Carrier Beads – A two-hole rectangular bead that you can use by itself – or as a base for a peyote stitched seedbead band. Now we have more colours, so the options for using them without the embellishment increase!
And you might want some of our new colourful magnetic clasps to finish off those carrier bead bracelets –
We don’t want to blow our horn, but bugles are a blast! We just added the 6 mm Miyuki Slender Bugles – in 10 gram tubes, or in 250 gram packs – in case you are beading a wedding dress or a bunch of Christmas ornaments!
Bugles are – if you are not aware – a long thin cylinder of glass – some smooth, some twisted, some with flattened surfaces. They come in a variety of colours and finishes, just like seedbeads. They date back to the late 1800s, where their primary usage was to decorate clothing – evening dresses – and purses.
They are still useful to good effect in embellishing clothing, shoes (Dorothy’s ruby slippers!), home decor (lampshade fringes), Christmas ornaments, as well as in bead weaving, embroidery, stringing, looming, and other jewelry applications.
One useful thing to know is that the ends may be a little sharp (bugles are made by taking an even longer tube of glass, and cutting it), so be sure and use a strong thread, or, if possible, use a seedbead next to any place where the thread bends over the end of the bugle. Did that make sense? But don’t let that scare you – most patterns that call for bugles take this into account.
Speaking of not being scared – our Spooky Dark and Stormy Sale is still on!
25% off ? spooky savings until Halloween!
I love October, and all the colours and the surprising weather and the sense of suspense ? like – what should I wear today? Shorts or Parka?
To celebrate October and all the ghoulish goodies that implies ? were selecting some thematically relevant dark and stormy items for sale!
Gunmetal and Black Metal Beads and Findings? Grunge gets glamorous and goth grows up. Dracula really digs this stuff. Sometimes the perfect accent is just to blend into the background. Looks amazing with red beads.
Maybe a little rubber to go with that look? Rubber tubing, the cord (solid) can string/weave/knot ? the tubing is hollow ? run wire or beading cable or memory wire through it. Or just string on it too.
What is Halloween without a few skulls kicking around? It takes a head to get ahead, you know – that’s using the old noggin.
And how about some black stones ? on the theme of so hot that its cool ? Lava!
For a more polished look? You cant beat Onyx – so glossy and shiny! Unless it is matte.
Hematite – a dark glossy grey – well – not anymore because now you can get it in all sorts of colours due to sophisticated coating techniques. It makes a good stone, it makes a good base too.
If we’re doing the hematite, how about the magnetic hematite? You can always stick to your fridge until you need them. 😉
The Mini-Ovals, Mini-Rectangles, Rounds, Drops, etc. 50% off!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!
Don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 700 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!
Ready to go big or go home? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs, so you can experiment and design big! Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!