Featured bead: flower spacers

July 13, 2009

The humble but endlessly useful spacer bead comes into the spotlight this time…

4mm flower spacer beads

4mm flower spacer beads

What would you do without these?  Spacer beads are the unsung heroes of jewelry making.  While other beads are the focus of attention and the center of your designs, spacers hold them in place.  Spacers help make your beads and your stringing material match up in length.  Flower spacers, like these, pretty up the corners just enough to maintain a certain visual feel throughout the jewelry piece.

In the understated spirit of flower spacers, I’m showing you just two examples, both in demure multi-purpose antiqued silver finish.  Both are Bali-style spacers, made by the reliable TierraCast company, with holes large enough to work with most cords.

6mm flower spacers

6mm flower spacers

Whatever color of metal they are, whatever size they are, and whatever pattern adorns them, we salute the flower spacers of the world!  Stock up on a good selection and you’l be able to make any design inspiration come to life.

Have a favorite spacer, or a personal tip for using them? Leave a comment!

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  • Reply Heather July 14, 2009 at 4:46 am

    These are one of my favorite spacers, I don’t have any special tips other that I use them for everything and anything… I do love them…I’ve also started using small silver round beads as spacers…for a little different look.

    I do love all the new and interesting pewter beads…they are a nice substitute for sterling silver!

  • Reply Dave July 14, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Hi Heather, thanks for chiming in. That’s another great question to ask — What does everyone use as spacers? You can use some round beads, heishi, er bead bumpers…I’ve seen people get really creative about spacers. Love to hear more ideas!

  • Reply Tish July 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    i can’t live w/o these beads.
    to be fair to the word spacer – i consider anything that i use on a regular interval to break up or enhance the main design to be a spacer.
    i have used sterling beads, crystals, gemstones and glass to name a few.

    spacers, the most versatile bead group!

  • Reply Dave July 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Ever used nylon spacer “O” rings?

  • Reply Dave Robertson October 6, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Check our Design Gallery for ideas on how spacers can be used!

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