Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Prices go down!

The Best Beads Shop offers you the best prices for neon rocaille!

25g neon matt or neon opaque rocaille costs only $1.99!!! You won't find better price :) We guarantee.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Neolithic beads

We've found interesting photo of Neolithic beads. Our ancestors used these beads... Amazing!

Neolithic stone pearls from early settlements in Sahara, North Africa - 5000 BC

Largest piece: 17x10 mm, smallest  3x10 mm

Source - Ancient Beads


Don't miss 20% discount on all leaves, daggers, drops and PIPs!
Offer is valid till 29th August.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New items! Pips by Preciosa!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786259/50pcs-clear-with-yellow-and-ab-pip-beads?ref=shop_home_active_10 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786299/50pcs-clear-with-gray-and-ab-pip-beads?ref=shop_home_active_9 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786367/50pcs-lustered-white-pip-beads-7x5mm?ref=shop_home_active_8

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200778132/50pcs-caramel-spots-travertine-pip-beads?ref=shop_home_active_5 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786463/50pcs-purple-pip-beads-7x5mm-preciosa?ref=shop_home_active_6 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200778000/50pcs-rose-haze-traverine-pip-beads?ref=shop_home_active_7

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786623/50pcs-black-with-gold-haze-pip-beads?ref=shop_home_active_2 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200778212/50pcs-gold-pip-beads-7x5mm-preciosa?ref=shop_home_active_3 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786537/50pcs-jet-pip-beads-7x5mm-preciosa-czech?ref=shop_home_active_4

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786173/50pcs-black-with-marble-stone-traverine?ref=shop_home_active_11 https://www.etsy.com/listing/200786653/50pcs-black-with-dark-purple-haze-pip?ref=shop_home_active_1

Kiffa beads

Kiffa beads are rare powder glass beads named after the Mauritanian city of Kiffa, where French ethnologist R.Mauny documented them first in 1949.


Kiffa beads represent one of the highest levels of artistic skill and ingenuity in beadmaking, being manufactured with the simplest materials and tools available - pulverized European glass beads or fragments of them, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles, some gum arabic, and open fires. The term Kiffa bead, named after one of the old bead making centres of Kiffa in Mauritania, was coined by United States bead collectors during the 1980s.

According to Peter Francis, Jr., the making of powder glass beads in West Africa may date back a few hundred years, and to possibly 1200 CE in Mauritania. Maure powder glass beads are believed to copy older, Islamic beads, of the type made in Fustat and elsewhere. Although the making of Mauritanian powder glass beads appears to be an ancient tradition, no archaeological evidence to establish their age has been found to date.

From Wikipedia

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tutorial: Stud Earrings with Connector Beads

Pearl Blay, who helps us with giveaway at the Beading Gem's Journal, offers you simply and clear tutorial. Take a look at her blog and you'll find out, how to make elegant earrings with 30mm silky ruby bugle beads.


25% discount for all twins, super duos and duets!

 Offer is valid till August 22nd.

Monday, August 11, 2014

$50 Giveaway!

Do you want to win $50 gift card? The Best Beads shop and the Beading Gem's journal offer you big giveaway! Find out details here: Best Beads' $50 Giveaway for Czech Beads

Also you'll find a few amazing beaded pieces by Pearl Blay. They do inspire!


25% discount on rocaille, farfalle and bugle beads! Offer is valid till August 15th!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Neon Pendant Tutorial

You will need:
7/0 neon matt pink rocaille
7/0 neon matt green rocaille
11/0 black rocaille
8/0 black or jet rocaille
15x9 black daggers
6 yards of beading thread

1. On 2 yards of thread, string four 11/o seed beads, then add one 11/o, one 8/o, one green 7/o, one 8/o and one 11/o. (This 5 bead pattern will repeat for the remainder of the rope.) Stitch up through the first 4 beads added and pull snug.

2. Pick up one 11/o bead and the 5 bead pattern. Stitch up through the four core beads again and pull snug. Stitch up through the first 11/o bead added in this step.

3. Pick up one 11/o and the 5 bead pattern. Stitch up through the top four beads in the core section. Pull snug and stitch up through the first 11/o added.

4. Repeat step 3 to form a spiral rope that is just long enough for the ends to meet and form a ring about 2 inches in diameter. Stitch the ends together by passing up through the first 4 core beads and pull tight. Zip up the ring by adding more 5 bead stitches to complete the spiral until all of the core beads are covered and the spirals meet. Weave in any remaining thread and trim.

5. Use ladder stitch to create a 2 by 4 bead strip of 8/o seed beads. Stitch the first and last stacks together securely and exit from the bottom, or tail side, of the beadwork.

6. Pick up a repeating pattern of pink 7/o and black 8/o beads to make a strand 2-4 inches long. Pick up six 11/o, one dagger, and six 11/o. Stitch back up through the pink and black strand and the bead ladder. Pull snug.

7. Stitch down through the next stack of the ladder and add another fringe. Repeat to make 4 fringes in total, and exit from the top of the bead ladder.

8. Pick up one pink 7/o and twenty five 11/o. Pass through the center of the spiral ring, and stitch back through the pink bead, and into the opposite side of the ladder. Weave in any remaining thread, passing through the loop and securing the base 7/o bead to the ladder. Secure the thread with a half hitch knot in one of the fringe strands and trim.

9. Repeat steps 5-8 to form a second fringe tassel. String pendant as desired for a fun necklace.

 Tutorial is provided by Mortira Natasha vanPelt

Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekend sale!

Weekend sale! 10% discount on all items on etsy! Just use code AUGUST2! Valid is offer from 8th till 10th August.