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Explore the Pantone Color Report for Fall 2016

August 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Summer is slowly coming to a close, as much as all you summer lovers out there cling to your pool floaties and iced coffees! Once the weather turns, it’s time for a wardrobe update, complete with scarves, boots, and fabulous accessories. If you’re stumped as to what colors you should incorporate into your fall wardrobe, have no fear! Pantone has you covered with their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

The Fall 2016 color palette is led by the blue family, yet finds a firm anchor with earth tones. Exuberant pops of vibrant color also appear, making fall fashion just as exciting as summer (Hot latte sippers and pumpkin patch purveyors rejoice!). Let’s take a look at the top 10 colors for the season, along with Swarovski beads and jewelry ideas we think are a perfect match to each color.

Riverside

Riverside

Riverside is a new blue shade that takes precedence in fall fashion. It’s a cool and calming tone that also offers a strong and stable look to your style. You’ll love the subtle vibrancy and sophistication. We think Swarovski’s Capri Blue and Lapis beads are a great option for this new shade! Check out Artbeads Designer Cynthia’s Misty Fjords bracelet for a jewelry design dominated by this blue beauty.

Airy Blue

Airy Blue

Another lovely blue hue, Airy Blue has a lofty nature, which evokes feelings of lightness and freedom. It’s also a great complement to Serenity, a Pantone Color of the Year for 2016. This shade offers a fresh approach to your style! Try Swarovski’s Air Blue Opal for a heavenly look. Light Blue crystal pearls also offer up the perfect touch of Airy Blue color. Be sure to take a look at our Glacial Wonder bracelet – it features blue lace agate gemstone beads that are a great way to rock this shade in the fall!

Sharkskin

Sharkskin

No one will be running from this Sharkskin shade this season! This edgy color still manages to remain neutral, so you can pair it with almost any fall color, from the very bright to the subtle and muted. The Swarovski Crystal Comet Argent Light effect is a wonderful blend of metallic silver and clear crystal that will make a nice representation of this new color. Also try Grey crystal pearls as an homage to the sleek sheen of Sharkskin. The beads in our Steel Sky bracelet are the perfect match for this color, especially the pointed pyramid hex beads!

Aurora Red

Aurora Red

A classic punch of red is always a great choice in any season. This warm and sensual version of red is exciting and dynamic, as it is immediately pleasing to the eye and breeds unmistakable confidence. Bring the warm and bold call of Aurora Red to your jewelry designs with Swarovski’s Hyacinth and Red Coral. Our Papillon earrings are a great example of how accents of flashy red can really warm up a piece.

Warm Taupe

Warm Taupe

This hearty, pleasing, and approachable neutral is such a treat to pair with any of the top 10 shades this season. This organic and grounded hue makes for a timeless choice in any look – we’re even seeing it as a popular choice for bridesmaid’s dresses! Light Smoked Topaz and Bronze Swarovski beads are both a wonderful complement to this color. Take a look at Katie Hacker’s Continuous Style necklace for Warm Taupe inspiration. It blends the timeless look of knotted pearls with fashionable and equally timeless neutral hues like this one.

Dusty Cedar

Dusty Cedar

We’re loving this warm and welcoming color for fall, as it’s a great way to add pinks into your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s also a lovely nod to Color of the Year Rose Quartz. We think Swarovski’s Padparadscha and Rose Peach colors are a beautiful complement to this hue. Artbeads Designer Cheri’s Alexandria bracelet is such a perfect look for fall style! It features Dusty Cedar shades along with sweet golden browns.

Lush Meadow

Lush Meadow

Here’s another exciting hue for your fall wardrobe! It brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage, so it will keep your style alive even as leaves fall from every tree. This rich and elegant color has a panache and a brightness that elevates it from more natural greens, giving it a more glamorous feel. Emerald bicones are a great choice for this color and Scarabaeus Green pearls have just as much depth as this hue. Cheri’s Lady Macbeth crochet necklace combines rich green thread with Scarabaeus Green pearls for a lush look to match this fabulous color!

Spicy Mustard

Spicy Mustard

This exotic color bounces elegantly off the other colors in the palette. Like Aurora Red, it adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy – something much needed in the colder months of fall! You’ll love adding this spicy, zesty yellow to your looks for an unexpected and unusual twist. Swarovski’s Topaz and Bright Gold beads are a great way to incorporate the hue into your jewelry designs. As our Desert Dandelion earrings show, just a dash of Spicy Mustard really makes a splash!

Potter’s Clay

Potters Clay

Oh how we love the warm look of Potter’s Clay! This neutral earth tone makes for a strong foundation for fall style, as it’s a color often found in autumn leaves. Layer it into your style for that ultimate fall feeling. Combine Crystal Copper and Bordeaux beads for a look that speaks to this hue. Our Terracotta Dawn bracelet showcases SuperDuos and seed beads in the perfect colors for this trend.

