Bombona: Tagua’s Spunky Cousin

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Bombona also known as Pambil, comes from the Iriartea palms in South and Central America. A cousin to Tagua, Pambil seeds also come from palm trees in the rain-forests of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia. In fact, native tribes of the Amazon basin manufacture lances, bows and even blowpipes from pambil.

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You can also eat the palm heart of this species. The palm heart is the soft section at the bottom of a new leaf. The fruit of this species feeds many animal species which contributes to spread the seeds. Furthermore, Bombona harvesting is a source of industry for the many of the indigenous people of South America, providing a source of income for many families.

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Like Tagua nuts but smaller, Bombona resemble brains, with color and texture variations that add visual interest and depth, especially when dyed. Additionally, Bombona or Pambil are super light weight, despite how dense they appear.

One of the most interesting features of this seed bead is it’s unique texture and shape. In fact, no two beads are exactly alike, as each seed displays subtle variations in size, texture, and color, creating pieces as unique as the wearer.

 

Hot Pink Bombona BeadsNatural White Bombona Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These beads are great for statement necklaces that show your beauty and “brains.” Not to mention the ecological savvy that comes from knowing where your jewelry comes from and how it’s made. So, be bold, be different, ‘bead’ you!

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Edgy Rocker Style

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With leather on-trend for fall, and the rocker inspired styles in magazines and fashion blogs around the world, edgy is IN! Even pregnant Fergie is embracing the rock and roll trend. At Nature Beads we’re feeling the edge and getting ready for fall with beads and leather straps and cords to compliment this hot trend.

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EXCLUSIVE: A pregnant Fergie hasn't lost her fashion sense as she and her husband, Josh Duhamel are spotted in LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get the Look

We’re gathering our Finbay leather straps in 10, 16, and 20mm so that you can create your own custom leather cuffs and even belts. These are some of our favorite leathers and leather closures.

20mm Bloomed leather strap Cranberry20mm caramel crossCopper magnetic clasp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Cool Ideas

You might also like to make yourself a cool handbag or necklace. If you’re feeling particularly edgy and ready to experiment with the rocker trend, we’ve got you covered with fish leather, skull beads, and chains to customize your rock and roll look.

Hot Pink Fish Leather GlossyBarbed wire chainMagnesite-turquoise skull beads

 

 

 

 

Magnesite-turquoise skull beads

 

 

 

 

So there you have it! Everything you need to GET THE LOOK using the coolest natural beads and leathers from Finbay leather and Nature Beads. Rock on edgy fashionista!


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Finbay Leather Tutorial: Making a Double or Triple Wrap Bracelet with a Buckle

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Periodically, we post how-to’s and DIY projects on our blog, but today we are lucky to have  leather expert David Weeks of Finbay Leather giving a video tutorial on how to make a double or triple wrap leather bracelet with a buckle. From the mind that brings hand tooled leather to life, comes the first in a series of video tutorials on various jewelry design techniques. We hope you’ll enjoy making this bracelet along side our leather expert and invite you to post your finished creations on our blog or on our Facebook page.

What You’ll Need

  1. Leather Strap 10mm wide
  2. Leather Buckle Set
  3. Rivets and a Rivet Setter
  4. Sharpie or Pen
  5. Leather Punch
  6. Mallett
  7. Scissors
  8. Flat nosed pliers

The Video Tutorial

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The Finished Product

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Don’t forget to share your pictures with us! We’d love to see what you created.


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Artist: Nataly Uhryn

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We’re always on the look out for great jewelry artists and designers and the exquisite work of Nataly Uhryn caught my eye. Nataly Uhryn is a bead embroidery artist from the Ukraine. From headbands and headpieces to necklaces ranging from intricate bibs to delicate strands, this designer’s work is divine! Needless to say we are inspired by her beautiful creations.

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If you’re in the mood to create after seeing these gorgeous designs we have a few ideas to help you get the look.

Get the Look

To get the look you’ll need some fabric backing to  sew or glue your beads to. We suggest using our fish leather, both for style and durability. You’ll also want  some unique gem stones. Turquoise is lovely in these designs and other gem stones and Cabochons really make these pieces unique.

