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Archive for November, 2010

Archive for November, 2010

“As seen in”: December/January BeadStyle magazine

“Purple often suggests refinement, grace, and elegance. To me this shade is just calming.” That’s what Jane Konkel said about some attractive resin tube beads from Rings & Things that she used in her “Take a Look at Lilac” jewelry set: Calling it a “New Fave”, Jane paired this resin tube with some of our popular glass faceted round beads,...


Cool bead alert: powdered-glass donuts

Cool bead alert! We’re told these invitingly inexpensive, glowingly colorful powder-glass “donuts” are made by crushing solid color seed beads.* Recycled-glass wafers like these have been popular at our BeadTour bead shows. Look for them in your city soon (next spring), or order some now! *Beadmakers might be interested in the process of making these discoidal darlings. In a nutshell:...


Cheapskate booth ideas

Ever do craft / trade shows?  Wendy Rosen is going to save you some money.  And hassle! Cheapskate Booth Ideas See 20 Cheapskate Booth Ideas (and more) at Wendy’s Facebook page!  ….Please note that if you become Wendy’s “FB friend”,  you’ll receive more booth ideas, plus tips about wholesaling to shops and galleries! PS: for extra ideas, check out Tradeshow...


“For a holiday gift, I hope for __________ from Rings & Things.”

How do you finish this sentence? “For a holiday gift, I hope for __________ from Rings & Things.” <|:-) Leave a COMMENT below, for a chance to WIN a bag of HOLIDAY BEADS!  And for extra brownie points, tell a friend to stop by & do the same. Here’s what some Facebook friends said… TheCraftaholic Diana Gonzalez bezel rings. Lynn...


Design challenge: exclusive glass bezels & tiles

We issued a design challenge to some Rings & Things Blog Partners… “What would you make with new, Rings & Things exclusive…glass bezels & glass tiles?” Stay tuned for the results! (Hint, we’ve already seen some, and they’re wonderful.) In the meantime: curious to be a Blog Partner? And, you can buy glass bezels & glass tiles from us too!


Metal charms

We get a lot of requests from you for metal charms. Metal does have its charms Peek at the newest & coolest! My picks: 1. A fresh crop of delicate leaf-shaped sterling charms: 2. Rhinestone metal cross charms: 3. Textured brass cut-outs and charms: I want to know, what’s your favorite metal charm lately? Leave a comment!


Product Testing: Radishes Required

Yesterday was an eventful day for product testing! We sent the obligatory email telling people not to worry about “the strange plastic smell’ that arose from testing some non-toxic faux enamels. We decided to add a great new riveting tool ~ watch for it in December. We also tested the usability and effectiveness of various patinas and metal treatments. It...


In the workshop…with some rivets

A peek at one in the series of free workshops we often hold in the Rings & Things showroom: A riveting workshop, with Polly. Riveted, mixed-metal jewelry, hot off the anvil! Riveting jewelry is fun–with parental supervision. Call it a notebook charm, call it a hinge… …it’s handmade, unique and beautiful!


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