a large influence on jewelry design. The original personalization--the monogram--is still going strong. In addition, customers are discovering new ways to customize and personalize...

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...

Beading Societies

For most beaders, there comes a time when you notice that your loved ones aren't quite as supportive of your hobby as they used to be. You catch them rolling their eyes each time you bubble over about a great local tearcher coming to town who you...
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