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Thursday, November 10, 2011

New this Week!

Ovals and Diamonds, Oh My

Tis the season - for coughing and wheezing - and I am medicated up to the eyeballs on "soothing lemony hot drink" and leftover Halloween candy. So let's see if I can tell you about this week's update without sounding like an utter loon.
First up - Swarovski Ovals!
27750500065001 Swarovski Elements Bead - 22 x 16 mm Oval (5050) - Crystal AB (1)Yay for ovals! New shape from Swarovski this season - faceted, flat ovals. A shape so obvious and so useful - that rolling it out makes it's 27750500040204 Swarovski Elements Bead - 10 x 14 mm Oval (5050) - Amethyst (1)previous absence a gaping hole. What do you mean - you only JUST introduced ovals!
Oh well - they are here now - and a wonderful design element, as with any flattish bead - they show a lot of colour and sparkle, without adding as much weight as a round bead of the same size!
Two sizes and a rainbow of colours, here, Swarovski Ovals.
Swarovski Diamonds - Rhombus
34763201030001 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 19 mm Rhombus Pendant (6320) - Crystal (1)Rhombuses? Rhombii? Is the Rhombus the bus you take to get to Rome?
This new "diamond" shape from Swarovski is called a Rhombus. Harkening back to our high-school days - or daze - as the case may be - you 34763201004001 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 14 mm Rhombus Pendant (6320) - Crystal Red Magma (1)may remember that a rhombus is "a parallelogram with opposite, equal acute and obtuse angles and four equal sides" - or "any parallelogram with equal sides." Leaving you wondering what a parallelogram was, and if it was like a telegram. A pair 'o elograms? Telegrams delivered by elephants? See - I told you I was loopy today. Any way - hang a couple of these off your ears and you can be your own "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and we won't even go into the hidden, drug-induced meanings there!
Find them here, in 3 sizes and the basic colours: the wheels on the Rhombus go 'round and 'round.
What else have we got for you this week?
2472401103-01 Metal Sheet - 13 x 22 mm Rectangle Blank - Brass (1)If you want to get a'hammerin' - we have some 2472401104-02 Metal Sheet - 22 x 25 mm Rounded Corner Rectangle Blank - Copper (1)MORE metal blanks for you. Seems like every week I'm adding more of these - it's never ending! This week is rectangles and squares in various sizes. Check them out on the Metal Blanks page. Not to be confused with the Mel Blanc's page, which we don't have. But maybe should. What's up, duck?
End the sticky madness
s30872 Tools - Extra Large Nitrile Gloves - Blue (Pair)Glove up with non-latex, powder-free, nitrile gloves. Can't find gloves locally? Don't want to buy a box of 5000? Excellent for working with epoxy clays or resin or other things that get stickily all over your fingers. Four sizes, small, medium, large, and extra-large.
s30992 Findings - Size 6 Straight Channel Ring - Silver Plated (1)Not getting all sticky with, say, epoxy clay, is very important this week, as we have these totally awesome new ring findings. Hoo boy - you are soooo going to want s30996 Findings - Size 6 Flared Channel Ring - Silver Plated (1)these! Check out these "sized" channel and flared channel rings. (Sized, meaning they come in sizes, instead of adjustable.)
Just mix up a bean-sized ball of clay, push into the channel in the ring, and add bling! Banzai - instant elegance!
And speaking of instant elegance - check out this week's inspiration - which gives you a whole host of alternate looks and ideas. I can't believe we still have some of these faceted garnets still in stock - but that's good for you because this set is dynamite!
Ok - other new and cool stuff around the site, 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.


Alicia said...

I should be wishing you to get better - however I haven't laughed this hard in a looong time!
No, seriously, get better :) but keep that - what was it? elephants delivering telegrams? Oh, dear...

Lovely post - I wish I had way to TO tomorrow!

dragonjools said...

Tx. And feeling much better today too. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Help! I'm new to beading and am having a horrible time trying to understand the size of the beads.

For example the new, flat, pointed, oval bead is described as being 20 mm so I'm assuming that it's approx. 3/4" high. Is that right? Cause that seems big, no?

I don't know if I'm explaining myself very well but I guess what I need to know is this: When describing a round beads is the 20 mm the CIRCUMFERENCE (distance around a circle)or is it the DIAMETER (distance across a circle).

Thank you for any help you can give my poor beleagured little brain!

jen said...


Yes, you're right 20mm would be about 3/4". A nice big bead :-)

When we measure beads, it's common practice to measure the diameter of the bead.

I hope this helps! And of course I wish you the best in your new highly addictive hobby ;-)

dragonjools said...

The beads are measured with calipers - so length, width, depth even, are easy. Measuring the circumference - well - that would be hard work! Not going there! ;-)