Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bead Club: Get One Month Free!

Join our beads-in-the-mail club as an annual member and you'll get your first month free! Use coupon code 1MOFREE at checkout to redeem your free month!

Offer Details: Offer valid for the annual membership only. Coupon is valid online and in-store. Offer expires Saturday, June 4th, 2011, at store's close or 11:59pm EST.

Pleather Flowers: New in Design

We've been loving and working with center drilled flower components for a long time now. We have finds in metal, lucite and more. Now we have our own custom line in repurposed vinyl, also known as pleather.

Available in these fashion forward color-way packs, vinyl flowers will bring your designs to the next level.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flower Beads are in Bloom

We've just dug up some new flower bead shapes and styles for your gardening pleasure. Designs for Spring and Summer can be loaded up with new flower species.

Discover our star lillies, impatiens, bright blooms, and more. Flowers in pink, tangerine, red, yellow, turquoise, and spring green jump start our summer season!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Beading Classes Spring Schedule

Spring and summer are prime seasons for inspiration, and we've got just the beading classes just for you! We are running many of the favorites along with several new classes including Torch Works, My Favorite Bead Ring, Metal Stamping 101, Altered and Riveted Metals, and more.

You can view our Beading Classes PDF for print view or check our classes out online at our website where you can sign up immediately, if you choose, for your convenience!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vintage Lace, Our Hand-Dyed Beauties

We have been sitting on loads of vintage lace and lace appliques since the late 1990s.  We purchased the contents of a fabric store that also sold beads.  These laces are high-end European from Switzerland, France and England, and most were made in the early 1980s.  We have custom-dyed this lace for use in jewelry and other personal adornment.  Colors may not be colorfast, so please pre-wash if you intend to use this in clothing to avoid running and fading. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bead Shows and Trunk Shows

Come check out our trunk show in Arcadia, California at the San Gabriel Bead Co. located at 325 East Live Oak Avenue, from May 6th to the 14th. See for store hours.

We're also bead show abound! Visit us at the Divine Bead Festival 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts, located at 31 Hampshire Street, on May 22nd, Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

We will also be in Milwaukee for the Bead & Button Show in June! Visit us at the Frontier Airlines Center from June 9th to the 12th. Check out for more details. Also be sure to check out our bead show schedule on our website for up-to-date show additions.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Larger Eyelets for Riveting

WE ARE SO EXCITED to unveil that we now have attachments for the Piercing & Riveting tool that will allow you to pierce larger holes and set larger eyelets. It's a 3/32" sized hole, and again, the possibilities and ways you can use this new feature are endless!

Also just in, several new findings for riveting creations. We have new bails, pin backs, & more!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Seed Beads of Vintage Eras

We have just come across a stash of old seed beads, bugle beads and other seed bead sundries. Most are ca. 1910s - 1950s and hail from Japan, France and Italy. Check out our latest stash and hurry! They'll go fast as they are very limited!

Staff designer Ashley Bunting created this vintage seed bead necklace, integrating warm copper accents. Mostly pretty in pink, this stunning neck piece reveals a few surprising purple accents. Ashley embellished the work with little sprigs of ribbon clippings and a dainty lavender bow. The coalescence of beads, ribbon and chain create a nest-like wrapped necklace.

Tube Lucite Beads from the 60s - 80s

We have loads of vintage Lucite tubes from the warehouse we cleaned out in 2004.

This shape was extremely popular when they were manufacturing for jewelry lines like Coro, Avon, and Trifari back in the 1960s, 70s & 80s.

So we've challenged ourselves to come up with some fun and fantastic ideas on how to use them today.