59 years old
Apache Junction

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My Bio

I'm Deb Weller, former owner of AZ Bead Depot. We retired in December 2012 and closed the store after 10+ years in business.

I've been beading for years, starting with a "genuine Indian beading kit" I got with cereal box tops. When I was a teen, heishi, pukka shell and liquid silver beads were the rage. My brother and sisters and I made a ton of those kinds of necklaces. I probably still have one or two of them in a box somewhere.



  • Aug 27, 2009
  • CLASSES!!!

     This fall and winter, we're going to be having LOTS of classes! With the new store, there is plenty of room to have classes without being in the way of shoppers.

    I don't have dates yet - we're still getting the instructors' schedules coordinated. BUT - the list of classes includes MANY different wire wrap classes, silversmithing classes taught by a Navajo craftsman, several types of beadweaving including peyote stitch and square stitch, kumihimo, art clay silver taught by one of the best teachers in the area and more!