A new way to think about faceted beads

Faceted beads are coming back in style. Crystal faceted beads have long been used in beading and jewelry making.faceted-beads-a Faceted beads look great on a necklace, earrings or bracelet. The sparkling crystal faceted beads come in a rainbow of colors and a range of sizes, perfect for any beading project. Small faceted beads look great on a long strand, either all the same color or a mixture of different shades. The cuts on faceted beads catch the light beautifully, creating a prism of rainbow sunlight. Faceted beads come in glass or plastic, and both materials look much more expensive than they really are.

A new trend with faceted beads is to use one very large faceted bead, alone, on a necklace. Gems and crystals are currently in style, so take advantage with a simple faceted bead necklace. The bead looks great on a metal chain, or perhaps a leather thread. This simple necklace makes an easy statement with any outfit.

Faceted beads can also be made with clay. Cut the clay into a circle, then use an x-acto  knife to add the faceted-beads1-aangles, mimicking the natural facets of stones and rocks. Cut a hole through it with a toothpick or other small, sharp object, and your bead is ready to bake! These clay faceted beads can be painted any color, or even accented with glitter.

Faceted beads can also be made into Christmas ornaments. The sparkling angles pair beautifully with delicate Christmas lights on your tree, creating a truly magnificent spectacle. Try a tutorial for a Christmas ornament cover, or an original design like a snowflake or a favorite shape. The white faceted beads resemble snowflakes, and add a wintry-feel to any Christmas ornament or other design.

Faceted beads have a great many uses, so purchase some today and get experimenting! Whether you made jewelry with your beads, décor, or something else, it’s bound to turn out beautiful.

How to Make a Surf Bracelet Using Beads And Leather Cor

leather-cord-bead-aSurf bracelets are a cool jewelry trend for men and women. These durable bracelets can withstand the elements, while still looking cool. The leather can get wet and does not need to be removed when swimming or showering. Surf bracelets can be purchased at surf stores for a high price, or you can make one yourself! A cool leather beaded bracelet can be yours with just a few materials and an afternoon. Make a leather surf bracelet for yourself or your friends


  1. Gather your materials. You can find leather cord at a craft store or online, so select one in any color. While you’re there, pick up beads with holes large enough to fit the leather.
  2. Measure and cut the leather. Cut 2 strands of leather cord with scissors. You can estimate the length by wrapping the strand around your wrist and adding a few more inches for safety, and to compensate for a tie.
  3. Knot the ends. Tie the strands together at one end with a secure knot, leaving enough room for tying the leather bracelet. Tape one end to a tabletop or pin to your pant leg for easy beading.
  4. Begin beading. Place a single bead on one of the leather strings and slide it to the base of the knot.
  5. Slide the second piece of leather through the bead. Thread the leather cord through the same bead on the opposite side. This will create a loop around the bead and secure it in place.
  6. Continue adding beads with steps 4 and 5. Do this until the bracelet is long enough to wrap around your entire wrist. You can choose to use all the same color bead, or alternate to create a pattern in your surf bracelet.
  7. Finish your bracelet. Use a basic knot to tie off the other end of your leather. Remove the tape and tie the tails together around your wrist.


Congratulations, your surf bracelet is complete. Enjoy your stylish leather bracelet perfect for everyday. Now get out there and surf- or at least look like you do!

What Are Modern Charm Bracelets Using Metal Beads And Charms?

Charm bracelets are a jewelry style that have been around for thousands of years. The caveman first started hanging an charm3-aunusual piece of bone, shell, stone, wood or a fashioned piece of clay on their garments in the Neolithic era. Elaborate bracelets have also been found from this time, including shells that have been perforated to be strung into beads. Charms evolved and were made of gemstones and carved animal tusks or wood. They could be used as an amulet of good luck, or to identify with a particular religion or tribe.

Queen Victoria is often credited with helping spark the modern-day charm bracelet trend in the late 19th century. Her gold charm bracelet had sixteen various oval and heart shaped lockets, some set with jewels, others engraved, several with inscriptions. Her famed charm bracelet was placed in the ‘Albert Room’ at Windsor Castle per her request after the Queen’s death in 1901.

charm2-aToday, people of all ages love to wear metal charm bracelets. Some may choose charms to represent their accomplishments, others may select charms for members of their family. Charms can be made for birthdays,anniversaries, hobbies, and more. There are themed charm bracelets for holidays or occasions, and everyday bracelets. Modern charm bracelets make an excellent gift, and allow you to continue giving charms
for years to come.