Light Pink Fish LeatherDark Purple Fish Leather

Mushroom Jasper Lapidary

Mushroom Jasper Lapidary

Kingman Turquoise TriangleKingman Turquoise

And there you have it! Make your own beautiful pieces inspired by Nataly Uhryn’s designs with our supplies and your imagination. All you need is a little creativity, inspiration, and of course BEADS. From gemstones and cabochons to seed beads and leathers, the sky is the limit, so go out there and get inspired.


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Recycled Fashion 1980′s Edition: Splatter Paint

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Remember the days of puffy paint and bedazzlers? Remember when splatter painted jeans were all the rage and we crimped our hair? Well designers remember and they’re recycling fashion from the 1980′s with splatter paint prints that are sure to bring back memories of childhood arts and crafts. Designer J. Mendel’s collection prominently features the splatter paint print which he calls ”exploded-floral-print silk cady” and comes in five different designs including dresses and pantsuits. Stunners Abigail Spencer, Leslie Mann, and Nina Dobrev are showing us how to wear the trend right.

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(L-R) Abigail Spencer, Leslie Mann, Nina Dobrev (Getty Images)

How to Wear the Trend 

If you’re not big on print, or maybe you’re afraid you’ll look like a Jackson Pollock painting, there are more subtle ways to rock this trend including the use of accessories. Two-toned leather cuffs for example provide the look of paint splatter without the head-to-toe print. Of course leather straps for cuff making are even cooler when they’re vegetable enzyme cured, chrome free, and eco-friendly.

Two toned denim blue eco-leather

 

 

 

Red two-toned leather strap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for more elegant accessory solutions, marbled Tagua slices can provide a similar look and feel that compliments the splatter paint trend.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMarbled tagua slices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can make your own beautiful Tagua nut necklace using our kit. This design was featured in BeadStyle Magazine.

Beadstyle MagazineAnd there you have it! Recycled fashion 1980′s edition, splatter paint style that anyone can wear. From eco-friendly Finbay Leather straps to marbled Tagua slices, splatter print is in, and you can get the look.


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What’s Hot in Fashion: Leather

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This fall leather is everywhere from dresses and skirts, to shirts and accessories. When it comes to leather anything goes.

Emma Stone

aw-faux-leather-t-shirtFor Celebrities like Emma Stone, Kanye West, Kris Jenner, Victoria Beckham, and Lady Gaga, edgy is in! One of the best ways to rock your leather is with a leather cuff bracelet, and it just so happens, we know how to make them and we’re going to teach you.

 

Step 1: Cut or Wrap your Leather

So, to make your leather cuff bracelet you’ll have to decide what color and width of leather you’d like. We use 16″ leather straps. These allow for two single wrap bracelets or one double wrapped bracelet. This is because 16″ straps provides you with more options. WOMEN’s wrists average 7″; MEN can usually wear an 8″ bracelet. These are some of our favorite leather straps.

Flower pattern

Blue eyelashed leather

Step 2: Glue the Leather

The next step once the leather strap is cut is to glue the ends of the straps so that your cool leather clasp adheres to the strap.

glueingWe recommend super glue for this project because super glue holds strong and dries clear.

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Magnetic silver clasp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Step 3: Rock your Leather Like the Star that You Are!

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Need a Glamorous Clutch? DIY

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Are you looking for the perfect little clutch or handbag? Tired of combing the stores for something unique and glamorous that won’t break the bank? What if you could make the perfect bag yourself? All you need is the right tools, some imagination, and the ability to sew.clutch

Tools:

  • Fabric for the outside of the bag
  • Fabric for the lining
  • Metal Clasp and/or chain
  • A Rotary Cutter
  • Grid Ruler
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • metal clutch frame (etsy)
  • double sided fusible interfacing
  • Coordinating thread
  • Fabric Glue
  • Fusible Fleece

Suggested Fabric and Chains

If you like the look of the above clutch, you might like using our fish leather and chains.

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Directions

1: Start by cutting 13-by-13 1/2-inch pieces from outer fabric, lining fabric, and heavyweight fusible stabilizer. Cut a 10 1/2-by-13-inch piece of fusible fleece. Fuse heavyweight stabilizer to wrong side of outer fabric using your iron, then fuse fleece to center of stabilized side of fabric.

