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Archive for April, 2010

Archive for April, 2010

Featured bead: very vogue Vintaj®

Very vogue Vintaj®… We’ve fallen in love with Vintaj. It’s not just that this is a well-known name you can trust. It also has to do with the strikingly high quality of these “natural brass” findings. And the ingenious, carefully worked-out designs… I just have to focus in on a big favorite of mine. (Out of dozens of Vintaj items...

New free technique sheets!

Technique sheets: learn all the hottest jewelry craft tips.  They’re now right in our online store! Print them right out there, as high-quality PDFs — Or, click to add any technique sheet to your order for free. Basic technique sheets now offered include these fun fliers: ITS™ Image Transfer Solution Gluing to metal Metal stamping Epoxy resin Stamping on resin...

Featured bead: washers

Washers may be a new term to some of you…but check out how useful these are! When you hear about washers in connection with jewelry making, it doesn’t usually mean those flat, round donuts of metal that the hardware store can sell you. ‘Washers’ usually means heishi beads. Rings & Things’ enjoyable Bead Shapes Glossary gives this definition: heishi: a...

“Round out” your designs

Rondelles “round out” your designs! Get the shimmer with a trimmer glimmer… Suchlike rondelles by CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements are a shape that fits many of your designs where you just can’t roll with ball-shaped round beads. Call ‘em rondelles, roundelles, or rotunds, but they all come in the 6mm and 8mm sizes so popular among robots.  That’s about ¼...

Only at R&T, only the best: sterling ring blanks

They’re a bestseller, but you can only get them here: our featured finding is exclusive, adjustable, sterling ring blanks! As a wise colleague says, “Don’t settle for gumball-machine quality rings.” While these ring blanks are affordable, they make for a pro look, resulting in upscale jewelry of your own making. Four of these R&T-exclusive ring forms have gluing pads that...

Two great inspirations

Two great inspirations! You may have seen these in recent magazines… Here’s a pair of creations by R&T jewelry designer Mollie Valente and graphic designer Selina Shehan: The ad above features a necklace called (click the title to view a guide to making one) Cross my Heart.  Below is another of Mollie’s necklaces, As the Crow Flies. Did you know? ...

Spring supplement

Coming to a mailbox near you: The Spring 2010 supplement, from Rings & Things! Not only is the “Spring supp” pretty, it’s packed with great new stuff! Just randomly picking neat things I see in the supp, we bring you banded agate slabs, red creek jasper, shell pearls, donut holders, BeadAligners, a snazzy zebra-striped tool set, and (pause to breathe)...

Trade beads on CNN?

As seen on CNN: There was a really neat story on CNN the other day about how traditional beads are making a comeback in Ghana (West Africa). There were several interesting points made by Ghanaians interviewed in the story. • Wearing beads is seen as enhancing one’s femininity. • The Ghanaian bead industry is a good example of recycling. It...

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