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red agateJust perfect for your Halloween creations -- these Red Agate Evil Eye beads are of stone that was formed from layers of silica from volcanic cavities. Agate is named after the Achates River (now known as the Dirillo River) on the island of Sicily, Italy, whose upper waters were an ancient source of this gemstone. Each strand offered here has 16 round faceted beads, with colors ranging from red to amber, as shown. Each bead is approx. 10 mm. with an approx. 2 mm. hole. Each strand is $10, but for a limited time, take 10% off with the code HALLOWEEN at checkout.

 

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beading bookIf you're a beginning or intermediate beader/jewelry designer, you may want to check out a set of cool books compiled by the editors of Bead & Button and BeadStyle magazines: Chic & Easy Beading. There are multiple volumes, showcasing over 100 fabulous jewelry projects. The authors include illustrated basic techniques sections, with all the instructions beginners need to get started on great pieces that are relatively quick and easy. You could put your own spin on any of their basic designs using higher end materials and precious/semi-precious gemstones for a stunning effect.

Here are links to the two volumes I recommend if you want to check them out:

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 2

Chic & Easy Beading, Vol. 3

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy some of our previous posts on similar subjects:

Great books on Jewelry Design

Jewelry Making Tutorials

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Learning to Design and Make Jewelry

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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