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April 11, 2005
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The Birthstone for April is Crystal
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New Products!
This week we have what all dichroic glass fans have been waiting for: Paula Radke dichroic glass charms. You cannot beat our selection. In fact, we carry the entire line of Paula's charms, and we are launching them all this week! Use these pieces as simple and striking earrings or stand-alone pendants. String dozens of them together with your favorite 7mm dichroic rounds to make a stunning geometric bracelet or necklace. To view our Paula Radke dichroic glass, go to the Glass Beads section of the web site.

Of course, we are still adding to our Delica, Swarovski, and Hill Tribe silver collections. The addition of the versatile cantaloupe color to our Swarovski bicone line is sure to be a hit for those who like to mix their crystals with pearls and stones. Pair it up with orange or green aventurine , and a multitude of Swarovski pearls . This week’s Hill Tribe additions are simple and bold. If you want simple elegance, these are the pieces to make a statement with. Don’t forget that the Miyuki Delica selection is always expanding. Take a look at the ten new colors and incorporate them into your bead crafts. Our customers are always giving us great ideas for new product, and this week we are taking one of those ideas and expanding on it with a whole new line of sterling silver oval jump rings and a 4mm split ring for your more delicate bead projects. This is one of our biggest new product weeks yet! Check the section carefully so you don’t miss any of the good stuff.

New Products!
Specials of the week
This week we are offering our popular 7-Inch sterling silver Heart Chain Bracelet for only $3.99 each! We are also offering the trendy and popular black rubber necklaces on special for only $2.99! If you were looking for another crimper tool, now is the time to pick one up while they are discounted to $9.99. This offer is ONLY for orders placed directly from our Specials of the Week page on our web site, and is only valid until 1pm (Pacific time), April 15, 2005. To purchase, click on the photo to the right or go to the Specials of the Week page of the web site.
Specials of the week
Mother's Day is just around the corner!
Our Mother's Day charms are still moving fast! Don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner on May 8. There is still plenty of time to make a beautiful gift for mom. If she is not the charm kind of lady, look into our dichroic glass section for inspiration. She is sure to love some of the vibrant colors and combinations we have there! Pair a rectangle charm earring with a mega heart pendant.
April is full of great holidays!
On April 18 celebrate National Pet Owner’s day with your favorite pal. We have a wide range of charms that will help you to reflect your pride in your pet. April 22 is Earth Day. Show your love for Mother Earth by wearing your favorite gem stone beads or animal or sea life charms.
Have you visited our Learning Center lately?
Our ideas, handy tips, and info section are full of inspiration. We recently added a lampwork bead gallery from’s private collection. These beads are not for sale, but are gorgeous examples of where your art can take you! Be sure to visit the Learning Center today.
Ideas FAQ's
Artist: C.Kimura
Everyday Elegance
This Hill Tribe silver and orange aventurine necklace is perfect with a t-shirt and jeans, or dressed up for a night on the town. Personalize it with your favorite gem stone bead (link) and Hill Tribe picture pendant for an everyday favorite. To learn how to make it, go to the Ideas section of our web site and click on "Everyday Elegance Necklace" or just click on the photo above to go directly to the example on the web site.
Q: How is dichroic glass made?

A: "Dichroic" is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles. Dichroic glass is produced by a process called "thin film physics." Hand-rolled sheet glass is fastened to the top of a vacuum chamber. The chamber is heated to approximately 300 degrees, and after a vacuum is created, metals such as titanium, silicon, and magnesium are vaporized in a crucible by electron beams. The vapors rise and grow on the glass as metal crystals. The resulting color is determined by the individual oxide composition. Now here's the magic! One color is reflected from the glass surface and a separate, completely different color is shown when the light is allowed to pass through the glass. Dichroic color applied to black glass will relect all the light and give you a dynamic metallic color. The same Dichroic color applied to clear glass will absorb and reflect light giving an ever-shifting rainbow of color. As you view the beads and charms on the website, keep in mind how difficult it is to photograph the dichroic colors on clear glass. The rainbow can not be captured. Each color shown on the website on clear based glass has a softer hue than the same color on a black based bead, and also a separate transmitted color when the light is allowed to go into the glass. Another wonderful property of dichroic glass is that no two pieces are ever alike. The color will vary like the dye lots in some hand-dyed yarns and the sizes may vary because each bead is made one at a time by hand. In the case of the dichroic charms, each charm is hand cut from a sheet of dichroic glass and drilled, then kiln-fired to soften the edges. Because they are hand cut and drilled, size and placement of the hole tends to vary bit. Kiln-firing the glass can also affect the size of the charms. The result is a unique charm with a character all of its own! For more helpful information go to the Resources section of the Learning Center and click on Info, or click below.
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