Upgrades

We have hinted that we have a lot in store for you in the coming year.  There are a number of cool things on the horizon, spread throughout the year.  It’s time to let you in on one of the things that is going to happen quick.

We are changing our website.  Don’t worry too much, the core of it will be the same.  What we are doing though, is changing some navigation to make it easier to find the things that seem to be asked about the most.  For example, scales will get it’s own category.  We are also going to tweak the site search engine to also make it easier to find the things you are searching for.   We will be adding a feature or two that we are not ready to give away just yet, and we will improving some of the functionality for you.  Most of these changes will be slight and you will start to see them over the next week or two.  Sometime in January, we will do a big update, and that will require the site to be down for a short bit.  Not to worry, we will give you warning so we don’t scare you too much.

Sometime after that big update, we will start in with the big surprises.  😀

Holiday Shutdown

It’s that time of year again where we have to count all the little rings and findings.  We’ve been training the dogs to help, but that hasn’t gone very well.
If you have been with us for a while, you know we close down for a bit to count, and so everybody here can spend some time with family and get some rest before we hit the grindstone again. (And boy do we have a lot of plans for you next year)  If you are new to us, well, now you know.
This year we will close December 23rd at 3pm, and re-open January 3rd.

Also don’t forget inventory also means end of the year sale items.  Make sure you keep an eye out for them in January.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate.

Don’t forget, It’s In The Maille!!!

Anodized aluminum

We get questions almost daily about AA.  Some are easy to answer, some are not.  Some we are not ready to answer.  This post will take care of some of all of those.
First, we want to remind you we have a page set up specifically to show what AA is out at the anodizer and being worked on.  You can find it here:

AA stock page

Now, what’s not on that list.  12g AA.  Have no fear, all the colors we don’t currently have in stock are out at the anodizer in addition to what is on that list.  All of the 12g rings, and most of what is on that list, we hope to have back in just over a week.  There are a couple that will take a week or so longer.

****BIG SURPRISE REVEAL TIME*****
Also not on that list, but at the anodizer (and in the little longer category) is 20g 1/8″ Black.  That’s right, we have started making 20g AA.  This is a long term project.  The rings are so little, they take so long to make, so we have paced this project for the YEAR.  The listing for them is already up on our site, but only available colors are up. (Currently just red)  As we get colors back, we will add them.  We chose to do it this way so our “Notify when back in stock” feature doesn’t get flooded.

***SECOND BIG SURPRISE REVEAL TIME****
Can you handle a second surprise?
If not, stop reading now, if you think you can, read on.
We are also starting to make 16g 3/16″ AA.  They should start showing up in a little over a month.  These are a little faster to make, so we are likely to put up a block of colors at a time.

As always, we are happy to look at making other sizes, but we need to hear from you to do so.  So, if there is another size you would like to see us do, let us know.

And remember, It’s in the Maille!!

 

 

Holiday closing

As a reminder we will be closed December 24th through Jan 3rd, re-opening on January 4th.  We use this time to do our year end inventory, and allow our employees to spend some time with family.  While our physical store will be closed, you can still order online.  There will be VERY LIMITED shipping during this time.

We had a wonderful year again, and hope you did as well.  We have many new things in the works for you for next year, so be sure to keep an eye out.

November

If you have been around us any length of time, you know that we have a sale in November. (And if you didn’t, consider this your notice)  You also may or may not know we have been known to pull some shenanigans around said sale.  We are happy to say this year won’t be any different.
What can you expect?  Oh boy, we have a lot planned for you.  While we don’t want to give away all the fun just yet, we will tell you that a certain all niobium Maillstrom pendant is VERY likely to make a return, and there is a pretty good chance there will be a matching earring kit.

Ring stats

We still get a lot of people asking how many rings are in an ounce, what is this size in metric, and a list of other questions.  While we don’t mind answering these questions, we have tried to make it as easy for you as we can.  On any given ring listing, if you look at the the description (you may have to scroll depending on your monitor resolution) you will find most, if not all, the information you are looking for.

This information may be displayed a little differently on some listings, like Silver,  but the same basic information should still be there.

Holiday Closing

It’s that time of the year again.  Time to count all those little rings and findings, and  beads and……..

Our physical store will be  closed Dec 24th through Jan 4th.  You may still order online, but there will be VERY LIMITED shipping during this time as well.

Not only do we do inventory, but this is a time for all our staff to spend a little time with their families before before coming back here and getting you all the awesome you order.

 

From the entire staff here, we thank you for allowing us to do what we love, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate it.

Bead and Button

No, we won’t be there, but  Christine Wilson of  Brewed Adornments will be, and she will be teaching some very nice new designs featuring our square wire rings.  Have a look at these and if if you see one you just have to learn, make sure to sign up.  They are sure to fill fast, so don’t wait too long.

Elemental Set Facebook

B151049, Elemental Bracelet and Pendant Set

http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b151049.html

 

 

 

 

Reiver Set Facebook2

 

B151046, Reiver Cross Bracelet and Pendant Set

http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b151046.html

 

 

 

Reiver Single Facebook2

Reiver Cross Single Row Bracelet

http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b151057.html

Illusion

Here is another free project for you, this one from Paula over at Flutter by kisses.  Yup, the same great mind that brought us the sunburst, now brings you Illusion.  If you have been looking for a use for the new 12g 1″ niobium rings we have, here it is.

illusion  Paula gave us permission to post ring sizes, and even did a quick write up on assembly:

working from the middle out:
1 – 18swg 7/32″ Nb ring
1 – 14awg 5/8″ Silver Fill ring
1 – 12swg 1″ Nb ring

joining rings:
attach the 7/32 ring and the 5/8 ring together with 2 – 18awg 1/4″ rings

attach the 5/8 & 1″ rings with 3 – 18awg 9/32″ rings

put 2 18awg 7/32″ rings on the outside of your two outside 9/32″ rings but only around the 1″ ring .. attach the 2 – 7/32 rings together with an 18awg 1/8 ring .. add one or two more rings of your choosing to the 1/8 ring for a bail, and voila .. Illusion done

On the Edge Designs

We have another design for you from Lauren at Edge Metal Designs.  The Sunburst pattern has been very popular of late, and we have had lots of requests for a smaller version of the pendant, and we came up with these earrings.  Lauren has come up with this version, and is calling it the glassburst.

Materials needed:

12 o beads
1 -20g 5/32 (center)
1- 18g 5/16 (outer)
14 -20g 1/8 rings
1- 20 g 3/32
Earwire
Double that and its a pair of earrings

Click to enlarge

glassburst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will all the different O-bead colors we have, there are tons of combinations you can do.