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New Beads due in tomorrow!

October 31, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Beads, glass beads

We are getting excited here waiting for the delivery of our next shipment of lovely glass beads!

The beads are due in tomorrow, and we cannot wait to get the boxes off the pallet and have a good old rummage around  inside at all the new jewellery making goodies we ordered around 5 months ago! I ordered them but I cannot remember every design of  bead that  we went for. I know that there are a load of lovely lampwork beads with unusual designs and some cute little glass pip beads. We’ve got the traditional baroque type wedding cake beads too with their applied garland of golden glass strands and dots of colour. There should be some dichroic glass pendant beads in the delivery too.

Anyway some of the girls who work here are ready to pick out their favourites and take them home to their bead boards and craft studios. I’ll get them on the site as soon as I can. The great news is that they will be really good value!

Many of them should be available in wholesale beads packs in the next few weeks!

Happy Halloween fellow beaders!

Pearl Bead Jewellery making

October 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Beads, glass beads, pearls

Jewellery fashions  come and go with seasonal speed, but buying pricey ready-made jewellery from shops, stores and markets can cost you  a small fortune. By making your own jewellery you could save your cash, always be bang on trend and have plenty of bead presents for friends and family!

If you’re looking to cut down on costs even further make your own beaded jewellery which is guaranteed to remain fashionable forever or at least let’s say timeless, you just can’t go wrong with glass or freshwater pearl beaded jewellery.

Pearl beads are the epitome of classic style, and the surefire thing about creating jewellery using these beads is  that they look stunning with nearly  every outfit.

Cream, white and silver glass pearl beads come in a variety of sizes- so you could opt for small beads to make delicately pretty pieces, or larger beads to make a bolder style statement. Swarovski crystal pearls cost slightly more but the quality is faultless. We sell them in a large range of sizes and colours.

So stock up on a few pearls, either glass or freshwater, some beads to put with them, a few basic tools and stringing  materials, and you will be well on the way to conjuring up some stylish pieces of handmade jewellery . You will of course need some findings and clasps to finish your pieces with.

Lots of New Beads

June 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Beads, bluestreak beads, glass beads

We are adding so many new beads at the moment it’s difficult to keep up!

Pretty Foiled Millifiore glass beads

Pretty Foiled Millifiore glass beads

There are new foiled beads, heart shaped and round beads, see the pretty ones on the left!

We will continue to add lots of beads over the next weeks so keep popping by for a look for all your jewellery making  inspiration.

Millifiore chips for jewellery making

November 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Beads, glass beads

We already have a good range of millifiore beads, so we are happy to add these handy millifiore chips. They make great spacer beads for braclets, earrings and other jewellery making projects.

Millichips-q-Large The price for these strings of glass chip beads start from 75p if you buy 10 of them but with 200 chips per string you probably won’t need that many!!

David Christensen Glass Beads

August 6, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Beads, glass beads

These glass cane beads are made from in the traditional way by glass maker David Christensen and his team in America. We have some new colours on the BluestreakBeads site this weekend including a short pastel tube, useful for chunky stretch bracelets combined with some of our new cut crystal beads.

David Christensen Glass Beads

David Christensen Glass Beads

…..and these lovely Pink and Green tubes measuring 15mm long. We have used these in earrings and charm bracelets.

The glass is so beautifully finished that the beads have a wonderful smooth classy look.

They are sold by weight, 20g costs £10.99

Classy Crystal Beads – multi facetted beads

July 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Beads, glass beads

Take a look at our beautiful new collection of “triple A” quality cut crystal beads. There are Briolette beads in two sizes, 8mm and 12 mm roundbeads   and they are all available in a rainbow of colours.

Crystal Beads

Crystal Beads

We think these offer astounding value for money, from less than a  couple of pounds a pack.

Use them with stretch magic for glittery bracelets.

Big Bubbly Blown Glass Beads

July 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Beads, glass beads

Beautiful glass blown into cushion-beads and big round 20mm beads in pretty colours. These blown glass beads are light strong and very different. Try them with swarovski crystal beads and briolettes for a very classy look.

Blown Glass Beads  20mm

Blown Glass Beads 20mm

We have used these beads in light summer necklaces, big bracelets and as pendants with heavy crystal beads as a counterweight.

Chunky Glass Beads for Jewellery Making

March 20, 2010 at 10:55 am | Beads, bluestreak beads, glass beads

We have been waiting for these big gleaming glass beads to come back in to stock, and now there are two sizes available.

Chunky Glass Beads

Chunky Glass Beads

20x25mm and a smaller 20×15.

The mixed packs give lots of scope for the creative jewellery maker.

Try threading a selection of them on to stretch magic for a multicoloured bracelet.

New Millifiore beads

November 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Beads, glass beads, jewellery making

Just in store for this weekend are our fabulous chunky millifiore rod beads

Millifiore Rod Beads

Millifiore Rod Beads

20mm long they are double drilled to allow for a variety of uses. We have made some funky bracelets from them here in our design studio. There are  plenty of other glass beads to combine them with on  our site.

Happy Beading…Cathie