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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 ( 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!!

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