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Aunt Molly's Favorite Bead Links

 Aunt Molly (aka Mary Tafoya) runs Aunt Molly's Bead Street,one of the most popular bead
web sites out there. She recently posted a list of some sites on the Bead Chat Line.

I asked her if she would like to share them permanently and here is her reply.
Some of these are already linked on the site, but two links never hurt.

Here is a smattering of online educational resources for beadworkers. I've tried to include a wide range of projects and information sites, choosing some of the best, although certainly not all of the many sites and pages dedicated to beadwork.

Look around each site for more information and for links to other sites.

While you're surfing, visit Paula Morgan's comprehensive beadwork site at and my own site, Aunt Molly's Bead Street, where you'll find more tutorials, patterns and links

Adults and Children publishes biweekly projects for adults and kids; many are beading projects.

Bead and Button Magazine Bead and Button
Bead and Button magazine online projects are archived here.

Bead Jewelry

Rings and Things
Rings and Things' Jewelry Projects includes projects using Swarovski crystals and channels, fire polished crystals, knotted cord, wire, chain, seed beads, macrame and more. There are also tips, and graphed seed bead patterns. Well illustrated.

Bead Jewelry Tips

Bob's Beading Tutorial
Bob's Beading Tutorial covers knotting, bead tips, clasps, and more.


Beading Basics Links
Beading Basics Links. Anne "Checker" maintains a clean and comprehensive list of links to help beginning beaders learn about beading materials, with a focus on seed beads.

Crimping Pliers

Scott Bartky
Scott Bartky's infamous animation on how to use his patented crimping pliers!


Arrow Springs
Arrow Springs' extensive selection of articles on flameworking

For Jewelers

Ganoksin Online
Tips from the Jeweler's Bench. A wealth of information from Ganoksin Online, includes starting to make jewelry, tools, constructing, casting, stone setting, gemology, small objects photography, PR tools for artists, safety notes, and more.

Glass Beadmaking

A glossary of glass beadmaking terms, from Theresa & Bill Grout's Rebeads site.


Interweave and Polly Miller
Under "History," click on "Visual History of the Contemporary Bead Movement," a slide presentation prepared by Polly Miller and presented at Bead Expo 2000.

Jewelry Crafts Magazine

Jewelry Crafts
Jewelry Crafts Magazine posts both beadwork and polymer clay projects online.


A glossary of lampworking terms.

Native American (Northeast)

Native Tech
Native Tech's section on Native beading techniques, by Tara Prindle.

Precious Metal Clay

Precious Metal Clay Guild
An extensive body of technical information, project sheets, and tips from the Precious Metal Clay Guild.

Seed Bead Projects

Anne "Checker"
Several of Anne "Checker's" original beadwork projects. This section includes a tutorial on making tiny peyote stitched characters.

Wire Jewelry

Wigjig University
Wigjig University! Hundreds of pages of wire working tips and instruction.

Zulu Beadwork

"Eloquent Elegance"
"Eloquent Elegance," an extensive photographic essay by Hilgard S. Schoeman.

© 2000 Mary Tafoya


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