Artist Spotlight – Jill Wiseman

Jill Wiseman is a talented jewelry designer who works as a full-time beading instructor at bead shows, bead societies, and bead stores coast-to-coast. She also designs and sells kits and patterns in partnership with her mother, June Wiseman, as Jill Wiseman Designs in her home state of Texas. Jill has beautiful designs published in Beadwork Magazine […]

Introducing The Trinket Foundry!

Tart: (verb) Dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive. To tart something up: To improve the appearance of something, typically in a way regarded as flashy or superficial.

If you absolutely adore artisan beads and charms like we do, then you will absolutely flip when you see our new Tart Charms, […]

A Touch of Glass: An Artist Interview!

We’ve always been inspired by the glass beads Tammy Kerber from T-Beads makes. They are so versatile and easy to use! You can see them featured in a few of our inspiration projects: Honeyflower Bracelet, Copper Canyon Bracelet, A La Mode Necklace and Solaris Bracelet. Tammy has been perfecting […]

Chain, Chain, Chain Maille!

With the addition of all of our new colored jump rings, we thought we would ask our resident expert, Nora Olsen, some questions about chain maille.

Which chain maille technique would you recommend for a first timer who is new to chain maille?

Byzantine, definitely!  This is a classic, simple weave that is easy […]

Read Our Interview With Lillypilly!

Who doesn’t love Lillypilly’s vibrant and fanciful artisan pendants and anodized aluminum products? We sure do! We were inspired to use this Colorado studio’s delicate shell pendants to add a classy touch to our Love Me Do and Tooled necklaces and our Rising Sun and Bamboo Shoot earrings, while their anodized aluminum blanks […]

Fire Designs Heats Things Up!

We love the bright and colorful hand blown glass beads created by Fire Designs, a studio based in Washington state. The large holes in their beads allow for a variety of creative uses, as seen in our Blushing Rose Pen, which uses one long Cane Glass Tube Bead! My favorite thing about Fire Designs […]