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Entries from April 2009

Blue Grotto Necklace

April 30th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Blue Grotto Necklace

Blue Grotto Necklace

This striking necklace has a peek of green dichroic glass in the center of the focal bead that is echoed throughout the necklace with 8g trans silver lined kelly green delicas. The colors are rich, and the design fairly simple to make!

For another gorgeous design using our seed beads, view The Lone Beader’s blog entry Beaded Sieve Rings.

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Interview with an Designer

April 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Get to know designer Cheri in the interview below! Cheri has been a designer here at for the past 9 months, her contributions to our Learning Center include Papillon set and Festiva Bracelet. She is also the narrator for our Handy Tip videos!

To celebrate her birthday we are offering a 15% discount on some of her favorite items! This sale is generally open only to our newsletter subscribers, for future sale notifications sign up to receive our newsletter.

  1. How long have you been designing jewelry?
    32 years.
  2. Where do you find your inspiration for your design ideas?
    I am inspired by nature and architecture. The materials; beautiful beads, stones, papers etc. I am drawn to periodicals and am constantly inspired by other artists work in all kinds of medium.
  3. Could you tell us a little bit about your creative process?
    Planning on paper works best for me. I like to do rough sketches to get a feel for the scale of the piece and the placement of components. Then I like to spread out all kinds of beads and play with color, sizes and shapes.
  4. What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on for the Learning Center?
    I really enjoyed making the “Go Green” tote. A little paint, a little sewing and some rhinestones. That’s a fun day! Also, the necklace I am working on right now. I can’t tell you about it yet, but look for it in early June for “Rebecca’s Birthday”
  5. As an designer what is it like to have access to every bead imaginable?
  6. Is there an item that you haven’t yet had the chance to work with but would like to soon?
    We have some new hemp and Super-Lon bead cord for micro macramé in the most beautiful colors that I am anxious to work with. It launches this Thursday, April 23, 2009. (oops did I let the cat out of the bag?)
  7. What is your favorite beading material to work with?
    I love natural materials; rocks, gems and shells. Czech glass especially the Picasso finishes, Swarovski crystals and rhinestones. I really like rhinestones!

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Artbeads From the Sky!

April 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Artbeads From the Sky

Photo taken by Brandon Johnson

Ever wonder what the building looks like? Check out this shot of from the Sky!

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Tags: Company News in the News!

April 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment

On 3/29/09 was mentioned in the Tacoma Tribune newspaper. In an article titled: “Not all economic news in Pierce County is bad”, the reporter talks about how some Pierce County companies are still growing and hiring, despite the downturn in the economy. made the radar this year, since we now have over 100 full-time workers employed at the company. Here is an excerpt from that article: The Company offers online sales of beads and jewelry-making supplies, said Carey Kimura, vice president of marketing and communications. It was founded in 2000 and is working on its eighth consecutive year of growth, he said. “In these tough economic times, the growth has been smaller than in past years, but we have growth still,” Kimura said. To read the full article click here.

On 4/10/09 the Tacoma News Tribune sent a reporter and a photographer to our facility to follow up and learn more about the company. The reporter interviewed Owners and CEO and President, Devin and Cynthia Kimura with a Q&A. The article was published both in print and online on 4/13/09 and is titled “Key Peninsula couple leads in beads online.” Here is an excerpt:

How is evolving?

Cynthia: We’re expanding our lines of crafting materials, attracting crafters into beading.

Devin: We focus on the customer experience. It’s not just answering phone calls. We wrap (nearly) every order in purple paper, like a gift. We want our customers to feel good about buying from us. What can we do to make our customers love us? They’ve had a hard day. They open a package. It’s a gift.

To read the full article click here.

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Wisteria and Berries

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Bracelet Designed by customer Cheryl Strait

Bracelet designed by customer Cheryl Strait

Glass druk garnet 8mm, sterling silver wire and brass heart
Inspired by the wisteria vines and the red berries in the bushes surrounding my home.

By Cheryl Strait

Do you have a design that uses all or mostly products? Click here to learn how you can submit your designs to our blog.

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Tags: Customer Gallery of Designs

The Strangest Places!

April 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The other day the ladies here at were sharing funny stories about the strangest places they find beads laying around the house. I had to share a couple of stories with everyone!

“The other day I was running late for work and put my shoes on and felt something. I was just sure it was a bug – so I pulled it off as I got in the car and ferociously shook it out – crystal. In the mud room. Where nothing but the cat food and laundry live. Go figure!”

“There was a bead missing at work and I looked everywhere I could think for it. Later that day I went home and cleaned out my lunch box to my surprise I found a bead mingled in with the scraps from my sandwich leftovers. It must have gotten there when I ate my lunch and scooped up my leftovers to bring home. At least I didn’t bite into it!”

Now that we’ve shared a couple of our stories We’d love to hear yours!

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Tags: Just For Fun! · Share Your Stories

Butterflies and Bumble Bees Necklace Variation

April 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

I work in Customer Service at I used the “Butterflies and Bumble Bees” pattern from the Learning Center with a few changes. I used 8mm Swarovski Bicones in Purple Velvet and Tanzanite AB. Those are awesome colors together! I used the Hill Tribe Silver Butterfly Beads (HTS110) and the Small Flower Pendant(HTS048). The accent beads are 6mm Sterling Silver Round Beads (SS-RND6) and Antique Silver Beaded Heishi Spacers (SA-0407). The toggle clasp is also a flower theme (SS-TOG49) to complete this piece.

To see Visit our Employee Gallery of Designs to see more great ideas!

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Nature’s Expression Set

April 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Nature's Expression Set

Nature's Expression Set

Get back to basics with this nature-inspired necklace and bracelet set! A unique combination of pearls, furnace glass and fire-polished Czech beads is accented by an ornate bronze quote pendant in the necklace, while the bracelet is enhanced by a gorgeous hand-painted porcelain disk.

For another great design idea using one of our Bronze Pendants visit the blog Sha-Sha Handcrafted Jewelry and read her post “The Guiding Star is Within.”

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Stringing 2-3mm Rounds

April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Q: Any suggestions for what or how I string those tiny tiny 2-3mmm peridot rounds or the 2mm Tourmaline beads?  Is there a trick to threading those little holes? Terrified of taking them off the temp. string they came on- worried I’ll never get them threaded again.

A: For the 2-3mm rounds, they string up just fine on a fine wire. If you are stringing the small rounds with larger beads I’d recommend using ZambaPro 49 .014 jewelry wire (ZP49-30F-014). If you are stringing them on their own I’d recommend using ZambaPro 49 .012 jewelry wire (ZP49-30F-012). Magnifiers may also help if you are having trouble seeing the holes.

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

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