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Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery at MaxineFaye

The How, Why and Who behind MaxineFaye Jewellery

I have always been creative and enjoyed Folk Art, Macramé, Decoupage, Lead-lighting, Woodwork, and many other forms of arts and crafts.  In 2003 I joined a beading class at a local Recreation Centre and was hooked immediately.  Being able to design and create beautiful handcrafted beaded Jewellery with the colours and stones I love is amazing.

Prior to that I had studied Colour Therapy, under the Aura Soma system, to the Advanced Level

Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery has become a Passion

The combinations of colour, texture and the “feel” of the beads are what inspire my original designs and as a beaded jewellery artisan I love working with colour and light.  The unique shapes and colour combinations of lamp-work and art-glass, the precision and sparkle of precision cut crystal and the organic feel of semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and metals are all considered in my designs.

Award Winning Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

I have been honoured to receive awards for my work and enjoy the challenge of creating to a themed competition.  Using materials or techniques that I wouldn’t generally incorporate in my designs is both exciting and creatively stimulating. While seeing other people enjoying and wearing my designs is very rewarding.

Repairs to Existing Beaded Jewellery

Repairing and remodelling customers’ jewellery pieces is a rewarding part of my business and gives me lots of satisfaction. The thought of sentimental beaded pieces being stuffed in a drawer and not worn, makes me very sad.  Contact me to discuss your options. 

Stretch bracelet repair or remodel choices at MaxineFaye handcrafted beaded jewellery

Perhaps you have worn a favourite piece to bits. A stretch bracelet has broken; one earring has been lost; the thread has stretched on a necklace. You get the idea.

If all the beads have been rescued, the stretch cord can be replaced. If some of the beads have been lost, there are still a few options for you to consider. Necklace beading wire or knotted threads are generally replaceable. While I’m not magical, I may have the same beads in stock and can make an alternative earring to match the original. Otherwise, it might be made into a pendant or charm.

remodelling an existing necklace. Removed broken strands and replaced with knotted cord for easier travel packing

Remodel your Existing Beaded Jewellery to suit your needs.

Have you received or inherited beaded jewellery that is not quite “you”? 

Perhaps a simple change of length is all it needs, or maybe you have been down the Pinterest “rabbit hole” and would like to recreate a piece of handcrafted beaded jewellery in a way that is all your own.  Message me with your ideas and let’s see where it takes us. 

Together we can design Custom-Made Beaded Jewellery

Bespoke or custom-made creations is another side of MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery, and I’m delighted to share the testimonials and reviews I have received from numerous satisfied customers over the past 20+ years.

custom-made and bespoke designs from MaxineFaye Handcrafted Beaded Jewellery

Community Classes: Wire Wrapped Beaded Bugs

Friends, family, and community are important, and as an Australia Owned Business based in Bibra Lake, WA, I support local Community Groups to assist in their fundraising efforts when possible. I also teach wire-wrapped beaded critters at Community events at reduced cost to the attendees. These classes are enjoyable and suitable for most ages and abilities.

I also teach wire-wrapped beaded critters at Community events at reduced cost to the attendees. These classes are enjoyable and suitable for most ages and abilities.

What’s YOUR passion? Do you have a hobby or a cause close to your heart, I’d love to know what motivates or provokes your creativity. Let’s connect and inspire each other!

Award Winning Designs

Designed and Created by MaxineFaye

Several of my designs have won awards which is always an honour when competing with peers.  

I enjoy competing in these exhibitions and competitions, as some have a theme to adhere to and that is a great way to get out of my comfort zone and learn a new technique or use a new material.


1st Place – Jewellery Category – Perth Royal Show

Links of Artistic wire in Gunmetal were hand formed on a WigJig. They are linked to the Gunmetal wire wrapped Czech Jablonex Vitrial bicones by Boho Gold jump rings.13 more Jablonex Vitrial bicones dangle from Boho Gold headpins. Satin ribbons form the clasp enabling the design to be worn at a range of lengths. 

Citrus Garden

2nd Place – Beading Category – Perth Royal Show

More than 130 single Xilion cut 4mm Swarovski crystals in Jonquil, Light topaz, Sunflower and Swarovski 5301 in Sun are matched with Miyuki 11/0 Transparent AB Green Delicas in this gorgeous necklace. 

Swarovski Crystal diamantes and a faceted teardrop complete the design.

