Sandra Walton
  • Female
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • United States

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Please tell us a little about yourself for the benefit of other members.
I live in the little paradise of Santa Cruz, CA. Where I spend my time making little wonders (beads) and creating designs with those wonders. I also am learning some new techniques that I hope will broaden my design bag.

I also paint canvas (and board, and paper) when I am not making beads or jewelry.

I love making and creating and I love running my own business. More than anything else though I love to inspire others and help friends through their blocks and celebrate their successes with them.
If you are an artist, what do you consider to be your areas of skill? Check as many as you wish.
Chocolate, Stringing, Working On It, Other
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If you have a related business, tell us about it.
Painted By Hand is the name that I sell both my beads and my jewelry designs under. I was White Owl Designs but I made the change to a more specific name.

I have been painting since I was twelve. At around twenty-eight I wanted to find a way to combine my deep love for painting and my love for jewelry design. I began bead painting and over the course of a year perfected the mechanical process by which the painted beads become almost under glass looking, lightweight and durable. I also designed the means to "dip" many beads at one time making it possible to design, create and sell the beads themselves.
I offer exceptionally unique hand painted beads, jewelry, and original gift designs created to inspire you.

Color and symbol are big for me, color especially. It impacts everything we do and how we feel. Color elevates us, it takes us on a journey. One of the most special things about handmade objects is the intention that the maker puts in to each piece. I am very aware of that intention and each piece I make carries with it a blessing from my heart and a keen awareness of the symbols and the colors used and how it all works together to shape a specific story or mood.

I did the Texas and New Mexico show circuit for a while and finally settled down in Santa Cruz CA where I sell and work locally and online.

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Featured in Beadwork Magazine!

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:00pm 1 Comment


I've been doing a lot of work lately and my painted beads are finally getting noticed by designers and bead lovers. I am on a mission as some of you know to promote hand-painted beads and painted jewelry and to get bead artists to really explore and elevate the form so designers will be enticed to design with them.…


Sad Frustration and Reality

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 11:18am 1 Comment

As an online business owner and a blogger I choose to never let the tears show to my customers and readers. As a person who tried to really adhere to the practices of positive thinking, intentions and NLP I try to not even let myself indulge in the tears. So where to put the fears, the frustration and the real life tears that are all a part of having a jewelry business online. I think all except the most fortunate have these feelings, and also wonder - where do I put these things, these…


Persistance and Faith

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 4:56am 0 Comments

Hi there. This post comes after a looong period of intense creativity followed by a redesign of my website, creation of a web store and re-photographing all of my work. Whew - and I wonder why I don't feel like making my bed!

There is a…


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At 12:28am on July 26, 2014, Christine Hansen said…

Happy Birthday, Sandra!!!! I hope that you have a WONDERFUL day!!!! Cheers!  Christine

At 1:16pm on July 26, 2013, Christine Hansen said…

Happy Birthday, Sandra!!! I hope that you have a GREAT day!!!! Cheers!  Christine

At 1:55am on July 26, 2012, Christine Hansen said…
Happy Birthday, Sandra!!!!! I hope that you have had a WONDERFUL day!!!!!!! Christine
At 11:47pm on March 12, 2012, Gail Devoid, Forum Administrator said…

We are so glad you have joined the Beaders Showcase. Take a look around the site and you will find several areas of interest. Members here are always interested in pictures of your work. If you don't know how to photograph your jewelry, you will find conversations in the forum (Discussions) on how do set up an inexpensive photo studio.

There's also different groups that you can join to help you with what ever you are currently interested in. For instance, if you're currently interested in bead embroidery, there is a group for that. If you have a specific question on how to do something in bead embroidery, feel free to start a thread in discussions.

If you're interested in learning how to do something new, let's say the Cellini spiral, check out videos because there may be one there to help you learn how to do that. I know for sure there's one on the Cellini spiral because it was the first video uploaded and it's mine.

If you find someone whose work you really like, be bold and ask them to accept you as a friend. I will be sending you an invitation as Gail Devoid to become my friend and you can check that out. Generally, you will find that beaders are a very friendly group.

There's also blog posts here. These are searchable. If you search for Gail Devoid, Mona Hair's entries for the show we co-hosted will show. If you are interested in bead embroidery and search on that term, any blog entry that mentions this will display.

Have fun!

Gail Devoid

At 8:28am on March 8, 2012, Ann said…

Hi Sandra,

Wow, painting beads sounds great. Love to see your painted beads showcased here. Hope you enjoy being here and make new beading friends.

Welcome and thank you for joining.

Take Care




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