The Great Bead Extravaganza III - Walk The Virtual Halls Of The World's Biggest Online Bead Show

The Great Bead Extravaganza is back! The world's biggest online bead show returned at the end of March. This event is so lively and unique. If you managed to join the fun live, you would have experienced a shopping experience like no other. There was a jewelry making demonstration every hour, with a talented artist. There were huge sales that only come around during the big bead show. And there was a ton of giveaways. Did you win anything? Did you learn a new technique or get inspired to make something outside your skill set? Join the Facebook group and let us know what you loved about the show! If you missed out live, you can catch up on everything in this blog. Make sure you save the date for the next GBE!

Let's look at the makers. We have their presentations. We will give you their links. And we will check out some of the supplies they offer on their sites and stores. Get an intimate look at your favorite makers and crafters. Support small businesses. When you buy from the little guys, you are buying from artisans and crafters that are passionate about what they do and what they create! Big box department stores might have a huge selection, but they are staffed with people that are selling products, not people that adore what they do.

Current Sale

If you missed The Great Bead Extravaganza or just want to relive a favorite moment, we have organized everything in one location. We have all of the talented designers, all of the store links, all of the videos - all gathered here! This is the easiest way to catch up. Don't miss these instructive beading videos. You just might learn a new beading technique. You might learn how work with a new jewelry component. You might meet a new designer. This is a free beading class online. Learn something new today. Let's make jewelry!

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Make sure you save the date and join us live for the next scheduled event!

The Great Bead Extravaganza

The world's biggest virtual bead show is back. Everything kind of stopped last year. Some of us spent the majority of the year distancing from others and living solitary lives. We missed normalcy. And boy, we really missed bead shows. We wanted to experience the fun and thrill of shopping with thousands of other like minded crafters and jewelry designers. We wanted to relive that frenzy as we rushed booth to booth and scoured the place for beads and findings that we could not live without. The Great Bead Extravaganza is the best way to revisit the enthusiasm and joy of the biggest bead shows.

The best thing about this glorious beading event is that the Great Bead Extravaganza can be visited from the comfort of your couch. You do not have to rub elbows with hundreds of other people. You do not have to wear a hot mask for hours on end. You do not have to worry about sanitizing your hands or catching the big nasty. This is pure shopping fun. Join the makers and learn the tricks of their trades. If you spend a couple of hours watching these talented desigers, we guarantee you will come away with a new talent or better grasp on how to use a tool or product. The Great Bead Extravaganza is a place for saving money and learning a new skill.

Note about videos: If you have any difficulty following a video link from this page, it is likely due to the new layout of Facebook. If you cannot view a video from this page, visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza -  and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

March 19th Project Preview

Preview Night - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Preview night! Everybody was on hand and ready for the big bead show. Get a look at what was upcoming and what everybody was excited about. A lot of buzz in the air. It felt like the eve before a big holiday. Want to meet everybody and see what you are in store for? Check out this behind the scenes look. Before the show starts, everybody is ready for big fun and new experiences.

March 20th (Day One)

Allegory Gallery, Andrew Thornton & William Jones - AllegoryGallery.com

Andrew Thornton & William Jones from Allegory Gallery

Andrew & William's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: beads, gemstones, Czech glass, pearls, original artworks & prints, laser-cut wooden pendants, luxury bead blends & inspiration kits, charms

Allegory Gallery - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Andrew Thornton's site:

Join our Allegory Gallery Design Challenges Group here on Facebook! Want to join our Inspired by Reading Book Club? Hit the link to join the group! We've paused the club for COVID, but if you're in, you'll be ready when we start back up! Like Podcasts? Join our Allegory Gallery Interviews Podcast Page! We also paused this during COVID, but we'll be starting back up soon! See all of our latest projects on our website at www.allegorygallery.com!

Candie Cooper, Candie Cooper - CandieCooper.com

Candie Cooper from CandieCooper.com

Candie Cooper's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: instruction, beads, charms & findings, African fabrics & beads

Candie Cooper - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Candie Cooper's site:

Hi, I’m Candie. I design jewelry and crafts, author books, teach classes and host television programs. I thrive on simple ideas that anyone can achieve. I also love projects made from unexpected materials that stand the test of time. Join me as I lead a creative life – check out my portfolio or blog.

beadshop.com, Kate Richbourg - beadshop.com

Kate Richbourg from BeadShop.com

Kate Richbourg's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: beads & gems, stringing materials, fabric & fiber, components & findings, tools & supplies, kits, mixes and collections, instruction

Kate Richbourg - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Beadshop.com:

It's my sincere pleasure to welcome you to beadshop.com! Whether this is your first or your hundredth time visiting us, our goal is to delight you with projects and products to make your jewelry shine! I started selling beads in 1982 and a day doesn’t go by that I am not grateful to have had a career in such a wonderful industry. From day one, my mission has been to sell products I would use myself, and make sure that each and every product we sell measures up to our high standards. I have had the pleasure of witnessing new beaders find their creative voices as well as mentoring employees in successful careers in the jewelry industry. I feel honored to work side-by-side with incredibly talented people. Welcome to the Beadshop Family…and happy beading!