Bodacious

Bodacious

Bodacious is an unexpected treat in fall that can be used with pinks and reds for a vibrant look. This lovely color will help you turn fashion accents into fashion statements! We love Swarovski’s Amethyst and Powder Rose for complementing this shade. Check out our Princess Twist headband for an easy way to add Bodacious color to your style.

There you have it, Pantone’s top 10 colors for this upcoming fall season. If you’d like a handy reference of our Swarovski picks to go along with these colors, check out this infographic:

Pantone and Swarovski Fall 2016 Colors

We can’t wait to start playing with these colors in our designs. So, what colors will be using in your fall jewelry designs? Which of these are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below or share on our Facebook page. We always love seeing what you’re making, so feel free to add a picture!

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Obsessed: Pokemon GO!

July 27th, 2016 · 3 Comments

Like everyone else on the planet, we love Pokemon GO!  A few of our team members here at Artbeads have caught the bug and have been trying to “catch em’ all”.  We thought it’d be fun to share a quick list of components to create Pokemon GO inspired friendship bracelets, key chains, and phone charms.  Make a bunch for your friends, family, kids, or coworkers!  Create any of these based on your team color or the colors of your favorite Pokemon.

Easily create a herringbone or square knot weave to make quick and easy thread wrapped bracelets. You’re welcome to use your own techniques, too. Find our step-by-step pictorials of how we do our herringbone and square knot weaves here and here.

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You can use S-Lon Bead cord or Chinese Knotting cord in various colors and sizes to achieve your Pokemon GO themed project.  Embroidery floss would work great as well or feel free to use whatever you have on hand.  Below are just a few examples of Pokemon and their colors to inspire you.

Pikachu – Show off some Pikachu style with lots of yellow to match his cute coloring. Throw in some red for his rosy cheeks, or accent with brown and black to mimic the accents on his tail, ears, and back.  You can stick with all yellow or try a combination of yellow, light brown, black, and red.  Yellow, red, and black are also cute options, but feel free to mix it up with any color combinations that make you think of Pikachu. Here are some items you could use:

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Shown from left to right: Topaz, Taupe, and Dark Siam Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Fall Mix

Squirtle – You can catch this cool water Pokemon sporting sunglasses from time to time, you can’t miss him!  Get your Squirtle style on with shades of blue, to match his body.  You can even throw in brown to represent his shell.

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Shown from left to right: Powder Blue, Neon Deep Blue, and Dark Brown Chinese Knotting Cords

Charmander – Charmander’s a fiery little orange lizard with a flame-lit tail!  Try using shades of orange and, if you’d like, you can use yellow and red to represent the flames.

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Shown from left to right: Neon Orange, Neon Deep Orange, and Dark Siam Chinese Knotting Cords

Bulbasaur – Bulbasaur is hard to miss with the green blossom sprouting on his back and his eye-catching turquoise body.  Use shades of dark, bright, and medium green to match his style!

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Shown from left to right: Emerald and Dark Green Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Summer Mix

Now, depending on what team you’re on in the game, you can use one of the primary colors as your base and accent with various shades of the same color if you want or use just one solid color.  Team Instinct shines in yellow, Team Mystic is serene in blue, and Team Valor burns the color red.  You can use the following item as your base colors for any of these teams.

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Shown: S-Lon Bead Cord Primary Mix

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Artbeads Designer Cheri used the following components for the keychain and bracelets pictured: S-Lon Bead Cord in Black and Copper, Chinese Knotting Cord in Dark Siam, Neon Deep Blue, and Topaz, TOHO Round beads in Frosted Ceylon Butter Yellow and Matte Opaque Cherry, and a gold jump ring

For the variations of red try these:

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Shown from left to right: Burgundy, Dark Siam, Siam Chinese Knotting Cords

For the variations of blue try these:

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Shown from left to right: Powder Blue and Neon Deep Blue Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Montana and Winter Mix

For variations of yellow try these:

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Shown from left to right: Topaz and Taupe Chinese Knotting Cords

For a full listing of colors of the Super Lon beading string please visit here.  For a full listing of the Chinese Knotting cord please visit here.

These are just a few ideas and color palettes to inspire you to create a bracelet, keychain, or phone charm based on your favorite Pokemon or Pokemon GO team. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite Pokemon is and what team you’re representing!

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Bead Storage Solutions

June 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

Experienced beaders and novices alike are always trying to find great ways to store their jewelry-making supplies. Whether you work in your own studio or take some space on your kitchen table for designing, it’s easier to work when your supplies are organized, easy to access and visible! Elizabeth Ward came up with the Bead Storage Solutions system with all of these factors in mind.

Bead Storage Solutions

These trays feature removable clear containers in a variety of sizes. The containers close individually and can slide around within the tray, meaning you can group your components however you want and move them with ease if you need to rearrange! The tray also comes with a clear lid, which will keep the smaller containers in place if traveling (and you’ll still be able to see your beads). A sheet of labels is included with the 45-piece Bead Storage Solutions assorted storage tray set and the 82-piece tiny container storage tray, so you can keep everything organized. Here’s a tip for easy labeling: use the sticker from your Artbeads order! Just take the label off of your order bag and place it on the lid of the container you want to use.

