Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
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Beadwork & Metal - Meet in the Middle  ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeBead & Button has created an online space for ALL students from my Beadwork and Metal: Meet in the Middle workshops to post photos of their finished boxes.

See the beautiful work that is up so far! Here's a link!

Here's how to submit your finished Beadwork and Metal: Meet in the Middle box photo:

  • Take a photo with a plain white background. (You can send more than one photo but only one photo will be chosen for the gallery.)
  • Email your original, unedited photo to and put Beaded Boxes in the Subject line.
  • Bead & Button will crop the photo and do any color adjusting.
  • Bead & Button will email a contract for you to sign before your image can go on the website. The contract gives Bead&Button permission to post an image of your work, your name, and any contact information you would like put on the website.
  • If you have any questions, you can send an email to to

Cynthia Rutledge

A Cut Above ©2019 by Cynthia RutledgeA Cut Above
©2019 by Cynthia Rutledge

A Cut Above, was inspired by two different aspects of the work of Antoni Gaudí. The first, being the architectural flowing shapes, arches and spires of his work. The second, was to capture the essence of his use of color and light. Each tassel consists of three shaped components, laced together to form "windows" of color and structure.

Designed exclusively for Beadventures Barcelona, Spain 2019.

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Gabrielle's Earrings ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeGabrielle's Earrings
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Gabrielle's Earrings is a blend of styles using inspiration from the long pearl necklaces and mixed chains that were a standard iconic style of Coco's personal style, my design flows from this inspiration right into the art deco period.

A bezeled cushion-cut CZ and a puffy square-shaped pearl drop can be linked together for earrings or a small pendant. The shapes can be used independently from each other for smaller earrings or multiples linked together for a bracelet.

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Jewels of a Maharani ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeJewels of a Maharani
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Indian royals are known to own some of the worlds most expensive gemstones and jewelry.

Jewels of a Maharani was inspired by the style of jewelry known as Kundan. The word, Kundan, means "pure gold". In the case of this design, an oval CZ is bezeled and mounted on top of a shaped tubular structure. Two netted pearl ropes, evoking the style of Kundan, pass through the main terminal focal piece and end in a sliding clasp.

This piece designed exclusively for the The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat 2019

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The Secret Lies Within ©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge The Secret Lies Within
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

The Secret Lies Within is a locket that opens to reveal images of your dear ones. A personal piece, the locket can be presented on a cuff bracelet (in this case) or on a necklace. Photographs are protected with a laminating film then supported and bezeled in peyote stitch. The two halves are connected, embellished beautifully, and in this case attached to a beaded cuff.

This design is all about the locket as it can be used in quite a few ways. Whether you place it on a cuff bracelet, a long chain or a close fitting necklace, the design is truly timeless!

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Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgePicture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

This workshop focuses on exploring techniques to create a custom-made, one of a kind, photograph frame. We begin with creating our own cabochons using photographs and epoxy. While the cabochons are curing, we move on to getting the structural materials ready to construct a frame, which can be made to stand or hang. Embellishing techniques are wide open, for a personal approach. This workshop is full of all the techniques needed to create a beautiful, heirloom quality work of art.

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Winter is Coming... ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeWinter is Coming...
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

A shaped, peyote stitch, torque-style cuff uses multiple armatures to hold the shape and create a domed curve to the cuff. The cuff ends with bezel-set pearl cabochons and a bit of shaping detail. The top of the cuff has a bezel-set CZ and two bezel set pearl cabochons, ending with peyote stitched oak leaves on each side of the pearl cabochons. This piece designed exclusively for Club Bead in February 2019.

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Beadwork & Metal - Meet in the Middle  ©2017 by Cynthia RutledgeBeadwork & Metal: Meet in the Middle
©2017 by Cynthia Rutledge

In this workshop we will explore techniques that lend themselves to a variety of box shapes. Using seed beads and Delica beads, fine patina copper sheet, CZ's and pearls, tiny cup-chain, specialty findings along with embellishing and finishing materials, students will create their own souvenir box. Once the box body is underway, we will work on options for embellishing. This portion of the workshop will be really exciting, as there will be lots of samples to look at and plenty of materials to work with to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir box.

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New & Exciting Kits!

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They all contain our new style instructions.

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Timeless Beadwork Design by Cynthia RutledgeTimeless Beadwork Designs
A Book by Cynthia Rutledge

My book, Timeless Beadwork Designs, celebrates my 20th year in this business and is a "thank you" to all of you, my friends, students and customers.

Timeless Beadwork Designs has 15 brand new projects. My inspirations came from art, history and design from the 1400's to the 1900's. There are 2-3 different colorways for each project resulting in 31 pieces of beadwork to inspire you to bead: five necklaces, four bracelets, three pairs of earrings, two rings and a brooch.

Order your autographed copy here!

NOTE: Errata Sheet for Timeless Beadwork Designs: Download Here


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