Free Beads with Purchase of 2 or more Kits!

Open for shopping, shopping appointments, curbside pickup in our Alameda store
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 1-6pm. Shop online 24/7.

Get Free Beads with Purchase of 2 or more Kits!
We are giving bags of faceted glass rondelle beads with purchase of 2 or more kits thru Dec 2. The more kits you buy, the more bags of beads you will receive! Give yourself something creative & inspiring to do with your time at home or give a kit as a gift. Handmade holiday gifts touch the heart!

Bird’s Nest Bracelet Kits
Newly Replenished Stock – Fun for beginners or experienced beaders!


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Amethyst
Beads Now Available Online!

Amethyst Beads
This purple stone is said to be protective, healing, and purifying. It’s
claimed it can help rid the mind of negative thoughts and bring forth humility,
sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It’s also said to help promote
sobriety.
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Amethyst healing stones, pendants and earrings make wonderful gifts!
Some of our unique, one of a kind pieces, such as the items below, are only
available in the Alameda shop (not found online).
Amethyst slicesAmethyst half dome pendant

New
Beads & Bead Kits in the Alameda store!

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Open with Care; Holiday shopping appointments available

Open with Care for

  • Online shopping (we’ll ship or make order ready for pick up)
  • Shopping by appointment
  • Curbside service (no appointment needed)
  • In-store shopping (no appointment needed, up to designated capacity)

See our calendar for store hours for shopping, curbside service & pickup.

Masks Required
Hand Sanitizer Required

Our capacity depends on the Alameda County tier, based on # of new cases: 

Tier Max # Customers
Purple 2
Red 5
Orange-Yellow 10

As of Nov 18, we are currently in the Purple Tier, and can allow 2 customers in the shop at a time.

Make an appointment by clicking the image below.
If you are not able to make your appointment, please cancel or let us know so that we may make your time slot available to others. Please cancel if you may be getting sick.

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If you have any questions, please email us at create@beadinspirations.com. We look forward to seeing you. Thank you for being part of our creative inspiration!

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New Ginko Kits! 20% Off Ginko beads and kits

Curbside Shopping & Pickup Available this Week: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 2-6

Ginko Beads & Kits 20% off!
 Thru 9/20/20

New Kits:
Ginko Snakeskin Bracelet

Ginko Snakeskin Bracelet - Original
Ginko Kits
Download the project sheet on the project page

Ginko 2-Hole Beads 20% Off
Thru
9/20.

Ginko Beads

One Step Looper – Just $24.99!
Limited time only, limited to stock on hand.

Watch our looper video to see how easy it is to make loops for earrings!

Back in Stock! Great for getting started!
Earring Making Tool & Finding Kit

All the tools, beads & findings you need to make professional quality earrings!
$5 off when you pick it up at the shop. Plus get a free lesson at the door!

Leather Flowers: Closeout 75% off!
Only 11-27 cents each! You can’t get into trouble with that, even if you bought all that we have!
These are easy to rivet with a bench block and hammer and rivets (available at Bead Inspirations). Get creative! 

The Newest Jewelry Trend: Mask Chains!
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We just got in these 19x10mm nickel-free plated clasps, the perfect size to go around the strap of your mask.
Lobsters
Choose silver, antique silver, gold or satin gold 19x10mm nickel-free plated lobster clasps.
Shop our chains
Chains
Use a 24″-30″ piece of chain to take your mask from ordinary to stylish and functional in a few minutes.
Pick a silver or gold jump ring to join the chain to the clasp. It’s easy!
Make beaded mask chains using Softflex beading wire and your favorite beads.

Curbside Service and Pickup
Curbside Shopping & Pickup Available this Week: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 2-6
Private Shopping Available by Appointment Wed & Sat 12-2.

We are happy to help you at the door.  We can offer selections of ready-to-wear jewelry, beads, jewelry-making supplies, or tools.  We’ll bring you items at the door to choose. We can also give you quotes on jewelry repairs. See our Calendar for Curbside Service & Pickup Hours.

