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Archive for March, 2011

Archive for March, 2011

How to use heat to patina brass charms and filigrees

Ah, brass. Beautiful brass. I love everything about using brass in my handmade jewelry … except its raw brassiness. Brass is affordable, easy to work with and available in all kinds of fun charms and filigrees. And while giving raw brass an antique patina with an oxidizing solution such as Win-Ox really is not difficult, my favorite method of coloring...

Can you spot it?

What do these 3 designs have in common? “Love Letters” Necklace “Southern Cross” Ring “Devotion” Necklace Here’s a totally transparent hint! Glass bezel cups: exclusively at Rings & Things! How will you use them?

Airship Isabella at the Houston bead show

Some neat new friends, met at our Houston bead show (we got the best photo we could with our camera) Steampunk in person The crew of the Airship Isabella paid us a visit! We love meeting our Bead Fans at our bead shows, and seeing how creative you all are. Come see us this spring, we’re on the road to...

How to make interchangeable magnetic jewelry with 1″ buttons

Mollie has been borderline obsessed with one particular item lately. It’s not a pretty gemstone bead or sparkly crystal pendant. It isn’t even new. No, Mollie is obsessed with plain old sticky dots. Almost daily, she’d ask me, “Oooh, have you tried the sticky dot?” and I’d just roll my eyes. But now I’m a convert too. Sticky dots are...

The secret discount code

. Update: See current Sales and Clearance items – no codes required! . . . .   I admit it: there is a secret discount code at Rings & Things. Through Sunday, anyway. Here it is — SALE1C4-10. How do you use it?? Order these before March 27th passes you by: 5-Day Sale! Thru Sunday, March 27, 2011: Roll into...

Help a fellow beader…

Help a fellow beader… Can you figure out… “What the heck kind of gemstone bead is this?” Leave a comment! State your case! Share with a friend on Facebook, Twitter or email!  

Picks of the Showroom!

The time for our fabulous showroom picks has come nigh! This time some of these items are “Cash and Carry” items. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit our showroom or go to one of our Road Shows, Cash and Carry items aren’t available through our online store or catalog. Most of the time, they’re one-time...

How to make polymer clay pie earrings using mini bottle caps as pans!

Hello, bloglandia! We just added a whole bunch of bottle caps to our mixed-media jewelry product line. The best of the bunch, in my opinion, is the cute little mini cap. As soon as I saw them I became obsessed with making tiny pies. It was basically an illness that I had to treat before I could move on with...

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