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Vendor Info: MA Beads


Bringing: Finished Jewellery, Beads

Lampwork glass bead artist, Mary Ann Helmond specializes in wearable art jewelry. Signature bead is her peacock line of beads. Specializing in complete sets of necklace, earrings, bracelet, and rings.

She has been creating lampwork beads and designing jewelry pieces with her beads for 13 years. During that time her work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows as well as published in books and magazines. Her recent collaboration with Debbie Benninger of I.D. Jewelry and Design has resulted in an Honorable Mention in the Metal category of the 2018 Bead and Button Bead Dreams competition as well as a publication of a bead-tutorial in Soda Lime Times Magazine.

Products for sale will include a limited assortment of lampwork beads and headpins as well as a variety of unique findings and coloured chain by the yard. Her usual assortment of finished lampwork jewelry will also be available. If you would like to purchase something specific please be sure to email Mary Ann at mabeads@rogers.com ahead of time so that she can accommodate your request.



Vendor Info: Yellow Bird Creations


Bringing: Finished Jewellery, Beads, and Gemstone Beads

Yellow Bird Creations offers the finest in handcrafted, unique and one-of-a-kind jewellery designed by artist Marilynn Matheson.  

Marilynn is a self-taught artist, who expresses her designs through the use of beautiful natural stones and gemstones, based in a philosophy of the healing energy of these stones. Her work includes the use of fine metals and fibres to frame and support the designs.

Marilynn has been designing jewellery and creating handmade jewellery for several years. She has taken courses in advanced wire work, gemology, silversmithing, and beading. Her work is definitely spiritual-based, drawing upon the earth’s energy when designing and creating her one of a kind jewellery pieces.

She works out of her home studio and has initiated beginner jewellery classes, starting in January 2015.


Vendor Info: Gardiner Design


Filming a Tutorial for Jewelry Tools


Bringing: Chainmail Kits, Tools

Marilyn Gardiner is a teacher, a jewellery designer, and a creator of jewellery kits. She published her first book: Modern Chain Mail Jewelry in 2015, and she will be selling and autographing her newest book, Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry, 2018,  at the show.

Her kits are known for their easy-to-follow, and clearly illustrated instructions. She also sells the jump rings, tools, beads and findings that she uses to make her own jewellery.

In addition to teaching classes in Canada and the U.S., she sells her kits and other products through her online store.

Her husband, Brad, is an active part of the company—he makes the jump rings and assembles the kits. The saw-cut and polished jump rings are available in several different metals.

Vendor Info: Karibu Beads


Bringing: Kazuri beads from Kenya and Samunnat beads from Nepal

Karibu Beads is the authorized Canadian distributor of fair-trade Kazuri beads and buttons from Kenya. These wonderful beads are made from the clay around Mount Kenya, and are hand-made and hand-painted by the women employed in the Kazuri factory. A new addition of hand-made polymer clay beads from Nepal are also fair-trade and support Nepalese women who are affected by domestic violence. Each bead is a gift, and a story of one woman’s life. Deb Thivierge, the owner of Karibu Beads is very excited to be back at the fantastic Grand River Bead Society Fall Show this year!



Vendor Info: Wire, Gems and Glass Designs


Bringing: Finished Jewellery

Jeanne Bean is a mixed media artist who lives in Stratford, Ontario. Jeanne has a home studio where she creates jewellery with metalsmithing and wire wrapping. She also works with metal clay and resins. Other talents are bead stringing and paper quilling. She has just started selling to the public at craft shows through her company Wire, Glass and Gem Designs. Jeanne also does custom work for various clients.


Vendor Info: Gentle Force Jewelry


Bringing: Finished Jewelry

About me

I retired early from an unsatisfying corporate job and am now exercising my creative side and dying my hair odd colours.

I love chainmaille as a jewelry medium because it is unisex, durable, complex without being fussy, and challenging to make.

Description of craft

Metal jewelry and decorative items made using chainmaille techniques (linked metal rings). I also make and sell peyote stitch beadwork items.

Prices range from $10 to $200 and I do custom work.

Chainmaille is made by interlinking metal jump rings, using two sets of pliers to open and close each ring individually. The technique is essentially the same as was used historically to make armour, but I work on a much smaller scale using tiny metal rings woven in complex patterns. I make all the pieces myself from copper, bronze, stainless steel, aluminum, niobium and sterling silver.


Permanent location at The Arts Market, 1114 Queen Street East, Toronto.

2018 Shows:
Toronto Pride 2018 weekend. Canada Day with the Folk Arts Council of Toronto in Dundas Square. Academic/education conventions at Ryerson University and Sheraton Richmond Hill. Ad Astra 2018 science fiction convention. Art in the Park with Visual Arts Mississauga. Fresh and Furious 2018 roller derby tournament. Leslieville Beer Festival.

Vendor Info: Dee-signs


Bringing: Findings (silver-plated, pewter, copper, and gold tone), individual beads (bone and stone), and seed beads.

Using Bead Crochet, Needlework and Kumihimo Braiding, I create unique necklaces and bracelets with Japanese and Czech glass, pearls and leather in a rainbow of colours. Recently I have begun braiding leather on the Kumi disc. Both kits and finished pieces are available at my table. I shall be demonstrating Kumihimo braiding with beads throughout the show.

Vendor Info: Blue Sapphire Beads


Bringing: Preciosa and semi-precious beads, wellness crystals and stones, and sterling silver findings.

