Posts Tagged ‘beading tools’

Beading with Stella Lighting

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Stella Lighting Lamp photo.I usually use a simple halogen light for beading but had the pleasure of trying out Stella Lighting over the weekend.

I give Stella a thumbs-up and here’s why:

I could see the actual color of my beads, metals and strings. I usually walk outside to see how the true color of my materials look in daylight, but this lamp has a natural daylight setting. This is especially convenient if you’re beading after the sun’s gone down.

I left the lamp on for several hours – it never got hot. My usual halogen lamp starts to feel warm after about half an hour.

Stella Lighting has 3 Spectrum SettingsI switched back and forth between the natural daylight, warm and cool settings just for fun. Not only do these options make my eyes feel fresher, it’s amazing how different the same beads look under the three different spectrums. I took pictures of my Swarovski crystal sample board illustrating the different effects of the three spectrums. This lamp has dimmer settings, too.

This lamp is portable, adjustable and stable. Since I’m usually sitting on the floor at my coffee table with the television on, it’s nice to bend the lamp to shine on my work and away from everyone’s eyes.

Serious crafters know that having the best tools makes creative time so much better. Proper lighting ranks high in importance for me. I found that my eyes didn’t feel strained or tired working under Stella Lighting. I like seeing true colors and having so many options at the touch of a button.

I’m a fan and looking forward to getting my very own Stella lamp. I’m worth it.

You can now order Stella Lighting LED Craft Lamps from the Harlequin Beads & Jewelry website in our tools section.

To read more about Stella lamps, visit the Stella Lighting website.

by Margit

Sheila Can See the Itty-bittiest Beads

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’ve all been reminded at one time or another that having the proper tools for any task will save us time and frustration. This is especially sound advice for beaders. The less we have to strain, the more we can enjoy the pure pleasure of our craft. Seed beaders, are you with me?

Sheila and her Head Loupe visor with magnifying lenses

Meet Sheila from Harlequin’s Beading Circle, a group of local beaders who gather on Tuesday afternoons to work on their latest beading projects. The regulars share good conversation, helpful insights and tasty treats with each other. It’s free, and anyone is welcome to attend. Sheila joined the fun about three years ago.

I dropped in on the Beading Circle for the first time yesterday, and (more…)