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Archive for August, 2009

Archive for August, 2009

Featured bead: Hollow sterling beads

“Hollow” means a lot of different things when you talk about beads and findings.  Let’s look at hollow sterling beads… Hollow sterling silver beads all have one thing in common — they’re light in weight and they’re more affordable than solid silver beads. There are organic-shaped hollow sterling nugget beads.  They’re hollow because they’re a continuous surface like a pebble,...


Dapping tools and why you need them

Do you use metal clay?  (Like Art Clay Silver and Gold.)  Or metal sheet? If you do metalwork, making a smooth finished product is a major goal.  Dapping punches with their ball-shaped ends are a huge help.  They’re used to “dome” metal.  (So some call them “doming punches”.)  Think of adding depth to pendants…or making each half of your own...


Happy alabaster anniverary, Rings & Things

I found a website that says your 37th is your alabaster anniversary… Happy anniversary to Rings & Things!  We celebrated our 37th “birthday” this last weekend.  It was a big, fun bash.  I wanted to share a couple quick photos! Visitors took in lots of demos: wire-wrapping, SoftFlex stringing with Sara, and metal-stamping “make & takes”. We had absolutely piles...


Start conversations…about your craft jewelry

From a thread of conversation over at Twitter.  Thanks, tweeter friends! Craft business tip (1):  Always carry your business cards with you. Craft business tip (2):  Wear your craft jewelry wherever you go. Craft business tip (1+2=3):  Wear your jewelry and hand out your business cards.  It’s amazing how many people have told me about someone approaching them asking “Where...


Love our bead shows? Win a ‘Guest Bead Helper’ job!

If you live in the Northeast USA and can attend one of our late September bead shows, you could be a winner! We’re scouting for our first-ever Guest Bead Helper!  You could be an honorary BeadTour bead-show worker, with all the fame and glory that come with that honor. For our first foray into roadie recruiting, we’re looking for someone...


R&T follows the Yellow Brick Road

Also known as Garland Street (in Spokane)! Two Rings & Things artisans are featured in an art show celebrating the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”.  Appropriately held at the stalwart Tinman Gallery in Spokane, this OzVitational exhibit showcases artists’ unique takes on the legacy of Dorothy and friends. Sondra Barrington, our Sales manager by day, mixed found objects...


Big contest, lots of winners!

Announcing the lucky winners of our ‘Review a Product’ contest… Mara Nesbitt-Aldrich Maneki Christy Minnis Jody Blackwell Dawno Congratulations!  Each of you was randomly selected to win a $50 Rings & Things gift certificate. Just get in touch with me (Dave) on Twitter or Facebook to claim your prize. Thanks to the dozens of you who entered, and be sure...


September’s birthstone as a trade bead!

Carnelian is an established birthstone for September. I’ll let you browse our awesome stock of carnelian beads at your leisure…but before you click that link, let’s focus on a rarity: a carnelian trade bead. You don’t see these every day, even if you’re an African-bead connoisseur.  Five corner-cut beads to the strand, a reasonable price, and the joy of finding...


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