Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies and …
Jewelry making supplies are our specialty. Over 25,000 products are here to help you make beautiful jewellery using all of the latest tools, techniques and beads from around the world. We carry everything for making your own jewelry, including all the glass and crystal beads for making jewelry to the large selection of stringing materials and findings components to make it sparkle. We have knowledgeable, experienced staff to help you make your project a success. All of the Beads for Making Jewelry that you can imagine – and hundreds more to keep your creative side busy.
We have an impressive selection of Swarovski Crystals in hundreds of styles, sizes and colors. Swarovski Elements Pendants & Swarovski Crystal Pearls are also here in most colors too!
Do you need Miyuki Delica Cylinders Beads or Miyuki Seedbeads (round)? We have over 2,000 colors, sizes and package sizes to fill all your project needs. Toho Seedbeads are our second huge selection of Japanese Seedbeads,
Czech seedbeads from both Preciosa-Ornela and Jablonex are stocked in hundreds of colors and 6 sizes.
How do I put it all together
We have most Stringing Supplies including needles in Griffin Silk, Fireline, SoftFlex beading cable, C-Lon Beading Cord & Thread and dozens of others including Hemp Cord, and we have several types of stretchy cord for those easy and simple projects too. And all those metal pieces to hold everything together to tie it together like clasps & connectors.
What can I do with Natural Semi-Precious Gemstones
Jade stones, Laboradorite, Amazonite and another 70 Natural stone beads are in our selection, many from Dakota Stones who provide beautiful quality stones at a reasonable price.
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Latest News and Updates:
- Once upon a time … May 6, 2021
There was a young lady who did not care for cooking or cleaning, the idea of getting married, raising children, and walking six feet behind a man. This is a radical concept, I know, but bear with me. This is a fantasy, after all.
She did, however, love plants, and birds, and would happily clean out the pond from all the muck and scum, feed the pheasants, and dig up weeds from morning until dark. How this differed from the prospect of a life as a wife could be debated at length, but the fact of the matter is, she decided that
she would rather be a gardener than a mother.
But she lived in a world that was none too tolerate of strangeness. The village elders told her that she had choices; she could be quiet and dutiful or be carried up the mountain and fed to the ferocious giant birds that lived there, as she liked birds so much. And so, not thinking that these were
really excellent choices, she practiced pitching her voice low, made herself a large, voluminous robe, shaved her head, and slipped away in the night, leaving her home,
and traveling until she climbed and crossed those selfsame mountains – the dragon mountains, so called for their resemblance to the back end of a dragon. She paused, looked back at the world she was leaving, and thought “Talk to the Tail,” and followed it with an expletive that I will not reproduce here.
And incidentally – there were no large, ferocious birds to be seen. She slogged through palm groves and struggled through vines. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for, but surely the life she had left was like being trapped with no options.
Eventually, she came to a beautiful lake, with dancing cranes
She was hungry and exhausted, and sat down beside the lake. She fell asleep, and dreamed that the cranes spoke to her.
“Stay here,” they said. “Turn this wilderness into a garden and refuge.”
When she awoke, she remembered her strange dream, and figured that it was probably the exhaustion and lack of food, but that it was as good a plan as any. There were fruit trees and edible wild plants,
and while she had no tools, the weather was mild, and she scraped with sticks and her hands and scratched and dug and cleared. She found evidence that once there has been a settlement and gardens, she found some rusty old tools, and she continued to clear and clean up. And the plants flourished and bloomed.
Exotic birds came to eat the fruit and live in the emerging garden.
And then, one bright summer day, when the garden was looking particularly fine,
A stranger came, with a scarred face.
And that person did not say a word, but stayed for a week, and helped her build a small hut, weaving the walls and thatching the roof.
Thereafter, sometimes one or two people would come, and stay for a while, digging plots of land, or planting flowers.
Sometimes, they brought needful things, like a blanket, or a woven rug, or a ceramic dish.
Mostly, they did not speak, and went away after a time, seeming lighter and calmer than when they arrived.
And she was even joined by a cat, who was very shy. For the longest time, she would just see his tail, hanging out from behind a rock.
And all in all, she no longer felt like she was a tiny, helpless bird where her life was a choice between two bad options. No longer was she trapped between a Roc and A Hard Place.