Private Shopping Now Available by Appointment
Wednesdays & Saturdays 12-2pm

We are now offering select opportunities for private shopping.  Not everything in the store is on the website and there is nothing like shopping in person for beads! You’ll be able to take advantage of the Wholesale Gemstone Program, and select from anything else in the store, whether it is on our website or not. One of our staff will help you find items and make suggestions, as needed.

Currently we are offering 30-minute time slots Wednesdays and Saturdays, from noon to 2pm. If those times don’t work for you, please let us know and we’ll see if we can accommodate. Masks that cover nose and mouth without having to keep pushing it up with your hands will be required, as will the use of hand sanitizer upon entry. Please cancel if you may be getting sick.

To schedule your private shopping experience, please email us at create@beadinspirations.com. We’d like the joy of seeing you and supporting your creative endeavors. Thank you for being part of our inspiration!

Vicki Lapp and the gang at Bead Inspirations

Unique & Inspiring Jewelry Designs & Beading Kits

 

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Cool Specials – Now Extended Past Labor Day at Bead Inspirations!

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Cool Specials – Now Extended Past Labor Day!
Stack your discounts! Apply the following coupons on top of the discounts listed below.
PLUS $5 off any purchase of $45 or more with coupon code w$5off45
OR $10 off any purchase of $75 or more with coupon code w$10off75
Good thru 9/14. 

Carved Mother of Pearl – 20% off!
Thru 9/14/20.
Take a dive into coolness when you incorporate these beautiful treasures of the sea into your jewelry project!
Carved Mother of Pearl

Conch Shell Sparkly Earrings
Conch Shell Small Bead 18x12mm with Faceted Crystal Oval – Crystal Copper beads, Tierracast Rhodium Plated Shell Bead, 4mm Swarovski pearl, antique silver ballpin, antique silver eye pins , ear wires .

Conch Shell Beads

Featured Item:
Carved Mother of Pearl Flower Button!
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se a ball pin and make a wire wrap on the back side and you have a gorgeous button.  It would make a great centerpiece for a wrap bracelet, such as the one shown below!

Carved Mother of Pearl Button
Abalone 4mm round bead strand now available to purchase online to make this bracelet!
Abalone Wrap Bracelet
Photo courtesy of Suzy’s Beads.

One Step Looper – Just $24.99!
Limited time only, limited to stock on hand.

Watch our looper video to see how easy it is to make loops for earrings!

Back in Stock! Great for getting started!
Earring Making Tool & Finding Kit
All the tools, beads & findings you need to make professional quality earrings!
$5 off when you pick it up at the shop. Plus get a free lesson at the door!

Leather Flowers: Closeout 75% off!
Only 11-27 cents each! You can’t get into trouble with that, even if you bought all that we have!
These are easy to rivet with a bench block and hammer and rivets (available at Bead Inspirations). Get creative! 

New Design Idea: Morrigan Earrings

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This earring design features our new Miniduos and new to our webstore Superduos
Downloadable Instructions!

Components (for one pair of earrings) – links below

  • Miniduo beads (48 pcs)
  • Superduo beads (16 pcs)
  • Size 8/0 seed beads (40 pcs)
  • Size 15/0 seed beads (approx. 1 gram)
  • 4mm firepolished beads (32 pcs)
  • Jump rings
  • Earwires
  • Fireline
  • Chain (optional)

Tools

Difficulty: beginner / intermediate

Go to our Morrigan Earring design page to download our Instruction Sheet to make these earrings.

Check out our HOW TO page for this and other fun jewelry projects!

Miniduos
Miniduos
Superduos
Superduos
Size 15
Size 15/0 Seed Beads
Size 8
Size 8/0 Seed Beads
Fire Polish
Fire Polish Beads
Findings
Earwires, Jump Rings &
Other Jewelry Findings

Fireline
Fireline

Beading Needles
Beading Needles

Crystal Square & Rectangle Beads 20% Off
Extended thru 9/14.

Crystal Squares

The crystals shown above, left to right are: Nocturne, Misty Forest, Copper Glow, and Golden Shadow.
Here are some earrings you can make with them:
Crystal Square Copper EarringsCrystal Square Blue Earrings

New Ginko Snakeskin Bracelet Kits!

