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The shades of fuchsia and gold are reminiscent of the orchids in Singapore. Orchid Rain perfectly captures the simultaneous sunshine and mist of the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay. Orchids can have strong, vivid colours and yet be so delicate in appearance. Enjoy wearing this bead as a reminder of the impressive colours of nature.

I’m so excited to announce another bead collaboration with OHM Beads. It’s been so fun to see people enjoying Lilac Rain and I hope Orchid Rain will also appeal to bead collectors around the world. As is always the case with glass, the beads have some variation. They will be $45 USD and go on sale at OHM Together on June 21, at 5:55pm Eastern Time. (New York, Toronto, etc., time zone). There will be plenty of beads at 555 pieces. They will be numbered and accompanied by a little certificate matching the number engraved on the bead.

They look fabulous with gold.

The streaks of blue/purple can look a bit electric depending on the light.

Here’s a little video to show them going from the shade into the sun.

And here are still photos showing the same thing.

I tried them next to some older OHM Beads that I have and I think they look great together.

They certainly blend well with my Sea Anemones and Dewdrops beads from Trollbeads and Elfbeads, respectively. If anyone wants to see Orchid Rain with another bead you are wondering about just let me know and I can send you a picture on social media or add it here.

I think Orchid Rain looks good with Spring Refractions!

The round shape is a departure for OHM, although when I first started buying their beads years ago, that’s the shape they were then. Here are some Orchid Rain beads with Lilac Rain beads.

It really does seem to glow in the sun.

I’ll leave off for now but if there are any questions please ask. Have a great week everyone!

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On Friday, May 24 the Trollbeads Summer Collection for 2019 will debut. For the most part, this feels like a bit of a departure for Trollbeads, as there are five new stones coming out but they are really very small. With their round shape they feel quite modern and it will be interesting to see how people use them. There are also two silver beads that blend in nicely with last year’s seashell silver beads.

The round stones each cost $50 USD. There is a White Round Moonstone, Round Labradorite, Round Lapis Lazuli, Round Adventurine and Round Malachite. I bought several silver Ripples beads because I thought they would go really well with the new stones. The silver bead that wraps around the Round Lapis Lazuli below is called Framed by the Sea and is $50.

There is a small silver pendant, designed by Søren Nielsen, called Conch Pendant. It will be $61 USD.

I wanted to take a few shots of the gemstones on a bracelet with the traditional sized glass beads. I would love to hear if you think the older beads look ridiculously out of place, or if you think they might work well together.

Where I don’t think a traditional style glass bead looks silly is below, almost acting as a focal point. The spring collection glass beads were on the whole very small, which now makes me wonder if there is a general move towards smaller beads.

I also think the Beach and Light Blue Stripe Beads below look okay with the Round Adventurine beads.

This is the last known place where one of the Round White Moonstones was seen. If anyone is heading to the beach at Port Stanley, ON, look around and you might find one!

Since the new gemstones are small like pearls, I think they look very sweet between the Dancing Butterfly Spacers.

Here’s a macro shot of the Round Lapis Lazuli. It’s pretty spectacular!

I think the new beads work really well on bangles and they will be fun to mix and match.

Lastly, since I know some people will be buying these to use with the discontinued Pandora Essence line, here is a reference photo so you can see they work very well together.

Here’s a last look at the bangle set to get us in the summer mood. It was about 9C when I took these photos, not exactly swimming weather!

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marthnickbeads by Martha - 3d ago

I got so excited taking some macro shots of some Elfbeads that came in the mail today that I thought I’d put together a short blog post. It’s probably fair obvious that I love glass. I like the way it surprises me when I look up close and I like the way it changes in the light. After I made up this bracelet I started to take a closer look at the beads.

First off, the two dichroic True Beadz are Treasures and not for sale anywhere that I know of, sorry. The two True Touch Dragon Green ones are in the current collection though and the website is back open for business! What pulls this bracelet together though is the focal Elfbead, called Aura Feather World. Wow! Clearly it needs to be put with some purple beads!

