Stoney Stuff

Old Stoneface has struck again and we have some of your favourite stones on deck this week. We have tourmaline – which is tourmalicious. Tourmaline means many-coloured, and from cream to butterscotch to strawberry to berry to licorice – tourmaline is many-flavoured too. Labradorite, labradorite, can’t get enough of that labradorite! Also classic – Amethyst! Dog Tooth Amethyst, with it’s distinctive jagged bands of white and cream, and the classic purple amethyst too. But, with either one, remember to not store them in sunlight – UV light will fade your amethyst. (I found this out the hard way – I …

InspirationFX: Nile Waters

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Nile Waters Designed by: Rosemary Beasley The starting point for this necklace was a strand of the little ‘tooth’ shaped pieces of s56460 5×15 Flat Chips Impression Jasper. The aqua/turquoise tones represent the water of the Nile River and the sandy veining the sand of the surrounding deserts. The 2mm fire polish beads were added to give a hint of sparkle, like the sunlight bouncing off the waves.Although I have never taken a cruise down the Nile, this is how I imagine the Nile to look. Maybe someday I will have a …

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 …

InspirationFX: Airy Fairy

Get your creativity flowing~~~ Airy Fairy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (A few have already gone up in previous weeks and watch for a couple more in upcoming weeks) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, …

InspirationFX: Fire & Ice

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fire & Ice Designed by: Bonnie Cottingham There is a heart of fire glowing from within this cool milky stone. Silver, like ice, shimmers against the contrast of the fire opal. Necklace: Cut the beading chain into 2- 12inch lengths, 1- 10 inch length, 1- 14 inch length. Starting with the 14 inch piece of chain, string on the 30mm Fire Opal Coin bead to the centre, place crimp on either side and flatten with a pair of pliers. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. You can choose your own placement of the 8mm …

InspirationFX: Brandy Meet Onyx, Onyx Meet Brandy

Brandy Meet Onyx, Onyx Meet Brandy Designed By: Rochelle Kilmer Ohh these little onyx and gold links are so sweet. I had them hanging around on my desk not long after they went live. I just couldn’t decide if they were going to be earrings, or a necklace or a bracelet!! There are soo many options with these pre-done links. Then it struck me. I need to introduce Onyx to Brandy, Crystal Brandy to you. Brandy slid onto an eyepin and I used the 1-Step Looper to close up the other loop. But before I completely closed the loop, Onyx …

Statement Stones!

Unique, bold and expressive! Actually – I’m talking about these One of a Kind (OOAK) stone pendants, not the staff here. These Stone pendants are definitely the place to start for making something that will stop traffic, start conversation and make you the center of attention. These are large and in charge – in charge of being gorgeous! If you are feeling even more adventuresome, we have some freeform polished agate slices. No holes in these – so you will have to be a little more creative in how to hang or secure them – either by making a bezel …