Ginko Snakeskin Bracelet
Original design is not yet available as a kit, but the ginko sliperit beads are! Kits are available in the following color stories:
Arizona SunsetCool WatersCool Waters

Download the project sheet on the project page

Newly updated HOW TO Page on our website has all of our videos and instruction sheets.

The Newest Jewelry Trend: Mask Chains!
Dean with Mask Dean with Mask Off
We just got in these 19x10mm nickel-free plated clasps, the perfect size to go around the strap of your mask.
Lobsters
Choose silver, antique silver, gold or satin gold 19x10mm nickel-free plated lobster clasps.
Shop our chains
Chains
Use a 24″-30″ piece of chain to take your mask from ordinary to stylish and functional in a few minutes.
Pick a silver or gold jump ring to join the chain to the clasp. It’s easy!
Make beaded mask chains using Softflex beading wire and your favorite beads.

Curbside Service and Pickup
Curbside Shopping & Pickup Available this Week: Wed, Fri, Sat 2-6
Private Air Conditioned Shopping Available by Appointment Wed & Sat 12-2.

We are happy to help you at the door.  We can offer selections of ready-to-wear jewelry, beads, jewelry-making supplies, or tools.  We’ll bring you items at the door to choose. We can also give you quotes on jewelry repairs. See our Calendar for Curbside Service & Pickup Hours.

Private Shopping Now Available by Appointment
Wednesdays & Saturdays 12-2pm

We are now offering select opportunities for private shopping.  Not everything in the store is on the website and there is nothing like shopping in person for beads! You’ll be able to take advantage of the Wholesale Gemstone Program, and select from anything else in the store, whether it is on our website or not. One of our staff will help you find items and make suggestions, as needed.

Currently we are offering 30-minute time slots Wednesdays and Saturdays, from noon to 2pm. If those times don’t work for you, please let us know and we’ll see if we can accommodate. Masks that cover nose and mouth without having to keep pushing it up with your hands will be required, as will the use of hand sanitizer upon entry. Please cancel if you may be getting sick.

To schedule your private shopping experience, please email us at create@beadinspirations.com. We’d like the joy of seeing you and supporting your creative endeavors. Thank you for being part of our inspiration!

Vicki Lapp and the gang at Bead Inspirations

Unique & Inspiring Jewelry Designs & Beading Kits

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Chakra Design Contest

Our customers have been busy creating beautiful jewelry and decorative items for our Chakra Design Challenge. This challenge is designed to draw attention to the energy centers of our bodies.  These centers can help us to heal and generate more energy in our lives.

Now, it is your turn! Below is the link to a poll which allows you to let us know which of the entries you like best.  Pay special attention to artist statement which gives you insight into their creative process.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PTT2QXP

Many of the materials each of the artists used is available at our store either in person or on our website.

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New Trends Bead and Jewelry Show at Bead Inspirations

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February 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 2018! See the coolest new trends in beads, pendants, and jewelry!

Shop our gorgeous selection of beads, pendants & jewelry-making components: Ruby, Tourmaline, Muscovite, Garnet, Apatite, Bone, Various styles of Cloisonne, Variscite, Porcelain, Red Lightning, & Indian Ocean Jaspers, both Natural & Compostite Turquoise, Lavastone, Moonstone, Onyx, Agate, Yellow Crazy Lace Agate, Pietersite, Rose Quartz, Pink Averturine, Carved Mother of Pearl Rose and more! We’ve got a great selection of new 4mm round gemstones to make Wrap Bracelets. In our Alameda retail store only. Free admission.

 

Click here to see additional, larger images of our new gemstones and beads!

 

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Purple Rain Design Contest Winner!

The winner of our Purple Rain Design Competition is Kaitlyn Kliman who created the beautiful “Purple Rain on the Beach”.

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The voting was VERY tight.  Our very, very close second place winner is Audreyanne Covarrubias, designer of “Diamonds and Pearls in the Purple Rain”.

