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Groovy Colour Tool Number 1

Frank found a couple of brilliant websites that offer the user tools to play around with colour, one of which I'll discuss today. If you're stumped for ideas for your next jewellery project, or just too lazy to remember all those pesky colour rules, Color Scheme Designer will jump start you.  You start by selecting a base colour from the colour wheel, then you click on a button to pull up suggested colour combinations. You have the choice of mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic and accented analogic.

So, for example, I started in the blue range, then clicked on 'triad', and here's what this nifty little calculation tool came up with, and it even shows you shades and pastels, too:

 

 

Next, I picked a red, and clicked on 'accented analogic', and here are the results:

 

 

If you want to save your results, I recommend using the 'print screen' button, then saving into Microsoft Paint, which should come standard with Windows.

Two things never cease to amaze me: 1) the astonishing wonders that are available on the Internet, and 2) the generosity of people 'out there' willing to share their brilliance. But be warned: this website is a bit addictive and we take no responsibility for your food not being cooked, your chores not being done, and the kids left forgotten at the school gate.

There's a PayPal link on Color Scheme Designer for donations, so if the site helps you in any way, I encourage you to support it financially.

 

 

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Bead Stampede Sponsors £100+ Giveaway Competition in Bead Magazine

Our prize giveaway competition in Bead Magazine is about to start.  Full information on how to enter is available in Issue 50 (the Golden Anniversary Special), which subscribers should be receiving just about now, and which should be available at newsagents shortly.  To celebrate Bead Magazine’s anniversary issue, we’ve picked the theme of “luxury”, with an emphasis on gold, silver and copper.  The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.

You’ll need to answer a question during the entry process; the answer can be found elsewhere in this issue (we’re not allowed to tell you where to find it or what the answer is), and, if you’re successful, you’ll be the winner of:

  • One of our Beadsmith beading organiser totebags
  • A selection of Miyuki beads (Delicas, 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, Tilas, 3.4mm drops and long magatamas), some in real 24k gold-plate, sterling silver-plate, and copper
  • Miyuki baroque pearl-finish 6/0 seed beads
  • Toho 11/0 Treasure and 11/0 Triangle beads
  • Czech Rizo beads, dagger beads, spike beads and 4mm fire-polished beads
  • Brushed silver-plated spacer beads
  • Tulip of Japan needles
  • A trio of aluminium bead sorting trays
  • 3 x S-Lon beading threads in bead-matching colours

     

    Of course, if you’re unsuccessful, you don’t need to miss out.  The good news is that all of the items included are available on our website.  The bad news is, you’ll have to pay for them.

    The very best of luck to all!

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    More Colour Forecasts for Autumn 2013

    I've just discovered another source for fashion colour forecasts.  With all due respect to Pantone (and I do have a lot of respect for Pantone), I find the colour palettes from Colour Solutions International to be more approachable: they have a cleaner, more dynamic layout, and I like that the forecasts are divided into warm colours, cool colours and basics.  Sadly, no colour combination suggestions, but I'm sure your imagination can come up with some snazzy ones of your own.

    So, here's a little more eye candy for you, CSI's forecast for women's colours, autumn 2013:

     

    Colour Solutions International Ladies Fall 13/14 Warm Colours 1

    Colour Solutions International Ladies Fall 13/14 Warm Colours 2

    Colour Solutions International Ladies Fall 13/14 Cool Colours 1

    Colour Solutions International Ladies Fall 13/14 Cool Colours 2

    Colour Solutions International Ladies Fall 13/14 Base Colours

     

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    Pantone Colour Forecast Autumn 2013 Combinations

    Continuing on from yesterday's blog post about Pantone's Fashion Colour Report for autumn 2013, the following slides show how a few designers plan to use Pantone's colours in their collections; we show how these colour combinations would work when translated to beads (please see yesterday's post for links to beads).

