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New beads of 2017

New beads of 2017

It’s not easy to keep up with all the new bead shapes and colour effects appearing on the market these days.
I would like to make it easier to remember and summarise the most important beady innovations from 2017.

In 2012 Twin and SuperDuo beads hit the market. It was a revolution, as these beads were the first 2-hole Czech glass beads. Since that time many new bead shapes (and even more holes) followed. Sometimes we complain that we can’t keep up and try everything, but I have to confess I am happy about this boom of new bead shapes. My heart skips a beet every time I discover a new shape or new colour which is speaking to me, and I can’t wait to play with them. Sometimes there is also one or two which doesn’t get me excited right away, but it can still develop into a good relationship later, even if it wasn’t love at first sight, right?

2017 was a good year regarding new bead shapes and new colours. Manufacturers did their best, and there are many novelties to inspire us to create. Here I would like to list the most important ones, so we can remember 🙂

 

The Potomac Bead Company was very generous,

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You will find recommendations by every bead shape for bead stores stocking them.

Some of them are affiliate links. This means that if you decide to order, I will earn a small percentage from it (while you pay the same as without an affiliate link). It helps me to pay for the expenses running this website. Also, this was a condition so I can use the pictures from that particular company.

If you decide to order, the bead shop itself is solely responsible for fulfilling your order.

 

Beadsmith

Being a Beadsmith Inspiration Squaddie I would like to write about the new beads developed by the New Jersey based wholesaler at first, of course!

I had the opportunity to play with the 2017 novelties as one of the first beadwork designers, as during his travels in Europe Steven Weiss visited me in Amsterdam and brought me some of the newest (and coolest) shapes and colours. I showed him around the city, took him to my favourite patisserie (Yep, that was before my diet…) and we spent a day talking everything bead-related.

Beadsmith is the company responsible for our beloved Honeycomb beads and SuperDuo Duets, and they didn’t run out of inspiration. Well, far from it! The Battle of the Beadsmith continued (with Loli Garcia Tirado winning first place with her Gingko necklace), and in the meanwhile Beadsmith experimented with new colour effects and new bead shapes, too.


Kite beads

Kite beads are Czech pressed glass 2-hole beads. Easy to guess: they are inspired by kites 😀

The front and the black is completely flat, too, which makes them easy and fun to use.

They are produced in one size for now: 9×5 mm. (I think they would be quite nice in a bigger version, too. What do you think?) Kite beads are 3.2 mm thick. The holes are parallel, with a 0.8 mm diameter.

One bead weights 0.04 g. In a 10 g package you can find about 45-46 beads.

Beadsmith lists over 50 different colours at the moment, including some very special one in the metallust line!

The best bead shops for Kite beads

Kite beads at Bead & Glass Boutique

Kite beads at Perles & Co.

Kite beads at the Potomac Bead Company

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Kite beads

Laura Graham’s necklace featuring the new Kite beads. Check out Laura’s Etsy shop here!

 

Anna Lindell‘s beaded bracelet designed with the new Kite beads

 


Briolettes

The Czech flat glass drop beads filled a gap on the market. They were inspired by the shape ‘briolette’ well know from faceted precious stone beads and also from Swarovski drops. Being 9×10 mm in size, the beads are bigger then most of the innovations nowadays, and have only one hole with a large, 1 mm diameter. (Which is a nice difference after so many 2-, 3- and even 4-hole beads.) Briolettes aren’t produced in a very wide colour range, but what’s available is awesome. They come in different matte, picasso and chalk effects.

 

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Briolette beads

Briolette beads at Artbeads.com

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Briolette beads

Helena Tang Lim’s (Manek-Manek Lady) luxurious necklace with Briolette beads. Beading tutorial available

 

Briolette beads are especially good for a nice finishing touch for a pair of earrings or a pendant (as you saw in Helena Tang Lim’s design),  however, I used them as part of the bezel in my “Jardeen Majorelle” pendant, which still needs some extra time to be extended into a full necklace, and, hopefully, into a tutorial one day.