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Both of these talented artists were awarded $50 Gift Certificates for use on anything in our store.  Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Audreyanne!
We would also like to give honorable mention to all of the artists that participated and shared their work with us.
Roberta Miller for Early Morning in the Purple Rain
Wendy George for Purple Rain with a Passion
Marlene Ma for With Love
Alma Owens for Purple Wraps
Janet Kornegay for Purple Cascade
Alane Friedrich for Purple Rainpurplerain-all_500w
Join our email list to be notified of the next design challenge, to get store coupons, and new class updates.
If you love what you see and are interested in learning new techniques, check out our exciting classes.
Do you like the With Love wrap bracelet (bottom right)?  Sign up for our Wrap Bracelet Class
Do you like the Early Morning Purple Rain (bottom 2nd image from left)?  Sign up for our Coiling, Weaving and Wrapping Class
A great introductory class  is the Basic Necklace, Bracelet, and Earring Class which is very popular.
If you like the Purple Cascade, look for the Herringbone Weave class in our next class schedule.  (Join our email list to stay informed of the current offerings.)
 Love purple?  Check out our Purple Rain Bead Collection.

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Purple Rain Design Challenge Now Open for Voting!

We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Purple Rain Design Challenge”! Customers were required to use purple beads purchased from Bead Inspirations. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 7 2016. Challenge Winner will be posted on Friday, July 8. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore. We LOVE all of these designs and know it will be difficult to make a choice. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page with any encouraging feedback, comments, or acknowledgement about these amazing designs.

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“Purple Rain on the Beach”

Artists Inspiration:

I spent a year living on the Oregon Coast, and rain often conjures up memories of drizzly days on the beach. Those memories inspired my use of the sea star bead and purple drop charm. The beads are strung on hemp cord, which I love for its grounded, earthy vibe. I used one of my other passions, crochet, by utilizing a tiny crochet hook to chain stitch in the beads. Lastly, I wanted this piece to be versatile, so it can be worn as either a wrap bracelet or long necklace.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love how this artist built her design around her memories on the beach using the Lentil Lampwork Glass Bead: Starfish You can also find a lovely assortment of Czech Glass beads and stringing options including Hemp Cord in the shop!

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“Early Morning Purple Rain”

Artists Inspiration: It was inspired by early morning rain drops rolling down my window.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love that this artist uses a mix of sizes of Swarovski Pearls and uses a wire coiling technique taught in our Coiling, Weaving and Wrapping Class. Bravo!

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“Purple Rain Passion”

Artists Inspiration: Prince to me was a man of many passions; his music, flair, and fashion. These Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicons with their changing colors and gold plated melody links, reflect this passion to which we were all drawn. Purple Rain Passion is my tribute to a legend – brilliant, colorful, unique.

Bead Inspirations Notes: We love how this artist uses the Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicones, plated melody links, with our bead caps to create a simple yet elegant design.

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“With love”

Artists Inspiration: I made this bracelet for my daughter who would be spending the summer away so that it would remind her of me when she wore it. It is not made with colors that she typically wears, but includes some of my favorite colors and gemstones. I hope it gives her a warm feeling and makes her smile when she wears it.

Bead Inspirations Notes: We love the ombre effect of color this artist created using several of our gemstone beads.. We also applaud the choice of natural leather with these lovely stones using the techniques she learned in our Wrap Bracelet Class.

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“Purple Wraps”

Artists Inspiration:  I really like working with wire and had been perusing the beading magazines at Bead Inspirations and a necklace design I saw in one of them. I thought it would be good practice to make a single link to get the technique. I decided to use the colored wire 20 gauge. I really loved the way it looked so I made another link. I like rustic Jewlery and did not need the earrings to match perfectly.

Bead Inspiration Notes:We love the very creative and intricate earrings. The artist uses creative wire and seed beads from Bead Inspirations to create these striking and inspired earrings.

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“Diamonds and Pearls in the Purple Rain.”

Artists Inspiration: I have always loved the color purple, and I am a fan of Prince so this challenge really resonated with me. I took into consideration Prince as an artist as well as his body of work when I was choosing the beads: Purple Swarovski Pearls, and Black Swarovski bicones with black seed beads. The pearls have a green hue to them when viewed in bright light, which speaks to the depth of Prince as an artist: more than meets the eye at first glance. I also liked the sparkle of the bicones which represents the charisma and flare of Prince, the seed beads represent the many songs Prince wrote. He was a prolific writer not just for himself but his songs worked well for so many other recording artists. In these earrings I see Purple Rain as well as Diamonds and Pearls.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love the way this artist uses Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicones along with seed beads from our shop to create an amazing pair of earrings.

