Expand your creative powers with this encyclopedia of beads, jewelry-making and crafts information! You'll find how-to videos, techniques, tips, glossaries, charts, and more.
Techniques & How-To Tips
Stringing Basics teaches you the fundamentals of bead stringing, including how to choose the right cord, how to choose the right clasp, and how to finish the ends of your necklaces and bracelets.
Riveting 101 shows you the difference between compression (2-part) rivets, nail-head rivets, semi-tubular rivets, and wire rivets, with how-to videos and links to projects and blogs!
Metal Stamping 101 takes you through the basic tools you need, plus the basic process to create your own stamped metal charms and pendants.
Soldering 101 explains the difference between soft solder and hard solder, plus shows you various soldering jewelry projects, and links to soldering supplies.
About Polymer Clay offers you tips and hints on how to work with polymer clay. It also discusses differences between brands.
Art Clay™ Silver Basics links to several technique and instruction sheets for working with this silver metal clay, plus some basic tips for storing and working with metal clays.
EasyCast Resin Jewelry (PDF) is a free book you can download and print. It covers resin casting, embedding objects, making faux gems, and more. To view PDFs, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download).
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Gauges, Measurements, & Basic Terms answers common questions including "what are findings" and "what is a gross." Here's where you'll also find the AWG wire gauge chart, conversion from inches to mm, more.
Gemstone Beads Index
Gain insight into the origins and uses of more than 325 semi-precious gemstones, including chemical compositions, metaphysical properties, and more.
Bead Shapes Glossary
Get definitions and images for over 135 bead shapes, including "also known as" names (aka's).
About Metals & Platings answers questions including "what are base metals," "what is white metal," and "what's the difference between gold plate & gold fill." Compare metal colors and find info about lead in jewelry and nickel allergies.
Working with Colors offers you tips about color and light, definitions of basic color terms, how to choose the best metals to complement different colors, and more.
Glossary of Swarovski Crystal Effects explains the names of various coatings and foil backings offered by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.
Our Design Gallery is where you'll find 100's of free jewelry projects, from simple stringing to metalworking and more.
Fashion Color Forecasts give you the latest trends from Pantone and Swarovski, with links to matching crystals, beads, & jewelry components.
CREATE YOUR STYLE's Color Carousel is a great tool to help you choose pleasing color combos - not just for Swarovski crystals, but for all beads and jewelry supplies.
Cause Ribbon Colors let you looks up the color symbolism for different awareness causes. Great with cause ribbon charms.
Crystal Birthstone Chart
Find the best colors of Swarovski crystal to use in your custom birthstone jewelry.