10 Beading and Jewelry-Making Products We Love for Spring
(Originally published in April/May 2017 Beadwork’s Cool Stuff column.)
Jump into the pages of Cool Stuff and check out the 10 featured beading and jewelry-making products that caught our eye.
1. Inspired by America’s national parks, such as Redwood, Denali, and Shenandoah, the high-relief charms of the Nature Collection by Nunn Design feature plant and animal imagery, organic shapes, and an antiqued finish. They are available in copper, gold, and silver at www.nunndesign.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
2. The new 3×5mm fire-polished donuts from The BeadSmith feature a lovely faceted texture and twenty rich colors and finishes, including red dark travertine and green turquoise dark travertine, shown here. Visit www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
3. Inspired by the colors of vintage California fruit-crate advertisements, the beads of the Pacifica collection by Starman are available in a variety of shapes. With soft, glowing colors, the new 14mm cushion rounds are beautiful in both beadwoven and strung designs. Visit www.czechbeads.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
4. Give your beadwork the look of metal—without the weight—with the new fire-polished micro spacers from the The BeadSmith. These spacers are 2×3mm and come in eight metallic colors and finishes. Use them alongside metallic Silky beads, which are now available in 5mm. Visit www.beadsmith.com or check your favorite bead retailer.
5. Use classic stitches and basic materials to create wearable but elegant beaded jewelry for any occasion with Eve Leder’s Casual Bead Elegance, Stitch by Stitch (Kalmbach). Organized by stitch, this project-focused book will take you from simple to more complex technique applications, making it a great resource for beaders of all levels. Available at your favorite bead or book store.
6. It’s not hard to be charmed by the Dahlia beads from Nirvana Beads. They’re a perfect 14mm in diameter and are available in an array of pretty colors and finishes, such as Picasso, silver, gold, turquoise, and mercury glass. They’re great for stringing but can also be used as a button closure or in bead embroidery. Find them in twenty-six colors at www.nirvanabeads.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
7. Unlike a small tube of mixed beads, the new seed bead palettes from Fusion Beads can be used to create an entire project from start to finish, with beads to spare. A palette includes ten 5 gram bags of size 8º or 11º seed beads in expertly coordinated colors. Find the “Bouquet” palette pictured here, as well as fifty-six others, at www.fusionbeads.com.
8. The bronze kumihimo clasps by Kim Fox Jewelry Design are so striking and unique that they can easily double as a focal. Held together by strong rare-earth magnets, they are exceptionally secure with a pleasing heft. Visit www.phxfox.com.
9. Available as two-sided charms, links, or chains, the new checkerboard cubic zirconia crystals from Halstead offer expansive design possibilities. Find them in amethyst, black, citrine, red, and clear at www.halsteadbead.com.
10. With mixes such as Sapphire Ice, Cleopatra Gold, and Black Tie, the new Swarovski crystal and pearl designer blends are so pretty that you’ll be tempted to leave them in their tubes. Find them in 3mm, 4mm, and 6mm sizes at www.artbeads.com.
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