Hi there beady friends! Here’s an update on all the new stuff we now carry at Eureka Crystal Beads.com as well as a sneak peek at what’s coming soon!
We now offer Miyuki brand Bugle Beads in 3mm and 6mm lengths. These gorgeous beads are reminiscent of sprinkles!
Traditional Bugle beads are a slender, cylindrical cane of glass popularly known for their use in bead embroidery and detailing on evening bags and dresses. Bugles are proportionally longer than they are thick.
The shortest Miyuki bugle bead is the 3mm which measures 1.5mm wide x 3mm long. Their hole size is .7mm which allows the needle and thread to pass through the bugle bead multiple times. There are approximately 83 beads per gram and 8 per inch. The 6mm Bugles measure 1.5mm x 6mm with a hole size of .8mm. These beads have a smooth cylindrical surface and precisely cut edges. They are the same width as Miyuki 3mm Bugle beads but twice the length. There are approximately 38 6mm Bugles per gram and four beads per inch.
Production of Bugle beads dates back to the 1860s when they were primarily used in the fashion industry for garments and accessories. The use of Bugle beads can be traced back to ancient Egypt. The 3mm Bugle beads are ideal for use in bead embroidery, ladder stitch, and bead weaving. The height and shape of the 3mm Bugles provide structural support for beaded designs and lend themselves to netted beadwork and fringe.
Bugles are often used in techniques such as beaded fringe, Russian spiral and right-angle weave. Using 3mm Bugles with Russian spiral stitch will add dimension and a defined edge to this sophisticated technique. They can be stitched flat or on end with a 11/0 glass seed bead on a garment or dress to create a bold statement.
When stitched into a mosaic, multiple colors of Bugles can be arranged in a staggered pattern to create a gradual flow of color. Combine bugle beads with other seed beads in a dangle earring or in the fringe of a pendant to create length and movement.
Miyuki Tila Beads are flat, two-holed glass squares. One side of the Tila is slightly domed, while the opposite side is flat. They measure 5mm x 5mm x 1.9mm with .8mm parallel holes, making them the largest of the three sizes of Tila beads. Tila beads have a uniform shape which helps them stack up into layers or rows. Combine Tila beads with other seed beads to create an array of designs and patterns.
Using a variety of stitching techniques Tila beads can create intricate tile patterns and geometric designs. Their two-holed structure makes the Tila Bead ideal for connecting multiple strands in a stringing project. Tila beads are also wonderful additions to leather-wrap bracelet projects. The large size and surface area of the Tila bead makes it especially comfortable to wear, with a smooth and luxurious feel on the wrist. The uniquely large surface area of the Tila bead showcases the variety of colors and finishes like no other bead.
Half Tila & Quarter Tila Beads
The Miyuki Half Tila is a flat, two hole glass bead with a rectangular shape. These popular beads are half the width of Miyuki’s original Tila. One side of the Half Tila is slightly domed, while the opposite side is flat. Half Tila beads measure 5mm x 2.3mm x 1.9mm with a .8mm hole. Combine Half Tila beads with other seed beads to create an array of shapes, patterns and colors.
The unique shape and parallel holes of the Half Tila provide creative flexibility in stringing projects. In more elaborate designs they enhance sculptural stitching and geometric patterns. Half Tila beads can be an unexpected element in creating a bezel, lattice work, or a loom woven piece. They are well-suited for creating layers in bead embroidery and giving beadwork structural depth.
Half Tila beads can be used for increasing and decreasing when combined with Tila and Quarter Tila beads. The brick like shape makes them a perfect component for creating offset patterns. Half Tila beads are also a great choice for leather wrap bracelets or for connecting multiple strands.
The smallest of the Miyuki Tila beads is the Quarter Tila. Their size and shape make them a perfect choice for creating layers of color and intricate patterns in your designs. Quarter Tilas are thin slices of glass with 2 parallel holes running through them like a spacer bar. Their shape allows them to line up with one another like tiles, which lends a beautiful geometric component to any bead project. The Quarter Tila beads are made precisely to be uniform in size and shape. There are approximately 48 beads per gram and 20 beads per inch.
Quarter Tila beads measure 5mm x 1.2mm x 1.9mm with a .8mm hole. The generous hole size allows thread to pass through them multiple times. Quarter Tilas are a quarter of the width of a Tila and half the width of a Half Tila. They can be used alone or in combination with other shapes and sizes.
Alternating colors and color gradations can add interesting design elements to your project. Use these beads to add multiple hues to your flat and woven pieces. Quarter Tila beads can be used to build 3-dimensional elements in your work. Quarter Tilas also stitch nicely in the round to create a flower, wheel or fan motif. This can be done by alternating them with 15/0 Japanese seed beads.
Offset the beads to create a texture that resembles a brick wall or basket weave. String Quarter Tila tile beads with a glossy or frosted rainbow finish to create a mosaic of flowing color. The beads will stack together in a serpentine design. Using Quarter Tilas, stitch through opposite ends of the two-hole bead with a needle and thread to create a spaced out, geometric design for a pendant or earring.
New Varieties of Cymbals Elements
Cymbal™ is a unique, imaginative, and groundbreaking metal component line that has been designed to fit and integrate with the most popular bead shapes in the market including Czech GemDuo™, SuperDuo®, Silky Bead®, and Honeycomb Bead® as well as Miyuki Tilas, 11/0 Delica & Round, and 8/0 Round seed beads.
Cymbal™ Metal Fashion Elements™ can have different functions.
BEAD ENDINGS™ serve as clasps or endings to attach clasps. They are shaped and spaced to the specifications of a specific bead.
SIDE BEADS™ give metal definition to the edge of a bead bracelet, bead cluster, or bead project.
BEAD SUBSTITUTES™ are metal components created in the shape of a specific bead to act as a bead replacement. They can be worked into a project just like the bead itself and will create shine, glitter and pop wherever they are used.
CONNECTORS can serve as links and extensions to your project. They add metal definition and create a mixed media effect.
Experienced bead workers will have a fun and exciting time discovering new ways to use Cymbal™ elements.
Made by the same manufacturer as the blockbuster ZoliDuo beads, the new Vexolo shape is a two hole V-shaped Czech glass bead which is flat on one side with a slightly tapered top. This unique shape allows for beautiful circle, half-circle and fan shaped designs as well as zig-zags. Due to its flat bottom, it is very comfortable to wear on the wrist or neck and also well suited to bead embroidery. Who is excited about giving these beads a try once they arrive at Eureka?
Made by the same manufacturer as the Vexolo beads, the two hole WibeDuo beads are shaped like a four pointed star. They are flat on one side and domed on the other. Since both the Vexolo and WibeDuos are made by the same manufacturer, they come in the same colors and finishes, making mixing and matching a snap. Anyone interested in giving the WibeDuos a try?
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