Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Panda Beads - Miyuki Bead Jewelry Kit Review and Giveaway

Besides this blog, my other passion is jewelry making.  I've only been doing this for a few months but I love learning new styles and wearing my new designs out in public!  I was thrilled when Red Panda Beads agreed to do this review with me!  Red Panda Beads has one of the best selections of beads and beading accessories on the net!  Their prices are unbeatable and the best part...FREE shipping! No Minimum Purchase!  That in itself is a deal breaker for me! 

Who is Red Panda Beads?
Betsy, the beader turned owner of this store, fell into the business almost by accident.   Several years ago she decided to turn a cross stitch pattern into a beaded project.  She purchased a small Indian loom and began experimenting with beads.  The local craft store beads were too misshapen and irregular to work well on the loom.  She became very frustrated and turned to the net for precise, uniform beads to complete her picture.  She found Delicas and ordered a few to see just how uniform they were.  She was completely blown away by the quality and how they fit perfectly on her loom. 
One day she noticed people selling Delicas on ebay and thought to herself, "I can do that!"  So she did.  Gradually she began adding Miyuki beads to her inventory.  Miyuki was the first company in Japan to manufacture seed beads.  At first she worked for fun in the evenings and on the weekends, but everything grew so she started the website in November 2009!
Her Philosophy is simple.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  When she orders online, she likes things to be shipped quickly.  Usually all orders are processed and shipped out within 24 hours.
She likes free shipping, so she offers FREE USPS First Class shipping.  She likes free gifts that inspire creativity, so she gives free gifts that fit the bill.
She also has a valuable resource that other beaders do not.  She can see, touch, and compare beads side by side before choosing beads for any project.  So if you need assistance, don't hesitate to ask!  You can chat live with her, email her and even phone her. 
She only sells quality items, that she would be proud to herself.  And her return policy is one she is most proud of.  If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your Red Panda Beads purchase, you may return any items for a full refund.  Red Panda will even pay any postage costs that may incur while sending back any returns.  You have 14 days from the day you receive the package to contact them for a merchandise return.

 So what did I review?
I had the great opportunity to be able to review the Miyuki Bead Jewelry Kit - BFK-27 Netted Ring.  It has a 2 star difficulty rating, so in other words, it's fairly easy to figure out.  This kit included: 5 silver 4mm fire-polished beads, 4 Sapphire 4mm fire-polished beads, 5 Gray 4mm fire-polished beads, 4 Pink-Gold 4mm fire-polished beads, 1g 15/0 gold seed beads and 2m of nylon thread (#2). The finished ring size is a 6.  The kit also came with picture directions on how to put the ring together.

So what do I think?
I had my fiance help me put the ring together.  When I first took the directions out of the package it looked like it was written in another language and there were barely any worded instructions!  There was a couple diagrams to show you what to do.  I found this to be rather confusing so I asked my fiance if he thought it was confusing as well.  Wouldn't you figure, he found the directions some of the easiest to follow he's ever seen! haha!  Josh (my fiance) helped me with this ring and it took no time at all once he "dumbed it down for me."  This is a beautiful design and the ring came out fabulous!  

Pros: Beautiful finished product, easy once you figure out how to put it together.  Even the price is reasonable once you add together how much it would cost if you bought each item seperately.
Cons:  I think it would've been easier for beginners if the directions came the way they are with written directions.

Where can you find a Miyuki Bead Jewelry Kit?
If you're looking for kits, findings, beads, wires, anything that has to do with jewelry making or beading, Red Panda Beads is the place to go.  Their prices are unbeatable and the customer service is outstanding.  They have it all!  I won't shop anywhere else for my supplies! 
You can purchase your own Miyuki Bead Jewelry Kit here
Be sure to check out the rest of Red Panda Beads for all of your beading and jewelry making needs! 
Freshwater Pearl Ring-3 star difficulty

Blue and Green Spiral Ring - 3 star difficulty

Moon Shell Necklace- 4 star difficulty

Orange Flower Necklace - 4 star difficulty

Smoky Sapphire Ring - 2 star difficulty

 **All ring difficulty is based on a 5 star system.  One star being the easiest, 5 the hardest.**

Feeling Lucky?
One lucky reader is going to win a $25 credit to Red Panda Beads! (**Winner must register with Red Panda Beads to take advantage of prize**)Here's how!
What is your beading/jewelry making accessory can you not live without? 

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  This giveaway will end Wednesday, January 19th at 8pm.  US residents only.  Winner must register with Red Panda Beads to take advantage of prize.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize before another winner is picked.

I received this product from Red Panda Beads for free for the purpose of a product review.  These are my own honest unbiased opinions.


  1. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

    Have a nice day!

  2. I love any kind of pearl like beads!

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