Artbeads Blog http://blog.artbeads.com A creative place to share jewelry making information, ideas and inspiration! Hosted by Artbeads.com Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:58:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blog.artbeads.com/wp-content/uploads/ab-favicon-blog-1-85x85.jpg Artbeads Blog http://blog.artbeads.com 32 32 Summer Ice Cream Fun – With a Cute DIY! http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/07/summer-ice-cream-fun-cute-diy/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/07/summer-ice-cream-fun-cute-diy/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:58:26 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18625 What’s better than ice cream on a hot summer day? Ice cream at work! Our friends at Nunn Design made sure we beat the heat with an ice cream truck! They sent one our way and we loved indulging in some delicious ice cream. Cynthia was inspired by the thought of ice cream (who isn’t?), […]

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What’s better than ice cream on a hot summer day? Ice cream at work! Our friends at Nunn Design made sure we beat the heat with an ice cream truck! They sent one our way and we loved indulging in some delicious ice cream.

Cynthia was inspired by the thought of ice cream (who isn’t?), that she just had to make some ice cream jewelry for the occasion. She made all kinds of ice cream looks with the help of bead caps and cones and Swarovski pearls and Czech glass beads.

Keep reading to see how to make these cute DIY pieces for your next summer ice cream social!

Cherry on Top Necklace

This necklace gets a modern twist with the Nunn Design wire frame around the ice cream dangle. Simply slide the cone, the pearl, and the red Swarovski crystal (the cherry on top!) onto a head pin. Add the dangle to a piece of wire and slide the ends through the loops at the top of the wire frame. Make simple loops at each end of the wire. Attach a chain long enough to slip over your head onto the loops using a jump ring for each end. Find complete instructions and a supplies list for this look here.

Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Earrings

The rich colors of Czech glass are what make these earrings look so delicious! To make these earrings, slide the cone, two Czech glass beads, and a small Swarovski pearl onto a head pin. Make a simple loop at the top of the beads. Attach the earwire to the loop and repeat for the other earring. Find complete instructions and a supplies list for this look here.

These earrings look cute on, especially while enjoying a sno-cone:

Two-Scoop Special

Cynthia’s favorite combination of ice cream is chocolate and vanilla. She stacked a Swarovski crystal pearl in a white color with a chocolate brown Czech glass bead and used a Nunn Design bead cap as the cup to hold it all. Again, there’s that yummy cherry on top! To make this look, just slide the bead cap, the pearl, the Czech glass bead, and the small Swarovski crystal onto a head pin and make a simple loop. Attach it to a finished necklace with a jump ring. Find complete instructions and a supplies list for this look here.

These looks are adorable and super easy to make. Why not try coming up with new flavors/colors to showcase in your style. Try using Swarovski crystal pearls in Pastel Blue or Pastel Rose for a sugary sweet look. You could even use a bead cap like this Nunn Design daisy bead cap at the top of your ice cream scoop for more flair. We also offer this glittering sterling silver ice cream cone charm for instant ice cream style!

We had a lot of fun eating ice cream and coming up with some cute jewelry ideas to share with you! Thanks, Nunn Design! What summer treats inspire your jewelry? Make sure to share with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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Swarovski Crystals for your Nails http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/07/swarovski-crystals-nails/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/07/swarovski-crystals-nails/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:14:44 +0000 http://artbeads.idevdesign.net/?p=18522 Yup, you read that right. Did you know that Swarovski released sparkling nail art kits? If you’re a nail tech or a nail artist and you love sparkle, then Swarovski Crystalpixie Nail Art is the thing for you! Swarovski released two different versions of Crystalpixie—Petite and Edge. Crystalpixie Petite is described as a “soft pixie dust” […]

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Yup, you read that right. Did you know that Swarovski released sparkling nail art kits? If you’re a nail tech or a nail artist and you love sparkle, then Swarovski Crystalpixie Nail Art is the thing for you! Swarovski released two different versions of Crystalpixie—Petite and Edge. Crystalpixie Petite is described as a “soft pixie dust” and consists of a combination of small, cut crystal components and round stones that resemble caviar to create a beautiful stardust-like effect on the nails. A complete kit includes 30 flatbacks and 5 grams of Crystalpixie Petite in the cutest faceted bottle. There are eight different kits to choose from including; Cute Mood, Rock Shock, Deluxe Rush, Classy Sassy, Candy Land, Starry Night, Comic Pop, and Exotic East. Crystalpixie Edge is “rockier, edgier, and unconventional”—this version consists of only the small Bicone shaped cut crystals, without the caviar-like round beads for a more textured and bold finish. These kits include a 2 gram bottle of both the Crystalpixie Petite and Edge styles and four flatbacks to complete the set. We currently carry the Cute Mood and Heart’s Desire with Red and Rock Shock and Heart’s Desire in Gold kits.