Nib-Bit beads

Nib-Bit beads are 2-hole Czech pressed glass beads. There is one size (6×5 mm) available for now, and many different colours! Nib-Bit beads are wider and taller at one end, and they lack any sharp angles. This makes them a bit trickier to use, unless you have a flat bracelet on your mind for example. But don’t let this scare you, please! Nib-Bits are perfect to use as flower petals for example, so it’s well worth to start playing with them.

The holes are parallel, with a 0.8 mm diameter. The distance between them is 2.3 mm. In a 10 g package you receive about 54 beads. They are available as full covered and as “Duets”, too.

 

The best bead shops for Nib-Bit beads

Nib-Bit beads at Bead & Glass Boutique

Nib-Bit beads at Czech Beads Exclusive

Nib-Bit beads at Stitchncraft Beads

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Nib-Bit beads

Akke Jonkhof’s (Akke Sieraden) beaded bracelet full of Nib-Bit beads. The beading tutorial for the Astrisk *** Lace Bracelet is available here.

Florina set by Erika Sandor. Beading tutorial is available!


Gemduo

The introduction of GemDuo beads created some controversy, as they are exactly the same size and layout as DiamonDuos, which are manufactured by a different company. Luckily, they were very well accepted since then. Even if both beads are of a 8×5 mm diamond shape, they create a completely different effect. You can freely choose which bead you would like to choose, as beading patterns work well with GemDuo and DiamonDuo beads, too. Both of them have a flat bottom, but while the top of DiamonDuos with the cross-shape raise create a geometric look, GemDuos are of a smoother, more elegant style.

GemDuo beads are 3.2 mm thick. The 2 holes run parallel, and are 0.8 mm big. One bead weights 0.12 g, and you get about 53 beads in a 10 g pack.

 

The best bead shops for GemDuo beads

GemDuo beads at Bead & Glass Boutique

GemDuo beads at Stitchncraft beads

GemDuo beads at Czech Beads Exclusive

 

Inspiration and tutorials with GemDuo beads

 

 

Starlyne set, designed by me. Beading tutorials are available both for the pendant and the earrings.

 

Elegant, long earrings designed by Eva Dobos. Sign up for a workshop at the Beaders Best show!

 

A festive GemDuo pendant designed by fellow Beadsmith Squaddie Katie Dean. The beading pattern is available here.

 


Backlit

Steven Weiss and his creative crew didn’t only design new bead shapes, but they introduced new colour effects, too. Backlit became the most popular for now. The beads themselves are made of transparent glass, but a shiny, metallic finish on the back side (hence the name ‘backlit’) makes them very unusual. My favourite thing about them are the names of the different colours. Who could resist a bead called ‘Backlit Tequila,’ ‘Utopia’ or ‘Champagne on Ice?’

The colour effect shows the best on bigger beads. They need to have flat back side to make it possible to apply the special foil.

Backlit is available at the moment on the following bead shapes: dagger, jagged dagger, GemDuo beads, Briolette (this is my least favourite and comes only in one colour), Baroque Cabochon (hitting the market in early 2018), Honeycomb (only one colour for now, probably more are coming).

 

The best bead shops for Backlit beads

Backlit beads at Bead & Glass Boutique

Backlit beads at Bead Passion Studio

Backlit beads at Desert Star Creations

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Backlit beads

A beautiful set of necklace, earrings and bracelet designed by Susan Sassoon. The tutorial is available here.

A beautiful necklace from Eva Dobos (Deeva Design. Check out her upcoming workshop at Stitch ‘n Craft Beads!

 

 


Laser Tattoo

Since my adventure at Makerversity in Amsterdam (a co-working space for creatives, with all kinds of tools and machines members can use) and making friends with their laser cutter I am interested in everything which involves laser. (I will show you sometime how did I cut my beading diagrams into a pair of old jeans :D) The high precision of laser can draw some incredible effects on the beads. Same as the backlit effect, the beads need to be of a bit bigger and have a flat surface. Both sides of the beads are tattooed.

So far the daggers, honeycomb beads and kite beads are getting tattooed, and omg, I have so many favourites already!

