Cool Stuff: Exciting New Beading Supplies from Beadwork
For each issue of Beadwork magazine, we comb through a host of new beading supplies and products to bring you the latest and greatest in the bead and jewelry-making world. Enjoy these June/July issue favorites.
When Joan Babcock was doing research on Margaretenspitze, or Margaret’s Lace, a hybrid of macramé and knotted lace, she couldn’t find any books in English. Now you don’t need a translator to try your hand at this beautiful, intricate knotwork. Get your copy of Joan Babcock’s English-language Margaretenspitze Designs for Jewelry, Natural Forms in Macramé at www.micro-macramejewelry.com.
Nina Designs is expanding their popular mixed-metal collection, and these celestial charms and ear wires are out of this world! The mix of sterling silver and bronze gives these gorgeous little charms a really nice heft. Get yours at www.ninadesigns.com.
Golden Twin Clasps presents this 23k gold-plated magnetic clasp by Claspgarten. It has cupped ends with a hidden hole so that you can finish your beaded strands seamlessly. Prongs keep the clasp secure so that it will only come apart when you twist it. It measures 27x16mm and is also available in rhodium. Check it out at www.goldentwinclasps.com.
Cherry Tree Beads has a great selection of mala-making beading supplies, including gemstones in strands of 108 beads, guru beads, and tons of tassels. Summer vibes abound with their verdigris charm collection that includes sand dollars, honeybees, dragonflies, and so many more. Peruse www.cherrytreebeads.com for your summer splurge.
These cute fan tassels go great with Goody Beads’ new sliding-clasp necklaces. Just attach them with a jump ring, add a bead for some flair, and you’re set. The fan tassels come in eight colors and two different sizes. The sliding-clasp necklaces are 30″ long and available in rollo and wheat chain in silver-, gold-, and rhodium-plated finishes. Visit www.goodybeads.com.
New two-hole coin beads, etched drops, and copper-splash finished beads are available from The BeadSmith. The two-hole coin measures 14mm and is available in 55 different laser-tattoo and etched offerings, including Pantone’s color of the year: Living Coral. The new copper-splash finish is shown here on two-hole Kite and PaisleyDuo beads. See www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or ask your favorite retailer of beading supplies.
The BeadSmith earned a second spot on the Cool Stuff beading supplies list with their new Ginko and Chevron Duo beads and their amazing new line of Cymbal metal fashion elements. The new Ginko beads measure 7.5mm and are designed to fit with many of the multi-hole shaped beads on the market. The Chevron Duo bead, similar to the 6x9mm EVA bead, is 10x4mm and 8mm from base to tip. The Cymbal line consists of metal beads and components designed especially to work with the multi-holed shaped beads. It includes bead substitutes, as well as side beads that nestle into nooks and crannies and specialized endings and clasps designed to fit and complement the most popular multi-holed shaped beads. See all of the design examples at www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or ask your favorite bead retailer.
Lampwork artist Sheila Davis presents these gorgeous cones that any jewelry designer would drool over. Kiln annealed, like all of her beads, these cones will hold up to wear. Check out her website at www.stonedesignsbysheila.etsy.com.
Ranger Industries has an awesome array of jewelry-making and beading supplies from ICE Resin by Susan Lenart Kazmer. I had the opportunity to play with their new jewelry mold, industrial bezels, findings, and silk sari ribbon. I love the faceted-jewel shape of the molds. Everything you need for all your Ice Resin creations is at www.rangerink.com.
Anne Potter features over 20 fabulous jewelry designs in each of her new Travelogue eBooks. Stringing and wireworking techniques come together in these projects, which were inspired by various places around the globe. The two issues we’re featuring are Japan and Norway, but there are many more to see. Get your copies at www.annepotter.com.
See these and other beading supplies and tutorials in the June/July 2019 issue of Beadwork magazine!
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