New at BeadFX: Stone Cold Killer Designs

s38329 Stone Beads - 8 x 12 mm Skull - Pyrite (1)
Cold enough for you? While some of you may be languishing in warmer climes, here, it is about -300. Again. You know, once it gets into negative double digits, we really no longer care if it is courtesy of Mr. Celsius or Mr. Fahrenheit – it’s just b—– cold.

So, icky weather means a fine day to stay inside and make some jewelry. You can use your head to get a head, bone up on your techniques, or engage in some skull-duggery. These pyrite skulls, or, if you prefer, Matte Onyx skulls, can get you thinking of Mexican Folk Art and from there – it’s sun, fiestas and margaritas all the way.

If you are thinking about stone beads and maybe something like a bracelet s38326 Stone Beads - 8 mm Round (2 mm Hole) - Dog Tooth Amethyst (1)with stone beads and leather cord – we just got a selection of stone beads with 2 mm holes. While this is not a big enough hole for putting on one of those Euro-style charm bracelets – it is big enough for a 2 s38340 Stone Beads - 10 x 14 mm Barrel Tube (2 mm Hole) - Lapis Lazuli (1)mm leather cord. The holes are actually about 2.3 mm – but that just looks odd in the description – so suffice it to say – they do go onto 2 mm leather!

s38357 Stone Beads - 13 x 18 mm Oval - New Burma Jade (strand)We also got a nice selection of New Jade from Burma. New Jade is the trade name for Serpentine – a translucent stone that is still tough and durable like Jade. This is a translucent pale green with the smaller beads being so pale as to be almost white. The bigger shapes show nice colour, however. I personally prefer more intensity of colour – but I freely admit that not everyone shares my tastes, and a good thing too, as we’d all be competing for the same stuff!

s38348 Stone Beads - 6 mm Rondelle - Rose Quartz (strand)s38349 Stone Beads - 15 mm Puff Coin - Rutilated Quartz (1)Other new items in the stone bead department too – such as Rose Quartz Rondelles, and Rutilated Quartz. You know, I can’t think of “Rutilated Quartz” without thinking of Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London. “Little old lady got rutilated late last night, Werewolves of London again” … and that’s your earworm for the day. You’re welcome.

Oh, and in the theme of a translucent stone with inclusions, like the rutilated quartz, s38345 Stone Beads - 8 x 10 mm Tumbled Nugget - Prehnite (strand)but with a bit more of a colour hit than the Burma New Jade, we have some Prehnite – which is a more yellowy-green but still has the graphic black inclusions.

s38528 Design Tools - 6 x 11 inches Bead on it Board - Synthetic Velvet (1)
As I predicted – the Bead-on-it boards have been flying out the door. We did get in new small ones with the synthetic velvet surface, (we didn’t get those in the last shipment) – so if that will work for you – you have that option now. I have to say – they really are a lovely surface to work on. Sorry – no colour selection – you get what you get – much like when they come to us.

As always – you can click on a link or image above, or get started with the new items here. Happy Hunting! Remember to stay warm! Shop online!

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