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Artbeads.com Customer Product Reviews

Find out what others are saying about products from Artbeads.com! Below you’ll find the latest customer reviews that will help you decide which products to include in your next design. Do you love an Artbeads.com product or have a suggestion on how to use it? Let us know with a product review!


Using Large-Hole Beads in New Ways

November 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Large-Hole Bead Ideas

We love the way large-hole beads add character to designs. These fun components are easy to add to lots of designs and come in a variety of styles. The example above, our Royal Vanguard necklace, shows Swarovski BeCharmed beads and large-hole TierraCast spacers strung onto SilverSilk. This is just one of the many ways you can use large-hole beads in your designs. Their wide stringing holes allow you to explore options you may have never thought of before. The Artbeads Learning Center is filled with examples for using these goodies in unique ways.

Blue Note Necklace

Our At the Blue Note necklace is a simple idea to start with. This necklace features beautiful Grace Lampwork beads and large-hole bead caps strung onto silk ribbon. The ends of the necklace are knotted. Large-hole beads are always a great complement to silk ribbon and even simple stringing techniques like this look stunning.

Bailee

This next silk ribbon idea, one of our Bailee necklaces, incorporates large-hole beads in a completely different way. After stringing a donut pendant onto the center of the ribbon, Artbeads Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura strung Swarovski BeCharmed beads onto both ends of the ribbon. The BeCharmed beads act as a bail that keeps the donut pendant in place. A simple knot at the top of the beads makes sure everything stays put!

DIY Shamballa Bracelets

Large-hole beads are also a great option for shamballa style bracelets. These bracelets are fun and easy to make and look great! Use Chinese knotting cord or leather cord to complement the colors of the beads you choose.

Our Learning Center is full of ideas for large-hole beads, but that’s not the only place to find inspiration. Our customers also come up with great ideas! Take a look at what Artbeads user “corvettekat” made with our large-hole JBB dotted spacer bead:

Artbeads Customer Design

This Artbeader used these spacers in a multi-strand fiber necklace and says, “These were perfect for stabilizing and adding some balance to the yarn used in this necklace.” The sliders really do bring the piece together.

Have you used large-hole beads in your designs lately? What’s your favorite way to incorporate them into your designs? We would love to hear from you in the comments below, or share a picture of your projects on our Facebook page. Your designs and ideas might just inspire others to start creating with large-hole beads!

 

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Beautiful Bicones

November 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Ideas for Bicones

Swarovski Bicones can be used in so many ways. They’re excellent accents of sparkle for necklaces, earrings and bracelets. The unique rhombus shape can be paired with pearls, chain and lots of other beads.

Artbeader Lynn P. used her bicones to make a very special necklace:

Lynn P.'s Bicone Necklace

Lynn says, “I wanted to make some bling for a cancer survivor friend in Canada. Her favorite color is blue and I LOVE Swarovski, so this creation was born. Turned out pretty good if I say so myself.”

We have to agree, Lynn! We love the innovative way she wove the bicones together. They fit so nicely together.

Are you looking for more innovative ways to use your bicones?

Shimmering Winds RAW Bracelet

Shimmering Winds

Artbeads.com’s Chief Jewelry Designer Cynthia Kimura used bicones to create a Right Angle Weave bracelet, Shimmering Winds. Once again, the unique shape of the bicone works perfectly in this technique. Cynthia used one of our Artbeads Swarovski Designer Blends to make this bracelet.

Artbeads Swarovski Designer Blends

These Blends feature Swarovski bicones in perfectly coordinated colors, so you don’t have to worry about choosing the right colors – they’re already picked out for you!

Fairy Lanterns

Bicones are also perfect for our Fairy Lantern idea. To make these cute little dangles, you string two bicones onto a head pin or eye pin and wrap bugle beads that have been stitched together around the two bicones. These dangles are great in earrings or as pendants and charms. Choose your favorite colors to customize this look to suit your tastes.

So what’s your favorite way to use bicones? Share with us in the comments below or leave a picture of your best bicone ideas on our Facebook page. We always love seeing what you’ve created with our products!

 

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The Wonders of Kumihimo

November 8th, 2014 · 4 Comments

Kumihimo at Artbeads

At Artbeads, we love creating beautiful kumihimo braids for our jewelry. This ancient Japanese art form is a relaxing way to pass the time and the results are always fabulous. As the ideas above showcase, we’ve experimented with adding animal print patterns, beads and even SilverSilk to our kumihimo designs.

Our customers are just as adventurous as us when it comes to kumihimo. Take a look at the bracelet Artbeads user Holly made.

Holly's Kumihimo Bracelet

Holly used Miyuki Long Magatamas in her kumihimo bracelet. Magatamas add interesting dimension to kumihimo designs, thanks to their feathered or scale-like look. Holly loves the “beautiful, subtle finish” of these particular Magatamas and we have to agree!

You can learn how to make a similar bracelet with the free instructions for our Monterey Pop bracelet.

Monterey Pop

We used a colorful pattern of different Magatamas for our bracelet, but you can pick your favorite beads and start adding them to your kumihimo designs today! Have you already experimented with kumihimo in your jewelry? Share your favorite kumihimo designs with us in the comments below, post a picture to our Facebook page, or add a picture of your design to a product review on our website. Your design might just be featured in a blog post, on Facebook or even on our Customer Designs Pinterest Board!

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Thank You for Your Reviews!

October 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

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!

“Without a doubt, these Miyuki Delica 11/0 seed beads are the best that I have used. The imperfections are minimal compared to another brand (20% waste) and every color imaginable.” – pearlweaver, Tampla, FL

“The title says it all, I love this bead. Absolutly adorable – Great for St Patty’s Day~” – pumpkinheadbows, Ripley, WV

“It is a perfect post earring with small and delicate earrings dangle.
It is preferable to choose these post earring on a small ear lobe.”
– Artemis, Laval, QC

“I love this black rubber cord. It is a perfectly elegant design solution for my jewelry. Its simplicity and velvety black color give a classy, elegant look to my colorful polymer clay pieces. It is strong and stretchy and super glue can make a seemingly unbreakable bond when the cord is glued to itself. I use this method to make a loop for a simple button bead clasp. Waaah-lah! Perfect and simple. I have purchased both the white and clear-frosted cord that I am planning to use in designing a summery rose necklace.” – jaxilyn, San Jose, CA

“These cube posts are a nice change from the traditional ball post. I use them in one of my best selling designs (pictured below). They are very easy to work with – the ring is open for easy attachment of anything you wish. The posts are sturdy, not flimsy like some which can tend to bend even with the lightest touch. These are high quality and I would reccommend to anyone comtemplating buying them.” – Robin, Los Angeles, CA

Keep the reviews coming!

-Marissa

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Lovely Seed Bead Reviews

August 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments


GlitznKitz product review for seed beads

We would like to shine some light on our customers who have shown us what they can make with seed beads they bought from our site. These images come from the customer reviews you find at the bottom of each product page. Seed beading is a learned skill that takes dedication and patience, and we are happy to be able to provide the necessary tools for these talented artists to create lovely designs! Check out what you can do with seed beads below, and be sure to check out our collection of seed beads to get you started.

The customer reviews are our way of knowing what products on our site work best for you. Let your voice be heard! Write a review on your favorite products. Did one of our products come in handy for a last-minute fashion design or school project? Tell us-and show us-what Artbeads products work for you!


Customer review from joylaurel on seed beads


Customer review from Speedie Beadie on seed beads


Customer review from schwartz on seed beads

-Marissa

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Thank You for Your Reviews!

June 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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!

-Marissa


“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

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