Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there.
Cats Eye & Eagle Eye
This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making yourself feel better about vacuuming.
As a matter of fact, here IS some of the man-made Cat’s Eye. Ok, not liking the term “man-made.” “Human-made” isn’t cutting it for me. Synthetic? Artificial? Created? Suggestions?
Someone asked us the other day about buying stone beads by the each, instead of the strand. Well, we have found they can be a problem to handle that way: the beads tend to get damaged or get spilled and scatter all over the floor, run under the table, get eaten by the dog, stepped on and create a nasty crunching sound. However, because we are so accommodating, 😉 we have these Chakra Banded strands, comprised of Amethyst, Lapis, Blue Apatite, Green Aventurine, Citrine, Carnelian, Red Garnet and Crystal Quartz. You’re welcome.
Do the Twist! Fiber Craft Beads
We are going to be at Twist – the Fibre Festival in Quebec. (Aug 14-18, Saint-Andre-Avellin, come on out and see us!) Everything is better with beads, and if you want some larger beads to embellish your knitting or crochet – these 7mm beads with a 2.5mm hole might be just the ticket. They would also work for leather cord and kid-friendly projects.
More colors in the GoodFelt Beading Foundation. These are a stiff felt that you can use as a base for beading around a cabochon or large focal piece.
And speaking of Cabochons … Here’s the good stuff
We have some stunners … there are some very nice cabs in the update from a private collector. These are OOAK (One Of A Kind) cabochons, including stuff I had never seen before. Rosarita (Gold Slag) … a by-product of the gold refining process in Alaska in the 50s and 60s. Trace amounts of gold would be lost and end up melted in with the sand from the refining process, producing a beautiful colored – essentially a glass – colored with the gold. Nowadays, the process doesn’t leave enough gold in the sand for it to color it, so this material is limited to old caches. Look at that color!
And More! (Yes, that’s a Trilobite.)
And a lovely selection of Mookaite cabs
Some stone butterfly wing cabs …
And yes – best for last, your fave and high on my list, Labradorite. (Labradorite is growing on me – maybe because we have been getting such amazing specimens!!!)
Have fun browsing! I gotta run – working on a bunch of new stuff for some upgrades to the site to make it easier – I hope!!!!! – to find stuff.
Oh, and don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 550 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!