What I did with Janu Gems: Dusti’s Design


What unique treasures can you create with beading? 

Here is an example of a stunning necklace and matching earrings that Dusti created from two simple strands she found at Janu Gems Trunk Show this past weekend.  Abalone & Amethyst, combined with Sterling Silver Chain and a Toggle.   

It’s not complicated.  And we can help you, too.



BDC Does Repairs

Yes, it’s true.

BDC repairs beaded jewelry.   And we’ve been doing it for a long time.

We just don’t talk about it very much.  But we love helping you bring those lovely pieces that have “issues” back into your active collection.  And it won’t cost an arm and a leg.

So, this post is dedicated to displaying examples of Beaded Jewelry that we have repaired.


When K.K. was visiting Italy several years ago, she fell in love with a necklace created with  Murano Glass. Time took a toll on the thread that was used to string the beads.  Fortunately, the original artists knotted between each bead, so when the thread eventually failed, no beads were lost.

Jenn replaced the original stringing with SoftFlex, and added seed beads between each larger bead so the original length was preserved. 

Here you can see the seed beads between the Murano Glass beads, and the wire-guards that Jenn added to protect the SoftFlex from chaffing.  

K. K. will be able to enjoy her memories of Italy for years to come.  


A. K.’s necklace broke, sending beads in all directions.  She brought it in to us to be re-strung as a bracelet.    She was delighted and amazed as Dusti quickly repaired several other pieces that had been sitting, unloved, in her jewelry box.

N.F. brought this lovely Silver & Turquoise bracelet in for re-stringing. 

She was very pleased.


New Arrivals, June 2018


“What’s up?”,  “Wassup?”,  “What’s new, pussycat?” (Tom Jones, 1967) all asking the same question, 

“What is different since the last time I asked?”

People are always looking for what is new, different,  & novel.  It’s part of what makes us human.

Dusti has been searching and selecting new items to add to our inventory.  Some of them are pictured above.  Our shop space is limited, & Dusti is picky, so only what passes her critical eye makes it to the BDC Floor. 

Cube & Branch Coral, Picture Jasper, Aventurine, Green Dyed Agate, African Blue Vinyl Discs, Carved Wood Balls, Cobalt Blue Glass, Cubes & Faceted, Raw Garnet, Picasso Ovals, Green Faceted Stone, African Turquoise in 8 mm,  10 mm, & Triangles.  Plus,  the ever popular, “And More!” 

So, how about better pictures? 

Here you go.



Oh, Sweet Emboss-able You !

Emboss Your Imagination.


Dusti just received a small shipment of fine leather strips, 3″W x 9″L.  Very smooth & very supple. In what can only be called a flash of inspiration, she ran a piece through her embossing tool. You know, the kind that folks who are afflicted by the paper muse use.

The result is pictured above. A subtle embossing of the leather that adds character to your project. Yes, we started with basic black. But we have a whole rainbow of colors.

10 colors to be exact.

Is this the only way that this leather can be used? Heaven forbid. But if your project would benefit from a touch
of leather, here is a way to make it unique,
and make it your statement.



Goldilocks & The Short Strands: Just Right!

These semi-precious strands that just begged to be offered as short strands. Select individual short strands, if you have a small project. Buy multiples if you have a larger project. Comes out even when you’re done.

Goldilocks knew exactly what she wanted, and got just exactly what she needed.

You can, too!   

Drop by this weekend.  Otherwise, they may be in “Short” supply!

Anticipating Spring @ BDC

Anticipating Spring!

A Riot of Colors.

New arrivals at BDC this week include a whole raft of Focal Beads, plus a few Semi-Precious Stones.

Dusti asked me to particularly mention:

Botswana Agate

Moss Agate

Rose Quartz

Purple Agate

Red Jasper


Butterscotch Jasper

Tigers’ Eye

Rough & Smooth Amethyst

Fiber Optic

Lampwork Pendants

Carved Flowers in Glass & Stone

Green Jasper



Abalone Shell

Arrow Heads

Large Turquoise Pendants &

Short Strands of Semi-Precious Stones.

Remember: The picture above is just a sample.

There’s even more  to see in person.

“Does BDC Offer Beading Classes?”

Customers occasionally ask if we offer beading classes.   

The answer is “No,” …  &  …. “Yes.”   

We used to schedule a variety  of classes with multiple talented local instructors.   It is a major undertaking to locate an instructor, schedule the time and place, gather class materials and promote the topic, and then have to cancel because of a lack of sign-ups.  So we stopped Scheduling classes.

But ….  The learning can’t stop.

While there are so many demands on our customer’s time these days, we still like to share our knowledge and help folks realize their creative dreams.  We also like to personalize instruction to the needs and desires of the student.   With these things in mind, we offer one-on-one instruction tailored to the desires and skill level of the student.

Give BDC a call and let us help you explore your interests.   

Maybe just for yourself. 

Maybe for a small group of friends. 

We can help.


Need a “Refill” During Bad Weather?

January’s bad weather has extended into February.  Ugh.  Who wants to venture out in that mess?  Besides, your safety is our concern.  Fortunately, there is a fix.

If you  are a Registered BDC Customer, (i.e. Name, Address, Phone, Email)  and need more of anything, we can take your order over the phone. 503 235-4800 .

Or Via Email: Dusti@BeadsAtDustiCreek.com

We ship by USPS Priority Mail, even within the Portland area, so Tracking numbers are available. Orders received by 3 PM Pacific Time are processed for same day shipping.

So, if you need a “Refill” and can’t make it in, we’ve got your “Prescription.”

Our “Spontaneous Inspiration Station”

If you’ve explored our shop at all, you ‘ve probably noticed an area that has gone by several names, most recently our “Bead Exchange.” 

Recent high-quality new additions to our stock led Jenn to dub it the “Spontaneous Inspiration Station.” 

Inspired is what you’ll be when you dig for treasures in our baskets.  A cross-section of beads and findings exceeding everything else in the store.  And modestly priced, too.  Can you say, “Cheap?” Nope.  Because these beads are in limited supply,  we can’t promise that there will ever be more of them.  Therefore, we price these orphans very inexpensively, and share the value with you.

You, the artist, can truly claim that it was Inspiration that lead you to  select, combine, and juxtapose these treasures.

Here are some pics of new arrivals that Dusti has just put out on the floor.  Hurry in for best selection.  And, yes, there will be more, but then they will be … well,  … just different.