Monday, December 13, 2010

Stocking filler freebies


A little gift to inspire the crafter within.
Presented in a gift box; containing 15 omo coloured Paper Beads, Glass Spacer Beads, knottable Tiger tail, (no need for tools,etc), a silver plated heart shaped toggle clasp.
Enjoy the fun of making your own jewellery with this perfect jewellery kit.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Mzuirbeading with Glasgow students

Mzuribeads Design Workshop
 by Kirstie MacLean

On the 1st of December I was invited to the Metropolitan College in Glasgow, to deliver a talk about Mzuribeads and our products to mark the beginning of the non precious segment of the Jewellery department course work. As the Metropolitan is a very hands on practical college, the course tutors/jewelers, Euan McWhirter and Pilar Agueci had welcomed my idea to turn the talk into a workshop. 

The workshop was held from 9.30 - 12pm and started out with a quick intro round and some wake up/ guess materials games.  I then presented a slideshow and talk on Mzuribeads, our ethical bead company and introduced our full range of eco friendly, fair traded beads all handmade by the village producers I work with in Uganda. 

Everyone then had their chance to roll their own recycled paper beads, and create some funky and abstract group sculptures with the full range of barkcloth, banana leaf, cow horn and recycled glass beads I brought along.  I do feel the most inspiring part was for the group to see the beads used on my contemporary collection of jewellery, named 'My Little Mudhut', sold locally at Nancy Smillies, Glasgow.

 Above is pictured myself with one of my pieces from the

Above is pictured the Glasgow jewellery design students trying it on.
Above course tutor Pilar Agueci trying on the white recycled paper bead dress designed by Ugandan artist and designer, Sanaa Gateja.

I enjoyed myself and loved communicating to fellow creatives, and would simply love to be asked to talk again and given the chance to deliver a workshop again. 
I can be contacted at

I would like to thank the Metropolitan college, the tutors for inviting me and students for their participitation. 

Special thanks to Sarah Jane Judge, science communicator and founder of Cafe Sci for her energy filled intro games, filming the workshop and ongoing support.
Above is pictured a piece designed by Jeweler design tutor at the Metropolitan college,  Euan Mcwhirter.  His collection is now available to purchase at Che Camilles, Glasgow, where you will also find our Mzuribead, recycled paper beads in a collection designed by Johari, Kenya.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

25% OFF TILL THE 16th

Get 25% off all our Christmas beads, gift sets, jewellery and beading kits 
until the 16th of December.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Jewellery for sale at Mzuribeads

Mzuribeads offer you a range of elegant, vibrant and individual pieces 
to add that extra special touch to your festive dresses or tops.
All items come gift wrapped in funky recycled magazine bag.
Make like an African queen this Xmas ...
and GO WILD with the coolest beads around.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mzuribeads a documentary for change

Film Documentary Fundraiser

My name is Kirstie Maclean, I am a 26 year ol
d female raised in Glasgow. In 2006 I founded Mzuribeads, a fair trading business working with jewellery and bead makers in the urban villages of Uganda. The business has grown from strength to strength and we now stock many stores in the UK and worldwide. In January 2011, I intend to produce a documentary with a Glaswegian producer named Martin Clark. The main purpose of this short film will be to promote awareness of our work, the importance of fair trade, and to attract further interest and funds for a larger sustainable arts platform we have planned. Please find some further details of the proposed, and email should you like further info and the storyline for the film documentary.

Who is filming? KIRSTIE MACLEAN
Myself...I am 26 year old female, raised in the West end of Glasgow. Educated at Kelvinside Academy, and prematurely left higher a degree in Community Education to invest into Mzuribeads. The business now supports itself. Nevertheless, although my expenses are covered and I earn commission from wholesale orders, I rely on casual work to support myself. My dream is to see the Mzuribeads cooperatives taking full control of their businesses. Showing that innovate ideas and hard work can grown a respect for local materials and talents. Setting the pace for self sufficient programs that result in long term development for the communities involved. After Mzuribeads I have plans to establish a larger supporting funding umbrella for similar creative and educational grassroots projects. MARTIN CLARK
My friend, Laura Frame introduced me to Martin after he gave a on his work to her class at The Glasgow school of Art. At this time Martin was completing his first film project abroad, and showed a keen interest in Mzuribeads, and a filming in rural Uganda. After getting to know Martin and viewing his work, I believe his style to be suitable to interview style documentary proposed and look forward to

Why a film documentary?


