‘Tis a Rocky Road We Travel

It’s a rocky road indeed, full of toil and whoa – look at this! Is this some Labradorite I see before me? Why, yes, yes it is. We are blessed with an unusually fine selection of Labradorite today. Pendants and faceted stones – to go with our existing rather nice Labradorite clasps. You can do the whole Labradorite thing! I’m not trying to buffalo you – but we have also some more of the White Buffalo Stone, or White Howlite, in both polished and matte finishes. Howlite is often presented dyed as an imitation Turquoise, or by unscrupulous vendors, actually …

New This Week!

It’s October – are you afraid … … of goblins and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night? How about a morbid fear of boring jewelry that everyone else is wearing? We banish that fear with brilliant beads, fabulous findings, captivating components, scintillating supplies and inspirational inspirations! Did you know that all our inspirations are designed in-house by our fabulously creative staff? In fact – we have all been so inspired lately – that we are now publishing two new projects every week! So check us out on Sunday and Monday for the new InspirationFX! …

Collect the Rainbow …

Bead the rainbow … If you have “collect the whole set-itis” – you’re in trouble now. We’ve just added Toho 6s to the line-up.  For those of you not steeped in seedbeads – allow me to translate. Seedbeads by the Japanese seedbead maker – Toho – are famous for their consistency of shape and colour – much more so than the Czech seedbeads – which vary in width, and can vary in colour from batch to batch. Size 6 – 6/0 – is a largish size – also known as size “E” and as “Pony Beads.” They are large enough …

It has a dragon on it …

If it has a dragon on it, or if it’s blue, I’m in. If it is Blue AND has a dragon – I’m pretty much done for. There isn’t really a way I can NOT buy it. So you can blame me for these. Cabochons with Dragons on, some are Lapis. Or Black. Black is good too. Hence the Onyx dragon cabochon. Horses too – in the absence of dragons – I’ll settle for a horse. Black Onyx carved horse. Not really a cabochon given that cabochon really seems to imply some sort of symmetry of shape. That aside – …

New this week!

What was I thinking? Ever have one of those moments when you look at your own work and wonder – what WAS I thinking? Matted Outback Wood Jasper. Please – tell me why I chose to type that as Matted instead of Matte? OK, it’s not gramatically terrible, but I just have this image of clumps of fur — matted. Arg. I guess I’ll have to change it for next week, but for this week, you’re stuck with it. That aside – it is a pleasant enough stone – non-shiny – obviously – in all the shades of chocolate, caramel …

Neon Seeds!

Grow your own neon! Yes – the seedbeads have joined the happy, happy colours of Neon, and if you’ve been itching to get beady with some perky, bright colours, we are happy to accommodate you! Czech 10/0s Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Green (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Pink (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Yellow (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Orange (20 grams) Czech 6/0s Czech Seedbeads – 6/0 Seedbead – Opaque Matte Neon Green (20 grams) Czech …

New this week: Hardcore Survival Jewelry or Warm and Fuzzy Needles?

Oh hey – what do Bear Grylls, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Alex Trebek have in common? They’ve all been spotted wearing Paracord “Survival” Bracelets. Now – I know that’s not exactly a line-up of A-listers – but the paracord bracelet thing is hot, and the bracelets themselves are pretty cool and easy to make – and you can actually make them for your dude. Or even get your dude interested in making them. The deal behind these essentially macrame’d bracelets is that they contain about 20 continuous feet of strong, lightweight “Parachute” cord which, in an emergency, …

Absolutely Riveting …

It was a dark and stormy night. I sat alone, reading my copy of Lapidary Journal, and wondering if I should head on down to the Hammered Bar. I heard the 15/0 Metal Seedbeads were playing. Matte Gilding was always my favourite. Suddenly – a shot rang out. It sounded like a 4 mm Compression Rivet with Tube. A jolt went through me like an Electric Blue Eel. I Tri-Buckled on my belt and grabbed my snap cap. I peered out the Hollow Eyelet in my door, but could see nothing. It was as dark as a Raven Python. Brandishing …

a tale of Embezelment …

Embezel this! That’s the theme of this week’s update – a torrid tale of wide-collar crime. That’s wearing a wide-collar without a long dangly necklace. We’re going to start with a solid foundation – Beading Foundation that is. A solid black non-woven, non-fraying, slide the needle through easily, glue-onto foundation. You are going to need it – we’ve got some cab-o-catching-up to do. Can’t face another day at work? Never mind – Civic Holiday is coming up, and that’s going to have you feeling all Zen and Budda-like. But wait – I’m going to push your buttons. Big buttons, baby. …

in 1907 in Yonkers, New York …

… Dr. Leo Baekeland turned his mind to the problem of making a replacement for shellac. Up till then, shellac – used to finish furniture – was made from the Lac beetle – and, he reasoned, there had to be a better way. As with many revolutionary inventions – what he came up with was not what he had intended, but instead, was no less than the beginning of a modern revolution in materials – the invention of the first inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, synthetic resin – or, as we call it today – plastic. Bakelite – as it was called …