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Entries from November 2009

3-Day After Thanksgiving Sale

November 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Our biggest sale of the year has now begun! Shop the 3-Day After Thanksgiving Sale to save 20% on orders of $60 or more storewide.

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Earring Ideas for Under $25

November 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Earrings ideas under $25

Creating beautiful jewelry doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. has dozens of earring design ideas under $25. Whether you are creating gifts on a budget or just want to create a fun pair of earrings for yourself, these ideas are sure to satisfy almost any need. You’ll be amazed at the wide variety of designs you’ll find that will work on any budget. These earrings will look like a million bucks without having to spend more than $25.

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CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements – Winter Trends 2009

November 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Swarovski Winter Trends 2009

Anyone can find their creative muse this winter with these beautiful nature-inspired color trends using Swarovski. This PDF contains five color trends that feature beautiful combination of crystal colors. Fashion apparel, jewelry, personal accessories and home décor will be replete with rich, passionate colors harmoniously balanced by earthy neutrals. From Volcanic Reds and Ocean Blues to Juicy Earth and Functional Fog, these color trends will inspire gorgeous jewelry and craft designs this winter.

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Tags: Beader's Resource Featured in The Best of Stringing 2009

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Blacklip Shell Offset Donut 38x38mm - Henna Design and Graduated 2-Hole Square Stick Spacers

Two autumn designs created by owner Cynthia Kimura are featured in The Best of Stringing 2009Late Harvest is a simply elegant necklace featuring silk ribbon, swarovski crystals and a stunning LillyPilly pendant.    You’ll also find the bracelet Tahitian Path which was made using Swarovski Tahitian pearls and our popular sterling silver stick spacers.

For similiar jewelry designs visit our Learning Center.

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Tags: Company News Gift Bundles

November 20th, 2009 · No Comments

While the holidays are a time for family and celebrating, they can also be incredibly stressful. This year, instead of trying to narrow down the perfect gift idea and then fighting the crowds to purchase it, head over to and pick up a high quality gift bundle. These fun gift bundles are great as last minute gift ideas, stocking stuffers, teacher’s gifts or even party favors at your annual holiday party.

Each bundle combines essential jewelry making supplies along with a $25 gift card and a beautiful calendar full of jewelry design ideas, all for under $50! Gift bundles make the perfect gift for all the beaders in your life, and they show that you support their creative outlet. Whether you’re buying a gift for someone who designs jewelry for a living or for someone who merely dabbles, you can be sure they’ll love getting high quality products from

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Christmas Inspirations: Create Your Style Instructional Guides

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

At we’ve add three new Christmas inspirations to our growing list of Create Your Style Instructional Guides. In these guides you’ll find the steps you’ll need to create a fun Christmas card, a decorative paper box and even a glamorous bejeweled manicure for holiday get-togethers.

Box Little Secret Instructions

Nail Design Instructions

Christmas Tree Card Instructions

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Glue-In Bails and Caps Handy Tip Video

November 19th, 2009 · No Comments

This Handy Tip video will show you how to use Glue-In Bails and Caps to create a fun Christmas tree ornament and a beautiful necklace with a Murano glass bead. Creating beautiful jewelry has never been so easy and fun!

For more Handy Tip Videos visit our Learning Center.

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Introducing Metallite™: A Brand New Line of Products

November 18th, 2009 · No Comments

New Metallite Products

Sometimes finding great jewelry products for a low price seems nearly impossible. That’s not the case now that carries Metallite™ products. Metallite™ by ZambaPro™ is a brand new line of high-quality jewelry components that are extremely lightweight and inexpensive. This means you can use them for projects you may not have normally considered, such as children’s jewelry designs and craft projects. Beginning jewelry designers can use these fun beads without worrying about making a costly mistake. These products come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. From alphabet beads and animal-shaped charms to intricately designed beads and links, these products are of the highest quality and look much more expensive than they actually are.

Metallite™ is a unique new line of products made of metalized plastic. Each component is created by pouring plastic into a mold and then electroplating it with a metallic finish. Each Metallite™ component goes through an extra plating process for added durability. The result is a high-quality bead that looks exactly like more expensive metal beads for a fraction of the cost.

Getting hooked on these new components is easy! What’s not to love about these light-as-a-feather beads? Use just one or two in your new jewelry designs, and you’ll be a lifelong fan.

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Holiday Jewelry Ideas

November 17th, 2009 · No Comments holiday jewelry ideas

When it comes to the holidays, the best gifts come from the heart. Show everyone on your gift list that you care by creating a handmade piece of jewelry. has simple jewelry design ideas to help you create beautiful gifts for your loved ones, or make one for yourself and wear it to all of those fun holiday parties this winter season!

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Fairy Theme Necklace

November 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The piece I created resulted from several different things. The biggest thing is that my sister, Cynthia Thornton, just released a book called Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More from Interweave Press. To celebrate the release of the book, we became sponsors of the prize for Art Bead Scene’s November challenge. The prompt for this month is Richard Dadd’s The Fairy Fellers’ Master-Stroke. I just moved and unearthed a box from during the unpacking process. To pass the time while unpacking, I’ve been listening to Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on book on tape. As soon as I saw the Russian pendant, I was instantly inspired and the fairy theme came together. It took a couple of tries and some patience, but I finally figured out how to put the piece together seamlessly.

To learn more about the necklace and its inspiration, visit my blog post.

- By Customer Andrew

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