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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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beaded fan pullsI'm so inspired every day by beaders, artisans and jewelers -- and I thought I'd share just a few examples of work I've seen lately that is so creative and just plain fun! Here's one example:

Stringing beads and broken china to make a pot necklace!  Wow!  And here's another:

Jewels for horses!  Featuring creations for equestrians and the horses they love!  I'd never even even heard the term 'rhythmn beads' (beads that jingle softly to calm the horse) until I saw this.  It makes you want to run right out and get a horse, just so you can do this stuff (maybe that's just me -- just sayin...)

Finally, I was recently on  one of those long phone calls that can happen when you're trying to use frequent flyer points with an airline.  The person helping me was intrigued with my e-mail since it incorporates 'the bead' in the name, and told me about the thing that's all the rage in 'The South' where she lives -- beaded fan pulls!  I've included an image of some lovely ones here -- and here's a site that tells you how to make them.  Nice! 

Happy beading, everyone, and don't forget to share your creative beading projects with us by joining our mailing list at    We want to hear from you about what you're doing, what special beads and supplies you're seeking, and about what inspires you!

If you like this blog post, you might also enjoy previous posts on how beads are even being used in impoverished countries; one example is:  Saving Lives, One Bead at a Time.



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