Zoliduos

When I first saw these curvy little paisley-shaped beads, I was enchanted. I saw them first on Pinterest – and the designs that are being made with them blew me away. And then, hey presto – we have them. Funny how that tends to work around here. 😉 So – the thing to know about Zoliduos is that they come in LEFT and RIGHT versions. They are a flat backed curved drop shape with two holes, and in order to get the amazing mirror image effects in the patterns – the symmetrical designs – you will need to have both …

InspirationFX: The Sassy Tassel Bracelet

~~~Get your creative juices flowing The Sassy Tassel Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson I initially started making these from gemstone strands that come with silk tassels – then I realized that with the silk tassels we have for sale – you can get the same fun look with other beads! You can use a simpler clasp if you like, but I think that it really makes the piece, although a small magnetic clasp might be easier if you struggle with bracelet clasps. Check our Manager Specials for clasps. The bracelet is straight-foward stringing. Reserve two beads for the tassels. (For the …

What have we found for you this week?

  If you thought we were going a little clasp crazy – well – you might be entirely justified. Some of it comes down to discovering a neglected box of items, and some of it is because of the fun we are all having with looming! Looming first! We just got these cool BeadSlide clasps for use with loomed or beadweaving pieces that have single row of beads at the end (loomed or square stitch, vs peyote, with its staggered bead pattern). To use, you slide the final row of beads into the tube – there is a gap for …

Clasped together – more on clasp styles

Last week – I reviewed some styles of clasps for you – we mention that there are the: spring closure hook and eye toggle These week – let’s carry on with the: box clasp barrel clasp magnetic clasps, others too hard to categorize 😉 The box clasp is the most difficult and complicated of the clasps to make – often involving quite a bit of hand fabrication – unlike the others – which can be either cast or machine-made. So they frequently are quite a bit pricier. However – for a very professional finishing touch – they can be quite …

Clasping at Straws – Different Styles of Clasps

Let’s talk clasps. There are 4 main styles of clasps, and a few oddities that are hard to categorize. The basic styles are: spring closure hook and eye toggle box clasp Oh, and the orphan and unloved barrel clasp. Ptui. oo – and magnetic clasps too! The spring closure is usually some sort of ring or loop, with a movable opening, that allows you to hook it onto something, and then closes up – so that it doesn’t come undone. The most basic of these is the spring ring. Inexpensive and it gets the job done. However, it can be …