Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Fun with Beads: Introducting the Rizo

Rizos as Flower Petals

Recently as I browsed my local bead shop, I discovered a new shape (well, it was new to me) called the rizo. It looks a little like a petal or a grain of rice with a hole at one end.  Like all bead shapes, rizos come in a variety of finishes, colors and sizes.  Three are shown in the links below.  I particularly like the neon pink ones described in the third link as "rice droplets."

If you read the Chilly Hollow Stitch Guides blog, you've seen orange rizos used in the border of Palma's Halloween cracker.

Above is a photo of how I've used mine on some of the Imari Tiger's flowers. I attached them with the same yellow thread used in the flower centers but you could use turquoise colored thread instead.

Now let's go find more places to use these!

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  1. Rizos huh? I used some on Transitions, but didn't know what they were called!
    I love the way the yellow thread looks the way you attached them. Looks more like part of the flower.

  2. How do you keep them from flipping inward toward the center of the flower?

    1. The more beads you add, the more they seem to hold each other in position. That said, I can see some folks would want to put a dab of glue on the back sides of the ones that tend to wiggle. This piece will be framed so I didn't bother to use glue myself but it probably would be the best solution if the wiggle bothers you. Rizos are described as "drop beads" so they probably would stay still best of they were in a straight line with the holes at the top and the loose ends dangling down. Gravity would hold them in place that way.