Inside Scoop on 3 Hot Bead Trends

Keeping Secrets

Sometimes I have a hard time keeping secrets. Especially good secrets. In fact, when I was a kid, I remember getting up really early one Christmas morning (as usual) to see what Santa had left me, then promptly waking up my little sister to spill the beans that the Jolly Old Elf had brought us both much-wished-for Cabbage Patch Kids Preemie dolls. I just couldn’t wait for her to wake up and share in my excitement. Plus, I was already prepared to negotiate a baby swap.

3 Hot Bead Trends

In the same way, I can’t wait for all of you to pick up a copy of Beads 2009 before I start gushing about all the cool beads featured in the themed Editors’ Top Picks section (we present more than 145 of them!). So, I guess you’ll benefit from my impatience.

Here’s a hint of what I’m so excited about:

1. Big Beads

Check out these great donuts and pendants! They are made of stoneware fused with stained glass. I interviewed Lynda Stewart, product manager for John Bead Corporation, for the trend article in this issue of Beads 2009, and she told me that big, bold beads like this are going to be hot, hot, hot this year.

2. Bright Beads

You know what else Stewart says is so en vogue right now? Vibrant, colorful beads, like these fantastic vintage Lucite filigrees.  In fact, Pantone (the proclaimed global authority on color) named fuchsia red, super lemon, and vibrant green as some of spring’s hottest colors. The future of beads is so bright, you’ll want to wear shades!

3.  Brilliant Beads

Metal beads and findings are always in style, but this year it’s all about texture. “No matter what the metal—sterling silver, gold-filled, brass, pewter, bronze—people want them textured,” says Stewart. Here’s a great example of what she’s talking about—matte gold fancy chain.

And that’s just a taste of what’s in store for you in Beads 2009. As I mentioned, we feature over 145 of our favorite beads and findings in the issue, plus 12 inspiring projects with thorough step-by-step instructions, so relatively speaking, I haven’t given away too much. Right? 

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