Humble Beads – Bead Table Wednesday – Stacked Earrings

My friend Heather Powers, the artist behind hosts a weekly Bead Table Wednesday live video post through her Facebook page almost every Wednesday.

This week she created a pair of earrings with my textured disc beads, her polymer clay beads, Irish Waxed linen, and Vintaj ear wires. If you have some time, check out her videos because she has some wonderful design ideas and tips for techniques.

When she let me know she would be using some of my textured discs in her video, and posting kits on her website, I thought it would be a good idea to do an Etsy shop update myself (it has been far too long).

Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop Updated with Textured Disc Beads.

In Heathers video I loved that she gave 2 ways to make these earrings – with and without a bead on top. And when you watch her techniques, you may pick up a few things to put in your creative bank.

Make sure to like her Humble Beads FB page and check on Wednesdays at 1pm EST for her live videos.

And check out her Humble Beads website where you can pick up some of Heathers wonderful beads and for links to past Bead Table Wednesday Videos.

Bead Show Now – Bead Shop Now – Online Bead Show Now – Share Where You Shop via Social Media

Help spread the word where your local bead shows are by using #BeadShowNow

I am a big fan of shopping in person for handmade beads, strands and tubes of beads, lapidary items, tools and findings. If I can support a brick and mortar store or a bead show vendor so they can cover their costs, I will!

It used to be really easy to open a bead magazine and see ads for upcoming shows about 10 years ago. With the influx of social media and internet shopping I find that I am buying magazines less, and wanting to find out where shows are, but often experience: Darn! I just missed that show.

As a bead show vendor and a patron of bead shows and shops, I thought it would be great for people to use social media to help us figure out where we can find each other. Why not give it a try?!

Help promote brick and mortar bead shops by posting photos via Social media and use #BeadShopNow

Bead Shows and Bead Shops where you can physically go and shop are the main focus of these posts #BeadShowNow and #BeadShopNow

STEP 1: Go to a bead show or a bead shop and take photos of cool beads (you may want to ask the shop owner or bead show vendor if it is ok, and what their social media handle is).

STEP 2: Log into your social media platform and post your photos, making sure to tag the shop or vendor with their social media handle, use location for where the show or shop is, and make sure to use the #BeadShowNow or #BeadShopNow hashtags.

An example of what you would write attached to your photos may be:

Check out the awesome @MarshaNealStudio beads being sold at the #InnovativeBeadsExpo in Edison, NJ #BeadShowNow this weekend!

The @Name is the vendor/bead shop social media handle.

The #BeadShowNow is the subject you want to file this under (as of March 2018 Instagram shows up to 10 hashtags in your original post only).

If you are a vendor or bead shop owner, please DO post your own photos showing off your fabulous beads! And if you are lucky enough to have a customer come in and show off their beautiful finished piece with your beads, ask to grab a photo, get their social media handle and use #BeadShowAndTell or #BeadShopAndTell

If you have made something with beads from a bead show and want to show them off, please use the hashtag #BeadShowAndTell or #BeadShopAndTell to give us a peek and tag the artist/vendor/shop to help support their efforts!

If you want to promote your Online Bead Show Now use #OnlineBeadShowNow

For those of you selling through the internet or social media (Facebook Groups, Websites, Instagram, etc) use #OnlineBeadShowNow so you can post pictures of what you have and where you are going to be selling.

Please try to keep the hashtags clean so people can actually find what they are looking for and it does not become a complete mess and pointless to use.

If you want to create your own images or use these to help distinguish your post, please take a screen shot here or via Instagram. Change them however you want or make your own.

I used the Word Swag App to create these images and thanks to my friend Diane Hawkey for helping me with the #BeadShowAndTell hashtag (because Bead Show Bling – is just not where I wanted it to go…).

2018 Bead Shows

I LOVE BEAD SHOWS!!! Don’t you?!

Shopping at a Bead Show is the perfect time to hang out and shop with your friends that are into beads as much as you are (leave anyone at home that does not like to walk all day bending over looking at beads – they will thank you for it and it will gain you sanity).

If you go alone, you will be able to experience the bliss of shopping for exactly what you want all day!


I sell my beads in person at few of the larger bead shows every year. You can find my friend Darlene of D7 Studio selling some of my pieces at her beads show tables here in the Northeast US.

Here are the 2018 shows I have lined up so far!

April Spring 2018 Innovative Beads Expo at the Expo Center in Oaks, PA 

Classes & Shopping.

Shopping Friday & Saturday, April 7 & 8, 2018: 10am-6pm.

Sunday, April 9, 2018 10am-5pm.

April 2018 Spring Innovative Beads Expo Show Info

Go to the Innovative Beads Expo website and register early to avoid lines and use their coupon code: SIBEEC18 to get 50% off your weekend show pass. If you are taking a class (register online) you get FREE expo entrance all weekend!

You can also save this image, print it at home and bring it in for 50% off show admission:

April 6-8, 2018 Spring Innovative Beads Expo Show Coupon


Marsha Neal Studio New Chocolate Stoneware Beads right out of the kiln.