JillMacKay.com, Jill MacKay - JillMacKay.com

Jill MacKay from JillMacKay.com

Jill MacKay's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: Jill MacKay designed & manufactured jewelry-making components, findings, leather shapes, high quality beads, kits & instruction, inspiration

From Jill MacKay's site:

Jill MacKay is an accomplished designer, author and consultant. Her name is synonymous with innovation and inspiration. Jill MacKay designs product lines and licenses to national chain stores, manufacturers and television retailers. Jill is perhaps best known for having been the jewelry designer for the daytime drama The Guiding Light, and for her work on Paramount Studio’s Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition, Jill is a celebrated Arts in Education (AIE) specialist and working artist having collaborated with many of our national art institutions and organizations on large-scale projects and residencies. MacKay also does Art in Public Places large scale, permanent sculpture installations.

Soft Flex Company, Sara Oehler & Kristen Fagan - SoftFlexCompany.com

Sara Oehler & Kristen Fagan from SoftFlexCompany.com

Sara Oehler & Kristen Fagan's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: beading wire, craft wire, tools & supplies, crimps, beads, kits

Sara Oehler - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Sara Oehler's site:

Sara co-authored the book Show Your Colors, published by Kalmbach in January 2012 and Seed Bead Revolution, published August 2017. She has designed and written for numerous American publications including: BeadStyle, Bead&Button, Bead Trends, Stringing, Beadwork and Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry as well as international beading publications in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her designs have been featured on the cover of two magazines: 2011 September issue of BeadStyle and 2012 June issue of Bead&Button.

Sara loves to connect through video. She has been a guest on Jewel School on JTV numerous times and most recently taped segments for Beads, Baubles and Jewels airing on the Public Broadcasting Station in Spring of 2019. Sara films videos for Soft Flex Company regularly. Her live videos can be found on their Facebook page. Most other jewelry-making videos can be found on their YouTube page.

Kristen Fagan - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Kristen Fagan's site:

I create digitally, with beads, wire, pencil, paint and pastels on canvas, wood and paper. I want to see my art on fabric, stationary, home decor items and in collectors’ homes. When connected to creative source, time washes away, I find my truth, my peace and I’m free. I often paint nature because I feel loved and nurtured when I’m in the natural world. I am the oldest of three sisters who I wish I lived much closer to. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years exploring NYC as a “city girl”. I’m known to burst into fits of laughter and boogie my way to the center of a dance floor. I love anything created by my children. I volunteer as an art appreciation guide in my kids classrooms. I’ve traveled the United States to enjoy over 50 concerts by the band Phish. I met my husband, Bert, at a Phish concert in NYC in 1995 and again in Maine in 1997. I moved across the country to Arizona in 1998 with Bert and we have lived here ever since. Yoga has helped me to fully love and honor my body. With a large extended family, I grew up feeling loved by so many. It’s given me the courage to seek out love and happiness always. When I’m not creating, I’m spending time with my husband, our two kids and our dogs, Honey Bunny and Mary Bear.

SilverSilk, Nealay Patel - SilverSilkOnline.com

Nealay Patel from SilverSilk & More

Nealay Patel's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Product: SilverSilk unique knitted wire jewelry chain, custom findings, instruction/kits

Nealay Patel - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Nealay Patel's site:

Silversilk is a very versatile, super fun, fetchingly fresh, knitted jewelry revolution! Simply put, SilverSilk is a knitted wire jewelry chain. But, it’s like no other jewelry chain out in the craft market. SilverSilk is made by many tiny latch-hook needles that spin around with wire, intricately machine-stitching the wire into an elegant yet strong and supple knitted wire chain. This knitted wire stitchwork offers the crafter new and unusual ways to use it. You can string large-hole beads on it, sew through it, wire-wrap it, glue it, put it in resin or just leave it as a draped jewelry chain. And best of all, you can do it yourself with the easy-to-follow tutorials on my channel, where I cover all the different product lines. Lucky for you, all the tutorials are available for free so you can just browse through the different playlists on the SilverSilk & More YouTube channel to learn how to best use each type of knitted wire lines I carry. It's fairly simple, and great both for beginner jewelry designers as well as those looking to expand on their use of materials. Just pick a knitted wire chain, explore and get creating. You can also head on over to Amazon to get my books on jewelry making that spell out everything you need to embark on your jewelry-making spree.