Award winning design: Chenille stitched long necklace

Tropical Adventures

3rd Place – Original Design Category – Perth Royal Show

Sections of tubular chenille stitch in yellow and green are punctuated with sections of Czech druk beads and tiny silver stars. 

A beautiful Lamp-work bead (looks a bit like a pineapple) and beaded tassel hangs from a Peyote stitched bail.

Awards from the Perth Royal Show

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1st Place – Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division

This gorgeous bracelet received 1st Place in the Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Clubs Annual Awards.

Transparent cherry red glass beads & opaque metallic gold mix glass seed-beads are combined with stitching and wire to create this cheerful bracelet. 5 sets of “cherry” charms are created using the same red glass beads and Czech pressed glass leaves.


2nd Place – Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division

Like a wild but contained garden. Gorgeous transparent Czech pressed glass bell flowers and leaves drip from these spirals like buds bursting into bloom.

This beautiful Green Spiral Rope Necklace was awarded 2nd place in the Beading – Woven (on or off Loom) Division of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Clubs Annual Awards.

award winning, original, OOAK handcrafted beaded jewellery b MaxineFaye
Petra - 2nd Place - Wired or Strung - Ready to Wear Division - West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club


2nd Place – Wired or Strung – Ready to Wear Division

Three strands of glass beads in Opaque Rose Gold Topaz lustre are paired with gold flattened bead-cones with an etched leaf design and was awarded 2nd place in the Beading Division (wired or strung) of the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club’s Annual Competition.

A piece of jewellery wired or strung together. Jewellery must be ready to wear. Judging is based on aesthetics, originality and design.

Awards and Trophy from the West Australian Lapidary and Rockhunting Club’s Annual Competition


2nd Place – Theme (Scarecrow) – Perth Royal Show

To honour the Year of the Farmer, the theme for this competition was “Scarecrow”.

Wanting to do something out of the box, I consequently came up with this design and hence called her Ceres.  Which I thought was especially relevant as she was the Goddess of sowing and reaping.

Each wooden scrabble tile was hand-drilled to create the thread-path I wanted, as a result all the threads are internal and can not be seen outside the tiles.

Hand drilled scrabble tiles, glass beads and crystal faceted teardrops for Scarecrow themed competition at Perth Royal Show


First Place Award Winner – Cockburn Community & Cultural Council Inc

My piece, “Deandra” won First Place at the Cockburn Community & Cultural Council Inc Awards in the Jewellery – Wearable division.

Diamond shaped components are joined with handmade links of wire and Czech fire-polished glass. A pressed brass stamping creates the base of the pendant which is highlighted with Czech Jablonex Vitrial bicones and Boho Gold round corrugated metal beads.

Additional drops of Vitrial bicones and Boho Gold metal beads are suspended from many of the jump rings creating lots of movement and sparkle to the design. The neck ring is wrapped with Gunmetal coloured wire while the centre features more sparkling Vitrial bicones.


First Place Award Winner – Non Seed Bead Division – Bead Guild of WA inc

The piece “Morocco” won First Place in the non-seed bead category.

I was excited with the result as the Judges were leaders in their fields and I was competing against some wonderful beaders.

This design was made from laser cut Cherry wood components linked with wire wrapping and Swarovski Crystals.

Monocco First Place Award Winner – Non Seed Bead Division – Bead Guild of WA inc

Awarded Certificates

Beach Bag - Joint Award Winner - Theme (Summer) - Bead Guild of WA Inc

Beach Bag

Joint Award Winner – Theme (Summer) – Bead Guild of WA Inc

“Summer” Theme Bead Guild of WA challenge – This colourful Beach Bag design was chosen as a joint winner!

The title of the Bead Guild Members “Challenge” was ‘Summer’ and members could make anything they wished from the beads supplied.

Beading challenges and competitions are a great way of getting the creative juices flowing.

Members could use as much or as little as they like from the kit, and could add more from their own stash but points were earnt for each bead/item used from the kit.

The kit contained, memory wire, chain, seed-beads, lamp-worked beads, bugles, crackle beads, pearls, flower beads and 5 different forms of fibre.

Beach Bag close up - Joint Award Winner - Theme (Summer) - Bead Guild of WA Inc

I have a fabulous range of original and unique one-of-a-kind pieces currently available in my online store or you can contact me to arrange a custom made piece – just for you.

Beading Classes: Unleash your creativity

Classes for Individuals or Small Groups

Beading classes are a fun and relaxed way to learn a new skill.  You can bring your own beads or old jewellery and learn the techniques to create something new.  Individual classes can generally be adapted to suit your abilities and you can choose which classes to participate in and when.

