Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Crystal Colors

11 New crystal colors just added-- New & unique colors like none other! We offer many color combinations and luster finishes that are unavailable through any other vendor! Looking for the right colors to compliment Czech fire polished beads in your design? These colorful crystals will add sparkle to any project. What a fun addition to any crystal junkie's collection!
View our entire 4mm bicone collection here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Down to Earth Tones

Just added! Check out our entire selection of 24 soft, organic color combinations. Names inspired by some of the most beautiful points of interest in North America and around the globe; these beads are truly unique. Available while supplies last -- these colors cannot be reproduced!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Lavender Inspiration


It's that time again! Every year in mid July our sleepy little country town hosts the now famous Sequim Lavender Festival. There are many colorful and fragrant plants that thrive here in the Olympic rain shadow, but none are as celebrated as lavender. On your way into town you will pass many brilliant fields of mesmerizing purple and green. Many more farms are tucked away into the hillsides, waiting to be discovered. LavenderLavender In town you can sample a wide variety of lavender products including soaps, perfumes, seasonings and even ice cream! The city side walks as well as residential and commercial properties are lined with these thick, bushy plants, which fill the air with their unmistakable and fragrant aroma. Hundreds of varieties are on display and in full bloom now, ready for picking!

We receive much of our inspiration for our color selection and even our color names from the scenic countryside that's viewable from outside our warehouse windows. Be sure to come visit us when you're in the area!

Milo the Mascot Here's our warehouse mascot, Milo, enjoying the beautiful summer sunset. He's a four year old Golden Retriever and comes to work with us everyday. His responsibilities include mail delivery, security, and UPS pickup monitoring.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Why Toho? Cubes!

Japanese seed beads are quickly becoming the standard seed bead of our industry because of their quality, variety, and color selection. Bead stores throughout the world are constantly expanding their selection to include not only rounds, but the more unique shapes such as triangles, cubes, cylinders and hexes. With all the different varieties of seed beads out there you would think that it would be impossible to tell the difference between manufacturers but it's not when you know what to look for. Toho Co. has created beads that stand out from the rest because of their continued determination to improve the production and design of quality beads. The latest example of this is the introduction of their line of permanent finish beads. Galvanized and ceylon silver-lined finishes are some of the more sought after colors on the market and have always sold incredibly well considering they have one major flaw - the colors will eventually fade or flake over time. Toho took their customer's requests seriously and came up with a solution that has the whole industry buzzing and pondering the many possibilities this new technology can create.

The first and easiest tip on how to spot a Toho bead is to examine the hole shape on the cubes. Toho prides itself on having the largest, most uniform holes of all seed bead manufacturers and it's most obvious on the larger sized cube beads. You can see below that the holes on the Toho cubes are not only larger, but shaped like a diamond. This design allows for maximum hole capacity while still maintaining bead integrity. Thread nestles into the corners of the hole, which can help keep the beads aligned in a pattern. And of course having a larger hole makes the beads lighter, which will get you more beads per kilo!

TOHO 4mm cubes with diamond shaped holes TOHO 4mm cubes with diamond shaped holes
Miyuki 4mm cubes with round holes <br />Miyuki 4mm cubes with round holes
Have fun re-exploring your own bead stash and check out your local bead store's selection. If they don't have diamond shaped holes then be sure to ask for TOHO by name! More colors and sizes coming soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Latest Permanent Finish Additions


TOHO Round Size 11/0 - Permanent Finish Silver-Lined

PF2102 - Montana Blue
PF2120 - Soft Pink
PF2123 - Sapphire
PF2109 - Jonquil
PF2107 - Electric Pink
PF2126 - Peachy Pink
PF2105 - Baby Pink
PF2103 - Peridot
New bright, brilliant colors that won't rub off! Pinks that won't fade! Silver linings that won't oxidize and flake -- Just try to wear them out! More color added regularly.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Visit us at the Summer CHA show!

This triptych style Aiko Loomwork will be on display, as well as many other intricate works of art and finished jewelry at the summer CHA show in Rosemont Illinois. Click on the above picture to view an enlarged version. Aiko beads are the most perfect beads, especially for loomwork because of their precision shape and color variety. Notice how straight and even the rows and edges of each piece are as they are displayed in a floating glass frame. Round seed beads of all sizes can also be used and can drastically change the proportion and feel of the finished piece.

CHA Summer Show2008

Chicago, ILBooth #525

July 17-20, 2008

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL (Map)

Come meet us at our booth and view our entire selection of Toho seed beads as well as the many program and display options we have available for you to choose from. We have programs designed to fit any size of bead or craft store!

Wildly Bohemian Czech fire polished and pressed glass bead programs are also available. Our Starman Rainbow Bead Collection is a great way to add hundreds of unique strands of pressed beads to your store in very little showroom space. Come on by and ask us how!