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Get Your Margaritas Here

No, not that kind of margarita… These crystal charm designs are so easy to make! Grab a tasty beverage and a friend or two and have a good time making margarita trees all evening. So… why am I calling them margarita trees? The “branches” of these sweet tree designs are made with the Swarovski sew-on stone Article 3700, known as...


Spring 2013 Pantone Color Trends Giveaway

Enter to win our Resin Flower Gluing Kit. Just comment at the end of this post  — by May 6, 2013 — with your favorite Pantone Spring 2013 Color Trend to be entered into our drawing. In celebration of Spring, here are the Spring 2013 Pantone Color Trends. Just click on any of the color swatches below and find the treasures available in our online...


The Bead Bandit: make masculine beaded men’s jewelry!

Well, hello there, bloglandia. Do you ever feel like most jewelry findings are designed to look feminine? Even if they aren’t frilly or covered with hearts and flowers, there is often something innately delicate about most DIY jewelry findings. When you want to make beaded men’s jewelry, it can be a problem. Crimp beads and bullion just don’t look that...


New Beads on the Block – Gemcolor Crystal Pearls!

Hi bloglandia! Take a look around and what do you see, fashion wise? That’s right: color. Big bold blocks of vivid color. Incorporate this season’s love for pure color into your jewelry designs with Swarovski “gemcolor” crystal pearls. I really love gemstones natural variations in color. However, even I am a fan of these not-so-natural crystal pearls. They are just...


Pretty in pearls – freshwater keishi pearls for jewelry designers

Hi bloglandia! Pearls are a standard in jewelry, yet the shapes and colors available these days are anything but! Keishi pearls are actually collapsed pearl sacs. To me they look like shimmery, shiny souffles that have drooped into ruffly, lacy waves. The picture below shows several shades of tip-drilled keishi pearls, including the rose ones Sondra used in the above...


Torch fired enamel jewelry ideas

Torch fired enameled metal is really (really!) quite beautiful! We recently added a selection of artisan copper components from C-Koop Beads. The colors are deep and lustrous due to the layers of glass fused to the surface of the metal, and since they are handmade, each one is slightly different. Here are a few of the mixed-media jewelry pieces our...


Fall color trends: new crystal color combinations for jewelry designers

The fashion world is always on fast forward. While we are living in fall 2011 (at least last time I checked!), designers are already planning for fall 2012. Hence the debut of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS fall/winter 2012/13 crystal colors – *antique pink and denim blue – in fall 2011! I am actually pretty fond of the 2011 fall Pantone color scheme...


Product spotlight – new large-hole metal beads

I’m not one to exaggerate, but really, we’ve got a bazillion new metal beads in our online store! Most of them have large holes, too – perfect for all the leather and Pandora-style jewelry that is so popular these days. Toni’s bracelet design allows the cube bead to make a statement. Whether you prefer antiqued silver, antiqued brass or antiqued...


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