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Our Class News
- Classes are Blooming In May
With all rain in April, May classes are Blooming.
The beginning of May remains virtual, however, we are looking ahead to the end of May for some in-studio options. Check out the May calendar for more details.
Here are the classes and open session beginning May 1stNo event found!
Our Latest Inspiration
- Coppered Turquoise Necklace
BeadFX Inspiration – May 7th, 2021 – Anne Marie Desaulniers
I admit that I’m totally in love with African Turquoise stones. So, when I was trying to think up a new inspiration, of course my fingers gravitated to these two-hole drilled rectangles, and immediately paired them with 8 mm coins. I’d wanted to do something with the rectangles for a while, but was actually stuck on exactly how to work with them. So, I decided to give it a go!
I haven’t worked on a necklace for a while, so decided that I would make a version of the old standby “Y” necklace, but with a twist! It’s really quite simple, even in its updated form. Are you ready to give it a try?
1 – Metal Beads – 6mm Round – Antique Copper (25) (I had some in my stash, and probably used 8mm, but I couldn’t find any on the site). The 6mm could be substituted.
(Editor’s Note: Yep, we’ve never had 8mm Antique Copper rounds.)
Chain nose pliers x 2 Tools – Chain Nose Pliers – Dazzle-It Classic Slim
Flush cutters (for both the chain, and the wire) Tools – Cutters – Tapered Flush Cutter
Small metal knitting needle (sorry, I don’t know the size, because I’m not a knitter. LOL! I just eyeball it.)
- Cut a generous length of beading wire (I used around 17”, to be safe).
- Fold beading wire into two equal lengths (but don’t make a kink in it).
- On one side of the beading wire, add 1 – 2.4mm metal rounds.
- Thread through to the fold.
- Thread one 2mm crimp, through both ends of the beading wire.
- Feed through to the bottom.
- Leaving a small loop around the 2.4mm bead, flatten crimp with the chain nose pliers, making sure that the two lengths of beading wire are parallel (Note: if they’re crossed, they will not hold).
- Leave a short length of the beading wire exposed, then string one end of wire through one hole of the rectangle(s) as follows – rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round + rectangle + 2.4mm metal round
- Repeat the sequence in 8 above, and string through the second hole in the rectangle(s).
- Feed a crimp bead onto both lengths of the beading wire.
- Leaving a small space, squeeze crimp flat with chain nose pliers (again, making sure that the wires are parallel).
- Feed both wires through 6mm (or 8mm if you have them) metal round.
- Now it’s time to split the wires apart.
- On the first wire, string 3-2.4mm metal rounds.
- Then string the following: 8mm coin + 2.4mm metal round + 8mm coin + 2.4mm metal round + 3-coins + 2.4mm metal round + 2-coins + 2-2.4mm metal rounds + 3-coins + 4mm metal round + 6mm metal round (or 8mm if you have them) + 4mm metal round.
- String on crimp bead, then bring the end of the beading wire back through the crimp bead (keeping both sides of the wire parallel), then back through 3-4 beads.
- Pulling on the free end of the beading wire, adjust the loop.
- Flatten crimp with the chain nose pliers.
- Now here comes the fun part! Find a knitting needle, then start wrapping the 22g wire. It may take a little bit to get the rhythm, but the object is to wrap the wire tightly, and side-by-side. You want to make something that looks like the spring you would find on the inside of a ball point pen. Just make it long enough to fit over the crimp, and loop, but with just enough of the wire sticking up, to add a jump ring.
- Open 1-5mm jumpring (using two chain nose pliers).
- Attach open jumpring to the end of the beading wire loop, then to the chain (12”, or however long you would like it).
- Close jumpring.
- Now you’re going to mirror what you did on the first side, for the second wire.
- Repeat steps 14 – 22.
- Now open 2-7mm jumprings.
- Attach the first jumpring to one end of the paper clip wire, then close the jumpring.
- Attach the second jumpring to the other length of paper clip wire, add the 15mm Lobster Clasp, then close the jumpring.
- Congratulations your necklace is complete!
Things to consider:
- If African Turquoise isn’t your thing, then substitute another semi-precious, 2-hole rectangle.
- No Paper Clip Chain – no worries! Just substitute another chain.
- You don’t like copper, then use one of the other metal colours.
- You can’t find coins, then substitute rounds.
Take care, and have fun!