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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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.

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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.

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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.

 Jump ringsFinished Product

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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Discovery: Art Clay Silver

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Do you have gems and natural stones with no way to mount them?silverwater1 Are you tired of poking yourself with wire trying to wrap those gems and stones to wear them on necklaces and bracelets? Wish you could wrap those stones and gems in silver? Perhaps you should try Art Clay Silver.

What is Art Clay Silver

Art Clay Silver is a mold-able silver clay, made from silver particles, water, and organic binders. When pulled out of the package the clay is slightly wet. The clay can then be molded or pressed into a mold into any shape you choose, like polymer clay. After the clay is molded into its generic shape, the clay must be dried. Once dry the clay can be sanded and sculpted to add visual interest and detail like the design on this pendant. silver clay pendant Once sanded and sculpted, the clay must be fired, either by kiln, torch, or gas stove top. During the firing process, the binders burn away and the silver particles sinter (diffuse across particles fusing the particles together and creating one solid piece of silver). The sintering process makes the piece shrink about 10% due to the loss of binders, and the remaining piece is 99.9% pure silver. Best of all, art clay silver is non-toxic and comes from recycled metals from old circuit boards and photographic supplies, which are harvested to become art clay gold and silver.

What Kind of Gems and Stones Can I Use

Of course with this creative medium in your hands, you’ll want to set your gems and stones, but not all gems will survive the firing process without breaking or powdering. Experts suggest  that synthetic stones survive the firing process best, as do stones. Stones and Gems must have a Mohs hardness rating of 7 or greater to survive being set in the clay before firing. For more fragile substances such as glass, these items would require addition post firing. In those cases, imbedding a setting for the gem, stone, or glass before firing, will allow placement of the gem or glass piece after firing so that you can use any gems, stones, or glass pieces you want. Here are a few suggestions that would look fabulous set in silver.

 	Oval White/Turquoise Magnesite Stone beads - 19mm. Tiger Eye Puff Pilow beads, 1 holes 16mm.

Recycled Glass Irregular SMALL Triangles

For more information on art clay silver and metal clays check out their website artclayworld.com for tips and tricks, and don’t forget to stop by our website for all your bead, stone, glass, and pendant needs.

 


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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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Acai the Wonder Fruit

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acai-berry-branched-paniclesAcai pronounced Ah-sī-ˈē, is known world wide for it’s antioxidant rich fruit, which grows on acai palms (Euterpe oleracea) in Central and South America. Acai got its name from the Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word ïwaca’i, meaning fruit that cries or expels water. The fruit grows in panicles (hanging branched bunches) of 500-900 berries, making acai a plentiful, and renewable resource for indigenous people in the Amazon.

Not Just for Fruit

What many people don’t know is that acai berries have seeds andraw beads those seeds make excellent beads. The beads that come from acai average between 6-8mm in diameter. Once harvested, the seeds are drilled and polished. Because these beads are organic and natural, size and shape varies from seed to seed, making each acai bead slightly different, with beautiful variations that make each bead unique.

Good for Your Wardrobe, and the Economy

Acai beads are all hand made and hand drilled, by skilled artisans, creating many jobs due to the high demand of acai world wide. In fact, harvesting and preparing acai beads is a source of industry for the many of the indigenous people of South America, providing a source of income for many families, strengthening the economic prosperity of generations to come.

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Thus, it’s clear to see why acai beads are truly special.

bright acai beads


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What’s Your Style

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Style is a choice. It is a reflection of who we are and what we think. We use fashion and style to define ourselves, and our own unique personalities. Some of us are Bohemian flower children, others are classically beautiful, some are sporty, some are preppy, and some of us are just plain wild. Whatever your style, there’s a designer who represents you, and a bead style or leather that suits you.

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Bohemian style is hippie chic. Prints, flowers, and flowing fabrics represent the boho lifestyle. Inspired by the fashion of the 1960′s and 1970′s as well as the Romani or Gypsy culture, clothing is typically made from natural fibers, and is made for comfort and movement. Outfits typically include layering, loose peasant blouses, maxi dresses, and headbands or hair ornaments. The key words when talking about Bohemian style are versatile, relaxed and natural. Designers like Nicole Richie and Nicole Miller and stylists like Rachel Zoe represent this style. Accessories are also worn in layers and include, chains coins, beads, leather, feathers, bone, and wood. Get the look with necklaceour chains, beads, and fasteners, and check out our scarves.

