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Tricks of the Trade


Tricks of the Trade

by Janice Parsons

From 1983-2008, Janice taught beading and jewelry classes at her stores in Palo Alto, Los Altos and San Jose, California. By far, the class the company became known for was Tricks of the Trade; finding inspiration and learning to design using color. 

Now you can download the original handout. Nothing has been updated, so take it with a grain of salt! We hope you enjoy the process of designing without the end in mind. It may be new to you, but as Janice says, “Get the color right and the design will follow.” 

Happy Beading!


Level: Intermediate Beginner

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