We love this system and so do our customers! Here’s what Artbeader “piasm” has to say:

My bead collection has grown rapidly, and with each wave of new beads, I invent new ways to store them…This compact, sturdy unit has, so far, been a delight. All of my 15/0 and 11/0 beads are now stored compactly in 3 stacking units that sit right beside me at my work area, making it an ease to mix and design. These clear little containers, that open and close in a snap…take up a mere fraction of the space. My work space tends to get crawling with beads of a hundred types between designing and trying different techniques and projects, but this setup seems to keep my space so tidy and prevents runaway beads. The tray cover adds to tidiness by preventing dust (and cat hair) from settling between work sessions.

Artbeader Carole loves the storage system because “it’s neat, compact and easy to find what I’m looking for.” Take a look at how she’s using her Bead Storage Solutions trays:

Artbeader Carole's Bea Storage Solutions Trays

All of her beads are easy to see and perfectly organized!

Artbeader Rael loves the system because the containers are “easy to grip to remove from their tray…Each little container is securely locked and slides into place and then they are covered by a locking lid for extra security.” Rael not only uses the locking lid for extra security – she thinks it makes a nice extra bead tray while you’re working, too! Here’s another tip from Rael on how to use those labels: “I’ve used the stickers that come with the box to write the size and color. I keep a sticky note inside the lid to write down the colors I am short of.”

Bead Storage Solutions Trays

You can purchase the Bead Storage Solutions tray and containers separately to mix and match the storage options you need for your stash! Find tiny, small, medium and large containers that slide right into any Bead Storage Solutions tray!

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Artbeader “RagdollMama” loves these containers: “The flip top on these containers is so secure but easy to open and durable enough that if you drop a container it doesn’t shatter or spill the contents all over the floor!”

It’s clear that these trays are the way to go if you want an organized work space! Now you can add to your system with the Bead Storage Solutions work in progress tray.

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This tray includes a bead design board and a foam bead design board cover. With this tray, you can take your works in progress on the go and they will stay secure between beading sessions! Since this tray is the same size as the other trays in the system, it is stackable. You can easily add it to your system.

Try out the Bead Storage Solutions trays for yourself and see how they can keep your beads in order, while still allowing your creativity to flow! Already using the Bead Storage Solutions system? Leave a product review to let us know how you like them or share with us on our Facebook page.

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Making Mini Beaded Chairs

April 18th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mini Beaded Chairs

Beads are fun to play with, whether you are making jewelry, home decor or some other kind of craft. Artbeads recently discovered the art of making miniature chairs with beads thanks to Noreen M, an Artbeads.com customer. Noreen has made many beaded chairs over the years and now her goal is to revive miniature beaded chair art by sharing the instructions and diagrams she has spent hours and hours creating. Here is Noreen’s story on how she got started making these cute little chairs:

In the 1950s, when I was a child, my mother made miniature chairs about 3 inches tall using seed beads and thin wire. I still own a few chairs and a sofa she made. There’s no way of knowing how she learned to make them, but my guess is she found instructions in a crafting magazine. She used to buy magazines with instructions for crochet and embroidery items and I remember many, many issues of McCall’s magazine. I still remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls out of every issue. My grandmother did a lot of crafts, so it’s possible my mom found instructions in a magazine that was published before the 50s.

After making many beaded bracelets and necklaces, I looked at my mom’s beaded chairs and thought it would be fun to give it a try. But, I had no instructions. I love a challenge. I love puzzles. And, what a challenge it would be to solve the little beaded puzzles. I made a drawing of one of her chairs. Then I tried to duplicate the drawing using a continuous line. After working on it for hours, starting over and over, I gave up and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up and my brain instantly resumed working on the puzzle. I laid there imagining where I left off the previous night, when all of a sudden I realized that at one point I needed to go in a different direction. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my puzzle and bam! I was right!!

Using the drawing, over 4 feet of continuous wire and about 500 beads, I successfully completed my first chair…I’ve made many chairs, given them to friends and enjoyed the smiles of surprise. Two of my friends are now making chairs and one of them is going to teach the art to her daughter.

Today on the Artbeads blog, we are sharing Noreen’s instructions and diagrams with you, so you can start making these chairs for yourself. They make wonderful accents in doll houses and would even look cute in a fairy garden. Use the instructions below to get started!

Free Instructions: Mini Beaded Chairs

Chair 1 Instructions

Materials Needed:

25 Large 6/0 Beads

592 Small 11/0 Seed Beads

4 feet of 26 gauge stainless steel wire

Wire Cutters

Needle-Nose PliersCHAIR 1 Diagram

 

Refer to the Chair 1 Diagram to complete the design. On the diagram, large beads are marked with a letter. It is important to enter and exit large beads as shown.

Steps are indicated on the diagram by a number followed by a second number, which indicates the number of small beads used in that step. Example: 1-6 on the diagram means, “Step One – Add 6 small beads to the wire.”