Dakota Stones, Kayla Braun-Waletzke - DakotaStones.com

Kayla Braun-Waletzke from Dakota Stones

Kayla Braun-Waletzke's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: stone beads and focal pieces, cabochons, wood beads, tools & supplies, leather cord

Kayla Braun-Waletzke - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Kayla Braun-Waletzke:

Dakota Stones has the only branded line of gemstones in the world. We take pride in creating and offering unique, high quality gemstone beads, pendants and cabs and work tirelessly to make sure you have a great customer experience when working with us. We also like to have fun and try not to take it all too seriously. We were really excited to join our beady friends for this one of a kind event. We had a great time watching industry experts share their art and distract us during these trying times.

We look forward to continue to educate and have fun in future events with this wonderful community.

At the heart of what we do is artists and the community that surrounds it. Dakota Stones strives to deliver badass products and offer service that hopefully makes you smile. Dakota Stones- For Designs & Designers that ROCK!

Goody Beads, Tory Vezina - GoodyBeads.com

Tory Vezina from Goody Beads

Tory Vezina's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: large selection of beading supplies, kits, gemstones (Dakota Stones), leather & corresponding components, TierraCast items, unique components & findings, beadables, crystals, Czech Beads, Apoxie Sculpt & patinas

Tory Vezina - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Goodybeads.com:

GoodyBeads began with one goal in mind: to become a full-service online bead store with high quality products at very affordable prices. We believe that making your own jewelry should be exciting and fun, but it doesn't need to cost an arm and a leg. With over 25,000 items to offer we think we can now call ourselves full-service. We also believe in great customer service and feel we have some of the best employees that work here. We love creating. We love beads. And we love our customers. We invite you to send us any comments or feedback on our site or products; we'd love to know what you think.

Kellie’s Bead Boutique, Kellie Sutton - KelliesBeadBoutique.com

Kellie Sutton from Kellie’s Bead Boutique

Kellie Sutton's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: beads: Czech glass, seed beads, wood, crystal, semi-precious, buttons, findings, charms & pendants, tools & supplies, kumihimo supplies, kits

Kellie’s Bead Boutique - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Kellie Sutton's site:

Kellie's Bead Boutique is a full service bead store that opened in December 2009. Owner Kellie Sutton created a successful line of jewelry, Kellie Sutton Jewelry, that was sold to over 80 stores across Canada and worn by women in the US, Japan, Australia, England and more! Kellie has been featured in many local and national newspapers, been seen on local TV and has had her designs shown in several issues of Bead Style magazine. Watch Global TV news to see her designs being worn by Deborah Hope, Kristi Gordon, and Wesla Wong. Opening a bead store seemed like a natural progression to Kellie with her love of beads and a yearly pilgrimage to Tucson in February helped fuel that passion. Kellie strives to carry the best quality beads, have a great selection and will hopefully have something that will inspire you to make your own unique jewelry!

March 21st (Day Two)

The Bead Place, Abbi Berta - BeadPlace.net

Abbi Berta from The Bead Place

Abbi Berta's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: yarns & fibers, beads & jewelry components, artisan components, TierraCast, kits & patterns

Abbi Berta - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Abbi's site:

Rhonda Berta and her daughter, Abbi were bitten by the bead bug years ago while vacationing with their family in West Palm Beach, FL. Abbi, (then 8 years old) noticed that a woman was wearing a very intricate and beautifully beaded necklace. This woman, pleased that her hand-beaded design was appreciated, was kind enough to take them to her favorite bead shop and the rest is history...

Humblebeads, Heather Powers - Humblebeads.com

Heather Powers from Humblebeads

Heather Powers' Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: curated collection of Czech glass, metal pendants, charms and findings, artisan beads, beads, spacers & findings, metal pendants & charms, ‘Faux Tin’ copper components inspired by nature, instruction

From Heather Powers' bio:

My jewelry and beads have appeared in the pages of BeadStyle, Beadwork, Bead Trends, and Stringing Magazine. My work has also been displayed on HGTV and PBS’s “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels”. I'm the author of three books, Jewelry Inspired by Nature, Beautiful Elements and the Beadmaking Lab.

Whether through teaching, hosting events, writing, or making beads - it is my goal to give out as much inspiration as the world has gifted me! Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone’s creativity spark to life after using my beads, taking a class, or reading my book.

Green Girl Studios, Cynthia Thornton - GreenGirlStudios.com

Cynthia Thornton from Green Girl Studios

Cynthia's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: original artworks & prints, artisan-cast metal beads, pendants & charms, artisan articulated paper art

Green Girl Studios - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Cynthia Thornton:

The Great Bead Extravaganza is a wonderful example of the creativity and generosity of the beading community. Sara and Andrew worked together to fill the void caused by canceled shows and retreats; gatherings that many of us find really inspiring - it’s a fantastic way to meet fellow makers and to learn new techniques. This event brought those things together in an accessible way, that was fun and easy!