Video footage will effectively illustrate the skillful making of the colorful recycled paper beads and the working/living conditi
ons of the producers in Uganda. The interview style will show an honest and personal account of the running of a grassroots project.

I have contacts with colleges and schools around the UK and beyond that will use the film to promote the use of sustainable materials and the importance of fair trade. The video will be distributed to these contacts, and more educational bodies will be contacted. I have been invited to talk at schools and colleges, and will be doing my first workshop/talk about the business in the jewelry department of the Metropolitan college early December. On completion of the documentary I personally aim to deliver and talk alongside showings at schools and colleges.


In February a 2011 a ‘Beyond Bead’ design competition will go out to art schools and colleges. The design brief, will encourage artists to submit an idea for an art piece to be incorporating the beads. Proposals we be accepted from any discipline, fashion, architecture, sculpture, etc. The winners will showcase their work alongside the first screening of the film documentary at Che Camilles in August 2011. We will push for features in the local publications that have previously taken an interest in the Mzuribeads and myself, and invite larger press attention.

What do we need?

We require £5000 for the film to be produced and directed by Kirstie MacLean, Martin Clark and a sound technician.
Travel - flights and hire car - £2,000 Expenses - film reels, insurance, accommodation, safety, food - £1,000 Wages for Ugandans assistants - £1,000 Basic wage to cover editing time - £ 1,000

When do we need it?
The film is scheduled to be filmed on the 12th January, 2011 - 22nd January, 2011. Editing will take 3-4 months, and ready for first screening August 2011.

Thank you kindly for taking the time to read our proposed film doc, we now ask for you to kindly make a donation via Paypal, or email info@mzuriwomen for details on forwarding payment in any other method.

And if you would like the chance to win a Christmas gift hamper of candles, jewellery and chocolates, please forward the number of beads you believe were used to make THIS BEADED DRESS.
The nearest estimated amount WINS
Send donation

& name with number of beads

Competition opened to midnight 16th December.


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

christmas gifts & bead specials

Check out our Crimbo Specials

Christmas bead combo's

- Kits you out to make the perfect pieces for your festive parties.

- The perfect compliment for all your festive gifts this Christmas.

Bring smiles and fun times with these Ugandan goodies this Christmas.

Mzuribeads for one and all, these packs will have you well and truly prepared Christmas.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Christmas Gifts and Beads for Wholesale

Fair Trade Wholesale Christmas Stock

Got a store and looking for some new and exciting ethical Christmas stock?
We offer wholesale recycled beads, make your own bracelet and necklace kits, jewellery and recycled paper gift cards.

All products ethically traded, handmade and dispatched from our UK office.

To have the latest fair trade fashionable gifts and beads in your shop, contact us at today for catalogs and pricing.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010



How do I become an affiliate?

If you have a blog or website,
you can become an affiliate by linking to ours.
Affiliates must be manually approved by Kirstie MacLean

Why should I become an affiliate?

...Earn 10% commission
on each sale directly referred from your blog or site.

Want more info?
Visit Vacancies
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No thanks
...but Ill right a post for FREE BEADS!

Each week we send out Free beads
to bloggers we feel will use our beads
and/or write a feature on us.

If you have a blog and want to write a feature
or review on our beads.
Get in touch with a link to your blog,
and we’ll send you out a free bag of beads

Last month we contacted an International prize winning jeweler named Zoya Gutina of Alexandria, VA, United States. We sent her beads for her to design a necklace to feature on her blog and review the beads at:

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Frightful findings

AAHHH ....Mzuribeads

have just listed new beads.