 

The best bead shops for Laser Tattooed beads

Laser Tattooed bead at Solana Kai Beads

Laser Tattooed beads at Queen City Beads

Laser Tattooed beads at Desert Star Creations

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Laser Tattooed beads

 

Ring with laser tattooed dagger beads, designed by Bianca van der Molen. Check out Bianca’s Etsy shop here.

 

 

Leslie Pope‘s necklace with tattooed dagger beads (and GemDuos)


Splash

Same as the above colours, the splash shows the best on bigger beads, however, it can be also applied to surfaces which are not completely flat, for example GemDuo beads. The splash can be silver or gold, and comes in very random shapes and sizes. It is applied all over the beads, so the front and the back come with the same effect.

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Splash effect beads

Splash Effect beads at Bead and Glass Boutique

Splash Effect beads at Bead Passion Studio

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Splash effect beads

Did you know that the ‘splash’ effect was inspired by nail polish?

I love this picture from Leslie Pope! Please make sure to visit her website here

Joanne Zammit‘s bracelet with the new splash effect GemDuo beads

 

GemDuo necklace by Jayashree Paramesh

 

Potomac Bead Company

The Potomac Bead Company had a very busy 2017. The Buchman family (Allie, Nathan and their kids including baby Camille) travelled through Europe to visit their business partners. It was very interesting to follow them to the Czech Republic and Germany through their social media updates. In the ‘bead city’ Jablonec nad Nisou they visited some manufactories, and managed to dig out a lot of bead moulds used in the past but forgotten since then.

Another exciting good news regarding Potomac Bead Company is their decision to open a warehouse in Europe, so their customers on this side of the ocean can get their packages faster and without having to sort out and paying for customs and extra VAT. The European warehouse will be run by my good friend Tereza Drabkova of Jewel in the Crowd (formerly The TerezkaD). I can’t imagine a better person then her for this position!

 


IrisDuo

This 2-hole Czech bead is made of pressed glass. It is shaped like an almond, and comes in one size for now: 7×4 mm, while being 3.4 mm thick. The holes are placed 3.8 mm from each other, and run through the shorter side. One bead weighs 0.12 g. Since they are of a marquise shape, they are perfect to combine with glass or crystal glass navette cabochons.

 

 

The best bead shops for IrisDuo beads

IrisDuo beads at the Potomac Bead Company

IrisDuo beads at Perles & Co.

IrisDuo beads at Katie Dean’s BeadFlowers

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with IrisDuo beads

 

 

Necklace with IrisDuo beads from Tereza Drabkova

 


Potomac Exlusive crystal cabochons

Potomac offers a more affordable alternative to crystal cabochons. They are not the same as Swarovski, but still very nice, and come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. The new additions in 2017 were the navettes (I love the 4×15 mm slender one, especially in Blue Zircon) and squares, which are available in 8, 12 and 14 mm versions.

 

 

The best bead shops for Potomac Exclusive crystal cabochons

Potomac Crystal Navettes

Potomac Crystal Squares

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Potomac Exclusive crystal cabochons

Bracelet by Tereza Drabkova, with Potomac square crystal


Multi-holed metal beads

A very interesting idea from the Potomac Bead Company was to produce multi-holed metal beads. They are produced in the European Union (Greece) to ensure the highest quality. The material is Zamak, which is an alloy with a base metal of zinc and alloying elements of aluminium, magnesium and copper.  Hence the name: Z stands for Zinc, A stands for Aluminium, M is for Magnesium and K for Copper (Kupfer in German).

 

 

The best bead shops for multi-holed metal beads

Potomac Exclusive Bowtrio beads

3-hole S-shape Snake beads

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with multi-holed metal beads

 

 

Why are they so cool?

The use of metal enables the production of shapes, which would be impossible to manufacture from glass.

The sliders can be decorated with rhinestones and are perfect to make bracelets. So are the BowTrios: because of their sharp corners I can imagine them more as components for bracelets. The 3-hole snake-shape metal beads are great for every kind of beaded jewellery as a divider or framing bigger round beads or rondelles.

 

My Whirlwind necklace made from IrisDuo beads and the 3-hole S-shape metal beads from Potomac. Tutorial coming soon!

