Thursday, July 2, 2015

Starman TrendSetters Casting Call 2015-2016

Who should apply? What are we looking for?

Starman is looking for experienced bead artists and designers from all over the world who love working with quality Czech pressed glass and Japanese seed beads. We are looking to expand our team to include artists of versatile techniques—including bead weaving, stringing, loomwork, wirework, or other styles.

Starman is seeking artists who are willing and able to promote the use of Starman manufactured and wholesaled products, including the CzechMates® line of multi-hole beads and TOHO seed beads. Applicants may not be on design teams for any other glass bead wholesaler or manufacturer and must sign a confidentiality agreement upon acceptance to the team.

Why Should I Apply?

The Starman TrendSetters are an elite group of designers whose work is highly coveted by the industry. Membership benefits include:
  • Working with prototype beads before they are available in stores. 
  • Being the first to create new techniques for new beads. 
  • Samples of selected new products from Starman and TOHO beads. 
  • Class sponsorship credit towards a major bead event. 
  • Worldwide exposure and promotion of your design business: 
    • TrendSetter patterns are taught in bead stores all over the world, creating a high level of name recognition. 
    • TrendSetter jewelry is prominently featured in Starman international advertisement campaigns. 
    • Make connections with distributors of Starman beads who want to feature your products and classes in their stores. 

TrendSetter Duties

Each TrendSetter team member is required to submit innovative jewelry designs and stitch techniques that feature up-and-coming Starman bead shapes. The designs submitted will be featured in Starman product promotions including:
  • Print advertisements and marketing material distributed industry-wide.
  • Introductory “Take and Make” patterns available online to beaders everywhere.
  • Intermediate “Pattern of the Month” class and kit patterns distributed to authorized bead stores royalty-free.
  • Online advertisements and social media. 
Breaking the confidentiality agreement or non-compliance of duties will result in the loss of TrendSetter title and benefits.

How to Apply

Applying is simple: just show us your work! You can send us anything you would like us to see, including an artist resume, list of publications, links to your website, blog, or other places there are images of your work. Email your submissions to by Friday July 31, 2015.

The following traits and skills are not required, but are preferred. Preference will be given to artists who have:
  • been published in books or magazines; 
  • a website, write a blog, or use other forms of social media; 
  • taught classes at a major bead event; 
  • written patterns for sale; 
  • experience with multi-hole beads. 
Team members are selected by a panel of judges at Starman. We strive to create a dynamic team of artists that represents the many popular beading styles from around the world. Not being selected should not be considered a critique of one’s work. 

Applicants will receive a response in early August 2015. Selected TrendSetters will hold their title from the time their completed confidentiality agreement is received through July 31, 2016.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Free Shipping on Domestic Pre-Orders of the MiniDuo

Starman Wholesale is now taking pre-orders for the 2x4mm MiniDuo™ from Matubo Beads™, manufacturer of the original SuperDuo. A selection of colors will begin shipping in the first half of July.

Pre-Order Online Now!

For more info email or call 1-888-683-BEAD [2323].

MiniDuo orders placed by 7/10/2015 and shipped inside the United States will have free shipping. Shipping dates vary. Please see website for more details. INTERNATIONAL: Shipping applies on international orders. Interested in ordering from our warehouse in the Czech Republic? Email 

Free MiniDuo Pattern Coming Soon!

Beaders everywhere are excited for the miniaturized version of the iconic SuperDuo shape. To help you launch the MiniDuo at your store, Starman will be releasing a brand new TrendSetter pattern featuring the MiniDuo. The new pattern will be available before the end of July.

Be sure to visit the TrendSetter pattern catalog for ideas to show your customers how the SuperDuo and MiniDuo work in tandem. For example, using MiniDuos and size 15/o seed beads instead of SuperDuos and size 11/o seed beads makes a dainty version of the popular ChaƮnon design by TrendSetter Eileen Barker.

New Items for the Week of June 26, 2015

106-64-T6313 Tear Drops 6/4mm : Opaque Turquoise - Picasso

2-53-73030 Pinch Beads 5/3mm : Carnation Pink

364-25-21310 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Lavender

364-25-51010 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Dark Peridot

364-25-61000 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Aquamarine

364-25-61100 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Peridot

364-25-71010 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Pink

364-25-81210 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Milky Yellow

364-25-B15781 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Jet

364-25-B28003 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Jet Full Marea

364-25-B29443 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Jet Full Vitral Green

364-25-B29503 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Full Sliperit - Jet

364-25-L1006 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster Topaz

364-25-L1023 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Smoky Topaz

364-25-L21310 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Lavender

364-25-L3006 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Sapphire

364-25-L5005 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Green

364-25-L51010 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Dark Peridot

364-25-L6002 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Aquamarine

364-25-L61000 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Aquamarine

364-25-L61100 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Peridot

364-25-L7012 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Rosaline

364-25-L71010 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Pink

364-25-L81210 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Milky Yellow

364-25-LK6313 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Tuquoise Green

364-25-M71010 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Matte Milky Pink

364-25-M81210 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Matte Milky Yellow

364-25-B26441 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Jet - Brass 1/2

364-25-B27133 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Jet Full Capri Gold

364-25-B29123 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Jet Full Apricot

364-25-L8002 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Jonquile

364-25-L9003 SuperDuo 2/5mm : Luster - Hyacinth