Shop Now for

Scary slims & eye popping rounds!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

new ethical beads listed

Boogie Down Bead Street

More super recycled paper bead colours listed at Mzuribeads.

For the most contemporary and unique look for your jewelry making box.

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Friday, September 24, 2010


HMM.. A LONG SEPTEMBER WEEKEND TO ENJOY BEADING! more time needs more beads!

offer ends midnight Monday
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Bead Competion - And MANY MORE TO this beadin space

Over the last few weeks we collaborated with a brilliant and very idea filled, interactive website called Craft Gossip. A competition was published, and 5 winners who left there comment on which bead they love the most won Make Your Own Bracelet Kits!

So Well done Winners! And those who weren't lucky this time.. from now up till Christmas we'll have beading buckets of offers, competitions and fun beady things going on at Mzuribeads.
...just watch this beading space!

Bellow we've copied all the comments from the competition.. Thank you for sharing your love for Mzuribeads (:

  1. Katie on October 10, 2010 4:29 pm

    I’m torn between banana leaf ovals and blue glass.

  2. Karen K on October 10, 2010 4:46 pm

    I love the Berry beads. They are so vibrantly colorful, happy and fun.

  3. Bonnie on October 10, 2010 4:50 pm

    My favorite is the green/yellow More Omo bead.

  4. Ellen Lai on October 10, 2010 4:54 pm

    What colourful mixes of unique beads! I love the Simba / Dodo – PSYCHEDELIC SLIMS.

  5. Cathe' on October 10, 2010 4:57 pm

    I love the boogy down bead street bead. I love the black and read the most of all.

  6. edie on October 10, 2010 5:07 pm

    harking back to my mis-spent youth, it’s the psychedelic slims!

    purpleone at gmail dot com

  7. Kalynda on October 10, 2010 5:33 pm

    My fave are the Jumbo <> in green – adore them!

  8. Terase on October 10, 2010 6:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! Hard to choose just one!! If I HAVE to it has to be the PSYCHEDELIC SLIMS. I can see these with so many other colors and put to use in many projects.

    The site is great and is now bookmarked for future use!!

    Thank you so much for this project.

  9. Jennifer on October 10, 2010 8:24 pm

    Oh gosh, I’m between the berry bead and the simba… but I think the simba. And I definitely want the multicolor option. SO cool! Thanks!

  10. Hilary on October 10, 2010 8:28 pm

    Oh wow, these are amazingly beautiful!

    Love them all but The Spaceships Have Landed have the best name for an awesome bead.

  11. Denny-dear on October 10, 2010 8:44 pm

    If I had to choose the Berry bead, but I think they all are quite unique =^.^=

  12. Shaiha on October 10, 2010 9:21 pm

    I really love their perfection beads.

  13. Nancy C. on October 10, 2010 9:34 pm

    Love the banana leaf beads. They remind me of a tropical vacation.

  14. Katie on October 11, 2010 4:19 am
  15. Amy on October 11, 2010 6:52 am

    I love the texture and lines of the barkcloth beads. So unique and eye appealing!

  16. Kelly Massman on October 11, 2010 7:30 am

    they are so awesome
    thanks for a chance to win
    kmassman gmail

  17. Jeanne Clarke on October 11, 2010 8:03 am

    The Berry Beads are my favourites- vibrant and lively.

  18. Sophie Hudson on October 11, 2010 8:28 am

    It’s got to be the jumbo recycled paper beads…any colour!

  19. Susan Spiers on October 11, 2010 8:34 am

    Such wonderful colors! Luv the OMO 1.5cm Red Berry Bead!

  20. Jen H on October 11, 2010 9:09 am

    I love the berry bead madness and boogy down bead street :) They would look great in a funky bracelet! Thanks for the chance :D
    bluedesertrose at hotmail dot com

  21. R Chan on October 11, 2010 9:25 am
  22. Knittaroo on October 11, 2010 10:29 am

    I’ve seen a necklace made of these before, they’re absolutely gorgeous! Didn’t know you could get them online.
    My favourites are probably the cute little red Dodo 1.5cm beads, but the barkcloth ones are really cool too.

