Our People

Our Staff

Taylor Sayltcheva - Manager & Crissy Dixon - Store Owner

Pictured below enjoying the sights and sounds of a gem and mineral show.  Taylor, wearing a hand crafted Boulder Turquoise pendant and Crissy wearing a druzy crystal hand polished and silver crafted by Reza of JJGEMS

Crissy purchased Iguana Beads from the previous owners because she saw the business encompassing all the best of her favourite things and passions.  Her background is in fine jewellery and gemstones and she even once had her own handmade jewellery line.  

Our Teachers

Pearl Blay -Teacher  www.beadinggem.com

You could say Pearl was born to be a jewelry designer!  She is best known as the author of a long standing popular jewelry blog, The Beading Gem, where she teaches and inspires others in the art of making beautiful and unique handmade jewelry. This seasoned instructor is passionate about many techniques including all kinds of wire and metal work, resin and resin clay and mixed media. 


Debbie Benninger -Teacher-www.idjewelryanddesign.com  

I.D. Jewelry & Design “Always be ‘InDividual By Design’”

Debbie Benninger was born and raised in London, ON and currently resides in Alliston, ON.  She has always been a creative person dabbling in everything from scrapbooking, furniture restoration, knitting and even ran a dollhouse miniature business!  When she discovered jewellery making though, it stopped her dead in her tracks and as she says it: “I was like a woman possessed”.  She LOVED it.  In 2013 she started her business and wire wrapping techniques came easy to her so she started mashing them all together to create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind designer collection that has caught the attention of metal competitions with such beading companies like Fire Mountain Gems, where her designs are used in their magazine ads seen all over North America.  In 2016, she was scouted by RAW Toronto and has been featured at their exclusive shows.  She has also written 2 softcover books:  “My Little Black Book of Tutorials” 1 & 2. 

 Iguana Beads is proud to be one of three exclusive stores in all of Ontario who will carry her brand new kits to be introduced in 2017.  And we are excited to announce Debbie will be travelling all the way from Alliston, ON to teach classes on her methods.  Come learn from her before she gets famous!

 Caroline Andrews - Teacher

Owner & Designer SunLine Metalz, Co-Founder of the West Toronto Beading Guild, Member of TBS, GRBS, and a Wire and Metal Aficionado.

As an artist she experimented with many forms of art and design, but it wasn’t until she started designing with wire and metal that she became totally captivated! She looks forward to designing “outside of the box” at every opportunity. Caroline is constantly researching sources, products, and materials that are new and eco-friendly, reusable, or recycled, and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others to reduce the industries carbon footprint.

Jan Williams-Teacher

Designer Partner, SunLine Metalz, Co-Founder of the West Toronto Beading Guild, Member of GRBS, and a Paper Arts, Wire, and jewellery design aficionado.

As an artist she has worked for a number of U.S. arts product manufacturers as a hired designer and demonstrator, and also worked as a teacher at the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) many times.  Jan enjoys incorporating interesting art mediums from a number of genres to her art, and finds that the crossover of these tools and products allows her to explore new ideas and create new techniques in jewelry design.