New Glass Carriers & Slender Miyuki Bugles

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 –   Bugles! 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 …

Twist and Hex … or The Endless Band Looms

Well, Bead it up Baby Twist and Hex Come on, come on, come, come on bead it now Come on and bead it next ooooo, aaaaahh …. Get your bead on … feel the bead … let your fingers dance to the rhythm … New this week – we’ve added the Miyuki Twisted Hex Cut size 10/0s. The twisted and faceted shape make for an interesting visual texture, and a more unpredictable play of light. Unpredictable is good, right? Oooo, shiney. Ask not for whom the bead looms – it looms for thee! If you are currently being torn between …

Four Quarter Tilas = …

Do 4 Quarter Tilas equal a whole TILA bead? First – there were the Miyuki Tilas – then the Half Tilas, and now, drumroll please – the super thin sliced – Quarter Tila! The quarter Tilas are 1/4 of the width of the original Tila – so that you can use them as thin spacers or connectors in your beading, use them to create complex geometric patterns, or use them in patterns where moving around a circle (like a bezel) in smaller increments is a bonus! Miyuki has these lovely, free projects to inspire you too! Quarter Tila Necklace, and …

Oh… Delica beads.

I’ve fallen hard for those itty bitty morsels of glass perfection. The delica. These are premium Japanese cylinder beads, in size 11/0. They are very consistent in size and shape and colour. There are so many gorgeous colours!  I’ve started buying more thanks to some books and classes available at the store.  First came Diane Fitzgerald.  Contemporary Beadwork I is out of print, but available on CD at beadFX.  Diane Fitzgerald is a bead collector and jewelry designer who works with a variety of beads large and small, old and new. Since 1989, Diane has taught classes at her shop, Beautiful Beads, …