Huichol Beading!

We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too!

What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it?

Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then place the beads onto the wax and press. The specially formulated wax mixture does not reject the beads as it hardens.

The traditional designs tend to focus on bright, primary colours and motifs relevant to a non-urban lifestyle – but in experimenting – we have found that other bead shapes, like the shaped beads – work beautifully, and if your colour esthetic runs to more muted tones, that works well too. According to the author Guillermo Martinez (in his book Huichol Beading, with Jim Widess), who writes about and teaches the technique – when he consulted with the Huichols about how they felt about his teaching – given that he is not Huichol himself, they answered that it is a craft and art form for the people and that everyone is connected, and so it is for everyone.

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So grab some of our BeadsWax, a pointy awl, and something to decorate – a wooden bowl from the dollar store, a paper mache shape from the craft store, an old jewelry box that was headed for the junk pile, and discover how soothing and calming it can be!

25% off – this week only

Seedbeads – Czech and Japanese

Shaped Beads – two hole beads and more!

Rhinestones and glass cabs!

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8 Comments

    1. BeadFX Webmaster

      Hi Violet,

      Thank you so much for your email!

      Yes, BeadFX is offering a Huichol-style Bead Mosaic class. I’ll be teaching it myself June 27; 5 – 8pm.

      During the class, I’ll introduce students to the concept of Huichol bead mosaic where you create patterns by embedding seed beads in wax.

      You can find the class information here: http://www.beadfx.com/index.php/event/huichol-style-bead-mosaic-working-on-a-curved-surface/

      Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

      All the best,

      Pam

  1. Suyapa

    Lovely work ?
    Soy hondurena y vivo en suecia . I do mosaic
    As a hobby . Pero estoy interesada en aprender painting with beads . ( huichol art)
    Tengo una pregunta ofrece clases online?
    Muchisimas gracias !

    Suyapa

  2. Scott Heffernan

    I love the style. I’m pretty new at it and have run across the problem presented by inconsistent bead size. My pattern is thrown off quite easily.How do you deal with that?
    Also, can one use an electric hairdryer or somesuch to hide too much wax on a project?

    1. BeadFX Webmaster

      Try the Japanese seedbeads vs the Czech-made ones – they are more consistent in sizing.
      Not sure about the hair dryer – suspect the air being moved is too strong. A craft-style heat gun might work – but that’s a guess – not sure about that. I’ll get Pam to answer.

  3. Pamela Kearns

    Hi Scott,
    Beadswax has a very low melting temperature. I have tried a hairdryer and it will help to remove excess wax BUT do it very gently and with low heat. Otherwise you’ll melt the base wax too. The other option is to use an awl or other sharp point and pull off the excess wax between the beads that way.

    After I place the beads, I will put a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a tissue or cotton swab and lightly run it across the beads to remove wax as well.

    I have found that the most difficult part of Huichol art is the placement of the wax. It is easy to put on too much.

    Enjoy the craft!

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