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Enjoy 20% Off Select GBI Products This Holiday Season!

Save big on your holiday shopping with 20% off of select products from Global Beads, Inc. this holiday season. Until December 24, 2016, use coupon 20off to receive a 20% discount on popular products, including: Our favorite Beading Loom, Ricks Beading Loom The perfect way to store and see your tubes of seedbeads, Bead Tube Storage […]

Size Info for Beading Thread

BeadSmith and Gudebrod Brands Size 00 0 A B C D E F FF FFF Diameter inches (mm) .005 (.0127) .006 (.152) .007 (.178) .008 (.203) .0108 (.274) .012 (.305) .0128 (.325) .0137 (.348) .015 (.381) .0165 (.419) 1/2 ounce spool length (yds) 700 600 425 390 310 260 200 140 115 92 S-Lon Nylon […]

Cloisonné Beads

History Early cloisonné techniques Cloisonné first developed in the jewelry of the ancient Near East, typically in very small pieces such as rings, with thin wire forming the cloisonné. In the jewellery of Ancient Egypt, including the pectoral jewels of the Pharaohs, thicker strips form the cloisonné, which remain small. In Egypt gemstones and enamel-like […]

All About Ultra Ergo Tools

ULTRA ERGO PLIERS A truly ergonomic pliers with handles that are slightly larger and straighter than most. This gives the user greater leverage and comfort when using the pliers. Handle width provides greater surface contact which means less fatigue. When closed, the handles are closer together. This is important because hand strength is greater at […]

EuroTools at GBI

We recommend our Ultra Ergo line or our 2K German series line of tools for adults. Both sets offer an ergonomic design proven to reduce hand fatigue. ULTRA ERGO PLIERS A truly ergonomic pliers with handles that are slightly larger and straighter than most. This gives the user greater leverage and comfort when using the […]