Note: The first bead to be added to the wire is referred to as “large bead A”. The wire will pass through this bead five times. Therefore, it is wise to text the bead you choose. Cut five short pieces of wire (1-1 1/2″ will do). Put all five pieces of wire through the bead hole. If they are tight or don’t fit, pick another bead to start with.

To make the seat of the chair:

About a half of an inch from one end of the wire, make a small curl or simple loop to keep your beads from falling off. At the other end of the wire, begin adding beads. Add large bead A. Then, follow these steps:

Step 1: add 6 small beads (referred to as small). Add large bead B.

Step 2: Add 4 small. Add large bead C.

Step 3: Add 4 small. Add large bead D.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Add large bead E.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead B. The beads from step 1 and large bead A will now hang loose until you get to step 12.

Step 6: Add 6 small. Add large bead F.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Go through large bead C.

Step 8: Add 6 small. Add large bead G.

Step 9: Add 6 small. Go through large bead D.

Step 10: Add 6 small. Add large bead H.

Step 11: Add 6 small. Go through large bead E.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Go through large bead A.

Step 13: Add 4 small. Add large bead I.

Step 14: Add 4 small. Add large bead J.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 16: Add 6 small. Add large bead K.

Step 17: Add 6 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 18: Add 14 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 19: Add 6 small. Add large bead L.

Step 20: Add six small. Go through large bead A.

To make the back and arms of the chair:

Note: Before proceeding, make sure you are holding the chair in the same direction as the diagram shows. If you don’t pay attention, you might end up with the seat of the chair upside down, which will cause problems in future steps.

Step 1: Add 3 small. Add large bead M.

Step 2: Add 16 small. Add large bead N.

Step 3: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Go through large bead N.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead L.

Step 6: Add 5 small. Go through large bead M.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Add large bead O.

Step 8: Add 12 small. Add large bead P.

Step 9: Add 18 small. Add large bead Q.

Step 10: Add 18 small. Add large bead R.

Step 11: Add 12 small. Add large bead S.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Add large bead T.

Step 13: Add 16 small. Add large bead U.

Step 14: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead U.

Step 16: Add 4 small. Go through large bead K.

Step 17: Add 5 small. Go through large bead T.

Step 18: Add 3 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 19: Add 8 small. Go through large bead S.

Step 20: Add 6 small. Go through large bead R.

Step 21: Add 21 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 22: Add 22 small. Go through large bead Q.

Step 23: Add 22 small. Go through large bead I.

Step 24: Add 21 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 25: Add 6 small. Go through large bead O.

Step 26: Add 8 small.

Now you can loosen your original stopper loop by large bead A. Bring the end of the wire through to the underside of large bead A to create the legs.

LEGS A

 

To make the legs of the chair:

Refer to the diagram for Legs A to complete these steps.

Step 1: Add 10 small. Add a large bead

Step 2: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 3: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 4: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 5: Add 10 small. Go through large bead F, which was added while making the seat.

Step 6: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 4.

Step 7: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 8: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G in the seat.

Step 9: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 7.

Step 10: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 7.

Step 11: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 12: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 13: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H in the seat.

Step 14: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 11.

Step 15: Add 14 small. Go through the large bead that was added in step 1.

Step 16: Add 10 small. Go through large bead A in the seat. If you find it difficult to bring the end of the wire through the bead because the end is bent out of shape, trim the end. This will make it easier to pass it through the bead.

To finish your chair, trim the end of the wire, leaving only a couple of inches. Straighten the loop at the other end of the wire. Pull tightly on both ends of the wire and twist the two ends together using needle nose pliers. Trim the twisted wire, leaving approximately 1/4 of an inch. Bend the wire end under large bead A to hide it.

If you want to make another style of beaded chair, try the one below!

Chair 2

Chair 2 Instructions

Materials Needed:

25 large 6/0 beads

553 Small 11/0 seed beads

3 feet and 9 inches of 26 gauge stainless steel wire

Wire Cutters

Needle-Nose Pliers

CHAIR 2 Diagram

To make the seat of the chair:

About a half of an inch from one end of the wire, make a small curl or simple loop to keep your beads from falling off. At the other end of the wire, begin adding beads. Add large bead A. Then, follow these steps:

Step 1: add 6 small. Add large bead B.

Step 2: add 4 small. Add large bead C.

Step 3: Add 4 small. Add large bead D.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Add large bead E.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead B. The beads added in step 1 and large bead A will now hang loose until you complete step 12.

Step 6: Add 6 small. Add large bead F.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Go through large bead C.

Step 8: Add 6 small. Add large bead G.

Step 9: Add 6 small. Go through large bead D.

Step 10: Add 6 small. Add large bead H.

Step 11: Add 6 small. Go through large bead E.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Go through large bead A.

Step 13: Add 4 small. Add large bead I.

Step 14: Add 4 small. Add large bead J.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 16: Add 9 small. Add large bead K.

