The Tucson Gem and Jewelry show is the premier event of the year for anyone in the business of making jewelry or other artistic creations that include beads, gems, minerals or fossils. Tucson’s hotels open up to host a wide variety of vendors creating mini stores for the thousands of attendees to browse through. With about 50 separate shows, over 3,000 vendors and artists exhibiting their work it’s an experience not to miss for the bead enthusiast.
Imagine standing among a sea of pearls spread out among tables that span 50 feet by 50 feet. Now picture that in a tent the size of two football fields that is also packed with similar displays of glass beads, gemstones, silver findings and finished jewelry of every kind. It was truly amazing. And as if that wasn’t enough, know that this was only the first tent at one event. A similar spectacle was found in just about every hotel, meeting hall, parking lot and community center throughout Tucson. One minute I was squeezing through a two-room hotel suite blanketed with thousands of Venetian Glass Beads and the next I walking through parking lots filled with temporary tents containing tables of crystals, meteorites, carvings and beads from every corner of the world. If there was one thing the experience taught me about the world of beads and jewelry supplies it would be how important it is to have a guide you can trust. Someone to keep you away from the trash and show you the treasures. Fortunately, I had some great guides by my side and I’m happy to say the same is true for our customers.
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My name is Barbara. I work in Customer Service at Artbeads.com. I used the Vintage Look Link Necklace pattern from the Learning Center and instead of using Swarovski Pearls, I used Swarovski Channel Set Links and Channel Drops in the colors Black Diamond, Jet and Crystal.
We’ve just updated our Fashion Trends for 2009! Get a sneak preview of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2009 fashion trends in our Learning Center. We’ll show you which products you can use to incorporate bright, kaleidoscopic colors and punchy pastels into your designs.
Watch this excerpt from our upcoming All in One Handy Tip where we show you how to build a simple necklace from start to finish! In this video you will learn the best way to open and close your jump rings with chain nose pliers as you incorporate them into your designs. Keep your eyes open for the full All in One video still to come!
Q: Hi, I’m interested in making small faux dichroic glass pieces. Where might I find directions and a list of supplies needed? Are kits available? Looking forward to hearing from you….
A: We don’t carry any kits making Dichroic Glass but we do carry a product called Magic Glos that can be used to create the effect of dichroic pieces. For further instructions on creating faux dichroic glass I’d suggest looking into Lisa Pavelka’s method of creating faux dichroic glass using polymer clay and Mylar-backed foils.
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