  23. Barbara on October 11, 2010 11:10 am

    I’ll pick barkcloth. I like those little stripes

  24. DeeAnn S on October 11, 2010 12:06 pm

    I like the Recycled Glass Beige Glass beads.

  25. Ellie on October 11, 2010 1:07 pm

    They are all so pretty- I like the jumbo Infinity and Beyond (makes me smile- so Buzz LightYear). Wonderful work, Mzuribeads!

  26. Jane T in NW Louisiana on October 11, 2010 1:31 pm

    My favorite beads are the King Eco Barkcloth ones.


    jane1 at cp-tel dot net

  27. Caitlin on October 11, 2010 2:22 pm

    I like all of the beads, but I like variety so I really like the Liro mix size beads.


  28. Emely on October 11, 2010 3:21 pm

    Love the beads and all the colors!!

  29. Shari J. on October 11, 2010 8:43 pm

    I have fallen in love with the banana leaf collection. However, the cow’s horn and the mixed glass beads are hard to resist for the purposes that I use beads. Thanks for bringing this site to my attention. What a nice giveaway opportunity.

  30. MelodyJ on October 11, 2010 8:47 pm

    I like the blue glass beads


  31. nelly on October 11, 2010 8:48 pm

    the blue glass beads!

  32. nelly on October 11, 2010 8:52 pm

    I loveeee the Blue Glass Beads!

  33. Rachel S. on October 11, 2010 10:30 pm

    The green “The Space Ships Have Landed”, definitely!

  34. Qiwen on October 11, 2010 11:36 pm

    I love the cow horn ovals!

  35. Christine on October 12, 2010 10:04 am

    The LIRO mix size….all those colors and shapes!

  36. Violetta on October 12, 2010 12:21 pm

    My fave beads are the Jumbo “the space ships have landed” ones.
    But each bead is beautiful!

  37. Yu Ming on October 12, 2010 6:51 pm

    I like the Special Cow Horn Beads

  38. Heng on October 12, 2010 7:38 pm

    the Banana Leaf Ovals are great!

  39. Mrs Koon on October 12, 2010 7:58 pm

    Recycled Glass Eco Mix

  40. Kohn YH on October 12, 2010 8:19 pm

    I kinda like the Dodo – Cute & Colourful :)

  41. Theresa Hooi on October 12, 2010 8:50 pm

    My favourite is the Jumbo Bead Funk!

  42. Mona on October 12, 2010 8:53 pm

    Oh, I love the Barkcloth Beads – King Eco Beads!

  43. Sunni on October 12, 2010 9:19 pm

    I really like the bar cloth beads. So neat!

  44. Tabitha on October 13, 2010 8:17 am

    I like the blue recycled glass beads the best. Thanks!

  45. BrendaLea on October 13, 2010 9:31 am

    I really like the Simba / Dodo – PSYCHEDELIC SLIMS. Love the color and the shape.

  46. Judith on October 13, 2010 9:50 am

    The Barkcloth Beads- KING ECO BEADS- are my favorite.

  47. RD on October 13, 2010 1:01 pm

    Berry bead

  48. Debra on October 13, 2010 9:14 pm

    I love them all and I love the whole reason they are being made! The Psychedelic Slims seem to be my first choice it’s very hard because they are all so pretty ! Thanks for the chance to win !!

  49. Jenean on October 13, 2010 11:12 pm

    As if I could choose one, so I choose the Liro Mix. I want them all!

  50. Helga on October 15, 2010 6:17 am

    Love the banana leaf beads.

  51. kim beldowski on October 15, 2010 6:36 pm

    liro or blue glass…all are awesome…thanks for the chance to win

Heidi on August 26, 2010 10:15 pm

I love the pure purple jumbo “The Spaceships Have Landed” paper beads, but there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from. The barkcloth beads are also beautiful.

Irene L on August 27, 2010 6:03 am

I love all the bark cloth beads. The texture and the colors are so dramatic.