 


LeafDuo Beads

LeafDuos are 7×10 mm leaf shaped Czech glass beads. The shape is a classic one, however, Potomac has now a 2-hole variation, too. It’s great because it allows you to fasten the beads better, with more security. The leafs will not flip around any more.

 

 

The best bead shops for LeafDuo beads

LeafDuo beads at the Potomac Bead Company

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Kite beads

 

Miyuki

Quarter Tila

After the huge success of Tila and Half Tila beads Miyuki introduced an even more slender version of this beloved Japanese bead. Quarter Tila beads are the cutest between all the new beads of 2017! They are 5 mm long (so they are easy to combine with the ‘big brothers’), but only 1.9 mm wide. This makes them incredibly elegant, and perfect for bezeling cabochons. They don’t come in a very wide selection of colours yet (but some of my favourites are already included), however, I hope this changes because of the great success they already achieved.

Not a new bead shape, but a great innovation from the Japanese company is the introduction of a ‘library’. The Miyuki Seed Bead Directories are great for checking, which shapes are available from your favourite colour for example.

 

The best bead shops for Miyuki Quarter Tila beads

Miyuki Quarter Tila beads at Bead & Glass Boutique

Miyuki Quarter Tila beads at Perles & Co.

Miyuki Quarter Tila beads at the Potomac Bead Company

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Miyuki Quarter Tila beads

 

Earrings with Quarter Tila beads by Eva Dobos (Deeva Design). Check out Eva’s upcoming workshop at StitchNCraft Beads!

 

Starman

All of the beads in the CzechMates System, including the new 2-hole Cabochon and 3-hole Beam, have consistent hole spacing, which makes them the most versatile shaped beads on the market because they are interchangeable and perfectly compatible with each other. CzechMates are called the “Building Blocks of Modern Beading” because they are tools that allow artists to achieve dimension.

Learn more about the CzechMates beading blocks from Nichole Starman’s CzechMates Technique Guide!

CzechMates Beam

Starman debuted the CzechMates Beam and CzechMates Cabochon in 2017.

The Beam bead’s function is to suspend, extend and intersect. They are 10×3 mm big and 2 mm thick. All three holes are 0.8 mm wide. One bead is 0.16 g, and you get around 30 beads in an 5 g package.

 

The best bead shops for Czechmates Beam beads

CzechMates Beam beads at Perles & Co.

CzechMates Beam beads at Beadaholique.com

CzechMates Beam beads at The Halfmoon Bead Shop

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with CzechMates Beam beads

Lissy Wrap by Silke Steuernagel from the Starman Trendsetters team

 

CzechMates Cabochon beads

The CzechMates cabochons are 7 mm in diameter and 5.5 mm thick. They have two holes 0f 0.9 mm. The distance between the holes is 2.6 mm. One bead is 0.35 g, and you receive around 15 beads in a 5 g package.

 

The best bead shops for CzechMates Cabochon beads

CzechMates Cabochon beads at Perles & Co.

CzechMates Cabochon beads at the Potomac Bead Company

CzechMates Cabochon beads at Fusion Beads

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Czechmates Cabochon beads

Crossroads Cuff by Starman Trendsetter Melinda Barta

 

Starman Prong

Starman also released the one-hole Starman Prong, which is not part of the CzechMates system. The Prong is often used in bezels to mimic high-end jewelry. The Prong beads are 6×3 mm and 2.3 mm thick. The hole is 0.9 mm wide and is drilled at the thicker side of the bead. One bead is 0.08 g. A 5 g package contains around 50 beads. They are available in beautiful colours: Saturated Metallics, Suede, Pacifica, Matte Metallic and Polychrome for example.

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Prong beads

Prong beads at Perles & Co.

Prong beads at Fusion Beads

Prong beads at The Half Moon Bead Shop

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Prong beads

Vezsuzsi’s Moritz bracelet with Prong beads and CzechMate Cabochons

 

Pauline pendant by Starman Trendsetter Carole Ohl

 

L2Studio

My beloved L2Studio and good friend Lenka Gondova visited me last year in Amsterdam. She didn’t arrive empty handed, of course! She started several new lines of art cabochons.