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“Purple Cascade”

Artists Inspiration: Prince and his music were a big part of growing up for me, in a very rainy climate near Portland, Oregon. I remember humming along to the song Purple Rain as it was playing in my head, walking to class in the constant Oregon mist and thinking it was just perfect. My concept for this piece started with water and rain, and I envisioned a sort of cascade effect, using chain and purple beaded rungs to evoke that feeling. The design took a few different tries to get right, but I’m so happy with the result. The wordplay with rain and cascades of water and the Cascade mountains of Oregon appeal to me and make me smile. I used the flat round stones with a herringbone wrap because they remind me of beautiful purple eyes. Prince had such beautiful eyes, and I hope that his view now, wherever he may be, is broader than in his (too short) earthly life here with us.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love choice of materials and techniques chosen by this artist to create this inspired design. The herringbone wrap (taught at Bead Inspirations) truly brings out the uniqueness of each of the Lavendar Jasper Coin Beads. We also love the thoughtfulness in selecting various Swarovski Pearls chain, crystal bicones and other components from our shop.

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“Purple Rain”

Artists Inspiration: “Purple Rain” was inspired by the photograph, I used Keshi pearls to resemble his white stand up landau collar, and nesting floral breads to pick the folded pleates of the guitar band holder. Classic Purples colored stones in verying sizes to add dimension and richness. The dark Purple Rain symtobol is an symbol of all of his musical achievements and with music of his guitar. I backed the photograph Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, then did a simple peyote stitch border stitch around the base and finished with 8/0 beads. I hung the picture with chain from the pearl strand. The intent is to remember Prince with the laughter and joy that his music gave and the moments of happiness that he brought into your life.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love the way that this artist was able to reflect a true tribute piece balancing the Glass Bell Flower Beads with White Keishi Pearls and a mix of Amethyst Beads with her treasured photo and Symbol charm.

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Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs! If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of “Purple Rain Beads and Components” Want to know when the next design challenge is happening? Join our email list!

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Purple Rain Design Challenge

Winner will receive a $50 Bead Inspirations gift certificate!
Submissions are due by noon (PST), Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Our inspiration for this challenge is also a tribute to the artist known as Prince (1958-2016). Whether you would also like to pay tribute to Prince, just love the color purple, or are intrigued by a challenge, here’s your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design. Using ANY purple or garnet colored beads from Bead Inspirations including Amethyst, Ametrine, Garnet, Czech glass, Swarovski Pearls, Fresh Water Pearls, and Crystals. You may also be inspired by other purple components or supplies like purple leather or purple patina paint! We challenge you to design your own piece of jewelry to enter into our contest. Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it’s time to start creating!

To enter our Design Challenge: Email submissions to create@beadinspirations.com and include the challenge name in the subject line.

Read our contest rules for more info.  Shop our purple beads online!

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Memorial Day Weekend Classes in Alameda

We’ve got something fun happening every day this weekend. Check these out &
sign up to reserve your spot!

Saturday: Flat Strap Bracelet, with riveting, eyelet-setting, leather stamping

Flat Strap Bracelet & Earrings
Flat Strap Bracelets
leather stamping
Design your own unique bracelet using leather, cork, or cotton flat straps.
Learn to rivet, and make eyelets in any of the flat straps. Learn to stamp leather!
No previous experience needed. Taught by Suzy Schuman.

Sunday: Coiling, Weaving and Wrapping Class

Learn how to beautifully coil, weave, and wire wrap stones to create your own
beautiful, unique pendants. With these techniques, you will take your wire wrapping
skills to the next level and be amazed at the professional pieces you create!
Prerequisite: Student must be very comfortable with the basic wire wrap. Taught by Roberta Miller

Monday: Tin Cup Necklace Class


Make the “Tin Cup” necklace sported by Rene Russo in the movie Tin Cup! In this new exciting class, you will use silk thread bead cord with beads and crystal beads to create the illusion of a floating bead necklace. The possibilities are endless and the result is amazing! Taught by Dona Fisher.

Where: Bead Inspirations
1544 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501

Sign up today to reserve your spot!

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