Yesterday I received the exciting news that The Beadsmith will be placing a full page ad in the award winning German beading magazine Perlen Poesie. The advertisement (shown below) will be promoting their heavy metal seed beads and they are using my Metal Bead Sampler Bracelet as the picture.
I absolutely love my bracelet. I wear it all the time. It seems to go with almost every outfit I have. I also enjoy making this bracelet. It works up very quickly and I can easily complete one in a day. The beads are very uniform in size and shape. It's almost like they were made for the Right Angle Weave stitch.
Metal seed beads come in size 15 (tiniest), size 11, size 8 and size 6 (largest) and are more expensive than glass seed beads, but the size 6 metal beads are the least expensive of all the available sizes.
The beads are solid metal. They start out with a brass base, and then are heavily plated in the various finishes.
They all have a seam. On the smaller beads the seam is barely noticeable. On the larger beads the seam can be seen and on a very few beads (1 out of approx. 50) the seam may not be closed properly. These beads should be discarded, but as will all glass beads, this culling process is normal and to be expected.
Almost all metals will tarnish and most plated metals will wear with time. Oil on our skin, humidity and exposure to the elements, or excessive rubbing will speed up this process. To slow down or prevent the plated finish from changing color or rubbing off, some suggest using a sealant such as Permalac Sealer, Renaissance Wax, Future Floor Was or another protectant/sealer. I have not tried any of these sealants yet, so I cannot speak to their effectiveness.
I sell a pattern for this bracelet in both my ArtFire and my Etsy shops. For the pattern only you need to purchase the size 6 metal beads and Elegant Elements clasp from your local bead store. Both the metal beads and the clasps are distributed by The Beadsmith.
I also sell a kit in both my Artfire and Etsy shops which includes the pattern and all supplies needed to make the bracelet.