It is the beginning of the month, and so we introduce you to our featured stone for August - Dragon Blood Jasper. If you've been shopping with us a while - this may sound familiar to you - as it was our featured stone for January, 2010 as well. However - this shipment of Dragon's Blood Jasper (yeah - Dragon, Dragon's - it gets spelled every-which-way) is more refined in appearance - with a tighter grain and less blotchy - leaning more to the dragon green and less to the reds and browns. I think this batch is more attractive actually. A few of the shapes are new - but we've updated the photos for all of them - so you know what you are getting!
The stone of the month may be an Australian Jasper - but for me, the stone of the Millennium is - well - Austrian Crystal! Or, any honkin' big Faceted Swarovski Crystal. Although - if I had to vote - this Aqua Glacier Blue rectangle (Article 4627) would surely be a top contender. We have a stunning selection of 31 new Fancy Rhinestones. These are big, dramatic stones, full of colour and light! Like a dark, dramatic look? Check out Crystal Stormy or Rose Stormy.
And what is better than an amazing and totally fabulous Swarovski crystal stone? Well - two of them, of course - but what I was actually thinking, in this case, is a Swarovski Crystal Stone in a Prong mount for that totally professional look!
Because - with this batch of fancy rhinestones - we are also pleased to present - Prong Set Stone mounts! Simply match the article number of the stone to the mount, and away you go! Each Mount has 4 holes for stringing or wiring or sewing onto fabric, or you can glue them into place. Then drop the stone into position, and gently fold the prongs down over the stone to secure it in place - with the end result looking like professionally-made, fine jewelry. Use this handy guide to help match them up! (Of course, we have other stones from our existing stock that will fit these mounts too - you may already have some! Just match up the 4 digit article number, and double check the size!)
Matching Stone Mounts and Stones. Click on the image to go to the item!
Over in the what-is-new-and-fabulous-in-hot-fix department - Crystal Rock. This is an applique that is hundreds of tiny little faceted gem-like crystals, all embedded on a carrier layer, that you can affix in one fell swoop.
Incidentally - nothing says that you HAVE to hot-fix this - you could - for instance - just glue it onto, oh, say, your cell phone, tablet, laptop, heck - purse, shoes, hat, leather jacket.
What else this week? Well - more Czech Twins AND Super Duos!
And these ancient-looking 8 mm seedbeads have been causing a buzz on our facebook page! They really do look like old trade-beads - but smaller!
And for those looking for a tube clasp with a bar, instead of rings - we have - da-da-dah! - Trombones! These come in 6 metal colours and 4 sizes - something just right for you! Use them for beadweaving projects - off-loom or on-loom, or textiles, or mixed media - or whatever suits your fancy.
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!
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!
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.