Step 17: Add 4 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 18: Add 14 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 19: Add 4 small. Add large bead L.

Step 20: Add 9 small. Go through large bead A.

To make the back and arms of the chair:

Note: Before proceeding, make sure you are holding the chair in the same direction as the diagram shows. If you don’t pay attention, you might end up with the seat of the chair upside down, which will cause problems in future steps.

Step 21: Add 14 small. Add large bead M.

Step 22: Add 6 small. Add large bead N.

Step 23: Add 6 small. Add large bead O.

Step 24: Add 6 small. Add large bead P.

Step 25: Add 6 small. Go through large bead M.

Step 26: Add 12 small. Go through large bead I.

Step 27: Add 9 small. Go through large bead J.

Step 28: Add 12 small. Add large bead Q.

Step 29: Add 6 small. Add large bead R.

Step 30: Add 6 small. Add large bead S.

Step 31: Add 6 small. Go through large bead N.

Step 32: Add 6 small. Go through large bead Q.

Step 33: Add 14 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 34: Add 3 small. Add large bead T.

Step 35: Add 7 small. Go through large bead K.

Step 36: Add 13 small. Go through large bead T.

Step 37: Add 17 small. Go through large bead R.

Step 38: Add 12 small. Go through large bead S.

Step 39: Add 16 small. Go through large bead O.

Step 40: Add 12 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 41: Add 17 small. Add large bead U.

Step 42: Add 13 small. Go through large bead L.

Step 43: Add 7 small. Go through large bead U.

Step 44: Add 3 small.

Now you can loosen your original stopper loop by large bead A. Bring the end of the wire through to the underside of large bead A to create the legs.

LEGS B

To make the legs of the chair:

Refer to the diagram for Legs B to complete these steps.

Step 1: Add 10 small. Add a large bead.

Step 2: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 3: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H in the chair seat.

Step 4: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 2.

Step 5: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 2.

Step 6: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 7: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 8: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G in the seat.

Step 9: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 6.

Step 10: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 11: Add 10 small. Go through large bead F in the seat.

Step 12: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 10.

Step 13: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 10.

Step 14: Add 14 small. Go through the large bead added in step 1.

Step 15: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 1.

Step 16: Add 10 small. Go through large bead A in the seat. If you find it difficult to bring the end of the wire through the bead because the end is bent out of shape, trim the end. This will make it easier to pass it through the bead.

To finish your chair, trim the end of the wire, leaving only a couple of inches. Straighten the loop at the other end of the wire. Pull tightly on both ends of the wire and twist the two ends together using needle nose pliers. Trim the twisted wire, leaving approximately 1/4 of an inch. Bend the wire end under large bead A to hide it.

 

These are just two examples of the patterns for beaded chairs Noreen wants to share with the world. You can find even more pictures, diagrams, instructions and tips on her website: minibeadedchairs.myfreesites.net. She even has instructions for making beaded sofas and ottomans!

Finally, we leave you with some more tips for making these beaded chairs and other miniature furniture:

Wire Tips:

Stainless steel wire is the best choice for these chairs, as it is sturdy and offers good support. Beading wire is too soft to support your project and will cause the chair to be floppy. Brass wire will break if you get a bad kink or when twisting ends together. If you use colored or coated wire, the coating comes off as you are working with it.

Our wire straightening tool is very helpful when making beaded chairs, as kinks can develop in the wire while working with it.

Bead Tips:

A bead mat is very helpful, as it ensures your beads don’t roll around while working.

An 8g package of size 11/0 beads contains approximately 850 beads, plenty to create one chair.

Noreen prefers using TOHO seed beads for her chairs. Miyuki also makes 11/0 round seed beads. Try not to mix the two brands, as sizing could vary slightly between brands.

You can try Czech glass beads that are the same size as 6/0 beads, just make sure to check the hole size. You can use Czech glass beads on your chair in places where the wire passes through 3 times or less.

In any spot on any pattern where the wire only passes through the large bead twice, you can use size 8/0 seed beads. This can provide a more delicate look to your chair.

Chairs can be made smaller by reducing the number of beads used in each step of the diagrams. If you’d like a larger chair, Noreen doesn’t recommend increasing the number of beads, as this can cause the chair to be floppy. She has made larger chairs by using larger beads and 24 gauge wire.

When the chair is complete:

Your chair will need to be straightened and shaped by gently pulling on it. If you have a kink in a section of beaded wire which should be straight, you can lightly squeeze it with wooden kitchen tongs or between two popsicle sticks. Do not use metal tools for this, as they can easily break beads.

 

If you’ve made beaded chairs or have found another way to incorporate beads into your crafts, let us know in the comments below, or share a picture with us on our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Beads in Crafting – A Royal Beauty Contest for Embellished Trinkets!

January 16th, 2016 · 4 Comments

We here at Artbeads had some fun over the holidays! We found some fun little animal statues and handed them out to employees with the challenge of decorating them with flatbacks, beads and other embellishments. The results are absolutely superb. First, take a look at Princess Kitty, decorated by Artbeads employee Sheryl:

Princess Kitty also came with a royal decree:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, to this royal decree!

