We all rush to get the latest bead and designers work fast to get tutorials out to show you how to use these new creations.
The beads I'm talking about? Well...it will take two posts to show you them all so we'll start with the one hole beads. Click on the pictures to buy what you see :)
Single Hole Beads
Designed by bead artist Sabine Lippert and named for rice this bead looks exactly like that...large long grain rice.
A nice long drop bead that comes in loads of fabulous colors.
I used them for my Chrysanthemid series.
Sister to the SuperDuo bead this is the same shape but with just the one hole.
This makes it perfect for edging designs made with the duos.
A fabulous example is Linda Roberts' Spice Bracelet.
A cross between a Rizo and a Spike :)
Long and elegant yet a little
Seen here in Kerrie Slade's rocker chic "Thornstar"
Spikes don't seem like they are that new anymore but there are lots of new shapes and sizes available these days.
Lovely use of spikes here from our very own Patrick Duggan in his "AnnaBella"
Be sure to type "spike beads" into your browser to see all the different spikes available today....they come in plastic, pressed glass, metal and Lisa Kan does some gorgeous lampwork ones!
The O Bead
Another bead designed by Sabine Lippert these little babies are fast becoming popular.
Here's one of the best uses of O-beads I've seen by Ella Des of Ellad2.
Also an alternative for O-beads are rubber
o-rings which come in many sizes and lots of bright colors, they are the fun new component in my upcoming work.
A spool shaped bead that makes for interesting designs as they fit together one horizontal, one vertical.
Shown here as the perfect center for these beautiful 'snowflakes' by Akke Jonkhof
I want to thank all the designers for letting me show their creations and Lisa Kan of AriaDesignStudio for the pictures of the beads.
Tune in next week for Part Two when I take a look at the 2-holed beads :)