|PINCH BEADS AND HONEYCOMB BEADS|
I stopped by 1960 Beads today to pick up some Pinch beads for a bracelet project. While I was there, the owner asked me if I'd seen the new 2-hole Honeycomb beads yet. I'd never heard of them before and the only thing that I can find online about them is on Akke Jonkhof's blog HERE. The distributor for these new beads is BeadSmith and you can see then on their site as well, HERE. If you go to the BeadSmith site, the link to the Honeycomb beads is on the left side of the main page under the heading "Product Spotlight". When you click the link a page will open with a list of the available colors. Click the blue "play" button/arrow next to each color and you can watch a video about these beads. HERE is the link to the video on YouTube.
I bought the Chalk Lazure Blue ones because that's one of my favorite colors. I also figured that it would be the easiest color to experiment with because I have so many other kinds of beads in that color. Linda, the shop owner (she's Adam's mom), printed out Akke's free pattern for me to take home and she had a "Bzzzzzz Bracelet" on display. I don't remember what colors she used but she had embellished hers a bit. Like me, she didn't like leaving all those SuperDuo holes along the sides of the bracelet open, so she added tiny seed bead picots (11/0 and 15/0, I think) to each SuperDuo bead. It looked very nice that way.
You can see some photos of this bracelet on Akke's blog but hers doesn't have any picots. I'm going to try the pattern sometime but I'll make mine with only two rows of Honeycomb beads for a narrower bracelet. It's quite wide with three rows. If you find a shop that has these beads they will probably have this bracelet pattern as a free hand-out. At the moment, I'm not sure if anyone online has these beads in stock yet. Google couldn't find any. I also couldn't find any on Etsy or Pinterest other than on Akke's blog. I'm pretty sure that they just came out this month so keep an eye out for them to start appearing in your favorite bead shops.