Sunday, November 29, 2009

ION Orchard

Last Friday, I stepped foot into ION Orchard for the first time since its opening. The mall is huge and confusing, I think. After walking for awhile, I spotted the Swarovski crystal boutique and went in to look at the sparkling jewellery.

Their Christmas range this year is very nice and I tried on a bracelet, named
'Evening Bracelet' , in Light Jet coloured crystals. The sales lady told me that the bracelet comes in 1 size only and guess what, it fits me perfectly! It is really gorgeous with the smoky grey crystals sparkling at the unique cuts and would look very nice as a formal wear. However, at a price tag of SGD 700, I don't think it is something I need to get. So, my mission now is to find the right stones and made a piece inspired by the 'Evening Bracelet'.

Overall, it was a nice shopping trip but I don't think I need to step into ION again, unless that bracelet goes on sale! ;)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Completion of Stock-taking

I have FINALLY completed my stock-taking and tidying up the teeny weeny seed beads. I hope the revamped online shop eases your shopping experience. There are still some images waiting to be downloaded but they will be completed soon.

The new TOHO Permanent Galvanized seed beads have arrived and are currently selling at our online shop. The images are as true as they can be in my opinion but may differ slightly on your computer screen.

There are more new items to come, so do check out our blog for updates on the new products.

Happy Beading!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vintage Swarovski Crystal Rivolis & Cabochons

I am sorry to those who were unable to purchase the vintage rivolis and cabochons. I will be making another purchase and will include more new colours and types. There are no available photos to show till I receive the stocks. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Netted Crystal Bracelet

This bracelet was demonstrated during the Bead Netting class on 1 Nov. I was experimenting to hide the clasp with the crystals and it worked!

New Products - Swarovski Rivolis / Cabochons

Here they are! Stocks are very limited but they can be re-ordered if you would like to have more than the specified quantity. Please email me if you would like to purchase as I will not be posting them on my online shop.

For the Purple Haze rivolis, I have 2 units in stock and each purchase comes with accompanying seed beads as seen below.



Friday, November 20, 2009

All I want for Christmas is........

In case you are thinking what to make for your loved ones this Christmas, here are some of my favourite projects (not in any order of preference) that can be completed in a relatively short time. If you are not sure what colour seed beads to use, stick to Gold or Silver for a timeless look.

Tiffany Earrings : Simple peyote stitched bezels around the beautiful Swarovski Crystal rivolis.
Rivoli Necklace : Similar technique to the Tiffany Earrings. Simply string on the bezeled rivoli onto a sterling silver chain.
Golden Corals Necklace : Our latest class project may seem to take forever to complete, but you will be surprised how quickly you can create the necklace. If you do not wish to create the necklace chain, simply create a bail after the leaf is completed and hung onto a neckwire or sterling silver chain.

Pearly Ring : Peyote band embellished with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls. The downside of this project is that you have to know the recipient’s ring size.
Embroidered Ring : Embroider a cabochon with different coloured seed beads and sealed it onto an adjustable ring base.
Bollywood Cuff : For a dressier look, our Bollywood Cuff with Swarovski Crystals is sure to dazzle this season. Our students have tried using different materials (pearls, gemstones, etc) and they all look fabulous!

Leafy Earrings : Another simple peyote project to bring nature to your wardrobe.
Disc Earrings : Using brick stitch to create groovy disc earrings.
Freeform Peyote Cuff : This is a great project to use up your left-over beads to create an abstract bracelet band.
Vintage Glass Necklace : This project does take more time than the others but it’s my all time favourite! The necklace is made with tubular netting stitch and glass cabochon embroidered.

Which is your favourite project? Tell us about it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Winter Stock-Taking

We are in the midst of stock-taking and tidying up our inventory. If there is any item that you like and does not seem to be available, please email us as the online inventory status is inaccurate at this moment.

Thank you for your kind understanding!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Golden Corals Class

For those who have signed up for our 'Golden Corals' class, the materials are now ready for your selection. Please kindly revert to me on your preferred colour choice. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Feedback from Student

Our student, Lynda has kindly emailed me about her experience with the DesignaSeal and TOHO Permanent Galvanized seed beads. Here's what she says.

"I have tried using wet cotton buds to clean off the excess (DesignaSeal) on the quartz & it works.. neat & gd.. I have also been using Toho Silver Galvanized Permanent - is perfectly good.."

Thank you, Lynda!

Coming Attractions.....

I have added 3 more new colours of the TOHO Permanent Galvanized seed beads to the collection, which will be on sale from mid November. They are Size 11/o Yellow Gold Matte, Size 8/o Matte Silver and Size 8/o Matte Gold.

Other new products include Swarovski crystal cabochons. These are beautiful crystal cabochons that have a flat back surface, so they are perfect for bead embroidery. Some are vintage lot and limited pieces. I have actually only bought a couple of each kind because I couldn't view the pictures and only went with the descriptions. I am expecting some surprises! Pleasant ones, I hope. :)