The Quest for the Crystal Skull!

2775750s38824 Swarovski Bead - 19 mm Faceted Skull (5750) - Crystal AB (1)When it came to the quest for the crystal skull – Indiana Jones should have stayed home and ordered these. It would have made for a much more satisfying experience than the movie did!

These are the new Swarovski Crystal skulls – we first got to see these in Tucson at the pre-release preview. We were thrilled with them – they are extraordinarily well done – and just mind-blowing from a technical stand point! (How the heck did they make these?)

Of course – we aren’t the only people who think they are fabulous – so naturally – they are in short supply! We did manage to get some, and we suspect they will go fast. It will probably also take a while to restock, as other, less fortunate (and less connected!) bead stores have their orders filled.

And wait till you see the inspiration coming on Sunday for one of these in a ring!

Other goodies we have for you this week!

260k4956g Findings - 15 mm Miyuki End Tube with Single Loop - Goldplated (Pair)Caving to constant nagging Due to popular request, we have the Miyuki Delica End Tubes. These are a highly specialized finding – but what they do – they do so well!

These are made by Miyuki for their seedbeads. Essentially, you slide the end row of beads of your loomed or square-stitch piece (Sorry, peyote folks. It needs a flat end row.) into the tube and it creates a beautiful, finished end. To use, just fold down the tab (sticking out bit) on one end and slide the end row of beads in, and then fold the other tab down to secure. Easy peasy beautiful!

s38582 Metal Pendant -  Brimmed Crown - Antiqued Copper (1)In other findings and component news! – we have they metal pendants that we called “Brimmed Crowns.” These come in two pieces so that you can embellish the round disk by stamping it, and then add a bead or cabochon to the centre bezel, and assemble the two pieces for a finished pendant. The advantage of this is that there is no chance that you will damage the bezel or centre stone while you are whacking away with the hammer, and you have room to work without the centre decoration getting in the way. Brilliant, eh?

s38603 Metal Pendant - 27 mm Heart with a Squiggle Pendant - Antiqued Brass (1)We have quite a few other new items for stamping on too, so be sure and have a look!

Also new, not quite so full of drama, but you are going to love them – base metal ball-headpins. Instead of the ball headpin just being a sterling silver 22601340 Findings - Headpins - 1 inch Big Ball Headpin - Goldplated (50)item and the base metal headpins all being “nail head,” now you have the option of the more elegant (IMHO) ball headpin. Two sizes of ball, three different lengths, three metal colours!

And if you are feeling the need to seedbead – 24 more colours of size 11/0 tb11r722 Japanese Seedbeads - 11/0 Toho Seedbeads - Galvanized Midas GoldToho seedbeads – bringing the total of active colours to 431! Collect the whole set!

All sorts of other new goodies too, so as always – you can click on a link or image above, or get started with the new items here. Happy Shopping!

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