Faux Bone – Phone Home?

Marg took a workshop on one of her recent trips – working with a new product called “Faux Bone.(tm)”  She used it to make this wrap around bangle bracelet. The manufacturer says: Faux Bone™ is a new, user friendly, inexpensive and extremely versatile material. Faux Bone™ can be cut, and carved, sawn and sanded. It can be filed, hammered, polished, drilled, stamped, riveted, inlayed, dyed, and painted. It can look like ivory, have the patina of aged ceramic, be polished to a pure white, or, of course, look like bone. You can heat and bend it with nothing more than …

New This Week

On fire for you, baby Oh – we’re on fire for you, baby! Fabulous new firepolished beads! I tell you – it’s getting harder and harder to even FIND new firepolish beads because, well – we have them all! All the regular production stuff, and most of the limited edition stuff too! Well – there’s some really UGLY stuff out there that we DON’T carry – hope you don’t mind about that! Anyway – some new firepolish beads – some faceted window beads. These have a flat “window” cut on each side – giving the transparent ones an almost cathedral …

Getting organized?

Thinking about getting organized? Maybe a little spring cleaning? Or looking for ways to sort out your stash? We’ve been searching for the perfect display/storage bins for some time – and we think we’ve found them! (Just added to the site last week!) For us, the perfect bin had to not detract from the beauty of the beads, be big enough for a sizable handful, available in large quantities, and fit together neatly. And have lids so we can pack them up and take them to shows. Your criteria might not be quite the same – but there is a …

New This Week!

Hearty Heart Heart! Jen’s recent set of heart inspirations (Lock & Key, Hearts Ablaze) reminded me that Valentine’s Day is coming up. You’d think the sea of chocolate in all the stores would have made that point, but I’ve been a little distracted lately – what with the move and the studio renovation and all. It did spark some conversations about hearts – or specifically the “heart shape” – which some folks adore as being a pleasing shape with positive and fond associations, and others despise for being a representation of everything overtly sentimental and “precious” – I think was …

New This Week

Back to Business We are BACK – back to business as (more or less) usual. The new store is open – the showroom is … dazzling – and it’s not even finished yet! And so – we are back to bringing you our weekly selection of new yummies! Check this out! Check out this fabulous new fancy chain that we found when we were in New York last month! Actually – a whole whack of cool chains! We have Leafy, in Copper and Gunmetal, or if the stars aren’t out tonight – you can wear your own with this Celestian …

Wire – Colour Variations

Rosemary wanted me to point out to you all that the new wire colour “Rose Gold” has a little more variation from gauge to gauge than you might expect. You can see here from this photo of them hanging on the rack in the store that some are definitely more “Rose,” others more “Gold.” Just so you know, in case you are purchasing different gauges and expecting them to all be exactly the same colour! We are going to re-label the darker ones- the lighter colour is the intended colour of “Rose Gold” – and is what we expect from …

Also new!

Geez – I’d forget my head if it wasn’t nailed on! Totally forgot to mention these Kawaii (Japanese for cute) seedbead charm kits that we added. We’ve been discussing them on our Facebook page, and the consensus is … they are pretty darned cute! Look for them on our Seasonal page, along with the Frog Prince, Angel and Reindeer.

New this week

It’s Snowing!!! Oh – the weather outside is frightful, but my beads are so delightful, and since there’s no place to go, let it snow, let it snow let it snow. My beads are brightly gleaming, with ideas, my head is teeming; my Ott lite has a merry glow, so let it snow, let it snow let it snow. My family is hungry and whining, but beads are still a’shining, so as long as there are beads to go, let it snow, let it snow let it snow. Have you Buttoned up your Christmas list yet? Well – a little …

New This Week!

Seedy, Twisted, Wired – and Wearing Leather! Geez – sounds like a bad date! Actually – Seedy, Twisted and Wired is all good stuff, and not the boyfriend that your father waited up for with a shotgun! New wire this week – including Twisted wire! – new from Parawire – some more metallic colours – including this very handsome “Rose Gold” colour – a pinky gold colour – and colour it is – it is still a copper-core wire – easy to bend and manipulate, and way easier on the wallet than actual gold wire would be! Also new is …

New This Week!

Now THIS is a Graphic Example! Now this is what I’m talking about! Serious bling! This is a graphic example of … well – Swarovski’s new Graphic Pendant! New in the line up of new shapes and styles is the new (can I get the word new in here a few more times?) Graphic pendant. Taking the style of the existing Graphic bead – a handsome, flattish, faceted ovalish oblong with the corners whacked off – this new shape is a little curvier, and, with a front to back hole, designed to hang. I find them particularly evocative of faceted …