Modern charm bracelets are easy to make. They typically are made of metal, with a charm1-ametal chain or metal beads and metal charms.  The bracelet consists of a thin chain (metal, fabric or leather) onto which any number of charm beads can be added. You can use dangling charms or charm beads on your bracelet. Metal charms can be purchased from specialty stores, or made by hand by using stamped metal! Charm beads can also be sculpted out of polymer clay into any shape you desire! Dance
shoes, cars, foods, even a kitchen blender can all be sculpted into charms for your charm bracelet. The customization possibilities are endless with metal charms and charm bracelets.

Modern charm bracelets are a fun jewelry choice any day. All it takes is a chain and a charm for a customizable bracelet. Charm bracelets are both beautiful and a great conversation starter.

Why We Love Beads (And You Should, Too!)

love-beads-aBeads and beading is one of the best hobbies out there. It’s therapeutic, can be done in a group, and has beautiful results. Beads can be used in jewelry making, affixing beads to clothes or accessories, or even to make a beaded piece of décor for your home. There are many reasons why we love beading – and why you should, too!

Beads and beading projects come in a variety of levels- from beginning projects that can be done with children, to beyond-expert. This means people of all ages and skills can practice beading together. It’s an excellent way to bond a group of people together while making jewelry and creating something beautiful.

Not only to the projects range in skill levels, they also range in style! With hundreds (yes, hundreds) of styles of beads out there, there’s something for everyone. You can create a hip and stylish jewelry project with metal or neon beads, or something more traditional with pearl beads. Find the perfect jewelry making project with your favorite beads.

Beads are always fashionable. Women and men have been wearing jewelry for hundreds of years, and this is not going out of style anytime soon. Jewelry making is a hobby that always has fashionable results, and you can keep up with the trends. Wander the aisles of your favorite store for inspiration for your next beading project.

The last reason we love beads is that they are beautiful. When making jewelry, there are so many bead options. Small and delicate seed beads can create exquisite jewelry or other beaded pieces. Agate beads make a statement on any necklace or bracelet, with the added health benefits. Crystal beads sparkle in the light and add glamour to everyday. Earthy wood beads are always beautiful, as are gemstone beads. One could spend hours browsing a bead shop or online store for the perfect beads. But the best part is, you don’t have to pick just one! The options are limitless when it comes to beads and beading, so begin today!

New Czech Rizo Beads from Modebeads

rz6-03000-25123Add a new dimension to your woven jewelry designs using the brand Czech Rizo Beads from Modebeads! Rizo beads are high quality Czech Glass Beads, similar in shape to a dagger beads. The basic difference  is that they are more rounded in shape and don’t give that sword like appearance. The hole is situated at the top of the bead, to allow for the rounded tip at the bottom to dangle freely. Rizo beads measure 2.5x6mm in dimension, and are sold in 100 gram bags. The versatility of this fantastic bead will allow the Rizo bead to become a staple in your seed beads and woven jewelry bead collection! Our ever growing collection includes over 30 colors , including neons, coatings and specialty colors and finishes.


New Beading Section at CHA

Ohhh… We’re more excited than ever for this years 2014 CHA Craft & Hobby Show! Taking place in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center January 10-14 2014.

Why the eshutterstock_111579662xcitement? That’s because this year CHA has added an entire beading section to their show! This section has recently been named CHA North American Bead Association, and will merge beaders, designers, bead stores and suppliers together to offer each other support and guidance in strengthening the bead niche in particular, within the general crafting industry.

CHA has acknowledged, that the brick & mortar bead stores have suffered as a whole , with a 25% closure rate over the past few years. Although this may not seem to affect the industry at large, you will be surprised to learn that this does eventually trickle down to affect everyone including the customers. Being involved in this part of the CHA will give people the opportunity to discover pertinent industry information and to think outside of the box! Each conference, industry gathering and meeting is bound to evoke new energy, excitement and a wealth of new ideas and business opportunites which will help improve the beading industry as a whole. CHA offers private forums, networking opportunities, webinars, business seminars,  vendor connections and much more.

Modebeads is excited to exhibit at this fantastic new venue, and we look forward to exhibiting our new product lines and educating the consumers most popular trends, upcoming new 2014 styles, best selling beads, ever popular linked bead chain  and rhinestone cup chain… and so much more!

Click Here to register:  https://www.expologic.com/registration/dsp_eventstart.cfm?eventID=560&source=CHAewebATT

Preciosa & Pantone Color Trends for Fall/ Winter 2013-2014

Precisoa, the Leader of Czech Crystal beads has once again predicted the color trends for the upcoming season, by partnering with Pantone. This most amazing collaboration, gives designers and beaders a wealth of information in the fashion industry. Preciosa has taken the predicted color patterns for the upcoming season, and matched their crystals to the color swatches shade by shade. What an amazing idea!! This provides us all with beads ready for jewelry making and creativity which will coordinate and match all clothing, shoes, garments , and accessories for the next season.

What an aweome color pallete is in store for Fall/ Winter 2013- 2014!