2: Fold right sides of outer and lining fabrics together, sew 1/2-inch seams along both 13 1/2-inch edges.

3: Turn sewn pieces so right sides are facing out, and press seams flat with your iron.

4: Fold in half, matching seams at top, with lining on inside. Sew a 1/4-inch seam on outside raw edges, then trim seam allowances to 1/8 inch and snip in at the corners. Turn again, so outside fabric is on the inside. Sew 1/4-inch seam along edges, creating a finished French seam, then turn right side out.

5: Fold the corners down; mark and sew a 2-inch gusset on each. Trim corner to 1/8 inch. Turn again so lining faces out; sew a 1/4-inch seam along gussets to finish seams. Turn the purse skin right side out.

6: Apply a bead of fabric glue to metal frame. Center over top seam, carefully insert fabric in metal frame, and secure in place with tape. Allow glue to set for several hours.

7: Remove tape, tuck outside corners behind frame, and snap closed.

8: To add a chain, you can either sew the chain directly into the lining at the corners, or you can sew in a jump ringlobster claw and use a lobster claw to adhere the chain to the ring, so that the chain is removable.

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The finished product is a cool new clutch similar to the one pictured above. With practice and patience you can create a whole new handbag wardrobe to accompany any outfit. You can customize your handbag with gems, beads, or any other embellishment you choose. The only limit is your own imagination.


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Boho Headpieces: DIY

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Do you love the romantic draping look of a headpiece? Are you envious of Boho princesses HairChain1like Nicole Richie? Did you know that those ornate headpieces are easy to make yourself? That’s right, you can create your own custom headpieces, using chains, charms, and beads.

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Get the Look

Here are some sample items to help you get the look. First you’ll need chain for the diameter of your head and a piece of chain for the middle part, as well as any additional chain for layering.

These chains work well layered or by themselves as a head piece. gold rhinestonegun metal chaingold rolo chain

The first step is wrapping the chain around your head leaving one or two extra links for draping. Then measure from the front of the chain to the back of the chain vertically for the center piece. Draping chains requires leaving a few more links in the chain each time you add a layer. Use simple ring jumpers to adhere each layer.

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Beading

If you’re looking to make your headpiece beaded, you’ll need some long head and eye pieces for cascading beads. These will allow you to add cascading beads and a centerpiece for your head piece.

Antique brass head pingun metal eye pin

Next you’ll need some beautiful new beads. Any beads from Tagua to glass will be beautiful additions, and the only limitation is your own imagination. Here are some great bead suggestions to get you started.

tagua pendant turquoisemoon light rounds

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re feeling particularly edgy you might try our skull beads .

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Center Piece

Finally, you’ll want to work on your centerpiece. Not all headpieces have centerpieces, but if you want one, you’ll need a great pendant or large bead or coupler. Here are a few suggestions.

coconut blue web pendantCopper leaf charmNunn-design bird connector

 

 

 

 

Headpiece Heaven

With practice, and the right materials you can make your own fabulous Boho headpieces like the great headpieces worn by celebrities and made by jewelry design houses like House of  Harlow.

Vanessa Hudginsbeautiful headpiece

 


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The Stuff Dreams are Made Of: Aqua Majesty by Gail Be Designs

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AquaMajesty_White-018Fx-2At Nature Beads, we appreciate all bead work great and small, but this design from Gail Be Designs is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The dress is called Aqua Majesty, and took over 250,000 beads and sequins to complete. The dress was assembled by three people and took over seven months to complete. The detail on this dress is amazing, from the drop beads down the back to the beaded jewelry on her feet.

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I am in love! Are you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Artist: Fernando Dasilva

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If you don’t yet know about jewelry artist Fernando Dasilva, get ready to be blown away by the beauty of simplicity that is his design style. Using beads, wires, and even our fish leather, Dasilva knows how to combine textures to create one of a kind pieces that make any woman feel beautiful. We were fortunate enough to capture two pieces by Dasilva recently.

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If you’re as inspired as we are, then Get the Look using our chains, and fish leather.

copper textured cur chainEmerald green fish leatherHot Pink fish leather

 

 

 

 

Plum fish leatherTurquoise fish leather


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