The best bead shops for L2Studio.sk cabochons

You can browse the cabs Lenka left with me in Amsterdam here

There are some more in Lenka’s own Etsy store

 

Avocado Collection

What a coincidence, that avocado green (or chickenshit, as my friends Eva and Miriam call it) is my favourite, right? 😀

The avocado glaze looks perfect on light clay cabochons. The colour can be perfectly combined with turquoise to make something happy, but also with mat bronze for example if you maybe want to tone it down a little bit.

 

Holland Collection

Lenka’s special collection developed and manufactured especially because of her visit in Amsterdam!

The whitish background sprinkled with blue dots is inspired by Delft blue porcelain. Delft is a city in The Netherlands famous for it’s white-blue porcelain. The inspiration traveled around half of the world: Chinese porcelain (decorated with the same colours) was very popular in The Netherlands, when the ships of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) were transporting massive amounts of luxurious products from Asia to the port of Amsterdam. The trade made Amsterdam the wealthiest city in the world, and Chinese porcelain became a status symbol. Several manufactories wished to replicate the process, until one day the one in Delft succeeded. Hence the Chinese style traveling to the Dutch city and then to Lenka’s atelier in Slovakia!

 

 

Crystal Turquoise Collection

The biggest success so far from Lenka’s 2017 collections! Because who doesn’t like turquoise, right? The cabochons from the Crystal Turquoise Collection are special: the surface looks like if it was covered by a thin layer of glass, which is very delicately crackled. Lenka tests new glazes and colours all the time, and selects only the best ones to develop into a full collection.

The Crystal Turquoise Collection is made from porcelain instead of clay, so these cabochons are even lighter and more delicate!

 

Rose Gold Luster Collection

If you are all about metallics and luxury, then the Rose Gold Luster Collection was made for you! Past years rose gold became a favourite in design. I see it in many places: interior design, clothing and even in a fancy bike shop here in Amsterdam. Now it’s also available as a beautiful cabochon to play with 🙂

Puca® beads

Puca Annick rocks the bead world! I remember her name from more then 10 years ago already, when I started to bead. She was one of the best designers and tutorial writers. Even if I don’t speak French, it was always a pleasure to follow her beading patterns. Several years ago she started to design not only beadwork instructions, but beads themselves, too! Puca’s beads are mostly basic geometric shapes, executed in a professional way and available in a wide variety of colours. Thanks to perfectly designed angles, shapes and distances between holes they fit together nicely, and it’s easy to combine them.

Make sure to check out Puca’s blog and her Etsy store full of tutorials!

 


Tinos®

The trapezoid shaped Tinos beads are 10×4 mm, and 3.2 mm thick. Tinos have two holes, which are running through the shorter side. They have a 0.9 mm diameter and are parallel. One bead is 0.2 g, and you can find about 45 pieces in a 10g package.

They are perfect to create geometric shapes, but I’ve also seen them creating a very organic looking ‘flower-wirlpool’ beaded by my friend Susan Sassoon. The earrings will be published next year in the Beadwork magazine. Keep an open eye for them!

 

 

The best bead shops for Tinos® beads

Tinos beads at Beads & Glass Boutique

Tinos beads at the Potomac Bead Company

Tinos beads at Beadaholique.com

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Tinos beads

 

The Jolanda necklace with Tinos beads and GemDuo beads was designed by Cora Sparidaans. Beading pattern is available!

 

Tudor necklace designed by fellow Beadsmith Inspiration Squaddie Kerstin Kallin


Amos®

Amos are drop shaped pressed glass beads with 2 holes running parallel. They are 8×5 mm big and 3.1 mm thick. The holes are of 0.8 mm diameter. We already had a lot of drop shaped beads available, however, the Amos® beads filled a gap on the market.

The best bead shops for Amos beads

Amos beads at the Potomac Bead Company

Amos beads at Marina Beads

Amos beads at Beads Mine

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Amos beads

 

Lotus pendant by Puca Annick

 


Cabochon

The best bead shops for Cabochons by Puca

Cabochons by Puca at Perles & Co.

