Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A blog update

First, we would like to thank you for your interest, and for following us here.  We apologize, but we are no longer updating this blog.  You can find us on our Eclectica Beads website, or on Facebook.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Beading Across America - Diane Hyde book signing at Eclectica

 On April 2nd Eclectica welcomed Diane Hyde, contributing author to Beading Across America.

Monday, April 4, 2011

PMC Certification Level II: Intermediate Metal Clay

We just finished PMC Level II.
Everyone had a lot of fun in the class!
The next PMC Level I class is September 16 & 17, 2011.
The next PMC Level II class is October 7 & 8, 2011.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Facets of Steampunk Bracelet featured in May BeadStyle!

Facets of Steampunk Bracelet by Irina Miech is featured in May 2011 BeadStyle!

Colors Available:
  • Volcanic Ice (blue, green, rust, grey)
  • Cavern Glimmer (dark green, brown, silver, black)
  • Bombay Punch (multi, gold, biege, ruby)
For more information on this kit, visit our website.

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Class Schedule for April Now Available!

The April class schedule is now available online, and also at the store. Here's a small sampling of our new classes:

Key to Happiness
Guest Instructor - Diane Hyde
Saturday, April 2, 10:00am-12:45pm
Create a whimsical pendant by embellishing a vintage key.

Spiral with a Twist
Saturday, April 30, 10:30am-1:30pm
Learn to stitch a peyote spiral rope and add an extra touch of sparkle with a Swarovski crystal button.

Squash Blossom Inspired Bracelet
Saturday, April 30, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Brighten up your wrist and the days waiting for spring. Stitch crisscross flowers using right angle weave.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

We still have room in classes!

Trillium Ring $25
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Make a fun and fashionable ring using a lampwork bead as a centerpiece.

Woven Wrist Corsage $48
Tuesday, March 22 & 29, 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Discover how to weave with wire creating a delicate cuff with a “bouquet” of pearls as a focus.

Woven Beaded Cuff $52
Thursday, March 24 & 31, 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Explore weaving with fine wire, shaping your woven bracelet into an undulating wave. Embellish the cuff with beads and pearls for a stunning effect.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Sale!

March 17th Only!
All things Green are 20% OFF!
In-store Only

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Colors of Steampunk in Bloom Earrings!

Pair these earrings with the matching necklace to complete the set, or allow them to stand on their own. Use a simple technique to link the flower and gear components together for these dangle earrings. These earrings by Irina Miech, are featured in the BeadStyle magazine November 2010 issue.

Colors Available:

  • Harvest Fantasy (rust and tangerine)

  • Denim Fantasy (yellow/orange and light purple)

  • Garden Fantasy (apple green and denim blue)

  •  For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    New Colors of Steampunk in Bloom Necklace!

    Hardware meets floral in this beautiful tribute to Steampunk. Use a simple technique to link the flower and gear components together for this fanciful necklace. Irina Miech's Steampunk in Bloom Necklace is featured on the cover of BeadStyle magazine November 2010 issue.

    Colors Available:
  • Floral Fantasy (rose, denim, rust, green)

  • Rustic Fantasy (turquoise, copper, maroon, orange, yellow, salmon, brown)

  • Orchard Fantasy (purple, pink, green, teal, turquoise)

  • Spring Fantasy (sea foam, purple, amber, plum, ivory)

  • For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    New Colors of All Geared Up!

    Add some sparkle to a steampunk necklace design by stacking crystals on top of enameled metal components. This necklace, by Irina Miech is featured in Stringing magazine in the Winter 2010 issue.

    Colors available:

  • Summer Fiesta: Colors of gears include dark pink, rust, violet, amber, brown, seafoam
    Crystal rings include multi, blue/green, dark green/gold
    Crystals include soft gold, brown, blue/green

  • Spring Bouquet: Colors of gears include dark rose, burgundy, green, periwinkle, salmon
    Crystal rings include multi, blue/green, dark green/gold
    Crystals include light amethyst, soft silver, blue/green

  • For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    Shades of Metal Necklace Back in Stock!

    String an eclectic mix of decorative spacer beads, using rich colors of soft brass and warm copper, in this simple long necklace. The Shades of Metal Necklace by Irina Miech is featured in the November 2010 issue of BeadStyle magazine. It is now available in two colors Brass/Copper or Silver/Copper.

    For more information on this kit, visit our website.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Ancient Roman Glass & Ethnic Bead Trunk Show!

    March 10th - 20th
    View an exotically intriguing collection of Ancient Roman Glass, Satin finish Fluorite & Lapis, Serpentine heishi in an array of colors, Inlaid Conch Shell and Buddha pendants.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    70% Off Selected Strands and Focal Beads - March 10th - 16th!

    March 10th - 16th at Eclectica
    Spring Closeouts
    70% Off Selected
    Strands and Focal Beads
    March 10th - 16th at The Bead Studio
    Double Stamps
    on Sale Kits
    Receive double stamps on your Frequent Beader card when purchasing any sale kit.

    In-Store Sale Only

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Spring is Coming Chain Collection!

    Base metal chains with crystal beads have arrived in Spring colors!

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    New Arrivals for March!

     New Tools
    • Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block
    • Circle, Heart, Nature, Celestial & Fun Stuff Punch Sets
    • Safety Glasses
    • Bead Scoop'n Pour Tool
    • Micro Engraver
    New Stringing Materials
    • S-Lon Bead Cord in 4-color Tubes
    • "On the Surface" New Metallics Threads
    • 2mm Ultra Micro-Fiber Suede

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    We still have room in classes!

