Miyuki Spacer Beads

Beads in spaaaace! Beads from Space? No, wait, Spacer Beads! Small beads to fill in the gaps! Three types of spacer beads from Miyuki – thinner and smaller and designed to fill in those nooks and crannies in your designs to make all the bigger beads work so well. First up – the 3mm Spacer beads – and then the 2.2mm Spacer Beads And finally – the 2.8mm Triangle spacer beads. All available in coordinated colorway of about 30 metallic and earthy tones to blend nicely and accent your design. So, one or two of you may be asking, how …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Candy Necklaces?

Hey – remember Candy Necklaces? Colorful sugar confections that had all the flavour and yummy goodness of pastel chalk? Or probably the nutritive equivalent of these polymer clay vinyl heishi beads! I have lost count of the number of requests we have had for these polymer clay heishi disks. So we got some – just in time for fun back to school projects, friendship bracelets, end of summer color. Waterproof, wash and wear low maintenance color accents in a rainbow of happy hues! Made from vinyl, they are flexible and a little rubbery to the touch – with no noticeable …

Pink or Blue – the Big Reveal

Larry Mar, and his lovely wife Rhoda Chrosite (she kept her own name) – were expecting. They invited all their friends to come to the big reveal party. This was ok, because rocks don’t get COVID. Blue, … Or Pink? That was the question. Their friends all came – Chris O’Colla, And the Cup Rites. Not to be confused with the Cartrights – who are wheely different. Everything was moving so fast. Like Blue Lightning. “Oh my goodness,” said Rhoda. “This is too much. Larry, honey – please call these people a cab.” “Ok,” said Larry, “They are a cab.” He …

New Miyuki Colors – Translucent

A picture is worth a thousand words, but I have to say – the vendor-supplied photos of the new Miyuki beads inspire sentences like: “Really – was that the best you can do?” or “Ho-hum” or even “Next!” However, I want you to know that these are much nicer in person. They are translucent – so not opaque, not clear – but a sort of a milky opal effect. And the colors are quite soothing and relaxing. And we have them in 11/0s, 8/0s, and 15/0s. So those of you who have been asking for these – and those who …

Pareidolia

Para-doll-ee-ah Pareidolia. Every once in a while, you run across a word that you didn’t know you needed, and you fall in love with it. Well – I do, anyway. Serendipity was my first. What a wonderful word! Susurration was another. Petrichor! Oh my!* And Pareidolia. The innate and pronounced ability of the human brain to see patterns and then translate them into something meaningful. Faces on Mars, religious icons on toast, etc. How about this? Tell me that you don’t see the number 30 there. I was so boggled – and this is the BACK of the stone, mind …

Just a Random Update

Some weeks – I get to present you with a nice, tidy, themed update. Entire product lines of this or that. And some weeks – it’s just random. This is one of those weeks. First up – Random nuggets  of Michigan native copper. Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula produced the purest native – straight out of the ground – copper ever discovered. Copper is one of the few metals that can be found in veins as relatively pure metal. Long known and used by the indigenous peoples for both tools and for decorative uses, settlers began much more concentrated mining processes, and …

Rolas, Rolas, Rolas

Keep those beads a rola-in’ … You can string or weave or even – put them on rawhide! Rolas are a bead from Preciosa-Ornela – made using what they call a “new quality cutting technology.” The advantage of this technology is “increased precision, for better adherence to the dimensions” – which means, I guess, they got tired of me saying “Czech beads are nice, but not consistent in size like the Japanese seed beads.”  😉 We are rolling (heh heh) them out in two sizes, 4.5 mm and 6.2 mm – and we are going to start out with tubes …