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This site focuses on beads and hand-crafted jewelry. Mitzi McCartha, the owner of Stardust Designs Bead Shoppe in Nashville, TN and author of two Bead Java books on selling and designing jewelry, was pleased to discover a great way to allow people an open forum to discuss the beading industry and beaded jewelry as a craft and business for others. This show will allow callers to discuss beads, stones, minerals, findings, techniques, and other jewelry-crafting how-tos to make their experience easier and more positive. Callers can get tips and questions answered quickly and easily without having to feel embarrassed or silly! If you have any questions after listening to an archived file, please feel free to email Mitzi at stardustdesigns@comcast.net

On-Demand Episodes

Join us and our guest, John Martin, to talk about the Nashville Lapidary Society. Learn all about those gorgeous stones you've been wondering about. We'll be talking about the equipment available to cut and facet your owns stones. Caller... more

This is a very educational show! Will the real stone please stand up? Ever wonder where Goldstone really came from--is it natural or man-made? What's with all these funny quartz colors? What's the difference between rutilated and... more

Welcome all callers! We will be discussing design principles and elements to incorporate into your jewelry. Learn about rhythm, line, balance, and much more.

This episode features jewelry designer and artist, Thomas Mann. Featured on the covers, such a Belle Armoire Magazine and others, Thomas's work shows fun, unique, and funky designs with metalsmithing techniques. Come join us as we... more

If you like Dichroic Glass, Precious Metal Clay, and Enameling, you need to join us this episode. We'll talk about types of clay, how to use it, and much more. Call us to ask any questions you may have.

If you are intrigued by Steampunk Jewelry, you will definitely want to listen to this episode's guest, Laura Medeiros. A Level II Certified PMC instructor, polymer clay artist, and Steampunk fan, she will share her vast knowledge regarding this... more

Tonight's guest, Donna Prestwood, shares with us the healing properties of stones and minerals. We will also be talking about how to incorporate freeform stones into pretty jewelry so you can enjoy wearing your healing piece. Call us and... more

Today's guest, Mary Bailey, will be sharing her art of Scrimshaw. She will also be talking about wire work and other fun things she has done. Call us and chat and we'll try to help with any questions you may have!

This episode's guest features Sharra Gosslin, a jewelry designer who first got her start in creating Viking jewelry. She has now branched out into other styles and successfully sells her work. Her website is: Viking Sails Jewelry Callers are... more

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