It’s a Dark and Stormy Sale – 25% off – spooky savings until Halloween!

I love October, and all the colours and the surprising weather and the sense of suspense – like something wonderful is coming! To celebrate October and all the ghoulish goodies that implies – we’re selecting some thematically relevant dark and stormy items for sale! Gunmetal and Black Metal Beads and Findings?Grunge get glamor and goth grows up. Dracula really digs this stuff. Sometimes the perfect accent is just to blend into the background.   Maybe a little rubber to go with that look? Rubber tubing, the cord (solid) can string/weave/knot – the tubing is hollow – run wire or beading …

As Promised, Lapis Cabs

I promised you Lapis Lazuli cabochons – and here they are. One of a Kind – please don’t wait – they will go fast. I don’t think I need to say anything else – they speak for themselves – “I’m bluuuuue – buy me.” At least – that’s what they say to me. 😉   What’s next? Here’s a clue … Tiger Iron! No actual tigers were ironed in the making of these beads – Tiger Iron is a combination of Tigereye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Tigereye and Hematite are both minerals that are iron-rich – but we don’t recommend …

Ice Is Nice – Swarovski Ice that is!

Thinking of frosting yourself with a little sparkling ice for the winter season? Soon, fall will splash her colours on the trees, frost will glitter in the a.m. – in some places – you’ve already had it this year. So here’s a thought – how about some rhinestones and the settings to pop them into. A little bling for the year-end parties? If you’ve been eyeing the Gita rhinestone settings – we have them for you! We have new choices in settings – and the stones to go with them. From pendants to links to earrings – you can flaunt …

Stunning Lapis Pendants, Demi Rounds, Finials …

Here we have – another rocking collection of one of a kind stone pendants – hand-shaped, each one unique in shape and pattern. Lapis Lazuli – as I have been known to remark – is the most beautiful stone on the planet, and has been considered so by many people for thousands of years. You may quibble if you like, but … 😉 And if you prefer cabochons to pendants – sit tight – we’ll have a bunch of those coming up in a few weeks too. These are OOAK – One Of A Kind – so don’t let them …

20% off continues … Do you Spook?

20% off the store (mostly – the fine print is here) continues to Sep 26 … Do you Spook? Are you a Hallow-weenie? Are you wearing black just until something darker comes along? Does your ideal house perch on top of a hill with owls and spooky trees? Owls – check. Choose this gothy owl with spooky wings, or these rather more menacing looking Grrrr – owls. Search here for all our owls – we have an impressive collection – ignoring all the Howlite that comes up in the search as well … O_o. Spooky trees – check. We have …

Link Bead Necklace

Had some inquiries about the Link Bead necklace that I tossed a picture of up on Facebook.     The pattern for a bracelet is here: http://blog.johnbead.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Link-bead-LR-copy.pdf The pattern for the bracelet calls for 3 x 24 beads, and says it is 8.5 inches, but figure a part of that is the clasp – so say the bead portion is 7 inches, if you wanted to do a 21 inch necklace – then you would need about 225 beads. A tube is about 40 beads. The necklace is an ombre effect, shading from white to clear to cream to antiqued …

Strike … before Canada Post does – 20% off now

Canada Post is now in a position to strike on Sep 27. Will they, or won’t they? Whatever they do, you should plan ahead. So we are having a sale – 20% off everything* – so that you can stock up now before you can’t get your stuff delivered. BTW – a strike will make no difference to our American friends, but you can still get in on the savings. BUT – because we didn’t want to hold them up, we’re still adding the new Link beads to the website – so you have new stuff that IS on sale! …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 3

Ok – here we go with part 3 of impressions and tidbits from the Swarovski launch. Next up is the “Metallic Cap Pendant.” This is a pear-shaped drop bead, with a light chrome effect on a large portion of the pendant, over about 1/3 of the top, giving it the appearance of having a metallic bead cap custom fitted. The coating is just on one side, so it looks a bit more ethereal from the back. Still cool, however. Currently – just in Lt Chrome, nothing in gold. Now here’s a thing that has some cool potential. The pointed chaton, …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 2

continued … A new shape in the fancy rhinestones. This is the Imperial cut – which is based on the (fairly) famous Asscher diamond cut. Famous to folks who go around remembering the names of diamond cuts, that is. Here you can see that Swarovski is inspired to create cuts to represent all the famous traditional – and some of the new – diamond cuts. While you aren’t likely to get yourself Swarovski stones for a wedding ring – there is no reason why you can’t have a really nice cocktail ring without breaking the bank. Maybe cocktail ring needs …