Bead Circle is Recombobulating!

recombobulation-areaNew Year, new ideas! Bead Circle is shifting focus under the direction of a dynamic duo- Jennifer VanBenschoten and Mandi Ainsworth. Together we want to bring you more joy, more creativity, and more fun in beading.

Do you remember the first time you picked up a bead? What about the first beading project that you finished from your favorite book or beading magazine? Can you picture in your mind’s eye that thrill of excitement you got the first time you wore one of your finished pieces out to dinner or to work? Do you remember how much fun it was to discover new beading techniques or learn how to do new off-loom bead-weaving stitches? Were you like a kid in a candy shop as you picked out new colors and sizes of seed beads, crystals, and cabochons from your favorite local bead shops?

Most of all…Do you remember what it was like when you sat for hours and beaded simply for the joy of it all?

Our vision is for Bead Circle to function like a Huffington Post for Planet Bead-with that same positive, playful energy. We’re excited to encourage beading and jewelry-making enthusiasts like you to explore the world of creativity from the heart. What would beading be like for you if it had that “new car” smell again?

To that end, we are upgrading our website so we can offer you more of what you love, more insights and instruction from bead artists you admire, and more practical beading and jewelry-making techniques that you can use every day. (And code some cool author boxes for our contributors! Yes, we will be asking if you’d like to write for the site so we can promote you.)

If you’re inspired, please consider contributing a small amount between $5 and $20 to help us cover our costs. (Because isn’t inspiration worth the price of a good cup of coffee?) To donate, simply click the donate button in the sidebar. It will take you to Paypal where you can enter the amount you’d like to contribute. Thank you!

We are looking forward to filling this coming year with peace, love, and most of all, beads!

Jennifer & Mandi

P.S. Have something you’d like to see on Bead Circle? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Nicole/Beadwright January 19, 2016, 4:35 pm

    Hi Mandi and Jen
    It is interesting that you are posting this. A few weeks ago at my bead meeting this very subject was brought up. We are having a challenge by bringing old style bead back. We are starting with Amulet bags. Even though I can not longer bead I am still very much involved with beading and beaders. The senses is that beading has become a bit stale. I am with you girls to getting beading back to those fun filled hours. My first beading that sold was in San Fran, CA Haight and Ahsbury 1966

  • avatar Liz January 19, 2016, 5:50 pm

    You talked me out of the $5 that I was going to spend on a mocha latte, half caf, vente, mochino supercalifragilistic coffee. I am looking forward to some good mojo from you two!

  • avatar KJ January 21, 2016, 5:33 am

    I love bits and pieces… beaded beads, findings, and nicely weighted lengths to use as a strap for a necklace. I moved into wire weaving in order to make my own clasps. I am beginning a silver smithing class in order to learn how to bead headpins, cut and shape bead caps, saw, and maybe set a stone or two. I have found over the years that I make a really nice focal and then wrack my brain for an appropriate woven (quick and flat mostly) pattern for a strap. For all of the above, see for example, my entry into the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop here:

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 21, 2016, 6:30 am

    Nicole, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us! I would love to see beaders making amulet bags again! Have fun with the challenge and thanks for being a part of Planet Bead!

    LOL Liz, thanks so much for your support! Ready to get the mojo flowing 😉

    Hi KJ, Thanks for letting us know what areas of beading have captured your attention. Jennifer and I both love mixed media projects, so you will be seeing some here for sure!

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