Wednesday, November 27, 2013

O Beads!

I've been working on a set of secret beading projects for the past few months, and I'm very excited to talk about them on the blog today!

A New Bead Shape!

All three projects utilize a brand new bead shape, the O bead! This little glass bead is in the shape of its namesake, measuring about 4 mm in diameter with a relatively big 1.5 mm hole. But it's very thin - only about 1 mm wide, so it can be readily used as a glass sequin! 

Can you spot the O beads in the bracelet below?

They also make great spacers, especially between crystals and other beads. This property came in quite handy in this crystal necklace (which I've taken to wearing quite frequently as of late!)

The O beads are made by the same folks who brought us the Rizo and SuperDuo beads, so they come in some similar, gorgeous colors. I fell in love with the shiny purple finish on the O beads in this beaded bead:

When used in the off-loom types of beadwork that I specialize in, the O beads present an interesting design challenge because their large holes allow for a lot of movement in the surrounding beads. But this is a useful and convenient feature for designs with high bead density, as it provides more space to pass your needle through the bead.

O beads will be available for purchase worldwide on December 1. Patterns and kits for these designs are coming soon!
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