Once upon a time, there was a vast country, and because the internet hadn't been invented yet - no way to quickly talk to your friends on the other side of it.
Then someone had this idea - "Let's build a railroad - so we can all go visiting and not have to drive home 5,000 miles after drinking all night."
They hired some guys and got some metal and some SPIKES and cut down some trees and soon they were building a railroad.
Oh, sure, they had some problems - some guys saw some Ghost ABs, and of course, they were plagued by Crystal Platypuses.
Sometimes, they thought they were lost, but then they heard a voice calling, "I TEAL you, you're on the right VITRAIL."
There was danger, but they had lots of Gunmetal. They had to search for Mossy Water to drink - but sometimes there was just Smoke on the Water. Actually - they would have preferred Champagne Lustre, garnished with Pale Mint Lustre - or even mixed with some Passionfruit Argent.
They built that railroad through the Montana Mist, (they really WERE lost at that point!) through fields of Magic Blueberry, on beds of Pink Coral Celsian, tunnelled through Jet Granite (which is as hard at Matte Black Diamond) and through Stormy Weather.
When they got to the end - they wanted to commemorate it with a special Spike - a symbol of their hard work. One suggested they use Antique Bronze, and someone else suggested it be Nickel-plated. Finally, someone suggested a 24 Karat Gold-Plated Spike.
But then one of them suggested a cute little baby spike in Satin Gold would be just adorable. Then, someone else insisted that Gold Lustred Purple was the only real choice. Right about then, a cat-fight broke out, and they all started stabbing each other with spikes of all colours - mixing it up and calling each other names and trying to scratch each other, without messing up their hair and nails - which had been done up special for the ceremony.
They made so much noise, that they aroused a mountain dragon, who had already been disturbed from his centuries-long nap by the hammering of the spikes. He wrapped his Silver Grey Rat-tail around them all, and threatened to use his Double Square Flame to turn them into Charcoal.
And so, as Sunset Shimmer-ed into Bright Moonlight - they all drank from the Pewter Chalice of Peace.
New Glass Spikes this week, 77 of them! And some new MetalFX - which is Mica-powder for embellishing Crystal Clay and Apoxie clay and polymer clay.
And these great new Double Square metal beads - 60 different varieties. They are two dome squares, attached at the corners - so they have a wide opening on ALL FOUR SIDES!. They come in 5 metal colours, 5 styles and 3 sizes: 9 mm, 13 mm, and 17 mm - and what is TOTALLY awesome about the 17 mm size is that they fit on the 10 mm leather we brought out last week!
Look for them on the Metal Beads pages, organized by colour!
Gold Plated (not Antiqued!), and
We will be closed Aug 15 - 19 for inventory. Our store will be closed and online orders will not be picked during that time, as we will need all hands on deck for the inventory - plus it messes up the inventory to pick orders while counting! If we finish early - we'll reopen early. Online order picking will resume on the 20th, in the order in which the orders were ordered. ;-) Thank you for your patience!
As usual, lots more to explore! Click on a link (or a picture) above, or start with the Main Page and look for the "New" tags.
Yes - we know there is a LOT there, so you can take it in in bite-size portions by checking out these categories: Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools.
And don't forget to check out our free, yes, free projects. Over 300 to choose from - a new one every week!
Lampworking Studio is Now Open - Please call ahead to check availability and reserve a spot.
Don't forget - we are at our new location - so don't automatically drive to the old place by mistake - details on our About Us page.