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Our Jewelry Design Community

There are a few ways to connect with the Halcraft beading and jewelry design community. We’re active on several social media platforms – follow us on your favorite one! We love seeing what you’re creating – so make sure you tag us! And you can also meet our designers: these talented ladies are creating interesting and exciting jewelry designs every week. See their bios below and make sure you check out their posts on our inspiration blog.

Meet Our Designers

Molly SchallerMolly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She’s always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

Some of Molly’s favorite projects include: Rococo Deco Earrings * Seaside Sparkle Earrings * Peony Punch Cuff Bracelet * Skyros Cuff Bracelet. Read Molly’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Erin Prais-HintzErin Prais-Hintz is a color addict who designs one of a kind wearable works of art for her company Tesori Trovati Jewelry. She loves to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple beads with stunning art beads for looks that have wit, whimsy and tell your story. Some of Erin’s favorite projects include: Ruby Bouquet Necklace * Graffiti-wear Necklace * Fruit Loops Necklace

Erin leads our monthly Pretty Palettes challenge; check it out, you can design along with Erin. Read all of Erin’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Erin StrotherErin Strother is a full-time graphic designer with an obsession for jewelry design living in southern California with her long-suffering husband George and their disobedient dog Swiffer. Some of Erin’s favorite projects include: Hoping for Disneyland Necklace and Sparticus Necklace.

Erin is our expert on designing jewelry on a budget and shares her thrifty tips in our Design on a Dime posts. Read all of Erin’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Barb SwitzerBarb Switzer has been playing with wire and beads since 1995. She served as the editor for Wirework Magazine, Simply Beads Magazine, and several book. Barb teaches classes at national bead shows, retreats and events, and travels anywhere bead lovers can be found. She also designs jewelry, writes a column, and draws technical illustrations of beadwork techniques.

Read Barb’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Denise Yezbak MooreDenise Yezbak Moore, is a self-taught artisan who incorporates romantic, sophisticated and even whimsical overtones into her pieces. She is a member of the Halcraft Bead Team and is a certified Michaels jewelry instructor. Her designs have appeared in a wide variety of publications including Bead Trends, Stringing, Best of Stringing, Bead Star, Bead Unique, Bead Style, Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire Jewelry and Australian Beading Magazine.

Denise is our fashion maven and writes our Fashion Friday posts and then tells us how to get these trends for ourselves in her DIY Saturday posts! Read all of Denise’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Michelle MachMichelle Mach is a jewelry designer in Colorado. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Jewelry Stringing, Bead-It Today, Beadwork, BeadStyle, Bead Trends, and others. She also edits jewelry how-to books, most recently Explorations in Beadweaving, Mastering Peyote Stitch, Mastering Herringbone Stitch, and Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry. She is the author of Unexpected Findings (Interweave, 2014). In addition to writing books, Michelle regularly reviews new beading books. Read all of Michelle’s posts on our Inspiration Blog
Mykeall ShepherdMykeall Shepherd is a self-taught jewelry designer with a passion for all things crafty. She began beading as a child and has continued to hone her skills as a creator and educator. She is a member of the Halcraft bead team and her goal is to teach and inspire others.

Read Mykeall’s posts on our Inspiration Blog

Katie HackerKatie Hacker is an artist and writer who started designing her own jewelry as a teenager when she couldn’t find fashionable clip earrings for her un-pierced ears. She turned her pastime into a business and now makes a living doing what she loves best – making jewelry and sharing her ideas. Katie is the host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels on public television. Katie writes books about beading and jewelry making and loves designing jewelry projects to help people get started.

Read Katie’s posts on our Inspiration Blog