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*

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New finish for filigree base metal components!

These beautiful antiqued silvertone components have just arrived!  They're perfect for creating romantic designs with a vintage look.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Another Tucson Treasures preview!

Irina has found even more amazing beads and findings in Tucson!

This eclectic chain in brass and copper is sure to add fun to your designs!  The different large links, spirals and beads are great for adding movement and texture.

Look at the beautiful textures from Lilly Pilly Designs.  These versatile pieces make great backgrounds and pendants, and are perfect for riveting and layering!

These gorgeous watches will make fantastic centerpieces!  They add the perfect romantic, vintage touch to any design.

Look for these amazing components and pendants in the store in mid to late February!

Monday, February 7, 2011

TierraCast's new finishes now available in new components!

TierraCast's new finishes, Black and Brass Oxide, are now available in new charms, beadcaps, findings and components! This creative line is great for the latest jewelry designs.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Another preview of Tucson Treasures

Irina's sent us more pictures of the amazing merchandise she's bringing back from Tucson!

First, look at these amazing hand-fabricated copper beads and findings:

These copper beads are crafted using the age-old repoussé technique. Bronze solder is used to get the gorgeous color, and then the beads are given a fantastic patina and fired with a torch. The last step is to seal the color with lacquer. Gorgeous! 

 And wait until you see these amazing ammonite beads:

They're extraordinary!  The colors and patterns are terrific, and the opalization is gorgeous.

She's also bringing back a fantastic selection of cabochons:

The different stones are exquisite!

All of this and much, much more will be in the store in mid to late February.

Friday, February 4, 2011

New Stitching Club class!

The next Stitching Club class is coming up!

Beaded Cabochon

Learn a simple technique to stitch beads on fabric to create a lush setting for a cabochon. This class meets on Wednesday, February 16th and 23rd from 5:30 to 8 pm and the cost is $24.
Call (262)641-0910 for more details or to sign up.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weekend sale at Eclectica and the Bead Studio!

Weekend Sale!

Thursday through Sunday
 February 3rd- February 6th

60% Off Stone Strands
60% Off Select Stone Pendants

At The Bead Studio!
Double Stamps on Sale Kits
$2 Stone Strands
$1 Loose Beads or 12 for $10
$1 Stone Strands or 12 for $10
*In Store Sale*

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Due to the weather...

Eclectica will be closed tonight and also tomorrow (Wednesday, February 2nd).  We hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience. 

Irina is gathering treasures in Tucson!

Each year in late January and February, the world converges on Tucson, AZ, where legendary gem & mineral shows have been held for the past forty years.  Vendors from as far away as India and Hong Kong display their wares.  There are acres of beads, cabochons, findings, and mineral specimens.

Right now Irina is browsing through the Tucson shows, finding the interesting, the unusual, and the amazing!  She'll be unveiling these treasures after she returns in mid to late February.

Here's a sneak preview of some of the amazing beads she's found:

These crackle beads are made in a new process that Irina said she's never seen before!  They're really beautiful.

These beautiful stone beads have an amazing texture and a great natural look.

Wow...these semi-precious stone inlay beads are outstanding!  These are made by hand using traditional intarsia methods, which involve precisely cutting the stone, lining it up perfectly, and adhering it together.