Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bead Wish List: Donut Focals

I am a huge fan of chunky focal pendants, and the un-bead - beading components that don’t have (or need) a hole for stringing in the traditional sense. Although I don’t have much cause to use them in my designs, the donut is one of my favorite types of bead eye-candy. The smooth shape and unique beading possibilities make them incredibly appealing.

The donut pendant is a common shape for semi-precious stones, but you can find donuts in just about every bead material out there - from glass to resin. Here are some of my favorites:

Decoupage Wood Donut from

Wooden Donut Rings from Hemp Beadery

Cobalt Czech Glass Donut from

Greek Ceramic Donuts from Textures

Czech Glass Tiger Stripe Donut from Beadaholique

Aqua Freeform Resin Donuts from yukidesigns

Rusty Red Porcelain Donuts from Happy Mango Beads

Raku Copper Ceramic Donut from FabBeads

Murano Style Glass Donut from Auntie's Beads

Do you like to use donut pendants in your beadwork? What’s your favorite technique to pair them with? If you’re a fan of the DIY approach, you might like to try the hollow polymer clay donut tutorial from Fulgorine.

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  1. Oh, these are fabulous. I have some donuts in the stash and have no idea what to do with them!! Maybe if they were as gorgeous as these, I'd be more inspired.

  2. Fantastic! Love all of them ..but my fav are the Cerami Raku and the Murano glass ones!

  3. Never thought of decoupaging wooden donuts! Very Awesome. Love the looks of alot of these, I am just getting into donuts & cabs so this is awesome.


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