Spotlight: Beads of Heaven (orig. posted 5/20/08)

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 www.beadsofheaven.net.  I also sell jewelry at www.mltbeaddesigns.etsy.com. 

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!

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3 Responses

  1. For the children’s parties, the parent usually tells us what they are willing to spend per child and we then direct the children to the beads that fall within that range. If the party is held at the shoppe, there is a $20 instruction fee and attendance is limited to 10 children. If the party is held at a location of the parent’s choice, there is a $30 fee, and we prefer no more than 15.

  2. My daughter and niece are just getting into beading and I want to get them something for Christmas to encourage the hobby but not being a beader myself, I don’t know where to begin. What would be good presents for these 12 and 13 year old budding beaders? We have a variety of books that offer easy projects that their age group will enjoy. Here are a few appropriate suggestions.

  3. Really beatifull rosary bracelets, good craftmanship!

    THe first St. Patrick is very nice, a clasic beauty!

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