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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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X-ACTO knifeX-ACTO Knife2beaded barrette

Today's post subject is not nearly as sexy as the lucious beads and gemstones we've been discussing, but a X-ACTO blade is one of those down-to-earth necessities for some types of beading projects, and worthy of our note.  X-ACTO is a brand name, like Xerox, but the term has become synonimous with 'precision hobby knife' or 'craft knife'.  This handy tool can be used for cutting leather or fabric backing for beaded projects such as barrettes and belt buckles.  It also cuts leather into fringe, a common feature of Native American crafts.  I've included a photo of one, so you'll know what it looks like if you don't already know -- as well as a photo of a project it would be useful for.  Wish me luck on finding more interesting topics for 'Y' and 'Z' over the next couple of days!  In the meantime, look over our lovely selection of beads, charms and gemstones on The Bead Collection as well as The Bead Collection on Etsy.


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