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Entries from November 2015

Why Artbeads is Excellent

November 22nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

At Artbeads.com, we love hearing from our customers. It’s always good to hear what we’re doing right and what you, as customers, love. Here’s what Artbeader Cathryn C. has to say about us:

I use Artbeads for 90% of my Christmas, birthday and ‘other’ gifts, because Artbeads provides me with all of the implements I need.

On-line ordering is a breeze, because the Artbeads web site has an excellent Search engine.

Delivery is *extremely* swift.

Packaging is superb, with Artbeads supplies securely cocooned in multiple wrappings and surrounded by a weather-proof box.

Opening an Artbeads package is such joy! I unwrap the pretty purple gift wrap, to find not only my ordered elements, but a ‘mystery gift.’ And the ‘mystery gift’ is invaraibly *Beautiful.*

Every step of my transaction is sheer pleasure, so I remain an enchanted repeat customer.

100/100 for Artbeads!

Thanks for those kind words, Cathryn!

If you’re looking for gift ideas like Cathryn, check out our Learning Center, where we have thousands of jewelry and craft ideas with free instructions. We have ideas for every budget, style and experience level.

You can also give a kit as a gift!

Artbeads DIY Jewelry Kits

Our DIY Jewelry Kits are perfect for gift-giving. They are easy-to-make and come in pretty packaging. Make them as gifts or just give the kit as a gift to a beginning beader in your life. There are lots of styles to choose from!

Like Cathryn said, every order comes wrapped in pretty purple tissue. Artbeader Lori B. shared this picture of her purple package on our Facebook page:

Artbeads Purple Package

So, what do you have to say about Artbeads.com? The next time you order, make sure to leave a review after check-out! Or, leave a review on our Facebook page. Just click the “Reviews” tab on our Timeline. You can also leave a comment below. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Bead Crochet

November 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Crocheting with beads is a great way to add new fibers to your jewelry designs! From the very simple to beautifully complex, this technique is sure to keep you coming back for more. Take a look at what our designers have come up with and add this technique to your repertoire.

Let’s start with this Artbeads MiniVid demonstrating how to make a simple crochet chain with beads. This technique is so easy! Start by loading up your chosen beads onto the thread you want to use. We like using seed beads from our Artbeads Designer Blends because the color palettes are ready to go and fabulous. We also love Czech glass beads. You can use virtually any kind of bead you prefer, so long as it fits on the thread you are using. Our designer Cheri likes to use size 10 crochet thread and a size E (3.50mm) crochet hook. We also offer Miyuki crochet thread. These threads come in beautiful color waves that will inspire the colors of beads you use. Once you have your thread and beads picked out, follow the technique illustrated in the video above!

Once you have the technique mastered, there are many ways you can incorporate it into your jewelry designs.

Beaded Crochet Jewelry

Artbeads Designer Cheri Carlson’s simple Rosalie necklace features a single beaded crochet chain embellished with Swarovski pearls and bicones. This is a great look for a wedding and comes together so quickly. The soft crochet thread is comfortable to wear and flexible, too. Of course, you can customize the color palette for any occasion! Cheri’s Forest Path bracelet employs the same technique: she made a long beaded crochet chain and finished the end with a TierraCast button. The long strand can be wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet!

Esmeralda Necklace

You can really make this technique shine with a multi-strand necklace! Cheri created her Esmeralda necklace with five strands of beaded crochet chains. She mixed in Swarovski beads, seed beads and even some SuperUno beads for an unforgettable boho look. End caps make a nice finishing touch for this design. Try using end tubes, too!

Wire Crochet with Beads

You don’t have to stick to just threads when crocheting with beads. You can also experiment with wire! This method employs the same technique as above, but swaps out wire for crochet thread. Artbeads Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura likes to use 26 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire, as it is flexible, easy to work with and available in a variety of colors. She used this wire in her Boardwalk Magic bracelet and her Sock Hop bracelets. As you can see, the look is totally different than when using crochet thread!

Long Ago and Far Far Away

So, you’ve mastered making crochet chains with thread and wire. What’s next? It’s time to try beaded crochet ropes! This technique starts out like the ones above, but quickly becomes tubular to form the rope. When starting out, it’s wise to practice with thicker yarn and big beads in different colors, so it’s easier to see what you’re doing. Once you’ve got this technique down pat, try making Cynthia’s Long Ago and Far Far Away necklace. She used 8/0 seed beads with S-Lon bead cord.  Once again, end caps make it easy to turn a beaded crochet rope into fabulous jewelry!

Colorful Crochet Jewelry

If you’re looking for even more inspiration for adding crochet to jewelry, why not try a more traditional approach. These Colorful Crochet Jewelry ideas feature basic crochet bands as the focus. Some have been embellished with beads and others feature buttons as closures. This is a great idea for making chokers, bracelets and even bookmarks!

As you can see, there are so many ways to incorporate crochet into your jewelry designs. How have you used crochet in your creations? Share with us in the comments below or visit our Facebook page and share a picture of your designs.

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Tags: Beader's Resource · Employee Gallery of Designs · Jewelry and Craft Ideas

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