Amazing Farfalle Beads

I came across some great pieces using Farfalle Beads!

BERNADETT VARGA’s blog AGABEN, showcases the designers beautiful work. The farfalle bead , also known as Bow beads or peanut beads by some, have an interesting shape that allows the beads to fit into one anothers curves. This interesting shape gives way for endless amount of possibilities. Whether strung in a simple row or sewn in an elaborate stitch there’s no wrong way to farfalle.

Bernadett Varga’s pieces look elegant and finely crafted. The necklace below looks like such a solid construction using the crochet technique.

(Possible beads used Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Crystal Labrador Transparent
)

Necklace with Farfalle Beads

The round earring balls make me think of how many possibilities you can come up with using the farfalles.  Bernadett uses crochet techniques to create the jewellery and each piece is more interesting then the next.

Ball Earring Using Farfalle Beads
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Bow Beads (Farfalle) 3.2×6.5mm
Amethyst Labrador Transparent
SS.925 BALI FISH HOOK

She also has many seed bead variations creating balls and long necklaces with interesting shapes. I love her combination of colors and the way she combines glass beads with seed beads and crystal bead accents.

Necklace with Glass Bead detail
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SEEDBEAD 8/0 OP MATT BLACK
STRUNG
SEEDBEAD OP.IRIS PURPLE 10/0
GLASS RING 18mm LARGE HOLE
BLACK COPPER PRINT
Lamp Bead Halo Heaven 2pc
35mm/20mm

The matte seed bead combination and transparent seed bead is great on this ring. The seed bead creation is nicely mounted on a base metal ring. Such an elegant yet showy look.

Transparent and Matte Seed Bead Ring
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Possible materials  ;
SEEDBEAD 8/0 TR.AB MATT GREY
STRUNG
SEEDBEAD SQ/H STR S/L LTGOLD 1
STRUNG

We also have sample necklaces in our showroom made by a designer from the Czech Republic; Adella Kodonova. The jewellery combines farfalles, crystals, pearls and seed beads. These pieces have more movement and you can see the shape of the farfalles a little more. The necklace is full of sparkle and glitz. The focal point with the pearls is beautifully done with crystals bursting out. I love the weight of the farfalles and the pearls, it’s a true statement piece.

Copper Colorado Necklace

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Possible materials  ;
Bow Beads (Farfalle)-Cut 2x4mm
Crystal Copper Lined
SEEDBEAD OPAQUE. PEARL CEYLON 10/0
SWAROVSKI 5810 CRY PEARL
MM12 CREAMROSE
277 5500 1073 246 SWAROVSKI BEAD 5500 ROUND DROP
MM 9 x6 AB LIGHT COLORADO TOPAZ

LOBSTER CLASP 10mm NF/LF
ANTIQUE COPPER PLATED
96961945734-18T.C. – BEAD CAP DOME CLASSIC
ANT. COPPER
Labrador Jetsetter Necklace

I love this look because really you can combine any type of bead in any variation of color and twist them around. You can make it as chunky or minimal as you like! All you need is a little black dress and this necklace!

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Possible materials  ;
68002454s – Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Black Opaque
68002456s- Bow Beads (Farfalle) 2x4mm
Black Labrador Opaque
68002518s- Bow Beads (Farfalle) 3.2×6.5mm
Black Chrome Opaque

27753011779280- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5328 BICONE
MM 5 JET
27750002151001- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5000 ROUND
MM 8 CRYSTAL
27750001515001- SWAROVSKI BEAD 5000 ROUND
MM 5 CRYSTAL

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Bead Extravaganza !

Leslie Rogalski

John Bead’s Bead Extravaganza 2010. Held September 14th and 15th was a hit ! 

The Tuesday evening wine and cheese, Swarovski seminars, designers, vendors from the USA, and attended by  over 200 customers to the john bead showroom, with a number of out of town guests staying for both days.  

 

Miyuki Tila Beads

With seminars, demos and make and take workshops from major suppliers from the USA and well known designers. Media personality Leslie Rogalski from Philadelphia, an artist, teacher  with a passion for creating jewelry.  She appears on the PBS TV series Beads, Baubles, and Jewels, With program segments sponsored by John Bead.  Leslie is the former editor of Step by Step Beads and BeadingDaily.com, her designs and articles have been widely published. Leslie showcased our Miyuki Delica beads and the New Tila beads. Showing guests the Peyote stitch and the right angle weave stitch with the Tila beads.         

Stephanie Dixon showing off Swarovski Elements

Stephanie Dixon, Canada’s own Swarovski Ambassador was here crocheting up a storm. Her specialty being using 26 gauge artistic wire and Swarovski Elements, Stephanie showed guest how easy it is to crochet and use artistic wire to create rings, earrings and necklaces.        

Stephanie's Crochet Pieces with Swarovski Elements

Pam Arion from Tierra Cast was here to show an exciting sneak preview into their new Alternative line; Tierra Cast: Quality in the Making  . The line features TWO NEW Finishes ; Black , a classy and edgy shade and brass oxide that serves as a perfect complement for vintage-inspired designs. These finishes are shown in many of Tierra Casts already popular clasps, charms, caps, beads, bails and spacer designs. John Bead is excited to have these in stock. Pam also showed how great Tierra Cast can be combined with other beads and Swarovski Elements like the Tierra cast Setting that fit 12mm Rivoli stones.  As well as the Glue-in Charms that can hold ss10 flatback stones.                     

Joe and Pam
Tierra Cast Pendants
Glue-in Ribbon Charm with Pink Flatback

Karen Fish, a designer and bead store owner from Bracebridge, showcased various chainmaille designs. She used Beadalon’s jumpring makers to make her own jump rings using 20 gauge wire. Karen demonstrated various chainmaile patterns as well as the option of adding beads. (Chain maille books)    

Samples of chainmaille by Karen
Karen Fish Demonstrating chain maille
 
 
Designers from Flirt doing Make and takes with Unicorne Beads

Douglas Ho, President of Unicorne Glass Beads was also in the showroom. Designers from Flirt were doing make and take earrings using Unicorne beads. They showed guests how to make their own hooks using artistic wire and used tools from the JOHN BEAD line;      (JB PRO PLIER CHAIN NOSE WITH 3 STEP NYLON V ).    Guests then added 3 teardrop beads to the hooks and perfect, a new pair or earrings.             

The showroom buzzing for Beads

Tuesday nights wine and cheese cocktail party was full of excitement and buzz, one couldn’t help but feel like in a tradeshow. Swarovski’s North American representative; Vince Scalera debuted Swarovski Element’s New colors for the autumn/winter 2011/2012 season as well as new shapes, finishes and production components. (Book your appointment today with one of our sales representatives to learn more about what’s new from Swarovski Elements). Vince also presented next seasons major fashion inspirations, themes and moods.                     

Guests Enjoying Cheese in the Swarovski Elements Section
Guests Enjoying wine in the Showroom
The Swarovski Seminar

      

Vince Scalara from Swarovski presenting the coming seasons Trends

Guest went home with gift bags complete with Swarovski’s new magazine SALT as well as samples of the featured seasons products.  We would like to thank the Toronto Bead Society and the Canadian Beading Magazine for supporting us and inspiring our guests.