New Beads in China, Findings & Thai Silver 

9th February 2020

New BeadsWe bought lots of  new beads in China. You’ll see some at Harrogate, Kempton and Norwich – but most won’t arrive for a few months. Especially as the virus may holdup our container.

See us weekend 22nd-23rd Feb at Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair , or the following weekend in London at Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair. Then we’re at Norwich Bead Fair, Sunday 8th March.

For bead shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs

New Beads in China
Findings Make the Jewellery!
Thai Hill Tribe Silver
2020 Monthly Bead Planner
Early 2020 Bead Fairs
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New Beads in China

Bead PackingWe sent 30 boxes of 718 kgms of new beads from China.

new beads july 2018Some will will be available in Harrogate and Kempton as we air-mailed or carried 50 kgms – but most won’t be online for a few months.

Especially as Chinese New Year and the virus in China will holdup our container leaving. Above picture is our hotel ‘packing room’.

MiMiMi & Nigel in Hong KongMiMi and I spent a full week buying from 11am to 7pm every day. Usual speed of 100 kgms a day – although I haste to add, we do look for quality rather than quantity! It’s hard work, but fun eating out in the evenings.

Nigel with new beadsJust before Chinese New Year, many shops sell expensive beads at a fraction of their usual price. The Chinese way is to de-clutter before the holiday – to make way for fresh stock in the new year.

Chinese dinner for beaders!So we took advantage of this buying a lot more large semi-precious beads, and will pass the saving on to our customers. However, it could be a couple of months before these arrive in the UK. Picture is Joanne & Johnny from Southampton Bead Shop with Nigel & MiMi in China.

New 4mm BeadsPicture is some of our new 4mm beads that will be on display at Harrogate and London. Customers have been asking for these, and they were light to carry.

God of WealthPicture is Nigel with the God of Wealth, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

As for the coronavirus – it’s been hyped out of all context by Western media. My Mum and friends are terrified, some avoiding seeing us for 2-weeks!

Reality is, the virus is relatively rare – more people wearing masks, otherwise no problem. When we were in Hong Kong only 8 people had the virus, so that’s less than one-in-a-million – and even if caught, it’s just like flue, only fatal to 2.7%. And 500 deaths in Mainland China is only one in 3.2-million people!

However, the real problem is it’s so contagious. There are already 3 people infected in the UK – so when it gets to 8, maybe UK citizens here will have to cancel their holidays, they could close the borders!

Findings Make the Jewellery! 

Spacer BeadsFindings are essential for creating jewellery, but it’s easy to forget about them when you ‘re shopping for beads. Jewellery without findings is dull, like a film with no music. Finding also save you money, making semi-precious beads go a lot further.

Thai Silver SpacersFindings enhance and bring beads to life, without drawing too much attention to themselves.

You need wires to string the beads onto, whether they are flexible beading wire or rigid. Items made with flexible wires will need crimp beads to secure the ends, and you’ll want ear wires if you want to make earrings.

Spacer BeadsYou’ll also need a clasp to create necklaces or bracelets, and jump rings to attach those clasps. Toggle clasps are the easiest, but you can also use spring ring or lobster claw clasps if you want an adjustable length necklace.

Spacer BeadsSpacer BeadsSpacer BeadsSpacer BeadsSpacers are useful to both add-design and to economize on the beads used in a project.

You could create beaded jewellery without any metal beads, but they will help your jewellery appear more professional.

Spacer BeadsSpacer BeadsSpacer beads vary greatly in size, thickness, and shape so you can dramatically alter the style of your necklace by exchanging the metal beads. They are excellent to add a ‘sliver of metallic flash’ – while larger beads (often called Bali Beads) may be fancy enough to function as the focal beads in your designs.

Try using small 925 gothic spacers in between colorful single beads for a classy effect, and and cone or dome-shaped ones called bead caps are great for topping off a drop.

Thai Silver SpacersThai Silver SpacersAt MrBead we stock over 100 different spacer beads. Most of these are what is known as ‘Tibetan Silver’, a more affordable and flexible material than pure silver. However, we also have many Thai Hill Tribe Silver spacers – these are 97.5 to 99% silver.

To see all our findings & spacers click MrBead.com or MrBead.co.uk
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Thai Hill Tribe Silver

Over 100 years ago, Chinese hill tribes migrated south into Northern Thailand.

These poor nomadic farmers used elephants to clear the jungle and quickly took to growing opium, rotating their crops every few years. The largest of these, the Karen Hill Tribe, still live in bamboo huts built on stilts.

Silver Spacer BeadsIn the 1960’s, the King of Thailand tried to discourage drugs by helping the Karen develop an alternative income.

Royal silversmiths taught them to design and make jewelry using high-content silver. They learned to create unique designs reflecting their own culture. Today, the skills are passed on to the next generation who specialize making silver engraved with plants, animals, and other geometric designs.

Silver Spacer BeadsThese hand-crafted Thai spacers have a high-silver content and are of a better quality than our other metal beads. Use them to enhance your best designs. Size as quoted – but please note that some are tiny, so we advise handling these with tweezers.

Thai Silver Purity
Silver Spacer BeadsThai Hill Tribe Silver is 97.5-99% pure silver. Sterling 925 silver is only 92.5% pure. The high silver content of Thai silver makes it softer than Sterling, but it doesn’t tarnish as easy as Sterling silver which has copper added.

Obviously, this extra purity makes the silver slightly more expensive than 925.

See Our Thai Silver at MrBead.co.uk

2020 Monthly Bead Planner

If you haven’t already, download your free 2020 bead planner in PDF format click: 2020 Beading Planner

Then save to your Desktop so you can easily find it. This planner will help you organize your beading projects and craft fairs in 2020.

Print it out and write your schedule and bookings in the date boxes. It lists the gemstone of the month to help you plan ahead.

The planner comes in PDF format which is the most popular for e-books because it can be read using ANY computer or operating system. Over 99% of computers have a PDF reader installed, but if you need one the Abode Reader is free here.

Use our monthly 2020 bead planner to organize your beading schedule – click here.

15%  Off Anything From MrBead

To get the discount off anything in our online stores, Key FINDINGS at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 14th February 2020. Use at MrBead.co.uk or MrBead.com, but can’t be used with any other discount.

Early 2020 Bead Fairs

  • Sat & Sun 22nd-23rd Feb: Harrogate Gem n Bead Fair, Pavillions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, HG2 8NZ. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 29th Feb-1st March: Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, London TW16 5AQ. Full details here.
  • Sunday 8th March: Norwich Bead Fair, The George Best Western Hotel, Arlington Lane, Newmarket Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 2DA. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sun 14th-15th March, Brighton Gem n Bead Fair, Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 9XZ. Full details here.
  • Sat & Sat 21st & 22nd March, Cheltenham Gem ‘n’ Bead Fair, Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH. Full details here.

Shows booked so far next year, click 2020 Bead Fairs.


Beads-Up-North-LogoDiscounted online tickets for Beads Up North! On Sunday 26th April 2020, at Haydock Racecourse, will be on sale soon. A show not to be be missed, combined with Lace & Textiles. We have space for a few new exhibitors, for details click the Exhibit tab on the Beads Up North site linked below.

Full details at Beads Up North!

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