I just fell in love with this Dahlia focal bead by Turtle Soup Beads. I though that I wanted to stitch some kind of elaborate necklace. However, no matter what style I tried, it just did not do this flower justice.
After weeks of pondering what to do with it, I remembered a phrase my mother likes to say, “Simple techniques, but luxurious materials.” I put everything into this necklace: Turtle Soup Bead polymer clay beads, crystals, pearls, glass, and metal chain.
Once this necklace was complete, I realized that it was very much in the styling of our friend Michelle B. So, I named it in her honor.
We just got in four new Swarovski colors: Topaz Blend, Amethyst Blend, Crystal Bronze, and Chrysolite Opal. We only got them in 8 mm to start with as we wanted to know what you thought of them. So, please stop by and let us know what you think.
This bracelet was made with the Topaz Blend. This crystal has dark brown swirls-- a really beautiful effect that is hard to see in the picture. Also used in the bracelet are: lampwork beads from Buckaroo Beads, bead aligners, and new spacer beads from TierraCast.
JUST ARRIVED! A new line of clasps has just arrived at Stony Creek Bead. The picture does not even begin to show how pretty these really are, so come in to see for yourself.
Here are some quick facts about this new line:
•Made in Germany using environmentally- sound practices
•Swarovski crystals are used in some designs
•While they are not cheap, neither is the quality. The first time you use one, you will be able to feel how secure they are
Ask to see the samples we have made with these clasps.
As you may know, the price of sterling has increased dramatically over the past several months. In response, our metal supplier is now carrying sterling filled items.
Much like gold filled, this is still technically a plating. However, because of the thickness of the metal, and because of the process in which it was made, the silver should not wear off like a normal base-metal plating would. This is a cost effective alternative for those of us who love the look of silver, yet do not want to pay for the silver prices.
This first shipment has round wire and smooth, round beads in it. More will be coming soon.
Crisp designs, whimsical color combinations, and a great price point have made Sandra Helm of Buckaroo Beads a favorite among our customers.This is a great opportunity to select beads for the Wire Workout class on July 16th.Come early for the best selection!
Click on the link on our classes page (see words above) to print out your version.
Flexible Class Hours ~ Many of us will be staying closer to home this summer because of the crazy gas prices.If you are having a “stay-cation,” you will still need fun stuff to do!We are leaving more open spaces on our calendar than usual, so you can pick-and-choose times and projects.We need only two people to hold an evening class (after 6 PM,) so grab a beading buddy and come play!Individuals can request a daytime lessons during regular business hours.
Our very own Liz Thompson has been selected as "Ms. Michigan" in the new book: Beading Across America. She will be co-teaching a class this summer in Milwaukee at the Bead & Button show, but come meet her here first. While you are at it, pick up a copy of the book that she is in and get her autograph.
No other clay artist can compare to Susan Bailey of Turtle Soup Beads! She creates art beads with amazing detail, color and design. Susan will be bringing her entire collection of beads & many finished jewelry pieces for you to be inspired by.
Crystals- Lots and lots of crystals in a variety of shapes, colors & finishes. It is a toss-up on which style is our favorite - either the ones that have designs in the glass (stripes, dots, or animal prints,) or maybe the necklace design that comes on wire, so all you need to do is add a clasp.
Pearls- You asked for bigger pearls and more colors. We got them!
Seed Beads- 20 new colors are on the wall including several in the Apollo and Picasso lines. A few of these are limited editions, so make sure you buy enough to complete your project.
Green Girl Charms & Beads- Those of you who are familiar with these pewter charms know how fun and whimsical the designs are. If you are not familiar with them, check out the display in the front window to see what all the talk is about.
Czech Glass- We marked the new strands with yellow tags to make it easier to find them on the wall. A small problem - there are so many new styles that it is hard to concentrate! Many people are coming in several days in a row just to absorb it all.
Focal Pieces- Our table is packed full with new focal pieces, including ready-made pendants, stones, shells, & decoupage beads.
Beading Across America- This book features the works of many well-known artists including our very own Liz Thompson. Look for Liz's project (and a mention of Stony Creek bead) on page 53. See the sidebar for Liz's book signing information.
Peyote Stitch - Basic Techniques, Advanced Results. Beautiful projects using flat, circular, and tubular Peyote. This is a great companion to the Peyote Beaded Bead Book.
Endless Sparkle - Many of these projects use a lot of bicone crystals to make great designs.
The bangle on the front cover is made with our megatamas.Jenn is making this project and loves it so much that she may just have to make one out of every color (73 in total)!This issue is also filled with many new projects (not just the same ones rehashed), so come in now to get your copy!
This weekend the store was closed for inventroy. I have to say thank you to all of my incredible family & freinds who came to help. You really have no idea how much that ment to me. Thanks again & happy beading! Jenn