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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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Friendship bracelets, is the effort worth the price?

2 Nov

Today we researched making friendship bracelets to accompany our kumihimo bracelets. We really like the look of variations in stacked bracelets. First we needed the material and most tutorials say to use cotton pearl thread, or more commonly known as crochet thread, size five. So we purchased about twenty colors from $1.29 to $1.69 each and a book for $15.95. The instructions state to use several colors per bracelet. Then we researched the technique for each pattern. After about an hour of research we began to knot the friendship bracelet. We will readily admit that we were intimidated that the descriptions for most of the friendship bracelet tutorials were accompanied by either a picture of a child or the words “children’s activity”. It didn’t seem like a children’s activity to us. After about another hour and a quarter inch of bracelet, we decided to run to the local five and dime store to see what mass produced friendship bracelets were selling for. As you can see from the picture you can buy a pretty nice looking friendship bracelet for anywhere from $2.95 to $6.95 (depending on the material used). That was our big aha moment. No more friendship bracelet making for us. We still like the idea of stacking Kumihimo and corded bracelets, we just need to find summer camp attendees to make our friendship bracelets…haha!

You can view our Kumihimo bracelets with Magatama beads here…CAAZandeffect

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