Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tagua Nut Beads make Cool & Eco-friendly Jewelry Designs That Last

http://www.antelopebeads.com/tagua-nut-beads-s/1867.htmIt's the ugly duckling turning into a beautiful swam story in many ways.  Over 35,000 villagers in South America take the ugly palm tree nut and turn them into beautiful and colorful beads.  Tagua is often called vegetable ivory or palm ivory, due to its color and rock-hardness when dried.

See picture of raw nut below.  Tagua nuts have been used for decades to make buttons and dominos, as well. Tagua serves nicely as an environmentally sensitive substitute for animal ivory and can be made into beautiful carved figurines and scrimshaw. Click here to watch our Tagua Nut Beads Video Introduction.

Each unique bead is dyed in rich, fade-proof colors before being hand-carved and polished to a luxuriant luster. Each item has a unique look that upon closer look reveals a beautiful grain. A purchase of Tagua nut beads opens the door to myriad opportunities for creating distinctive, appealing, and environmentally friendly accessories. Check out our beautiful and unique design inspirations using the Tagua Nut Beads. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Antelope Beads - Bead Style Magazine Front Page Featured Design

http://www.antelopebeads.com/Bead-Style-As-Seen-In-s/4224.htmAntelope Beads' Portuguese Cork Cord Bracelets, made with artisan beads that we import from all over the world, are featured in Bead Style's globally inspired November 2014 Issue - page 28. We used our beautiful fair-trade Kazuri ceramic sliders made by a women's co-op in Kenya, our amazing Samunnat Polymer Clay Sliders also made by beautiful women living in Nepal, and lastly our Bulahan Wood sliders made in a small village in the Philippines. Click here to see the components used for each.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Design Easy On Easy Off Jewelry With Lycra Ribbon Beading Cord


Making bracelets and necklaces with Lycra Ribbon provides many Easy On Easy Off design opportunities. The stretchy jersey material is sold by the foot and comes in over 40 pretty colors. It is easy to work with and quite versatile.

Click here to Shop the Lycra Ribbon on AntelopeBeads.com
There are a number of ways the ends can be finished with knots and / or beads. It is surprisingly compressible, fitting through beads with holes as small as 1.5mm. All you need is a pair of sharp scissors to get started. The ribbon does not fray and cuts cleanly. Click here to watch our Lycra Ribbon Tutorial and learn how to work with the Lycra Cord.

We have been having a great time working with the Lycra Ribbon. It takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it you will see the vast design possibilities to make fashion forward jewelry similar to recycled t-shirt jewelry and other jewelry made using fabrics, a hot trend in the industry right now. Share with us your unique design using the Lycra Ribbon Beading Cord at social@antelopebeads.com. Happy Beading!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beads Fit For A Queen! Chinese Crystal Beads for Jewlery Making

AntelopeBeads.com very excited to introduce Tiaria Chinese Crystal Glass Beads. Our Tiaria Chinese crystal glass beads are made to imitate crystals in brightness, sparkle and facets. Most of our beads use a high temperature method to increase longevity. The quality of the Chinese Crystal Beads are about 65% of the quality of Swarovski Crystals at a considerably lower cost. We have a big selection of over 100 different types of Crystal Beads. We have beautiful Large Hole Rondelles which fit on our 5mm round leather and cork cords. The rest of our collection of Chinese Crystals are 8-inch strands of Designer Mixes - shapes and or colors put together to make it easier for you to create beautiful and unique jewelry.
You can make amazing and unique custom jewelry designs from beginner to advanced level projects.  Click here to see 12 beautiful design ideas we created to inspire your own.  Happy Beading!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Design Your Own Custom Sorority or Fraternity Bracelet

Greek Fraternity & Sorority Bracelets Design Ideas
Watch & Learn Leather Bracelet Tutorials
Materials for making Greek Fraternity & Sorority Bracelets
Select your Fraternity or Sorority Letters, choose either Regaliz or Flat Leather or Cork Beading Cord and a Regaliz or Flat Leather Clasp. Then add some Glue and possibly a Leather Cutter to your cart. Once your your materials arrive cut leather to size, add your Greek Letters and then Glue. Let your bracelet dry for about 30 minutes prior to wearing. Click here to see more Antelope Beads products to design your Greek Bracelet.

Monday, August 11, 2014

6 Sea Glass Earring Projects You Can Do!

Antelope Beads New Cultured Sea Glass Bead and Pendants make cute & inexpensive earrings. The Sea Glass beads are very light weight, silky to the touch and come in many colors so you can create your own unique combinations. Click here to see all 6 earring project ideas - instructions included!

These designs require few tools and most just require opening a few jump rings and tying a knot. We would love to see what you come up with!  Share your designs with us at social@antelopebeads.com and we will send you a $10 Off Coupon.