Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tab Beads

I got a little carried away with my bead making this month!!

My latest venture has been into tab beads. I was working on creating some plain white tabs for my waterslide decals using some cernit and as I was playing around with shapes and sizes, it occured to me that I could take my regular round floral beads and transform them into tab beads.

Here are some of the results of that particular activity.

These are the perfect size for a complete bracelet with a enough room to tuck a watch face into it. Of course, it gave me pause to jot down a note to develop watch bead kits!

These are a bit larger and would be great on necklaces or lanyards.

Individually, they could become a pendant or a cell phone bead.

The smaller ones are the right size for a pair of funky earrings.

I am enjoying creating these and my work station is now covered with my floral canes and leaves so that I can create a ton of these.

Watch for so much more!!

OH - BTW - I would really appreciate a vote for me in the National Geographic photo contest. Please vote for me in the National Geographic photography contest http://bit.ly/mnYAt


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I voted for your picture. You really took a beautiful photograph! Good luck in the contest!

These beads are lovely too. Bet they are pretty with your decals on them as well.

Never heard of this shape of bead called a tab bead before. Am I wrong for calling them disk beads? Or is there more than one name for these beads?

Julie L. Cleveland said...

Thank you for the vote :)

I have seen the beads called by both names. I took the name from the lampwork bead folks as they weren't thin beads but were flat on top.

I always seem to think of a disk bead as something thinner. Not saying that is correct :)

I have become addicted to them and have created another 10 sets on my work table now.