Lopezbeading continues traditional beading techniques

This pair of earrings is an example of the beadwork done by the Lopez family of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. Valley News/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians photo
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Special to Valley News Lexi Lopez started a beadworking business with her mother Kathy and grandmother Sherry in 2015. Her younger sister, Jazmyne, beads as well. Lopezbeading was launched when Lopez, now 21, was in boarding school at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside. She learned how to bead at the age of 15 when she took a beading class as one of her electives. Once she started to bead, she would teach the rest of her family what she learned when she went home on weekends. “I wanted to earn some extra money because I was always breaking my phone and I could use the money I made from beading to fix my phone screen,” Lexi Lopez, who specializes in wrap lanyards, wristlets and zipper pulls, said. “I put on 40 to 50 beads at a time and
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