Karo Beads & Druzy Cabochons

At the opposite ends of the beading spectrum, we have the tight cohesive look of small beads and clever designs taking advantage of the intricate shapes of the different beads in an almost mathematical approach, and at the other end is the loose and free-form approach of the using whatever and whenever, free-form shapes and flowing forms. And yet – somehow – these two aesthetics manage to merge in pieces that use free-form cabochons and intricately crafted beaded bezels. Whether your style is precise and controlled, or serendipitous happenstance – we have the beads to make you happy. This week …

Trend Spotting – Top 3 Trends we see right now

Sometimes, the coincidences pile up so fast you think to yourself – there’s a trend here. And I’ll tell you what we are seeing in terms of what people are interested in right now in jewelry crafting!   Matte – Matte finish comes and goes, and right now – it’s in. Matte, particularly in stone – which adds an extra step to the process – as the stone is polished, and then matted. I’ve always been fond of matte in particular colours – i.e. Black – I like the contrast it provides – and rose quartz looks particularly nice in …

Yule love 20% off

Yule love 20% off Summertime, and the beading is easy There’s a sale on, and I feel so fine I feel rich, and my beads make me good-looking So hush little darling – I’m stocking up on beads Don’t miss our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies. No discounts on special …

Copper Pipe Pendants

We initially published this post back in 2010 – it has been far and away our most commented on post ever. We share it with you again for those of you who haven’t seen it before! Initial post by Jennifer Tough A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious Salvage. I just love her designs, as I’m quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me – and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. I’m really just scratching the …

Jingle Bells … Christmas in July!

It’s hotter than Hell out there … Hell, California that is. Also, Hell, Norway; Hell, Cayman Islands; and Hell, Michigan. Although Hell, Arizona is pretty close. Which means that hiding in the basement beading is looking like a pretty good option right now. And it also means, while you are hiding from the heat, that you can take advantage of our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No …

Leather & Rocks.

First off – I know that leather is not everybody’s “thing.” I know that some of you are so not comfortable with leather. That’s ok. But I have to say, if I had to name my top five favourite scents in the world – the smell of leather is going to be on that list. Frying bacon, fresh cut grass, wild roses, warm horses, lavendar, and lilac would also be duking it out for top spots on the list. And this is that kind of leather – 1 meter strips of super-intensely coloured, sueded-on-the-back, buttery-soft, luxurious leather lacing. In a …

The Doozy of a Druzy

There appears to be about as much consensus on the origin of the word “doozy” – to mean something big and spectacular in either a good way, or not – as there is on the spelling of druzy – or drusy. FWIW – I like the theory that a doozy was originally duesy – and short for Dusenberg – the top of the line and ridonculously large car from the 20’s. Druzy, or Drusy, is from the German “druos” for “bump.” (So if you drop a druzy on your foot and get a really big bruise – is that a …

Charm & Grace

Metal Charms & a week’s Grace on “free shipping at $50” There is something very romantic about the idea of a traditional charm bracelet – a chain bracelet crammed full of charms to commemorate all the major milestones in life. A gift, perhaps at sweet sixteen, and then religiously adding to it for every special event, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, goals. Very romantic, and a wonderful conversation piece. A treasured collection of memories for reciting to grandchildren as they cuddle in your lap. Buuuuuut – tastes change and so do the meanings of words. A “charm” is a metal (mostly) item …

#stretchybraceletobsession

We’ve had so many requests for these instructions – that I’m posting them here again! How about Stretchy Bracelets! Those of you following us on instagram and facebook may have observed that I have something of a #braceletobsession. I’ve been making bracelets on elastic, and wearing them stacked. Ive been finding this a good way to justify my even older obsession with stone beads! You can use them by themselves, add an accent bead in metal or even lampwork, or add a tassel or charm dangle. Make a bunch ? they are fun and relaxing to make and wear! Making …