Budding Designers

Cynthia, Jen’s sister in-law, and our very competent show organizer, dropped by the store the other night, after hours, and she had her two young sons with her. She popped into the back office to check on some stuff, and told the two boys they could pick out some beads for a necklace to make. She proceeded to make some calls, handle some paperwork, while the constant pitter-rattle of dropping beads sounded from the showroom part of the store. Finally, finished, she headed back out to gather her sons. Her scream could be heard down the block. The two boys …

Getting the Lead Out

Occasionally, someone will email us to ask about the lead content in one bead or another. This is Erin’s carefully researched reply. Unfortunately many basemetal items can contain lead. We do not carry any products that we know to contain hazardous amounts of lead. Some of the basemetal items we carry, such as those with product numbers beginning in “tc”, contain a minute and inconsequential amount of lead. The following is from their manufacturer… “TierraCast uses an alloy called Britannia, composed of 92% Tin, 7½% Antimony and ½% Copper. Tin is refined from ore that contains other metals, including lead. …