     

    Kelly Wearstler Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

     

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Herve Leger by Lubov Azria Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Nanette Lepore Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    TiA CiBANi Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    The combination of Acai and Turbulence was popular with three of the designers, as follows:

    BCBG by Lubov Azria Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Carmen Marc Valvo Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Sachia + Babi Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Charlotte Ronson Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    WHIT-NY by Whitney Pozgay Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Lela Rose Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

     

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    SAUNDER by Emily Saunder Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    M.PATMOS by Marcia Patmos Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Mara Hoffman Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Yoana Baraschi Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Tommy Hilfiger Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    Nicole Miller Fall Winter Autumn 2013 Pantone Color Report Forecast

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

    That's it for the designers; below are a few of my own humble suggestions for great colour combinations:

    Acai, Koi and Vivacious:

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

     

    Samba and Mykonos Blue:

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

     

    Mykonos Blue, Koi and Vivacious:

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

     

    Vivacious and Deep Lichen Green:

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

     

    And finally, Linden Green, Koi and Vivacious:

    Beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk for Fall Autumn Winter 2013 Pantone Fashion Color Forecast

     

    There are a lot of other great combinations that could be made of the colours above - why not let your imagination run riot?

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    Pantone Autumn 2013 Colour Forecast

    Pantone has issued their Fashion Color Report for autumn 2013, and now that autumn is on its way, this is a good time to consider which beads to choose for making a few up-to-date pieces of jewellery.

    Below are the colours that Pantone has selected for autumn 2013, along with a few ideas for beads in matching shades.

    Pantone Fashion Color Report Autumn 2013

     

    Emerald – self-explanatory – a rich, medium green

    Emerald-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    Matte Emerald Vitrail - Czech Rizo Beads

    TL-4507 Transparent Green Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    Emerald Green - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    DB-1788 White-Lined Emerald AB Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    11-0027F Matte Silver-Lined Dark Emerald - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    15-0016F Matte Silver-Lined Green - Miyuki 15/0 Seed Beads

    Linden Green – light olive green with a hint of yellow

    Linden Green-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    DB-0124 Transparent Golden Olive Luster Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    TL-4519 Opaque Light Olive Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    DB-0390 Matte Opaque Green Tea Luster Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    11-0378 Light Olive-Lined Crystal Luster - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    11-0246 Opaque Yellow-Lined Luster Black Diamond - Toho 11/0 Seed Beads

    Olivine/Amethyst - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    Mykonos Blue – medium denim blue, verging on cobalt

    Mykonos Blue-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    TL-4518 Opaque Cobalt Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    DB-0693 Dyed Semi-Frosted Silver-Lined Dusk Blue Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    8-4242 Duracoat Dyed Silver-Lined Powder Blue - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    11-0648 Dyed Denim Blue Silver-Lined Alabaster - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    Sodalite Gemstone Chip Beads 8-12mm

    Acai – a true purple of the aubergine (eggplant) variety

    Acai-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    Purple Matte Druzy Agate Round Gemstone Beads 14mm

    Purple Dyed Aqua-Terra Jasper Nugget Gemstone Beads 14x18mm

    8-4248 Duracoat Dyed Silver-Lined Dark Lilac - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    6-0461 Higher Metallic Royal Purple - Toho 6/0 Seed Beads

    DB-1810 Dyed Purple Silk Satin Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    Dark Amethyst - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    Samba –  a vibrant red; put those dancing shoes on!

    Samba-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    Coral Red - Czech Spike Beads (17x7mm)

    8-4234 Duracoat Dyed Silver-Lined Watermelon Red - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    15-1419 Dyed Silver-lined Red - Miyuki 15/0 Seed Beads

    11-0010F Matte Silver-Lined Flame Red - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    DB-0774 Dyed Semi-Frosted Transparent Red Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    Opaque Light Red - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    Koi – the shimmering orange of a Japanese ornamental fish

    Koi-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    Matte Crystal Sunset - Czech Rizo Beads

    11-0008F Matte Silver-Lined Orange - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    8-PF2112 Perma Finish Silver-Lined Ceylon Sunset Orange - Toho 8/0 Seed Beads

    DB-0681 Dyed Semi-Frosted Silver-Lined Orange Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    11-0950 Burnt Orange-Lined Jonquil - Toho 11/0 Seed Beads

    Autumn Dyed Aqua-Terra Jasper Round Gemstone Beads 12mm

    Deep Lichen Green – greyish olive; this colour is a difficult one for beads, as they mostly wind up being too grey or too olive.  Nevertheless, I found a few that I think work well for Pantone’s concept

