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  • OOAK – One of a Kind August 9, 2018

    One of a kind items. We know that it doesn’t make a lot of sense from a business perspective to put “One of a Kind” items on the website. We know that people shop on other sites – like etsy – for one of a kind items. But we also know that you trust us, and some of you like to get all your stuff in one place. And gosh darn it – we live in a big country, and it’s not possible for all of you to get to the store. 😉 Plus, our buyer is a genius.

    So, for your delight this week – we have a delicious selection of unique, one-of-a-kind items. These will especially appeal to the wire wrappers – both experienced and new.

    And when I say delicious – I do mean dee-lish-us. How about these yummy slices of quartz and amethyst geodes?

    Like some exotic dessert, with layers of quartz cake and fluffy whipped amethyst topping – these are semi-matched slices – all in the ball park of about 1.25 – 1.5 inches long. They have no holes (which is why I put them in with the cabochons, even though they are not cabochons) – so wire wrapping would be ideal – or silver smithing.

     

     

    Now these are cabochons, domed tops (more or less) and flat(tish) backs and no holes*. Carved Labradorite Cabochons. I have to say – we have had some amazing Labradorite cabochons lately – and these are stunning too. Not a lot of them, and just one of each – so … don’t dawdle …. *Oh – except the leaf, which isn’t domed, and the faceted rhombus – which has, in defiance of all convention – a pointed back!

    s26804 Stone Beads - 10 mm Round - Labradorite (strand)

    And if you need some beads with that, well – check out our Labradorite page. But like I said – don’t linger – because our Labradorite does not hang around!

     

     

     

    Not one of a kind – but absolutely for your one-of-a-kind designs – Cubic Zirconia and Lab-created gems for using in metal clay. These are designed to take the high temps of firing in metal clay (but don’t drop the hot piece into water while still hot – they aren’t that strong.) Back by popular demand – these are gem grade stones and of excellent quality.

     

    ON SALE THIS WEEK! Seedbeads – 20% off! Another week of stock-up on seedbeady saley goodness!

    As always – the new stuff is all here!

    Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!

     

    Never forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!

    Ready to go big or go home? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs, including the new Karo Beads in 100 gram packs, so you can experiment and design big! Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!

     


Our Class News

  • Don’t let Summer slip away without taking a class!

    How do you recognize that summer is coming to an end? Here in Toronto, we know that the end is near when we hear the radio jingles for the Canadian National Exposition (CNE for short!). Yes, the days are getting a little shorter and fall schedules will start. But hey, let’s not end it quite yet!

    If you need to get your freeform peyote or bead embroidery mojo up and started again, why not drop by Anne Marie Desaulnier‘s new UFO (UnFinished Objects) session? Marilyn Gardiner has classes happening with two stunning chainmaille bracelet projects that are drop-dead gorgeous! If you’ve wanted to give fine silver metal clay a try, then Christine Woollacott‘s class is for you. Pamela Kearns will get your beading skills up and running with a quick right-angle weave project – perfect for younger students too! Of course, we have our open sessions happening too so you can finish or start new projects with help.

    Here are the classes and sessions scheduled August 21 to 31:

    Planet BeadFXWednesday, August 22
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Give yourself dedicated beading time over conversation and refreshments!


    Thursday, August 23
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00
    Join your bead-y friends and be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    NEW UFO to Go: Intensive Support for Intuitive Bead Embroidery, Freeform Peyote and Hand Stitching
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Need help to finish or start another intuitive or freeform projects? Get help from Anne Marie!


    Friday, August 24
    Japanese Chainmaille Fidget Balls
    Instructor: Gillian Clarke
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    A fun, stress-reliever piece to have on your desk; make yours with Gillian!


    Saturday, August 25
    Intro to Fine Silver Metal Clay: Textures and Gemstones
    Instructor: Christine Woollacott
    9:30am – 5:30pm
    Discover the versatility of metal clay to create your own components!


    NEW Celtic Dawn Bracelet
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Create this feminine and lacy bracelet!


    NEW Barrel of Pearls Bracelet
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    2:00 – 5:00pm
    A fun chainmaille weave with LOTS of movement!


    Fibre Spirit Festival
    Barrie Curling Club, Barrie
    10:00am – 4:30pm
    Join us at this NEW show dedicated to everything fibre!


    Monday, August 27
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your lampwork beads over conversation with like-minded enthusiasts!


    Planet BeadFXWednesday, August 29
    FREE Open Beading Night
    Facilitator: Amanda Pittman
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Join your friends in air-conditioned comfort as you work on your projects!


    Thursday, August 30
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Coffee, conversation and fun with bead-y friends!


    Fire and Ice Bracelet
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 8:00pm
    This is a perfect first-time right-angle weave project!

    Click on the class or session title to see all of the details including course descriptions and applicable fees. You can also go to the August class calendar and see all of the month’s activities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: I want to Be-Leaf

    InspirationFX
    Get your creative juices flowing


    I want to Be-Leaf

    by: Dwyn Tomlinson

    I want to Be-Leaf

    A simple pair of earrings ? so easy to make, but so satisfying and so elegant.

    These lightweight handmade glass leaves just call out to dangle and gleam with light passing through them. Being glass however, they are not so suitable as charms on a bracelet. Instead, make earrings.

    Just open the loop on the ear wire ? remember to twist to the side, not pull out ? and put the leaf on, and close up the earring. That’s it ? that’s all there is to it! Add a plastic stopper to the ear wire so that you don’t lose what will become a favourite pair of earrings!

    Pick your favourite colour leaves!

     

    Components

    Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!

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