The Bead of the Month Series offers a new lampwork glass bead commissioned by Beads of Courage each month of the year. The 2021 Bead of the Month theme is "Celebrate the Seasons." Every month, we will delight in the seasons and specials days with all-new lampwork glass beads 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 beautiful pieces remind you to embrace and enjoy each season of life.


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March 2021 Bead of the Month - The Spring Chicken Bead reminds you to make every day egg-cellent!
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About the Bead: This cheerful little chick will help you get ready for all things spring! Order now so you can tuck one into every Easter basket!About the Artist: Karen Crown has always been interested in art. She was lucky enough to have gone to college for art education and received a BFA from UW-Milwaukee and a Master’s Degree from UW-Whitewater. She taught art for 24 years at Union Grove Union High School in Wisconsin. Besides making glass beads, her interests include painting, drawing and...

February 2021 Bead of the Month - The Lovebird Bead reminds you that love is in the air!
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About the Artist: About the Artist: Maria Schoenenberger has been making glass beads since 2003. She says, "I love putting the googly eyes on my little characters and watching them come to life. They make me smile." About the Bead: February is a season of love. Give your friends and family a big hug with our cheerful Lovebird Bead. This cute and colorful glass bead is decorated with a big red heart and is sure to spread a message of love everywhere it goes! ...

January 2021 Bead of the Month - The Snowflake Bead reminds you that you are one of a kind!
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About the Artist: After years of watching bead making, Stephanie White first started working on the torch in 2001. She says, "I'm constantly working on learning new techniques and developing new skills." Recently she has been drawing inspiration from nature, especially flowers and garden bugs. She works at Beads By Design in Marietta, Georgia and is lucky enough to be able to melt glass almost every day.About the Bead: Did you know that no matter how many billions of snowflakes fall from the...

December 2020 Bead of the Month – The Astronaut Bead reminds you that the universe is yours!
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About the Bead: "I was inspired to make these astronaut beads because exploring space invites imagination and wonder and I thought, what better way to depict a child’s imagination and curiosity than an astronaut? I hope this astronaut brings you joy and sparks your imagination to go places!" – Karen Colaneri, bead artist About the Artist: Karen Colaneri is a self-taught lampwork bead artist. She has been making beads part-time since 2002. Her passion is making brightly colored beads with...

November 2020 Bead of the Month – The Martian Bead reminds you to follow your curiosity!
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About the Bead: "I am inspired by the 'friendly alien' movies Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. This little Martian is darting around the galaxy checking out each of the planets, moons and asteroids. Peeking out of his spaceship hatch, he's hoping to find new friends. This bead reminds us to keep searching. There are friends to be found everywhere!" – Diana Spiller, bead artist About the Artist: Diana Spiller has been making beads since 2010 and discovered...

October 2020 Bead of the Month – The Little Alien Bead reminds you to smile every day!
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About the Bead: "This little blue alien’s name is LADS, which his parents nicknamed him from his full and proper name, Little Alien Delivering Smiles. He lives on the planet Courage and loves to give you a smile. His mom Kissy and his dad Hug are very proud of all the hard work their son does every day, and they hope you find a little bit of courage in their little LADS every day!" – Kris Schiable, bead artist About the Artist: Kris Schaible has been a glass bead artist for 16 years. She has...

September 2020 Bead of the Month – The Rocket Bead reminds you to aim high and reach for your goals!
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About the Bead: "I think that being able to see the world from a spaceship would be amazing! Just think about seeing all those sparkling stars. But for now, I’m going to keep my feet right here on planet Earth." – Marcia Kmack, bead artist About the Artist: Marcia Kmack has been a full-time glass beadmaker for over 20 years. She says it’s all the beautiful colors of glass that keep her fascinated. Her studio is at 8,000' in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. ...

August 2020 Bead of the Month – The Sunshine Bead reminds you that tomorrow will be brighter!!
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About the Bead: "The sun, to me, means growth, warmth, and happiness. People, like all other living things, need the sun to grow big and strong. Let this bead be a reminder that while the sky might seem gray right now, tomorrow is another day and another chance for the sun to shine!" – Audra Delashmutt, bead artist About the Artist: Audra Delashmutt lives in Illinois with her family and furry studio helpers. She has been making beads since the early 2000s and has been making beads for Beads of...

June 2020 Bead of the Month – The Sparkle Planet Bead reminds you to discover new things!
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About the Bead: "These Deep Space Sparkle planets have dichroic glass sparkle. Did you know NASA used dichroic glass to protect astronauts from harmful radiation? May these beads remind you that science can be both beautiful and inspiring, and so are you!" – Carolyn Santos, bead artist About the Artist: "Hi! I’m Carolyn, I love color, sparkle, and all things beach. I’ve been creating with glass since I was in high school, and have been a glass artist for 16+ years. I’m married to an awesome...

May 2020 Bead of the Month – The Friendly Alien Bead reminds you that you have friends everywhere!
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May Bead of the Month – The Friendly Alien bead reminds you that you have friends everywhere!About the Bead: “When I think of what is out there, I’m always reminded of the movie Contact and the quote, ‘The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.’ I like to imagine that if we did meet one of our universe neighbors, they would think the same.” – Maureen Henriques, bead artist The bead features a friendly alien on one side and his spaceship on the...

April 2020 Bead of the Month - The Earth Bead reminds you that YOU make the world a better place!
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April Bead of the Month – The Earth Bead reminds you that YOU make the world a better place!About the Bead: “I've always been inspired by images of the Earth from outer space and how it looks like a glass bead but is in constant motion – clouds moving, earth shifting, rivers flowing. It makes me remember that, while things keep moving and changing, it is still Earth and I have a place in it. We all have a place on this moving bead because we are all unique and important.” – Audra Delashmutt,...

March 2020 Bead of the Month – The Robot Bead reminds you to keep exploring!
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March Bead of the Month – The Robot Bead reminds you to keep exploring! About the Bead: "This little yellow robot is made on a base of space purple. He has coiled arms and bright electrodes and red/yellow goggle eyes. The back of the bead has a grey asteroid zooming through space with a fiery tail in orange, red and yellow." – Maria Schoenenberger, bead artist About the Artist: Maria Schoenenberger has been making glass beads since 2003. She says, "I love putting the googly eyes on my...

January 2020 Bead of the Month – The Wonders of Space Bead reminds you to keep looking up!
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This bead has a white core that is covered in a bright blue transparent color to give the bead some depth. It has trails of dichro and glow-in-the-dark powder to create a subtle shimmer in the background. A moon, stars, and friendly alien ship decorate the surface of the bead. It measures 32 mm (1.27 in) hole to hole and 15 mm (0.62 in) wide. Bead Inspiration: "The inspiration for the design comes from the idea of looking up into the sky and imagining the wonders that exist up there." -...