Next to the True Touch Dragon Green Beads are two Ocean Storm Monroe Beads. I love the depth to them. It would be so fun to see these in an actual ocean.

At either end of the bracelets are two Ocean Scales. I like how you can see the scales from the side.

Not on the bracelet, but new to me is the Ocean Metal Bead.

Also new to me is the Ocean Galaxy Universe.

Lastly, I got a new blue plastic IKEA bowl and thought it would be perfect for a water themed bracelet. The silver focal bead is called Baroque Barrel. I am absolutely in awe of these beads.

Here’s a little video of my first bracelet in the sun. If you turn the sound up, you can hear the sweet little birds in my backyard.

I hope you enjoyed this look at these beautiful beads. Tune in tomorrow when live images can be shown of the Trollbeads Summer Collection and again on Tuesday for a preview of another collaboration with OHM, a bead called Orchid Rain.

Disclosure: For this blog post I may receive some items as promotional samples. All Elfbeads were provided by…Elfbeads!

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I have some beads from the recent Elfbeads Mother’s Day 2019 Collection and have really been enjoying making different combos with them. Something that is new and interesting are the beads that are made of brass and plated with 18k gold. At $31 USD, they are a really good value and add a pop of brightness. What’s great for me is that they match up well with the Trollbeads Twisted Gold Plated Bangle, so they incorporate really easily into my collection. The Sunflower Barrel is in the middle and the other gold plated bead is Inner Star.

Here’s a better view of Inner Star. My favourite little student who loves beads was really fawning over this one on Friday!

The glass beads that I selected are super pretty. The Soft Love Dewdrops ($31 USD) is so gorgeous. I love the way the light hits the drops so you can see the glowing yellow and lavender colours.

Take a look at Mystic Tripetual ($31 USD) and how the colour matches the Trollbeads Golden Rutilated Quartz. I feel like I rarely gush like this, but this is absolutely bead heaven for me.

On the right in the picture below is another new bead called Pink Peony.

This glass bead is called Nebula Twilight ($36 USD).

I think it looks really good with a bit of blue!

The centre bead is one of the sweet Elfbeads Flowerstones called Sea Turtle. The blue beads are Trollbeads Denim Prisms.

The two outer beads on the bangles below are called Wish Blush Pure.

Here’s a video of the beads in the sun.

Lastly, I made up a large bracelet to show how the finish of the gold plating looks in relation to Pandora Shine (18k plating over silver) and the Redbalifrog brass pieces. I think they mix nicely together.

Here’s a video of the bracelet.

Below left to right are Elfbeads Dewdrops, Wish Blush Pure, Nebula Twilight, Sunflower Barrel, Soft Love Dewdrops, the Redbalifrog Empty Brass Spacer and Elfbeads Pink Peony.

Below left to right are the Redbalifrog Honey Pot, Trollbeads Golden Rutilated Quartz, Elfbeads Inner Star, Nebula Twilight, Everstar, Mystic Tripetual and Waver.

Below left to right are the Elfbeads Cotton Candy Flowerstone, Pandora Shine Heart & Bee Charm, Elfbeads Wish Blush Pure, Knotling and the Redbalifrog Brass Moon Face Lock.

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Spring has spring with some sweet little flowers…glass ones, that is! The Elfbeads Flowerstones (€28/$31 USD) come in many different colours which you can see on the Elfbeads website here. The ones I have are absolutely delightful. They are Limited Edition in that they are only going to be around until the end of the summertime. Also, they have a larger core so will fit on Pandora bracelets.

The pink and yellow one is called Cotton Candy and inspired me to go looking through my closet to see if I still have any Laura Ashley dresses and I do!

It also looks lovely with the pink and white Sweet Flowerstone. In the middle is a Sweet Flower World focal bead which I did a blog post on here. The silver beads are called Waver (L) and Everstar (R).

