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Beads of Courage - Bead of the Month!

Exclusive limited-edition wearable art supporting the mission of Beads of Courage

The 2017 Bead of the Month series offers a new, limited-edition handcrafted glass bead each month of the year. These beads have been commissioned by Beads of Courage especially for this new series, and only 100 of each bead will be created! Your bead will arrive pre-strung on a 16" cord.

Don't miss this opportunity to purchase an exclusive new piece of wearable art each month! Your purchase supports the mission of Beads of Courage, a 501(c)3 organization providing arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.
 

November Bead of the Month - The Penguin Bubble Bead reminds you to just keep chillin'!

 

PRICE: $25

Where to buy: Click here!

About the Bead: "I began working in glass in 2001 and quickly became obsessed with using glass to create 'little worlds' that can be made into jewelry. To me, the bubbles in the background add a playful and lighthearted feeling to this bead." – Stephanie White, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Stephanie White is the manager of Beads by Design, a retail bead store in the city of Marietta, Georgia since 1998. Beads by Design is also a host to the Southern Flames Glass Bead Society, a local chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).

The Penguin Bubble Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

October Bead of the Month - The Frankenfish Bead reminds you to be fearless!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "Be Fearless like Frankenfish! He understands what it's like to be poked and prodded. He wants you to know you are not alone. He is here to cheer you on and cheer you up. Frankenfish is the fish version of Frankenstein." - Diana Rast, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Diana Rast has been making beads for more than 11 years. She loves sculpting whimsical beads. Beads of Courage is close to her heart and she loves creating beads for the kids. She was inducted in the Bead Artist Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Frankenfish Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

September Bead of the Month - The Frog Bead reminds you that you are toad-ally awesome!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "My inspiration for the Frog Bead comes from nature. I made each frog slightly imperfect, but always lovable and always with an attitude. I call this my Flock of Fat, Fabulous, Funny Florida Frogs and I sincerely hope kids and people of all ages love them. A lot of love went into making them!" -- Tillie O'Kelley, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Tillie O'Kelley is the grandmother of a medically fragile child and has two different kinds of cancer herself. When she first saw Beads of Courage, she knew it was something she had to be involved in. Tillie started out in stained glass, first learning and then teaching classes for LA Tech University Continuing Education. She now happily creates beads, stained glass, sculptures and paintings in her studio in Southwest Florida called LeftCoastGlassWorx.

The Frog Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

August Bead of the Month - The School Bus Bead reminds you to stay curious and keep learning!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "The School Bus bead represents the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Each bead is on a green background with a murrini or goldstone sun, representing summer and the enlightenment that comes with learning new things, both in and out of school. The bus itself is made with a color named CiM Schoolbus - the perfect choice for this bright yellow bus. I hope this bead reminds everyone to never stop learning new things." - Ann DeHoff, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Ann DeHoff began lampworking in 2009. She worked in a number of mediums before she found her love for turning glass into lava, then reshaping it into beads, figurines and ornaments. She works out of her home in Houston, Texas. Ann was deeply honored when Beads of Courage inducted her into their bead artist Hall of Fame in 2016. She is a member of ISGB and its Houston Chapter, HSGB. Ann, along with the Houston Hotties, have donated numerous beads to Beads of Courage.

The School Bus Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

July Bead of the Month - The Bubble Bead reminds you to enjoy life's simple pleasures!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "Bubbles give us beautiful moments of magic. They remind us to appreciate the charm and delight in the present moment. They symbolize innocence, joy and fun. When you see their sparkly iridescence floating in the air, you can't help but lose all your cares and worries - even if it is for just a few moments. Let the bubbles inspire you to appreciate life and live it to the fullest!" - Lezlie Foster, Bead Artist

About the Artist: A new marriage and a move high into the Rocky Mountains in 2010 brought Lezlie Foster tumbling happily back to her creative side. Having been a 911 dispatcher for 10 years, she welcomed the calm and serenity of her new surroundings with open arms. Childhood memories of a glass blower in Old Town Albuquerque, where she grew up, had her imagining herself working with glass. Lezlie is mainly self-taught with a few advanced classes thrown in. She is a proud member of the ISGB, where she serves as a Director at Large, and is a 2017 Beads of Courage Hall of Fame Inductee.

