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Tucson Bead Shows 2013

6 Feb

Today I drove a little over two hours to attend several bead shows in Tucson. At the first show called,The Best Bead Show, one of our favorite vendors, Bello Modo, was in attendance. They had plenty of Magatama beads and were as friendly as can be. I was able to preview the new Magatama colors that are coming out soon (hopefully by summer), and chat with them about how hard it has been to find silver Magatama beads and black matte Magatama beads. Another topic was the price increase of the Magatama beads. It seems the price of glass has increased and since the beads are made from glass that cost is passed along. Looks like we will have to raise our prices soon.

From there I travelled to several more shows in the area. I’m amazed at the many new products and ideas. One beautiful product was at a booth with a vendor called SilverSilk. Check it out, great ideas and projects are made with this product. Another innovative vendor is Turtle Moon Arts. They offer great kumihimo endings at reasonable prices. If you work with leather or fibers, they offer whale tail closings and other large end cap options.

Overall a fun and informative day. It would have been better if my business partner, Debbie would have been with me.

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Magatama glass seed beads

25 Oct

When we first starting researching which materials we wanted to use for our Kumihimo bracelets, we noticed a longer glass seed bead among the common round glass seed beads. We loved the look. Now if we could find the bead!

We went on a search to find these unique beads in the local stores of San Diego. We quickly learned these beads have several descriptions; dragon tooth, dragon scales, long seed beads, 4×7 Magatama, peanut. It seemed each store had a different name for it. Even calling ahead didn’t work since the Magatama beads are called so many different names if they said they had magatama beads, we would arrive at the store only to find out if was either the wrong bead or they had one or two colors of it.

Next we researched the Internet and lo and behold, there they were. We now order the Magatama beads almost exclusively online. We love the shape, texture and array of colors in these beautiful beads. To view our kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads…CAAZandeffect

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