Wednesday, December 21, 2011

New Artist- Nancy Peterson of Beaver Island Jewelry

We just got a new supplier for lampwork beads—Nancy Peterson of Beaver Island Jewelry. 

Come in to look at her fun, whimsical focals.  My favorites are the animal faces.  So cute!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Look Who Is "Cool"

We just received the new Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine. 

Who should be named as one of 2012’s “New Cool Tools & Treasures,” but our very own Susan Bailey (Turtle Soup Beads), Sandra Helm (Buckaroo Beads), and Susan Matych-Hager (Hager Studios). 

Congratulations, to all three!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New from Buckaroo

Buckaroo Beads now has focal beads!  Two trays were just delivered of focal and coordinating beads.  Come in to see this preview of her November show.

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Hager Studios show yesterday.  We hope you had a great time.  If you missed the show, we kept three trays of Susan’s amazing work.  Stop in and take a look.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jenn’s New Necklace- “The MB”

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.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just In- (Almost) Finished Necklaces

These beautiful pearls and crystal designs come already strung on beading wire. Simply add the clasp of your choice and it is done.

Since they are only $25 per necklace, we think they will make a great gift for everyone on your holiday list (including yourself!).

Last time we bought these, the sold out within weeks, so do not wait to come in and get yours!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Turtle Soup Focal Beads- Featured in Beadwork (see post below).

Here are the different colors that we currently have in stock.  Please call or e-mail us to check availability and to see what colors of crystal in the middle.

We are mentioned in the new Beadwork Magazine!

We sent in four packets of beads, featuring those of Turtle Soup Beads, for the magazines “Challenge.”

Take a look at what four different people all came up with while using the same beads.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We Just Got These New Sticky Mats In. Love Them!

New Ceramics by B R McKay

Look at the new line of ceramics that we got in.  These are by Ann Arbor artist B. R. McKay. 

The pendants and beads are perfect a carefree summer look.  We also have several pieces that would look great in jewelry for the men in your life. 

Stop in and tell us what you think.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Swarovski Colors

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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New, Beautiful Clasps by Claspgarten

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
•Lead Free
•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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sterling Filled Items Are Now In!

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.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Buckaroo Beads is Back!

Buckaroo Beads
will be at Stony Creek Bead
June 18, 2011     10 am to 4 pm

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!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Congratulations, Lauren!

Lauren Reed, a long-time customer of Stony Creek Bead, has an article in the newest Step-by-Step Wire Magazine. When you get your copy, make sure to look at her Crystal Waters Cuff on page 42.

Lauren’s blog is listed in the article. Check it out as all of her jewelry is just amazing. I see great things in the future for this young women!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Check Out The New Classes!

The May-August, 2011, class list is now ready. 

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hager Studios Will Be At Stony Creek Bead

Saturday, May 14   10 am to 4 pm

Susan Matych-Hager, of Hager Studios, is known best for her incredible floral designs and her overall sense of color. 

Please join us as we host Susan and display her entire collection for this one-day event.  Come early for the best selection!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Signing- Beading Across America

Saturday, April 16th
10 am to 4 pm

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.

Hot Off The Presses!

Two new magazines—Crystals by BeadStyle and Beadwork presents Favorite Bead Stitches. Both are packed full of great projects!

Come in soon to get your copies, especially of the Favorite Stitches. That way you can have a shopping list ready for Saturday’s seed bead sale! Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Turtle Soup Beads Show

Saturday, April 9
10 am – 4 pm

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.

Volunteer To Get More Beads!


  • Visit to learn how to volunteer to plant flowers, trim trees, etc. in Ypsilanti.
  • Get the free t-shirt.
  • Wear it in to Stony Creek Bead on May 21 to receive 10% off your entire purchase (some restrictions apply).  Please note, some of our flyers said May 12.  The correct date is May 21.  Sorry about that!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Please Join Us

A Night With Buckaroo Beads.

Wed, March 23 4 pm - 7 pm.

Sandra Helm will be here to show off just a few of her new styles, to talk to you about designing with lampwork beads, and to chat & have fun.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New from Hager Studios

We just received a new shipment of disk beads from Hager Studios. 

They are SO BEAUTIFUL, that I am not sure I want to share.  (I know I have to, but I will pout for a bit.) 

Come in soon, as these will NOT last long!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jenn's Thistle Necklace is in Bead & Button (Apr, 2011)

This right angle weave necklace was so fun to make!

We have the pattern for sale ($10).  Just call, e-mail, or come in to the store for your copy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Highlights from the Tucson buying trip...

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.

New Books to Inspire You

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.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The new Beadwork is in... wow, what a GREAT issue!

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!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New from Turtle Soup Beads

Susan just brought in her newest creations:  Button-inspired pendants.  These Swarovski-laden designs are just breathtaking! 

A Heartfelt Thank You

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