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What is a Tensha Bead?

Posted on July 21 2017

It is our mission at JesseJamesBeads.com to consistently bring our customers new beads, exciting baubles, rare finds, and items never before seen in the jewelry making world. Today we bring your the new JJB Japanese Tensha Bead Collection, which features the very rare, hard to find Japanese Tensha Bead.

 So what exactly is a Tensha bead? We thought you'd never ask! These rare handcrafted beauties are each individually made and are imported all the way from Japan. Each bead features an intricate decorative pattern of flowers, swirling feathers or other organic nature. The patterns are so precise, and detailing 100% perfect. Just look at the magnificent Secret Garden Tensha Bead Set below

The designs seen on each Tensha bead are actually housed within the bead - this makes the bead extremely durable and resistant to the scratches of wear and tear. The word Tensha means to transfer. Each delicate designs is carefully placed on top of a durable acrylic round, then fully lacquered with another layer of crystal clear acrylic to protect the beautiful art from abrasion. 

Tensha beads are believed to have originally been created as a substitute for more traditional porcelain beads. Porcelain beads were harder to work with, took longer to paint, and were far more fragile. Tensha beads are made of a special acrylic that makes them lightweight. They are also provide an easier canvas so the artist can transfer even more detailed imagery without fear of loosing elements of the design in the process.

Look at 14mm Indigo Gold below, this special bead is decorated with an ombre blue rose and gold leaf detailing.

Each Japanese Tensha bead from the new Urban Garden Collection at Jesse James was artfully chosen by our staff for you. These beads are a world full of wonder and will set your design inspiration aflame. 

Made with the 14mm Peacock Twirl on White and Beadalon Quick Links

 

Explore the new Urban Garden Collection, supplies are limited on these rare baubles. And let us know what is inspiring you in the comments below. We love to hear from you.

All Heart,

Your Friends at JesseJamesBeads

 

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2 comments

  • Joann Ryan: November 14, 2017

    What sizes do Tensha beads come in please??

    Thank you

  • josette combs: July 23, 2017
    I give most of my beading away as gifts…I am always watching for new and unusual beads and ideas…I love the look of these beads, especially for earrings… would love to see more ideas from other beaders and maybe an online class or 2. Thanks for your beautiful line of beads and accessories. You have a lifetime customer right here . JMC
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