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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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Institute of American Indian Arts

One of Santa Fe's 'hidden jewels' is the Institute of American Indian Arts. In addition to incredible contemporary and traditional bead work (including lampwork), the school offers hard-to-find training in leather work, quill work, textiles, drawing, painting, digital art, photography, ceramics/pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and other media. We highly recommend a visit to the Primitive Edge student gallery, where you can find monthly presentations by the artists and curators on the ever-expanding terrain of contemporary Native Art.

We fell in love with some glass beads produced there, and I hope to do an interview with the artist soon to post here. In the meantime, consider getting the latest news via IAIA's web site.

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