Artisans and craftsmen from across the entire royal kingdom were commissioned to provide elegance in attire for both Princess Kitty and her royal steed, Beauty.

Princess Kitty’s body art and clothing were specifically designed and crafted to accentuate the royal glow of her perfectly round royal cheeks.

Beauty’s bridle and saddle, underneath the royal blanket, were masterfully crafted to coincide with Princess Kitty’s perfect choice of flowers to adorn her royal steed, Beauty.

No expense, craftsman, or resource was spared to enhance the already beautiful Princess Kitty and her royal steed, Beauty.

In addition, it was made perfectly clear to all artisans and craftsmen involved that their reward of keeping their head firmly attached to their neck depended solely on the outcome of this royal beauty contest.

May the kingdom prosper with the reading of this royal decree!

Our employees made sure the other trinkets were also bedazzled and bejeweled properly for the royal beauty contest. Take a look at Jen M’s flower:

Swarovski flatbacks and seed beads make a stunning display on each petal! We also love the eclectic assortment of colors.

Cindy created a loving look with this heart:

Again, flatbacks create a sparkling and sweet style. We especially love the chessboard flatback at the center of the heart!

A turtle, decorated by Tina, looks totally fun:

His cute little hat adds character and we adore the lampwork turtle from Unicorne Beads hitching a ride on his back. Don’t miss the cute TierraCast dragonfly charm worn as a necklace!

Hilary’s star design certainly shines:

We love the glitter in an Artbeads Purple color, along with all of the other cute embellishments.

Terri got spirited when decorating her rabbit:

It’s a Seahawks Bunny! Artbeads.com is located in Washington state, so of course we love supporting Seattle’s favorite football team. It looks like this bunny is sporting a seed bead vest and hat, made with our Go Team Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends.

Christina M. decided to decorate an exotic elephant:

Tiny golden seed beads add detail to the saddle and bridle, while focal beads hang majestically from the elephant’s trunk. It looks like this elephant is carrying a treasure of Czech glass on its back!

Everyone at Artbeads was absolutely charmed by these creations! But we absolutely fell in love when it was revealed that each one lights up:

Isn’t that incredible? The colors can even change! Now these unforgettable cuties are sure to stand out, day and night!

We definitely had fun decorating these trinkets and they are going to look great around the office. So, which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below and if you have a trinket that you’ve made or decorated with beads, share it with us here or on our Facebook page.

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Making Jewelry and Crafts for the Holidays

December 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Holiday Ideas

December is well underway and holiday festivities have already begun! The weather has turned colder, Christmas decorations have sprung up and holiday cheer is in the air. There’s still time to make the season even merrier with jewelry and crafts you can make yourself! Let’s take a look at some of the holiday ideas you can find at Artbeads.com.

Sugar Plum Dreams Ornaments

If you’re looking for something simple to start with, our Sugar Plum Dreams ornaments are so easy to make! All you have to do is find some cardboard ornaments at your local craft store (or maybe you have some already stashed away) and decorate them with your favorite beads. Put them in place using adhesive. Artbeads Designer Cheri used seed beads and O beads for a festive display. If you want to make this idea really kid-friendly, lay out some seed beads, brush your ornament with glue and roll it around in the beads.

A Few Favorite Things Ornaments

Here are some more fabulous ornaments featuring seed beads! These beauties feature a netted weave of seed beads around them. A few Swarovski beads here and there really up the bling factor! The great thing about this idea is that you can easily customize the color palette to match ornaments you already have.

Joyeux Noel

We have lots of great jewelry ideas for Christmas, including this Joyeux Noel bracelet. Cheerful Blends from the Artbeads Designer Series provide a color palette full of Christmas spirit. We love the classic red and green colors and the simple design.

Forest Frost

Our Forest Frost necklace displays a more subtle Christmas color palette, one that can be worn throughout the winter. The Edelweiss focal and green triangle beads create a look of Christmas trees lining a frozen pond. It’s such a fun take on bead embroidery!

Christmas Kits

We also have a great selection of holiday jewelry kits, ready for you to start creating! These kits come with everything you need to make festive jewelry for the season. They’re great ideas for any craft parties you might be going to and always make wonderful stocking stuffers. These Artemis Christmas Tree earrings are a great way to get started.

Winter Jewelry Ideas

If you don’t celebrate Christmas, or simply want designs for winter, we have lots of other ideas for the season, too! Our Crystaletts Snowflake earrings are a great way to make a frosty debut in your style. The Swarovski snowflake pendant is full of wintery bling! If you celebrate Hanukkah, we also have lots of beads, charms and ideas perfect for the holiday.  The Festival of Lights earrings above feature our Happy Hanukkah Designer Seed Bead Blend, an Artbeads Designer Wire Blend in Hanukkah colors and twinkling Star of David charms.

