26 julho 2015

My favourite on-line bead shops

Hi! Today I'm just posting here a list of my favourite on-line bead shops. I have made purchases from each of them and I was happy with the items and the service, so I would recommend buying from them. I hope this list will be useful to you too, I know I'll be using it for future reference. I'm thinking about adding this list to the right side of the blog, but for now I'll pinned it to my Pinterest.

Contas e Berloques (Portugal)
An amazing range of Delica seed beads; magazines

Happy Cristal (Spain)
Swaroski crystal, Delica seed beads, Czech fire polished beads, semiprecious stone beads, 925 silver findings, Fireline thread

Sayila España (Spain)
silver plated findings

Helmiq (Finland)
Czech seed beads, Delica seed beads, mother-of-pearl beads, metal links, bead caps, clasps

Perles And Co (France)
Swarovski crystals and pearls, Czech druks and firepolished beads, Toho and Czech seed beads, Czech pearls, Delica seed beads, Twins and Superduos, Rizo and Rulla beads, Miyuki drops, Fireline and Wildfire thread, Nymo thread, sterling silver findings, chains, clasps, earwires, magazines

Beads Direct (UK)
Swarovski crystals and pearls, Toho seed beads, Delica seed beads, Miyuki drops, Twin beads, Fireline and Wildfire thread, Nymo thread, sterling silver findings, chain maille rings, charms, chains, toggle clasps, earwires, booklets, magazines

Jencel (UK)
Toho seed beads, Czech pearls, druks, fire polished beads and seed beads, Preciosa crystal, findings

Bead Shop Manchester (UK)
Wooden quality beads, silver plated findings

The Bead Store (UK)
TierraCast kits, beads and findings,Czech pressed glass beads, Toho seed beads, findings

Nosek's Just Gems (UK)
Toho seed beads, Czech beads, and silver plated and gold plated findings

BeadaholiqueUK (Amazon UK)
TierraCast findings, bead scoops

Crystals and Ice (UK)
Czech glass pearls, silver plated findings

Smitten Beads (UK)
Muse packs (bead soup with artisan beads), Czech beads, brass coloured findings

Gem Silver (Poland)
Swarovski pendants, findings in sterling silver

Laser Beads (Etsy)
Czech druks and seed beads, Toho seed beads

MoreBeads4U (Etsy)
Czech beads

ScaraBeads (Etsy)

Czech pearls, druks and fire polished beads

Do you buy from on-line bead shops? Share them with me because I'd love knowing more sites where one can buy beautiful beads.

Be(ad) happy!

Edited: 2019-08-20

12 julho 2015

Starburst Earrings

Hi, lovely readers! Today I'd like to write about an amazing pattern by Deborah Roberti that I have been using a lot to make different colour combinations, and by doing that, the look of the finished product completely changes.

Original pattern 

This is the original pattern with Rizo beads that I've changed later because I think the Rizos (the spike beads) are loose, sometimes pointing to the front sometimes to the back. This a free pattern that you can find HERESo, my change was replacing the Rizos by Mini Drops. You can see the difference in the below photo.

Changed pattern

Since I've made this replacement, I've been using this pattern a lot to make all kind of colour combinations.

Two coloured design

This is one of my favourite combinations.The superduos are just one colour and all the other beads are silver. The star is evident in this combination, more evident than in the combination above.

Two coloured design with picasso blue superduos

I love this one too. Lately, I have using lighter colours. 

Light blue and light pink versions

Do you like to experiment with different colours using the same pattern?

Most of these earrings are available at my Etsy shop. I'm having a sale right now. Everything is 20% off.

Have a great week!
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