Purchase Ruby's projects from the Interweave Store
"Golden Pond"

"Fertile Ground"

The Best of
Stringing 2009

Creative Jewelry 2010

Stringing Spring 2007
See Ruby's creations on pages 36, 47, and 56.

Stringing Magazine
Stringing Fall 2006

See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 32, 60, and 62.

Stringing Spring 2006
See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 26, 42, and 61.

Stringing Fall 2005
See Ruby's creations on pages 19, 24, 60, and 87.

~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ

~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

About Ruby

Ruby Bayan is freelance writer, crafter, and DIYer who has developed a compulsion for beading jewelry. Ruby’s handcrafted creations, written word and personal interests are showcased in her website, OurSimpleJoys.com

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I started stringing beads a few years back; first plastic beads, then wood beads. Just to keep my fingers busy, I made novelties for myself and some friends.

One day, I found myself bidding for a pack of assorted gemstone nuggets at eBay. When I got my order, I wanted more, so I went to the nearest Michael’s where I hauled a ton of beads and findings.

I suddenly felt compelled to study the beading and wire art craft. Luckily, there’s the Internet, where a lot of professionals are kind enough to share their knowledge. I visited bookstores to browse craft books. I bought magazines for inspiration. I asked my brother overseas to send me beads and crystals. I knew I was hooked when I rearranged my craft room to accommodate my growing inventory of beads and jewelry.

I practiced every new skill I learned until I realized that I had manufactured a stash of jewelry to wear to every occasion for the rest of my life.

Soon enough, my creations found their way to Stringing Magazine, and recently, Creative Jewelry Magazine. I also got myself into designing bridal jewelry. Who knows where this passion will take me next.