August 31, 2017
In anticipation of Island Cove's upcoming Japanese Twilight Garden Party event in October 2017, let me introduce you to the world of premium Japanese glass seed beads by Miyuki.
- Miyuki introduced Delica beads to the world market in 1982.
- They feature large holes that allow for multiple passes of thread.
- The furnaces at Miyuki production plants are heated to 1400 degrees Celsius to melt the glass to create seed beads. The Miyuki factory has both automatic and manual furnaces operating 24 hours per day.
- After dyeing or color-lining beads, Miyuki reheats them again to "set" the colors, a step skipped by some bead companies to reduce costs, according to Barry Kahn of Caravan Beads.
"Beauty, our eternal wish, is something that has been valued in every culture since ancient times. It has the power to create dreams and to inspire." -- Miyuki President Masayoshi Katsuoka
Sign Up for a Jewelry-Making Class and Start Practicing with Miyuki Seed Beads:
Most any class you'd take at Island Cove includes using Miyuki seed beads - so you'll definitely be able to choose from our assortment of sizes, colors, and finishes. A few specific classes that we think you'll really enjoy if you're a seed beader:
- Basic Bead Embroidery Sampler (this is a fun way to integrate unique bead shapes like bugles)
- Bead Embroidered Cabochon (featured below)
- Kumihimo with Beads
- Sea Urchin Bracelet (featured below and uses long magatama beads)
May 29, 2022
This month, Island Cove is featuring the Herringbone stitch. A geometric, versatile pattern for using different sizes and shapes of beads to create beautiful beaded jewelry!
Named after the backbone of the Herring fish, the 2 bead pattern creates a shape like a “v” similar to a chevron but not the same, and is then...
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October 31, 2021
Dominoes inspire artist Susan Sudnik, an instructor at Island Cove Beads in Indian Rocks Beach, FL, to create whimsical holiday-themed dolls.
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