Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The January-April Class List Is Now Ready!

At Stony Creek Bead, we are big believers in learning the basics, and learning them well.  After all - if you are struggling with the basics, it is hard to play and be creative.  For that reason, we are offering the Basic Stringing and Wrapped Loop techniques at least once a month. 

As you read the class descriptions, please take note of any prerequisites that may be listed.  If none are listed, then assume you can join in no matter what your skill level is.  If you are unsure of a class and the techniques used, please ask and we can go over what is involved.  We want to make sure that you have a fun and successful class!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

You Are Running Out Of Time

But, do not worry-- we have a lot of these holiday earrings made up and ready to go.  Yes, you can say that you made them (we won't tell).

All of these (and more) are only $8.50 per pair.

Something to Remember Her By

Many of you have asked, and yes, we still have some of Lil’s finished bracelets and earrings for sale.

We will have them available until the end of the month and then we need to send them back to her husband.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Second Class Just Added

We just added a second session for the White Glacier Earrings! Both classes will be held on Saturday, December 8th. There are spots open in both sessions, so call to sign up for either the 10:30 am class or the 2 pm class. 734.544.0904.

While meeting with Liz about this second class, she suggested that we show you some other option of beads you can use in her design. Here are just a few.

Something to think about—pictured is an earring, but why not make this into a pendant? Hmmm… the possibilities!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Are You Ready For The Holidays?

Who is on your holiday list?  Your... sisters, mom, grandamas, aunts, cousins, teachers, bus driver, postal carrier, party hostess...  whew, you better get started now! 

No matter what your budget is, we have a project for you.  This year our Cassiopeia earrings have been really popular.  Come in anytime and we will help you pull the beads for this pattern. 

Did you know that the Cassiopeia pattern is also available online?  Click here to view this and our other patterns current available in our Etsy shop.

Short on time?  We have a lot of holiday earrings already made up.  Most are only $8.50 per pair, so they are the perfect gift.  (Go ahead -- tell them you made them.  We don't care.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Buckaroo Beads - Art Bead Show

Nov 17      
10 am - 4 pm

Sandra Helm will be our last featured artist of the year.  She just told us that, as she is preparing for this show, she is keeping the holidays (and holiday gifts) in mind.  Sandra will be featuring, small, very decorative earring sets.  Buy several!  Earrings are great for everyone on your list... teachers, boss, postal carrier, bus driver, mom, sisters, aunts, as a hostess gift, and … you!  

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Night With The Artist

Wednesday, Oct 24   
4-7 PM

Susan Hager

This will be a smaller, more informal affair than our usual all-day shows. It will provide a better chance for you to chat with Susan about her process of bead-making, or how to use her lampwork in your designs. Everyone is sure to be inspired.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jenn Is Published Again

Jenn's pea pod earrings have made it into another book.  Check out page 36 in the new Project Earrings book by Kalmbach.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Turtle Soup Art Bead Show

Saturday, October 6      10 am - 4 pm

Susan Bailey will kick off our fall show schedule.  As always, she will bring her latest beads for you to purchase as well as tons of design ideas to encourage you. 

Susan and her polymer clay beads have a big following, so we suggest that you arrive early!

Friday, September 21, 2012

New: Sample Packs!

Free-Form Peyote Bracelet
made with sample packs &
lampwork beads by Hager Studios.
During the course of business we have developed a collection of sample seed beads.  These bags may be new colors from the manufacturers, leftovers from samples we have made, etc.  We are now offering them to you at a deep discount ($.25 - $2.00 per bag). 

These sample packs are great for embroidery projects, free-form peyote, fringe, etc. Hurry, because when they are gone, they are gone!

Oh, we have discounted the bugles too- now just $1.00 per tube, while supplies last.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Fall Class List Is Now Redy!

Click Here to view and print your copy. 
I know that some of you have trouble with Google, so, if you have trouble viewing it, shoot me an e-mail and I will send the pdf to you. 
Thank you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Beads!

We just opened the box of new lampwork beads from Grace Lampwork, including these adorable acorns. 

What will you do with yours?

A New Bead Store In Town... Well, At Least For One Day!

Saturday, September 15.
10 am to 4 pm.

Every year Stony Creek Bead hosts a Czech glass bead show, and over time it has grown bigger and bigger! Nathan, our sales rep, says that we have not even shown our customers half of what he has to offer. To better accommodate MORE BEADS and the growing number of bead buyers, Stony Creek Bead is renting another storefront just a few doors down from our current location!

This event is one day only. Mark your calendar and make plans with your friends to attend.