Cabochons by Puca at the Potomac Bead Company

Cabochons by Puca at HobbyPerline.com

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Cabochons by Puca

Puca’s “Line” necklace with the new cabochons

Amos beads and Cabochons par Puca in Vezsuzsi’s Sander ring. Check out the tutorial here!


Super Kheops®

Super Kheops beads are of the same diameter with the same placement of holes as Kheops beads. They are 6×6 mm, with two holes running parallel. They are completely interchangeable with Kheops beads. However, the top is raised, so the shape now commemorates even more the shape of the pyramid of pharaoh Kheops. Because of this feature the Super Kheops bead give even more texture, and strengthen the geometric feel of the jewel.

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Super Kheops beads

 

Super Kheops by Puca beads at Beadaholique.com

Super Kheops by Puca beads at Queen City Bead

Super Kheops by Puca beads at the Potomac Bead Company

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Super Kheops beads

Puca Annick’s Clarisse pendant, designed with the new Super Kheops beads

 


Ios®

Ios beads look like a brick (or a rectangle), however, they have smooth edges instead of sharp one. They are 5.5 x 2.5 mm big, with two parallel holes. The holes have a 0.6 mm diameter, and are placed 2.5 mm from each other.

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Ios by Puca beads

Ios by Puca beads at the Potomac Bead Company

Ios by Puca beads at ScaraBeads

Ios by Puca beads at Marina Beads

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Ios by Puca beads

Ios beads in Vezsuzsi’s Jesper pendant

 

Swarovski

Swarovski introduces two new collections every year. Check out these videos to see what was new in 2017!

 

‘Light and Shadow’

 

The most popular innovations introduced last spring:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘New Perspectives’

 

 

The most popular innovations introduced last autumn:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best bead shops for Swarovski Elements innovations

Swarovski Elements innovations at Perles & Co.

Swarovski Elements innovations at Beadaholique.com

Swarovski Elements at BlueStreak Crystals

 

Inspiration and tutorials with Swarovski Elements innovations

Svante earrings made by Vezsuzsi – using one of the newest Swarovski colours

 

What’s new in the Storytelling Bead Shop?

In my own little bead shop there are also some new shiny treasures available! I didn’t manufacture them myself, of course, but I love to bring you material to play with, which is not easily available elsewhere. As I mentioned above, Lenka left some of her amazing clay and porcelain cabochons here in Amsterdam, but that’s not everything!

 

Glass cabochons

I am a big fan of cabochons, especially in opal and matte colours. For years I couldn’t find them in sizes and shapes I wanted to play with. After testing a dozen factories I finally found some where I am happy with the quality and the selection, too. Last year I focused on the 27 mm round cabochons, which are perfect for the Passiflora and the Caravaggio and Charlotte necklaces, but there are also some smaller sizes and different shapes waiting for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Glass cabochons at the Storytelling Bead Shop

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with glass cabochons from the Storytelling Bead Shop

Vanitas bracelet, with oval jade green cabochons. Published in the Bead and Jewellery Magazine. Tutorial will be available here in April 2018

 

Passiflora pendant with a 27 mm round Pacific Opal cabochon

Rhinestone chains (cupchains)

 

Three years ago I visited Jablonec nad Nisou, the Czech bead paradise. I found a nice little company manufacturing not only beads, but metal components, too. The cupchains they offered me were beautiful and of very good quality. However, the colours were the usual very basic ones.

After a lot of e-mails, discussions and even more waiting the treasures I ordered arrived. I was really happy, as they were even more beautiful then I imagined: rhinestone chains with Czech Preciosa crystals: Amethyst Opal, Chrysolite Opal, Indicolite Blue and many more.

Since there is no way I could use them all, I decided to share them with you!

 

 

Rhinestone chains (cupchains) at the Storytelling Bead Shop

 

 

 

Inspiration and tutorials with rhinestone chains

Chinese Mistery necklace with Preciosa rhinestone chains

 

 

Sophia earrings with white opal and turquoise blue opal cabochons, and a lot of rhinestone chains!

 

Which beads did you try yourself, and which one was your favourite?
Tell us in a comment what do you think about the new shapes!
Have a nice day, and happy beading!
Erika

P.S. If I forgot to list any new shapes hitting the market in 2017, please let me know!

