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Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Stuff

Zapper on Steroids and Moose Tail

s32915 Tools -  Thread Zap Plus -  (1)
It's a thread zapper on steroids! This bad baby is destined for bigger things! Or, at the very least - melting bigger cords. Our regular Thread Zapper II is designed to cut and fuse regular synthetic threads, leaving no ends frayed - but the Zapper Plus heats to a sizzling 2400 degrees and melts the ends of the cords so that they stay nice and tidy. Excellent for Kumihimo! 

A string walks into a bar ... the bartender tells him that they don't serve his kind there, and throws him out. The next night, the string comes back, this time, tied up. The bartender looks at him and says, "Hey - didn't I tell you not to come back? Aren't you a string?" And the string looks him in the eye and says, "No, I'm a frayed knot." The bartender is still suspicious, so he pulls out his Thread Zapper and says - "I'll re-fuse you anyway." 

26002050-00 Finding - Kumihimo - 4 mm Bead Cap and Toggle Kit - Hanger and Ring - Gold plated (1)And speaking of Kumihimo - we're collecting the Kumihimo-related stuff from around the site and putting it on one page for easy finding. That includes these very nice end cap and toggle clasp sets, bundled in nice little kits, including jumprings, to make it easy for you to cap off your braided beauties. We'll be adding more to this page - I have another stack of Kumihimo-ish stuff waiting to be added. 

But, you know, if you wanted to use these caps and clasp for Viking Knit or Dutch Spiral or Peyote Tubes, it's not like the bead police will come and get you. ;-) 

75521665-251b Rattail Cord - 3 mm Satin Moosetail Cord - Blue Bird (Spool)
They just keep coming out with new sizes of Rattail, btw. In addition to the smaller Mousetail and even tinier Bugtail, we are starting to get the larger sized 3 mm Moosetail. I called it Moosetail, because, quite frankly, I didn't think you would get all excited about something called "Possum Tail."

s32795 Sterling Findings - 23 mm Twisted Connector - Sterling (1)A little bit of this and a little bit of that new around the site tonight - I really like these Sterling Twisted Wire Connectors. I hung one each off a pair of ear wires for instant earrings - but I think they have lots of uses!

27755250045001 Swarovski Elements Bead - 19 mm Wave (5525) - Crystal AB (1)The new Swarovski Columns and Waves are starting to come in. Not too many this week, but expect a "wave" of them soon! 

s32825 Finger Protection -  Bead Nabber -  (1)
And new in beading tools - the Bead Nabber - a thimbley sort of sticky pad for picking up a single bead, or capturing an escapee bead. Please note - the Bead Nabber is fundamentally different from a Bead Napper - which is a cat that sleeps on your half-finished projects. (Tell me - how can a cat snooze on a tray full of needles and not wind up looking like a hedgehog? Hmm?) 

I'll leave you to explore, 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 t he 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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1 comment:

Genevieve said...

I always enjoy reading your posts. I have a quick question... I do some Kumihimo with rattail, so I'm very interested in the Thread Zapper II. Now this zapper has superpowers so that it can handle rattail, but can I also use it with regular threads?