Store address: 2060 Whittaker.
Show address (just a few doors down): 2090 Whittaker.

Jenn Is In The Newest Bead & Button

Jenn's Bead Queen Scepter made it in the "Your Work" section of the October, 2011, Bead & Button Magazine. 

The pod beads near the top are by Turtle Soup Beads.

If you want to see the actual piece, it is on display here at the shop.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hager Studios at Stony Creek Bead

Hager Studios Glass Art Bead Show
Saturday, August 11th        10-4

Susan Matych-Hager, of Hager Studios, is best known for her incredible floral designs, her clean dots & swirls, and her overall sense of color.  On Saturday, August 11, Susan will bring her entire collection of beads, along with several samples for you to look at, admire, and purchase.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Show off and win!

Update- 7/8/12- Congratulations to Amanda Holm, winner of our Facebook drawing.  More opportunities to win are coming!

We want to see your best beadwork.  Post a picture of your best work onto our Facebook page by July 8, 2012.  (One per person, please.)  Everyone who posts their work will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 20th Anniversary Gala Event & Dinner for the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild ($40 value).

Members of two local guilds - the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, and Glass Act, the Southeastern Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild – have teamed up (one from each Guild) to create amazing pieces of jewelry, wearable art, or other decorative art. 

The chosen theme for the Synergy Collaboration is “Yeah… Detroit. So Bead It!”  The artists were asked to create a piece of art that symbolizes Detroit to them personally.  Members from both of these guilds are some of the most talented artists in the area, so it should be a wonderful show.

The finished pieces will be on display at the City Gallery in the William M. Costick Activities Center in Farmington Hills, which is where the Gala Event will take place on October 6, 2012.

Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Gala event are now available for purchase at our store.

One final note:  Your privacy settings on facebook will dictate who gets to see your beaded artwork!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just in time for summer... sea glass!

This line of etched, glass beads will look perfect in your summer jewelry designs. Not sure what to do with it? Then check out the article in this issue of BeadStyle.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Beads From Turtle Soup Beads

Susan Bailey of Turtle Soup Beads brought in some of her newest designs.

This is just a small sampling of what we now have.  Susan also left smaller, coordinating beads. 

Fresh, wonderful colors and even more sparkle!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Check Out The New Stringing Magazine

The new Stringing Magazine has just arrived.  On page 41 (project number 17) is a bracelet by Erin Siegel, which features raku beads by our very own Duane Collins! 

It just so happens that we just got in a new shipment of Duane’s amazing beads.  This shipment included more of the popular owl pendants, new designs/shapes of beads, and single beads (to mix and match in your designs).  So, if you wanted to make the project in the stringing magazine, now is the perfect time to select beads.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Apollo is back

We have a group of Toho beads that is called the Apollo line.  What makes this line unique is that part of every bead is covered in copper.  While the Apollo line comes in several colors, the turquoise is the most popular (and the hardest to order from our supplier). 

We have the turquoise Apollo beads (size 11, 8, and 6) back in stock.  Now, for the first time, we also have them in the 1.5 and 4 mm cubes!  Quantities are limited, so come in soon for yours.   

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sign Up Now!

The Saturday’s class (NYC Bronze Age) kicks off our new Spring-Summer schedule.  There are a few spots in this class, please, call if you are interested.  Other classes are filling up (a few already have wait lists), so please sign up as soon as you know a class will fit your schedule.  Thank you!  734.544.0904

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The New Class List Is Ready!

The Spring-Summer class list is now ready.  Click here it view and print your copy.

But wait-- we are not quite done with the January-April list.  There is still room in these last three classes.  If you are interested in joining us, call the store for availability.  734.544.0904

Intro to Bead Embroidery   
Sunday, April 22       
11:30-1:30                   $30
Try your hand at “painting with beads!”  On a small scale, you will end up with a great little pendant or charm.  Of course you can choose a larger project!  Instructor: Sue Schwartzenberger

Syncopated Rhythm           
Thursday, April 26     
6-8    $30
Never underestimate the importance of the accent bead! Using the Right Angle Weave stitch will get you into an easy work rhythm that moves along.  This one makes an impressive gift, yet doesn’t take long to make.  Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger

Lucy Bracelet   
Saturday, April 28     
10:30-12:30       $30
‘Lucy’ is a nick-name for the Lucite beads that are featured on top of a Peyote Stitch band   Instructor:  Sue Schwartzenberger

Friday, April 6, 2012

Humblebeads Art Bead Show & Book Signing

Humblebeads Art Bead Show & Book Signing     
Saturday, April 21      10 am – 4 pm

Bead artist and author Heather Powers will be selling her latest beads at Stony Creek Bead on April 21st.

