Thursday, April 19, 2012

New This Week

Rose Peachy and Luminously Green

Well - the new Swarovski colours are starting to get processed here, and so there are some new choices - you know - in case you were bored with the others! 

27756011396262 Swarovski Elements Bead - 8 mm Faceted Cube (5601) - Rose Peach (1)The new colour for the season is Rose Peach! Rose Peach is an orangey pink - but not as orangey as Padparadscha. I think you will find it a very pretty and happy colour - without it being too "girly" - for those of you that are not into that. 

As usual, with new colours - they are spread out all over the place on the site, as they arrive in all the shapes and sizes, so here is a list:
          27750002152008 Swarovski Elements Bead - 8 mm Faceted Round (5000) - Crystal Luminous Green (1)Likewise - we have a new "effect" - a new coating - this is Crystal Luminous Green. This is a very soft, light green - a very subtle effect.

      I guess these new "blends" qualify as new colours too! Last year, we had the new Swarovski blends - the Amethyst Blend - which is shades from light to dark Amethyst and the Topaz Blend - shades from light to dark Topaz. These created a more "gemmy" and natural look - more like real gemstones.

      This year, Swarovski has thrown caution to the winds and is bringing out more dramatic blends with contrasting colours - so we have Burgundy / Blue Zircon ...

      27750401033724 Swarovski Elements Bead - 8 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Fern Green / Topaz Blend (1)and Fern Green / Topaz
      I'm quite excited about the Fern Green / Topaz - I think it is a very cheerful and spring-like colour combo - redolent of the heady aroma of spring blooms and fresh new life. Whoops - this strange spring weather we've been having is affecting my mind!

      2775301s32398 Swarovski Elements Bead - 8 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Rose Champagne (1)But wait - that's not all! Because we also have some Rose Champagne - which is Rose with a Champagne Coating - Champagne being another specialty finish.
      I know - it's all hard to keep track of, isn't it. Here's a hint - if you like it - go for it!

      2472412103-01 Metal Sheet - 32 mm Blazing Sun Blank - Brass (1)OK - getting away from the glitter of the Swarovskis - (mind you - if you think you'd rather take it with you than get away from it all - then check out this week's inspiration - which has glitter written all over it.) - we have new shapes in metal 2472409103-00 Metal Sheet - 34 mm Flower Blank - German Silver (1)blanks! A whole bunch of fun, new shapes to use with your new, Big Kick Machine, maybe? And they all come in three colours - Brass, Copper, and German Silver.

      German Silver, by the way, is silver in colour - but is not "silver" - the metal. It is an alloy that contains nickel - if you are allergic - and it is actually quite a bit harder than Sterling Silver. Traditionally,  jewelers used it while learning to make jewelry before spending the extra money on Sterling Silver. I know I used it when I was taking 2472406107-02 Metal Sheet - 30 mm Square Washer Blank - Copper (1)jewelry classes - and the sense of relief when you get to work in Sterling is huge - because it is so much easier to work! Almost makes up for the price difference!

      2472410101-01 Metal Sheet - 25 x 13 mm Dog Bone Tag Blank - Brass (1)2472411103-00 Metal Sheet - 15 x 60 mm Elegant Leaf Blank - German Silver (1)2472408103-01 Metal Sheet - 30 mm T-Shirt Blank - Brass (1)You can choose from Blazing Suns, Flowers, Square Washers, even Dog Bones, Elegant Leaves, other leaves, or T-Shirts. Stamp your pithy or inspirational message on these!

      s32384 Beads - 12 mm Tensha - Soft Blue/Blue Floral (1)Other new items to choose from around the site, (Check out these Tensha beads - Japanese beads that look like porcelain but weigh nothing!) so go ahead, click on a link or a picture above, or start with the Main Page, if you are feeling intrepid, (there is a LOT of stuff there), or chunk it down into bite-size portions by checking out the categories: Click on a link and go crazy! Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools. Look for the "new" tags!
      Or maybe check out all our free, yes, free projects. A new one every week.

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