Which Blue Beads Do You Like? (Poll)

More than 50% of people polled in the the US and Europe chose blue as their favorite color. It is not surprising as blue is a soothing hue, one which we associate with tranquil seas and bright skies.  From a psychology point of view,  “blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness.”

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As you can see from this small selection of Kazuri ceramic beads from our website, there are many shades of blue. They run the gamut from pale blues to bright cobalt and turquoise blues to deeper ones like Prussian blues.  Sea-greens are also beautiful blue combinations which attract many people.

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Do you have a favorite shade of blue? Let us know via the poll at the end of the post which sort you like best.

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Introducing Wendy Moore’s Jewelry Designs

Wendy Moore is an extraordinary Australian polymer clay artist is another design team member we are proud to have. She said, “I have created with polymer, a relatively modern synthetic modeling material, for over two decades and am still discovering new delights. I have always been fascinated by colour and jewelry and polymer allows me to indulge that fascination endlessly.”


Wendy and her husband live on the edge of the Australian Outback for most of the year. But they spend 3-4 months of the year in Nepal. The “color immersion experience” as she calls it has had a profound effect on her life and work which also led to her helping Nepali women who are victims of domestic violence.


Wendy, together with Kopila Basnet, a Nepali attorney, founded Samunnat Nepal. This is the women’s collective which produces beautiful polymer clay beads for international sale.  Wendy also writes their blog and helps the women sell their beads and jewelry abroad so they may be able to earn their living.


Shown here are some of Wendy’s designs using Samunnat Nepal’s colorful polymer clay beads.  We look forward to more in the future!

Don’t Miss It! Kazuri Dollar Orphan Bead Sale

This is huge!  One of our best sales yet and not to be missed.  We are moving out old stock beads which we affectionately call orphans beads!  Shown here are a sampling of the color families.

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These are packaged in bags of 20 assorted beads at $20 per bag.   Go to Kazuri West.com and click on “beads” to see more.  Access the catalog by clicking on a color family.  The first item of each color group is the bag of orphan beads.

Choose your favorite color family of assorted beads :

  • Black/Whites
  • Blues/Greens
  • Earth Tones
  • Reds/Pinks

You will not be able to choose specific beads – only the color family you like in bags of 20 beads. Rest assured, we will pick a lovely assortment of beads for each color family. There will be at least 2  of each bead pattern in each bag.

There is no limit to the number of bags you buy as long as we have stock. So don’t delay!  All sales are final. There are no additional discounts.

This sale runs from September 27 to October 3, 2014.



Win $60 with Polymer or Metal Clay Jewelry Design Contest

 Show off your creativity with this latest design contest!  You could win $60!  All we ask is that you use any one of Helen Breil’s  texture or Pixie Art stamps – with either polymer or metal clay. Shown here are some of Helen’s awesome polymer clay designs using her unique texture stamps.
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You are not limited to just jewelry either.  So let your imagination run wild!

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Who knows?  You could win any one of these wonderful prizes :

$60 gift certificate from Kazuri West , plus the winning piece will be shown in an Kazuri West ad in the Polymer Arts magazine.
Free copy of Helen’s new eBook Fan Fold Designs.
Free stamp of your choice from Kazuri West.

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Once you have created your masterpiece, take a good photograph of your design and attach it in jPEG format email it to us at  paulette@kazuriwest.com.  Please also tell us a little about the piece . You may enter as often as you like.

The deadline is Oct 18th, 2014 with winners announced Nov 1, 2014.

Entries will be judged by Helen Breil and Paulette Walther of Kazuri West.
Note: Images submitted may be used for promotional purposes.


Good luck!
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Winners of the Handmade Slider Bead Contest

The judges had a hard time trying to decide which designs deserved to win in our most recent handmade slider bead contest.  Entrants used a variety of techniques and materials in their designs which all showed the versatility of Kazuri ceramic and Samunnat Nepal beads in jewelry making.

The winning pieces were chosen on the basis of creativity, composition and craftmanship.

Without further ado, here are the winners!

FIRST PLACE : Linda Lydon

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SECOND PLACE : Margaret Supinski

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THIRD PLACE (TIE) : Sandra Metcalf

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THIRD PLACE (TIE) : Virginia Patton

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HONORARY MENTION : Virginia Patton

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HONORARY MENTION : Margaret Supinski

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Well done and congratulations to everyone!

Introducing Sandra Francour Designs

We are absolutely delighted to be introducing another Kazuri West – Many Hands Marketplace Design Team Member, Sandra Francour of Sandra’sDesigns.  San Diego based Sandra specializes in beautiful jewelry inspired by world travels.

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She has been making unique wearable art since 2004.  She once owned a boutique in Boston for 9 years and was a development director for several non-profits in the San Francisco area for 11 years. But it is her extensive travelling and her experiences with so many different cultures while abroad which influences her her designs the most.

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Some of the many countries she’s been to include the Philippines while in the Peace Corps. She was also a university professor in diverses places such as Iran and Japan!

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Her work has been sold in boutiques, galleries and museums such as The San Diego Museum of Art, The Women’s Museum of California, The Mingei International Museum and the Huntingdon in Pasadena. She has also won awards at juried art shows at the South Bayfront Art Gallery.

Shown above are her gorgeous creations featuring Kazuri and Samunnat beads. It is awesome to have Sandra on the team!

Our Summer Palette Collections of Gorgeous Kazuri Beads

We have tons of gorgeous Kazuri beads. It is sometimes hard to pick from so many, so the pallete collections we come up with help you choose and hopefully get your creative juices going! There is something for everyone – be it the cool colors or the hot ones.  The Bohati Bronze is particularly classy.



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