About Us

Want to know a little about us? Let’s start with the creative person behind these fabulous jewellery kits—Marilyn Gardiner. Marilyn is an artist who has a passion for creating jewellery using beads and jump rings.

Marilyn is a teacher who enjoys teaching adults how to create jewellery. She teaches various jewellery making skills in workshops and in her jewellery kits. These “no fail” jewellery kits feature clear instructions that are step-by-step and well-illustrated with photos and diagrams.

Marilyn is also a business owner who creates beadwork and chain mail jewellery kits to sell, along with the jump rings, tools, books & supplies that she uses in her work. By the way, the jump rings are all produced by Brad Gardiner (her husband) who has a background as a machinist and maintenance millwright. Brad takes great pride in making jump rings of the very best quality.

And if you want to know more about Marilyn Gardiner, the artist, the teacher or the business person, read her bio below.

And if you want to know still more about us, read the Gardiner Team page.




Who is Marilyn, you ask?

Marilyn GardinerI am obsessed with beads and jewellery creation. This is my new lease on life—I am also a retired teacher, school board computer consultant, and past partner in a graphic design company. Most of my beading and chain mail skills are self-taught using information from books, the internet, and trial and error. I’ve learned so much from my fellow beaders at the Toronto Bead Society, and the Grand River Bead Society, as well as at past Texas Beaders’ Retreats in Temple, TX. I love to travel to take classes from recognized experts (and to visit bead stores of course).

Three pathways have developed.

• First is a love of pattern and design from different eras and cultures and its reflection in my jewelry designs.

• Second is my enjoyment of teaching jewellery classes to adults. (This is not surprising given the many computer classes I used to teach to teachers.)

• Third is the satisfaction of developing jewellery kits that use clear, step-by-step directions and are illustrated with understandable diagrams and photos. This process extended into the publishing of on-line projects at Beading Times and The Bead Bugle. My first book, Modern Chain Mail Jewelry; Chic Projects to Complete Your Look was published by Kalmbach Publishing in 2015. The next one, Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry; Creating with Components, will be available in early September, 2018..


Beadwork Education

William Hodge, Sir Sandford Fleming College, Haliburton campus
Haliburton School of the Arts

Jennifer Campbell, George Brown College, Toronto
Basic Wire Art Jewellery

Don Pierce, at Creative Expressions, Palm Springs CA
Beadloom Weaving

Virginia Blakelock & Carol Perrenoud, University of Minnesota, Duluth MI
Split Rock Arts Program, Beading on a Loom

Karen Lewis KLEW at Beaucoup Congé, Tucson AZ
Polymer Clay class

Bette Kelley, Yellow Springs, OH
Broadcollar classes

Rodrick Owen, at My Father’s Beads, Springfield OH
Kumihimo class

Jay Humphreys, Tucson AZ (developer of metal clay veneer)
Precious Metal Clay classes

David Chatt at the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto
Right-Angle Weave workshop

Michael David Sturlin, in a Arizona Designer Craftsman class held in Tucson AZ
Hand-crochet chain with fine silver

Cynthia Rutledge, held in Toronto ON
The Tibetan Bangle class

Joan Dulla, held in Phoenix AZ
Arizona Designer Craftsman class in wire crochet

Andrea Graham, OCC class held in Waterloo ON
Feltmaking workshop

Wendy Remmers, Brea Beadworks, Brea CA
Keystone Weave class (chain mail)

Judy Walker at Bead & Button, Milwaukee WI
Paper Clip Bead Looming


Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild Guelph – Fall ’02 – Beadwork Series

Wellington County Museum & Archives, Summer Art Workshops July 2003

The Bead School, Toronto 2004

Folk Artist-in-Residence: Beadwork, Joseph Schneider Haus, Kitchener 2007

Texas Beaders Retreat 2008 and more.

Friendship Beading Retreat Quebec – July 2008

Toronto Bead Society – frequent techniques workshops, Spring & Fall Bead Fairs, May, Nov. 2009-2016

BeadFX, Toronto – ongoing, see my class schedule

Bead Junction Toronto – occasional, see my class schedule

Art Bead Circle classes at J.O.G.S. Gem & Mineral Show, Tucson AZ 2011

Jewelry Tools classes at J.O.G.S. Gem & Mineral Show, Tucson AZ 2014-2019

Canadian Bead Oasis Show, July in Halifax, August in Montreal – 2011

Grand River Bead Society Bead Show, Guelph ON October 2011-2018

Creativ Festival, Toronto ON October 2012-2017

Ottawa Glass Bead Artists, Ottawa ON November 2012 onward

To Bead True Blue and the Tucson Bead Show Tucson AZ, Feb., 2012-2018

The Bead & Button Show Milwaukee WI, June, 2012-2018

The Bead Gallery, Buffalo NY, Occasional

Iguana Beads, Cambridge ON, Occasional

Private classes – ongoing