Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sonoran Beads Trunk Show & Free Project!

We are thrilled to have Sonoran Beads in the store next week for a trunk show! Sonoran specializes in American made Glass Beads, Porcelain Beads, Jewelry Kits, Findings, Wirelace and Silk Cord.

The FREE PROJECTS section of Sonoran's website is full of beautiful jewelry pieces highlighting their special beads, findings, cords and fibers.

Find the full project tutorial for
Sonoran's Rings & Ribbon Necklace

Rings & Ribbon Necklace - designed by Nina Kersten

Sonoran creates many of their own glass bead designs. One of the types of glass they use is Borosilicate, or "Boro" glass, better known under the brand name of Pyrex. It was first developed in the late 19th century and was used primarily for scientific glass due to its strength and durability. Artists have started to use boro glass for bead making even though it is a very hard glass and requires high heat to form a bead.

"Boro" Glass Rings

Boro glass has a very distinctive range of colors, often much more vibrant than the softer European glass. Their beads are made one at a time, in a flame. Because they are made by hand there may be slight variations in color from one batch to another. All of their "Boro" glass beads are American made.

Stop by Monday and Tuesday, July 9th & 10th 
and see these wonderful treasures from Sonoran Beads!

You can follow Sonoran Beads from their facebook page - learn about new designs, get free project ideas and be inspired by fellow beading enthusiasts!

Be sure to check our website for upcoming Bead Trunk Shows. Better yet, SIGN UP to receive our eNewsletter and you'll always be in the know!

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