Aloha Bracelet

As soon as I saw these polymer clay plumeria flowers, I knew what I wanted to do with them. Stretchy bracelets, with some of the new cylinder beads to space them out. They are delightfully pretty and easy to wear. They make even my aging wrists feel young! No tricks to making them. I use stretchy cord, and the stretchy cord needle, and knot the cord. The white tube beads remind me of miniature marshmallows. I wonder if I can make a hot chocolate and mini-marshmallow themed piece? Find them components Flowers Cylinders Elastic Cord Needle Opelon Stretch Cord

20% off “findings”

Sale! 20% off  Findings – until Oct 12! Findings are those necessary little bits and pieces you need to finish your creations – like Clasps, and Crimps & Ends Cones & Caps Links Separators + Connectors Bails Headpins & Eyepins Jump Rings Earring Findings for some reason, Metal Beads & Spacers – which wouldn’t these make more sense over in the Beads section? Oh well – they are on sale so go for it. And last, but not least – Miscellaneous Findings, which is, of course, the catch all for everything else. Brooch findings, Bookmarks. Key chains. Hair Clips. Kilt …

We’re not stringing you along

I bet you thought we’d have some puns about string, but I’m a frayed knot. A-cord-ingly, you are cord-ially invited to peruse our latest additions to our stringy stuff. We have a new selection of Invisible Monofilament Bead Cord – as pictured below. Isn’t it nice? And we’ve added new colors in the C-Lon Tex135, which is the .4mm cord; the Tex 400 – which is the big, beefy .9mm; and the skinny Tex 70 Micro Cord, which is .29mm thick, and goes through even 15/0s. C-Lon makes a real effort to have the colors match across sizes, (even if …

Painted Beads and a Bottle of Wine, Mama

Like a bolt out of the blue – this idea came to me. I was watching an instagram video of someone painting on custom fingernails, and they were soooo good – and I suddenly thought – “that would work on our carrier beads!” Well – when it comes to painting tiny portraits of Hollywood stars – you can give me a pass, but I can at least slap on some nail polish and do a little design. I wasn’t sure how the acrylic beads would handle the nail polish and all it’s solvents, but there was no problem – none …

A Thousand Flowers, A Thousand Eyes

Millefiori, milleocchi Millefiori is a glassworking technique – it means “thousand flowers” –  that creates flower motifs by building patterns in long thin rods, and then slicing them to get the pattern in the cross-section. A white flower with a red center would start with a central core of red, then white half circles would be built around it, and then the background color filled in around, being careful to preserve the shape of the petals. All while working in a 2,000 degree flame and trying not to have the whole thing crack or melt into a big mess. It’s …

Sale! 20% off Cabs and Flatbacks

Grab some cabochons to bead around – we have a delicious selection. A cabochon has a domed top, no hole, and a flat back, and range in size from tiny to tremendous. You can bead a bezel or wire wrap or use them in a number of ways. We have stunning, one of a kind Stone Cabochons Unique, inspiring, handmade, resin OlympiArt Cabochons Sadly – the last of these discontinued and out of production Lunasoft Cabochons A wide variety of glass and resin cabochons, some vintage, some modern, some fanciful, some fabulous And some clear glass cabochons and tiles, for …

Something Spooky This Way Comes

“This is ridiculous,” I said to myself. “I am an adult. I can walk down a 100 foot path through the forest to get to my car.” When I had arrived at ‘Theatre in the Woods’ earlier in the evening – the mowed-field parking lot and dirt path through tall trees had been charming and quaint. The dinner had been good, the play – staged outdoors – had been fun and and as it got dark, and torches were lit, the atmosphere has been a little wild, a little primitive. My friends and I had all had an enchanted evening. …

Ready for some Fun Beads?

Summer is almost done, but it is not the end of the fun. Maybe you have someone back to school? A little bit stressed? You’re no fool You know that beads that are colorful and funny Will bring them smiles and looks all sunny So make them a bracelet or get them a kit. Bring them cocoa and cookies and ask them to sit. Beading together or beading apart Beading will join us all at the heart. This week’s beads are a joyful explosion of color and fun shapes! I remember back-to-school was a hideous source of stress for me. …

Beware of Falling Prices!

It’s rare these days to see price reductions among the increases, so we’ll pass these price reductions along to you!   A 5% price reduction for all the Preciosa Flatback Rhinestones, Hotfix, including the Maxima Flatbacks! Crystals / FlatBack Rhinestones / Preciosa Maxima Flatback Rhinestones Crystals / FlatBack Rhinestones / Preciosa Flatback Designer Packs Crystals / FlatBack Rhinestones / Preciosa VIVA12 Hotfix Flatback Rhinestones Crystals / FlatBack Rhinestones / Preciosa VIVA12 Flatback Rhinestones