Blue Sapphire Beads brings you the best Precious, Semi-Precious beads, Sterling Silver Findings, and Minerals from around the world. Your best source for quality:
  • Hand-crafted Sterling Silver from Bali & Thailand
  • Hand cut Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Precious & Semi Precious Beads from around the world
  • Hand-crafted Lampwork, Jewellery & Belt Buckles by Canadian & international artists.
  • Display-Quality Minerals Specimens
  • Chakra, Metaphysical, and Crystal Wellness related items


Vendor Info: BeadFX


Bringing: Seedbeads, findings, stringing materials, mixed media supplies, beading surfaces, wire, and tools.

BeadFX is proud to be a part of the Grand River Bead Society’s Show and Sale. We are a brick-and-mortar store in Toronto’s East York neighbourhood, with a full-service online ordering system.  We also offer a wide array of classes for makers in all jewellery media including chainmaille, seed beading, metalwork, lampwork, mixed media, and knotting/fibre techniques.

Booth demo area: Have a question about a product? Drop by and ask!

We’ll have lots of seed beads and other supplies for beading enthusiasts!

Stones, findings, beading surfaces, looms and more!


Vendor info: Earthy Girl Designs



Bringing: Gemstone beads, American and Mexican turquoise, charms, Kumihimo clasps, Murano beads, and some finished jewellery: e.g. Kumihimo necklaces and sterling silver earrings.

Coming from a family background in mining, Amanda Hamilton started collecting rocks and minerals at the tender age of seven. Her hobby eventually turned into Earthy Girl Designs, established over 20 years ago, which encompasses a wide range of gemstone and vintage beads, hand-made jewellery and Native American jewellery in sterling silver. Always looking for the unusual or different, Amanda’s assortment is continuously evolving. Amanda is an active member of the Toronto Bead Society, The Gem & Mineral Club of Scarborough and a Gemmologist from the Canadian Gemmological Association, FCGmA.


Vendor Info: msMussy Jewels


Bringing: Loose lampwork beads, finished jewelry made with her lampwork beads, glass headpins, leather bracelets with glass heart charms, and etched metal components.

Deborah Muss discovered lampworking approximately 8 years ago because she was dissatisfied with the poor quality & high cost of commercially available beads. Lampworking is the process of melting glass in a very hot flame & forming it around a mandrel to create beads and other artistic glass pieces. Consequently, all the finished jewelry she makes incorporates her handmade beads, glass head pins, and metal components.

Four years ago she began teaching this amazing craft and her teaching schedule can be found on the BeadFX class calendar. BeadFX is a bead store located in Toronto and has a well-equipped lampworking studio.

Visit her booth & you can purchase both loose lampwork beads or finished jewelry. All beads are made by her and immediately annealed in a kiln for strength & durability. Her current obsession is two-tone beads and etched beads.



Vendor Info: Barbara MacDougall


Bringing: Finished jewellery, Turquoise beads, African trade beads, Chevrons (old & new), Collectible, vintage, fetish/animal beads & pendants, Skull beads, Roman glass, Amber, Chakraluscious crystal & semi-precious beads (200+)




Barbara MacDougall


I have a many-decades-long mixed-bag background in commercial, computer and print production, geological drafting and field work, journalism and fine art. Twelve years ago I turned a long-standing interest in sculpture — and rocks — into wearable kinetic art, and I’m now into my 10th year selling custom and one-of-a-kind jewellery at the year-round Woodstock Farmers Market in southern Ontario, as well as at shows in Toronto and Guelph. Over this time my interests have evolved to include: dealing in genuine turquoise and rare semi-precious stones; studying the history and legends surrounding fetishes, skulls, and artifacts; silver, gold and copper wire-weaving, and hammering; and now studying crystal properties. I also teach jewellery-making.

At markets and shows I offer semi-precious and sterling silver, pewter, copper, and plated metal skull, dragon, fetish/animal pendants (in other words, anything weird, rare or unusual), earrings and bracelets, as well as a growing selection of crystals, tumbled stones and fossils for all ages and interests. Pendants are strung on adjustable leather cord, bracelets are made with easy-to-wear, high-quality stretch silicon, and earrings are all made with sterling silver earwires.

I also do custom work, restringing, upgrading, and repairs. It’s always great to do a repair and see someone happily wearing their favourite piece of jewellery again. After resizing or repairing inherited pieces, my customers can comfortably wear treasured family keepsakes often for the first time.


Chakraluscious is my new line of crystal healing bracelets that are completely customisable, stackable, roll-on and clasp-free. I scour gem and mineral shows and the Internet to discover rare and hard-to-find beads such as selenite and Brazilian emerald to fine-tune these bracelets. I currently have over 200 different crystal beads and a selection of coloured lava diffuser/aromatherapy beads to choose from, with more beads added every month.

Vendor Info: Peace and Co

Curated Supplies


Cord, Thread, Beads, and Pendants

Visit Angela Peace at Peace & Co for a full selection of C-lon, Chinese Knotting cord, unique cabochons, beads, and kits. If you love to do Kumihimo, knotting, and macrame, or want to get started, talk to fiber artist Angela Peace for advice and help with stocking up on your favourite and specialty items.

                       NEW: Fibre End Caps

Vendor Info: Argus Collection

Clasps: Volcanic Glass; Mag-lok 11 Magnetic; TierraCast Spiral Square Toggle 



Argus Collection offers high-quality clasps from Israel, Europe, the U.S., and Bali.

Alison Griffiths is an author, jewellery maker and co-owner of Argus Collection which she started with her husband, David Cruise, to sell high-quality clasps and findings. They got started as Canadian distributors for U.S. made Mag-lok magnetic clasps and the inventory has grown rapidly from there. Currently, they sell at shows and through an Etsy shop, ArgusCollection.

The photos above are:

  1. Sterling silver and Volcanic glass clasp
  2. Silver plated Mag-lok 11 magnetic clasp
  3. TierraCast spiral, square, toggle clasp