Which means – that when you slip on a piece of chocolate, you land face first in a marshmallow – which isn’t really all that bad.
So, in the spirit of that, we are tempting you this week with new “Rocks” – stone beads, but you can land in the marshmallows, because we are putting all the stone beads on sale – at 20% off! Including the new ones. 😉
Iolite and African Turquoise!
African Turquoise is a black-spotted jasper in mint green and turquoise colours. Harder than actual turquoise; pretty, soothing colours, and budget-friendly – this is an excellent stone to work with. You can get a lot of happy out of this!
Iolite is a little more exotic – I don’t think we offered it before. It has a property called “pleochrism” meaning it can show different colors depending on the angle and type of light. Iolite is most commonly seen in shades of blue-gray, violet or indigo. In different light it may also appear to have shades of yellow or gray.
How to use those stone beads? How about Stretchy Bracelets!
I’ve been finding this a good way to justify my even older obsession with stone beads! Which, as I observed earlier, are 20% off this week! You can use them by themselves, add an accent bead in metal or even lampwork, or add a tassel or charm dangle. Make a bunch – they are fun and relaxing to make and wear!
Making these is simple. All you need is a needle, some good quality stretchy elastic, scissors, and some crimp covers to hide the knot.
The 8 mm beads and larger (and some of the 6 mm) can be strung using the Elastic Cord Needle. To use this, put the beads onto the needle first, then hook the end of the needle onto the elastic, and slide the beads down onto the elastic. (short video with dramatic music here!)
For smaller holes, the big eye needle is champion. This needle is two wires sealed at each end, and the center is open, giving you gobs of room to stuff the elastic without the nervous breakdown that trying this with a regular needle would create.
I like the .7 mm Opelon for stringing – it is thin enough to go through just about anything, and I use it doubled for most bracelets (except the occasional seedbead or other very small bead project.)
To secure the knot, use a surgeons knot.
So rock on with the rocks and step out with the stones! String ’em and stack ’em!
Also – don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with saving from 15 – 70% off!
Are you interested in bigger quantities? Don’t forget our Bulk Packs and Designer Packs. Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!