February 15, 2012


Do you tumble? I didn't tumble as a child being from the generation before it was the thing to do. Yet, I remember taking tumbling as a college sophomore and truly enjoying it. Now my tumbling is relegated to using a tumbler in jewelry design and since some of you inquired about how to do just that, Magpie Gemstones is giving you the free information I wrote about it. I hope this will help you get started with appropriate tumbling. http://www.magpiegemstones.com/tumbling_jewelry.html My young grandson likes to watch the tumbler go round and round and is fascinated by how it works. I like how it gently cleans and polishes the jewelry components.

Magpie had a few things take a tumble this week. An inadvertent click of the keypad accidentally removed the pictures from previous blog entries. Szarka has worked hard to restore some of these, but the rest are just gone. Another click removed many of the photos from the clients' blog and we certainly regret this loss. Why don't you help refill the gallery of client work by sending us your beauties made with Magpie Gemstones? We appologize if yours was a photo that tumbled away. Surely some good has come from this mishap. We now know that we shouldn't work on the computer while talking on the phone to our mothers. You just never know when the conversation might initiate an errant click, click, click.

I tumbled right into a beautiful group of pearls on the Magpie Gemstone site. Have you seen the new large hole pearls that are available? I don't recall every finding such large holes in pretty pearls. These are great for rings and wire bracelets as well as other things. I challenge you to see what YOU can make with them. Let's see do you want white, grey or gold???

There are some new saphires on the site now, also. If you want sparkle, tumble right over to those!

Magpie Gemstones is having a Facebook giveaway with a drawing that ends on the 25th of this month. Tell your friends to tumble on over to this link http://www.facebook.com/MagpieGemstones?sk=app_237202476309340 and sign up for a chance to win an amethyst stalactite.

Finally, while you're considering how you too can tumble, could you go out to Georgetown this weekend and say hello to Kateri in the booth at the show? She (and the beads) will be at the Williamson County Gemboree held the 18th and 19th at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.

Tumbling for you, we are Magpie Gemstones.

Karen Meador, writer

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