Friday, December 21, 2012

CzechMates™ Two-Hole Daggers

CzechMates™ Daggers are a perfect addition to your Bead Store inventory. We have a nice selection of 36 colors and we will be bringing even more colors to Tucson 2013!

Bead with two-hole style as our daggers have the same hole spacing as the CzechMates™ Tiles.

The bracelet above is a creation by Starman's TrendSetter Svetlana Einy from Israel. 

See the entire CzechMates™ dagger inventory here:

See the entire CzechMates™ Tile inventory here:

Click here for more information on our Tucson Booths and locations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rose Petal Bracelets - Submitted by Bonnie Madsen

Bonnie Madsen calls this bracelet design "very pretty and unique." She did an excellent job choosing the color pallet for each bracelet. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your version of Nichole Starman's Elizabethan Petal Bracelet.

This elegant bracelet now has even more possibilities! We've expanded our Petal line to include 15 additional colors. 

These petals will be in Tucson, but we decided to give you a little taste of what to expect this year. We have listed a limited quantity of each new Rose Petal color on our website for you to preview. Click here for our Rose Petals.

Also, make sure that you check out Nichole Starman's latest 'Petal Power' creation in the new Bead and Button magazine. It includes another FREE pattern for you to create a unique bracelet to add to your "beaded garden."

We'd love to see what you create. Email Me your photos to share. Thank you!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

[NEWLY LISTED] Rose Petals - Tucson 2013 Preview

We’ve released some of our Tucson stock early! Nichole Starman’s “Petal Power” pattern will be seen in the upcoming Bead&Button Magazine.  There will be a variation of the design online.

The new colors of 14/13mm Rose Petals are absolutely beautiful. They range from bright sunflower to more earthy tones and our most sought after Picasso finishes.

Click here to see all of our 14/13mm Rose Petals. 
Click here to see all of our Newly Listed Items.
This fabulous petal shape debuted at Tucson last year and due to popular demand has grown to include 15 new colors.  Quantities are limited, so get yours today!  These beautiful new colors will also be available to purchase in person at the Starman booths at the G&LW Gem Mall and The DoubleTree Hotel.  We look forward to exceeding your beading needs!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Elizabethan Petal Class at Ubeadquitous

Class Time!
Thank you Alyx of Ubeadquitous for sharing your class and the beautiful redesign of the Elizabethan flower pattern by Nichole Starman.
"The red-haired lady is Kathleen Johnson, and she’s the one who made the asymmetrical Elizabethan necklace. The black-haired young woman at the end of the table is Su Lin Mangan."
The flowers were designed by Nicole Starman, who originally used them in a bracelet.

Below is an example of the Elizabethan Petal Bracelet, beaded by Julie Hall. Thank you for sharing!

Monday, November 5, 2012

November's Free Pattern: Corner-to-Corner

Here's my version of the Free Pattern from our TrendSetter, EmLee Young as advertised in Beadwork Magazine.

The Corner-to-Corner bracelet is really fun and easy to bead! It is the 3rd place winner of the 2012 Starman Design Contest.

Please, send us pictures of your versions, we'd like to see what you created.

Click here to get the pattern:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

5 New Kits Released Today

[NEWS FLASH] Wildly Bohemian kits will be featured in Bead Work’s Creative Corner... stock-up and be ready for your customers’’ requests! These make the perfect stocking stuffers too!

5 New Kits Released Today... ready to ship to your store! Scroll through this album to see all the great kit color combinations.

All Kits:

Each kit includes: Ten 2.5” tubes of quality TOHO Seed beads and coordinating mix of Czech fire polish & Pressed Glass Shapes

Retail Ready Bead Kits are the Perfect Impulse purchase... sells best by your register!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

[Free Pattern] Corner-to-Corner • CzechMates Tile Beads

We are excited to offer this FREE PATTERN of our 2012 Design Contest's 3rd Place winning design:

Corner-to-Corner, by EmLee Young

This pattern uses the new CzechMates Tile beads along with TOHO Seed beads (bugles and treasures) as well as Czech machine cut bi-cone crystals. This bracelet is really simple to create.
Please, feel free to utilize this pattern for your beadstore and personal use.

This is the pattern that is mentioned in the BeadWork magazine for the December 2012 issue. We would love to see your completed pieces. Please, post them to our facebook or email them to
Happy Beading!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10 New SuperDuos Just Listed!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Genuine SuperDuos vs. Twin vs. the "other" SuperDuo

Bead&Button Magazine's Blog:

"There's a poser in town! Well, not exactly...There's a new two-hole bead, called a Superduo, but made by a different manufacturer than the original Superduo. Learn about the difference here:"

Click here to go to Bead&Button's Blog.

Friday, July 20, 2012

2012 Design Contest Finalists

The contest is running on Facebook right now. Click on the pictures below to be linked to the
Facebook page. Click LIKE on your favorite design. Design with the most votes will win.