Comments (33)

  1. I enjoyed reading about all the different beads. I have just recently begain, beading but I truly enjoy it. I was looking for a craft that would help my anxiety so I went to the senior center in my small town of Clovis NM. I found some ladies beading and I fell in love for the craft. Thank you so much for the article. I also bead at a bead store in Las Cruces NM “Western Traders” when I visit my daughter in Las Cruces.

    Theresa Casarez
    Mar 4, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Theresa,
      I am really happy you found this beautiful hobby (and that you enjoyed reading this article :)! Beading definitely helps to calm down, and it’s also a great way of meeting new friends.
      Let me know if I can be of any help with your beading 🙂
      Erika

      Erika Sandor
      Mar 5, 2018 Reply
  2. I was aware of most of the beads that you listed in your article but to have them all together has a huge impact. So many beautiful designs. There really are too many Beads to keep up with. I have just received my first honeycombs. I have worked with some of Puca’s Beads and also the gem duos and bars. My only regret is that I didn’t start playing with beads sooner. Thank you for this article with pertinent links. I laughed out loud when I read the comment on the avocado color cabochon.

    Peggy
    Feb 2, 2018 Reply
    • I am glad to hear you had a good laugh, Peggy 😀
      I agree it’s not possible to have them all. I would love to, there are so many really inspiring ones!
      I worked mainly with the GemDuos from the 2017 beads, but I don’t have much experience with the Puca beads yet. Those are the next I would love to try!

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 2, 2018 Reply
  3. Thank you Erika for all these information that is very helpful! Good job

    Lia Dipaola
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Lia, thanks for your comment, I am glad you find this helpful.

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  4. Wow!! This information and the links are great! Thanks for putting it together.

    Deborah Peltz
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • I am really happy you find this helpful, Deborah 🙂 Enjoy!
      And if you maybe have an idea what kind of articles would you like to read here, don’t hesitate to write it down!

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  5. Erika,

    Good job on assembling all the new beads in one place. Thank you so much for your time and hard work.
    Happy Beading!! <3

    Julie Vasquez
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • I’m happy you like it, Julie! Then the work was worth it 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  6. Thanks for all the information.

    Marianna
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you for reading it, Marianna! Did you sign up for the contest? 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  7. There’s a few I didn’t try yet, like the prong beads, Amos by puca, Gem duo. But from the ones I tried already I must say that I love the two hole cabochon, Tinos by puca, also love the variety of colours and shapes of the swarovski rivolis and chatons. I have several patterns from Beadsmith, Starman, Puca and other great beaders out there. I loved that article, lots of information about beads and love the patterns showed. Thank you for all that.

    Eunice Ferreira
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Eunice, it’s great to have you here! I am really happy the article was valuable for you. I didn’t try Prongs and Amos myself yet, but hope to do that soon. Both of these are very inspiring shapes, I think! As of the Swarovski colours: it’s so hard to make a choice now with all those beauties available 😀

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  8. Great information thanks for sharing. We see a lot of beautiful designs and sometimes it’s hard to find the beads we need.

    Susan Gallio
    Feb 1, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Susan, I am very happy you find this helpful. There will be more articles like this, probably 2-3 times a year to keep up with all the new beads appearing on the market 😀

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  9. Erika 🙂 urobila si kusisko úžasnej práce – je to výborný článok – klaniam sa!!! Je skvelé mať pokope toľko zaujímavých informácií a odkazov na jednotlivé tvary koralok z minulého roku a vytvorených skvelých šperkov! Som nesmierne rada, že si tak výborne zhrnula novinky a skvele nás oboznamuješ s novinkami. Nestíham všetko sledovať a niekedy ťažko zháňam informácie a aj možnosti, kde kúpiť tieto drobné radosti 🙂 ( korálky, kabošony, …) v malom množstve, preto vždy uvítam možnosť kúpiť ich cez tvoju stránku, prípadne cez odkazy, ktoré uvádzaš. Angličtina mi robí stále problémy, tak píšem vrodnom jazyku…. Som nadšená 🙂 pozdravujem ťa a bozkávam … eším sa na ďalšie novinky od teba … ale dbaj aj o seba, prosím, papa, Ľudmila

