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Entries from August 2010

Ideas for Fall

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments

Occasional bits of cool weather are hinting at the changing of the seasons. Soon, fall will be upon us. Get ready for fall fashion by taking a peak at two fall trends for this year: Metropolitan Mystery and Modern Victoria. Designers at have already had time to play with these trends, creating two necklaces called Intrigue and Regal Amethyst.

Accenting dark metal and suede with bright splashes of color, Intrigue is a necklace that displays a bold and sleek style. This design is also a great way to use smaller scraps of chain.

Regal Amethyst Necklace

The Regal Amethyst necklace uses classic elements like a cameo cabochon and pearls, and styles them in brand new ways. Pair this elegant necklace with your favorite little black dress for a look that will never go out of style.

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Summer Nights Necklace

August 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Summer Knights Handmade Necklace

Staci Louise created this stunning necklace for the Summer Design Theme. Here, she describes how she went about it.

So the theme was summer, and being a sea glass artist, I immediately went to check out the nautical pendants… but, this moth caught my eye. It was huge, and for those of you who know me, I like large and chunk in my jewelry. I suddenly knew I had to do a Summer Nights Necklace. I love nothing more than sitting out back on a summer night, watching the moths flutter around the light, star gazing and listening to the song of the crickets. I had to capture that in a necklace, using that pendant!

So I chose this awesome Hill Tribe moth pendant, some Hill Tribe star charms, these wonderful Swarovski stars, a couple of other colored Swarovski crystals, tiny little grey druk beads and last but not least, these awesome little opaline sea green beads. In addition to them, I used amethyst and kyanite nuggets, lots of different shaped pearls, including the “moon” silver coin pearl, sterling silver wire and chain, and the most adorable iolite briolette beads, to complete this necklace. All in all, I love this necklace, and I can’t wait to wear it out on a warm summer night!

- Submitted by Design Partner Staci Louise

Staci Louise Originals

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Clasps, Charms and Pendants! Oh My!

August 26th, 2010 · No Comments

For one week only, save up to 43% on a wide variety of clasps, charms and pendants. You’ll find treasures ranging from Swarovski crystal and hand-painted stoneware pendants to gold-plated charms and fancy glass toggles. With all the variety in this sale, you’re sure to discover something you’ll enjoy. Shop now! The sale ends at 9am (PT) on Thursday, September 2.

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$1.99 or Less Sale

August 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

For a limited time, shop the $1.99 or Less Sale to save up to 59% on more than 1,000 items. From Swarovski crystal and gemstones to seed beads and charms, this sale includes hundreds of our most popular items on sale for $1.99 or less! There is no better time to stock up on everything you’ll need to make beautiful works of art. Shop now! This sale ends at 9am (PT) on Tuesday, August 31.

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New Ribbon Bezel Settings

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Jewelry Findings - Ribbon Settings

If you’re looking for a new way to play with stones and cabochons, ribbon bezels are a beautiful option. These decorative pieces of wire allow you to create settings with a touch of class and detail. The ends can be soldered together or wire wrapped together to form the settings. Try reading through the new Ribbon Bezel Handy Tip to see step by step instructions describing how to wire wrap the bezel and form the setting. You can also browse the ribbon settings section to see the different styles and finishes available.

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New Swarovski Instruction Guides

August 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Swarovski Elements has created new summer-themed instruction guides with tips and techniques to help you as you incorporate Swarovski Crystal into your designs. Entitled Summer Holidays, these guides come complete with detailed illustrations and gorgeous images to help you develop beading techniques that will give your designs a professional and unique touch. If you like fresh, bold colors, explore tropical designs that use this summer’s popular turquoise shade. For a more subtle look, try the designs that feature a sophisticated combination of soft blue and gold. Whether you’re looking for new techniques or seeking inspiration, these guides are an excellent place to start.

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Back to School Sale

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Save 15% on More Than 3,000 Basic Jewelry Supplies and Tools

As summer starts to wrap up, shop the Back to School Sale to save 15% on more than 3,000 basic jewelry supplies and tools. From stringing material and toggles to freshwater pearls and pendants, this sale has everything you need to make beautiful designs. Enter coupon code ZZW15P-B2S at checkout to take advantage of this sale which can even be combined with Instant Savings for greater discounts. Shop the sale before it ends at 9am (PT) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

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Blue Forest Bracelet

August 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Blue Forest Bracelet Free Design Instructions

The Blue Forest Bracelet is all about color and sparkle. Inspired from images of floating mountains, brilliantly green forests and blue waters, this design uses crystal and glass beads that catch the light. The fluid lines of this bracelet create a sparkling ode to the beauty one finds in nature.You can create an exact replica of this design using free instructions, or let the color theme inspire you to create something even better.

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Fun with Transfer Sheets

August 13th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Garden in Bloom Necklace Design Instructions

This Garden in Bloom Necklace gives you an idea of something that you can try using transfer sheets from Nunn Design™. Transfer sheets are incredibly easy to use and can be used on many different surfaces, which gives plenty of opportunity for creativity. Each sheet is made on clear film with a design printed on one side and a light adhesive on the other. It can be placed on a flat surface or wrapped around objects.

Several employees at had a jewelry party using these sheets, and we were impressed with how easy they were to use. Best of all, the results looked so professional! If you’d like to learn more, you can browse through our two transfer sheet handy tips. The first handy tip gives you the basics of how to use and seal a transfer sheet. The second handy tip shows a variety of techniques that you can incorporate with transfer sheets to create fun effects. Enjoy experimenting to create a design that is truly unique!

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Shop the Summer Sidewalk Sale

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments

Summer Sidewalk Sale - Save Up to 36% On More Than 3,400 Items

For a limited time only, save up to 36% on an amazing selection of more than 3,400 items. The Summer Sidewalk Sale includes everything from glass beads and Swarovski crystals to freshwater pearls and stoneware pendants. This sale can even be combined with Instant Savings for even greater discounts. Shop now! The sale ends at 9am (PT) on Thursday, August 19, 2010.

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