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Archive for March, 2010

Archive for March, 2010

Fern green & provence lavender

These are the new Swarovski colors! Fern green (color #193) sprouts up with an organic, woodsy tinge, making a great springtime addition!  Puts me in mind of our coastal rainforests here in the Northwest. Provence lavender (color #194) evokes an impression of peaceful fields in the south of France.  You can practically inhale the bucolic bliss While they each have...


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…

“…stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” Here’s a clue to what the R&T BeadTour crew willingly goes through, to bring beads to your town! Yesterday’s bead show in Denver was up against a major snowstorm.  Our bead-truck driver and road crew, coming from Omaha, squeaked in ahead of the blizzard. 2 of us flying in...


The key to etching

As seen in… …Belle Armoire‘s Spring 2010 issue (Vol 6, Issue 1 — pp 60-65). Explore the symbolism of keys and the versatile design options offered by choker cables from Rings & Things. Our chokers are available in base and precious metals, velveteen, leather and more! Also in the spirit of this Belle Armoire article, Rings & Things carries a...


Another way to score great beads

We’re always working hard to bring you wonderful beads.  Here’s a hint you won’t get from any other bead supplier: Dig the beads! Literally.  Most towns have older areas where nobody lives (anymore).  You may spot old trash or bottles on a hillside, etc.  Take your shovel there, and see what you find: ۰ I found the 1930s-40s Czech glass...


Featured totally obscure item: necklace extenders

There are so many kinds of jewelry findings, we figured we should feature some just to let you know they exist — like necklace extenders! Necklace-extender findings are a big help to anyone who owns jewelry. Add just one of these to your jewelry box, and double the number of necklaces at your disposal. How can that be? A necklace...


A peek inside: judging R&T’s contest

Some of you have been curious to know more about the inner workings of R&T’s yearly contest, so our Melissa kindly provides a glimpse… Contest Judging Is Under Way We always love to watch the entries roll in for our annual Your Designs Rock! Contest, and this year has been no different! We enjoy seeing familiar names, and we’re equally...


R&T style — it’s not just the beads

One of our crew discovered that safety glasses can be as stylish as beads any day… * PS, congratulations on the birth of your kid, Josh!


Design Gallery tip 2: “Only at our bead shows”

This week’s second post about R&T’s Design Gallery: A new category shows off designs made with stuff you’ll find “Only at our bead shows“. Keep your eye on this one.  It’s fun to have a glimpse at the unique beads we take ‘on the road’. Kind of makes you want to make sure you’re at our next bead show in...


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