     Drops of Autumn Bracelet $35
    Saturday, March 5, 2011, 1:30pm-4:00pm
    Using peyote stitch, create a bracelet that has the rich colors of Fall leaves, with a metallic bronze base.

     Metal Clay Basics $65
    Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Learn the basics of metal clay while creating fine silver pendants and charms (2-3 pieces).

    "Beady Bangle" Bracelet $28
    Saturday, March 12, 2011, 1:30pm-4:30pm
    Using basic wire weaving and coiling techniques create a dazzling “Beady Bangle”.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Artist & Focal Bead Sale at The Bead Studio!

    Double Stamps on your Frequent Beader Card
    at The Bead Studio on Artist & Focal Beads
    Friday ~ March 4th - Sunday ~ March 6th

    We have a huge eclectic assortment of artist beads and other focal pieces at 50% OFF. Stop in and we will show you creative ways to incorporate these focal pieces into your designs.

    New Arrivals!

    New Arte Metal components from Vintaj!

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Fun New Components from C-Koop!

    New C-Koop beads, findings, and components are now in the store!


     So many luscious colors and imaginative new shapes!  They're sure to add a whimsical, steampunk look to your designs.  Stop by and browse our great selection of these copper and enamel components!

    Saturday, February 26, 2011

    Swarovski & Preciosa Large Hole Beads

    Gorgeous new Swarovski & Preciosa large hole beads and ball drops with a sterling silver core!

    Friday, February 25, 2011

    New Brass & Copper Beads

    These versitile beads lend themselves beautifully to mixed-metal projects.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    The March class schedule is now available on our website!

    New March Class Schedule
    Now Available!

    The March class schedule is now available. For a complete list of our class projects, click here to visit our website.

    New Class!
     Viking Knit Classic Bracelet
    All Beads & Supplies Included! 
    Make this stylish, striking bracelet using the Viking Knit technique.

    Saturday, March 5th & 12th 10:30am - 12:30pm
    $46 - Intermediate Wirework
    Tools Required:  Chain nose pliers, Round nose pliers, Wire cutter, Drawplate, Chasing Hammer, Awl, Bench block, Tape measure

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Stitching Club news!

    Due to popular demand, we are offering another session of the Channel Set Crystals Bracelet!

    Make this glamorous needle and thread crystal bracelet using Ndebele stitch.  This class will be held on  Wednesday, March 9th, 5:30-8pm.  The cost is $12, and materials are not included.  Some familiarity with stitching is necessary.  Call (262)641-0910 for more information.

    Monday, February 21, 2011

    St Patrick's Day is coming up!

    St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and to celebrate, Swarovski has created a great new four-leaf clover design!  They measure 10 mm across and are available in emerald, peridot, and crystal colors.  We also have Irish-inspired charms and pendants, and lots of fun green beads.

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    The Tucson Treasures are here!

    This is the moment we've all been waiting for!

    Irina has brought back some of the best things that the Tucson gem shows have to offer!  We've been sorting and pricing and putting together displays all week, and tomorrow we are finally ready to show you the amazing Tucson Treasures!  Stop by this weekend to get the first look at all of the great semiprecious stone, chain, pendants, findings and beads!

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    New Thunder Polish!

    Another treasure from Tucson...wait until you see these new Thunder Polish shapes and colors!  Topaz, crystal, and smoky blue, with amazing finishes that sparkle and flash!  They'll be in the store very soon.

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    Stitching Club class!

    Due to popular demand, we are offering an additional Tiny Crystal Windows Bracelet class!  This class will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd & March 2nd, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  In this Stitching Club class, you'll create a lovely sparkling bracelet with herringbone stitch.  The cost is $24, and materials are not included.  Some familiarity with stitching is necessary.

    For more information, or to sign up, please call (262)641-0910.

    Saturday, February 12, 2011

    New Stitching Club class!

    Channel Set Crystals Bracelet
     This sleek, modern bracelet design is a great project!
    This class meets on Monday, March 7th from 5:30-8 pm and the cost is $12.
    Call (262)641-0910 for more details or to sign up.

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    New beads and findings from Tucson!

    Irina's found so many beautiful beads and findings in Tucson!  Here is another small preview of what to expect when the Tucson Treasures are unveiled in mid to late February:

    These gorgeous handpainted ceramic beads are inspired by flora and fauna.  The lush colors will complement so many designs!

    Irina is bringing back lots and lots of exquisite semiprecious stone strands like moonstone, labradorite, and much much more!

    Saki Silver's new line is beautiful, and it's also affordable!  These designs are cast in bronze, and they're so elegant.

    These mosaic stone beads will add texture and color to your designs!

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Our weekend sale!

    Weekend Sale!
    Thursday through Sunday
     February 10th- February 13th

    50% Off Thunder Polish Strands
    50% Off Loose Thunder Polish 
    50% Off Acrylic Flowers
    acrylic flowers 
    50% Off German Vintage Repro Strands
    50% Off Czech Vintage Repro Strands
    30% Off Select Artist Beads
    50% Off Felt Bead Packages
    50% Off Loose Felt Beads    
     At The Bead Studio!
    Double Stamps on all Finished Jewelry Purchases!
    $2 Stone Strands
    $1 Loose Beads or 12 for $10
    $1 Stone Strands or 12 for $10
    *In Store Sale*