Now that you have so much craft and jewelry inspiration for the holiday season, what will you be making? Maybe you’ve already started some seasonal projects. Let us know in the comments below or share with us on our Facebook page. Don’t forget, you can find even more inspiration on our Home for the Holidays Pinterest board.

Happy Holidays!

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Why Artbeads is Excellent

November 22nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

At Artbeads.com, we love hearing from our customers. It’s always good to hear what we’re doing right and what you, as customers, love. Here’s what Artbeader Cathryn C. has to say about us:

I use Artbeads for 90% of my Christmas, birthday and ‘other’ gifts, because Artbeads provides me with all of the implements I need.

On-line ordering is a breeze, because the Artbeads web site has an excellent Search engine.

Delivery is *extremely* swift.

Packaging is superb, with Artbeads supplies securely cocooned in multiple wrappings and surrounded by a weather-proof box.

Opening an Artbeads package is such joy! I unwrap the pretty purple gift wrap, to find not only my ordered elements, but a ‘mystery gift.’ And the ‘mystery gift’ is invaraibly *Beautiful.*

Every step of my transaction is sheer pleasure, so I remain an enchanted repeat customer.

100/100 for Artbeads!

Thanks for those kind words, Cathryn!

If you’re looking for gift ideas like Cathryn, check out our Learning Center, where we have thousands of jewelry and craft ideas with free instructions. We have ideas for every budget, style and experience level.

You can also give a kit as a gift!

Artbeads DIY Jewelry Kits

Our DIY Jewelry Kits are perfect for gift-giving. They are easy-to-make and come in pretty packaging. Make them as gifts or just give the kit as a gift to a beginning beader in your life. There are lots of styles to choose from!

Like Cathryn said, every order comes wrapped in pretty purple tissue. Artbeader Lori B. shared this picture of her purple package on our Facebook page:

Artbeads Purple Package

So, what do you have to say about Artbeads.com? The next time you order, make sure to leave a review after check-out! Or, leave a review on our Facebook page. Just click the “Reviews” tab on our Timeline. You can also leave a comment below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Bead Crochet

November 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Crocheting with beads is a great way to add new fibers to your jewelry designs! From the very simple to beautifully complex, this technique is sure to keep you coming back for more. Take a look at what our designers have come up with and add this technique to your repertoire.

Let’s start with this Artbeads MiniVid demonstrating how to make a simple crochet chain with beads. This technique is so easy! Start by loading up your chosen beads onto the thread you want to use. We like using seed beads from our Artbeads Designer Blends because the color palettes are ready to go and fabulous. We also love Czech glass beads. You can use virtually any kind of bead you prefer, so long as it fits on the thread you are using. Our designer Cheri likes to use size 10 crochet thread and a size E (3.50mm) crochet hook. We also offer Miyuki crochet thread. These threads come in beautiful color waves that will inspire the colors of beads you use. Once you have your thread and beads picked out, follow the technique illustrated in the video above!

Once you have the technique mastered, there are many ways you can incorporate it into your jewelry designs.

Beaded Crochet Jewelry

Artbeads Designer Cheri Carlson’s simple Rosalie necklace features a single beaded crochet chain embellished with Swarovski pearls and bicones. This is a great look for a wedding and comes together so quickly. The soft crochet thread is comfortable to wear and flexible, too. Of course, you can customize the color palette for any occasion! Cheri’s Forest Path bracelet employs the same technique: she made a long beaded crochet chain and finished the end with a TierraCast button. The long strand can be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet!

Esmeralda Necklace

You can really make this technique shine with a multi-strand necklace! Cheri created her Esmeralda necklace with five strands of beaded crochet chains. She mixed in Swarovski beads, seed beads and even some SuperUno beads for an unforgettable boho look. End caps make a nice finishing touch for this design. Try using end tubes, too!

Wire Crochet with Beads

You don’t have to stick to just threads when crocheting with beads. You can also experiment with wire! This method employs the same technique as above, but swaps out wire for crochet thread. Artbeads Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura likes to use 26 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire, as it is flexible, easy to work with and available in a variety of colors. She used this wire in her Boardwalk Magic bracelet and her Sock Hop bracelets. As you can see, the look is totally different than when using crochet thread!

Long Ago and Far Far Away

So, you’ve mastered making crochet chains with thread and wire. What’s next? It’s time to try beaded crochet ropes! This technique starts out like the ones above, but quickly becomes tubular to form the rope. When starting out, it’s wise to practice with thicker yarn and big beads in different colors, so it’s easier to see what you’re doing. Once you’ve got this technique down pat, try making Cynthia’s Long Ago and Far Far Away necklace. She used 8/0 seed beads with S-Lon bead cord.  Once again, end caps make it easy to turn a beaded crochet rope into fabulous jewelry!

Colorful Crochet Jewelry

If you’re looking for even more inspiration for adding crochet to jewelry, why not try a more traditional approach. These Colorful Crochet Jewelry ideas feature basic crochet bands as the focus. Some have been embellished with beads and others feature buttons as closures. This is a great idea for making chokers, bracelets and even bookmarks!

