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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Chain + Metal Beads

Some great new chain this week - chain that will inspire you.
s51020 Chain - 9 x 7.5 Flattened Curb - Stainless Steel (foot)If you are trying to think what to make for the guy in your life, how about a nice, rugged stainless steel bracelet or neck chain? With matching jumprings and lobster claw clasp, you can put together a very striking look for the person - man or woman - that likes a non-fussy look.
We also have some really striking chains that are highly decorative. For instance - s51024 Chain - 13 mm Fishbone - Satin Hamilton Gold (foot)this Fishbone chain - use a short segment as a decorative element with other chains - makes a truly stunning look.
s51025 Chain - 11 mm Cheater Chain Maille - Silver (foot)And this - which I lovingly think of as cheater chain mail, gives you a super look for not a lot of moolah and much less of a time investment - with all due apologies to those who do have the patience for chain maille!
s51031 Chain - 5.5 mm Wheat - Gunmetal (foot)And this one is my personal fave - the Wheat chain. In two sizes, petite and hefty (3 mm and 5.5 mm) - it is a knock-out all by itself.
Check out all the new chain here! And look for inspirations coming this weekend that will help you use them!
s50100 Metal Bead -  Stardust Round - Bright Silver (strand)We continue to work on reorganizing all the metal findings and beads - based on colour - because that's how you told us you shop, plan, design, organize, sort, and store. This week - we have lots of lovely new Bright Silver beads!

Gift and Holiday tip! Whether for personal decorating or gifts for the hard to give to - a handmade ornament can be the gift that brings smiles year after year. Use these Snowflake Forms to make pretty ornaments that transcend the holidays!
So check out all the cool new stuff in a cool new website! Bead Happy!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

We're so excited

Two weeks into our new website and we're still excited about it. So many new capabilities. Also - vast amounts of time spent looking for stuff that we're pretty sure should be here somewhere ... . Such is the path of the upgrade!

One of the new capabilities will be to resurrect the monthly survey/prize draw that we used to do! In fact - let's do one now! How this works is, you answer some questions, sign up for our weekly emails if you haven't already (or not, your choice), and at the close of the survey period - we draw one responder at random, and they get a $25 gift certificate to use online! Woohoo! Head over to our survey to give us your opinions on handmade gifts!

Other than that - what is new "stuff"-wise?

s50895 Open Bezel / Frame -  Grande Pendant Circle Open - Antique GoldWe are very pleased to start offering some of the lovely items from Nunn Designs - in particular - the open bezel frames that are great for resin pendants!

s51138 Design Tools - 9.5 in Round Bead on it Board - Luxury Velvet/ChenilleThere are also two new sizes of Bead on it Boards - you know - these make great gifts for the beader who apparently has everything. But then, so do gift certificates!

s51081 Metal Clay -  FYI Clay - .999 Fine Silver (10 grams)Also new - a new brand of fine silver metal clay. This is is FYI (For your inspiration!) clay - which is a Canadian brand! We think that you will be very pleased with the pricing!

We also have theses50893 Lampwork -  Pendant Jewel Leaf - Autumn Turn (2) lovely handmade Jewel Leaves that have a real vintage appeal, but are modern made.

We are also in the middle of re-designing how we display the findings and metal beads on the website. In store - we organize it by colour, all the silver together, and all the antiqued silver next to it, and the gold coloured, and the antiqued gold, etc. So we are replicating that on the website. I'd like to say that it is ready to go - but as I write this, there is still a bunch of stuff to do move and re-organize - so I'll probably still be working on it at midnight. ;-)

So check out all the cool new stuff in a cool new website! Bead Happy!