Saturday, April 19, 2014

Riveting 2.0: Take your jewelry designs to the next level with new TierraCast Riveting Components & Tools

The artisans at TierraCast have spent the past year coming up with the next generation of Riveting tools and components. We are very excited to launch Riveting 2.0 and challenge all designers to see what creative and innovative jewelry designs you can come up with using the new tools and products. has created 3 new tools to make riveting easier and provide a more consistent look in your designs.  The Eyelet Setter & Anvil Set allow you to use eyelets that bring a new element of open holes or loops, which gives all kinds of different design possibilities.  Click here to watch the Setting Eyelets Video Tutorial created by TierraCast. 4mm and 6mm Snap Rivet Setter tools allow you  better control over hitting the rivets more directly on the  head and help maintain the shape of the rivet head.  The 4mm and 6mm Snap Rivets come in 6 great finishes, giving you right metal finish to complete your custom designs. are 3 different sizes of  Eyelets that come in 6 different metal finishes.  The 4mm eyelets are to be used with one layer of leather or cork cord.  The 5mm eyelets are designed for double layers of either leather or leather and a component. The 7mm eyelets were designed for stacking components for a great dimensional look. Use the TierraCast Micro Washers with the eyelets to make sure your components and the leather cord fit together without a lot of extra space above the eyelet head so that when secure the eyelet with the eyelet setter, you will be able to make a nice flat head. The Micro Washers also make fun design elements.

Enough with the mechanics.  Time to take a look at the rivetable design elements providing infinite possibilities to create unique and stunning jewelry. Click image below to shop!
Violet Energy Shield
Bamboo Shoots
Here are a few Design Ideas we have created to inspire your own creative juices. Click images to see all project components to make these cool bracelets.
Greek Triple Wrap
We know you are going to a lot of fun creating with all the Riveting 2.0 tools and components. Be sure to send us pictures of your riveted designs so we can show off and share your creativity. Send high quality images to:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Animal Prints Are In - Make Fashion Forward Jewelry Designs With Our Selection Of Wild Beads & Components

Check out our Animal Print Clasps for Leather and Cork Cord. All you need to do is pick your leather or cork cord and attach the beautiful clasps with Super New Glue.

The Ladies of Samunnat from Nepal have created a line of Animal Print Beads for jewelry making with a wild side.  The high quality and light weight polymer clay will make beautiful and unique designs. Be sure to check out all our other unique handmade beads and components  at

Seasons Change Earrings – One Design, Three Ways

The three seasons of beads offered in the colorful handmade Samunnat Sundari bead line are perfect for showing how one beaded design can look completely different depending on the beads used in it. In the two pairs and one trio of earrings shown, the type, size and shape of the beads and findings remain constant throughout, while the colors of the beads and tones of the wood change.

The Spring pair is a fun example of how Sundari coins that coordinate, but don't necessarily match, work together for an eye-stopping pop of color. Samunnat Sundari coin beads come in all sorts of different styles within the same color combination. So, even though the floral pattern of the beads differs, they're lovely together because the same colors of clay have been used in both beads. As it says on our website, we unfortunately can't guarantee exact matches with these beads. With the harmonizing colors, it's safe to be adventurous though!

Click here to see our Spring Earrings or Summer Earrings  or Winter Earrings

Summer's pair of earrings takes that exploration to the extreme, with three earrings: two that match and one that coordinates. The sunny warmth of the Bayong wood beads works great with the subtle yellow touches of the Sundari beads' Summer color palette and the three beads allows for lots of different looks.

In the Winter earrings, the natural white wood rondelles parallel the beige polymer clay used in the petals of the flowers on the Sundari coins, while the sky rubber o-rings bring out the tiny bit of that same shade of blue used in the center of the beads' flowers. Copper spacers and findings add a balanced warmth to the cool tones of the beads.

