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  • 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

    s61049 Stone Cabochon - OOAK -  Freeform - Pyrite

    Ben Grimm

    s61048 Stone Cabochon - OOAK -  Freeform - Pyrite

    Lady Black

    s61050 Stone Cabochon - OOAK -  Freeform - Pyrite

    The Squibb

    s61051 Stone Cabochon - OOAK -  Freeform - Pyrite

    Ultima Thule, or Peanut Head.

    s61052 Stone Cabochon - OOAK -  Freeform - Pyrite

    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.

    s61057 Stone Cabochon - OOAK - 33x50mm Freeform - Turquoise
    s61058 Stone Cabochon - OOAK - 20x28mm Freeform - Turquoise

    We also have some Mixed Boxes of Findings. Good starter packs or for traveling.

    26002066 Findings -  Mixed Box I - Antiqued Brass (Pack)
    26002055 Findings -  Jumprings - Assorted (Pack)

    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.

    s61093 Adhesive -  Supertite - Thick Instant Super Glue

    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.)

    s61092 Adhesive -  Supertite - Fabric Tack Adhesive

    Don’t forget to pick yourself up a Glue Looper too (Thick glue version) or (Thin Glue Version) for precision application.

    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. 😉

    27602279 Freshwater Pearls - 6-7mm Round - Ivory (strand)
    27602274 Freshwater Pearls - 11-12mm Round - Ivory (strand)

    We mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating. Price decreases on Swarovski pearls and some fashion pearls – from 15% to 27% lower prices.

    Check out the Swarovski Pearls (and some of the fashion pearls too) for new, better prices.

    277236-013 Swarovski Pearl - 2mm Round Pearl (5810) - Platinum Pearl (200)
    s60688 Swarovski Pearl - 8mm Round Pearl (5810) - Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl (strand 25)

    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:

    Cleopatra Reigns Bracelet
    Marilyn Gardiner
    February 23; 10:00am – 1:00pm

    Gridbox Bracelet
    Marilyn Gardiner
    February 23; 2:00 – 5:00pm

    Chainmaille Owl Charms
    Gillian Clarke
    Saturday, March 2; 12:00 – 3:00pm, and
    Sunday, March 4; 12:00 – 4:00pm

    Interwoven 4-in-1 Chainmaille Bracelet
    Instructor: Gillian Clarke
    Saturday, March 16; 12:00 – 3:00pm

    Elfstar Pendant and Jens Pind Chain
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    Saturday, March 23; 10:00am – 5:00pm

    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.

    Big Fat Bezels


    Seedbeads & Bugles