Monday, March 29, 2010

Kazuri Beads & Metalcraft by DeZine Trunk Show!

The Bead Studio will be hosting a trunk show from Kazuri Beads and Metalcraft by DeZine April 1st - 15th

A Symbol of Women Changing the World

Kazuri Ltd is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. The Kazuri factory is tucked away in the rolling hills outside Nairobi, Kenya. Here, the gorgeous handcrafted ceramic beads and jewelry are made from African clay, dug by hand, from Mount Kenya. Kazuri produces a wide range of handmade, hand-painted ceramic beads that shine like a kaleidoscope of African colors. Each bead is shaped individually by hand without the aide of molds, forms, or any modern machinery. They are then painted with high gloss paint, and glazed to produce a smooth, shiny decorated bead. This project began in 1975 to help disadvantaged women of the Kikuyu Tribe. The profound difference this art has made in the lives of these women is very powerful.

Metalcraft by DeZine
Handcrafted Metal Components made in Africa

These brass and copper components are formed by hand, burnished, polished and then dipped in an anti-tarnish lacquer creating an elegant, high quality metal art. These pieces are made in a small village in South Africa by local craftspeople, utilizing Fair Trade Standards to provide meaningful employment for approximately 100 members of the community.

By purchasing Metalcraft by DeZine and Kazuri Beads you are supporting these craftspeople and their families and their continuation of their work preserving a wonderful traditional art form.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Kit - Pearl Romance Set

New for March 2010, Pearl Romance Set. Use a filigree component to add a touch of romance to a classic necklace and earring set.

Colors Available:

  • Fizzy Champagne (cream)
  • Jasmine Blossom (white)
  • Candied Plum (eggplant)
  • Chocolate Silk (rich brown)
  • Vintage Platinum (dark grey)
  • Mauve Blush (mauve pink)
  • Bluebell Bouquet (light sapphire)
  • Sky Breeze (light aqua

  • For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010

    Easter Egg Earrings

    Look what the Easter Bunny brought!

    Stop at The Bead Studio or Eclectica March 26th through April 3 and get 50% Off this festive Easter Egg earring kit with a $25 purchase. These fun seasonal earrings are made with Swarovski crystals and vintage components, as well as sterling silver findings. Retail value of the kit is $12.

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Presenting our Bridal Collection!

    Russian Royalty Set

    Pearl Rosette Set

    Crystal Trellis Bracelet

    Bora Bora Necklace

    Make Eclectica and The Bead Studio your first stop when planning for, and creating your bridal jewelry. Choose from some of your favorite kits now available in bridal white and soft pastels.

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    New Kit - Spiral Harmony Set

    New for March 2010, Spiral Harmont Set. A spiral of wire accents the focal pendant and earrings in this harmonious asymmetrical design. Featuring glazed porcelain beads from Clay River Designs.

    Colors Available:
    • Peaceful River (pools of deep blue and medium blue)
    • Turquoise Sky (blue turquoise with dark green speckles)
    • Tangerine Orchard (warm orange)
    • Serene Meadow (medium green)
    • Soothing Honey (pale amber with pools of orange, white and brown)
    • Terrace Pebble (dark green with pools of brown/lt. brown)
    • Sandy Oasis (tan and brown fine speckles)
    • Onyx Haven (black with amber/tan speckles)
    For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    PMC Certification Level I - March 19th & 20th

    We just finished PMC Level I. Everyone had a lot of fun in the class! Mark your calendar, the next Level I class is April 30 & May 1 (the April 2 & 3 session is full).

    PMC Certification Level I: Introduction to Metal Clay

    PMC Level II: Intermediate Metal ClayLevel II Sessions:
    April 9 & 10, 2010
    May 14 & 15, 2010

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    New Kit - Crystal Trellis Bracelet

    New for March 2010 is the Crystal Trellis Bracelet kit. Create a ladder of Swarovski crystals in this woven bracelet with daisy spacers.

