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Pick of the Week: Ricks Beading Loom

This week’s Pick of the Week is Ricks Beading Loom, a new product at Global Beads, Inc. It’s a new concept in looming, and a significant one at that! Unlike traditional looms, which leave you with multiple warp threads to weave into your design, Ricks Beading Loom leaves you with only 2 warp threads at the […]


The invention of Bakelite.When asked why he entered the field of synthetic resins, Baekeland answered “to make money.” His first objective was to find a replacement for shellac (made from the excretion of lac beetles). Chemists had begun to recognize that many of the natural resins and fibers were polymers. Baekeland began to investigate the […]

Bauxite Beads

Bauxite Beads produced from Iron Ore in a small village in Ghana. “100 km N of Accra lies a village Akyem Abompe. At the first sight it looks like other modern Ghanaian villages, where the network of streets reveals a great degree of planning and most inhabitants are dressed European way. Though the village is […]

Gent’s Jewels

Our latest addition to my Jewellry Designs. So as not to forget the men in our lives, we have a special line for them!  You wil find the same quality of design, the best materials and they start at 18″ lengths.  View our latest. go to Gent’s Jewels.

Turkoman Jewelry

Wikipedia   “Historically, all of the Western or Oghuz Turks have been called Türkmen or Turkoman;however, today the terms are usually restricted to two Turkic groups: the Turkmen people of Turkmenistan and adjacent parts of Central Asia, and the Turkomans of Iraq and Syria. Turkmen in Iran and Afghanistan remain very conservative in comparison to their […]


Opalized Palmwood: Pumtek meaning “buried thunderbolt” are important heirloom beads among the Chin, who live in the Chin Hills of western Myanmar (formerly Burma). “Composition and Manufacture Pumtek beads are composed from fossil palmwood, that is a variety of non-precious opal (unlike many fossil woods that have become agatized). It is correct to say they are “fossil […]

Netsuke, Inro and Ojime

Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to attach”). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines. […]

How seedbeads are made

How Seedbeads Are Made. – The earliest seed beads of European manufacture probably date to about 1490. Around that time, Venetian glassmakers rediscovered the method of making beads by drawing molten glass into long hollow tubes. “Although a great deal of secrecy has always surrounded the drawn-glass beadmaking operations…descriptions written in 1834 and 1919 apparently […]

Millefiori Beads

Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). Apsley Pellatt (in his book “Curiosities of Glass Making”) was the first to use the term “millefiori”, which appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1849. The beads were […]

About Griffin Silk Thread

There is no simpler, quicker, or better way to thread beads. The twisted stainless steel needle at the end of the cord saves threading time. You can knot the cord easily because the thread has the correct twist. Approx. 79″ (2 meters) of thread per card. GRIFFIN Bead Cord is more than just any common […]

“Evil Eye”

“Evil Eye” History of the Mediterranean Good Luck Charm – Nazar Boncugu The most common article of ‘decoration’ (as perceived by a European) in any Turkish house, car, on a person, children or property is the mysterious staring ‘eye’, set in blue glass called the ‘Nazar Boncugu’ or ‘Eye Bead’. From Turkey to Cyprus through […]


The intricate design and varying color patterns of seashells make for their attractiveness in diverse artistic and ornamental uses -more popularly in jewelry making. Seashells are naturally tough and can be subjected to cutting, reshaping, and polishing processes. They come in distinct color patterns -some having spiral or radial lines or bands, some having axial […]