Autumn Fair Report, Tourmaline & Leftover Beads

To see the web version of this newsletter with photos click

See us today or tomorrow, 9th-10th November at Kempton Park Gem n Bead Fair, London TW16 5AQ. The last & largest Kempton Gem n Bead 2019 – not to be missed! Easy parking near M25 and own railway station.

Then, the following weekend we’re at Brighton Gem n Bead Fair, Brighton Racecourse. Stay the weekend beside the sea.

Many NEW beads from our 800 kg shipment of 37 boxes! Some already listed on our online shop, click New Beads. Say you’re a MrBead Newsletter reader for a free gift!

For details of our shows booked this year click 2019 Bead Fairs.

For our bead shop click or

Follow Us On Twitter

Tweet a link to this newsletter to all your followers - just click here
Join our 15,500 followers on Twitter!
Follow us on Twitter at MrBead@UKMrBead and follow Nigel at Nigel@NigelMckay

Follow Nigel on his personal site at

Autumn Bead Fair Reports
Tourmaline For Love & Friendship
How To Use Leftover Beads
Autumn Bead Fairs
Join Newsletter
Free Shipping


For 15% all orders Key TOURMALINE at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 15th November 2019.

No minimum order, but can only for used at or


Beads Up North – 29th September
We done very well, despite slightly less visitors and exhibitors. It’s bad news Gordon, now over 70-years-old, has had enough and decided to step down organising this great long-standing bead fair.

However, don't despair, we have decided to take over with Southampton Bead Shop and keep the show going! At this beautiful venue in Haydock Race Course, just off the M6. Put it in your diary: Sunday 26th April & Sunday 13th September 2020. Pic is 'Ave a Go ladies. 

Bath Gem n Bead Fair – 5th-6th October
This was one of the worse Gem n Bead Fairs’ we’ve exhibited at, and we won’t return next year. Very few visitors, but it was a nice hall upstairs overlooking a dog show on the race course. Can’t win them all!

Norwich Bead Fair – 13th October
Fantastic! We took a lot more in a few hours, than two days at Bath. This was our second best ever Norwich show, with many visitors, all spending well. And a great atmosphere in the warm cozy, newsy-refurbished hotel hall – the free mince pies, coffee and other refreshments went well!

The Big Bead Show – 19th October
This is always our best show, with more visitors, more atmosphere and more money than any other.

However, takings and visitors were a little down on usual – with around 50 exhibitors, there used to be 80! Still good though. Pic is part of the long queue to enter at 10am.

Newton Abbot Gem n Bead Fair – 26th-27th October
We love the West Country, and always stay a little longer before or after a show.

Newton Abbot was disastrous on the Saturday due to torrential rain – but Sunday made up with many regular visitors. It’s great for us at this show, as we have lots of room to show all our beads.

Cheshire Bead Fair – 3rd November
Our best Cheshire Bead Fair to date (or I can remember)! A slow start, but picked up rapidly. Lots of visitors, old and new, resulting in many large and small sales.

The 3pm close worked well – although we were still selling at this time, it allowed us to load the van in the light.


Tourmaline beads are extremely popular right now. Available in many colours, although pink is the most common. It is said to be the gemstone of love and friendship.

It’s name originates from ‘tura mali’: meaning like ‘stone with mixed colours’. Usually found in granite mined in Brazil or Africa.

Tourmaline is believed to combine creativity and discipline, and is a natural source of negative ions and far infrared rays. Far infrared therapy is common to heal in Japan.

It is also thought to improve circulation, good for digestion, relieve stress, increase mental alertness and strengthen the immune system. As well as creating peace and communication between the conscious and unconscious minds.

Tourmaline, along with opal, is the gemstone for October.

See our new tourmaline category: Tourmaline Beads


Every beader is eventually left with out-of-fashion beads that they can’t use. You could try selling them at a fair in a bargain box, but in all probability, they’ll be hard to shift. Strangely, people can sense if the stock is stale. Customers’ are looking for new.

In these financially-tough times, you need to consume everything. Fortunately it is possible to use these odd beads to make jewellery that will sell.

Don’t be afraid to disassemble old jewellery. Unstring the beads and mix them with new beads in a different design


  1. Separate all your leftover beads into three different sizes and place each size in its own cup.
  2. Take any bead at random from one of the cups and lay it out for a necklace on your beading board.
  3. Then add a bead from a different size cup, and so on. If the beads are small, add a few, before a large bead – to build uniformity to the design.
  4. After you’ve laid out half the necklace length, look at the design and see where you can add spacers or caps to improve the style.
In a short time, you’ll end up with an original freeform necklace!

Bead tablecloth weights
Table cloth or cup weights make great presents, especially for summer BBQs. Take a silver bulldog clip and thread wire through the hole.

Loop it back on itself, and slide a crimp over both pieces, pulling it tight to the clip. Squash the crimp flat to hold the wire in place.

Thread beads onto both strands of wire and finish with a crimp to hold the beads in place. The weights are then clipped onto the corner of a tablecloth to prevent the wind from blowing it off.


Autumn Bead Fairs - Only Three To Go!

See all the bead shows we have booked so far click Bead Fairs 2019


For 15% off. Key TOURMALINE at checkout now, as offer ends Friday 15th November 2019.

No minimum order, but can only for used at or
See our beads at or


Key code FREEPOST anytime on UK orders over £30 for free shipping at

See our beads at or


2005 TO 2019

April 2019 is the 14th full year of the MrBead newsletters, and I thank you all for such enthusiastic comments and appreciation. To see the past newsletters click here.

To see all the original old newsletters click here.
To sign-up for the free newsletters click

See all our newley listed beads at or

Nigel's Personal Site

See Nigel's personal website at

See our beads at or

To see all What's New in our US store click or UK

To go to the US MrBead store click Or our UK shop at
To see all old newsletters click here