Class Availability and Prices may change – Please contact me to confirm

Choose from the following Class options:

  • Stringing and crimping a simple necklace
  • Making wire loops for earrings
  • Wire wrapping a charm bracelet
  • Peyote stitched cuff bracelet (simple)
  • Peyote stitched cuff bracelet (embellished)
  • Using other stitching techniques
  • Simple wire weaving
  • Multi-strand necklace
  • Spiral rope necklace
  • Suncatchers / Brooches
  • And more. If you have a request that is not on the above list, please ask 
Beading classes available for individuals and small groups

Class Price

  • Individual (1:1) Class: $40.00 per person
  • Small Group Classes: $36.00 per person (2 – 6 people): save 10% per group

What to Bring?

  • The price does not include beads and materials and you are welcome to bring your own.
    • Many beads and findings are available for sale before or after the class, but it is not essential to purchase from me to take the class (although that would be great).
  • Bring your own tools and beading materials (if you have them). 
    • I have a selection of tools and beading mats you may use during class (so don’t stress if you don’t have your own)
  • Please bring a container with a secure lid, to transport your beading piece/s and supplies (a lunch box size is generally great)
  • Limited Classes can be run at your venue. Please contact me for further information, availability and pricing.

Getting Married: Planning your bridal jewellery?

Do you have some ideas you like but can’t find just the right thing out there? Then make it yourself!

I can help you design and teach you the techniques to create your very own piece of jewellery. Classes can be tailored to individual or small groups (up to 6 people) so bring the bridesmaids as well.

Beading Classes make a Crafty Gift Idea

Looking for a special gift idea. Gift Vouchers are available and the lucky recipient has 3 years (36 months) to use them. See my blog post on Gift Vouchers for the details and contact me it you have any special requests.

goft certificate gift voucher gift card personalised colours amount greetin

I have a fabulous range of original and unique one-of-a-kind pieces currently available in my online store or you can contact me to arrange a custom made piece – just for you.

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Jewellery Jargon: Findings

Findings – what does it all mean?

Findings – a word used in beadwork and jewellery making, that may sound confusing in descriptions or statements. This post will hopefully help you to understand what the items I mention actually are and how I use them in my designs.  I have other Jewellery Jargon posts and you might find clasp styles helpful.

wire guardian findings

Wire guardians, Wire protectors

Beading wire and threads can be damaged by wear and tear from clasps and other components.

Wire guardian are little horseshoe-shaped tubes through which beading wire or thread is passed. The arched section is open on one side for ease of threading. The solid sections protect the wire from wear on clasps or connectors.

French wire, Bouillon, Gimp

I may use Bullion or French wire on some designs. It provides a similar protection but is more supple and flexible. It looks like a little soft spring and is available in different size tubes.

French wire is often used to attach a clasp to pearl strands to protect the silk thread.

French wire, Bouillon, Gimp - findings
crimp beads and crimp cover bead findings

Crimp beads, Crimp covers

Crimp beads are hollow round or tubed beads which are crimped into place to secure beading wires.

The crimp covers are round beads that have an open seam and when positioned over the original crimp it is closed along its seam. This provides a neat appearance and protect delicate clothing. Squashed crimps without covers may have sharp edges that catch on clothing or scratch skin.

Charlottes, Bead-tips, Clamshell knot concealers

Beads tips, knot covers, clamshells, and calottes are names of covers used to hide crimped beads, the knots in thread and cord and some are used to finish ball chain designs. 

Bead tip variations include bottom clamp with double closed loops like pictured, but also side clamp, single loop, open loop, and may be plain or decorative (ladybugs, turtles, flowers etc)

Charlottes, Bead-tips, Clamshell knot concealers

This collage shows how all these elements come together to create a neat look which protects the wire and the beads. The crimping pliers pictured have two groove sections in the jaw. The rear groove creates a “half-moon” or folds the crimp bead onto the wire (top right photo) and the front section rolls the crimp bead into shape (middle left and centre photos). The rolled crimp bead can be left in that state, or finished with a crimp cover (remainder of photos) creating a neat and protective finish.


Do you have any suggestions or requests for information on other terminology that you are unsure of.
I would love to hear from you

I have a fabulous range of original and unique one-of-a-kind pieces currently available in my online store or you can contact me to arrange a custom made piece – just for you.

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