Corvus on August 27, 2010 6:31 am

The jumbo To Infinity and Beyond are awesome.

Julia on August 27, 2010 7:09 am

I like the Barkcloth Beads. They are so unusual and tactile. The chunky size is an eyestopper for sure! It is also neat that they are a product which is made by another group and shared Through the Mazumi site- I especially like that they are networking in their enterprises!

skinglow muse on August 27, 2010 3:12 pm

I was amazed to find such an wonderful site while I was researching making jewelry from recycled materials. These beads are so colorful and amazing…they make you happy just seeing them. Beautiful! Thank you.

ChristinaRk on August 27, 2010 4:45 pm

Hands down, my favosite is the Jumbo green beads. However, due to it being recyled, I love the recycled beads too.

They are soo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer on August 29, 2010 8:25 am

Gorgeous beads! I can’t choose just one! My faves are “The Spaceships Have Landed” and the “To Infinity and Beyond.”

We hear you .. the JUMBO's are great!

Coty on August 29, 2010 12:48 pm

I love the red berry beads! So natural!

Suzanne on August 29, 2010 7:15 pm

So many colors of the variety of beads but I am drawn to the Barkcloth beads. They look so organic and interesting.

Mildred T on August 29, 2010 7:20 pm

I like the blue/white TO INFINITY & BEYOND beads.

Sally Lowe on August 30, 2010 9:11 am

Definitely Omo in turquoise! I made a necklace with an earlier version of these beads and it’s been much admired. These beads are so much lighter and more comfortable to wear than glass or ceramic.

Jewelry Making Supplies on August 30, 2010 12:09 pm

I found your site on this morning and really liked it. I bookmarked your blog and will definitely be back soon to read your new posts!

Kat on August 30, 2010 1:30 pm

Love all the beads on the Mzuribeads website, have at least one of each of everything. Especially like using the Omo (the berry bead) in my jewellery designs as the shape works so well with all my other beads.

Jewelry Making Supplies on September 1, 2010 9:46 am

I loved the article! These types of resources are extremely valuable to anyone interested in making jewelry. I can’t wait to read some more of your articles!

Lynn on September 2, 2010 3:42 am

I am a Mzuribead customer and have to say ALL the beads are fabulous. I really like the jumbo recycled paper beads. I have them in black and they are awesome! But, I love the bead mixes of recycled beads – so much inspiration in one bag. OH, and the banana leaf beads are little pieces of glory! sigh. My favorite? Tough call. I guess I’ll stick with the jumbo! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Jenny Jones on September 2, 2010 12:29 pm

My favorite beads are the Jumbo Spaceships Have landed. They are amazing.

Letha Lynea on September 4, 2010 8:32 am

If I have to choose just one, I favor the Barkcloth beads. I love the color. By the way, the Paper Bead Dress is incredible!

Thank you for appreciating.. The dress is handmade from recycled paper beads and created by the Ugandan Bead King, Sanaa Gateja. He is the creator of the barkcloth and banana leaf beads.. and soo much more to come....

Ken McKee on September 4, 2010 6:17 pm

Nice beads. Hope I win some. Comments ended.

Ken McKee on September 4, 2010 6:17 pm

Seriously, I make paper beads as a hobby. Or should I say addiction.

Renee Antaya on September 6, 2010 1:00 pm

These beads are incredible! They are a good representation of what beauty can come from, like the moth into a butterfly. I would use these as a sign that all is beautiful.

joelle on September 6, 2010 1:32 pm

these beads are way more than just beads they are fair trade for a fairer world and beautiful jewelry and i drool over all the beads but my favorite are jumbo’s in all the fab colours xx

Doris D. on September 6, 2010 9:59 pm

I absolutely love fair trade beads!! I am teaching a cultural beading class at a school in NYC this fall (begins in a week), and will include a class on fair trade beading in Africa. The children range from 5-8th grade, and I am sure they would absolutely love to work with such beautiful, ethical beads.

IndiviJewels on September 7, 2010 3:14 am

Such a worthwhile project and I love all the different colours mixed in together.

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