Friday, February 29, 2008

This Week's New Loose Pressed Beads by Kilo

We try to update the loose pressed kilo category every week. Here are some quick links to the latest batch!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

New Toho Colors and Styles!

We just received our latest shipment of new Toho beads. I've listed them below. Click on the picture to be directed to the item in our catalog, or you can click on the color number to see all items we have available in that color.

Toho Round 3/o

#991 -Silver-Lined Peridot
#1013 -Silver-Lined Citrus
#989 -Gold-Lined Crystal
#929 - Rainbow Yellow/Capri Lined
Toho Round 8/o

#2031F -Silver-Lined Frosted Rainbow Rosaline
2027BDF -Silver-Lined Frosted Rainbow Teal
#1833 - Rainbow Lt. Sapphire/Teal Lined
Toho Round 11/o

#2035F -Silver-Lined Frosted Rainbow Sapphire
#15F -Transparent-Frosted Citrus Spritz
#15 -Citrus Spritz
Toho Hex 11/o

#135 -Transparent Lemon Lime
#990 -Gold-Lined Aqua
#991 -Gold-Lined Peridot
#989 -Gold-Lined Crystal

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Color Spotlight - Amethyst

It's a little late in the month, but I thought i'd take the opportunity to spotlight February's birthstone color -- Amethyst.

Our catalog has over 10,000 active items listed over 15 categories. It can be quite the task to search through the items one by one. Searching by color number is one of the many helpful hints we will be covering on a regular basis.

Common amethyst czech glass cane and Toho seed bead numbers:
Czech Glass
2002: Light Amethyst
2003: Medium Amethyst
2004: Amethyst
2006: Dark Amethyst
15726: Luster Amethyst
23020: Opaque Amethyst
23030: Opaque Dark Amethyst
21000: Milky Amethyst

Toho Seed Beads
6: Transparent Light Amethyst/6F Matte
6B: Transparent Medium Amethyst/6BF - Matte
6C: Transparent Amethyst/6CF - Matte
166: Trans-Rainbow Lt. Amethyst/166F - Matte
166B: Trans-Rainbow Med Amethyst/166BF - Matte
166C: Trans Rainbow Amethyst/166CF - Matte
26: Silver-Lined Frosted Light Amethyst/26F - Matte
26B: Silver-Lined Medium Amethyst/26BF - Matte
110B: Trans-Lustered Med Amethyst
502 : Higher-Metallic Amethyst
503: Higher-Metallic Dark Amethyst
201: Gold-Lustered Amethyst

To get more results you can simply type in "Amethyst", but it may take you a while to load depending on your internet connection.

Beads in Design

Crystal Dewdrop Bracelet
Designed by Miwako Naro
Vol. 10 No. 3
"A glowing crystal bracelet made with a
chevron chain stitch variation".
I made up three copies of this bracelet for my sister's wedding last June. The pattern was easy to follow and uses readily available materials. You can find the colors I used on click on the photos to be directed right to them!

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1. TR-11-922 : Toho 11/o round - Ceylon Gladiola
2. TR-15-90 : Toho 15/o round - Metallic - Amethyst Gun Metal

3. 34-44-Z2051 : Czech Crystal 4mm - Tanzanite - Celsian
4. 34-44-91001 : Czech Crystal 4mm - Luster - Pink/Crystal
5. PT-50-11 : Toho One-G Thread - Purple

Monday, February 25, 2008

Permanent Finish Galvanized Toho Beads

Coming soon! Toho has just expanded their selection of permanent finished galvanized seed beads. Regular galvanized metallic coated seed beads have been on the market for many years and are extremely popular because of their wide variety of shimmering colors and matte finishes. They are eye-catching to anyone who's had the opportunity of seeing them in person; they can, however, be difficult to work with in Jewelry. Their metallic coating has been known to come off with strong friction. Therefore, they've been used sparingly. No need to skimp any longer!

Permanent finish is not just for galvanized, it also protects silverlined beads from being tarnished by chemicals -- perfect for use in bridal jewelry and garments! Toho - quality beads & quality finishes.

A full list of available permanent finish items along with pictures will be posted as they become available.

Friday, February 22, 2008

TOHO OneG Thread

In June of 2006, Toho launched their own brand of beading thread -- One G. This quality twisted Nylon beading thread has quickly become favored by some of the most reputable designers in the industry. Since it doesn't fray, it's easy to thread time and time again. It's super strong and holds up well to the wear and tear of notoriously sharp beads such as bugles and crystals. Beadwork finishes up stronger, smoother and cleaner than with most regular threads. Plus There's no wax needed! Just unspool what you need, stretch it a little to straighten it out and it's ready to work for you.
All colors are available on our website. They are also available in a fancy assortment pack of all 12 colors in an acrylic carrying case.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Loose beads sold by the 1/4 kilo on

Loose beads -- the latest addition to our ever-growing catalog! For years we have been proud to offer our entire selection of Czech pressed glass and fire polished beads strung in easy to work with hanks. The beads usually come strung in hanks of 300, 600, or 1,200 beads, depending on the size of the bead. Having the beads strung at the factory in Czech Republic saves valuable time for local bead stores because the merchandise is easily prepared for sale.

Hanks are a great packaging format for most beads, especially the really small ones that are difficult to count. But what about those tricky big beads? Some beads are so wide that their hanks end up being 2 feet long! Each bead store handles them in their own way; selling partial strands, loose in a dish, etc. Buying loose beads by the kilo is an easy way to add variety at a low cost. String them yourself, or sell them loose... either way they're a great deal!

We also carry a wide variety of HurriCane glass loose by the 1/4 kilo:
New styles added weekly!

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