SPOTLIGHT: Beads of Heaven

1. What kind of material do you use in your creations?
I love smooth stones, sparkling crystal, sterling silver (when possible) and cast pewter. I don’t like to use crystal bi-cones because of the sharp edges.

2. How did you get into this form of art?
A few years ago I was working in the custom framing shop at Michael’s, and every day I would walk past the bead aisles. Those beads were calling to me! I started making simple stretchy bracelets, and I went on from there.

At some point, I started making rosaries and that just goes beyond jewelry. Rosaries are an aid to prayer, a connection to heaven.

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you?
A rosary, whether it is a full rosary, a single decade rosary, or a rosary bracelet, has a set number and sequence of beads, so the “plan” is there. Beyond that, I love the feel of smooth stones moving through my fingers, so I look for beads to coordinate with the stones.

Rosaries are meant to be used often, so I want the piece to be comfortable, with no sharp edges, sturdy and beautiful to look at.

4. Do you have a certain design style?
My designs are traditional, with something extra, something unexpected.

5. What is your favorite technique?
I like to make traditional linked rosaries and rosary bracelets. They drape so nicely. And I especially like to make single decade rosaries because they are so easy to use. No tangling!

6.Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations?
I have a website that I’m working on at  I also sell jewelry at 

7. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD?
EtsyBEAD is a great group of people, and even though I often don’t have time to do more than read through the digests on my e-mail, I learn so much from all of you!


6 Responses

  1. Beautiful Rosaries! This obviously comes from your heart, Lisa.


  2. Fabulous profile — and your work is lovely, Lisa!

  3. Wonderful feature — nice job Lisa and Deronda!

  4. Thanks so much Deronda! This spotlight looks great!

  5. Your work is just beautiful, Lisa! The turquoise rosary is especially striking. Thank you for sharing your work. (And I feel a special connection, since I was born in Bethlehem, lo these many years ago!)

  6. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Loosen.

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