These earrings are just one example of how one jewelry design can look different with just a few changes in color. The next time you're browsing through the samples shown on our Ideas and Inspiration pages, select a design you like and imagine it with a different color palette. It's a great way to experiment with new colors and beads, maybe even venturing out into a color brand new to you. Let your imagination go wild!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bulahan Wood: Blessed Beads

bulahan beadsBeads have been a part of many cultures throughout history due to their beauty, sustainability, and versatility, with nearly every major religion using some type of wood beads as prayer beads. It is only natural then that's new line of beads is called Bulahan, which means 'blessed' in the Filipino language. We find the many shades and grains of the beads in the Bulahan line work beautifully with our lines of handmade beads and focal pieces, and know they'll be fabulous additions to your beaded creations.

Dark Wood Beads

To add an earthy, rich tone to your beading projects, consider some of our Bayong round wood beads. The strand below features 4mm beads in a warm shade of brown showing a variety of natural imperfections and spots in the wood grain.

bayong wood beadsPerfect for offsetting your bright components and colored beads, these round Bayong beads are a popular choice and come in sizes ranging from 4mm to 12mm. If you prefer a lighter shade of Bayong wood, our selection of flat beads and more unconventional shapes will change up the color palette very slightly.

tiger ebony wood beads
Taking things to a dark chocolate shade of brown is our line of Tiger Ebony beads. Offered in the same variety of sizes and shapes as our Bayong beads, Tiger Ebony beads present dark, full shades of brown and black and have an especially shiny luster. While Tiger Ebony is a rare wood, we’re pleased to partner with suppliers that harvest the wood ethically by only taking its branches, thus ensuring the continued health of the trees. Take a look at some of our 8mm cube beads below.


Light Wood Beads

white wood beadsOn the other end of the spectrum, our Natural White Wood beads are finished with a beautiful, pure white style. Use them to add a touch of simplicity and elegance to your designs.

Rosewood also presents a beautiful option for a lighter, softer shade of wood beads. Our flat, round 5mm Rosewood beads (shown below) are perfect for a simplistic, geometric design. The second photo shows Rosewood beads in a petal shape which is a great option for a chunky, eye-catching necklace!


Colorful Wood Beads

If you’re looking to infuse your design with some more drastic colors like yellow, grey or red, we’ve got a great selection that will make your jewelry really pop.

jackfruit wood beads
To brighten up your wood bead creation, consider our line of Jackfruit wood beads. Featuring a vibrant golden hue, Jackfruit wood beads are a great option for infusing some color into your design while still using wooden components. Take a look at these flat, square 16mm beads.

grey wood beadsOur Greywood twisted round beads (shown below) offer a dark shade of brownish-grey, with elegantly dramatic wood grain. They’re perfect for offsetting your brighter beads and components.

Lastly, to really spice up your design, add some Redwood beads! Featuring a bright shade of red, or orange in some instances, Redwood beads are the perfect addition to a design that helps usher in spring weather and new life in the grond.
redwood beads

Our selection of wooden beads is vast, and we’re so excited to add these natural beads to our product offering. More so, we look forward to seeing what kind of creations you can come up with when you use them!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stay Warm This Winter with Our Video Tutorials

Take a look out the window and what do you see?

Chances are it will be snow, ice, and frigid temperatures all across the US (well, unless you’re one of the lucky states!) Antelope Beads wants you to avoid the cold and stay indoors watching one of our over 30 easy-to-follow video tutorials.

So put on your slippers, spark up that fireplace, and busy up those craft tables – it’s jewelry making time.

We believe that DIY jewelry making is one of the most fun and inspiring creative activities you can do, which is why we created these video tutorials. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced jewelry maker – we have video tutorials for you.

Regaliz Greek Leather Video Tutorials
The Regaliz Greek Leather videos explain and demonstrate the step-by-step process of how you can make attractive and affordable genuine leather bracelets. These bracelets are perfect for men and women and have a wide variety of available clasps, cords, and decorative customizations. These can be made for less than $20 and in less than 10 minutes – They will be THE perfect homemade gift for any occasion!

In this video section, our resident designer Jamie Hogsett explains how to make origami gift boxes out of scrapbook paper in a special bonus video. These boxes can be made in any size and paper combination, and they don’t need anything to hold them together. Now you have the perfect gift box for all of your winter gift projects!

