On the findings end (no pun intended but it works), not much changed.
Until the Cymbals line.
Cymbal™ is a game-changing metal component line designed to fit and integrate with some of today's most popular beads: SuperDuo, Delica, 11/0 and 8/0 round seed beads, Tila, Silky Beads, and Honeycomb. I have mostly used the bead endings and the connectors in my work and I have to say, it has changed the way I end my bead weaving projects. What used to be a struggle as to how to make a secure ending with beads, or thread guards, or buttons, has now become en exciting and beautiful process. There is a Cymbal for just about any ending.
They are new and innovative and those who use them can see how beautifully they work. Hence, at the moment, they are a little hard to get. I'm hoping that will level out once the manufacturer figures out how to keep up. I am putting together some 'Cymbal Bit Kits' that support some of the designs I have come up with. Check your local bead store!
I've done a LOT of experimenting with these babies, so you don't have to. (But I suggest you have fun experimenting as well!) I have immersed myself in this line because I could feel how they would change things, so that is my first line of motivation to stay immersed. I also own a bead store in Dayton, Ohio, so I have a good shot at stocking them. I also have an Etsy store where I sell some supplies that support the tutorials I create. I can't say I know everything about every element, but when I discover a new use for any of them, I will post them here on this blog.
This square stitch design, Cymbals and Bits Bracelet, is a good example of how to use some of them. Even though each element is designed for use with a specific bead, many of them are so much more versatile! This photo will give you an idea...
As I play, I will post specific uses for these wonderful new findings. So stay tuned for more!