Welcome to the blog of Starman, Inc., also known as www.CzechBeads.com, your source for wholesale Czech glass beads, CzechMates, TOHO Japanese seed beads, and more. We are proud to inform bead lovers of the many new and exciting products and events that happen within our multifaceted industry.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
( Click the picture above to see a few of our favorite copper & purple beads )
Copper in all of its warm orangy goodness invokes the color of the turning leaves so prevalent this time of year. I love how in the past few years, with the rise in price of gold and silver, this simple metal has made a come back in the bead world. And it deserves all of its new found attention. When at its brightest it glows hot like burning embers and when given a finish such as antiqued or matted the warmth of this color still shines through.
In contrast, purple, whether deep and rich like grapes ready for harvest or soft and ethereal as early morning storm clouds. This color is a perennial favorite,showing up in one shade or another on color forecaster's list for just about every season. And who can blame them it's just so versatile, add more blue to cool it down or give it a dash of red to warm it up, this is a color that can compliment or contrast beautifully with just about any color in the rainbow.
Given these two colors individual qualities it is no wonder they compliment and contrast with each other so well. Rich and warm, this color combination is perfect for fall.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
My name is Jennifer Baker and I am the Operations Manager here at Starman, Inc. I see all the orders that come in over the web site, make sure orders get shipped, and maintain the warehouse here. I get to talk to people from all over the world via e-mail and on the phone.
I am also an avid beader, and quilter. I am learning to combine the two. This year I challenged myself with participating in the 2010 Bead Journal Project.
I also have my personal blog Jennifer's Journey where I try to record all my projects that I have completed. Including this great bumble bee--
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
My name is Heather and I have been hired by Starman, Inc. as the Business Manager. I'm so excited to be here in this creative environment but I have ZERO bead experience. I have been an artist all of my life, thanks to my grandfather. My usual mediums are drawing, painting, refinishing furniture and home design. With that said, it is safe to assume that I know nothing about beads, the hardware needed or the proper terms. I will explain everything as I go just in case there are newbie's out there as well.
We have decided to revive the blog and have three different levels for everyone to watch - Beginner (me), Intermediate (Lisa) and Advanced (Jennifer)- it should be great fun!!
We will work on different projects and, occasionally, work with the same color pallette for seasonal projects. Another project will have all of us use the same materials and see what we come up with individually. Suggestions are always welcome.
My first bead purchase was a bag of assorted crystals and varying sizes of red firepolish beads. I plan on doing 3-4 in. strands to insert into the Christmas tree for sparkle. I am very traditional in my decoration of a Christmas tree. I always stay with deep reds, gold, some dark green and crystals for sparkle.
My first question to the 'bead guru' (Jennifer) was how to have the ends finished nicely. I thought a 'stopper' (headpin) would be a possibility but it would need to be longer than we carry. Her two ideas were to use a very small bead (seed bead) or string it and then loop it back through. I thought that would leave a string around the bottom so Im not so sure about that. I also contemplated earring tops. We shall see what works better.
I will be bringing in the beads tomorrow to start learning and sharing with all of you.
I hope you join us on our new adventures and enjoy our trip down the beadin' path!
Happy wishes to all of you!
Friday, January 1, 2010
We are getting ready for Tucson bead show where we will have two booths. Hope to see you there.