    Deep Lichen Green-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    6-0617 Matte Olive Green - Toho 6/0 Seed Beads

    Handmade Rustic Olive Green Pottery Beads 11x13mm

    6-0457 Gold-Lustered Green Tea - Toho 6/0 Seed Beads

    6-3956 Silver Baroque Pearl - Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads 

    Vivacious – a lively rose/fuchsia

    Vivacious-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    Fuchsia Dyed Aqua-Terra Jasper Oval Gemstone Beads 15x30mm

    11-4210 Duracoat Galvanized Hot Pink - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    11-0556 Dyed Rose Pink Silver-Lined Alabaster - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    8-4238 Duracoat Dyed Silver-Lined Paris Pink - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    TM03-790 Fuchsia-Lined Crystal Toho 3mm Magatama Drop Beads

    11-1385 Dyed Opaque Carnation Pink - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    Carafe – an elegant bronze-ish brown

    Carafe-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    15-1429 Dyed Silver-lined Dark Topaz Brown - Miyuki 15/0 Seed Beads

    11-1461 Dyed Opaque Latte - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    6-3955 Antique Brass Baroque Pearl - Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads

    Sandy Beige Plated Matte Druzy Agate Round Gemstone Beads 14mm

    TT-0999F Frosted Gold-Lined Black Diamond Toho 11/0 Treasure Beads

    Bronze Plated - Czech Spike Beads (17x7mm)

    Turbulence – dark, cool grey

    Turbulence-themed beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

    DB-0731 Opaque Grey Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    Matte Crystal Vitrail - Czech Spike Beads (17x7mm)

    11-0650 Dyed Rustic Grey Silver-Lined Alabaster - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    8-2002 Matte Metallic Silver Grey - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    DB-0321 Matte Nickel-Plated Miyuki 11/0 Delica Beads

    Smoke Grey Matte Druzy Agate Round Gemstone Beads 14mm

     

    These are just a few of the beads we have that correspond to Pantone's colour forecast.  In my next blog post, I'll be showing photos from various designers using the Pantone colour combinations in their autumn collections.  I will also add a few suggestions of my own.

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    Miyuki Has Answered My Prayers

    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.

    Miyuki is currently making these available to only one supplier, so their availability may be limited from time to time.  I know that Miyuki will introduce more special-finish beads in this size, and I’m optimistic that these will become a permanent part of the Miyuki range.  We’ll be stocking any new special-finish beads just as soon as we can.

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    Free(form) Spirit

    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.

     Freeform peyote bracelet using Bead Stampede beads

    The first thing I discovered is that “freeform” is not a synonym for “haphazard”, and that a certain amount of planning, balance and judicious choosing of beads is in order.  I started by selecting a larger range of beads than Karen recommends in her helpful chart relating to same, but as I stitched, I wound up not using all of them.  Less may not be more when it comes to freeform beadwork, but knowing when enough is enough certainly is.  It wasn’t deliberate, but I used six different types of bead for each colour, everything from 6/0s to 15/0s, and I threw in the Tilas and some 4mm Czech fire-polished beads for good measure.  It’s also important not just to mix sizes, but bead finishes, too.  Beads ranged from silver-lined, colour-lined, matte, opaque, transparent, lustered, and Ceylon to Picasso.

    I admit that I broke a couple of rules that I’d read elsewhere (I’d broken them before I read about them, so I can’t claim to be an artistic visionary).  One was to avoid a stripe-y effect.  Yeah, well, so much for that – big, fat stripes galore here.  The other was not to transition from larger beads to much smaller beads too quickly.  Transitioning from larger to smaller beads meant that there was a certain laciness in the surrounding area, and it also meant that I got those wonderful bumps and ridges that freeform peyote is known for.  So, that was one “rule” I was happy to ignore. 

    By the time I got two rows in, I realised that I had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve never let a little thing like that stop me, so I just kept going.  One of the things that I noticed about freeform beadwork is that it takes a lot more time than “regular” beadwork, which is largely down to the fact that at least every couple of rows or so (if not every row), you have to make a decision about which beads you’re going to use next, and consider what impact they might have on the overall design.  You can spend ages sitting there, staring at your work and wondering what to do next.

