Cool Stuff, Beading and Jewelry-Making Products We Love, August/September 2017 Beadwork Magazine
We love to bring you what’s hot and happening in the beading industry. In each issue of Beadwork magazine we feature the Cool Stuff we’ve found and think you’d like to know about. Here are our top beading and jewelry-making products from the August/September 2017 issue.
1. For an impressive selection of organic, eclectic, and often-magical lampwork glass beads, familiarize yourself with Na0s Glass and Jewelry Supply at www.na0sglass.etsy.com. Handcrafted by owner Amber Van Meter in Arvada, Colorado, each bead is created individually from Italian or German Soda Lime Glass.
2. Bead Master’s Tile Mini bead, measuring 5×5mm with soft edges, is the newest two-hole tile on the market. Visit www.beadmasterusa.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
3. Joining Khéops, Arcos, and Minos par Puca beads, Ios par Puca beads are 5.5×2.5mm pressed–glass rectangles with rounded edges and two parallel holes running through the widest flat surface. Find them at www.potomacbeads.com.
4. TierraCast’s Dolce Vita line of thirty-three new components features heart, flower, and garden motifs to symbolize the sweet things in life. Most elements are reversible for an array of design options. Visit www.tierracast.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
5. Miyuki is offering 103 new colors of size 15º Delicas; new colors of size 11º Delicas in opaque glazed, frosted opaque glazed, and frosted opaque glazed rainbow finishes; and Dura-Line polyethylene braided beading thread. Visit www.miyuki-beads.co.jp (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
6. Beadalon’s new bracelet knotter tool, the third hand you’ve always needed for knotted jewelry making, was created to hold bracelet forms in place, freeing both of your hands to work. Use Quick Change Trays to swap out seed bead colors in a Spin-N-Bead container without emptying and refilling the bowl each time. Visit www.beadalon.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
7. If you fancy faceted beads and want to add edge to your designs, Nirvana Beads has two shapes to fit the bill. Trica beads are 4×3mm pressed-glass rondelles with three cuts around the perimeter. Large English-cut rounds are available in 8mm and 10mm. Check www.nirvanabeads.com (wholesale only) or your favorite bead retailer.
8. For quick and easy customizable projects, Las Vegas Rhinestones offers preassembled bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more with empty rhinestone settings. Personalize each piece with Swarovski crystals that are sold on their website, www.lasvegasrhinestones.com.
9. If you can’t physically escape to the beach this summer, use lustrous sea glass–colored 3×7mm Preciosa farfalle beads to bring the same calming effects to your beadwork. Visit www.shipwreckbeads.com (wholesale only) or your favorite bead retailer.
10. Keep your designs light and airy by using dainty sterling-silver chain with floral, textured, or fringe links from Halstead. Search for chain at www.halsteadbead.com (wholesale only) or check your favorite bead retailer.
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