Aqua Impression Jasper and a Revolution in Applying Glue!

I can’t decide which of these I’m more excited about – the new Aqua Impression Jasper – which is just soooo pretty – or the utterly fascinating Glue Looper! The Glue Looper is a revolutionary way to apply glue and adhesives. I’ve never seen anything like it. It first came to my attention with a video in an email from one of the beading magazines – with some handheld video from one of the bead shows – showing a demo of using it. I was gob-smacked. I encourage you to watch that video first. Now – if you watch this …

Bead the Raven

Once upon a midnight bleary, whilst I beaded to music eerie Poring over many a pattern and book from the beading store Whilst I beaded, nearly napping, accidentally sometimes stabbing The bead tray slips and I am grabbing, grabbing with my finger sore Argh I mutter, my finger sore, And now all my beads are on the floor Ack, my beads – I will lose them and there will be no more There will always be more beads – but sometimes, just not the beads you want. And sometimes, you accidentally buy the beads you already have – which is …

Steel Yourself …

Oh, thou mighty bead-adorned warrior of creativity! Gird thyself with chains of stainless steel – that thou might slay the mighty monster of mundanity! Wrestle with the dragon of conformity – smight with fiercesome blows of awe-inspiring and blinding brilliance. Declare yourself – oh mighty crafter – artisan to the gods – creativesmith and crafter Coil thy neck and wrists in steel with the hue of gold – that the sun might weep with envy Stand ye on the mountain tops – where the moon and the night sing duets in praise to the craft and creativity and weave ye …

A Gem of an Update

Looking for a few good gems? Something in a special pendant or a strand of something enticing? You can make the whole strand into something sweet for yourself, or make a suite of jewelry, or split it up and make something for yourself and some friends. It IS time to start making if you are making for the holidays! Those special friends and treasured relatives can have something that they will appreciate the time and effort you put into it. Everyone else gets a gift card. 😉 Oh yeah – we have gift certificates too. Might as well get them …

Not Windows. Not Donuts.

But glazed, nevertheless. And Frosted. Drawing a blank as to what it might be? The new line of Glazed 11/0 Delicas and Frosted Glazed, that’s what it is. Everyone is talking about them, everybody has been waiting for them, and we have them. Dark Rose, Yellow Mustard, Cinnamon, Purple Mulberry, Pistachio Green, Orange Chilli, Red Cherry, and more!! Dive right in! (Also in bulk bags of 50 and 250 grams, in case you REALLY want to dive in!) Need a beading surface? This cute little 5 x 8 inch Bead-on-it-Board is new, and will go anywhere with you! Get two, …

Arcos et Minos, par Puca!(tm)

Something about these new additions to the shaped-bead family make me feel oh so French, dahling! And you just have to have a leetle browse on pinterest, no? to see what fabulous designs are happening with these new beads, n’est pas? Some of the designs are tres clever, and make excellent use of combining the shapes to make very sophisticated designs from very simple elements. Well – that’s about it for me for my high-school French – but these enticing little shapes are designed to work together, the cylindrical Minos snuggling into the centre curve of the curvy Arcos. Here’s …

You’re not going to believe what they called this turtle

This week – we have a new selection of stamps for you – the ImpressArt stamps are top quality and one of our most popular products. You tell us you love these stamps – and we agree! They are made from hardened carbon tool steel, precision cut for crisp impressions, and designed to last! You can stamp them on metals from aluminum to copper to brass to sterling, or if you work in softer materials, there is no reason why you can’t use them on polymer clay, or metal clay before firing. Or after firing. Both works! Speaking of metal …

Somebody Pinch me!

Well – actually – don’t please. Pinch these beads instead. These are pinch beads – happy little glass beads that are pinched into a sort of triangle shape in profile. We have some new “old stock” beads And if that doesn’t make you as happy as a clam, then maybe these clam/scallop/sea shell beads will. or something in a nuggety random beach pebble kind of shape? Oh, and hey – remember these? They’re baaaaack! Now in packs of 5 or 10, you can make multiple pendants or design something over the top! As always – there is interesting new stuff …

Time for some Travel – Time Travel!

Most everyone has packed up their swimwear, bug spray and half-completed beading projects and headed out to the cottage for one last blast of summer. The city is half empty, and the traffic would be not too bad, except that the only other folks that haven’t left town are the construction folks. BTW – if you are driving to us west on Eglinton – don’t. Just don’t. Come along St. Clair instead. (Or use one of the apps that routes you around construction and traffic. I use Waze. It’s pretty good. ) While everyone is headed to the cottage, and …

Sweet, Juicy Nib-Bits

  What could be a better way to celebrate the summer than with sweet and juicy nib-bits? Not nib-bits of corn, but this new bead shape. It is a two hole wedge shape new from Matubo and designed by Nela Kabelova. The shape is, in fact, a little reminiscent of candy corn!   Also new this week are some fancy metal buttons that remind me of Plumeria blooms. Buttons, in addition to their use for actually fastening things, are great for toggles and can also be used in other ways – as decorative elements or connectors. They are particularly nice …