Thank you for 27 years! went offline permanently on November 1, 2017. For those of you who have been a part of Baubles & Beads history, we thank you so much for your decades of support and creativity. For all of us at Baubles & Beads life is about to change a lot. We all have to get “real” jobs now, kind of… Check out what we are looking forward to:

Lisa Kaufman, the owner of Baubles & Beads, has always been a master curator. Whether through the selection of beads and findings to display at her bead store or the eclectic bits and pieces she assembles in her jewelry line @ Korut Studio, Lisa has a fantastic eye for rich, subtle details. She is looking forward to focusing her attention on her jewelry line and extensive art practice. Check out her upcoming events & shows. Be sure to check out her work online or at one of the many retail boutiques that carry her line.

Lisa Claxton has worked with Baubles & Beads since 1997. Beside teaching, selling & designing beaded jewelry Lisa is also a great collector (aren’t we all) of beads & jewelry components. Not one to let beads slip through her fingers, Lisa is joining the team of one of her favorite sources: Nina Designs. Baubles & Beads was proud to sell Nina Designs components and we are excited for where the future will take her. Be sure to check out their website and if you are a new customer mention: “Lisa Claxton” in the comment section when making a purchase and get $5 off.

Thanks again to all of you! We look forward to the future but will always treasure the relationships build upon the Baubles & Beads Community.

Bead Well,

Lisa & Jim Kaufman, Lisa Claxton, Denise Daniel, Mary, Myra, Onna, & the dogs: Marley, Bonzai & Ella.

Happy Thursday -Chainmaille Castles

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The incredible, inventive bead work of rock star designer Miguel Ases


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Oh, Miguel, how do I love thee? Let me count the chain links on one of your earrings.

I found out about this artist when I was working for a designer and browsing a flash sale website called Max & Chloe: they have tons of fashion jewelry and on trend items, but I was pleasantly surprised to find his complex, intricate, and totally original work amid bibs and personalized “bling”.

His pieces are beaded with a technique I can’t quite identify, it has elements of brick stitch but with out the traditional base, and seems to attach beads with thread wrapped around wire forms, sort of wherever it’s needed, in order to forge these swooping ovals and teardrop shapes, and some more free form than that, while incorporating teeny bits of chain and gemstones through out.

He does bracelets and necklaces too of course, but they are so very complex and involved that they don’t seem to translate quite as well in pictures, so I’ve only included my favorite earrings here.

One thing I particularly appreciate about his work is his palette. There are so many glorious color combinations, coupled with his unique assembly, that just wow me. And I really love that his price point isn’t so terribly out of range for us ordinary folk: sure, it would be a splurge, but not like something only the truly wealthy can enjoy.

I am in complete awe of the breadth of his collection, in color, style, and size. It’s so varied, yet I can see connections between even very different pieces, in the way he puts things together, chooses colors, and the forms the beads take as they marry in thread paths. I’m so in love with his work, I just want to go straight to the studio and try to humbly imitate.

See for yourself and be inspired.


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Celie Fago’s Amazing PMC and Polymer Jewelry

The Art of Celie Fagocelie-fago-051_med[1] I stumbled on this artist’s website through an email from one of our vendors, just clicking around and found her exquisite work amid many beautiful artist profiles. I love the combination of colors, textures, and different materials. She uses polymer clay in a way I’ve never seen, carving it like wood or bone, and with intricate details of stroke and design that give a rich and full dimension to her pieces. Additionally, she incorporates unexpected elements such as wires, fiber and glass beads—making some of the most unique bracelets and pendants I’ve ever seen!

Like many artists with a comprehensive vision such as hers, Celie is a self taught artist. She’s been working in different mediums for over 35 years and has exhibited worldwide, including in Japan at the Mitsubishi Material Corporation’s special collections, the company who invented and manufactured Precious Metal Clay in the early ’90s. She has authored a book on keum boo, instructed at different workshops and institutions, and even offers classes at her home studio in Vermont. What a wonder woman! So inspiring.

See the gallery below.

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Her website is for more pictures and a bio!


Check out this unbelievable designer


There are so many wonderful designs from this brand, BrokenFab, where do I even begin? The colors, the fresh shapes and motifs, it makes me feel like I’ve entered a wonderland of texture and style. There’s obviously a whimsical approach to design, but clearly a rich, informed palette and an eye for geometric splendor. I never knew I loved neon until now!

From designer Fabienne Morel’s bio:

“Heavily influenced by ‘80s and ‘90s club and pop culture, as well as post-modernist design, the intricately beaded rocaille pieces that Fabienne creates are rich in historical references. Strong geometrics recall classic album covers as well as an exploration of spiritualism, making for edgy, distinctive pieces that are wearable on a daily basis.”

I’m so in love!

See more delicious pieces:



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Instructor Interview- Kate Richbourg

Q & A with (the amazing) Kate Richbourg


The famous & fabulous Kate!

