The Bead of the Month Series offers a new lampwork glass bead commissioned by Beads of Courage each month of the year. The 2023 Bead of the Month theme is Joyful Things. These beads are created just for you to bring a smile and inspire a moment of joy. Renew your joy every month with an all-new lampwork glass bead designed by talented bead artists exclusively for Beads of Courage.


Hurry! Fewer than 100 beads are available each month and they sell out quickly! Your bead arrives pre-strung on a 16" cord. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase an exciting new piece of wearable art each month. We hope these fun and whimsical pieces remind you to choose joy every day.


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January 2024 Bead of the Month - The Ice Dragon bead reminds us to play and have fun, even when its cold outside
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January 2024 Bead of the Month Ice dragons are gentle creatures who love the winter months and joyfully rolling in the snow. May this little ice dragon bring a warm smile to your heart! About the Artist:Stephanie White has been making beads since 2001 and is a Beads of Courage Hall of Fame Artist. She loves watching the glass melt and using heat, gravity, and hand tools to create intricate and complex beads. She works at Beads By Design in Marietta GA and is lucky enough to be able to melt...

December 2023 Bead of the Month - The Bluebird Bead is a symbol of happiness reminding you to smile.
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December 2023 Bead of the Month - "The bluebird is the symbol of happiness. May this little bead bring you a happy smile when you get it." - Debbie Sims, Bead Artist About the artist: Debora Sims has been donating beads to the children for over ten years. She was in the first group of bead artists enrolled in the Hall of Fame. Beads of Courage has sent her beads into outer space and on the Iditarod sled dog race. She has a grandson who was enrolled in the program and understands both...

November 2023 Bead of the Month - The Joy Bead is a reminder that the simplest of things can bring great joy!
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November 2023 Bead of the Month - "Having had a child who was ill, Carol can appreciate the difficulties of medical experiences and beads bring her joy. It is her wish that her beads help kids and families find joy when they need it most."It is my hope that my colorful beads put a smile on a sick child's face."- Carol Crye About the artist: Carol Crye works as a nurse practitioner full-time and enjoys lampworking and quilting in her free time. Carol has been lampworking for 24 years...

October 2023 Bead of the Month - The Book Bead reminds us to set aside time to read and get lost in a good story.
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October 2023 Bead of the Month -  "The thing that brings me joy is books and getting lost in a good story." - Bead Artist, Stephanie White About the artist:  Stephanie has been making beads since 2001 and is a Beads of Courage Hall of Fame Artist. She loves watching the glass melt and using heat, gravity, and hand tools to create intricate and complex beads. She works at Beads By Design in Marietta GA and is lucky enough to be able to melt glass almost every day. ...

July 2023 Bead of the Month -The Rainbow Bead reminds you to look for rainbows after the storm!
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July 2023 Bead of the Month - "That burst of color across the sky! There is something joyful about seeing the rainbow at the end of a storm and knowing it has passed." - Audra Delashmutt, bead artist About the artist: Audra Delashmutt is a Beads of Courage Hall of Fame artist who has been making beads for over 20 years. Her favorite beads to make are ones with bright colors, fun shapes or designs, and ones that make people smile. ...

June 2023 Bead of the Month - The Balloon Bead reminds you to look up and enjoy the wonders around you!
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June 2023 Bead of the Month - “Nothing beats taking your children somewhere magical and looking at the sparkle in their eyes as they see and play with the floating wonder that is a group of balloons. Nothing gives me more joy than thinking back on those times with my children.” -Gerry White About the artist: "Years ago, I apprenticed as a goldsmith in the Caribbean. Here, I found an appreciation of jewelry and wearable art. Over the years, I have been fortunate to study other...

May 2023 Bead of the Month - The Swirly Snake bead reminds you to stay flexible!
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May 2023 Bead of the Month - The Swirly Snake bead reminds you to stay flexible! About the bead: "This happy snake was a bead design my daughter came up with back when we first started making beads. I wanted to recreate it since she brings me joy." - Kari Chittenden, bead artistAbout the artist: Bead making started for Kari in 2000 as a hobby to share with her (then) 12-year-old daughter. 22 years later, they still love making beads and doing craft shows together. When her daughter was a kid,...

Handmade Glass - Limited Edition Artist Exclusive - The Grinning Cat Bead
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January 2023 Bead of the Month - "Cats bring a smile to many people, so they are inspirational all by themselves. I thought a cute blue cat with a big huge grin would be great as a bead to represent joy." - Catherine Steele, bead artistAbout the artist: Catherine has been a professional lampwork artist since 2004. She loves creating beads that are whimsical and cute. ...

November 2022 Bead of the Month: The Sweet Swirl Bead reminds us that, no matter how grey the day, you can always find a little bit of sunshine.
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Artist Statement: The Brown Sweet Swirl Bead is a swirl of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, cinnamon latte, the harvest moon, the last autumn flowers in the garden. It reminds us that, no matter how grey the day, you can always find a little bit of sunshine. Artist Bio:  Diana Spiller is a Beads of Courage Hall of Fame bead artist. Diana shares, “I have spent my entire life dabbling in art, (pottery, fabric, sketching, fused glass, painting, etc) but when I discovered beadmaking 10...

October 2022 Bead of the Month: The Owl Bead reminds you to love "whoo" you are and find joy in the beauty of fall.
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Artist Statement: Fall is my favorite time of the year, leaving the hot summer behind, a time to welcome warm colors, cooling temperatures and falling leaves. My owl is a here to lead you into the colors of fall. Artist Bio:  Diane Sepanski is a Beads of Courage Hall of Fame artist and has been making beads for about 15 years. Diane shares, “I enjoy the process of melting and creating. Glass gives me the way to express my ideas and designs and make them into reality.” ...