Trend Spotting – Top 3 Trends we see right now

Sometimes, the coincidences pile up so fast you think to yourself – there’s a trend here. And I’ll tell you what we are seeing in terms of what people are interested in right now in jewelry crafting!   Matte – Matte finish comes and goes, and right now – it’s in. Matte, particularly in stone – which adds an extra step to the process – as the stone is polished, and then matted. I’ve always been fond of matte in particular colours – i.e. Black – I like the contrast it provides – and rose quartz looks particularly nice in …

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 …

Backlit GemDuos this week at BeadFX

GemDuos! A new shaped bead – similar to the DiamondDuo. They are pretty close in size, the holes are a little closer to the bottom of the bead in the GemDuos, and while they are a little shallower than the DiamondDuo, the higher placement of the holes in the DiamondDuo means that both will sit at the same height in your beadwork. The principle difference, however, is that the GemDuos do not rise to a point on the top like the DiamondDuos, they have a flatter top. There is an excellent review of them here, showing the same patterns made …

Let me call you a cab – ochon.

Ok – you’re a cab. We’ve got cabs – lots of cabs. An uber number of cabs, as a matter of fact. If you can’t face puns like that, you need one of these cabs – it will face you. Personally – I think there is something fishy about the whole thing, but then you’ll accuse me of being catty. This whole conversation is for the birds. By Jupiter – we’ve got a lot of cabs – these cabs look like a planet. There is just one of each though – so if snooze, you lose. Kind of like how …

Wooden you know it?

The most requested item we have had lately is for wood. Most specifically – sandalwood beads for mala bracelets and guru beads. And so we now have them – aromatic sandalwood and cedar wood beads, and guru bead sets. You ask – we go find them for you. But also in the theme of wood – we also have some new designs in these lovely, light, laser cut wood pendants. You can use these as is – or alter them with paint or stain (oil-based sharpies work particularly well for adding color.) From the gallery of obscure beads – we …