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Marcia Balonis

Marcia has worked with beads since her hippie years, a very

long time ago. She has taught a variety of bead pieces at national, regional, and local levels for over 20 years while traveling for work as a financial manager. After retirement from the financial world in 2008, Marcia says she changed from being a “bean” counter to a “bead” counter.

Her publications include numerous articles in many bead and mixed media

publications including Bead and Button, Beadwork, Jewelry Crafts, Perlen Posie, Bead Jewellery Magazine (UK), Expressions, and Belle Armoire.


Marcia taught at various national conventions including Art Continuum, Celebrate Art, Bead Fest, and at The Bead and Button Show every year from 2005-2019. Her book, Lush and Layered Beadweaving was published in 2018. She loves to share her passion for beadwork with her students.

Designing with beads and creating patterns has led to opening an Etsy shop where she primarily sells patterns and kits. Her talent for bead pattern construction led to several years as a Starman Trendsetter.


Now living in Florida, she enjoys teaching jewelry at local bead stores, at retreats, and regional conventions.

Marcia's Upcoming Events

  • Marcia Balonis - Split Personality
    RSVP Closed
    Jun 04, 2021, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
    $70 + mandatory kit $55
    Why Split Personality? A beautiful bracelet that combines both bead embroidery and bead weaving. 5/20 - Last day to register for international students. Students in the USA can register through 5/25