Sunday, December 1, 2013

Breezeway Bangle featuring the new CzechMates Triangle from Nichole Starman

Introducing the CzechMates Triangle! This new two-hole bead is edgy and delicate while still being soft when worn. Nichole Starman's Breezeway Bangle pattern—available from the Oct/Nov 2013 Beadwork—gets a fresh look by substituting CzechMates Triangles for the Lentils. Try a mix of Lentils and Triangles, or go for the edgy look with all Triangles. Have you tried this structural pattern yet? Need help with the instructions? Click here to download additional instructional photos. Bead Stores may download the pattern for classes and kits from the Starman pattern website.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Introducing The CzechMates Triangle

Announcing the CzechMates Triangle

CzechMates System BeadsThe Latest Revelation in 2-Hole Beading: The CzechMates Triangle

Nichole Starman, creator of the CzechMates system, has once again revolutionized beading! Today, Starman, Inc. is proud to announce the latest addition to the CzechMates system: the Triangle. The 6mm Triangle shares the same perfect hole spacing as the CzechMates Lentil, Brick, Dagger, and Tile. Pre-order now! Or, contact our Sales Team to become a launch partner.

Switch It Up With Interchangeable Shapes!

You've already seen that CzechMates Bricks and Tiles are frequently substituteable, such as in TrendSetter Eileen Barker's "Parisian Lace." The new CzechMates Triangle can be switched with the Lentil in other designs. Imagine your favorite Lentil patterns with the edgy look of the Triangle. Nichole Starman's "Breezeway Bangle" works well with Lentils, Triangles, or a mix of both! Enjoy the Breezeway Bangle pattern, as featured in Beadwork Magazine.
Breezeway Bangle with Triangles
Many colors of CzechMates Triangle

Colors Galore, Just In Time for Tucson

We are bringing in plenty of great colors for the CzechMates Triangle. Visit us in Tucson to see the full range of Triangles!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Perlen Poesie now available in the U.S.

Perlen Poesie Magazine, the number one bead art magazine in EuropeWe’re pleased to announce the newest addition to our product line! Meet Perlen Poesie, a German bead art magazine and the #1 bead publication in Europe. The publishers of Perlen Poesie have partnered with Starman, Inc. to distribute the new English-language edition of the magazine.

If you’ve not held an issue of Perlen Poesie, you will be blown away when you get your first copy. It’s a beautiful perfect-bound magazine with heavy papers and extraordinary photography. It’s more like a book than a magazine! The quality and artistry is even evident in the name: Perlen Poesie is German for ‘Bead Poetry’.

Starman will be distributing Perlen Poesie in two ways:

  • Wholesale magazines to be offered in retail stores, including back issues
  • Direct to reader subscriptions and back issues

If you are interested in offering Perlen Poesie in your store, please contact your sales agent, or email To subscribe for yourself, visit and sign up today. We will begin shipping the first full-English issue, #18 (Diane Hyde), and the forthcoming issue #19 when they arrive in early December.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Lentil is one of the most dynamic shapes of the CzechMates two-hole system. It adds a unique texture to beadwork designs and has limitless 3D sculpting possibilities. The simple, symmetrical structure of the CzechMates Lentil makes it easy to stack, stagger, and create frameworks not traditionally found in beading. Nichole Starman, creator of the CzechMates system, was inspired by the world’s most sophisticated spatial structures known to man: gothic cathedrals. Her Breezeway Bangle is a reflection of this concept and the pattern is now available to bead stores for class and promotional use. Her latest design, Rondelle Revolution, featuring CzechMates Lentils and Bricks, will be included as a special promotion with the upcoming December issue of Bead&Button Magazine.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Featured Finish: Moon Dust

One of the most versatile finishes we’ve added to our catalog in recent months is Moon Dust. Depending on the glass cane color the reflection varies from the appearance of silver veined marble to flecks of gold. When the bead goes through the additional process of being matted it truly looks like the surface of the moon. Take a look at our entire selection of Moon Dust beads to see the intriguing transformation yourself.