Heather's beads are inspired by nature - birds, woodland creatures, tree branches, leaves, and sundries from the sea.  Her beads have been featured on HGTV, in Stringing, BeadStyle, and Beadwork magazines, and more.

Heather will be signing copies of her book, Jewelry Designs from Nature.  If you already have this book, you know how great it is.  If not, then we will have copies for you to purchase.  Heather’s book has a collection of 32 projects – necklaces, bracelets, and earrings – that combine easy jewelry-making techniques with spectacular components and artisan-made beads.  You will learn how small details can elevate a design from ‘simple’ to ‘striking!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ooo... Raku!

We are now carrying raku by Michigan artist, Duane Collins.  Due to the reflective nature of the finish on this type of pottery, the attached picture does not show how beautiful these pieces really are.  Take my word for it, they are amazing!  Come in to take a look for yourself.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hot New Item—Silk Ribbon

Our silk, which is hand-dyed in the USA, comes in a huge variety of colors and finishes.  How do you use it?  Well…

Stephanie slid on pewter and lampwork beads (by Buckaroo Beads), wrapped it around her wrist and tied it in a knot.

Lori (Shimmery Jewelry) used them as a tie on her basic stringing necklace.

Those are just two ideas.  What will you do with them?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Here is a preview of the Czech Bead Show at Stony Creek Bead on March 24, 2012. 10 am to 4 pm.

Highlights of this show:
• Czech Glass- more than you will see anywhere else.
• Firepolish, including the new 2mm!
• Pewter Beads
• Glass Pearls
• Hand-dyed silk ribbon (made in the USA)
• Stones
• Crystals in new colors and shapes
• Pearls, including large hole pearls

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New Crystal Clay Ideas

Crystal Cuff- we covered a brass cuff in the dark purple Crystal Clay then layered on the crystals. We carry several different widths, so you could play with more complicated designs if you wanted to.

Key- Jenn covered her house key in the dark purple, layered in the crystals, and then brushed the entire surface with mica powder.  How fun is that?  She has carried the key around for a while now and it shows no sign of wear & tear.

Look For Us In Bead & Button

Jenn's Fuchsia Necklace is in the "Your Work" section of Bead & Button.  (Page 19 in the April, 2012, issue).  She is honored to share the page with Susan Matych-Hager (Hager Studios) and her partner Kathy Petersen.

If you love Jenn's fuchsias, we are having an earring class on how to make them on Saturday, March 31 at 10:30.  Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time.

Happy Beading!

Friday, February 3, 2012


Crystal Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that cures without heat.  Simply put a small mount in one of the many forms we carry and then layer on charms, pearls, crystals…

But do not stop with just jewelry.  You can apply the clay and crystals to the heels of your favorite shoes, your pens, your cell phone cases, your…  well, the possibilities are endless!

We are carrying the full line of colors (18 in all) as well as a nice selection of the chaton crystals.

Click on the attached link to learn more.  Have fun!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Grace Lampwork Beads

New beads just arrived from Grace Lampwork Beads. Grace is a master when it comes to designs, colors and techniques. Here is just a small sampling of what we have.

Note: We also received a whole tray of boro glass from Grace, but it just does not scan well. So, make sure to look at it when you come in next!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A lot of new product has arrived this week!

New focal pieces from Turtle Soup Beads. I am having a hard time picking out my favorite. I already bought one (see the necklace) but I have plans for many more. So, if you want one of these beauties, do not wait too long!

More Chinese crystals including the very popular 2x3mm. These go fast, so come in ASAP for yours.

The Venetian Glass Bead book by Kathy Fox. This book has 24 new projects and a lot of great history on beading, on bead trade, and on bead production.


Cool Copper Earrings
Feb 18th, 10:30-12:30
A few of you have commented that, when you click on the class list link, Google Docs asks you to sign in. It appears to be asking only those of you with account to do so, everyone else bypasses this screen.

So, if you click on the link and it asks for a password, please enter your account information. After that, the class list should pop right up.

If it still does not, then send us an e-mail and I will send it to you in an adobe file.

Thank you to Judy K for the heads up!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January-April Class List

The January-April, 2012, class list is finally ready!  Click here to print your copy.

The pictures never do the projects justice, so come in to the store and see them for yourself. 

While you are here, sign up for a class and reserve your spot. 

Hope to see you soon.  Happy Beading in the New Year!