Meet The Summer Camp Counselors

Are you ready for Summer Camp? Get a one-on-one introduction to all our amazing counselors live on the Jesse James Beads Facebook Page. We will get a chance to learn more about these amazing designers as well as get a peek at all the wonderful projects we will be making at JJB Summer Camp 2022. We will be having lunch with:

Sarah James (Jesse James Beads)
Camp Director!

Sarah James leads the Product Development Team at JJB! She is always dreaming up cool products and ideas to inspire the bead lovers of the world. Sarah loves bringing people together for causes they are passion about. Recently you can find Sarah and supervisor Axel Rose getting ready for Summer Camp and ready to host a very special Wine & Beads event. Ready for Summer Camp fun, and blasting the Hamilton soundtrack out her speakers! #work!


Danielle Wickes (John Bead)
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Danielle Wickes is a Jewelry Designer and Content Marketing Artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Danielle is the Creative Director for John Bead Corporation where she creates patterns, tutorials and inspiration for working with seed beads, bead-weaving, looming, and more. She also loves creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

During Camp, Danielle will be showing us how to make this beautiful Salmon Run bracelet using a kit from John Beads that includes Seed Beads and a glass bear focal. We will be securing this bracelet using a Salmon clasp!

Meredith Roddy (Beadalon)
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Meredith Roddy's favorite memories are from working at summer camp, and she is so excited to return to her "happy place" as a JJB camp counselor!. When she's not sipping on Bug Juice making friendship bracelets and lanyards, she is the Product Marketing Specialist and a Design Team Member for Beadalon.

Meredith will be showing us how to make these beautiful earrings using TOHO seed beads and Preciosa crystals. These sunny earrings are perfect for showing off all the sunshine of Camp. 

Nealay Patel (SilverSilk and More)
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Nealay is the owner, designer and educator of SilverSilk & More. His contributions to the jewelry making world includes authoring many jewelry-making books, contributing articles to various beading magazines, hosting virtual and in-person workshops, and making television appearances on Beads, Baubles & Jewels and also Jewel School on JTV. "The best part about my job is connecting with my favorite people and companies in the bead world."

Grab those extra socks and get ready to rock and roll! This bracelet design features all new SilverSilk pipe chain paired with small glass and heishi beads. Nealay is showing us step by step how to create this beautiful piece and how to get familiar with this new multi-use material.


Tracy Proctor (TierraCast)
July 11 at 1pm EST

Tracy Proctor lives in Northern California where she works for TierraCast. She has a degree in art and a widely varied art and design background, and enjoys the challenge of finding new and beautiful ways to use a wide range of components, materials, and techniques. She also loves coming up with clear, engaging and fun ways to share that knowledge in different forums, including magazine publications, teaching at trade shows and events, and online tutorials.

Tracy will be showing us how to create this campfire favorite! These Concho earrings are made with sleek leather from LeatherCord USA paired with a touch of chain, chip stone, and TierraCast findings.

Jem Hawkes (Jem's Gem Box)
July 13 at 1pm EST

Jem Hawkes is a designer and tutor specializing in wirework and gemstone jewelry.  She is driven by the natural allure of genuine gemstones and the individuality of designs made possible by the huge range of beads and accessories available.
In addition to originating her own brand of unique jewelry designs and techniques, Jem is a jewelry tutor and teaches both via project led in-person workshops and on her YouTube channel. Jem incepted her business, Jem’s Gem Box in 2010 initially to provide charm beads and bracelets, but very quickly wanted to create her own designs. Moving into wirework in 2014 had her headhunted to work in Live Shopping TV as a technique demonstrator from 2015 to 2019.

Jem is showing us how to create 2 different projects this Summer Camp! The first project are these beautiful earrings that we will learn how to wire-wrap using a form. These beads are topped with some glass crystal goodness. Jem's second project is a welcome challenge, we will be learning how to create a tree of life pendant using Beadalon wire and decorated with chip stones. Don't be scared campers, we know you can do it! Let's challenge ourselves to up our wire-wrapping game this camp.


Wendy Whitman (A Bead On A Wire Jewelry)

Hello, I’m Wendy Whitman owner of  A Bead On A Wire Jewelry. I have been beading for about 12 years.  Along with bead stringing and a little bead weaving, I like to use resin and polymer clay mediums. I have a Youtube channel where I teach tutorials and show subscription boxes and product reviews and a website where I sell much of my jewelry and other interesting things. I live in Florida with my husband Chris and our cat, Sebastian, and dog, Sadie – who makes appearances on many of my videos.  Much of my inspiration comes from nature and love to spend time on the beach picking up shells to use in my jewelry. 

We're layering materials in Wendy's multi-strand necklace tutorial. This necklace features stand out chain, Sari Silk, and beads from the Happy Camper Boho Bead Strand (check out that custom camper bead!)


Brittany Chavers (Turquoise.Street)

I am a bead fanatic, and I've been making jewelry for over 25 years. My passion is in teaching others, discovering new techniques, and hoarding beads! I’m the creator of Turquoise.Street on YouTube and the founder of Brittany’s Beads on Facebook.
I’m so excited to be a camp counselor for JJB’s 2021 Summer Camp! I’ll be the counselor teaching you how to make knots, but instead of using them in the wilderness, we’ll be using them with hemp to create fun, versatile jewelry!


Rita Pannulla (ImpressArt)

Rita Pannulla is a designer and creator from ImpressArt! She will be showing us how to stamp our own constellation necklaces during summer camp. TBA Artist Statement.

Time to get stamping! Rita is showing us how to create a beautiful constellation necklace using the ImpressArt kit in the JJB Summer Camp Bead Kit. This kit includes everything you need to make the pendant above: blanks, a trusty hammer, sticker templates, and more! Rita will be showing us step by step how to create our own metal stamped necklace.

sydnee holt (Scupley)

syndee holt came to polymer clay over 30 years ago as a means to maintain her sanity since she was a single working mom of two little boys and a whole tribe of “bonus” kids. Polymer clay quickly added several independent contract designer jobs to her workload as well as becoming a book/magazine author and being called the "Lucy of daytime craft television".   Although she has retired from the “real job”, she is now the Sculpey Brand Ambassador, writing and traveling all over the world to talk about the product she loves.  Syndee is equally as well known for her gorgeous photography.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooks Institute of Photography. She combines her 26 years of polymer clay experience with her 40 years of professional photography experience to show us some amazing science and art.

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own boho beads? Now's your chance! syndee will be showing us how to create various custom beads using sculpy clay, a touch of gold leaf, and a lot of imagination!



We can't wait to see you at Summer Camp! Sign up now to save your spot, space is limited.

All Heart,

Your Friends At Jesse James Beads


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