Both Crystalpixie styles add beautiful sparkle and amazing texture. These kits are perfect for both novice and professional use—take it to your favorite manicurist or DIY at home. You can use these with regular nail glue and traditional nail polish, acrylic, or gel. My preferred method is gel nails and the process of gel curing under an LED or UV lamp. The results are beautiful and best of all, can last up to 2 weeks!

We now carry ShineE Gel Top Coat and Gummy Jelly LED/UV Diamonds Gel for nails. These two products used together create a long lasting manicure with a glossy finish. The ShineE Gel Top Coat is a no-wipe or no-cleanse, semi-hard type top coat sealer that can be used with gel or acrylic nails. It’s great for preventing discoloration from everyday tasks. The Gummy Jelly gel is intended for use with diamonds, charms, or rhinestone crystals for a nail art design that won’t budge. This builder gel can be cured for 60-90 seconds under a LED or UV nail lamp. You can use these products together as you traditionally would with gel nails or try this tip: once you’ve applied your base and cured under a lamp, apply a layer of Gummy Jelly, then without curing apply a layer of the ShineE Gel Top Coat right over the top of the Gummy Jelly, again do not cure and add your charms, rhinestones, or diamonds, and then cure for double the time! This trick helps you avoid the hassle of capping the edges of your crystals or working the top coat around the charms on your nails. It mimics a sort of shrink wrap effect, leaving you with a super strong bond between your nails and the crystals. You can watch these products in action in our Artbeads Cafe video.

Gummy Jelly LED/UV Diamonds Gel for Nails and ShineE Gel Top Coat for Nails

Check out a few examples below and see how much fun I had playing with these Crystalpixie Petite kits.

Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Cute Mood Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Rock Shock Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Deluxe Rush Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Classy Sassy Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Candy Land Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Starry Night Pictured, Swarovski Crystalpixie in Comic Pop

What’s great about these nail kits is how versatile they are. You can incorporate them into wearable designs for every day or elaborate designs for special occasions like weddings, proms, or birthdays. A little goes a long way—one full-size kit will provide several uses. If you run out of the provided flatbacks, don’t fret, we carry lots of other colors and shapes individually and even some in factory packs for you working nail techs out there.

Let us know in the comments section, is this a product you’re interested in? Are you an at-home nail DIYer or do you enjoy visiting a nail technician? Are you a nail technician, what do you think about these, have you tried them? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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We’re Blooming http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/06/we-are-blooming/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/06/we-are-blooming/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:11:00 +0000 http://artbeads.idevdesign.net/?p=18535 Have you ever watched the first green shoots of a new garden peeking up through the ground and wondered what it would look like? Then, after a little while the flower buds take shape and you can see how beautiful it will be. Over the winter while you’ve been perfecting your beading skills and longing […]

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Have you ever watched the first green shoots of a new garden peeking up through the ground and wondered what it would look like? Then, after a little while the flower buds take shape and you can see how beautiful it will be.

Over the winter while you’ve been perfecting your beading skills and longing for spring, we’ve been planting the seeds for a new website and waiting to see how it would grow. This season is extra special for us because now our dreams are becoming a reality. We’re blooming!

Devin and Cynthia Kimura

Our old website had plenty of wonderful things to enjoy, but it was starting to look a little like a garden that had gone to seed, and some of your favorite things were getting hidden amidst the jumble. We arranged everything so that it’s easier to shop and easier to get inspired, too. Don’t worry! The things you’ve come to know and love about Artbeads.com are still here.

You’ll still find plenty of inspiration in our Design Studio. It’s just that the look has changed and we’ve added some exciting new things, too. The Jewelry & Tutorials section has the project instructions and supplies lists you’ve enjoyed in the past, but now with the handy option of adding everything you need for the project to your cart with one click in all the right quantities. Amazing! The Artbeads Cafe episodes are all tucked in as well, and we’re still working hard on setting up our technique videos and inspiration gallery for you to enjoy.

