Rhombuses and Ooak Lampwork Dragons, oh my!

Two very exciting new items this week – which to talk about first? Ok – the Rhombus beads! The Rhombus bead is a larger than usual 2-hole bead – designed by Lena Gillespie for the Canadian manufacturer and wholesaler – John Bead. It is a a parallelogram with opposite equal acute angles and opposite equal obtuse angles, and four equal sides. They fit together like puzzle pieces and because they are a larger size – they work up quickly. They are fun to play with! And, of course, my burning question is … can you make a stretchy bracelet out …

Charm & Grace

Metal Charms & a week’s Grace on “free shipping at $50” There is something very romantic about the idea of a traditional charm bracelet – a chain bracelet crammed full of charms to commemorate all the major milestones in life. A gift, perhaps at sweet sixteen, and then religiously adding to it for every special event, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, goals. Very romantic, and a wonderful conversation piece. A treasured collection of memories for reciting to grandchildren as they cuddle in your lap. Buuuuuut – tastes change and so do the meanings of words. A “charm” is a metal (mostly) item …

InspirationFX: Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons

Get your creative juices flowin ~~~ Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I am still having a lot of fun with the elastic bracelets.Bracelets are much easier to make if you don’t need to add a clasp, and they are easy to wear. Easy to wear lots of them at once, actually – just grab a handful and go. Ocean Pearls These Swarovski iridescent blue pearls are really lovely -and the sea turtle is a nice accent. Use the big hole needle – as the hole in the pearls is smallish, and put the tassel opposite the …

Don’t Be a Dragon’ – 20% off won’t last!

Don’t be a dragon’ yo’ butt – this sale will end! You have until Jan 31st. Remember these two things. We pick the online orders in the order we get them, and – if you place a second order before the first one is picked and shipped, we’ll just combine them and sort out any additional shipping fees you might have incurred. So shop early, and shop often. 😉 *Almost everything. Some select items excluded. (see below) But some stuff is more than 20% off. The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees, No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts …

Snake Wind and Snake Berry

We’re not above the occasional fart joke around here – and I have to admit, when I saw that these beads were called Snake Wind, well – I’ll just let you imagine what streets my mind wandered down. Snake, however, is actually the name for the finish that gives it the darkened edges to the facets, giving the beads a distinctive scaled look. The Berry mix is obvious – and Wind, well, why not? They are part of the new 4mm fire polish beads this week, including the Nebula finish, and these metallics. And this Fuchsia! I have to admit …

4 mm Firepolish and Other Stuff

If beading were baking, then 4 mm firepolish beads would be one of those staples that you would always keep in the beading pantry. They are versatile enough to use as the main design element, or as an accent for something bigger and flashier. You can string them with stone, metal, work them in bead weaving projects, wire them, put them on elastic – do whatever with them! We found a stash of custom colors from a now out-of-business company – so not sure we can get more of these, unless we manage to locate the original manufacturer. 22 Fun …