Let’s Be Clear – or Not: Transparent vs Opaque

There are some beady terms that we tend to take the definition of for granted, but I’d like to just pause for a moment to “make clear” what is meant when we rattle off terms like “transparent,” “crystal,” etc. These definitions are pretty standard – but can be confusing if you are just getting started. When someone refers to a bead being transparent, it means you can see through it – but it is not necessarily colourless. In some cases, it’s darn hard to see through, because the glass is a very dark colour, but transparent glass beads can be …

Swarovski Covered Mercedes

Speaking of Crystal-crusted boxes, have you seen the Swarovski covered Mercedes? Pics of it have been circulating the ‘net as “diamond-covered Mercedes” – but those of use who know a crystal when we see one know that’s just craziness. All I can say is, as easy as it would be to find in the parking lot (over there – the beacon of light and a large crowd), I sure wouldn’t want to have to wash it! What else have people encrystalled? How about a yo-yo, flip-flops, and a bible? Or a Wii game console? Or a stapler? (Actually, I like …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Coming up this next week – more of thos size 8/0 Toho seedbeads – over 40 new colours, as a matter of fact! These gilded cobalt ones are my personal fave, but I also really like these Matte Iris Gray ones too (which, if you’ve been reading this blog – the term Matte Iris Gray is no longer a mystery to you!)

Happy Sale Craziness!

No major post for today. We’re all busy trying to get all of your orders picked and shipped out. Lunch time is particularly busy around here….busy is an understatement 😉 We’re excited about this weeks casting class with Danielle. You’ll learn how to carve wax into ring and pendant shapes. You then send your wax model out to be cast into either silver or gold….Silver most likely considering the price of gold right now. Ouch! If you get a chance, try to come by the store this weekend and join us crazy bead ladies for our pre-inventory sale. We of …

Dip into Pacific Ease

We have just uploaded Swarovski’s latest monthly newsletter. It’s available in PDF format here. Surprisingly, no jewelry at all in this one, but lots of cards and book covers, and even a Swarovski encrusted digital camera. Complete instructions, and even templates for the cards included. Not included, but what I would love to see is a template for a pillow box that you could encrust (or embellish a little) with flatbacks. Would make a fabulous fancy box when selling your higher end Swarovski pieces.Oh dear, I just googled ‘pillow box template’ – heaps, and heaps of nifty ideas! Go peak, …

Lezlie Winemaker @ BeadFX

Lampwork Beadmaking Weekendwith Lezlie Winemaker June 28th & 29th, 2008 from 10am – 5pm Have you always wanted to try your hand at lampworking? Can’t wait to work with silver foil and dichro? Or just looking to brush up on your skills? Then this intensive weekend is for you! This beginner to intermediate course will include many decorative techniques, including surface decoration, sculptural work, clear casing, and pulling cane. You will also experiment with more advanced techniques such as the use of dichroic glass and silver foil. Lezlie will pay great attention to your own personal needs, so bring all …

Changes to Site Navigation

In order to make it easier to navigate our many, many pages, we thought we’d add images – to help you quickly determine what sort of items are on each page. We figure that you’re really pretty visually oriented – why else would you be so attracted to all the pretty beads? So, we’re pleased to show off our new main category menu pages. One other change, because it is now soooo much easier to see, we have combined all the metal beads on one page, including the sterling and the gold filled, along with the copper, brass, silvertone and …

Exciting Stuff at the Bead & Button Show

Actually, it got a bit too exciting in Milwaukee, as we were twice on tornado alert. On Saturday, everyone at the Convention Center was herded into the main, windowless show floor as they were afraid the outside windows might blow in. Of course, they encouraged everyone to shop while we waited out the storm. 😉 I brought back lots of restock stuff that we have been out of for a while, such as sterling silver clasps, the beautiful repro Czech buttons, and Uber Curly Pigtails among other things. I found a new supplier of sterling clasps set with Swarovski crystals …

Swarovski “Effects” – Speciality Finishes

Swarovski has it’s own line of speciality bead finishes – which they call “effects.” In addition to the AB – they have the AB 2x – double AB if you will. This is a coating on all sides of the bead, instead of one side, and is so intense, it can override the natural colour of the bead! (Like the Jet AB 2x – you’d never know that there was black in it anywhere!) The AB 2x is applied to many of the colours, although not all the shapes and sizes! Satin is another speciality finish, and is also available …

Lazy Sunday

I’m enjoying a peaceful weekend puttering in the garden, painting flower pots with the girls, and we’re about to head out on a road trip. We’re going to drive up to the Stouffville market to get something fresh for dinner tonight. Hopefully, the rain will hold off a bit. If it does rain, spend some time on the computer checking out this site: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/ Not Martha is run by super crafter Megan out of Seattle. There are 7 years worth of crafty archives. Everything from bath bombs to pinata gift containers. I’m always looking for stuff to do with the …