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Entries from November 2010

New TierraCast® Finishes

November 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment is now offering TierraCast® beads in two new finishes: black and brass oxide. TierraCast® beads and jewelry components are made of high-quality pewter that has gone through an extensive electroplating process. Each product is 100% lead free and is of the highest craftsmanship.

Black Finish
TierraCast Pewter Beads with Black Finish
The new black finish from TierraCast® has a similar appearance to gunmetal, but it is less glossy. Use it to add contrast to your jewelry, especially designs with steampunk influence.

Brass Oxide Finish
TierraCast Pewter Beads with Brass Oxide Finish
The brass oxide finish from TeirraCast® looks similar to antique brass, but the look is achieved through a different process. The oxide finish dims the luster of the brass and enhances the detail on the components, resulting in an antique look that provides the perfect accompaniment to vintage-themed designs.

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After Thanksgiving Sale – Last Day to Save

November 29th, 2010 · No Comments

20% Off $60 or More Storewide at

We have extended the After Thanksgiving Sale for 24 hours to give you one last opportunity to shop our biggest sale of the year! Enter coupon code ZZ-THANKSGIVING-SALE at checkout to save 20% on orders of $60 or more storewide. Hurry! This fantastic discount ends tonight at 11:59pm (PT).

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After Thanksgiving Sale

November 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment After Thanksgiving Sale - 20% off orders $60 or more

Shop the 3-Day After Thanksgiving Sale to save 20% on orders of $60 or more storewide! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or buying gifts for others, now is the perfect time to shop. Take advantage of this great discount by entering coupon code ZZ-THANKSGIVING-SALE at checkout. Many items are sure to sell out, so shop our biggest sale of the year before it’s too late. The last day of the sale is Sunday, November 28, 2010.

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New Jewelry Kits

November 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment Jewlery Making Kits and Postcards

Wondering what to get beading friends for Christmas? Check out the gorgeous new jewelry-making kits has created to see if they might be just what you need. Each of these high-quality kits comes with step-by-step instructions as well as all of the components needed to complete a finished design. These are great for when you want to work on something but you’re not feeling inspired to choose your own colors or jewelry components.

If you’d like even more selection, you can view our entire jewelry kit collection.

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Mirkwood Flower Necklace

November 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments

Mirkwood Flower Winter Necklace Free Instructions

Rich mahogany and golden hues offset by sparkling green crystals add a warm, wintery feel to this necklace, which is inspired by a mythical forest. It is simple enough that a beginner can create it and takes less than an hour to make (plus drying time). Find out how to create this necklace by following the free instructions in our Learning Center.

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It’s Almost Time for the Tree!

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

Design Instructions for Christmas Crafts

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, my thoughts are turning toward Christmas. It’s almost time to decorate the tree! As part of my family’s tradition, we pile up smoked oysters, pickles, crackers and little smoked sausages on a tray (a tribute to my Norwegian grandfather’s taste in food) and turn up the Christmas music.

Our tree is usually a scraggly looking affair, the better to load the spaces between its branches with an assortment of ornaments acquired over the years. It’s crowning feature is a carefully packed away set of colored lights with over five different settings, ranging from slowly blinking to a blinding display of flashing color. People laugh when they see it, but we love it because it brings back so many fond memories.

Your tree may be more like my grandmother’s, a work of art with carefully chosen ornaments all set to a particular theme, or somewhere between the two. If you’re looking for something to add to its branches, be sure to explore the Holiday and Christmas Craft Designs in the Learning Center. You’ll find a fun collection of garlands, ornaments, cards and tags.

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Gloria Christmas Ornament & Garland

November 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Gloria Christmas Ornament & Garland Design Instructions

Cheri, one of our designers, created this eclectic angel, which can be used both as an ornament and as a garland. Hook and eye clasps enable the garland to easily detach from the angel so you can choose to hang the ornament and garland separately on your tree or display them as a unified decoration.

She explains what inspired her to make this piece:

I knew I wanted to make a steampunk ornament or garland with chain and the steampunk buttons that we have, but I didn’t have a clear vision of what that design might be. The beautiful peacock feathers were given to me by a coworker. I had been saving them for just the right occasion, but it was also unclear what that occasion might be. Then I found some wonderful vintage paper with an image of a woman and knew that the peacock feathers were meant to be angel wings. The rest of the design unfolded from there.

To see more pictures and to read some more about this lovely design, be sure to browse the instructions for creating it located in our Learning Center.

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Shop the Colors of the Southwest Sale

November 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Colors of the Southwest Sale - 15% Off More Than 770 Items

For a limited time only, shop the Colors of the Southwest Sale and save 15% on more than 770 items. These copper, silver and turquoise products are sure to provide a rich color palette for your designs. Browse items ranging from gemstone beads and Swarovski crystal to silk cord and seed beads. Use ZZCOLORSSWEST to save before this sale ends on Thursday, November 25, 2010.

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Necklace Ideas Under $35

November 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Just in time for the holidays, you’ll find a whole section of great necklace ideas for under $35 from the Learning Center at The ideas range from eclectic to simple and elegant, allowing for a wide range of style preferences. Feel free to browse through the necklaces for ideas to get you thinking. Many of the necklaces are simple enough for beginners and all of them feature step-by-step instructions.

Here are just three examples of the many ideas featured in this section:

Amber Shore Necklace
Amber Shores Necklace Design Instructions - Free
This design uses a bathing beauty link and a unique Swarovski drop pendant to create an imaginative necklace perfect for a friend who loves the beach.

Bristol Belle
Free Necklace Design Instructions at
This necklace uses a colorful blown glass bead and is finished with a gold spacer. The swirls of the bead combine with the beautiful gold coloring for an rich look.

Strength Necklace
Strength Necklace Design Instructions - Free
This simple design is perfect for those who like to wear casual jewelry, and it’s extremely easy to make.

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Pre-Black Friday Sale

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Pre-Black Friday Jewelry Supplies Sale - Save 15%

For 48 hours only, save 15% on more than 240 items during the Pre-Black Friday Sale! This sale includes a wide selection of high-quality products perfect for focal pieces. Shop items ranging from lampwork glass and freshwater pearls to hand-painted porcelain and Russian artist beads. Use coupon code ZZPREFRIDAY at checkout before the sale ends on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

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