Did the little monsters leave you any candy? Still have a bag of fun-sized chocolate bars tucked away somewhere safe? Hope your Halloween was all treats and no tricks, because after the Frankenstorm - we don't need any more tricks! As a matter of fact - some of our U.S. suppliers have been affected. They are anticipating being with out power for a week!!! - so there may be a few items that we will not be able to restock right away.
Still MORE new Swarovski!
I did say last week - the new Swarovskis never arrive all at once! So this week we have more of the Mini Ovals, more of the Mini Squares, more of the Mini Rounds, and more of the new colours - Crystal Blue Shade, and Light Turquoise. You've already heard me rant about that colour! We also have the Crystal Astral Pink in more shapes. The Astral Pink, as you may remember, isn't entirely new, but is now available in more shapes and sizes. It is a stunning deep amber honey colour with flashes of deep rose pink.
Oh, and more keys too!
And, I guess it is now really time to buckle down and start making Christmas lists and planning what to make and etc. If you are wondering what to do with all your new beads, we have a few books for inspiration. Books make great gifts too - even for non-beady friends. Who knows, you might be able to convert them and bring them over to the beady-side!
You're going to want a Toronto Bead Society wall calendar - to keep track of your beady events. Makes a great gift too.
If you have a mess of female friends and relatives to shop for - Earrings! Project: Earrings has 44 fabulous designs from stitching to stringing to wirework and chainmail. If you have more than 44 women to make jewelry for - you are on your own!
If you'd rather go the pendant route - Build Your Own Wire Pendants may sound like it is from the home construction section, but is actually 95 pages of clever designs to enhance a single large bead, or to turn a handful of beads into a stylish, wire wrapped pendant. It takes the mix and match approach - you choose a frame that you like, make a bail, and then add your beads. Complex designs from simple techniques!
And, if you are dropping hints about what YOU would like for the holiday season, then you may want to start pointing your friends and family to the Metal Clay section, and have them get you a new book, like Metal Clay for Jewelry Makers, the Complete Technique Guide. This is encyclopedic in scope, (covering beginner and advanced techniques including: forming hinges, making beads, working with paper clay, adding gemstones, glass and ceramics, and syringing, burnishing, texturing and using patinas.) And, it is beautifully illustrated.
So, as always, wonderful, wonderful new things - all over the site. I leave you to explore at your leisure. Click on a link or an image to go straight to the item mentioned above, or go to our massive list of everything and look for the "new" tags.
If that page seems overwhelming - which we freely admit it is! - then try for 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.