The Bubble Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

June Bead of the Month - The beach bead reminds you to let the sea bring you tranquility!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "I am lucky to live near the ocean and I think every day you can spend at the beach is a good day. I have found being around the water makes me happier, calmer, and feeling healthier. Not everyone can be around the ocean all the time, so when creating these beads I was attempting to bring the ocean to the person wearing it." - Jackie Marr, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Jackie Marr has been happily making glass art for over forty years now in her Santa Cruz studio and store called Kiss My Glass. She works in stained glass, fused arts, mosaics, and glass beads. Beads of Courage inducted her into their hall of fame in 2016. She is the proud and grateful president of the International Society of Glassbeadmakers Fireflies who have contributed thousands of beads to make children smile..

The Beach Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

May Bead of the Month - The Soaring Balloons bead reminds you to let all your cares drift away!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "When I began to design a bead for this project, I wanted to create something that would evoke thoughts of the wonder and joy that we experienced as children. I chose bright balloons to signify happiness, celebration, and the free spirit that dwells inside all of us. May it be a reminder to face whatever challenges we have in life with childlike hope." - Kelly Stanley, Bead Artist

About the artist: Kelly Stanley of Sun Dog Art Glass has been creating with glass for eight years. Her journey began after signing up for a beginning bead-making class, although the instructor never showed up. Not wanting to give up, she ordered some DVDs and began to teach herself, later attending many classes and demonstrations with top bead-makers. Kelly is originally from North Carolina and now resides in eastern Alaska, where she works from her home studio.

Kelly's website: https://www.facebook.com/Sundogartglass

The Soaring Balloons Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

April Bead of the Month - The Trickster bead reminds you to laugh out loud!

 

PRICE: $25

Where to buy: Click here!

About the artist: Debora Sims has been making glass beads for 10 years, and making beads for the children of Beads of Courage is her passion. She knows what it is like to have a child fighting cancer, as her son battled leukemia, and she has seen how much the Beads of Courage program helps children, as her grandson receives beads for a heart defect. Debora was in the inaugural class of inductees into the Beads of Courage Bead Artist Hall of Fame.

"April Fool's Day was a year-round event for my son and he was quite the trickster. He loved to stick his tongue out when he pulled a prank. As soon as I made this funny bead, I knew it had to be called the trickster. May this bead bring giggles and laughs to many children." - Debora Sims, Bead Artist

The Trickster Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

March Bead of the Month - The Ocean Wave bead reminds you to relax and go with the flow.

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "I wanted to make a bead that captured the look of moving water. The bead reminds me of a simple drop of the water essential to all life on earth. It's a tranquil bead of water captured from the ocean waves of a sunny beach." - Alexander Hill, Bead Artist

About the Artist: Through the support and encouragement of coworkers, family and friends, Alexander Hill has pushed himself to work with glass in ways he'd never have tried on his own. While much of lampworking is learned through trial by fire, he has the most fun learning through live demonstrations and classes at a local studio and through friendships made with local artists. Alex hopes for his art to amaze and inspire its viewers to follow their passions and live their dreams.

The Ocean Wave Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

 

February Bead of the Month - The Joyful Heart bead is a reminder of love for children, families and healthcare workers everywhere.

 

PRICE: $25

Where to buy: Click here!

About the Bead: February is the month of Valentine's Day, as well as Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Month. The Joyful Heart bead was designed by bead artist Kari Chittenden with happy colors to serve as a reminder of love for children, families and healthcare workers everywhere.

About the Artist: Melting glass became a passion for Kari Chittenden in 2000, when she picked up the craft as a way to stay connected with her 12-year-old daughter. Over the years, Kari has sold her beads to every state in the US, plus 30 countries through craft shows and online sales. Her daughter, now grown with children of her own, continues to share her mother's artistic passion for glass beadmaking, and they frequently get together to work on art projects.

The Joyful Heart Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

Kari's Website: www.etsy.com/people/karibeads

 

January Bead of the Month - The Owl Bead reminds you to seek wisdom every day!

 

PRICE: $25

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About the Bead: "I've always been fascinated by owls, as they are regarded as mystical and magical creatures imbued with wisdom. I like colorful and whimsical beads, so I decided to combine the two. I hope my glass owls inspire the same delight and whimsy that I find in these magical creatures!" - Bead Artist Jeannie Cox

About the Artist: Jeannie Cox is a glass artist who specializes in making glass art, beads and jewelry using molten glass and a torch. After admiring the craft since she was a little girl, Jeannie finally picked up lampworking in May of 2007. She considers herself to be self-taught, learning her techniques through books, online tutorials and experimentation. Jeannie was inducted into the Beads of Courage Bead Artist Hall of Fame in 2013.

The Owl Bead may be sent as a gift by entering the shipping address of the recipient when ordering. Shipping is FREE in the continental US. Please select "International" when ordering if recipient is located outside the continental US.

Jeannie's Website: www.jeansbeads.com/