In case you haven’t caught the newest BeadStyle mag yet…
“What are Trade Beads?”
OF the many possible answers to this question (asked on pp. 60-61 of BeadStyle‘s January 2010 issue), my favorite is “Beautiful and full of character!” R&T stuff that’s featured in Jane Konkel’s necklace-and-bracelet set includes these glass noodle trade beads. Pair them up with 7mm red “white hearts”, silver Bali-style spacers and sterling toggle clasps. Other supplies: beading wire, crimping beads, G-S Hypo Cement & Gossamer Floss™ elastic. Add Lois Sherr Dubin’s The History of Beads (for your reading list) & browse the full line of great R&T trade beads for more!
RINGS & THINGS’ own designer, Toni Plastino, created this cute bracelet design on pp. 82-83 of BeadStyle‘s January 2010 issue. Begin with tiny ceramic cupcake & donut beads, and set them off with 6mm CRYSTALLIZED™ (Swarovski) round beads. Other R&T components: your favorite style & specialty finish of disk-and-loop bracelet blanks, 1.5″ thin headpins, 5mm jumprings, metal 3mm round spacers, ear wires and Super New Glue.
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