 

 

 

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Classic Beauty

When one thinks of classic beauty women like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly come to mind. This style is elegant and feminine. Designer Christian Dior captures Classic Beauty with his structured pieces in silhouettes that magnify the feminine shape and define the waist. Classic beauty is glamorous, but in a way that says beauty not flash. Accessories are simple and often make a statement.

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Get the look with our Tagua Nut beads and Faux Suede cords, and create the statement piece of your dreams.

 

 

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White Tagua Nut Beads

 

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Sporty Shorty

The sporty look is active, and on-the-go. These women aren’t afraid to sweat and need clothes that move with them, and their active lifestyle. Designers like  Tommy Hilfiger, and Alexander Wang offer sporty style. The sporty woman is a little bit tom-boy and a whole of fierce. Accessories are simple and don’t impede the sporty woman’s ability to get moving. Swapping out sweat bands for a leather cuff work well for the sporty woman.

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Get the look with one of our killer leather straps and fasteners.

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Fall-2011-New-York-Fashion-Week-Betsey-JohnsonWild Child

The wild child likes to take risks with fashion, and isn’t afraid of animal prints and neon colors in various fabrics including fur, polyester, leather, and even tulle. Creative goddess and designer Betsy Johnson personifies the wild child look.

In terms of accessories anything goes from an unusual hat to a bold piece of jewelry, to spikes. The wild child is truly avant-garde, and isn’t afraid to experiment with colors, textures, and beading.

 

 

This amazing piece by Sherry Hutchison Serafini exemplifies the wild child sense of style. Get the look using our chains and fish leather.

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What’s your sense of style? Are you Bohemian, Classic, Sporty, or Wild?


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Extra, Extra, Read All About Us in Jewelry Stringing Magazine

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Like many of you, we at Nature Beads love our beading and jewelry design magazines, drawing inspiration from the colorful beadwork and artistic designs within their glossy pages. So we are honored to have some of our unique products featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing Magazine!

Jewelry Stringing Magazine

Among the items featured are our distressed and hand tooled dyed flat leathers on page 43. We’ve also got our faux suede leather laces in blue, pink, and green, on page 53. All, our leather is 100% made in Central Florida, USA and we totally believe in the circle of business. Our leather is ECO Friendly, vegetable tanned and dyed with natural dyes is CHROME FREE. Additionally, our faux suede cord is very soft, flexible and the dye does not come off in your hands by touch. You can find each of these pieces on our website at www.naturebeads.com. Jewelry Stringing Magazine ‘s Summer 2013 edition is on stands through August 19, 2013.

 

Items on Page 43 “Get the Look” include our Distressed and Hand-tooled Dyed Flat Leather Straps.

Two Toned Blue Flat Leather Straps 10mm Hand Tooled 10mm FLAT LEATHER, Hand Cut & Hand Dyed

 

 

 

 

 

Items on page 53 “Get the Look” include our Faux Suede Leather Laces.

Green Suede Leather laces

Guava Suede leather lacesBlue Suede Leather Laces

 

 

 

 

 

So, make sure you pick up your copy of Jewelry Stringing Magazine to get in on all the latest beading and jewelry design news, and be sure to check us out on their “Get the Look” sections.


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Gaga for a Man in a Suit, Gucci does Men’s Wear Right

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We at Nature Beads know a thing or two about fashion and style. Both Men and Women deserve to look their best. We pull inspiration from the great designers including Lanvin, Gucci, Versace, etc. and we are obsessed with Gucci’s fall collection for men. Their use of color for men this fall includes muted shades of green and cranberry reds in fabulous coats and jackets that really make these men pop on the runway.

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beadsTell me this look isn’t smoking hot! We love the fur trim, the lush shades of red, and the slim fit of the grey pants. We’re so inspired by this look that we’ve already begun using these color palates in our beads

We’re also loving Gucci’s suits for Fall 2013. Mixing textures is big this fall, mixing wool with satin and suede with fur. We love the textures and slim cut of this suit, with its impeccable tailoring that really fits and flatters. We’re inspired by textures too, and are loving our fish leather products right now.

milan-fashion-week-gucci-fall-2013-mens-collection-37Blue grey fish leather

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk fashion. What designers get your motor running? Tell us what you think. Are you as gaga for a man in a suit as we are?


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