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Entries from March 2012

Happy Easter Games!

March 30th, 2012 · No Comments

May the odds be ever in your favor for The Easter Games! We’ve hidden letters that spell out a secret coupon code across our various social media outlets. Congratulations to the winner of the $100 Artbeads email gift certificate, Melissa F, for being the first person to post the coupon code on our Facebook wall! Amazing job, Melissa!

You can all win when you save big from the 15% off storewide coupon! Just use the code ZZHBMNDR at checkout. No minimum purchase necessary. Hurry! This coupon will expire Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:59PM PST.


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Different Types of SilverSilk

March 28th, 2012 · 7 Comments

SilverSilk is a delicate, lightweight material you can use as a lovely alternative to other stringing materials. Made from thin knitted wires, SilverSilk is delicately beautiful and amazingly durable. With their growing popularity, SilverSilk has released different types of knitted wire. Here we will explain to you the differences between three different types so you can decide which style of knitted chain is best for your project. Whether you like flat, capture or pearlesque, all of our SilverSilk products for give you beautiful and unique results.


The Flat jewelry chain is made from knitted wire that is knitted round, and then put through a rolling mill to flatten it. This knit is a supple, light, flexible ribbon-like mesh that is created from a permanently enameled pure copper wire. It would be perfect for making bracelets and comes in a variety of different finishes.


The original Capture knit gets its name from the six wires are knitted around a beaded chain, capturing the shimmering light reflections and strength of the chain. You could use this material to create a simple necklace or bracelet, or you could pair it with other stringing material for a cool multi-stranded idea.


The beautiful Pearlesque is is similar to the Capture style. However, this type features six AB metallic threads surrounding a beaded chain on the inside, which is then covered by a third layer of knitted threads. Its three layers allow for more dimension in your designs, and the AB finish on the inside plays with the light to make this strand sparkle. Use it to make lovely necklaces and bracelets.


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Tags: Ask The Experts · Beader's Resource · Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Swarovski Spring Innovations Giveaway Winner!

March 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Congratulations to Sarah S., the winner of our Swarovski Innovations Spring Giveaway! This lucky lady has won an incredible collection of Swarovski’s latest innovations for spring, including components in the new colors and some of the cool new shapes. You can read her comment below to find out what she plans to make.

Thank you all for participating! Stay tuned for our next exciting contest coming soon.

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Tags: Just For Fun!

April Fool’s Day Ideas

March 27th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Looking for a fun trick to play on April Fool’s Day this year? There are endless ways to trick your friends, no matter what angle you approach. This promotion was our practical joke last year and got quite a few laughs.

We pretended to launch a new line of coffee beans that were painted to look like beads. We had a lot of people fooled and made a lot of people laugh, too.

Do you have a funny April Fool’s joke? Tell us! We want to hear about some of your best April Fool’s Day practical jokes. Congratulations to the winner of our giveaway, Lisa! Her April Fool’s joke that she played on her husband got us going. She has won a $25 Artbeads gift certificate. Thanks to everyone who shared their best stories. We hope you all have fun this year.

Stay tuned later when we’ll give you another great idea you can play on April Fool’s!


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A Night to Remember

March 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Prom night is one of the most memorable nights of a young woman’s life, so make sure your prom girl really sparkles! This inexpensive gown was purchased at a local department store for only $40. With the simple addition of a few Swarovski crystals, it looks just like the $500 dresses in the high-end stores! Learn how to make a sparkling prom dress in the Learning Center, where you can find hundreds more FREE ideas with detailed instructions. Be prepared for prom by starting early on your ideas.


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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Happy Hunger Games!

March 23rd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cynthia Kimura, President and Chief Jewelry Designer for, is so excited about the release of The Hunger Games (along with a few other people here at Artbeads) that she decided to create a necklace before the premiere. Here’s her story about the design.

I just finished this necklace based on The Hunger Games book. My kids have been so excited to see the movie and even re-read the 3 books. I read the books too and now I can’t wait to watch the movie to see the different costumes that were created by the author in the series.

For the necklace, I chose the 5mm Swarovski Fire Opal crystal beads to represent one of the hero’s’ suits, the 5mm black TierraCast spacers and the black suede cord for the District 12 coal mines. I stamped one of my favorite quotes, “girl on fire,” on a round washer blank. I then cut out a picture of the book and glued it to the inside of the washer, then glued another washer on the back. To finish the pendant I used a bail glue pad and adhered it to the back washer. My 12-year-old daughter just loved it, so guess who will get the necklace!

We plan to go see the movie next week, and I will probably be inspired to make more jewelry.

Cynthia Kimura
President and Chief Jewelry Designer of

Stay tuned to find even more creative designs inspired by the movie release! Don’t forget to go see The Hunger Games in theaters today.


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Tags: Employee Gallery of Designs · Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Spring 2012 Trends

March 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Watch our latest video to discover the three hottest trends for Spring 2012! Whether your style is wild, unique or conservative, there’s something this season for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for more fashion inspiration, browse our Spring 2012 page!


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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Video Gallery

Swarovski Innovations Spring Giveaway

March 21st, 2012 · 397 Comments

This contest is now closed. Click here to view our winner announcement.

Our next giveaway is sure to make your eyes sparkle! We’re super excited to launch Swarovski’s latest innovations for spring and want you to win some of the best of the collection. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog telling us what you would make with these components. Can you see these crystals dangling from your ears and lighting up your face, or do you imagine working them into an elegant necklace for a hot night on the town? One winner will be randomly chosen to win this prize.

No purchase necessary, must be 18 or older to enter. Please one comment per person. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Prize valued at $150, void where prohibited by law. Contest valid in the US and Canada only excluding Quebec. This contest runs from tonight, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 and ends Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 11:59PM PT. Winner will be announced Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Just For Fun!

Sacred Heart Rosary

March 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Floral detailing and rich tones give this rosary an ornate appearance. Make this design as a hand-crafted gift for a friend who shares your faith, or use it yourself for daily prayers and mediations. It is created using simple stringing techniques and can be made in less than an hour. With Easter coming up, this would make a wonderful gift for someone special. Learn how to make this sacred heart rosary by reading the free instructions in our Learning Center.


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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Happy International Earth Day

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Happy International Earthy Day, everyone! Today is also the first day of Spring, although it may not feel like spring where you are just quite yet. International Earth Day was initiated as a day to raise awareness on the care of our planet. We should all come together and remember to take good care of Earth so future generations can enjoy the wonders that we have today.

This holiday was established in 1969 by John McConnell of Davis City, Iowa, when he proposed the idea to the San Francisco, CA Board of Supervisors. In 1970, the United Nations signed a proclamation by McConnell to make all earthlings aware of this holiday. It should be noted that International Earth Day is different from Earth Day, celebrated in the United States every April 22.

So get outside and tend to the Earth, or stay inside and make International Earth Day jewelry! You can also celebrate the coming of spring with colorful spring designs and the use of our flowers and leaves collection. Find great spring jewelry ideas in our Learning Center for some fun inspiration, like the Home necklace featured in the image above.


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Tags: Beader's Resource · Jewelry and Craft Ideas

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