Showing posts with label rhinestone chain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rhinestone chain. Show all posts

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Crafter's Paradise - SAS Fabrics Store

I realize it has been 3 months (!!!) since my last post.  I honestly had not planned to stay away that long, but - as usual - life got in the way.  In the last 3 months, I have spent time visiting my old stomping grounds (the Phoenix area); I lost my poor dog that I have had for many years due to complications from cancer; my father had a couple of strokes for which he was hospitalized; I've had tons of homework for school and lots of jewelry orders.  It's been crazy, but I am still kicking and living life to the fullest!  I have lots of catching up to do here, so let's get started!

One of my favorite things to do when I visit the Phoenix area is to shop at all of those crafty supply stores I used to frequent when I lived there.  One of those places - SAS Fabrics - really is a crafter's paradise.  I started shopping there many years ago when SAS sold fabrics and trims by the pound.  Over the years, they have changed their pricing on fabrics based on yardage, but in any case, you can still get some great deals shopping there.  SAS used to sell a variety of buttons that you could sort through for 10 cents (then 25 cents) per Dixie Cup; unfortunately, they don't offer this any longer.  The good news is they have great prices on fabric trims, beads, ribbon, lace and all sorts of goodies. They sell thread for 15-25 cents per spool, and lace for as low as 10 cents per yard.  If you cut the lace yourself, you get a free yard for every 4 yards purchased!

Since I am an avid jewelry maker that likes to add bling to my creations, I have been purchasing rhinestone crystal chain by the roll.  SAS recently started carrying rhinestone chain in many colors, including the very-hard-to-find chain with the rose-gold finish.  They charge between $6.99-$8.99 per yard for the chain, but given the fact that the some of the variations are difficult to find, this is a steal of a deal.  Needless to say, I stocked up on all sorts of rhinestone chain while I was there (among other things). ;)

Rhinestone chain for sale by the yard.

Rhinestone chain in many variations - even rose-gold!

If you are in the area and want to visit SAS, be prepared to stay awhile.  You have to dig a bit - especially where the fabric is concerned - but it is well worth the time and the savings are phenomenal when compared to regular craft stores. Also, SAS now takes plastic.  (They used just accept cash and checks) and they have established a website and Facebook fan page.

Tons of fabric for sale!

Flowers, ribbons and trims!



Lace for sale by the yard!

More lace!

SAS Fabrics

SAS Fabrics

 SAS Fabrics - 9840 N 19th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, telephone 602-943-7777

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Catholic Saints "Bling" Rings

I have been a real collector of rhinestone chain these days.  I absolutely love the stuff.  I've seen the chain used in bracelets and necklaces, but I've never seen anyone use it in rings.  Until now.  I made some Catholic saint portrait rings with glass domes and some beautiful bronze bezels I'd found.  The rings were nice, but they appeared to be missing something.  So - I framed the images with rhinestone chain - and they really seem to pop.  Here's some of the rings I created:

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

Saint "bling" rings made with rhinestone chain.

St. Dymphna ring - side view.

St. Dymphna ring - front view.

St. Edith Stein ring.

St. Edith Stein ring - side view.
I really love how the rhinestone chain makes the rings sparkle.  Perfect for the holidays!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Triple-Layered Crucifix Crystal Necklace

A dear friend of mine, Kama, had a birthday last week.  Kama has a really vibrant personality - and wouldn't you know it?  Her favorite color is red - such a fitting color for her.  I wanted to make Kama something special for her birthday - so I made her a triple-layered crucifix necklace which features bright red AB Swarovski crystals and rhinestone chain (with earrings to match).  I'm happy to say - Kama loved it!

Here are some pics of the necklace and matching earrings:

I had a great time making the necklace and I'm tempted to make similar designs in different colors.  I've been collecting rhinestone chain and rivoli stones like there's no tomorrow and I have a ton of beads.  Looks like I've got some creating to do.....
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