Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Peacock Finery in Cousin Basics

Don't you hate it when you discover you are just a few beads short to finish a piece of jewellery you are designing? If you're anything like me, your original design takes on a life of its own and keeps evolving as you work on it. Isn't it frustrating when you discover that you no longer have enough of those pearly beads you fell in love with to finish your piece and you need to race out to buy more only to discover the beads you need have been discontinued?

Peacock Finery
Well, last week, I nearly fell over myself with excitement.... my local beading store had just unpacked a shipment from Cousin Corporation called Jewelry Basics. These are jewellery making staples; the sort of beads and findings you always reach for and know you can rely on to create a good base for your jewellery design.

This concept is brilliant - a range of classic, but on-trend beading basics in coordinating, fashion colours right across the collection. It includes glass beads, pearls, crystals, semi precious stones and hanks of seed beads.

But there is a whole lot more to this range too: focal pendants in a variety of metal colours, coordinating sets of charms and drops, interesting chains, and basic findings. And being Basics they can also be used in conjunction with their specialty collections. Or, they can be used entirely on their own, like this piece.

I selected all the elements for this project including the beads, chains and findings from just the one aisle of the store..... the Jewelry Basics range!

I must say, I am impressed! This is such a comprehensive range which has all the basics covered and I know I'll be frequently choosing Jewelry Basics!

If you're in Brisbane you'll be pleased to know you can find this range at Photo Continental. For those outside of Brisbane, you can shop online but you might have to wait a little while longer until the range has been uploaded. For those of you around the country, I have it on good authority that Riot Art and Craft are now also stocking Cousin products. I hope you'll check them out!

'Til next time.....

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  1. Thanks for stopping by Terri. Glad you like it.

  2. So beautiful! I love LOVE the peacock theme :)

  3. There's just something so alluring about those shimmering peacock colours, isn't there? I love them too Jennifer.

  4. Thanks for such a beautiful article Myléne. Ever single one of us here read and LOVED your post!

  5. Thank you for your kind words Cousin. I enjoyed working with the Basics collection so much - it had everything I needed for this project and then some. I'm absolutely loving it!


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