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Bead Stampede's Random Thoughts on Beads and Creativity — Beads

Beading Thread and Bead Sizes

Beading Beads

A customer enquired as to which size S-Lon (Superlon) / C-Lon beading thread (AA or D) would work best with size 8/0 seed beads. Below is our response, which pretty much applies to seed beads in general, not just 8/0s.

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Bead Magazine Bridal Jewellery Challenge

Beading Beads

Bead Magazine asked us to support the Bead Soup challenge in their upcoming Weddings Special (Issue 54, out on 16 April).  The Bead Soup challenge asks three beaders to create jewellery with the same base pack of beads and supplies, and put their individual spin on it.  If you plan to make your own jewellery for an upcoming wedding, or are a beader who makes jewellery for wedding parties, it’s well worth having a look at this issue.      We suggest the following types of beads for wedding jewellery or embroidery:   Finishes: Baroque (Miyuki 6/0s) Aurora Borealis (AB)...

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Miyuki Has Answered My Prayers

Beading Beads

Those of you who read my earlier blog post, The Pick Of The Picassos, may remember that I hoped Miyuki would extend their range of special-finish beads, what I call the Czech-finish beads, to include other sizes, and they have. We now have in stock in size 11/0: Crystal & Full Labrador Crystal & Capri Gold Crystal Marea Crystal Medium Apricot Crystal Sliperit Crystal Bermuda Blue Magic Orchid Magic Blue Magic Wine Magic Green Magic Purple Magic Apple These are very glitzy, shimmery and/or iridescent beads, so they are perfect for when you want a little zing to your beadwork....

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Free(form) Spirit

Beading Beads

I loved freeform beading the moment I first saw it.  I love the artiness of it, I love the visual rollercoaster of it, I love the texture of it.  So, finally, here is my first foray into freeform peyote.  The inspiration behind this bracelet was our new Picasso Tila beads in cobalt, orange and light olive.  I wanted to use these three colours together, so I built my bead choices around them.  I used Karen Williams’ book, FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry, as my guide to get started.   The first thing I discovered...

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Thinking Abstractly

Beading Beads

My adventures in peyote stitch continue apace.  Below are photos of my second peyote stitch project, a bracelet using a pattern called Abstract Rhythms that I found on Etsy from Dax Bead Art Patterns.  I’m not so fond of blues, so I tweaked the colours a bit.  I also decided to use some AB finish beads to give the bracelet a bit of sparkle.     In choosing this pattern, my goals were to reinforce the use of even-count peyote and to push me out of my comfort zone by trying something new: in this case, doing an open section...

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