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red agateJust perfect for your Halloween creations -- these Red Agate Evil Eye beads are of stone that was formed from layers of silica from volcanic cavities. Agate is named after the Achates River (now known as the Dirillo River) on the island of Sicily, Italy, whose upper waters were an ancient source of this gemstone. Each strand offered here has 16 round faceted beads, with colors ranging from red to amber, as shown. Each bead is approx. 10 mm. with an approx. 2 mm. hole. Each strand is $10, but for a limited time, take 10% off with the code HALLOWEEN at checkout.

 

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Mona Sullivan of Ontario makes these gorgeous lampwork beads one by one at her home studio. Each bead is annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for lasting strength and durability, then cleaned free of bead release and inspected to ensure quality. I discovered her and these extra-special focal beads on Etsy, and she's now on my list of favorites! Check out her store! http://www.etsy.com/search?q=mona%20sullivan&view_type=gallery&ship_to=ZZ&min=0&max=0&ref=etsy_finds&ex=etsy_finds&utm_source=etsy_finds&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=etsy_finds_081312_0&filters=vintage%201980s

Bead for Life

We have been so inspired by the Bead for Life organization, a non-profit founded by three American women to create opportunities for impoverished women in Uganda. Through supported sales of paper beads produced by the women, the organization facilitates entrepreneurship that provides the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Founded by Torkin Wakefield, her daughter Devin Hibbard, and Ginny Jordan, all from Boulder, Colorado, the project finds markets for the colorful beads, now sold worldwide.

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.

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