Star’s Beads and Clasps, Kay Goss - StarsBeads.com

Kay Goss from Star’s Beads and Clasps

Kay Goss's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: handmade glass beads, high-end semi-precious, pearl, crystal, seed beads, specialty findings & chain, artisan clasps, essential oils, instruction

Kay Goss - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Kay Goss:

It is so incredibly refreshing to see an amazing community come together to enjoy a common passion. I am grateful join industry leaders to push our passion into the next generation. The best things can come with change and although it may not be what we know, it is leading us to create a colorful path in the virtual world. This event is the most innovative of its time and I am proud to be a part of it! Continue to create. Thank you for all those that joined me! To pre order any of the kits please join our FB group at www.facebook.com/groups/starsbeadsspecialdestash.

TierraCast, Tracy Proctor - TierraCast.com

Tracy Proctor from TierraCast

Tracy's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: Original metal beads and findings, unique supplies & jewelry making kits, collections & themed beading supplies, finished jewelry, leather & leather crafts, earring posts, ear wires, jump rings & more

Tracy Proctor - March 2021 TGBE Items

From TierraCast.com:

Our talented and dedicated staff currently possesses over 350 years of company service, averaging 14.5 years for each employee! Long-term relationships with our vendor partners, contractors, and service providers also play a critical role in our success. Most importantly we acknowledge the tremendous relationship we have with our customers.

After 40 years, the company is embracing another new chapter. With a fresh cohort of design, technical and production talent on board, TierraCast is stretching in new directions. At our core we remain a passionate group of people who love making quality parts for you to use. We make every effort to ensure your experience with TierraCast is pleasant, professional and adds value to your endeavor.

The Bead Gallery, Jamie Yoshida - TheBeadGallery.com

Jamie Yoshida from The Bead Gallery

Jamie's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: Hawaiian themed beads, artisan glass beads, gemstone beads, beads: wood, glass, crystal and more, kits & mixes, supplies, findings & tools, instruction

Jamie Yoshida - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Jamie Yoshida:

Aloha everyone! We are so excited to get a part of this exciting extravaganza and we wanted to send you a warm welcome from Hawai’i!

Since it’s our first time to meet many of you, I wanted to introduce the three of us- that you will meet on our The Bead Gallery YouTube channel and The Bead Gallery, Honolulu Facebook Lives! You can also catch me making late night jewelry on IG!

We thought we’d bring a bit of Hawaii to you, with ALOHA themed projects featuring pineapples, pikake, and techniques we’ve been teaching for the past 24 years.

Christi Friesen, Christi Friesen - ChristiFriesen-store.com

Christi Friesen from CF Originals Inc.

Christi's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: Swellegant metal coatings/patinas/dyes, unique tools & supplies, found objects, curious collections & special things, originals artwork, beads, focals & brooches

Christi Friesen - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Christi Friesen's site:

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist, who works in mixed media. Her work has been showcased in numerous books, magazines, and exhibits. She is the author of over a dozen how-to books on creating with polymer clay. She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage students to stretch their creativity, technical skills, and artistic confidence. "It seems to me that one of the joys in life is to be interested. Interested in what you do, interested in what surrounds you, interested in what you experience. Creating interests me. And I find joy in creating things that are interesting to look at."

Now That’s A Hammer!, Brenda Schweder - John Bead

Brenda Schweder from Brenda Schweder Jewelry

Brenda's Great Bead Extravaganza Video - Click Here!

Trouble seeing video? Try watching on their Facebook page or visit the Facebook group - The Great Bead Extravaganza - and watch the presentations there. You can find the videos in the topics on the sidebar on the right. Select Presentations.

Products: Now That’s a Jig!, Now That’s a Hammer! Projects: John Bead Corp. goods, Found Object jewelry, instruction

Brenda Schweder - March 2021 TGBE Items

From Brenda Schweder:

What co-creators, Andrew Thornton [Allegory Gallery] and Sara Oehler [Soft Flex Company] manifested from an an innocent, but inspired conversation has become an amazing jewelry sharing wonderment. I am so excited and grateful for this resurgence in our making arena as it’s really an elixir to the soul—for our viewers, but also for us presenters! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun!!

Join our Facebook group – VIB. Stay in the know. Stay up to date. From our bead shows to our video shows and sales, you can stay in touch with us. The community is full of artistic and helpful beaders and crafty people. Inspire and be inspired. Share your pictures and get the beading bug from others!

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Thomas Soles

Blog contributor Thomas Soles loves Jazz Age writers and crunchy french fries. His favorite gemstones are Lapis and Pietersite. His favorite hobby is day dreaming. And his favorite mustache is Freddie Mercury's. As you can see, he has a healthy (or possibly unhealthy) sense of humor. You can write to him at Thomas@SoftFlexCompany.com