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Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Delights of New Beads!!

It was a long hard day at work, I was late leaving the store, the traffic was slow and I knew how much work I had sitting at home waiting for me. So, imagine my thrill when I found a package when I got home. A package that I wasn't expecting for another couple days.

Squeal of delight when I opened it and found...
 Aren't they amazing?? These little beauties came from Laura Critchfield of Chestnut Ridge Designs (www.chestnutridgedesigns.com) Laura is absolutely one of my very favorite bead artists. Every time I get  a set of beads from her it brightens my day and I simply can't wait to get to the workbench to make something bright, colorful, fun! Keep an eye on this space - I'll post pictures when I begin to use these beads.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jump Rings in Fabulous Colors!!!

I spent  a year trying to solve the problem of wanting to have colored jumprings, toggles and clasps for my jewelry. I love color. I don't want to pick the perfect raspberry colored lampwork beads to go with the amazing lime green beads which matched with the bright yellows and then have to settle for a silver or gold jumpring to attach them together - epic fail!

So, thank heaven for Parawire! They make this incredible wire in tons of beautiful colors and gauges that can be bent and wrapped and shaped - so nice! ....and so affordable!!

Things couldn't get any better, right? Wrong! They did get better! Santa brought me a really cool new toy!! A jumpring making system! The Pepe coiling machine which lets me make coils in over 20 sizes AND a Flex Shaft to cut the coils into perfect little jumprings!!

Wanna see more? www.rigglettes.com
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