Huichol Beading!

We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too! What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it? Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then …

Lasers!

Lasers! Back in the 60’s – when lasers were developed – so the story goes – the developers described them as “a solution looking for a problem.” Since then – all sorts of problems have come along that they have been solutions for – but I bet you have never thought of this one! Laser Etched Beads! This is something new – beads that have a coating, similar to AB and the other metallic and iridescent coatings, with a pattern etched into the coating with a laser. The work is so delicate that only the coating is effected – there …

Today is a fine day for chain …

It’s a fine day for chain indeed – or a day for fine chain, if you prefer. We have some ultra-delicious dainty chains – small enough to fit through some beads and pendants directly, petite enough to grace the most delicate of throats and ears, and slim enough to use multiple strands to create an en masse effect. Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Satin Hamilton Gold (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Antiqued Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Gold Plated (foot) …

There’s no gold like Faux Gold …

… like no gold, I know. Actually – I know there is no gold in faux gold, but the point is not the gold, the point is that this is a gold-colored alloy wire that looks like gold all the way through – unlike color-coated wire – which shows a copper core when cut. This is ParaWire’s new Faux Gold wire line-up, which, even when you look at the cut end, appears to be a solid color all the way through. It is also very consistent in color across the sizes, and is a rich, convincing gold color.     …

Fill the Cuff with Stuff and Donut miss these Stones

You were just admiring the cuffs on the cover of the new Beadwork magazine, and thinking to yourself, where can I get my hands on those cuffs, or those cuffs on my wrists, to be more to the point! And Lo! Here these are – Nunn Designs cuff blanks – in Antique Gold and Antiqued Silver!   But wait – there are more wonderful items this week! Like the new Swarovski Iridescent Dark Blue and Light Blue Pearls. These are really beautiful – I think you will like them a lot. Great new stone stuff too – Stone Donut Pendants …

Be that Girl with the Pearl

Or the lady with the pearl. The gal with the pearl. The dude with the pearl. The sexually-ambiguous, don’t-force me-into-a-pigeon-hole, free-spirit with a pearl. Pearls aren’t just for royalty anymore – they are for everyone! I think our pearls pretty much speak for themselves – from nuggets to near round, from classic to modern – pearls make a timeless statement. In other news, or new items, we have some additions to the Raku Ceramic beads, and the unglazed high-fire bisque beads too. Also a few fun new metal beads, Also new are the firepolish Micro Spacers – a 2×3 faceted …

Let me call you a cab – ochon.

Ok – you’re a cab. We’ve got cabs – lots of cabs. An uber number of cabs, as a matter of fact. If you can’t face puns like that, you need one of these cabs – it will face you. Personally – I think there is something fishy about the whole thing, but then you’ll accuse me of being catty. This whole conversation is for the birds. By Jupiter – we’ve got a lot of cabs – these cabs look like a planet. There is just one of each though – so if snooze, you lose. Kind of like how …

The Rise of the Mutants!

Giant mutant creatures are sweeping a path of destruction across the country – pack the station wagon and head for the hills! No – wait – it’s Toho Hybrid ColorTrends size 8/0 and 11/0 seedbeads. My bad. Mutants, Hybrids. Nevermind. We’re good. Actually – the Hybrid colors are the result of an alliance between the technical expertise of the Japanese beadmakers – Toho, and the 300 year tradition of color innovation from the Czech glass bead makers. These beads are manufactured in Japan, and then shipped to the Czech republic for multiple processes that are producing unique and never-before-seen colors. …

Wooden you know it?

The most requested item we have had lately is for wood. Most specifically – sandalwood beads for mala bracelets and guru beads. And so we now have them – aromatic sandalwood and cedar wood beads, and guru bead sets. You ask – we go find them for you. But also in the theme of wood – we also have some new designs in these lovely, light, laser cut wood pendants. You can use these as is – or alter them with paint or stain (oil-based sharpies work particularly well for adding color.) From the gallery of obscure beads – we …

New Toho Demi Rounds

New this week – these size 8/0 and size 11/0 Toho Demi Round seedbeads. Jonesing for a bargain? 33% off these beads! Explore a new shape! Pellet Beads – try them with soutache! Infinity Bead – Figure 8 is great Ripple beads – make a splash! Rizos – rice is nice! Thorns – you have a point! So, go here to see all the new stuff. Don’t forget our inspiring projects, professionally presented classes, helpful advice, and witty prose. 😉