    I used C-Lon size D thread for the bracelet, changing colours as I changed sections.  I toyed with the idea of using FireLine, but FireLine can be a bit stiff and C-Lon/S-Lon threads have such a lovely drape.  I wouldn’t rule out using FireLine in a future project, though.  The choice would depend on the weight of the beads and the overall effect I wanted. 

    I found this project wildly fulfilling.  I loved every bit of making it, and the finished bracelet is much more striking than the attached photos show.  Freeform peyote may well become my favourite type of beadwork. 

    Before I switch over to the list of beads that I used, I’d like to say a bit more about Karen’s book:  there is very little information out there about freeform beadwork, which makes it difficult for a newcomer to know where to start.  Karen’s book is a small-ish one, but provides a lot of useful information for getting started.  It's not a project book, it's a technique book.  I’ve cobbled together bits of info about freeform peyote from many websites, so there’s still more that could be said about the topic.  Nevertheless, if you want to take the freeform plunge and don’t know where to begin, take a look at Karen’s book, linked above, and her blog at http://baublicious.blogspot.co.uk/.

     

    Closeup orange segment of Freeform peyote bracelet

    The beads used in the orange segment are:

    11-0008F Matte Silver-Lined Orange - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    11-0138F Matte Transparent Orange - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    6-0138 Transparent Orange - Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads

    TL-4520 Opaque Orange Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    8-PF2112 Perma Finish Silver-Lined Ceylon Sunset Orange - Toho 8/0 Seed Beads

    Orange Picasso - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    Orange C-Lon Size D Thread

     

    Closeup of blue segment of Freeform peyote bracelet using beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

     

    The beads used in the blue segment are:

    11-0019F Matte Silver-Lined Sapphire - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    6-0020F Matte Silver-lined Cobalt Blue - Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads

    8-4242 Duracoat Dyed Silver-Lined Powder Blue - Miyuki 8/0 Seed Beads

    TL-4518 Opaque Cobalt Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    11-0028 Silver-Lined Cobalt - Toho 11/0 Seed Beads

    15-0003B Transparent Aquamarine Blue - Toho 15/0 Seed Beads

    Royal Blue C-Lon Size D Thread

     

    Closeup of green segment of Freeform peyote bracelet using beads from www.beadstampede.co.uk

     

    The beads used in the green segment are:

    11-0014F Matte Silver-Lined Chartreuse - Miyuki 11/0 Seed Beads

    6-0143 Transparent Pale Lime Green - Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads

    TL-4519 Opaque Light Olive Picasso Miyuki Tila Beads

    11-0246 Opaque Yellow-Lined Luster Black Diamond - Toho 11/0 Seed Beads

    8-0457 Gold-Lustered Green Tea - Toho 8/0 Seed Beads

    Chartreuse (Acid Green) - 4mm Czech Fire-Polished Beads

    Chartreuse C-Lon Size D Thread

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    Thinking Abstractly

    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.  

     Abstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beads

    Abstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beadsAbstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beads

    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 within peyote stitch.  When I got to the strap ends, I found out that one side of the strap was in odd-count peyote, so it pushed me out of my comfort zone farther than I had planned.  I’m happy to say that these two goals were easily achieved, and my fears about the difficulty of odd-count peyote were entirely unfounded.

    The colours used in this project are all Toho and Miyuki size 11/0 cylinder beads (Delicas and Treasures), as follows:

    Miyuki DB-0200 – Opaque White

    Miyuki DB-0651 – Dyed Opaque Squash

    Miyuki DB-0660 – Dyed Opaque Lavender

    Miyuki DB-1136 – Opaque Sea Opal

    Miyuki DB-1776 – White-lined Yellow AB

    Miyuki DB-1780 – White-lined Flame Red AB

    Miyuki DB-1784 – White-lined Sapphire AB

    Miyuki DB-1788 – White-lined Emerald AB

    Toho TT-0046L – Opaque Terra Cotta

    Toho TT-0048 – Opaque Navy Blue

    Abstraction is my absolute favourite type of painting, so I’m pleased that I can now carry a little abstract art around with me wherever I go.  And speaking of abstracts, my current peyote stitch project is a first foray into freeform work; it’s proving to be a wild (though enjoyable) ride.  Stay tuned . . . .

