Cool Stuff from Beadwork February/March 2019
In each issue of Beadwork magazine, we feature “Products We Love,” hot items we’ve found and think you’d like to know about. Here are our top picks of cool stuff from the February/March 2019 issue.
1. Cherry Tree Beads: New Tassels
Cherry Tree Beads knocks it out of the park with their new tassels—including the three-layered nylon ombré and beaded crystal tassels. The new microsuede-backed crystal chain is a standout item that comes in 17 different colors and styles. Get these and more at www.cherrytreebeads.com.
2. Swarovski: “Be Yourself” Innovations
Swarovski’s “Be Yourself” Innovations is packed with new goodies. Our beady favorites include the new Crystal LacquerPro DeLite Effects—available in Round Stones, Fancy Stones, Flat Backs No Hotfix, and Flat Backs Hotfix. We also adore the new additions to their pearl family—the tiny Crystal Pearl 2mm, the exotic Crystal Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl, the Cabochon Pearl Flat Back Hotfix, and the pearl-inspired Cabochon Flat Back Hotfix family, including different shapes such as Pearl, Drop, Navette, and Square. Look for them at your favorite bead retailer.
3. TierraCast: Happy Go Lucky Collection
TierraCast (affiliate link) announces its Happy Go Lucky collection, featuring components representing time-honored symbols for luck, prosperity, protection, renewal, and good fortune. Available in antique silver, antique gold, and brass oxide. We love the Evil Eye charm that comes pre-glued with Metallic Blue crystals or empty for you to choose your own crystal color! Visit www.tierracast.com (wholesale only) or inquire at your favorite bead retailer.
4. Beadaholique: Gita Jewelry Stone Settings and Swarovski Crystals
Get these Gita Jewelry Stone Settings and Swarovski crystals at Beadaholique now! Available in gold or rhodium-plated, there are tons of styles to choose from to make necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings! While you’re there, check out the new beaded chain from Zola Elements—available in 11 styles and colors. Snag yours at www.beadaholique.com.
5. Starman Beads: Toho Aiko Cylinder Beads
Starman Beads presents Toho Aiko cylinder beads (affilate link). These precision-cut size 11° Japanese seed beads are the world’s most perfect cylinder bead! Available in nearly 500 colors. Visit www.czechbeads.com (wholesale only) or ask your favorite bead retailer.
6. BeadSmith: New Beads
BeadSmith has a new shape of fire-polished bead—the cut drop. These measure in at 8x6mm and there are 20 colors to choose from! We also love that the PaisleyDuo beads are now available in the popular halo finish. See them at www.beadsmith.com (wholesale only) or at your favorite bead retailer.
7. Soft Flex: Bead Stringing Starter Kit
Soft Flex’s new Bead Stringing Starter kit is the perfect kit for anyone to get started in beading and jewelry making. It includes a bead mat, two bead stoppers, crimping pliers, bead nipper, 20 crimp tubes, ear wires, lobster clasps, a 10-foot spool of Soft Flex .019 medium beading wire in your choice of color, and a FREE package of Beads. (Bead colors vary and the selection will be based on your wire-color choice). Shop online at www.softflexcompany.com.
8. Potomac Bead Company: New Beads
Potomac Bead Company has added new shapes of crystals to their inventory. These high-quality crystal beads are uniquely manufactured for Potomac Bead Company and coated in the Czech Republic. Get your sparkle on at www.potomacbeads.com.
9. CraftOptics: DreamBeam 3 Light
Get illuminated with the new CraftOptics DreamBeam 3 Light! Now with a rechargeable USB battery, two intensity levels, and bright daylight, non-fading light throughout the battery charge. The light lasts an amazing 13 hours on HIGH and 24 hours on LOW settings. Designed specifically for use with any set of CraftOptics magnifying eyeglasses, the DreamBeam 3 sets right between the artist’s eyes, eliminating frustrating shadows and providing brilliant light for creative people doing precision work. Visit www.craftoptics.com and start seeing amazing detail.
10. Halstead Bead: Easy Mount Gem Set Pliers
Halstead Bead presents the new Easy Mount Gem Set Pliers. These are made to close prongs with a parallel motion that gives you more control of the pliers, plus less strength is needed because the jaws do all the work. The jaws are also made to move only 1mm, alleviating the possibility of damaging your stone. By turning the adjustment wheel you can set prongs anywhere from 2.5–15mm high. In addition, it only takes one hand to work these pliers, which allows you to hold onto your setting while adjusting the jaws to the width you need. Get yours at www.halsteadbead.com.
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