Preciousness: Like a day spent indoors, going through faded photographs and precious heirlooms, preserved through generations, these colors are the nostalgic special memories of times gone by. Preciosa® GENUINE CZECH CRYSTAL™ designs made with this gentle palette – like that delicately treasured heirloom – are sure to be cherished for years to come.

This Color Palette includes subdued and muted pinks and purples like Preciosas Vitrael Medium, Vitrael Light and Light Rose, as well as a stark Brown Flare as a contrast.






Bliss: Irresistable and luscios, these ripe hues are reminiscent of a blissful evening with a fine red wine and dark chocolate. A sophisticated, rather than purely decadent indulgence, the mouth-watering temptation of these colours can be elegantly contrasted with various metals to create enticingly shimmering crystal jewellery and accessories.

This Color Palette Includes Siam, Garnet, and Light Siam.


Togetherness: mid-morning coffee with your best friend or afternoon break with your sweetheart, this aromatic colour mix of rich toffees, caramels, roasted beans and café lattes is the essence of togetherness. It is a palette full of warmth for a fall and winter of sparkling inspirations!


This warm Color Palette includes the pale hues of Light Peach, as well as Sun, Crystal Venus, and Smoked Topaz.







Joyesness: A warm hearted mix of complementary and contrasting mid-tones is reflective of a light-hearted and fun-filled afternoon full of free-flowing creativity. Mix and match these playfully soft colours to create your own vividly sparkling combinations of Preciosa® GENUINE CZECH CRYSTAL™ creations!


This color Palette includes the Plush Rich Shades of Deep Tanzanite,as well as the Tangy splash of Olive Green! Crystal Apricot and Fucshia combine to give it that splash!

Differences of Super Duos and Twin Beads

Two Holed Seed beads have been become the one of the most sought after beads in the jewelry fashion industry. The possibilities of creation with these are endless! We’ve come across the most original, ornate, and fantastic designs, all created with two holed seed beads.

When choosing your two holed seed beads, there are two options available. The Super Duo Seed beads and the Preciosa Twin Beads. Although they are both produced in the Czech Republic,are similar in both shape and size, and are of superior quality, they each boast their individual qualities, due to their manufacturing process.

Super Duos are pressed glass beads, meaning they are produced in a mold, thus ensuring consistency of shape and size, with no variations. Twin Beads, on the flip side are manufactured according to Traditional Czech Seed Bead making techniques, in which that process can not guarantee uniform and consistent results.

When handling SuperDuos, you will not find the need to discard unusable and defective beads, as each will be to utmost perfect. Twin Beads offers a more natural feel to it, and will always necessitate culling, removal of unnecessary beads.

Another major difference between SuperDuos and Twin beads is the color options available in each. SuperDuos are available in more specialty colors and coatings than the Twin Beads, such as iridescents and two tones.



Trends: Animal Beads

crystal beadsEnvironmentalism seems to be en vogue right now. People are eating organic food, driving hybrid cars and wearing faux-fur. The trend extends to jewelry making, too. This summer, expect to see people rocking a lot of animal themed jewelry. That means everything from crystal beads shaped like animals to using faux-rabbit’s feet and shark’s teeth in their jewelry creations.

Getting on trend is easy with the right tools. One simple thing you can do is get some animal shaped beads and weave them into your work. Many such beads are small and discrete so you can work them into traditional designs without much hassle. You can also opt for a necklace made of seed beads with a natural pendant. This pendant can be anything from an animal’s bone to a feather. Anything that symbolizes nature will play well.

If you set beads in enamel for pendants you can just easily the beads to crate animal designs. All you need for that is your typical enameling supplies and some brightly colored beads. You can find information online about how to create convincing animal shapes. Don’t be afraid to make use of more natural looking, less polished stones to exude that rustic beauty because that is what is in this summer!

The Gift of Creativity

wholesale jewelry supplies Most young girls out there, at one point or another, go through a phase of loving fashion. For some it is just a phase while others maintain a love of fashion for their entire lives. Few however can turn this love into a creative hobby. By purchasing wholesale jewelry supplies you can turn that love of fashion into a stimulating, creative and potentially lucrative hobby.

Since young girls love jewelry they will jump at the opportunity to make their own. It is a great hobby that stimulates creativity and industriousness. Young people get to set a goal and work hard to meet that goal. Once they have completed their project they have something they can wear or give to a friend. It is also a proven fact that artistically based hobbies like arts and crafts, music, and painting stimulate the brain and can improve school performance. Jewelry making improves everything from fine motor function to pattern recognition.

Instead of just reading a magazine or surfing the web, why not have your little girl make her own fashion trends? Buying wholesale jewelry supplies may even end up saving you money on costly trips to the mall. Besides, you may have a budding designer in your home. If they make it big, who do you think they will thank?