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Archive for February, 2011

Archive for February, 2011

Fickle Heart necklace

Hi bloglandia!  This is jewelry designer Cindy.  I was asked to write about my favorite piece of jewelry that I myself created for Rings & Things’ 2011/2012 catalog… I picked Fickle because I love working with COPPRclay.  Yes, you need a kiln (I bought the Caldera).  I know that is an obstacle for a lot of people as kilns aren’t...


Project Alert: How to use leftover beads to make a Statement Piece!

This blog is designed to address what I call “Orphan Beads”… If you are a jewelry maker, then inevitably you have some beads lying around at your house or in your studio. You know what I’m talking about; those stray beads leftover from projects past? A gemstone here, a few lampwork glass beads there. Too often these lost beads find...


What’s the special? Thru Sunday, up to 15% off

5-Day Sale! What’s the special? Thru Sunday, February 27, 2011: Create trendy designs for less! This week’s sale items include resin supplies, versatile bezel-cup findings, shimmering Swarovski crystal prisms and craft adhesives that will really stick by you! Items are 10-15% off thru Sunday only! Sale starts approx. 9 am Pacific Time Wednesday morning. Once the sale has started, your...


Trendwatch: Spotlight on Sparkly Glass!

Working with beads all day gives you a different perspective on life… Sometimes I feel as though I have “Bead-o-vision”! I notice things now that I didn’t before. Recently, while I was shopping at a few department stores here in Spokane, WA, home 0f Rings & Things, I came across a trend that was consistent throughout all of the stores:...


Tucson memories, 2011

Missed Tucson?  Missing it fondly? Either way, enjoy some snapshots we took. Enjoy our Facebook album of the Tucson bead shows!


February 28 Contest Deadline{s}

February 28 Contest Deadline Don’t delay — enter today! There are only a few days left to enter our annual jewelry and design contest! All entries must be submitted or postmarked by midnight Monday, February 28. No entry fee. We look forward to seeing what you’ve been working on! Our Early-Bird Drawing Winner will be announced the first week of...


Alternatives with TierraCast®!

Alternatives with TierraCast®! Expanded design options? Yes! with TierraCast’s new Alternatives Collection. Featured: brass oxide (antiqued brass) components and black (gunmetal) components. TierraCast Alternatives were created to fill the needs of current trends among bead stores & designers. Your favorite TierraCast beads and jewelry findings now come in these great new finishes! TierraCast Brass Oxide Finish TierraCast Black Finish Jewelry...


Jewelry Terms Decoded: Aurora Borealis (AB)

Jewelry makers have a language all of their own. We talk in gauges, and millimeters and shapes that only we understand. We don’t even realize we do it, but we do. Try asking a non-jewelry maker if they know what a briolette is or if they prefer half hard or dead soft wire. You will surely be met with looks...


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