You’re here for beads!? The good ones!
We buy ’em, sell ’em, make ’em… and teach ’em too!
Let’s start with the latest news!
- Argh Matey – There be Pyrites February 14, 2019
These be One-Of-A-Kind Pyrites, not like Pyrites were ever exactly popped out of a mold.
This one is Big Louie
Ultima Thule, or Peanut Head.
These are cabochons – for want of a better word. They have no hole, and are flat and polished on one side, but this side is cooler. IMHO.
But, speaking of Cabochons, we do have more new this week. 😉 Most excellent for wire wrapping.
We also have some Mixed Boxes of Findings. Good starter packs or for traveling.
And if the assembling of your project requires the application of some adhesives, we have some new choices – glues from SuperTite.
I’ve been playing with these a bit, and I think that the Thick Instant is my new fave super glue (“crazy glue” or cyanoacrylate). It seems thicker than the gel, actually, and does a good job of staying where you put it and not creeping all over the place. It comes with 3 really skinny applicators that are also useful.
This Fabric Tack is also becoming a hit with me. It comes out in a big white glob, but it really does dry clear and flexible. I’m really liking it so far. (Although, initially – that big white glob scared the snot out of me.)
We also have some new freshwater pearls. Now, I have to give you a caveat – these are not the hand-picked pearls that we bring back from Tucson – they aren’t here yet. These are from a different supplier, and they do seem to be quite variable in the strands. They are more like a utility pearl than a statement pearl. Pearls are always variable, but these are more variable that most. 😉
We mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating. Price decreases on Swarovski pearls and some fashion pearls – from 15% to 27% lower prices.
You can Review all the new stuff here!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!
Our Class News
- Discovering: Chainmaille
When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE.
It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was used as late as 100 years ago by armies.
A variety of materials were used to make chainmaille including brass, iron and steel. Chainmaille is also spelled chain mail, chain maille and, sometimes, simply maille – meaning a sheet of rings. Unlike other forms of armor, maille was flexible, easy to make, less expensive and able to be fitted to warriors of all sizes.
As an armor, maille was not effective against the use of gunpower and bullets and soon fell out of use. Contemporary uses now involve maille gloves in the butcher trade and protective gear for scuba divers. Of course it is still used by participants in re-enactments of historical battles.
Today, chainmaille refers to the beautiful weaves used in jewellery and other items, all done by interlocking jump rings with each other using two pairs of pliers.
Upcoming chainmaille classes at BeadFX:
Click on the class title to see more about the classes, including course description and applicable fees. You can also click on the instructor’s name to see more chainmaille classes.
Our Latest Inspiration
- Something a little different
Bugles. Long, skinny glass tubes.
Ever think of using them this way?
Standing on end.
Spotted this at the wholesaler the other day – not sure who to credit, but is that ever a cool idea. Big fat bezel finding, not sure what the base is – epoxy clay or polymer clay? – and bugles pushed in, and some seed beads and rhinestones.
Reminds me of sea anemones.