Cool Stuff: Jewelry and Beading Supplies from Beadwork
Each issue of Beadwork magazine features the latest beading and jewelry-making supplies we can find. From seed beads to clasps to tools—we cover it all. In the August/September 2019 issue we rounded up new kits, new components perfect for adding to your next jewelry-making project, findings sized just right for the latest Swarovski innovations, and more!
Cool Stuff Jewelry and Beading Supplies
1. This treasure trove of goodies is a taste of what you can get from the Dollar Bead Club in their subscription Boxes or Bags. Each month, your Dollar Bead Box will contain 12 to 15 carefully selected beading supplies, with a guaranteed minimum retail value of $60. The Dollar Bead Bag has eight strands of fire-polished glass beads for just a dollar each. Sign up for three or six months and get free shipping. Visit www.dollarbeadbox.com to get yours.
2. These original jewelry kits from Caravan Beads are the perfect gift for a budding beader. Take the guesswork out of selecting beading supplies and allow you to just get to beading! Generous helpings of beads, findings, thread, and needles mean you can create without worrying about running out of materials. Bracelet, earring, and necklace kits are available at www.caravanbeads.com.
3. The BeadSmith’s Whammer is five tools in one. It’s a wire-jewelry hammer that has one permanent convex steel head and four removable heads: a flat nylon head, a flat brass bead, a pick head for hatching texture, and a dapping head for dimpled texture. Use it on wire and metal sheet to create your one-of-a-kind jewelry. Get it at www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
4. This summer, these acetate components from Goody Beads have been trending everywhere. It’s no wonder they’re so popular, as there are over 60 fabulous colors and styles to choose from. Get design inspiration for these acetate components and everything you need to create lightweight, fashionable jewelry at www.goodybeads.com.
5. Cherry Tree Beads has a wonderful selection of stainless-steel locket pendants in their line of aromatherapy jewelry products. Drip your favorite essential or fragrance oils onto a felt pad that fits inside the locket, and you’ll be smelling nice all day! Find these lockets and everything else you need for aromatherapy jewelry at www.cherrytreebeads.com.
6. TierraCast just put out some exciting new additions to their Swarovski-compatible components. There are loads of shapes available for flat-back, rivolis, and fancy stones in plain, beaded, and hammered bezels. All of the bezels are available empty or with pre-glued Swarovski clear stones. See the full line at www.tierracast.com (wholesale only) or ask your favorite bead retailer.
7. These metal and acrylic filigrees are what’s hot at Beads to Live By. These high-quality components are made in Greece by one of Europe’s top fashion components manufacturers, the Nikolis Group. Get yours at www.beadstoliveby.com.
8. These unique woven straw components from Goody Beads are lightweight and eye-catching. Mix them with the acetate components for some quick summery jewelry! Three styles are available at www.goodybeads.com.
9. This hefty tome is a tribute to seed beads over 15 years in the making. Nicole Anderson’s The Glory of Beads: The Rise and Fall of the Società Veneȥiana Per L’industria Delle Conterie is chock-full of history and beautiful imagery of the Venetian bead factory that pioneered seed bead manufacture and exportation. Order your copy at www.facebook.com/venetianglassbeads.
10. If you’re a crystal fixer, you know that you could use all the help you can get when it comes to getting tiny flat-backed crystals into the right place. The BeadSmith’s CrystalFX tools are designed to do just that. Use these helpful glue syringes with multiple-sized tips and the ingenious Pickup Artist tool for precise crystal placement. Visit www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or check with your favorite bead retailer to get your own.
Do you have a new tools, components, or other jewelry and beading supplies to share? Please contact me for information on how to get your products in our next issue: meredith.steele (at) peakmediaproperties (d0t) com.