I think my favourite of the bunch is Ceramic, below left. I love the colours in it. In the middle is Wonder, then the next silver bead is called Dewdrops and finally on the right is Sea Turtle.

I was really impressed with the quality of the beads. I took a macro shot of Wonder and just look at the details.

Let’s take a look and see how the Elfbeads play with other brands. I pulled out the lilac colours in Sea Turtle and Ceramic with the True Touch Lilac True Beadz. The Flowerstone on the left is called Arabian Sea.

This vibrant blue and purple bead below right is called Forget-Me-Not. In the middle is an Amethyst from sTicKs & StoNEs. I like how there are a lot of textures and patterns on this bangle. This bangle, by the way, is an Elfbeads one called Star Bangle and the stoppers are Star Stoppers.

Next up is a bangle with two Sugared Foam OHM Beads and a True Opal Mint True Beadz. I’m happy to see that Blooming Boutique is selling both True Beadz and Elfbeads with live images. It looked like everyone was having fun at their recent event in Delaware!

While the Flowerstones look wonderful interspersed with solid colours I also think they make a sweet statement bundled together.

Lastly, here is a large bracelet with a couple of Trollbeads stones and Pandora Petite Facets added in. The silver Elfbead on the right is called Knotling. My friend Cheryl has one and wears it all the time. I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the Elfbeads Flowerstones and please let me know if they are part of your collection or if they are something you are interested in!

Disclosure: For this blog post I may receive some items as promotional samples.

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On Friday, April 12, the limited edition glass bead Flow of Love ($55 USD) and the Puzzle Spacer ($45 USD) will launch.

The Flow of Love has a lot going on, with facets, some hot pink glass, delicate pale stripes running through it, as well as some glitter. There can never be too much glitter!

The Puzzle Spacer is slightly larger than the plain spacers. I think it’s very nicely made.

The Flow of Love Bead comes with a puzzle, although to be honest I’m not sure if all retailers will be providing that. There is also new packaging which is quite pretty. I’m basing this packaging information off of what was provided to me by TrollbeadsUSA, so maybe check with your local retailer if these things are important to you in determining where to make a purchase. The puzzle was a bit tricky-in fact, sharp eyes will catch where I did it wrong!

The Maternity bead, depicting a mom holding a small child, is a natural fit for a Mother’s Day theme.

I like the glass with the super useful Rose Quartz bead.

Flow of Love looks perfect on the Cherry/Sage Green Leather Bracelet. Trollbeads hasn’t come out with new colours of leather bracelets for a while, so I wonder if there will ever be any more? I used the Violet of February, Puddles and House Bead also.

Here is another little combo with some colours that go nicely with the Flow of Love. On the top bangle left to right are Light Green Stripe, Pink Desert, Violet of February and Pastel Flower Bead.

Because Flow of Love is such a busy bead, I didn’t think I had many beads to go with it, but I did try out a large bracelet. I’m still not sure if I like it or not, but thought I’d still post the photo.

Here are a few other pieces I’ve been enjoying lately. February was so dreary and we had so much ice! I’m happy winter is over (although we could still get some snow) and look forward to flowers growing again! To tide me over, I bought the sweet Baby’s Breath Ring.

I might have also bought the Blossom Shade..

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Yep, I’ve run out of space again. I don’t want to go back to my plastic ice cube tray storage system so I asked OHM for a ‘More Bead Less Play Tray’. It’s $50 USD and is really sturdy and holds piles of beads. Fortunately I have a drawer in my bead area so can slip in right in there. After having used it for a couple of days I’ve decided that it will work really well for me for a couple of reasons. I like how I can see the beads all at once, for one thing. Secondly, the rods come out nicely but then you can pop them back in for a snug fit. You can see in the photo below I forgot to push the second rod back down on the left hand side. Even though lots of beads fit on here and you might think it unwieldy to get at one in the middle, I haven’t found that. For me the key is to not worry about getting the bead back to where it was. So after a while they are definitely going to be a bit more mixed up in their colour groupings, but I think it will be fun to every now and then sit down to rearrange them.

