I’m working on some prototypes for new necklaces this month, trying out some really cool materials and taking my designs in a different direction. These large African Christmas Beads from Happy Mango Beads are coming in really handy. No matter what I’m working on, these colorful and classic looking beads always cheer me up.
I’ve been including natural beads into my work more and more lately, so when I spied this strand of zebra pearls on sale at Auntie’s Beads, I couldn’t resist. Nothing beats stripes when you want to add a little personality to beadwork, and the red wine color is perfect for fall. I'm picturing these pearls with some olive green and squash orange, perhaps.
Last but certainly not least, I finally got around to trying out some new tagua shapes. These donut slices from Lima Beads are simply gorgeous. They have the smooth, lightweight feel that I love about tagua, and the shape is very inspiring. When it comes to tagua beads, I find that I’m especially drawn to the unique cuts that show off the original shape and texture of the nuts, rather than traditional bead shapes. These pieces have lots of personality.
Are you excited about a new bead style this month? What have you been working with?
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