June 2018 Bead and Button Show at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI 

Classes & Shopping

Tuesday, June 5: Moonlight Madness (Hyatt Hotel Ballroom) 9-11pm

Preview Night Thursday, June 7: Registered Attendees (Convention Center) 4-8pm

Public Show Hours: Friday, June 8: 10am-7pm. Saturday, June 9: 10am-6pm. Sunday, June 10: 10am-4pm.


August 2018 Bead Fest Philadelphia at the Expo Center in Oaks, PA 

Classes & Shopping

Shopping* Friday-Sun. August 17-19, 2018.

*Show details will follow when the bead show website is updated.


Ceramic Art Bead Market Artist Showcase July 27 & 28, 2017

It has been quite a while since I’ve done an online Facebook Group show (maybe a year?). So it is about time to get my photos updated and new beads ready to find their homes!

You have to join the Ceramic Art Bead Market FB Group in order to bid on any of the pieces I am going to list in the next two days. I usually do only BIN (buy it now) listings, and some MTO (Made To Order). When a bead is listed, the first person to write BIN gets that listing. If you are really wanting a similar piece, just write MTO in the comments – or take a screen shot and send me a FB message to see if I have more or can make another close to it. I have had people even request for me to make them a focal bead that goes with a set of earrings, and if I can do it – I will because I love to make beads!

Here are some photos of my recent work, most of which will be posted in this group.

New Wearable Spoon Pendants.

Each one has a spiral on the back.

My ceramic disc beads are perfect for accents for bracelets too!

Some ideas for making earrings out of my ceramic bead pairs:

Marsha Neal Studio Ceramic Beads with Nikki Thornburg Bead Studio handmade glass headpins.

Marsha Neal Studio Ceramic Textured Disc Beads with Sari Ribbon, seed beads and Sue Kennedy Glass Headpins.

I plan on stocking up again for Bead Fest Philadelphia, where you can meet me in person and buy my work from me.

Close up of my glaze and texture on the sides of my large disc and donut beads.

Zig Zag Beaded Bracelet

UPDATED May 2021:
Here is a link to my Marsha Neal Studio YouTube Video for this Zig-Zag design.
Here is a link to my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop for all my DIY kits.

One summer I happened upon a friend of mine making a bracelet from a kit, which in turn I discovered through other friends, that the zig-zag design was from my friend Lesley Watt (she gave her design out to the creative world and left it up to people to figure out their own creativity). So here is the simply ingenious design using my Marsha Neal Studio ceramic disc beads.

Marsha Neal Studio Zig Zag Bracelet Kits

In my Zig-Zag bracelet kits there should be enough materials to make a bracelet to fit up to a 8.5″ wrist. A 30″ piece of 1mm round leather, (75) size 6 round seed beads, (70) 6mm twisted jump rings, and one of my Marsha Neal Studio ceramic disc beads. Also helpful: good lighting, a bead mat and scissors.

First put one size 6 bead on the leather. Look at the disc bead to decide which side you want to show, and put both ends of the leather through the disc bead, with the “showing side” up against that size 6 bead.

Secure the disc bead to the mid-point in the leather by tying a simple overhand knot under the disc bead.

Start by stringing a bead onto one leather. Then a jump ring over both. Then a bead onto the other leather. Then a jump ring over both. And so on.

As you work, slide your beads to the end by the disc bead.

I find it is easiest to work in about 1″ sections, sliding the beads to the end in a loose group a few at a time, and double checking that you are not skipping in your pattern, and untwisting the leather so it stays flat.

When you get to within an inch of how long you want your bracelet to be, you need to think about how large your disc bead is, and how much of a gap you will need to leave between the two closure knots as this will be your last inch or so in your bracelet.

These knots are simple overhand knots that are tied pretty snug. This is 1mm leather, so please do not pull so intently hard as the leather may break – just use a snug slightly firm knot. Keeping your fingers close to the knot when you are tightening them helps.

I like to put an odd number of beads at the end of the leather and tie another knot. Cut off any excess leather that sticks out too long (make sure you leave about a 1/4″ tail of leather after the knot).

2021 UPDATE: Duo Bead Color Kits:

I am getting ready to release some kits that have 2 bead colors in them, and wanted to show you some samples of how to add the beads to create some different looks. The only thing that differs in the directions is putting a specific bead color on a particular side of leather. You can take this and do whatever pattern you want. This is just a starting point.

Duo Bead Color Zig Zag Bracelet Kit Examples
Pattern Directions: Add Yellow bead to one leather. Jump ring over both leathers. Blue bead to other leather. Jump ring over both leathers. Yellow Bead, Jump Ring, Blue Bead, Jump Ring. End when you get to your wrist length.
Pattern Directions: Count out 10 blue beads. Add a bead and jump ring as normal. Count out 10 yellow beads. Add a bead and jump ring as normal. Repeat these sets of 10 beads as a color block and finish when you get to your wrist length.
Pattern Directions: Add 6 of the blue and 6 of the yellow beads and jump rings. Keep the blue on one leather and the yellow on the other. Then pick out another 6 blue and 6 yellow beads, and swap the bead color and leather they go on. Repeat & end when you get to your wrist length.