Designing With The Stars 2023

Designing with the Stars is a signature fundraising event of Beads of Courage in collaboration with Katie Hacker, editor of Beadwork magazine and host of the Jewelry Artist podcast. Funds raised through these events benefit Beads of Courage and our mission of hope and healing for children coping with serious illness through arts-in-medicine programs. Every Designing with the Stars event provides a fun, festive opportunity to experience the joy of creating jewelry with the guidance of our All Star jewelry designers!

Participate in all three Designing with the Stars events in 2023 and we will send you a BOC T-shirt to say thanks! 

ALL events will be $50
4-5:30 pm ET/2-3:30 MT


Our expert instructors love to make jewelry, teach jewelry, and wear jewelry. They’re big supporters of Beads of Courage and bring lots of good energy to our fundraising events. They’ve taught at our in-person bracelet parties at Beads of Courage headquarters and they’re skilled at teaching online, too. Get ready for a fun time for a great cause!

Designing With The Stars – Sunday, June 25

Please join us on Sunday, June 25 for the second Designing with the Stars event of the year! We are honored to be joined by All-Star jewelry designers who will help you create the beautiful projects shown below LIVE via ZOOM!

MEET THE DESIGNER: Tracy Proctor lives in Northern California where she works for TierraCast. She has a degree in art and a widely varied art and design background and enjoys the challenge of finding new and beautiful ways to use a wide range of components, materials, and techniques. She also loves coming up with clear, engaging and fun ways to share that knowledge in different forums, including teaching at trade shows and events, and online tutorial live-streaming.

MEET THE DESIGNER: Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for John Bead. She teaches weekly classes online with a focus on bead weaving and seed beaded jewelry design.

MEET THE DESIGNER: Sandra Lupo is an innovative jewelry designer and instructor who invented the Conetastic™ family of mandrels manufactured by Beadalon. Her designs are steeped in traditional methods, styled with color and texture and a mix of Old World and New World materials.

Om Blossom Bracelet: Simplicity and harmony is the theme in this on-trend gemstone and leather bracelet design, with our Om Button and Lotus Charm setting the vibe!

Sponsored by:  TierraCast

Instant Pendant Diffuser Jewelry: This project features a selection of ceramic beads and spacers with some diffuser lava beads that you can swap on and off the instant pendant necklace!

Sponsored by: John Bead Jewelry

Fabulous Fern Earrings:  Create a pair of elegant fern earrings. Learn to curve and form a 3rd dimension and create a mirror image. This project uses high-quality Tierra Cast products for the earring pair or make as pendants.

Sponsors: Tierra Cast, Sandra Lupo



Thank you to these wonderful companies for supporting Beads of Courage with their generous sponsorship of our Designing with the Stars events:


Designing With The Stars – Sunday, March 26

Please join us on Sunday, March 26 for the first Designing with the Stars event of the year! We are honored to be joined by three All-Star jewelry designers who will help you create the beautiful projects shown below LIVE via ZOOM!

DWTD March 2023 Video

MEET THE DESIGNER: Tamara Honaman is a jewelry designer working in a wide variety of media including metal clay, wire, glass, and beads. Tamara is the Editor for Beadwork magazine and editorial director for the Interweave Bead & Jewelry group.

MEET THE DESIGNER: Beth Simmons has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life and draws much of her jewelry inspiration from nature. When not buying beads or designing jewelry, she enjoys gardening, hiking, road trips, and live music with her husband and two children. They live on a little slice of heaven and have 20 chickens, 3 dogs, and a cat.

MEET THE DESIGNER: Katie Hacker hosts Designing with the Stars parties to connect people with Beads of Courage. These fundraising parties bring essential funds and awareness, along with creativity and inspiration.

PURITY, ELASTICITY & GEMSTONES BRACELET: Stretchy bracelet made with round gemstone beads and accents that will evoke mindfulness and serenity when worn.

Sponsored by TierraCast, Beadalon, and Dakota Stones.

BEADY BUDDY BRACELET: Remember Beady Buddy Geckos? this project takes that technique and makes it into a modern bracelet.

Sponsored by Shipwreck Beads.

SPIRIT STACK: Colorful bead and tassel necklace made with special beads. Learn about the beads then use easy techniques to assemble the necklace.

Sponsored by LeatherCord USA and TierraCast.