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
- Come in out the cold for a class!
Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year!
Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends.
Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28:
Thursday, February 21
Friday, February 22
Saturday, February 23
Hot Connections: Rolling and Wavy Bangles
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:30am – 4:30pm
Learn how to make two sets of bangles: a set of three interlocking rolling bangles and a set of three wavy bangles!
Sunday, February 24
NEW Petite History Cuff
Instructor: Naomi Smith
10:00am – 5:00pm
Create a beautifully detailed raised beaded cuff bracelet featuring an older traditional Woodlands Native motif using seed beads to create an intricate-looking design!
Monday, February 25
Wednesday, February 27
Thursday, February 28
NEW Peyote Boot Camp: Diagonal Peyote
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
5:00 – 9:00pm
Explore another variation of flat, even-count peyote that allows for terrific designs ranging from leaf-like earrings (aka Russian Leaves) to zig-zag strips.
Click on the class/open session name to see complete information including course description and applicable fees. You can also click on the instructors’ name to see other classes they are teaching.
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.