Artbeads Swanky Pine Designer Blend
This mix is more masculine... a regal feel to it. My plans are to make the necklace/pendant Magic Carpet from the Artbeads website. It will be my first try at herringbone stitch. Wish me luck!
Mixed feelings for this mix!
I am one of Artbeads' biggest fans, and am usually thrilled w/ the products I purchase thru the site. This seed bead mix, however, was somewhat of a disappointment. I found the beads to be very irregularly/inconsistently shaped. It made them a bit difficult to work with. I'm a fairly experienced beader, and I usually purchase only Toho seed beads ... their regular and consistent shape makes for a very finished-looking project, and are much easier to work with. I'm not sure exactly what brands of beads are in this mix ... the dark bronze metallic bead is probably a Toho, as it is the most consistently-sized bead in the mix. The other beads in the mix - not so sure who makes them. Czech beads, perhaps?
With that being said, I did make the "Ponderosa Pines" bracelet from this blend, and it did turn out beautifully. I don't know, however, if I could wholeheartedly recommend this particular mix. It just didn't seem up to Artbeads' usual quality.
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