Billie Beads is Billie Tannen and Bob Nielsen.  In a cookie-cutter, assembly-line world of mass-production, Billie Beads is a partnership of two artists who make one-of-a-kind works, one at a time, by hand.

Billie studied drawing and sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, while Bob studied drawing and painting at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  They met in New York City in the early 1980's, and were married in their backyard in Brooklyn on July 4th, 1991.
In 1987, Billie and Bob began creating intricate, hand-sculpted polymer clay beads and objects covered with an evolving array of colors and patterns.  Without knowing it at the time, they were using the ancient methods of caneworking and millefiore, techniques used in the creation of Egyptian fused mosaic glass and Venetian glass beadwork.  The properties of polymer clay lend themselves to mesmerizing designs of rich and subtle color and astonishing detail.


Billie Beads has evolved from simple bead pendants, pins, bracelets and necklaces to an expanding collection of jewelry, paperweights, piggy banks, picture frames, clocks, masks, tables and more.

These works have been featured in many publications, including Vogue, Elle, Elle Decor, Brides, New York, Accessories, Accent, Essence, Paper, Gourmet,  Mademoiselle, the New York Times and the New York Post.










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