Keep up to date with this season’s hottest trends when you watch our new YouTube video! Artbeads jewelry designer and co-owner Cynthia Kimura goes through the latest palettes, shapes and jewelry designs with you to help you guide your summer fashion. Watch it below! You can also see more of Artbeads.com on YouTube. Watch helpful how-to tips or fun videos full of Artbeads staff that’ll make you smile!
**Contest is NOW OVER! We are voting on comments and will announce the winner shortly!**
If you were stranded on a tropical deserted island, what is the one Artbeads product you would want with you? Get inventive and think about what’s the most important piece in your collection you would need to survive. It could be ANYTHING from our collection of over 27,000 products…but it can only be one! Leave a comment below telling us which item you would take with you. We will select one winner to receive a tropical island-themed goody bag full of fun surprises. Contest ends Monday, July 4th at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time.We will announce the winner on Tuesday, July 5th. One entry per person.
Congratulations to our four winners of the Silly Lillypilly pendant contest! Ceresa C., Anushree S., Brian & Kathy G. and Nat G. have each won their favorite etched shell pendants, which you can view above. You can also check out our entire collection of Lillypilly shell pendants and find the perfect one for your next design! Stay tuned tomorrow for another great contest from Artbeads!
We appreciate the time our customers take to leave us a review on their favorite products. We love it even more when we get to see what they make with their favorite products! Below are some customer reviews people left on the products detail pages. This is a great place to let other shoppers know how much you liked a particular product and what it can be used for. These reviews are how we determine what our best rated products are, so don’t be afraid to let your opinion be heard. If you want to write a review on our site, it’s easy! Our Artbeads.com Facebook page is another great place to share your designs with beaders like you. Whether you’re a beginning beader or an experienced artisan, you’re sure to learn something new from fellow Artbeaders! Keep the reviews coming!
“This charm had just the right blend of elegance & funk for a bottlecap pendant.” –Carribbean Dreams from Cherry Hill, NJ
“These tiny Swarovski Crystal Butterflies are perfect to accent an otherwise plain piece. I use them with stringing wire and they also easily slide onto Boston Chain. They are consistent in color and quality. I use them to symbolize freedom in Cancer support jewelry and Resurrection in Christian bracelets.” –Mamaruu from Suffolk, VA
“I was asked to create some jewelry for a wedding and it had to match her dress. I chose these beautiful Fuchsia Swarovski’s. Loved them and would use them again.” –Roni
All of our Learning Center jewelry ideas come from some spark of inspiration, but few are made with a purpose. One of our newest ideas called “Opportunity Necklace” was created by Artbeads co-owner and jewelry designer Cynthia Kimura. Every piece of this pendant has its own meaning and she explained to me what they were.
She wanted to make a piece with an inspirational message, and she found it from her love of birds. The picture of the cage was the first thing Cynthia liked, and thought to depict a bird escaping from its cage. She chose to place the word “hope” next to the picture to describe that this bird has new hope for life, now that he is free. As he sits on a branch, the bird charm looks back at where he used to be. In a sense, he was once inside the picture frame where the cage sets, and is now outside of the frame looking in. Cynthia incorporated the word “fly” on a silver tag to send another message to the bird: he can now fly wherever he wants to go and rule the air. At the other end of the branch hangs a key—the key to his cage that he now has control of.
You can make your own OpportunityNecklace by visiting the Learning Center and checking out this free idea, or get inspired to create your own special interpretation of this important message.
This popular style of jewelry may be a new concept to you, or you may have heard of the term before but never understood the original meaning. Here’s what steampunk really is and your chance to discover a new way to design jewelry.
Steampunk, although now branched into many different sections of culture, began as a sub-genre of science-fiction literature in the 1980s and early 1990s. The world of steampunk has a Victorian-era feel filled with innovative contraptions. The melding of the two words comes from combining the social or technological aspects of the Victorian era, when they used steam power, and one’s rebellion against parts of it; in essence, a punk. Many movies and television shows have tried to capture the imagery of steampunk, such as Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes. Essentially, steampunk is the idea of inventing non-conventional contraptions out of resources that would have been found during the 19th Century. This is often why you will find many gears and clocks inside steampunk-style devices.
Steampunk jewelry takes this to another level. Often times, steampunk fashion combines elements of vintage and modern for a unique twist on this concept. You will see a lot of filigree designs, base metals and watch faces with gothic undertones. We have a place on our site dedicated to teaching you how to make steampunk jewelry out of the basic elements. Browse our mixed media to put your own twist on steampunk, too!
Here’s another great project idea from the Learning Center! If you’re planning a trip this summer, capture the memories and put them together in this fun travel journal. Kids can pick out the pictures or color the paper for themes. This craft idea is a wonderful way to get your kids involved in scrapbooking and craft projects. Play with themes and colors to make it your own, and you’ll have a charming keepsake to hold all of your cherished memories. These craft activities for kids can all be found in our Learning Center, a great way to find free ideas kids will love!
Congratulations to our four winners! Sheri, Stacy, Susan and Ysabel have each won a $25 Artbeads.com gift certificate. We loved all of your ideas for this season, and hope to see you in the streets sporting your idea. We hope each of our winners will send us pictures of the jewelry they make with their prize! Here are their predictions. Happy summer everyone!
“I think the trend for summer is going to be big, bold and beautiful… with just enough sparkle to make it feel like you are wearing sunshine.. even at night” Sheri
“This season looks fun with all the bright colors & ethnic touches. Love it.” Stacy
“Wood plus crystals in beach colors: pinks, turquoise, coral, sand, palm green. Bold bracelets and swingy earrings.” Susan
Shell pendants are a great accessory to use in your summer jewelry designs, and our selection of Lillypilly etched shell pendants are some of the highest-quality products around. Browse our entire selection of over 150 Lillypilly shell pendants and tell us which one you like the best! We’ll be choosing 4 winners who will each receive their favorite. Check out all of the cool colors, shapes and designs available to create a new necklace for yourself or make a gift for a friend. Get beachin’ looks when you use etched shell pendants ! E-mail your choice with the product code to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voting ends on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.