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Hematite: The Gift of Calming Energy

Posted by The Bead Obsession on 10/20/2014
If you are beading jewelry as gifts for the holidays or birthdays, you should consider using hematite in your creations. Hematite is a mineral, iron oxide, not a crystal as it is commonly called. While many stones can look similar, the heavy and shiny hematite has a distinctive presence that cannot be confused with any other stone.

The Plooper: An Innovation in Jewelry Making

Posted by The Bead Obsession on 10/20/2014
Looping, and creating consistent, professional-quality loops, eye-pins and bead links can be the difference between selling your original jewelry art or not. Traditionally, looping the end of your wires has required separate bending, crimping, and cutting tools. The multi-step process is time-consuming, even for the most experienced jewelry crafter; for the novice creating consistent loops can seem an insurmountable task. That’s why we are very excited to be able to bring you the fantastic multi-use Plooper tools from BeadSmith!