From the Journal

  • Jewelry Making Tutorial: How to Make a Beaded Chain

      Today in our jewelry making tutorial we are doing something that so many of y'all have asked about: wire wrapping beads or chain linking. It's one of my favorite techniques because you can take a fairly average bead and give it a whole new life. I'm going to show you how to make a beaded chain...
  • Diamonds, Deserts, and Dealers: A Typical Day at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

    Ever wondered where I find the majority of the thousands of beads at Beads, Inc.? Each February, my sister, Anne, and I travel to Arizona for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It’s our biggest buying trip of the year, and I never leave disappointed! A lot of people don’t know what exactly goes int...
  • Craft Store Challenge: One-of-a-Kind Creations

    I love browsing craft stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby for art supplies and other things, and while there, I like to stroll through the bead section just to see what else is out there.

    Over the years, I started picking up some jewelry components on my trips to craft stores and wanted to challenge myself to come up with some really unique beautiful pieces using Beads, Inc. inventory, including stones, leather, sterling and gold-filled findings, pavé pieces, and more, mixed with some goodies I’ve picked up at local craft stores.

    Take a look at what I created (and learned) during my first Craft Store Challenge!