October 9, 2011

Time to Bead

I always enjoy the beginning of Fall and the changing of the leaves is a big reminder that I should be planning ahead for Christmas shows and gifts. I've got to carve out even more time to bead. Luckily, Magpie Gemstones allows me to get the beads I need quite quickly so I can keep my momentum going.

New pendants went into the online store this week and I'm thinking just how quickly I can make these into beautiful necklaces. The two shown here are abalone and shell inlaid pendants all set to hang on a chain, leather or bead strand. People seem to love these year round and they come to us at a good price from Magpie.

I'm seeing a strong leather bracelet trend this year and was pleased to find these flourite big hole beads in stock at Magpie. I don't know about you, but I used to find it difficult to gather beads to go on leather. The holes tended to be too small, but these are great and the colors are nice also. I can use the larger gauge wire with these and I'm also thinking about stringing them on leather with knots between each bead. There are so many possibilities.. . how can I decide?
Do you enjoy taking jewelry design classes? Perhaps you already do some teaching. I asked readers what they look for in a good teacher and put the results of their answers (and a few thoughts of my own) into this week's featured article. You can find my writing titled "Teaching Jewelry Making Classes" at the following address: http://www.magpiegemstones.com/teaching_jewelry_making.html There's nothing like an inspiring class to provide ideas and encourage you to find time to bead.

Don't forget to look for Kateri in Victoria, Texas October 14-16 at the Victoria Gem and Mineral Show. This is being held at the Victoria Community Center. We've found this to be a great show and hope that if you are in the area, you'll drop by and say hello. Just think of all those beads she will have at the show that you can touch, take home and then work up for yourself.
By the way, if you find thing getting in your way when it's time to bead just wear that facial expression that alerts others that you really NEED to bead. Beading makes me a nicer person!

. . . providing gems for your time to bead, we are Magpie Gemstones.

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