Sensational Shaped Beads: Arcos Par Puca

Arcos Par Puca burst into the beading world in the midst of the ongoing shaped beads craze. These beads quickly became a favorite of Beadwork’s contributing designers. Their unique shape not only leads to interesting new forms in bead weaving, but they provide inspiration in having to find creative new thread paths to stitch them all together. Grab your beading needle (affiliate link) and get stitching with these three beading patterns featuring Arcos Par Puca.

English Garden Earrings

The English Garden Earrings by Debra Hodoyer use Arcos Par Puca to form a symmetrical design reminiscent of formal gardens and picturesque parks of Europe. I’m envisioning neoclassical rotundas and labyrinths of hedges surrounding a fountain in a royal palace garden.

Debra Hodoyer’s English Garden Earrings

Debra Hodoyer’s English Garden Earrings

Rolling Waves Bracelet

The Rolling Waves Bracelet by Svetlana Chernitsky uses the semi-circle shape of the Arcos beads in a repeating pattern to create a rippling, wavy effect. The bright oceanic colors and tidy pattern transport me to a sunny beach where bathers lounge under umbrellas and watch the waves roll by.

Svetlana Chernitsky’s Rolling Waves Bracelet

Svetlana Chernitsky’s Rolling Waves Bracelet

Hannya Mask Cuff

The Hannya Mask Cuff by Laura Graham uses interlocking Arcos Par Puca shaped beads to form shapes evocative of the masks used in Japanese Noh theater. These earrings are an innovative use of the shape of the Arcos bead that creates an inspiring visual impact!

Laura Graham’s Hannya Mask Cuff

Laura Graham’s Hannya Mask Cuff

I love shaped beads, and not just because they’re an excuse to buy new beading supplies! Shaped beads are a really great way to infuse your beadwork with new forms and colors in a fast and rewarding way.

Meredith Steele
Technical Editor, Beadwork magazine

Do you love shaped beads? What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments!


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