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Milagro Charms Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let's take a look at these Latin American religious charms! Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to "miracles", are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing....

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What is a Fetish? First a '50 Shades of Gray' reference and now we're bringing up fetishes?? You might think we're getting a little wild this week here at Happy Mango Beads, but don't be fooled. We're always a little crazy! A fetish is a carving that is believed to have power. Fetishes have been used by all southwestern...

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Chile Fire Relief UPDATE! I am sure that the devastating hill fire that struck Valparaiso, Chile in April is still very fresh on many minds around the globe, especially those living in the burned region. On June 25th, Happy Mango Beads sent $500 to a trusted friend in Valparaiso, and here is Samuel's most recent report: "The...

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Crayola ain't got nothin' on us Contrary to popular belief, coming up with the color name of beads is hard work. It is especially hard when you're working on a whole bunch of similar beads at one time! How does one even decide what is butterscotch, creme brulee, or tapioca? (It just makes me want a snack.) You can now search all of...

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Spontaneous creator or meticulous planner? I am the latter in all aspects of my life. Very type "A".  I like rules and such. I always have to plan out my projects before I assemble.  I look at all of my materials for a while, brainstorm, take a break, come back, and then begin.  Sometimes this process takes a few days or so of planning...

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Milagro Charms

Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let’s take a look at these Latin American religious charms!

Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to “miracles”, are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing. Today, you will find them in churches and other religious locations as well as affixed to various objects.  The meaning of each unique Milagro is open to interpretation: for example, a heart-shaped Milagro may symbolize romance and love or a healthy heart.

The Milagro charms that we carry at Happy Mango Beads were handcrafted in Jalisco, Mexico.  These ‘good luck charms’ are made of a metal alloy mixture and this particular metal is a very white silver. Very beautiful!

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Jewelry Kits COMING SOON!

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Here at Happy Mango Beads, we are constantly adding new beads and pendants to our stock. After all, we have to keep you on your toes, right? (Beading can lead to lots of time on your bum, so it’s good to get up on your toes now and then…)

Well, we’re trying our hand at something newer than even NEW BEADS! That’s right, coming soon, to your favorite online bead store: KITS! Whether you’re stumped on beads to choose for your next project, you are looking for a great gift for your favorite crafty friend, or even if you’re just beginning and need some direction, these kits will serve lots of purposes!

They will come equipped with more than enough beads to make whatever length of jewelry you desire (within reason), along with instructions and diagrams so that you can create your next piece with confidence. We have designed our samples using a variety of different beads from our warehouse (gemstones, pewter, glass, resin, crystal, bone, and so on). While our samples will give you a great arrangement of these different beads in different color combinations, feel free to let your own creative juices flow! No need to copy our pattern if you have something else in mind.

So Mangoes…stay tuned for when we release our first batch of kits this Fall!

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Can’t wait. You have beautiful beads. It will be nice to have everything you need together.

We’re glad you’re as excited as we are! Are there any certain beads, colors, or techniques you’d be anxious to have in a kit? We’re still busy making different options, so any input is appreciated. :D

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Put A Bird On It

While I don’t think Portlandia is right in always wanting to ‘put a bird on it’, I do think that Happy Mango Beads has some super adorable pendants and charms that happen to have birds on them! Or- they are in the shape of a bird…you know what I mean.

Yellow Enameled Copper Pendant with…a bird!
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We also have birds with polka dots.

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Posh birds that look like they need an iced coffee, sunscreen and a good book.

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Royal birds.
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And birds that aren’t trying too hard, but are still adorable!

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This post was lovingly written for Courtney, who really likes to say, ‘Put a Bird on it!’

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Seed Beads

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When I think of seed beads I think of such tiny little things! There are different sizes of seed beads though, and they range in size from 1° – 24°. The sizes are pronounced ‘number’ and the degree sign is called ‘aught’. So, ‘one aught’ is how you would say ’1°’.

Different sizes of seed beads also go by different names. Size 5° – 6° are called ‘pony beads’, size 3° – 4° are called ‘trade beads’ and anything larger than 2° is called a ‘crow bead’. (Psst..Happy Mango carries all sorts of trade beads and crow beads!) The smallest sized seed beads, size 15° and smaller, have not been produced since the 1890′s and any that are still available would be considered antique beads! A 24° sized bead is about the size of a grain of sand!

See what I mean? Tiny little things!Happy Mango Beads

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Hi, Nikki! I’m so glad you joined HMB! I asked someone back in April about sizes of beads and they only knew about mm. So I’ll ask you! :) I was just wondering if you would tell me the sizes of the large, medium, & small African Christmas beads? I need something bigger than a 10 or 11 seed bead, but not as big as a pony bead!
Thanks ahead of time! I hope you can help! I plan on stringing these on waxed linen thread!

Thank you for your comment, CC! I will say that I am by no means an expert and am still learning a lot about beading and beads! :)

Because we do not carry seed beads that we size as such, I am still going off of mm sizing. The small Christmas beads are most similar to 11/0 & 10/0 (1-2mm diameter). The medium Christmas beads (AT101) are most similar to 10/0-8/0 (2-3mm diameter). The large Christmas beads (AT103) are most similar to 6/0-4/0 (4-5mm diameter). All three of these products are quite irregular in the size and variety of beads that are on each strand. The size difference of AT101 & AT103 seems quite a bit.

As I understand it, the size 3/0 represents a pony/crow bead and that is approximately 5.5mm. Hopefully this information is helpful!

Thank you, Nikki! That helps a lot! :)

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Bag of Chips

As an amateur beader myself, I often find myself wondering what our customers do with the strands of gemstone chip beads that they buy. First of all, I LOVE chip beads. I love that they are literally just the scraps and the byproduct of handcrafting other gemstone beads and they they are drilled, strung, and reused as beads. Recently I was connecting with Marian Stonacek when her bracelet caught my eye (Marian is the fabulous artist who fires the enameled copper pendants that Happy Mango Beads offers and that I featured recently on the blog). It was a simple strand of Labradorite and Peridot gemstone chip beads strung around her wrist. Looking closer, she told me she crochets these beads onto string and wears it as a multi-wrap bracelet. IT WAS AWESOME! I proceeded to demand that she come to my house and show me how to make the seemingly simple piece of jewelry. She did, and now my skills are a work in progress. It turns out that working with tiny beads with tiny holes is really challenging and requires a lot of patience.

Do you love working with chip beads? What are some of the creations you make with those beads?

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