Faster than a Speeding Needle, …

Nanofil – single filament beading thread – according to the manufacturer – it is “Ultrathin, ultrastrong, near-invisible, and stronger than steel. Pretty big claim. However –I am currently test-driving a bracelet made with it, and I have so say – so far – I am pretty impressed. It is a single filament – so no fuzzing out when trying to thread, and it is pretty near invisible, and I even took the risky move of threading it right through the metal link on the magnetic clasp – which I would never do with thread. I would not do that as …

Let Bicones be Bicones

The bicone is dead. Long live the bicone! It’s not really that bad – we are sad that Swarovski has turned away from what they referred to as the “DIY” market. This, to me, has connotations of dudes with power tools making dangerously rickety sundecks – so you can see how I might have not really embraced that particular term. However, we have to say – we think that you will be happy with the Preciosa bicones as a replacement. While we have had a number of them for a while – we have a lot more of them available …

Labrochon Cabradorites

What’s the stone that we adore?It’s so great we want some moreIt flashes blue and gold and greenSuch a stunner steals the scene! Yay Labradorite! This week we have 48, one-of-a-kind, hand-cut, utterly unique Labradorite Cabochons. At the top end, we have faceted stones. You don’t see labradorite faceted very often, but these are stunners. And, we have some that are carved, for added interest … love that leaf … And we have some Purple Labradorite – the flashes of color are dominated by purple hues instead of blues. And some traditional colors and shapes We also have some that …

Purple, … and Bees

Well, I saw the thing, lying waiting for me It was shiny and purple and smooth as can be I commenced to shaking and I said Oo-eee! It looks like Charoite to me! It was a one-of-a-kind, oval purple cabochon Yes, a one-of-a-kind, shiny purple cabochon A one-of-a-kind, beauty-of-a-cabochon It sure looked nice to me! Charoite – named for the Chara River in Siberia – it’s only known source. The Chara is a 500 mile long tributary(!) that is also home to the Chara Sands – the so-called “world’s smallest desert.” The Chara river is a classic example of a …

GemDuos & Some Really Cute Bezels

More of these happy little diamond-shaped two-hole beads. Looking for some new ideas for projects? Matubo has some great patterns you can download for Free!  How about these  Danai Earrings – by Petra Kasparova, or this Safari bracelet by Nela Kabelova? And then, there are these super cute bezels. You can do the resin thing, or the polymer clay thing, or the “put the polymer clay in, cover it in wonderful metallic powders, bake, and then coat with resin for a super glossy look” thing. Speaking of which, we have a re-stock shipment of the gorgeous Jet Age Studio Creative …

Once upon a time …

There was a young lady who did not care for cooking or cleaning, the idea of getting married, raising children, and walking six feet behind a man. This is a radical concept, I know, but bear with me. This is a fantasy, after all. She did, however, love plants, and birds, and would happily clean out the pond from all the muck and scum, feed the pheasants, and dig up weeds from morning until dark. How this differed from the prospect of a life as a wife could be debated at length, but the fact of the matter is, she …

Don’t Worry – Bead Happy

Here’s a little poem that I wroteIt goes with a song that you might noteDon’t Worry, Bead HappyIn every life, there is some fear,But when you bead, it disappearDon’t worry, Bead HappyDon’t worry, Bead Happy Now   Here’s the inside dope on this token bead. I don’t think we can re-stock it. So if you think this is a cute idea, would make a perfect gift for someone later in the year, jumpall over it, now, please.  I thought the pretty red ones were too yummy pass on, and they make a good joke when I wear them.   😉 If …

Do you need Closure?

Buttons. That’s what I’m talking about. Buttons. Closure – buttons. Or maybe you just need focus. As in a focal piece. Heh heh heh Small update this week – a few mental health days needed to happen – so we needed to keep the update small for processing. I am pleased to announce – we have nearly everyone here vax’d, so that is good news indeed. So what we do have this week? Check out these yummy buttons – Glass buttons made in the Czech Republic – using time-honored techniques, but with dazzling new colors. These are not huge – …

Twice Happy & Ginko-licious

Beads – they make you happy twice. The first is when you get them, play with them, contemplate them, spread them around and think of all the possibilities, and make them into something. The second time is when you wear them, show off your creation, or just have the quiet satisfaction of having something that perfectly fits your mood or outfit, or when you give it to some else and it makes them happy; and that makes you happy. I was reminded of these recently when I was talking on the phone to a friend who commented on how much …

Is there still a place for Quick and Easy?

Once upon a time, I spent a lot of time extolling how to make jewelry quickly and easily. We were all in a big time crunch, and the faster the better. Pre-beaded chain was wonderful for that. You could whip off a set like this in under 30 minutes. I think it is kind of charming that the beads varyin size. Looks more organic and hand made. Ignore that clasp, it’s been in my stash for something like 15 years and is discontinued.  If you want a multi-strand clasp in gold, try these. Or these earrings – these are fun …