There are a couple of newer items that I also have, including the glass bead called Wisdom Texts ($50 USD) shown here in the middle. I’m in a phase right now where I actually prefer beads that have no meaning for me, but this one definitely touched me in an emotional way. This year I am teaching young English Language Learners and have a lot of Yazidi students who have gone through extreme trauma. I see the Wisdom Texts bead as representing the language that they now have to learn to further their education and help them live happy and productive lives. The True Beadz True Touch Castle Stone beads match up beautifully.

Now for the Slim beads! They are very interesting and I like the narrow width. They cost $35 USD each and I have four colours here today, although there are five. The red one is called Sour, the purple is Ape, the green is Sage and the blue is Mist.

The blue one is a perfect match for the older Blue Hole beads.

I really like the purple one in between my Purple Haze beads. I’ll definitely wear this bangle this week.

I’m not sure I like this look below, but I thought I’d see if two Slim beads would equal one regular one. I don’t think they do, but it’s a different look that can make for a nice change. The blue bead on the left is called Current ($45 USD).

Lastly, here’s a happy bangle that has a pop of colour. It is snowing yet again, so these vibrant colours are just what I need right now.

I’ve seen lots of nice combos using the Slim beads on the Instagram page of @storyinthebead.cz if you want to check them out. I think they lay very well in between a couple of glass beads, so I will be using them on bangles in the future. Wouldn’t two blue ones look fabulous on either side of Confetti Upchuck in the picture above? Has anyone thought about getting any of these beads?

Disclosure: For this blog post I may receive some items as promotional samples.

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I am so happy that there will be some new additions to the regular collection line of True Beadz! After the massive retirement of beads a while back I know people have been waiting for some new regular collection colours and these ones are so beautiful.

There are 3 glass beads and 1 silver bead. The silver is called True New Beginning and will be $65 USD. It is best seen in a video as there are details all around it.

The two solid colour glass beads ($40 USD) are quite luminous. The third glass bead, True Moss ($45 USD) varies quite a bit, due to how the colour reacts to the heat. This might be one to collect in multiples, like how I’ve collected True Touch Marmors and Trollbeads Sea Anemones.

Below left to right are True Opal Mint, True Moss, True New Beginning, True Moss and True Opal Cactus.

On social media Julia had been showing these beads with some yellow and it looks so fresh with a True Touch Sunlight Spot.

Of course, purple always looks lovely with green, so I used True Moss and True Opal Cactus below. I think the silver Lilac bead in the middle and the Touch Lilac to the left of it were my first True Beadz.

True Opal Mint looks divine with the Green Tulips from Trollbeads.

The silver beads True Beadz 2016 and True Bridge make great spacers with a couple of older beads flanking them, along with True Opal Mint.

Now to use some current glass beads, here are a Touch Gooseberry and Touch Taiga with the True Opal Mint. The silver beads are The Wheel of Time.

Lastly, I’ve got some photos of a special event bead. The Blooming Boutique Beads at the Beach event bead is super pretty! The event is March 30 & 31, which is the same weekend as the Trollbeads at the Beach Festival. At the bottom of their info page here it mentions that there will be an online event April 2, but I don’t know any more than that. I hope those going have a fabulous time. I had fun this past weekend going with a couple of girlfriends to a bead event in the USA. It’s always so nice to get away without boys!!

They look sweet with the silver Roses from True Beadz and a couple of Lavender Prisms from Trollbeads.

Finally, here’s a bracelet using all the new glass beads plus some from the True Purple Dream colour family.

Some retailers are taking pre-orders and you can find links to them here on the True Beadz page. I hope you like the new beads as much as I do. I think the True Opal Cactus and Mint beads will be wonderful for taking to the beach this summer. They make me think of water in the Pacific Ocean and how I’d dearly love to be on a beach right now, puddling about in the warm water. Do let me know if these beads are ones you’d like to add to your collection.

Disclosure: For this blog post I may receive some items as promotional samples.

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