Our May Picks at The Bead Shop
For this months picks, we have pulled together a selection of some of our favourite beads and beading supplies for the summer. We have looked at the latest trends in jewellery design to bring you up to speed the colours, patterns and styles that are going to be seen everywhere this year.
Swarovski Crystal Bicone Beads
These Swarovski beads are always an essential part of our beading collection. They are so versatile that they can be used in almost any piece of jewellery, adding a sparkle that brings your pieces to life. They are available in a multitude of different sizes and shapes, however this month our favourite is the 6mm Xilion Bicone Bead in Luminous Green. This beautiful bead is perfect for SS16 as this colour can be seen all over the high street. Try making a sparkling beaded bracelet combining this colour with rose quartz for a subtle contrast.
Hamsa Protection Hand Charms
This is a design that you will have certainly crossed paths with at some point, as the Hamsa hand symbols have been an iconic part of jewellery design for quite some time. However, they always make a well timed appearance during British summer time as their bohemian roots integrate perfectly into our summer festival trends. This charm would look fabulous on a leather cord necklace or bracelet, or even as part of chunky charm bracelet design.
Czech Glass Spike Beads
Glass beads are a staple in any jewellery makers’ cabinet, however these ones are so quirky and unique that they deserved a mention this month. These beautiful hand crafted Czech Glass Spikes can really add a quirky element to your jewellery making designs. The spike shaped glass beads have a flat base, making them great as a feature bead, or even as spacer bead. We love the way these beads look as part of a choker, as the feminine opal pink looks stunning on an otherwise quite masculine piece. You can view our other colours of Czech Glass Spike Beads here.