As you can see, there are so many ways to incorporate crochet into your jewelry designs. How have you used crochet in your creations? Share with us in the comments below or visit our Facebook page and share a picture of your designs.

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Artbeads Customers Speak Up!

August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

We love it when customers let us know how we’re doing! Vicki W. recently wrote a review of our company and here’s what she had to say:

Out of all the bead suppliers I deal with there are only 2 that provide exceptional service and products and 1 of them is Artbeads.com.

Artbeads offers one of the best selections of hard-to-find beads, charms and findings that I have seen.

Vicki’s right when she says we have a lot of beads, charms and findings! We’re constantly on the hunt for new products to add to the website and we bring you new goodies every week. We also like to make sure our components are available in a variety of finishes and colors, so everyone can find something they love. Just look at some of our favorites below:

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Vicki also has this to say: Artbeads has provided customer service to the level where I can be contacted as soon as merchandise which was out of stock becomes available. This has been very helpful in planning and completing projects.

If you want to be alerted when out-of-stock products become available again, like Vicki, all you have to do is press the “E-mail me when available” button on the item you want.

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Then, all you have to do is enter your e-mail address and we’ll let you know as soon as the item is back in stock! Our Customer Service team is always happy to help, so make sure to contact them if you need to. You can reach Artbeads.com Customer Service from 7:30am to 5:15pm (Pacific Time) every weekday, except for holidays. Call the at 1.866.715.2323 or e-mail them: support@artbeads.com.

Ordering was another impressive point to Vicki: Artbeads provides quick turn-around on my orders. I usually get them within 3 to 4 days after completing an order. The Artbeads website is set up for ease of use and it really is easy. Ordering is simple, they are set up for check, credit and paypal and they keep shipping information for your convenience for future orders.

Ordering items is a breeze at Artbeads and you can learn more about it on our Ordering Info page. Set up an account with us and ordering will be even easier. You’ll be able to access your order history as well as save a list of your favorite items and more.

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Vicki finishes her review with this: I could go on and on but I really do enjoy dealing with Artbeads and look forward to a continued business relationship with them.

Thanks for your feedback, Vicki! Do you have something to say about Artbeads? Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. You can also leave a review on items you have received from us or review us after your next order. We love hearing from you, so don’t be shy!

 

 

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Having Fun with the Spiral Stitch

April 11th, 2015 · 8 Comments

spiral stitch jewelry

If you’re new to bead weaving, a great place to start is with the spiral stitch. This simple stitch comes together quickly and looks great. You don’t have to be a beginner to enjoy it, either! Anyone can have fun making spiral stitch jewelry. Just ask Artbeads Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura. Cynthia is a pro when it comes to bead weaving and she has fallen in love with this stitch. Just look at some of the creations she’s made!

Berry Bunches

Cynthia used seed beads and Swarovski pearls in the spiral stitch to create these Berry Bunches bracelets. The larger pearls stand out among the colorful seed beads. Of course, Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends are a great option for this stitch. They give you the perfect color palettes to work with, so you can focus on the fun stitch.

Corsica

These Corsica bracelets feature the same spiral stitch with smaller seed beads. That’s the cool part about this stitch: changing up the beads completely transforms the look of your designs! No wonder Cynthia is having a blast with this technique. Here’s what the stitch looks like with crystal bicones in her Grape Trellis bracelet:

Grape Trellis

Cynthia used an Artbeads Designer Blend featuring Swarovski bicones in the perfect colors to match her seed beads. The beads and look may change, but the stitch stays the same and it couldn’t be easier. Check out our Artbeads Mini Tutorial video and Cynthia will teach you the technique:

Now that you’ve learned this fun and simple stitch, it’s time to check out the variation on this technique: the flat spiral stitch.

Marceline Bracelets

This stitch is quick to complete and looks stunning! As with the spiral stitch, switching up the beads really changes the look. These three Marceline bracelets are so distinct thanks to the different colors and beads used. You can create two rows of flat spiral stitch for an even more astounding look. Cynthia shows off this technique in her Cora bracelet:

Cora

The seed beads framing the pearls create a regal look we love. You can see the flat spiral stitch technique in action in the Mini Tutorial video below:

After Cynthia made all of these fantastic jewelry pieces, she was ready to teach a bunch of us here at Artbeads just how easy it is to make spiral stitch designs!

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We gathered in the craft room and Cynthia helped us out with our own spiral stitch creations. We all had fun choosing different combinations of beads. Check out how the double flat spiral stitch changes when you use Miyuki baroque pearl beads:

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You can also use fire-polished beads to great effect in this stitch, as well. These economical options are available in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something to suit your style. We used golden fire-polished beads with coppery seed beads for a modern look:

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We had fun learning this technique from Cynthia and with the Mini Tutorials above, you will too! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beader, you’re sure to fall in love with this addicting stitch. We haven’t stopped making new designs. Make sure to share your spiral stitch creations with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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