Flat and Round Leather Video Tutorials
Our flat leather videos explain everything you need to know about hand crafting attractive and fun flat and round leather bracelets. You can learn about everything from selecting the materials, studding, riveting, punching, and braiding to crimping metal and wrapping with wire. The possibilities are limitless with a variety of leather colors and accessories. Jamie walks you through each video step by step and teaches you the skills you need to start your own projects.

These are just a few of the exciting projects available for you to learn online. There are many more categories of instructional and how to videos for beginners, intermediates, experts and those simply wanting to polish their skills.

This winter, stay in and let us teach you the art of jewelry making. Our extensive selection of beads, leather, findings, tools, etc. is all available and shipping over $50 is free. We will bring the materials and the know-how right to you.

A fun and exciting journey of creativity and creation await – all from the comfort of your own home.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Portuguese Cork Cord: New Styles, New Creations, New Fun!

If you’re like us, you love to mix up your styles and designs of your DIY beaded projects from time to time. There are plenty of varieties of beads and findings to choose from, but we’re so pleased to announce the arrival of our cork beading cord! This Portuguese cork cord comes in six varied styles and 19 beautiful colors.

cork beading cord

You’ll notice some similarities between our popular Regaliz®, Flat and Round leather cords and this new cork cord. This colorful and earthy cork cord works well on all of our leather beading components.

For our designers who are looking for non-animal products for their Vegan customers the flat & round cork cord is 100% vegan so you can feel great about designing eco-friendly jewelry!

Another style that may be familiar to you is our braided cork cord. Available in a variety of gauges, this braided cork cord is great for adding layers of alternating texture and patterns to your creations.

Samunnat large hole beadsWe also have 10mm oval cork cord which, while not fully vegan as it’s wrapped around a leather base, still offers a beautiful and simplistic design for bracelets and other jewelry. Our new exotic and colorful Samunnat large-hole beads look amazing on the 10mm oval cork cord.

This line of Portuguese cork cord is harvested in an eco-friendly manner. This is especially significant since the trees help their environment from becoming arid and thus helps to maintain rare and delicate ecosystems.

With a new style of beading cord comes all sorts of amazing new creations and designs. We’re so excited to see what you come up with using these variations of beautiful cork cord, so be sure to contact us and share your designs with us!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Spotlight on American Made Beading Components and Findings

dorabeth designs pewter findingsAntelope Beads is proud to carry a selection of beads, leather, and findings from companies and groups all around the globe. We’ve been able to support groups like Kazuri Beads and Samunnat Beads from abroad, but we love to support manufacturers of beading products based right here in the United States.

Colorado based Dorabeth Designs, founded by Laurra Fitzgerald and Elaine Teevens, dove head first into associating themselves with employment programs for people in need. Specifically, Dorabeth Designs has been able to employ adults with developmental disabilities so they can learn important job skills, earn an income, and take pride in their work. They also donate some of their components to employment programs to help other groups improve the quality of their creations so they have a higher chance of being sold. Made of pewter, Dorabeth Designs jewelry components are an affordable alternative to expensive, silver jewelry findings, and are able to take on any shape or texture.

clay river beadsClay River, also based in Colorado, was the brainchild of husband and wife team Fred and Deb Becker back in the 1970s. After studying refined clay techniques, Fred was able to take some color and design cues from Deb to create beautiful, earth-toned, and rustic beads that go wonderfully with our selection of Regaliz and euro leather. Take a look at some of their beautiful creations from Clay River right here, and infuse your creations with a bit of beautiful Northern Colorado.

c-koop beadsC-Koop, based in Minnesota, got its name after it was born out of a chicken coop. By fusing glass to metal with a propane torch, C-Koop creator Sara Lukkonen was able to develop a faster method of creating beads that made no two beads look exactly alike. Click here to see for yourself all of the ways Sara has been able to create unique, beautiful enamel beads.

Supporting United States-based companies is a great way to get to know people in your community, and influence the economic health of your towns, cities, and regions. What are some local businesses (maybe even beading businesses) you love to support? Share them with us!