Hot Tip …

The Thread Zap – if you are not already familiar with it – is a nifty little tool for cutting off threads with a neat, tidy end – particularly those very tough threads like Wildfire, Fireline, and Nanofil. But – is it a one-trick pony? Is that all it does? Well – no. You can cut Satin Rat tail and Asian knotting cord – leaving a nice tidy end without having to go back and heat seal it to prevent fraying, with a flame or lighter. And – you can use it – as I just discovered – to make …

Something Radical

We are bringing you something completely radical for a bead store – this week we have … glass beads. I know, I know – it’s a stretch for us. What are we thinking? Well – I just want you to know that we are on the bleeding edge – the forefront of new and innovative technologies – bringing you untried and untested ideas so that you too can craft designs so forward-thinking that long after we are all dust – folks will be saying – “wow – they were so far ahead of their time.” Fancy Fire polished faceted beads. …

The Virtual Bead Tea

Our “Virtual Bead Tea” is a weekly, free, online get-together to bead and banter, every Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30. Join in the discussion, or just bead along with company and like-minded folks. Recent topics range from beaded mathematical models to testing the durability of various coatings. If you are on the fence about virtual classes, or not sure if your tablet/phone/computer can handle it, sign up for a Bead Tea and see if you like it! It’s absolutely free – log in, get comfy with your current project, and share and socialize online! Ask questions or give advice – …

Come see the Lab

It was cut out of a slab I see you quiver with antici … pation Yes folks, it is International Labradorite Week. Tell your friends. I made it up. We have for you this week a truly stunning selection of Labradorite cabochons, in amazing colors. We have faceted cabs … oh my! We have carved cabochons and colors to make you weep And, if that were not enough, we have Labradorite beads to complement them (although I have to say – the beads, being smaller, are not quite as colorful as the cabochons.) And, if by some chance, you are …

Lampworking in High Speed

Anne Marie and I have been comparing notes on the Jet Age Powders – the Jet Age Studio powders and flakes from Creative Art Pigments, in our Resin Inclusions and Etc. section. Anne Marie – being the doyenne of Resin – frequently posts about using resin (see recent post here) – and asked me to contribute as well. Some of the powders are capable of being used as the kind of high temperatures that glass melts at – in lampworking – glass bead making. So I thought I would make a little video of the process. But I sped it …

The “C” Word

Christmas? I’m running and ducking already. I know, I know – beginning of September, kids aren’t back in school, thanksgiving and halloween aren’t even on the horizon. How DARE we mention Christmas? Well – that’s because we know how long it takes to hand-craft stuff. And to help you out – we have a bunch of new bead embroidery kits – which have the added bonus, that if you don’t get them started in time to give them as a finished item – you can just give them the kit. And then, if they say – “oh, I’ll never be …

Class – Beaded End Caps

Beaded End Caps  This class came out of a conversation one day during the Virtual Bead Tea. It went something like this: “I can never find bead caps big enough for the ends of the kumi or crocheted ropes I make.” “How about beaded end caps?” “Well, ok, but I don’t know how to do that.” “I could teach you.” “That could be a class! Anyone could learn it!” And that, my friends, is how classes happen. 😉