Beads and Jewelry Making at CHA

Reported by Shannon Schafer

A few bead and jewelry finding companies came out to CHA this year to show off their new lines.

One of my favorites was Creativity Inc’s line of Blue Moon Beads simply for their variety. This season the company was highlighting two of their newest lines the “Enchanted Planet” and “Global Nomad” .

The “Global Nomad” line had a thai / indian flare. Lots of silver tones with vibrant colors and intricate designs. The line also featured hanks of seed beads which I have never seen a bead company do. It is usually hard to find the seed beads on a hank (pre-strung). Hanks make it much easier for the beader to string onto jewelry wire.

“Enchanted Planet” had a vintage vibe to it. Colors were more muted and earth tones yet shared some natural vibrance from stones. This line seemed to feature more pictures from nature. Several pendants of shells, wildlife, sun/moon, plants and insects.

Plaid Enterprises debuted a new jewelry line titled “fresh”(A refreshingly simple approach to jewelry design). They offered a make and take session where we were able to make rings and earrings using the new acrylic line. I LOVE IT! The designs are whimsical and sharp. Colors had a matte vibrance with some silvers. The silver charms feature several inspirational sayings. I hope to see it out in stores soon. I did not even see it on their website yet it is so new and HOT! (Added by Melissa, Fresh is now available at Michael’s stores.)

Last but not least of my favorite new twists to jewelry making is Simply Swank soldering kits. I just can’t wait to get my hands on one. I think I dreamed up projects for a week after I got home from CHA. The staff was great to talk to and the examples of projects they had on hand were amazing. Pendants, Picture Frames, Boxes, Wall hangings…. it’s endless. The kits and supplies were extremely reasonably priced making it a must have for any background of crafter.
Keep your eye out for these hot new products for your jewelry making boxes! I hope to be making some projects with them soon!
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One Response to Beads and Jewelry Making at CHA

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    Nevis August 4, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    I’m not into beeding but the “Fresh” line looks pretty cool.