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debbie sanders beadsHave you ever heard the saying that beading and beads are addictive? I wasn’t really warned when I got into the bead business, so the bead bug bit me as it has done to many others. (Read our About Us blog post to learn more about exactly how that happened...)  As I’ve learned more about this world of beading, I’ve seen the obsession take many forms. One person may specialize in making beads via lampwork (the sample shown here is lampwork by DSG beads on or carving; another will learn all types of beading: bead weaving, pearl weaving, beaded bags, beaded clothes, earrings, necklaces, and chakra pieces. Many discover the big bead shows such as those in Tucson, Chicago and elsewhere. Some live in remote towns and villages and have to depend on ordering through the mail and over the internet, in order to expand their inventory. Many collect with no intent to sell or even make jewelry. Here are some of the signs that you may be a bead addict:

1. You bead or collect or organize or write about beads every day.

2. You buy beads in bulk and by the gross.

3. You’ve chosen your favorite organizers – plastic stackable ones, rolling cases, or tall cabinets with skinny drawers, and you own several.

4. You spend more on beads than on clothes.

5. You point to volume discount sales as justification for all you spend on beads.

6. You start fantasizing about making your own beads.

7. You read everything you can get your hands on about beads and beading.

8. You spend hours searching multiple stores trying to find either new types or your old favorite types, and when you’re done you don’t know where the time went.

9. You buy chain and bead wire by the spool or cone.

10. You start thinking about owning your own bead shop.

Why is it that beads and beading are addictive to so many? I believe the answer is serious and complex. Civilization has a long history of making and using beads, for art, decoration, ceremony, currency, and more – so you’re in good company if this obsession suits you. And there is no lack of inspiration to keep you intrigued; artists from around the world continually make and share their stunning work with beaders, collectors, jewelers, and all who admire fine workmanship. In The Illustrated Bead Bible, Theresa Geary makes the observation that as addictions go, this is a fairly non-destructive one – and one that can be treated by rationalizing that one needs to acquire more beads for one’s health and well-being, for one’s family, and one’s friends. Geary also advises those who feel they may suffer from this condition to consult with their local bead store, where they will likely be reassured that they have come to the right place. What do you think the reason for this addiction is? Please share your own addiction theories and/or stories with us here by commenting below, as we continue our obsessive discussions on this beautiful subject.


+2 # Charlene Faulkner 2013-01-01 22:44
My obsession/addic tion began when I worked for a much loved beading supply company in Oregon. I really didn't know much about beads or beading before that.

It seemed logical to me to purchase the products the company sold in order to help the customers I spoke with on a daily basis. Product knowledge is very important for good customer service.

Once I had the sparkly, shapes, colors and endless ways to connect them in hand I began making for myself. I became a goner for sure!

I've learned a lot, self taught for the most part and along the way discovered how much peace beading and beads bring to me. Addiction? Maybe but it grounds me as well as centers me.
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+1 # Jeremyhickmanjewelry 2013-01-06 15:34
Beading was a start to a journey through lapidary, wire wrap, silversmithing. I never would have imagined that buying a strand of beads to make a bracelet for my wife would lead to a career as a jeweler. So while I must admit it is addictive I would not trade it for the world! Time to go cut my new Larimar rough, so good beading to all!!
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+1 # Sheila McLaughlin 2013-01-02 20:32
Thank you, Charlene! Great point. Your commet reminded me of some wise words by a great counselor I know, Wayne Mueller:
(I paraphrase) "Follow what your eye loves...Love is an enormous word that conveys many feelings and experiences and relationships. There's love of design, love of fragrance, love of our children and partners, love of humanity. Regardless of how we define love or which aspect of love we talk about, love requires time in order to grow...unstruct ured time in which we bring presence, resting our attention on the subject of our love. When we live without taking time for love to grow, there is only a thin veneer of what we really are looking for. The depth of the love we seek requires time to work in us."
I wish for you and all lovers of beauty to have more of that precious time to let our love and our talents grow.
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+1 # Claudia Crawford 2013-01-05 15:09
Guilty on all counts!!!!
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0 # Sheila McLaughlin 2013-01-05 23:42
Quoting Claudia Crawford:
Guilty on all counts!!!!

Quoting Claudia Crawford:
Guilty on all counts!!!!

Thank you Charlene and Claudia, for your comments here! I've been trying to get more conversation going here at the main blog post site. I will have to ask my webmaster to fix up a subscription link. In the meantime if you'd like to be on our mailing list for occasional newsletters on specials and events, please send me your e-mail (to ) In the meantime, it sounds like this is one of those GOOD addictions--lik e coffee and chocolate...:-)
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0 # Betty Sandmark 2013-01-07 16:30
Quoting Claudia Crawford:
Guilty on all counts!!!!

Same here
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0 # Betty Sandmark 2013-01-07 16:31
same for me. I AM AN ADDICT TO BEADS
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+1 # Sheila McLaughlin 2013-01-07 00:14
Thanks, Jeremy! Love that story about your start in the world of jewelry!
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+1 # Sandra 2013-09-03 02:36
Addiction of any kind is a serious mental condition that leaves the person suffering feeling helpless, ashamed, and out of control. Bead addiction is no exception except in one area: bead addicts feel no shame at all. They are so shameless that they humiliate themseves by by blatenly exhibitIng their addictions in public. They buy excessive amounts of beads and their justification is that "they will go into finished pieces that will be sold". They never notice people, only people's jewelry. Every single conversation with a bead addict will always have something to do with jewelry.
If you or a loved one suffers from this debilitating disease, there is help. Scientific studies show that the act of making, arranging, and creating is soothing and relaxing and produces endorphins which are relaxing and reduces sensitivity to pain. Bead addicts need compassion. The best way to help them is to give them lots of money to buy more beads.
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0 # So mclaughlin 2013-09-03 15:25
Thanks for the giggles this morning, Sandra!! :-))
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