Moon Dust on Bright, Opaque Czech Glass
Available in shiny and matte. Take a look at how each bead compares when enhanced with this such a pleasing finish.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FREE PATTERN: Create an Embellished Core Within a Large Hole Rondelle

Nichole Starman Free Pattern Ruffled Rondelle
Free Pattern: Ruffled Rondelle by Starman TrendSetter Nichole Starman

Learn how to created a beaded core within a Starman Color Trends large hole bead. This pattern, "Ruffled Rondelle" is a fun and easy beaded bead. It's a great starter pattern for adding embellishments within and around the oversized hole of a firepolished rondelle. Once you've mastered the stitch you can continue adding layers of embellishments around the edges of the bead. Ask your local bead store to carry the full Starman Color Trends collection of 3 perfect shapes in 16 select colors.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Starman Color Trends

Large beads have always been a sophisticated way to make a bold fashion statement. They can be strung quickly to whip up accent jewelry for any occasion. Used sparingly, they make great focal points or pendants. They can even be paired with delicate seed bead work. Use Starman Color Trends to space out beaded beads or add colorful texture and shimmery facets between segments of beaded ropes or spirals. The Starman Color Trends collection includes 3 perfect large shapes: the 14mm Melon, the 11/15 Wonky Oval, and the 9/14mm Large Hole Rondelle. Each shape is available in 16 fashion coordinated pearl and opalescent colors.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Take the Takumi LH Challenge

What is a Takumi LH? If you haven’t heard, Toho launched a new seed bead this summer. Takumi LH beads are the size and shape of a size 11/o seed bead except that the hole diameter is over 15% larger.  How much more thread can pass through? Take the challenge and see for yourself. Our record is 16 thread passes!  Imagine the design possibilities this spacious, barrier breaking bead can create.  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Dark Bronze

This season, dare to pair any colored metallic with dark bronze (color number 14415).  A color palette staple, bronze is and always will be a timeless shade of shimmer.  Trends have continued to evolve into an elegantly liberated hodge-podge of mixed media and unconventional color pairings.  Check out this essential color in our expanding shape selection including its transparent alternative, Bronze Illusion (04415).

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Beads just listed! Rizo, CzechMates Dagger, Rose Petals and more!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Winners of the 2013 Design Challenge

Thank you to all who participated in our 2013 Design Challenge. 
This challenge was for artists to submit designs using two or more bead shapes from the CzechMates™ Two-Hole Beading System™. We received a lot of FABULOUS designs from all skill levels. Thank you again for your submissions!

Monday, August 5, 2013

NEW JBB Findings... Your design is not finished until it is finessed with JBB

Along with our new TOHO Seed beads, we’ve added NEW JBB Findings too.
From toggle frogs to cones and bead caps, we’ve just expanded our JBB findings for you to include more fun and elegant elements into your inventory.
Check out the new items here:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

LAST DAY! Postmark your CzechMates design entry TODAY!

LAST DAY! Design Challenge entries must be postmarked by TODAY, July 31, 2013!

Good Luck and Happy Beading!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NEW Expanded color selection in TOHO seed beads; over 100 new items!

We are expanding our entire color selection of TOHO Japanese Seed Beads. We are going deeper into our already large color selection of popular shapes and sizes. 


Click the links below to see our expansions:

All New Items Since 7/1/2013

And don’t forget about the new Large Hole Takumi LH 11/0

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Test Your Color IQ!

Beaders test your color IQ with the online color challenge by x-rite.

Let us know how you scored.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Looking for a larger hole in a seed bead? Introducing the NEW TAKUMI LH 11/o Seed Bead by TOHO!


New Takumi LH 11/0 Seed Bead

Toho has revolutionized the 11/0 seed bead! The Takumi LH is an 11/0 seed bead with a larger hole and it can be used in place of all regular 11/0 beads in patterning. This gives more flexibility to your beading by allowing for more thread to pass through the bead.

Also, larger hole size means more beads per gram!
110 pieces/gram of Round 11/o vs. 124 pieces/gram of Takumi LH 11/o

Click here check out all the colors

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Featured New Shape: CzechMates™ Brick

Making its debut at the Tucson Gem and Bead shows in February, the CzechMates™ Brick has reinvigorated the beading industry. With such popularity, we presently offer over 50 colors with more on the way. 
The CzechMates™ Brick maintains the same uniform bead spacing as the Tile, the original CzechMates™ shape, and is shared by its beading relatives: the CzechMates™ Lentil and Two Hole Dagger. When combined with the various elements of the CzechMates™ system, the Brick becomes a true building block of modern beading.

The exceptionally versatile CzechMates™ Brick works splendidly in traditional stringing and bead weaving. It is also a perfect complement to our extensive line of TOHO Seed Beads.

Create this necklace with your customers! This necklace was patterned to as a tool for your bead store become Patterned-to-Sell™. Go to for this and other FREE patterns by our 2013 TrendSetters.