Fishing for Compliments

75135101-09 Leather -  Second Skin Fish Leather - Suede Fuschia (1)
OK – I freely admit – my first reaction to the phrase “Fish Leather” was “You’ve
got to be joking. Seriously?”

But there it was – a big pile of it, and the colours were pretty cool, so
I figured that it wasn’t fair to judge it without actually trying it.

So
– first off – it absolutely does not smell or feel like fish. It does, in fact,
smell 75135100-04 Leather -  Second Skin Fish Leather - Glossy Chocolate (1)and feel like leather. Really nice leather, actually. If no one had said “Fish
Leather” – I’m not sure I would have guessed – well – other than the pieces
are shaped somewhat like the side of a fish.

It’s soft, supple, and quite strong. It doesn’t have scales – where the scales
are removed, you can see the prominent “scale pockets” – and that’s what makes
up the pattern on it.

This fish leather – think of it as the Mermaid’s choice! – is made from farmed
Brazilian Tilapia and is a by-product of the food-fish industry – those Tilapia
steaks that you get at the restaurant? – well – this is them. The dyes
are natural, vegetable dyes, and overall – this is a very eco-friendly product!

It comes in Suede and Glossy, and a rainbow of colours – some of which are
sold out already! – and a single piece is big enough to make a very nice cuff
bracelet – just glue it onto a brass
bracelet base
and you are good to go.

So
– anyway – what with all the hot new leather products, this is worth looking
at – Fish
Leather
. Much cooler than you would have thought. Give it a whirl!
34760280021001 Swarovski Elements - 8 mm Pendant Oval (6028) - Crystal Vitrail Light (1)
34760280045001 Swarovski Elements - 10 mm Pendant Oval (6028) - Crystal AB (1)
 

More of the new Swarovski Pendant Ovals coming in – now we have colors, and,
of course, Crystal
AB
! 34760280070379 Swarovski Elements - 12 mm Pendant Oval (6028) - Indicolite (1)

s35714 Glass -  Micks Lips - Periwinkle (1)s35724 Glass Flowers - 9 x 5 mm Duckfoot Flowers - Canary (1)And
we have more of the interesting pressed glass shapes that we started on last
week. For instance – these party
dress / bell shape flowers got the “lips like
Jagger.”
And the duckfoot flowers, always popular – now come in a
bright Canary
Yellow
and Apricot.
Not often that you find a vivid yellow glass – but we’re seeing more of it
with the bright neon colours in the spring fashion trends.

s35737 Pressed Glass - 20 mm Flame Coins - Desert Blooms (1)s35751 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Dark Ivory (25)And
we have some very funky pressed glass coins with interesting “carved” shapes
on them, and these really quite wonderful “Ivory” daggers.
Don’t see much in this colour either, and I can’t think why not, it’s elegant
and understated and truly classic!

So, lots of choices for new things to try, so click on a link or an image
above, or just go
here
for all the wonderful
new beads this week!
 

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