Month: March 2010

How to Make a Rosary

In honor of Easter, we’re posting our Traditional Rosary instructions!  This is a classic Catholic prayer bead pattern that has been popular for hundreds of years.  Every Easter, Catholic beaders make literally millions of rosaries, which are then used in

Spring Dragonfly Earrings

Spring has sprung, the weather is beautiful and I am wearing a tank top!  This time of the year, I am always so grateful to live in the glorious Valley of the Sun.  While most of my friends are still

Vintaj Fabulousness

Three really cool chicks.  I mean, the kind of chicks you’d just want to snatch up, carry around in your pocket and keep forever.  Those are the kind of women that are behind Vintaj natural brass beading components.  Sisters Wendy

Leaf Chains Hit the Big Time!

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you might remember a post I wrote back on February 19th about my love for leaf chains.  (Click here to take a peek at that blog.)  It’s easy to use, cost effective and

Marketing with Technology

I am a crafter, not a tech person.  (Anyone who knows me well knows that I am NOT being modest here.)  That being said, in the interst of promoting our stores, communicating with our clients and sharing fun beading ideas,

Turquoise is the Color of the Year

Turquoise is the official color of the year.  Pantone, the company that gets to decide such things, has declared it to be true. (And unlike last year’s official color, “mimosa”, turquoise is actually a color that people like to wear.) 

Fire is Fun!

This weekend, we had a “Train the Trainer” class at Bead World.  What was I thinking, giving a group of crazy jewelry instructors torches and letting them loose in my store?!  Remarkably, though there was much teasing and trash talk,

PMC — What the Heck Is It?

As the first bead store in the Phoenix area to teach Precious Metal Clay classes, we hear a lot of questions about this remarkable material.  “How do you work with it?”  “What can you so with it?”  “What the heck is

Think Outside of the Box!

This fun little bracelet was created by Frongelyn Booker at our Phoenix store.  It highlights a number of non-traditional elements in a very sophisticated, cohesive way.  The large double-drilled pietersite sets the rich, organic color pallet for the piece.  Small