    Ludmila Turzova
    Jan 31, 2018 Reply
    • Ľudka, som veľmi rada, že článok splnil účel, a je to užitočné pre Teba. Presne kvôli tomu to robím. Noviniek je naozaj vela. Priznám sa, že firmy ma stále vedeli prekvapiť, keď mi písali, čo všetko bolo nové, aj keď sa snažím sledovať, čo všetko sa objaví na trhu. Napr. LeafDuos boli pre mňa úplne nové. Myslím si, že je to tvar čo sa dá veľmi dobre využiť, aj na nejaké pekné jarné náramky, keď konečne príde lepšie počasie. Ja sa na to už veľmi teším 🙂
      Samozrejme predovšetkým odporúčam Korálkový svet (dievčatá vedia objednať skoro všetky novinky aj v malých množstvách, len v poslednej dobe asi nie je čas všetko nahrať priamo aj na web Korálkového sveta). Niekedy na jar jedna z najväčších amerických firiem s korálikmi otvoria aj európsku pobočku. Bude to v Česku, manažovať to bude moja kamarátka Tereza Drábková. Je to milá, srdečná slečna, veľmi dobre sa vyzná v korálikoch. Kľudne jej hocikedy napíš, ak by Ti dievčatá z KS nevedeli pomôcť s niečím.
      Objímam, a dúfam, že sa zase vidíme niekedy.
      S priateľským pozdravom:
      Erika

      Erika Sandor
      Feb 1, 2018 Reply
  10. Thank you, these would be great to create from.

    Anita
    Jan 31, 2018 Reply
    • Orulok, hogy tetszenek 🙂 Az IrisDuokkal kiserletezem eppen, es nagyon megszerettem oket!

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 31, 2018 Reply
  11. What a big undertaking. Thank you so much. While I love working with some of these shapes, I think the proliferation of them has had an impact on local bead stores that can’t possibly carry everything. It’s so nice to have your descriptions, photos, and sample projects.

    Phyllis Dintenfass
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • Hi Phyllis, so nice to see you here 🙂
      I agree it feels overwhelming sometimes. It’s only January, but the new beads of 2018 would already be enough for a new article. It’s not possible to try everything any more. However, the new shapes also opened up a lot of new possibilities. A reason why I wrote this article is also to keep in mind the new shapes, so maybe they pop into our minds when we face a problem in designing something new.
      I used to own a bead shop in Slovakia. My solution was to keep only 2-3 colours in the shop from one shape, but then having a very good business relationship with a big company, so I could order everything they had, in small amounts, too, and it was in the shop in 2 days. So my customers could order different colours, shapes, sizes without me having to purchase whole factory packs.

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 31, 2018 Reply
      • I don’t have the shop any more, but not because it went bankrupt. I moved to a new country nearly three years ago, so it has new owners now and it is still prospering.

        Erika Sandor
        Jan 31, 2018 Reply
  12. Thank you for this very good information and the compilation of all these wonderful designs.

    Mirjam
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you for being here and reading it, Mirjam!

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 30, 2018 Reply
  13. Awesome, article, Erin! So much info! I have collected several patterns from many of your featured artists including a few of your own beautiful patterns. Thank you.

    Joyce Standige
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you very much for your support, dear Joyce 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 30, 2018 Reply
  14. I love this fantastic journey! Thank you for all information! 😊

    Lena Säterberg
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • I am really happy you find this useful, Lena! 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 30, 2018 Reply
  15. Erika – you have outdone yourself !
    A fabulous article chock full of inspiration. Thank you, as always, for all of the hard work you do.

    Amy Blevins
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you for your kind words, Amy! It’s good to know it was worth it. Hope you noticed the links 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 30, 2018 Reply
  16. What a great compilation of both bead shapes and manufacturer. Thanks for including a few patterns for the bead shapes. That is very helpful. Great work!

    Karen Firnberg
    Jan 30, 2018 Reply
    • I am really happy you find this helpful, Karen 🙂

      Erika Sandor
      Jan 30, 2018 Reply

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