By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Gloria Hlebichuk is known as the bead lady. She’s the owner of a new bead shop appropriately named Beads etc. at Raintree Plaza, off Dayton River Road, in Dayton. Though the business is new to town, Hlebichuk is not new to the area or the beading biz.
“I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” she said. “I ran my shop in Elk River for four years before relocating here.”
Before that, Hlebichuk helped run the Bead Bag on Main Street in Elk River. She’s also taught community education classes in Princeton and Monticello.
Hlebichuk’s shop has all the things a bead artist could need. Aside from beads and gemstones, she’s got all the findings, clasps, jump rings and tools.
“I have a whole table of gemstones mined from the earth and sea that are drilled and polished to beautiful beads,” she said. “And, of course, I have glass beads. But no plastic; it’s taboo!”
She also keeps a bunch of her own hand-made products she creates.
“It’s like a gift shop in that way,” she said. “If people don’t want to make jewelry, they can buy it.
While Hlebichuck doesn’t have scheduled classes in the books, she said, if a person or group ever wants to come in and learn the trade, she’s just a phone call away.
“I do wirework, medalwork, bead weaving and designing,” she said. “People can come in and pick out their own beads, design their own piece and put it together.”
She also does special ordering and jewelry repair. Hlebichuk is happy to share her skills including fancy woven metalwork and enjoys teaching custom jewelry techniques.
“Bead weaving is so fun,” she said. “There’s a billion patterns to learn. Metal working is fun also. Bead artists cut out a piece of metal, hole punch it, stamp it, leather it and turn it into a beautiful work of art that you can wear. It’s all about color — sitting down and forming a pattern into something gorgeous.”
She carries all the tools needed for beading, including cutters, pliers, needles and hammers, as well as her expertise and passion for the craft.
Beads etc. is open Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 to 5 p.m. The shop will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Beads etc. also has a booth at the city’s first farmer’s market scheduled for Fridays beginning June 17 through October 7 from 2 to 6:30 p.m.
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