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.

kazuri orphan beads sale

These are packaged in bags of 20 assorted beads at $20 per bag.   Go to Kazuri 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.
 helen  briel design 1

You are not limited to just jewelry either.  So let your imagination run wild!

helen briel designs 2

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.

helen breil texture design 2

Once you have created your masterpiece, take a good photograph of your design and attach it in jPEG format email it to us at  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!
helen briel design 4

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

1st price Linda Lydon

SECOND PLACE : Margaret Supinski

2nd price Margaret Supinski

THIRD PLACE (TIE) : Sandra Metcalf

3rd 1 Sandra metcalf

THIRD PLACE (TIE) : Virginia Patton

3rd 1 Virginia Patton


honorary mention 1

HONORARY MENTION : Virginia Patton

honorary mention 2

HONORARY MENTION : Margaret Supinski

honorary mention 3

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.

mask kazuri necklace S francour

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.

Kazuri and mask - S Francour

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!

sandra francour design_ small

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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Samunnat Nepal’s New Workshop

The women at Samunnat Nepal are reveling in their new workshop!  A wonderful place where they can work and make beads for Kazuri West! Their new home was made possible by generous donations from the international polymer clay community.

outside Samunnat Nepal

The pictures shown here were taken during Cynthia Tinapple’s recent trip to Nepal.  Cynthia is the author of the highly popular Polymer Clay Daily  and is highly supportive of Samunnat Nepal.

group picture

The main workroom is large and filled with light. A comfortable and spacious workspace is so important to all artisans.

main worktable

Good storage too for all their clay and supplies, all of which are close at hand.

polymer clay supplies

There is even space to photograph their creations as Shamila and Cynthia both demonstrate.

cynthia and shamila photographing

samunnat beads

Soon all these beads you see being made will be sent to Kazuri West!

making beads


sorting and stringing

Our thanks to Cynthia for letting us  share these wonderful photos!

New Contest! Show Off Your Handmade Slider Bead Jewelry Designs

Show off your jewelry designs featuring either Kazuri ceramic beads or Samunnat polymer clay large hole slider beads and you could win a prize with our latest design contest. Not only that, you will be helping these women’s collectives thrive.  Take the challenge  and move beyond your comfort zone and show us how creative you can be with these large hole slider beads.
Kazuri bead Regaliz leather bracelet

Kazuri Bead Regaliz Leather Bracelet

You might try to use these slider beads in new ways or use new-to-you materials, or create different themes. There’s a wide range of opportunities available.   They are much more versatile than just  be the embellishment for Regaliz leather bracelets. Shown here are three bracelets created by Design Team member, Pearl Blay or The Beading Gem as she is known.
sammunat polymer bead leather bracelet

Samunnat Polymer Bead LeatherBracelet

Her inspirational designs demonstrate the different types of leather used but also show no leather is okay!  She uses wire work to either make the clasp as with the bracelet above or to embellish the bracelet featuring a Samunnat polymer clay bead.

wire coil bracelet with Kazuri bead

Wire Coil Bracelet with Kazuri Bead

This contest will be judged by prestigious judges ( see below) .   Although we can only choose one 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize – you are all winners in the hearts of the women of Kazuri and Samunnat.  Also you’ll have created something new and wonderful.

Contest Rules

  • Each design must contain at least one Kazuri or Sammunat large hole slider bead
  • No limit to number of designs entered
  • Technique and other materials used will be up to each entrant
  • Design Contest deadline is August 28, 2014.
  • Send your photos as JPEG files to
  • Winning designs will also be shared on social media.

The winning designs will receive the following prizes :

  • 1st Prize $100.00 gift certificate to be used on our website,  Kazuri West Many Hands Marketplace
  • 2nd Prize $50.00 gift certificate to be used on our website
  • 3rd prize 5 assorted beads – (we will choose a nice selection for you.)

Entries will be judged by our prestigious Design Team:

  • Pearl Blay – Canadian jewelry artisan and author of the highly popular jewelry blog , The Beading Gem’s Journal. She is a Design Ambassador as well as a product and jewelry book reviewer for many companies both small and large. She is very active on social media.
  • Kerrie Slade – Award winning beadwork designer from the UK. Her work has been published in numerous books and magazines around the world. She also teaches internationally as well as sells her seed bead patterns via her website. Kerrie writes her own blog as well as a monthly blogger for Bead & Button magazine and is also a Design Ambassador for Preciosa Ornela.
  • Sandra Francour – Award winning jewelry artist in San Diego, CA. Her work is sold in boutiques, galleries and museums, including The San Diego Museum of Art, The Women’s Museum of California, The Mingei International Museum, and The Huntington in Pasadena. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and her experiences with so many different cultures provide her with the inspiration for much of her jewelry.
  • Paulette Walther of Kazuri West- Many Hands Marketplace and Kazuri Beads USA – Master Distributor and importer of Kazuri beads (Kenya) and master Distributor and importer of Samunnat beads (Nepal) Jewelry Designer and Design assistance and product development for the ladies of Kazuri and Samunnat.

Good luck!