Sunday, September 8, 2013

September Bead Stash Favorites

From the year’s first falling leaves to fresh new boxes of crayons, September is a month that is full of color. This month, my favorites beads are no different. Bold colors and unique shapes are calling to me whenever I browse through my stash.

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.

African Christmas Beads

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.

Red Brown Zebra Pearls

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.

Tagua Nut Open Slice Pendants

Are you excited about a new bead style this month? What have you been working with?

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  1. Wow! Those zebra pearls are amazing! I've never seen that style before, so thanks for showing them.
    I'm working with some beads from Best Beads that are also unusual in shape. (I'll do a review later this month) I've seen the tagua nuts before, but not in that style. I agree, very striking!

  2. The new beads I am most excited about right now are actually old, vintage French seed beads in beautiful roses and purples. I have been mixing sizes from 10 to 14


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