Monday, April 30, 2012

FREE Tessella Bracelet Pattern - WB

Do you enjoy patterns that require two hole tile beads, such as Miyuki Tilas? I recommend using what I consider the better tile bead.
My latest, royalty free tile bead pattern is now available for download!
With this fun, elegant pattern you will learn time saving techniques that help you work with CzechMate Tile beads in configurations never thought possible. I hope from this simple pattern you will be inspired to build upon your skills and integrate your own creativity into designing amazing, cutting edge works of art!

Also included in this booklet is a full color reference to the vast array of color choices currently available. Ask for them at your local bead store!

Friday, April 20, 2012

1000 Beads added to Inventory Closeouts. Last Day May 15th!

This year has proven to be a time of growth at Starman, Inc.  We have expanded both our lines of TOHO Seed Beads and our JBB Findings; in addition Starman introduced the top selling CzechMates™ tile bead and the popular DeCoRé Epoxy Clay.

 Amidst this growth we have decided to retire most of our traditional Handmade-Lampwork beads.  The final day we will be accepting orders for this category is May 15th.  Please visit the link below and make your final selections:

Follow us on Facebook to learn of the new and exciting products Starman Inc. will be releasing in the coming weeks.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Elizabethan Petal Bracelet Variation

My favorite part of designing patterns that teach people how to use new beads is seeing the natural, creative progression that happens when talented people build upon an original concept.
Elizabethan Flowers on Herringbone 

Elizabethan Flowers on Herringbone (back)

Jewelry designer Kathy Simonds learned how to turn Czech rose petal beads into Elizabethan flowers through her local bead supplier. Her command of the beading craft and impeccable color blending skills are apparent in the advanced modifications she made to the bracelet pattern.

Individually these flowers can be used in all forms of jewelry.  What potential do you see?  If you'd like to learn how to make these flowers, please ask your local bead store to carry Rose Petals 14/13mm.  

Monday, April 2, 2012

CzechMate Tile Beads in Action

Herringbone with Tile Beads Center Embellishment By Marcia Balonis

CzechMates Tile Bead 6mm : Twilight - Jonquil 
CzechMates Tile Bead 6mm : Twilight - Jonquil (250-66-W8013)

Round 11/0 : Frosted Gold-Lined Crystal
Round 11/0 : Frosted Gold-Lined Crystal (TR-11-989F)

Round 11/0 : Gilded Marble Lavender
Round 11/0 : Gilded Marble Lavender (TR-11-1704)

This is my first attempt at making "Herringbone with Tila Beads" by Marcia Balonis. The pattern was originally designed for Tila beads, but I found that the CzechMates Tile beads integrated seamlessly into the design. I don't have much experience with the herringbone stitch so it took me a while to hit my stride.  A friend of mine told me that herringbone, although a simple and beautiful stitch, can be frustrating and difficult for certain types of people.  I didn't believe her until about forty-five minutes later when I hadn't made it past the fifth row. My mind couldn't allow me to move forward knowing the beads were sitting all wonky.  I now know that I must have faith that the stitch will work itself out.  Fortunately, I will have the opportunity to expand upon my skills with Marcia's new pattern for a double wide version of the bracelet that is now available for purchase on her website:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day 
from our Starman Leprechaun! What are you doing to celebrate? Are you eating some corned beef & cabbage? Or dressing up in green? Whatever you do, we hope it's with gusto and fun! Cheers to you all!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

CzechMates Tile Bead - NEW COLORS!!!

CzechMates Tile Bead - the NEW NAME for our Two-Hole Tile Flat Square beads.
Three New Colors just activated on our website:

Compared to other Two-Hole Tile Beads on the market:
CzechMates Tile Beads come on 50 Piece Nylon Stands, are more durable, come in more colors and have OVER 2x larger holes. The corners are pressed so they are softly rounded and will not cut into your skin or thread. See for yourself. Use the BETTER TILE BEAD... CzechMates Tile Beads.

Manufactured EXCLUSIVELY by Starman’s Factory in the Czech Republic. 
We are a wholesale ONLY company.

Monday, February 20, 2012

StarPicks Designs

We wanted to share with you an amazing piece by a fabulous designer, Christy Drexel of Round Robin. Christy used beads from her StarPicks program box, embellished it with beads from her own collection to come up with this amazing one of a kind necklace.

Click here to see more details on getting signed up on the StarPicks program or call Lisa today at (888) 683-2323 x17.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Construction Zone - Woman at Work

Creativity on the verge of insanity
I came across this picture I took before Christmas and thought other designers could relate to my madness. It's cleaned up now, but I do remember knowing exactly where every jump ring, needle and pressed bead was located (except for scissors, I could never find scissors!). My method was simple: restrict my bead selection to only the new items on the table. That way I could challenge myself and focus on innovation.  The finished products along with free patterns can be found in our Bead Store Idea Book, which was launched in Tucson earlier this year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tucson Fashion

It thought I'd share this necklace I made using the new beads available at our Gem Mall booth in Tucson.  I needed a long, wraparound necklace to compliment the shirt in the background of the photo above.  The pink and purple beads matched perfectly and I added the turquoise ovals to add contrast. Each beaded segment is spaced apart using textured cable chain. Using small lengths of chain to connect beaded eye pins can help beaders of all skill levels create quality jewelry in the latest fashion to coordinate any outfit.