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Entries from June 2012

An Earring Idea a Day – Carnaby Street

June 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Create a captivating color display for your ears with these quick and easy earrings! We’ll be showcasing a brand new earring idea each day over the next five days, so keep an eye on the Blog for new inspiration! This pair, called Carnaby Street, features fun pearls with bubblegum coloring to help sweeten your summer style. Learn how to make simple colorful earrings over in the Learning Center, and stay tuned tomorrow for our next earring idea!

-Marissa

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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Swarovski and Henri Bendel are Looking for Designers!

June 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Attention jewelry designers! Here’s your chance to get noticed by top fashion experts! SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS has teamed up with Henri Bendel to present the OpenSee Design Contest. Submit your design for your chance to have it produced by Henri Bendel and featured in stores across the country, as well as at Swarovski. Read the full contest rules and how to enter here. But hurry, the deadline is Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Good luck!

-Marissa

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Bead it on Down the Road

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

If you’re planning to travel this summer, make sure your projects can come with you! There are hundreds of jewelry and craft designs you can complete while on the road, whether you want to make a sparkling necklace or learn a new stitch technique. Pick up a project that you can take in the car during trips or place in your lap as you sit in the back yard if you decide on a summer “stay-cation!” Kumihimo braiding is an excellent choice for traveling designers as well as simple mixed media projects like one of our Epoxy Clay Kits.

Check out our new Bead it on Down the Road section to discover what you can design while you travel this summer.

-Marissa

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Tags: Beader's Resource · Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Happy Sunglasses Day!

June 27th, 2012 · No Comments

With summer in full swing, it’s time to bust out your favorite pair of shades (unless you’re up here with us in the Pacific Northwest, where the sun refuses to stick around)! Today is sunglasses day, a day to celebrate the importance of keeping your eyes protected from UV rays. Whether you wear your sunglasses at night, to a movie premier or at the beach, show your shades some love and embellish them with your favorite components.

-Marissa

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Say ‘I Do’ in Style!

June 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Are you gearing up for a wedding? Go green and save some dough with our wedding dress idea! We took an old wedding dress and embellished it with Swarovski crystals, seed beads and Gilders Paste to make it unique. You can do the same thing by purchasing a vintage gown at a consignment shop and playing with patterns and colors. Read how to embellish a wedding dress by reading the FREE instructions in our Learning Center.

-Marissa

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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas

Vote Now for Your Favorite Jewelry Design Star!

June 25th, 2012 · No Comments

Be sure to vote for your favorite entry in our latest round of Jewelry Design Star! Learn more about this cool competition for designers on our web site.

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Get Cute Style for Summer in Minutes!

June 22nd, 2012 · 5 Comments

If you’re looking for a fun and fast jewelry idea, our découpage beads make terrific earrings! They’re lightweight, colorful and are easy to string. Here’s just one of the earring ideas Co-Owner Cynthia made in just minutes. Simply thread your favorite beads and components onto a head pin or eye pin, finish with a wrapped loop and attach it to an earwire.

-Marissa

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Nunn Design Enchanted Expressions Giveaway Winners!

June 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Congratulations to the winners of our Nunn Design Enchanted Expressions Giveaway — Angelia L., Sidney C., Sherry C. and Diane M! Each lucky lady will receive a prize package full of some of our latest Nunn Design components, including channel beads. You can read what each winner plans to do with their prize below. Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next giveaway coming soon!

I have never used Nunn Design products but have always wanted to. This would be a great way to start. Thanks and good luck everyone! -Angelia L.

Beaded Beads, Definitely! –Sidney C.

I would make bangle bracelets…they would be gorgeous and would look and vintage !!! These beads are gorgeous!! –Sherry C.

My children all live out of town so I have been wanting to try making a necklace of my childrens’ baby pictures in her pendant frames with the channel beads as separators between each and a bracelet with my grandchildrens’ pictures doing the same as the necklace so I could have my whole family around me. I also would like to use the collage sheets and make small pendants to put on cards as a focal point and a gift at the same time. I just love Nunn Designs, they are so beautiful and practical! –Diane M.

-Marissa

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Artist Spotlight – Golem Design Studio

June 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Artbeads has been a longtime fan of the stoneware pendants and cabochons produced by Golem Design Studio, and now we’d like to share with you the people behind the name. Married couple Vlad and Kremena Ivanovi started the company after Vlad quit his job as a teacher to pursue being an artist full-time. With a love for art history and chemistry, it only seemed natural for Vlad to play with ceramics. Although both Vlad and Kremena enjoyed teaching, both also longed for the freedom that came from crafting beads and the fun they had executing their passion. When Kremena also decided to quit teaching, Golem Design Studio was born.

The first time Vlad attempted to make a ceramic component was when he was experimenting with a kiln in 1992. ““it was a full kiln with all kind of different objects – small pots, decorative objects and with them few pendants/amulets. It will be a bit too banal to say that my reaction when I opened the kiln was ‘WOW’, but this is probably the best description.”

This team has shared responsibilities in the creative aspect of their business, with Vlad handing the reigns over to Kremena after teaching her how to make ceramic pieces. As Vlad puts it ” my wife Kremena is the current leading designer at Golem Design Studio. Since I’m her ‘teacher’ in the carving and the other ceramic techniques, I’m really proud of my student… Usually we are working in the studio side by side, splitting the tasks needed for the current project that we are working on between us.”

What’s very apparent in their designs is the influence of many cultures that surround their home in Bulgaria. Sitting between Europe and Asia, this spot has been the perfect place to gather rich colors, shapes and textures and combine them in unique new ways. Some of their brown and white pieces were inspired by the old lace items from Europe and just a hint of the Asian arabesque art. They liked this idea so much that the line expanded to include subtle touches of color as well.

We love every handmade piece created by Golem Design Studio, from their smallest bead to their most elaborate cabochon. We know you’ll love adding their beautiful pieces to your collection as well. Many others around the world have already acknowledged the Ivanova’s hard work! In 2010 they received third place in the Handmade Bead or Button category at Bead Dreams, put on by Bead&Button Magazine and they also took both third and first place in 2011. Artbeads strives to invest in only the best quality products, and because we do, we feel it’s important for you to understand and appreciate why we choose the artists we carry. Artbeads selects for jewelry designers because we are jewelry designers. Discover for yourself the incredible stoneware components of Golem Design Studio today!

-Marissa

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Tags: Beader's Resource

Welcome Summer!

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the official start of summer and we want to make sure you’re prepared. Gear up for the warm months in more ways than one with our summer jewelry and craft ideas and cute summer embellishments. Since today is the longest day of the year, take advantage of the extra daylight hours and get started on creating hot new looks.

-Marissa

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Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Just For Fun!

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