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    The Pick of the Picassos

    Toho was the first Japanese bead manufacturer to use traditional Czech bead finishes on its seed beads, when it introduced Picasso- and Apollo-finish beads. Then Miyuki jumped on the bandwagon last year, with its Picasso finish on 6/0 and 8/0 beads. The Czech-Japanese connection continued several weeks ago when Miyuki introduced vitrail, marea, and capri finishes on Tila, Long Magatama and 3.4mm drop beads.There’s also a Jet AB in these ranges, whose finish is much more mirror-like than the traditional AB finish that Toho and Miyuki have used in the past.  Understandably, Miyuki doesn't call these "Czech-finish" beads; Miyuki's term is "special finish". And, boy, are these beads special!

    This trend has culminated most recently with Miyuki applying a Picasso finish to Tilas, Long Magatamas and 3.4mm drop beads, some in colours that Miyuki has not previously used with a Picasso finish, like green, cobalt, orange, etc. Not only that, but Miyuki has also introduced a luster Picasso finish on some of the Long Magatamas, which means that you not only get the stone-like look of a Picasso bead, you get lots of pearly shimmer, too. These beads are designated with an "L" after the colour number.

    Here's a sample of what we now have in stock (for our full range of these Picasso beads, please see the product pages linked above):

     Miyuki 3.4mm drop bead Transparent Green Picasso #4507

    3.4mm Drop in Green
    Picasso #4507

     Miyuki 3.4mm drop bead Opaque Turquoise Blue Picasso #4514

    3.4mm Drop in Turquoise
    Picasso #4514                

     Miyuki Long Magatama Opaque Red Picasso #4513

    Long Magatama in Red
    Picasso #4513

     Miyuki Long Magatama Opaque Red Luster Picasso #4513/L

    Long Magatama in Red Luster
    Picasso #4513/L                       

     Miyuki Tila Bead Opaque Yellow Picasso #4512

    Tila Bead in Opaque Yellow
    Picasso #4512                      

    Miyuki Tila Bead Opaque Cobalt Picasso #4518

    Tila Bead in Cobalt
    Picasso #4518

     Miyuki Tila Bead Light Olive Picasso #4519

    Tila Bead in Light Olive
    Picasso #4519

     Miyuki Tila Bead Opaque Orange Picasso #4520

    Tila Bead in Orange
    Picasso #4520

     Miyuki Tila Bead Opaque Ruby Red Picasso #4521

    Tila Bead in Ruby Red
    Picasso #4521

    Where will this Czech-Japanese connection end?  Who knows?  But I've put the word out that I'd love to see the vitrail, marea and capri finishes extended to Miyuki's round seed beads.

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    You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

    After three decades of promising myself that I’d learn peyote stitch, I have just completed my first project, the even-count cylinder bead bracelet, below.

    Peyote stitch cylinder bead bracelet

     

    I chose a pattern from a 2006 issue of Step-by-Step Beads, but decided to use very different colours and add brick stitch trim to turn two of the triangles into diamonds.  I really like the added interest that brick stitch edging adds to flat peyote, and I'm looking forward to using this technique in future projects.  I not only found even-count peyote easy to get the hang of, but I really enjoyed the process, too. 

    The bracelet is very sparkly and really shimmers in sunlight. The bracelet required fewer than 5g of each of the following beads: Miyuki DB-0783 Dyed Semi-Frosted Transparent Purple, Miyuki DB-0202 Pearl White AB, Miyuki DB-0010 Opaque Black,Toho TT-0163 Transparent Rainbow Aquamarine, Toho TT-0007 Transparent Peridot, Toho TT-0789 Tangerine-Lined Crystal, Toho TT-0191C Crystal/Hot Pink-Lined, Toho TT-0790 Opaque Fuchsia-Lined Crystal

    Both the colours (I incline towards understated neutrals, as a rule) and learning a new stitch took me out of my comfort zone, but now that my comfort zone isn’t the comfort zone I had before, I have to get out of my new comfort zone. Try saying that ten times, quickly.

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