Get Your Shiny Dangly Bits

This week, we have a sparkling selection of lovely shiny bits – charms and connectors and stone settings and other findings that we found. I’ve kind of been going beserk making earrings, so I’m going to show you some samples for you to steal ideas from. If you love rivolis like we love rivolis, those dazzling Swarovski stones with the pointed tops – you’ll be excited about new ways to use them. We actually have a whole category of ways to mount and hold them, but I’m particularly fond of these “turtleback” findings. I like the prong settings – looks …

InspirationFX: Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

Peachy Keen Jelly Bean Designed by: Chelle Kilmer I wanted to take a twist on something classic. Pearls are classic and I love them. Natural and organic freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls in their near perfectness, even teeny, tiny, glass pearls! Have you checked out our 2mm glass pearls? They come in the most amazing colour selection and such a perfect size for almost every project. I truly believe there might actually be a pearl for every occasion! But this time around it was the twisted Swarovski pearls that caught my eye! A soft, warm, peachy glow beckoned me over to …

Tucson: Coming home

It’s the last day in Tucson for me and just as well – it’s turned cold and rainy here. I feel really sorry for the people who are showing in tents or outdoors. As far as I’m concerned, I’m about beaded out. I feel like if I see one more dyed-howlite-masquerading-as-genoooine-Sleeping-Beauty-Turquoise, I’m gonna barf. You’d think that these vendors know what it is they are selling, but all too often, they don’t. So Buyer Beware applies in spades at these shows. Turquoise-dyed howlite has a legitimate place in beading, but I’m darned if I’m going to pay for this stuff …