Wearable bead art by Glenda Mac Naughton

About my bead art


I use traditional and contemporary needle and thread techniques to weave tiny glass beads (seed beads) into beaded 'fabric' and shapes which I then make into jewelry and other items. I have a growing list of awards for my beadweaving.

Handmade 'lampwork' glass - beads, cabochons & sculptures

I create glass objects by using a gas fueled torch to melt glass rods and wind the molten glass onto steel rods to form beads. The beads and other glass objects are shaped with simple tools and hand movements.They are then kiln annealed (cooled) for durability.

Beading patterns and classes

I design beadart patterns and offer classes for beginning to advanced beaders who want to create their own beadart. 

Link here for more information.

About me and my ethics

I am a self-taught bead artist who is striving to bead with social responsibility in mind.  In that spirit I use shape, pattern and colour to create bead art designs that delight in difference and keep diversity alive in what we look at, what we wear, what we know and who we can be.

I publish about beadwork and beyond in beading magazines and on my blog. I sell my bead art online, at my studio and at selected outlets (e.g. The Vitality Cafe, 229 Roslyn Road, Highton, Geelong, Victoria, Australia).

My home on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria (Australia) is on the traditional lands of the Wathaurong peoples. I respectfully acknowledge that the Aboriginal people of Australia are our first nation peoples and the traditional owners and custodians that watch over the lands and waters in which I create and play.


Like us, beads come in all colours shapes and sizes. When beads are combined with traditional and contemporary beading stitches from diverse cultures the infinite diversity of possibilities they offer for creating beautiful and unique handcrafted, one-of-a-kind objects in our world has captivated me.

I am captivated by creating beadwork that wows with difference, plays with pattern, calls with colour, sings a story or sparkles with bling. I am captivated by the lines of flight that playing with beads allows me and by the deep connections to beaders past and present, near and far that it offers. My patterns and tutorials are my way of keeping those connections alive and growing new ones.

Women in diverse cultures have long used shape, pattern and colour in beadwork as a language to talk about things of significance to them and to their culture. Like them I  design and make wearable beadart and patterns that can talk about things of significance to me - social justice, respect for diversity and creating a more eco-friendly world.

A few words about the name Dax :
"Dax was a much loved dog who died just as I was rethinking what I wanted to do in my life and I chose to give the creative world of beading more prominence in it. His name is borrowed from a fictional character in Star Trek who lives by merging with its host. When merged it has access to the memories of previous hosts as well as their accumulated skills and work experience. Merged in my bead and pattern designs are not only my accumulated skills and experience as a teacher, writer, designer and social activist but the skills and experience of the beaders of the world who in their generosity have taught others, who have taught me."