Sunday, 17 October 2010

Bead blog recap week 41

And so another week has passed and it's time to make a recap in English of what I've written over at Manekis Pärlblogg. From scale mail flowers to bicones.

Scale flowers
How to make metal flowers using scales -- sold by chainmail specialists) and rings. Beautiful!

Bicone -- the classic bead shape
It's not entirely uncommon for newbies to confuse bicone with specific crystal beads, but really it's just the name for a certain shape that you can find in beads made from all sorts of materials.

Caraga to launch kit contest
Swedish bead shop Caraga is announcing they will begin selling bead kits for their new beading contest soon.

Beaded balls
How to make bead(ed) balls, using everything from nine to ninety beads (or more).

Herringbone à la SweetPeas/Plaited herringbone
When SweetPeas, AKA Chika Terai, practiced stitching herringbone, se discovered a new stitch. Similar to traditional herringbone, but still rather different.

Headpins with stamen -- and flowers
Fairtrade registered thai silver company Shiana makes fancy headpins with stamen on the end, perfect for using with flower beads to add a touch of realism. They also sell gorgeous flower headpins. Available in silver, black silver, rose vermeil and vermeil.

New finishes from TierraCast
TierraCast is now coating their quality pewter beads and findings in two new, sought-after finishes: black and antique brass. At the time of writing, I do not know if these new finishes comply with the EU directive on nickel content.

Registrations for Facett.STHLM bead meet 2011 opened
On Sunday, the day national annual bead meet PUSS (=kiss) ended, Facett.STHLM opened for booking a place at their next annual meeting in April.

Dagger flower drops tutorial
The Swedish version of the tutorial you can find in English here.

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