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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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. ...

December 2022 Bead of the Month: The Snowman Bead reminds us that each person is unique and beautiful, like a snowflake, and when we stick together – something wonderful happens!
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Artist Statement:  Snowmen are very magical! We are all like snowflakes, all different in our own unique way but when we stick together – the magic happens! Artist Bio:  Shauna Mitru is a self-taught flamework artist from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Shauna is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). In 2006, Shauna was invited to set up and facilitate the lampwork bead program at the Neil Balkwill Civic...

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.” ...

September 2022 Bead of the Month: The Cyan Star Bead reminds you to wish upon a star and believe in your dreams!
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Artist Statement: This "September Cyan Star" was inspired by the poem "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight." It is the first bright, twinkling, cyan star in the night. Full of wishes, dreams and magic. Artist Bio: Maria Schoenenberger started making glass beads in 2003 and was one of the first bead artists to donate to Beads of Courage to support our pilot flagship program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She...

July 2022 Bead of the Month: The Ocean Blue Bead reminds you to stay calm through lifes ups and downs!
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Artist Statement: The sea can sometimes appear turquoise, teal, or even green, but my favorite is when it is a deep ocean blue. I hope the soothing waves and colors in this bead remind you to stay calm through life's ups and downs. Artist Bio: Ann DeHoff began lampworking in 2009. She worked in several mediums before she found her love for turning glass into lava, then reshaping it into beads, figurines, and ornaments. To expand her skills, she used workshops and tutorials from talented...

April 2022 Bead of the Month: The Calla Lily Bead reminds you that every day is a chance to try something new!
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Artist statement: The calla lily and the color yellow are welcome symbols of spring. I combined them both in this pretty bead to celebrate spring, the season of new beginnings. I hope it encourages everyone to try something new this spring! Artist Bio: 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...