The New England Bead Society

AnglerFish –

Kristin Kearns & Len Keeler

If you’ve seen the movie Finding Nemo, you know that an anglerfish is a denizen of the deep sea that uses a bioluminescent appendage to lure the neighbors over for dinner.  AnglerFish, the company, makes LED-illuminated wearable art and kits that allow jewelry designers to illuminate their own creations. Kristin and Len dreamed up the idea some years ago while teaching astronomy and physics at a small MN college, and decided to turn the dream into reality after moving to Massachusetts in 2012.

KK at torchOur goal at AnglerFish is to enable designers to easily incorporate lighting technology into their own jewelry. We provide a product that works with no fussing. It doesn’t require new batteries. It doesn’t require software updates. The solar clasps simply require sunlight, and the USB products use a standard micro-USB charging cable. The system uses materials familiar to jewelry artists, including multi-strand coated stringing wire, magnetic barrel clasps and crimp tubes to deliver power from the clasp to an LED mounted on a strand of jewelry wire. Now artisans and hobbyists can introduce LED lighting into their pieces without soldering, without experience in DIY electronics and, most importantly, without compromising on the aesthetics of the finished piece. You can find Starter Kits for sale on our website as well as all the individual DIY components and a selection of bead kits and finished necklaces.

Not every bead looks good with an LED inside. Many natural stones are opaque, while a few are actually too transparent to look interesting. So when Len stumbled onto flameworking in 2012 and realized we could design glass beads to be illuminated, we were both quickly hooked. Many of our necklaces now incorporate our own beads, and both loose gemstone and lampwork beads are also available at our booth at shows including BDI’s annual Bead Affaire.

You can order DIY kits and parts from our website – Our show schedule is posted at the bottom of our homepage while the Gallery, Support and Blog tabs contain frequently asked questions, how-tos and plenty of inspirational eye candy. Like our Facebook page – – to keep up with the latest news.



Check out our new event calendar…and our events! See the Bead Affaire Vendor list and watch as we continue to add bios for the Bead Affaire Vendors and our Members. There are gallery images associated with the bios. Enjoy!

PS Here is a coupon for the Bead Affaire, our annual Bead sale! See you in October of 2018.


Bead Affaire Coupon PDF

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