Emily Miller, Baubles & Beads Class Director, interviews Kate Richbourg, one of our instructors here at the bead store. Kate is an educator, a maker, a new author, and jeweler.

EM: Kate, you wear a lot of hats, which is your favorite?

Kate: Well, my favorite hat (when not wearing an actual hat) is teaching. This my is 22nd year of teaching and helping students continue on their journey.

EM: When did you get started making jewelry and did you have a mentor?

Kate: I pretty much always made jewelry, my Gran had a box of junk jewelry and I played with that, of course with no special materials, stringing with dental floss! I was very lucky that my Mom and Gran were my early creative mentors; they put me on the road to doing something creative. In 1992 I got a job at bead store, selling beads, which led me to teaching. I started teaching at Baubles & Beads in 1993-94. Lisa Kaufman [the owner of Baubles & Beads] was instrumental at offering me opportunities to teach new classes. In the beginning, stores were big part of classes.

Check out Kate's Tube Setting class this summer at the store.

Check out Kate’s Tube Setting class this summer at the store.

EM: Was there a particular technique that was difficult to master?

Kate: When I got started there was not a lot of info out there, so I’m self taught. I’ve taken only a couple of bead classes. I didn’t know what was hard or what was easy. The first book I bought was The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight, it taught me a lot, it was my general teacher. I still refer to it regularly when stuck.

Kate in action while teaching a class.

Kate in action while teaching a class.

EM: Do you have a teaching philosophy?

Kate: Usually when you think about creating classes, you might think who is the class for? Beginners, intermediates or advanced students? I can take beginners to intermediate level in class by just jumping in and starting. At the end they say, “I made that!” There are no limits to what you can learn. I like to share lots of tips, some that might be advanced, but without telling them it’s advanced.

EM: What makes you happiest about teaching?

Kate: Part of it is a community of like-minded people. Creating with your peers is always fun; taking time to be creative while in class I get a lot of ideas of what to do next. The interchange between teacher and students as well as student to student.

EM: What essential items does your studio have?

Kate: My favorite thing right now is a rolling mill. I love to hammer, texture and flatten. The rolling mill makes me super efficient to shape and flatten, a lot easier than I could do by hand.

Tools are Kate's friends

Tools are Kate’s friends.

EM: What is your favorite material?

Kate: Well, that’s a loaded question… whatever material I’m working with at the time. Metal…then the first and original material, beads. A tie between metal and beads.

Kate's book is a fantastic entry level book into the world of soldering but even seasoned metalsmiths will discover helpful tips and hints.

Kate’s book is a fantastic entry level book into the world of soldering but even seasoned metalsmiths will discover helpful tips and hints.

EM: After a long day of teaching, what do you do to relax?

Kate: Put my feet up on the coffee table. Teaching takes so much out of you but is invigorating too. I sit and reflect, remember people’s names and projects. Sort of like a meditation, over what went well or could be improved.

EM: Predict something about the coming year in jewelry making and design, where do you see the next big trend?

Kate: I think that now that people are learning so many types of jewelry making, beading, metal, wire, putting all those techniques together in one piece. Distilling what students have learned into one piece. Metal is still strong. It’s interesting how fiber is coming into jewelry, fiber and unconventional materials in jewelry is pretty cool.

EM: If we could see a picture of your bench, what are you working on right now?

Kate: Right now I’m working on some chain necklaces. I’m preparing for an online class, so lots of chain, the simple loops and how to put it together. All chain, all the time, right now.


Work in progress.

EM: What else do you make besides jewelry?

Kate: Oh my gosh, I knit, sew, quilt, make a mess, I’ve been sewing and knitting since I was a little girl, it keeps my hands busy.

EM: Will you share your favorite quotation?

Kate: Yes, here in my studio I have some quotes on my wall. My favorite, favorite one is:
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein.


Inspirational quote.

EM: If you could go back in time to any era, which one and why?

Kate: I’m conflicted about going back or forward in time. The 20’s were this zany pause between the world wars where there was a lot of creativity: writing, art and I love the fashion. I’d love to see where we are in 100 years too.


Like Kate, beads will never go out of style!

EM: What do you want to learn next?

Kate: Oh my gosh, I really want to learn how to engrave. I don’t know why. When you pick up a piece of old jewelry and see the hand engraving it’s just beautiful. I just picked up an ebook copy of an old book from the turn of the 20th century about hand engraving.

EM: Thank you Kate, for a great peek into your world!

Kate has been teaching jewelry for decades yet she always manages to bring us new ideas and products to play with. Check out her video below from Craftsy about how to use a torch (safely).

Connect with and learn more about Kate by visiting her blog:

Check out her blog: We Can Make That at Home

Check Out Our Favorite Style Blog

One of the perks of working in a bead store is that inspiration often just walks right up to you. I have been following the DIY projects of Honestly…WTF’s blog for a while now and just love, love, love her style. In addition to jewels she also has tutorials on some nifty crafty projects.


Shell Earrings

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