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Entries from February 2009

Fun Facts

February 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Take an entertaining look at the world of beads with our collection of interesting fun facts that range from the history of beads to the mythical powers of gemstones.

Early Uses For Agate
Agate was used in Egyptian rings and cameos over 3,000 years ago.
Gold in Volume
All of the gold in the world could be compressed into an 18-yard cube, which is about 1/10 the mass of the Washington Monument.
Diamond Wearing
Agnes Sorel, the mistress of King Charles VII of France was the first woman to wear diamonds.
Find more interesting Fun Facts on our website!

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Tucson – A First-Timer’s Look

February 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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.

Steve Groenier, VP Search Marketing & Customer Service

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Tags: Company News · Just For Fun!

Exclusive Newsletter Subscriber Sales

February 25th, 2009 · No Comments

You’ve had a taste of the great sales we normally offer exclusively to our newsletter subscribers! To stay in the loop, make sure you sign up for our newsletters, because today is the last day this kind of sale will be public.

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Spring Roundelle Bracelet

February 23rd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Designed by customer Michele D.

Designed by customer Michele D.

I purchased the 7.5mm Multi Roundelle 50 piece pack several months ago, and struggled how to use it. I finally came up with this pattern, using Bronze Toho Bead 11/0 between the colors, and a Antique Silver Bar & Ring Clasp set. It makes me think of spring!

- customer Michele D.

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Swarovski Channel Set Links Necklace

February 20th, 2009 · 8 Comments

My name is Barbara. I work in Customer Service at 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.

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Fashion Trends

February 19th, 2009 · No Comments

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.

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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Just For Fun!

Opening and Closing Jump Rings

February 18th, 2009 · No Comments

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!

For more Handy Tip Videos visit our Learning Center.

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Tags: Beader's Resource

Making faux dichroic glass pieces

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

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.

Check out page 5 in this .pdf file

Bailey Beader

Have a question you’d like to ask Bailey? Email her at or post your question to our blog.

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My Top Ten Products

February 16th, 2009 · No Comments

My name is Megan and I am the Product Marketing Assistant. In my job, I’m a Jill of all trades. I do everything from sorting through samples to booking airline flights.

 1. Bronze Antique Style Letter Pendant – M (BRNZ-PEND13)

2. Sterling Silver 11.4mm Hammered Square Link (ISLX-0037)

3. Blacklip Shell Rectangle Pendant 26x15mm – Tan Crawling Ivy (SHL-LP136)

4. 14x10mm Tsunami Glass Bead with Grommet (MRG-030)

5. Sterling Silver Starfish Charm (CHARM236)

6. ZambaPro 49 .019 30FT Jewelry Wire (ZP49-30F-019)

7. Small leaf pendant (HTS060)

8. Small Bronze Head Drilled Keshi Pearls (P-BRZ10)

9. Sterling Silver Wire Round 22 Gauge HALF HARD – Approx. 1 troy oz (30ft) (SSWR22HH1)

10. Ergonomic Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-125)

Would you like to share your top ten products with us? Send us your list with a brief description of yourself to and we’ll post it to our blog!

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February 13th, 2009 · No Comments

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