Touchstone Beads

Touchstone Beads was founded in 2001 as a collaborative effort between Springfield Leather Company owner Kevin Hopkins and his daughter Molly. They combined Molly's passion for beads with Kevin's love for mineral rocks and fossils. What began as a modest 1/2 table display has grown into a 2500 sq. ft. sea of beads, strings, charms and more. Serving a vast clientele of beginner to professional crafters, Touchstone strives to be Springfield's premier craft source. Our unique atmosphere is full of passion, knowledge and materials to make your wildest crafting dreams come true. We have miles of thread, thousands of beads and crystals, both precious and semi-precious stones, learning materials, fossils, rocks, handmade jewelry, bags, shoes and much more. While our in-store offerings are much more bountiful than our online stock, we're proud to offer hundreds of beading and jewelry crafting supplies nationwide. Have a look around, follow us on social media and scroll down to view the monthly class schedule!


About the Header:

July we are all about rubies! We have a large assortment of ruby colored beads or REAL rubies you can get for that special someone who's born in July. To win some extra points with your favorite Cancer or Leo signs, let them in on some cool facts about rubies!
Ruby Facts:

-Rubies have historically signified great passion and have always been associated with deep love and courage.

-Next to diamonds, rubies are the second hardest gemstone.

-The first laser ever created was made using the red fluorescence light emitted by ruby crystals.

-The Liberty Bell Ruby is the largest mined ruby in the world and was stolen in a heist in 2011.

-Rubies were traded as early as 200BC along the silk road, and were used in ornament armor, scabbards, and harnesses.

-Back in these times they were also laid beneath the foundation of buildings to secure good fortune to the structure.

-Most rubies are mined in Thailand and Myanmar, but some are even found in the U.S.



NEW ITEM

Palm stones are now available online! Choose from labradorite, septarian, chrysophase, blue calcite, petrified wood, fluorite, stromalite, blue apatite, polychrome jasper, carnelian, orbicular jasper and rhodonite. The selection is swiftly growing and you can find even more of these stones in our retail showroom. Click the image below to browse the online selection.



Class Schedule


Our weekly beading classes are a popular attraction at the store. We premiere the schedule each month in our newsletter and post weekly events on Facebook for attendees to use as reminders. To reserve your spot in a class give us a call at 1-417-881-0223! Each class requires a $10 deposit. Act as quickly as possible as seating is very limited!

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Basic Beading

July 6th - 10:00 a.m.
Learn the basics of beading structure, as well as wire stringing, clasp options, and attaching crimps. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $15 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5




Leather Wrap Bracelet

July 13th- 10:00 a.m.
Join Laura and learn to make a lovely leather wrap bracelet with leather and beads. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4




Cabochon Wire Wrap

July 13th - 3:00 p.m.
Join Wanda and learn to make wire wrapped pendants with undrilled stones. Capture your favorite stone with sterling silver or plated craft wire. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Estimated cost of supplies starts at $20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4

Garden Bracelet

July 20th - 10:00 a.m.
Advanced Students Only! Join Jennifer for a lesson in beadweaving. Students will learn the extremely challenging triangle weave stitch to create this bracelet. $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward the purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $30 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5




Cabochon Wire Wrap

July 27th - 10:00 a.m.
Join Wanda and learn to make wire wrapped pendants with undrilled stones. Capture your favorite stone with sterling silver or plated craft wire. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Estimated cost of supplies starts at $20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4




Memory Wire Bracelet

July 27th - 3:00 p.m.
Join Shanna and learn to make a basic memory wire bracelet with beads. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $15 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4

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