    Colors available:

    With antique silver spacers:
    • Blueberry Fields (rich purple, tanzanite)
    • Cranberry Punch (dark fuchsia, coral pink)
    • Steamy Cocoa (brown, dusty peach)
    • Lunar Eclipse (jet black, silver/grey)
    • Creme De Menthe (emerald, lt. emerald)
    • Antique Lantern (dark brass)
    • Napa Grapevine (dark amethyst, lt. amethyst)

    With bright silver spacers:

    • Wispy Clouds (lt. blue opal, pale aqua)
    • Sapphire River (lt. blue, dark blue)
    • Irish Meadow (peridot, dark peridot)
    • Bridal Sequin (crystal, crystal rainbow)
    • Pink Peony (lt. rose, dark rose)
    • Nordic Springs (pale sky blue, dark aqua)
    • Peach Mimosa (white opal, peach rainbow)
    For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Double Stamp Days at The Bead Studio!

    You can earn Double Stamps on your Frequent Beader Card at The Bead Studio! All purchases from Tuesday, March 23rd through Friday March 26th, will receive double stamps at The Bead Studio.

    Events at The Bead Studio
    • Unicorne Beads Trunk Show - Ends March 26th
    • Clay River Designs Trunk Show - Ends March 30th
    • $1 SALE Ends March 30th
    • Gemstone Strands Trunk Show - Ends April 9th

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    New May / June Class Schedule Available Online!

    PMC Level I Certification: Introduction To Metal Clay

    Celtic Visions Bracelet
    Subtle Elegance Bracelet
    For more information on our class projects, visit our website.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    New Stitching Club Projects!

    Totally Triangles March 22nd, 5:30-8:00pm

    Bead Soup March 29th & April 5th, 5:30-8:00pm

    We are excited to announce the next two new projects for the Stitching Club. The club is held on Monday nights from 5:30pm-8:00pm and is geared toward the stitching enthusiast. It focuses on a stitching project for a set number of weeks. The cost is variable based on the number of evenings the particular project will require ($12/evening). Attendees can obtain a supply list when they register for the club session and purchase their supplies (receive 10% off when purchasing supplies for the club).

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Featured Artist at Olympia Resort Benefit!

    On March 13th, Irina was the featured "Artist in Residence" at the YMCA Pabst Farms - Strong Kids Dinner Auction. Irina donated two necklaces to the silent and live auctions, raising $300.

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    Beadable Pens back are Back!

    Beadable pens are back by popular demand. Now that there are so many styles, colors and flavors of large hole beads, these pens are even more fun!

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Unicorne Beads Trunk Show

    The Bead Studio will be hosting a trunk show from Unicorne Beads March 11th-26th. Come and see the beautiful new styles & shapes in a rainbow of colors:
    • Large Domed Yo-Yo Beads
    • Seahorses, Blowfish & Dolphins
    • Metallic Finish Buttons & Pendants
    • Tear Drop Strands
    • Large Hole Spacers

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    Irina's Photo Charm Bracelet featured in Beadstyle - March 2010

    This is a sampling of charms available at Eclectica that can be used for a similar project.

    Photo Charm Bracelet by Irina Miech
    "Each time I wear my charm bracelet, I'm reminded of the seaside vacation I took with my boys. These crafty little charms make it really easy to encase a few favorite photos. Or, punch out some letters for a novel name bracelet."

    Irina is a teacher, author and owner of Eclectica Beads in Brookfield, Wis. Her favorite non-beading passions are snorkeling and traveling. She and her family try to visit Cape Cod every other year.

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Fun at the Metal Clay Rings Party!

    Beautiful & Yummy Cake from Kalmbach Books!

    Irina Miech author of Metal Clay Rings.

    Cathy Jakicic (Beadstyle), Linda Franzblau (Kalmbach Marketing) & Irina

    Janice Zimdars (Kalmbach Marketing) & Irina

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    Clay River Beads Trunk Show!

    We will be hosting a trunk show March 5th - 30th, for Clay River Designs, a company that has been designing and producing beautiful ceramic beads and pendants since 1973. Many of their pieces are inspired by nature and art. Each piece is glazed and fired multiple times, resulting in a unique and beautiful work of art. There are many pendant designs to choose from, and accent beads in complementary colors as well. Please join us!

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    March Free Make and Take Event

    Join us at The Bead Studio March 2nd - 30th for our special Free Spring Fling Necklace Make and Take Event! This project will teach you the basics of bead stringing and wirework.
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 10:15am - 7:00pm

    • Limited seating

    • One per person

    • Minimum age: 12 years