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ToiAnn Hanson Artist of the Month

September Artist of the Month:
ToiAnn Hanson

Yes, ToiAnn has been making jewelry!  She is our featured artist for September.  Come by and see her beautiful creations which will be for sale.  So, you can have your own piece of jewelry made by ToiAnn. 


Want to be a featured artist, you can email pictures of your pieces to Linda @

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Tami Maricle August 2012 Artist Month

August’s 2012 Artist of the Month

Tami Maricle

Tami is an artist of many skills.  Born and raised in Bellingham, she has earned a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art from Washington State University.  In addition to her jewelry, Tami has also written and drawn her own comic book, as well as creating custom welded yard ornamentation and wind chimes. Come see her jewelry that is for sale at our shop during the month of August. 

 Would you like to be the featured as the Artist of the Month?

Bring in some of your pieces or email pictures to   


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Wrapped Bead Bracelet



Fire Cracked Agate wrapped bead bracelet.

Source: via Garrett on Pinterest

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Beauty in the Bead Shop Testimonial

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Elaine Stewart

July’s 2012 Artist of the Month

Elaine Stewart
Elaine was born in England and had been living in Australia.  But now she now calls Bellingham home with her husband, Ken. In addition to her passion of painting with oils, she added a new one after a dear friend in England showed her how to create beaded jewelry over two years ago.  

Elaine’s passion for jewelry has been growing and she has a keen eye for creating one of a kind jewelry to suit a wide variety of individuals. Some of her creations have been sold in England, Australia, Canada and now in the USA.   

Come see her jewelry that is for sale at our shop during the month of July 2012. 

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Beads Beads Beads

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Susan Davis

June 2012 Artist Month – Susan Davis

Our first artist of the month is Susan Davis from Vancouver, WA. 

Not only is she a very talented artist, she is also my sister.  Her jewelry style is SteamChic.  Susan takes found objects like hardware, antique pieces, watch parts, fishing spinners, charms etc and re-purposes them into her unique jewelry. 

To be featured as the Artist of the Month, email a picture or pictures to Linda at  If you are selected, you will be featured in our front window as the Artist of the Month.  We would like to add your picture and a short bio about you.  We can pick a selection of your pieces to display and show for you for that month.   

Having different featured artists each month is a great way for us all to see what can be done with beads.   It is not necessary that it be jewelry or only use beads from our shop.  Of course, we would love it if you used at least some of our beads, but it is not a requirement to be our Artist of the Month. 

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Wire Wrap a Bead

Free Form Wire Wrap Bead: $25 for the ninety minute class

Level: Beginning

Instructor:Megan Kinman

Prerequisite: Basic Wire Forms or equivalent experience


Required Supplies: One package craft wire 18 or 20 gauge and one of 26 gauge. One large odd shape pendant bead and make sure the wire (18 or 20) can pass through the hole in the pendant bead. Bring your pliers, if available.

You will make coiled wire to wrap your pendant bead just how you like it. Make any free form design with swirls or coils.

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Beginning Working with Wire Classes

 Wire Jig Magic $30 for the 2 1/2 hour class and $15 for the wire kit, including a small Thing-a-ma-jig. Kit is $8 if you have your own jig.



Prerequisite: None

Instructor:Megan Kinman





Add another dimension to your jewelry making skills and learn to make your own basic wire forms like clasps, coils and spirals. Also find out about different types of wire and how to use wire working tools, including the Think-a-ma-jig. In this class you should be able to complete one chain bracelet and clasp and two pair of earrings.

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Wrapped Loop Earrings Class

Learn how to make earrings with wrapped loops. Wrapped loops are more durable than simple loops because the loops can’t come open accidentally and cause you to lose your beads. You can use this same technique for adding beads to necklaces and bracelets.

$10 class fee and it includes the bead kit.

Level: Intermediate

Instructor: Criss Reynolds

Prerequisite: Beginning Earrings or know how to make a simple loops.

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