Prometheus Clay, Mini DiamonDuos, Trios in Tubes, and more!

It’s been a busy week, and there’s lots of highlights! First up – the Earth’s Jewels! These are assorted packs of stones, in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is a fun way to get a coordinated variety of stone beads! Mini DiamonDuos – DiamonDuos, now in a smaller size. Use them together with their full sized friends, or by themselves! Available in 3.5 gram tubes, or Designer Packs of 25 grams.   And speaking of choices and tubes – the Trios are now also available in 6 gram tubes, as well as the larger Designer Packs. New choices …

Rose Gold Hematite

Rose Gold plated Hematite – nice, sleek, substantially-weighted beads that drape nicely with the weight of stone, but don’t cost that arm and a leg of solid rose-gold! If you like the happy colour of rose gold – a little warmer than bright copper, and more inclined to stay that way – then combine these with our other Rose Gold findings, chain, and beads! Other new items include – This rather wonderful elephant pendant … This Canadian Maple leaf charm … This lucky 4 leaf clover … or this intriguing Obsidian Arrowhead … Also new and restock, some 40 mm …

Floating Rocks

InspirationFX – Get your creative juices flowing   by: Dwyn Tomlinson Rock it out with this floating rock creation! This project came together as an act of serendipity – happy coincidence. I had the sterling rocks on my table, thinking about a bracelet (which I also made, actually – sterling rocks with one lampwork bead, on stretchy elastic) and the Kaputt Pendant, with the bail, from the photo that I took for the website. And I thought that they looked really good together – and hey presto – next thing you know – I have this!You could make this without …

Carrier Beads – we have ’em

Not a huge quantity in stock yet – but we do have more on the way. So, for now – snap these up while we have them! If you are thinking “WTF is a carrier bead?” (trust me, you are not alone on this) – then you have to look at this! The idea is to make an even-count peyote strip, 6 beads across and 50 rows long, using Delica 11/0s, and then wrap it around the bead and stitch the strip closed into a loop. Make a bunch, string them together as a bracelet or necklace – et voila! …

The best Valentine is …

The best valentine you get – is the one you buy yourself – because you are the best judge of what you want! And if you want a treat – if you are hungry for an exclusive beading experience, if you long to get away, play with beads, and immerse yourself in the beautiful world of happy, shiny beads – then now is the time to sign up for the Bead-Treat Retreat! The Early-Bird Signup special expires on Birdsday, er, Thursday, Feb 15 – and that is a saving of $50, which is not to be sneezed at. And listen …

Tango in Tibet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Tango in Tibet by: Dwyn Tomlinson These super-cute bracelets have an eastern vibe, and are so easy to make – it will be hard to stop at just one. Clearly, I couldn’t. Vary them up with different bead choices and different button accents – we have lots to chose from! Using the Elastic-Cord-Needle, string your approx 7 inches of beads (depending on the length you want and size of the wrist you are making for), and add the button last. Hook the Elastic-Cord-Needle into the middle of an approximately 18 inch piece of stretchy …

Four Quarter Tilas = …

Do 4 Quarter Tilas equal a whole TILA bead? First – there were the Miyuki Tilas – then the Half Tilas, and now, drumroll please – the super thin sliced – Quarter Tila! The quarter Tilas are 1/4 of the width of the original Tila – so that you can use them as thin spacers or connectors in your beading, use them to create complex geometric patterns, or use them in patterns where moving around a circle (like a bezel) in smaller increments is a bonus! Miyuki has these lovely, free projects to inspire you too! Quarter Tila Necklace, and …

The Carole Necklace

by: Darlene Collette Pendragonfyre Designs/Dwyn Tomlinson – DragonJools For those of you who would rather have your Pandora(tm)/Troll(tm)/Biagi(tm)/Euro-Charm/Big Hole Beads on a necklace, easy to wear and easy to swap out, rather than a bracelet – this is for you! I met fellow lampwork artist Darlene Collette of Pendragonfyre Designs?recently; we were introduced by a mutual friend. We had a lovely time. We swapped lampwork stories, and talked about glass and had a grand old time. I was fascinated with her necklace. Her style of beads is completely unlike mine – she makes lovely, controlled spacer beads with high-silver-glass accents …

You won’t believe these are glass …

I know we were just boggled by these. These dreamy, beachy strands look just like sea-tumbled stones! You won’t believe how reasonable they are too! Great for wrap or Mala bracelets – they are delicious to the touch and delightful to wear. We think you will enjoy the look, and the price too! 😉     Notice: Postal Shipping Increase – effective 2018-01-19 Our Flat Rate shipping option still remains for most packages, however the prices are increased to $8.50 CDN for Canada Post and $6.50 USD for USPS shipments. Canada Post and United States Postal Service have both increased …