Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Make a Sparkling Cane Glass Necklace, Happy Hearts, Scrabble Tiles, Glass Art Jewelry Supplies!

Our friend and co-worker Anne created this fresh, sparkling necklace using a combination of our USA-made cane glass beads mixed with our color-core translucent seed beads, tiger tail beading wire, and some simple necklace findings. The finished effect is just glowing! You can recreate this look in a color theme of your choice. Here’s the basics you’ll need to complete this necklace ~ colors are up to you!
To Make this Cane Glass Necklace:

Thread beads onto the silver tiger tail beading wire. Keep track of seed bead count between the larger cane glass beads.

Slide one crimp bead and then the loop of the lobster claw clasp onto one end of the beading wire. Insert the end of the beading wire back through the clasp's loop and crimp bead.

Pull the beading wire to tighten it, leaving a little room for clasp to move around a little.

With pliers, crush/close the crimp bead tightly around the beading wire.

Use wire cutters to trim off excess.

To finish, cover up your raw crimps by closing a bead cover over them.

Voila! You're brilliant! You've just created your very own art glass necklace! Keep it going with a simple and elegant set of matching earrings!

About the designer: WHO KNEW that our friend Anne Strasser was keeping her inner crafter all to herself! Well, no more! She has made some wonderful jewelry designs for us over the past year - including the sparkling cane glass piece above. Anne wears many hats - when she's not here she is mom to two high school daughters, usually while she's also baking, cooking, thrift-shopping or gardening. Let's face it ~ she's a Martha in waiting!

New this month! Happy Hearts, Scrabble Tiles (by Letter and Finish), Superb Quality Glass Art Jewelry Tiles, Make your Own Typewriter Charms Kit, Glass Jewelry Sets! Plus, the Dollar Bin is IN!

Ooooh! A New Year and a TON of NEW goodies have arrived! Not the least of which are these adorable 3/4" lampwork glass Happy Hearts in peppy colors featuring sputnik dots. They coordinate beautifully with our Bumpy Dot mix and our Happy Swirls if you're into that sort of thing. Otherwise, a simple headpin, some top/bottom spacers coupled with our ear wires, cords. jump rings or bracelet forms and you've got a darling pendant or bracelet charm set to go!
We're thrilled to announce the opening of our Dollar Bin - yes, everything in this bin is under $1.00 ~ this is a really fun way to shop for first quality craft and jewelry items at bargain basement prices. Click to see what's NEW for Jan10, and review what treasures you might have missed for Dec 09! We also are still cataloging the very END of our Fall 09 Boatload shipment - all worth checking out ~ especially with 20% savings!
Meanwhile, LOVE is in the air and we've got some great inspirational goodies for Valentines Day ~ which also tend to work out very well for Mother's Day too. Our number one hands-down favorite for Valentines Day designs would have to go to our Pink Hearts Jewelry Maker's Mix.
Sneak peek alert! Some of our Feb10 items are in including all new handblown lampwork jewelry sets - featuring butterflies, hearts, or starfish. Some on cords, some on organza - great gift ideas for Valentines, Mother's Day and Teacher appreciation time!
New scrabble tile single letters are here! In addition to our scrabble tile lots, we've added Scrabble tile singles, in either vintage/used or new finishes. Just glue a bail to the back with e-6000, Weldbond or Diamond Glaze, seal the front if desired, String on our ball chains, cords or necklaces to finish, and you have an instant personalized gift on your hands.

Somewhat related - perfect for customized bracelets and necklaces - our brand new Typewriter Key charm kits are here - complete with 16 rimmed charm bases, 16 adhesive epoxy domes (very hard to find!), and 32 distressed alpha typewriter stickers.
Combine with our memory frames and altered art/photo charm blanks, ball chains, jump rings, neck cords, large-holed beads, bali spacers, jewelry maker's mixes, etc. to make beautiful altered art jewelry in a flash!

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