Beads on the Kennebec

Beads on the Kennebec, located in Augusta, Maine is a premier beading store, conventiently located, offering a huge variety of beads, beading supplies, and classes for the beginning, as well as advanced, beader.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bead Sale and some Class Pictures

BLACK AND ORANGE SALE: With Halloween just around the corner, we’re having a BLACK AND ORANGE SALE!! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 21st-23rd, ALL BLACK AND ORANGE BEADS WILL BE 25% OFF AND ALL HALLOWEEN KITS WILL BE 40% OFF.

I just wanted to share some of the fun we’ve had lately. These two beautiful necklaces are first time projects from our last BEADING BASICS class with Marie Alexander. This set is a design by Debbie Fischer done in Wood Jasper chips and red malachite focal pieces.

The set below is by Laura Gill in Mother of Pearl chips, beach glass donut beads and furnace glass. Great Job, first timers!! (next Beading Basics class is scheduled for Saturday, December 18 10:30-12:30 - just in time to create a last minute Christmas gift)

Happy Beading,


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Keith O'Connor Trunk Show October 9th - and NEW BEADS!!!

REMEMBER: KEITH O’CONNOR will be here this Saturday, October 9th starting at 10:30, with trays and trays of beautiful and unique Raku (an ancient Japanese technique), Porcelain and Pottery Beads.  Each bead is lovingly shaped, fired and glazed by hand.   Keith will be happy to chat with you about the process and his wife Laurie is a font of ideas on how to use the beads.  She will be glad to demonstrate techniques for stringing and finishing jewelry pieces using these wonderful works of art.  Don’t miss out on fun, food and fabulous handmade beads and a chat with the artist himself.  Pictured below are samples of Keith’s work.

The days and nights are getting cooler (and darker) and the new stock in house has me really wanting to spend my evenings beading up holiday goodies.  Check out the uber bling below.  You must see  them in person.  The photos do not do them justice.
These are 8X10 mm faceted rondells in the most amazing and rich multi-colors.  Pictured are plum/gold, royal blue/plum, aqua/plum/gold.  (Not pictured gold, bronze and silver).  These come 25 beads per strand for UNDER $5.  Get ‘em while they’re hot!

Again, seeing in person is everything, but these 6mm rondell crystals are gorgeous.  They come in royal, aqua, (perfect holiday) red and green, champagne and topaz.

Pearls, pearls, pearls, in addition to the glass pearls that I showed you last week, there are fresh water pearls in many sizes, shapes and colors, from tiny seed pearls to keshi. 

FIRE AGATE is back in stock in new colors, sizes and shapes. This is just a sample.

BEAD BUCKS ARE BACK!!  Come in this Saturday, October 9th, and earn BEAD BUCKS.  For every $25 spent on merchandise, you will receive a $5 BEAD BUCK coupon to redeem at a later date.  So, stock up on Keith’s beads and get a jump on your holiday beading supplies and have FREE MONEY to spend later.  (Promotion does not include classes, gift certificates, books and magazines).

Happy Beading,


Friday, October 1, 2010

New Items in Stock!!!!

The arrival of Fall makes me want to space, my time, my beading projects. I sort through my bead tray(s), find the UFOs (unfinished objects), separate them into baggies and number them according to how involved they are to finish or fix. “Easy” being, this item needs a clasp or a jump ring. “Involved” meaning, this needs to be completely reworked or started over. Then when I have a little time I finish up one or two of the UFOs before I begin an exciting new project. BEADER’S NIGHT OUT is an excellent time to tackle those UFOs. The first Tuesday of each month (next Tuesday, October 5th for this month), is when we meet. There is NO FEE for the time. Just come on in and bring whatever project you are working on. If you need a certain finding, you have the shop stock right here to find what you are looking for. Plus, it’s a great way to meet and commune with other beaders, see what they are working on and maybe share or pick up a new trick. Call and let me know you will be coming as seating is limited.

TRUNK SHOW: Pottery artist KEITH O’CONNOR will be here next Saturday, October 9th, with a trunk full of his amazing RAKU, PORCELAIN and POTTERY BEADS. Keith’s beads have been featured in national beading magazines, including the popular “STRINGING” magazine. You will be able to see what’s new and shop his wonderful selection at a special “show price” for that day. This will be our THIRD ANNUAL Show with Keith and his wife Laurie who will be on hand to demonstrate some techniques for stringing the beads and creating closures from waxed linen and other materials. There will be munchies to pick on, great conversation, new tricks to learn, and of course, beautiful beads! Don’t miss it!


Here are a few items that have arrived this week. Stop in frequently as new beads and things arrive daily.

Beautiful Mother of Pearl Chips......................................................and look what you can do with these creamy chips and the NEW Beach Glass pendant and earring DONUTS!
Looking for something different?  These HELIX crystals are Chinese made but have all of the shimmer of the “famous” brand at a fraction of the price.  Must see in person to really appreciate their beauty and unique shape. 

Rich Ruby jade and royal blue quartz:

Glass pearls in wonderful colors for fall, (super luster):

Dragon Blood Jasper in all sizes and shapes:

And for HALLOWEEN: Skeletons carved in real bone.  Spooky.

Don’t forget, we have beading KITS now available in ghosts, witches, bats and other fun Halloween themes.

Happy Beading,