We also gave our rewards program a complete makeover to make it more fun and to help you earn points for things that you already love to do like shop and write reviews (just to name a few). Visit Artbeads Rewards to learn all about it. Spoiler alert: it includes earning cash back on future orders and special access to purchase rewards items with your points!

So, what else is new? We’ve changed the purple navigation bar on the left of the website to a drop-down at the top of the website. Search is much easier to use and more detailed so that you can narrow your selection and get better results. New products, discounts, and deals have a permanent home at the top of our website so that you can access them at any time as you shop. Oh, and now you can have multiple carts! Find everything that you need for a project and then save it for later instead of discovering that everything has disappeared right before you decide to purchase (yep, we fixed that).

We’re also proud to announce the Artbeads Guide To Everything, a place where you’ll find answers to common customer service questions, charts, definitions, and measurements.

We’re at the blooming stage of our website and most things are ready to explore and use, but every garden can use a little weeding and adjusting once it’s planted. You can let us know what you think about the new design and report any issues by contacting us at support@artbeads.com.

Thanks for being such loyal customers, we hope you love it as much as we do! We’re so excited to grow with you!

Devin and Cynthia

Check out the new site!

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Just Announced: Swarovski Innovations for Spring/Summer 2018 http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/01/just-announced-swarovski-innovations-for-springsummer-2018/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2017/01/just-announced-swarovski-innovations-for-springsummer-2018/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:26:07 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18394 Swarovski has announced their latest Innovations for Spring/Summer 2018. These Innovations are all about new perspectives, where diversity in looks and aesthetics are becoming the norm. With these Innovations, the natural and digital merge to form beautiful pieces that will help you tell a story through your jewelry. These phenomenal pieces eradicate boundaries and give […]

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Swarovski has announced their latest Innovations for Spring/Summer 2018. These Innovations are all about new perspectives, where diversity in looks and aesthetics are becoming the norm. With these Innovations, the natural and digital merge to form beautiful pieces that will help you tell a story through your jewelry. These phenomenal pieces eradicate boundaries and give you the ultimate freedom of expression. We’ve got a sneak peek right here of all of the upcoming beads, colors, shapes, and more. Take a look to see what’s on-trend for the upcoming season.

Iridescent Dark Blue and Iridescent Light Blue Crystal Pearl Coatings

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These new pearl coatings fit well with both romantic and modern looks. You’ll love the magical play of light and dark blue color in each shade. Iridescent Dark Blue is created by smoothly blending sapphire blue in the center and purple on the outside. Iridescent Light Blue blends light blue in the center with light violet on the outside. The silky matte effect creates an interesting look, where the pearls appear both matte and shiny at the same time. These classic and timeless shades are suitable for all seasons. When used together, these colors reflect the demand for companionship and togetherness. While they look great in combination with each other, they are also ideal as standalone pieces. These pearls remind us of juicy blueberries and magical bluebells.

Skull Flatback

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We were blown away by these bold skull flatbacks and we think you will be, too! This striking crystal is the first skull shape in the flatback assortment. This iconic look is realized with a sophisticated crystal cut to add a special touch to any design. These flatbacks have a distinctive expression thanks to the molded eyes combined with a multilayer crystal cut. They are easy to add to jewelry designs thanks to the flat and solid construction. We can’t wait to layer them with spikes and studs for an edgy glam look! Go all out and pair them with the popular Swarovski skull bead.

Baroque Bead

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From the very bold skull flatback, we travel into the world of softer elegance with the Baroque Bead. This beautiful bead plays homage to the grandeur and beauty of history in radiant crystal detailing. With its flat pear multi-curved outer shape, you can blend it into luxurious bead strands or create floral and ray-shaped sew-on patterns. Light, airy, and flat, this bead adds little additional weight to any finished product. Wouldn’t they look stunning paired with strands and strands of pearls? We can see a wonderful Marie Antoinette style with these beads. They work perfectly with Swarovski’s Baroque Pendants.

Baroque Mirror Fancy Stone

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Just like the Baroque bead, the Baroque Mirror fancy stone harkens back to an era of filigree and lace. This ornate fancy stone is the perfect vintage design. It features a lightweight feel and a low profile, so you can easily integrate it into rings or earrings, in addition to textile designs. The classic oval shape works in a wide variety of designs. It’s the perfect centerpiece for your projects. Wouldn’t it look just marvelous surrounded by an intricate seed bead bezel or embedded into epoxy clay?

Illusion Collection Designed by Chris Bangle for Swarovski’s Designer Edition Series

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This collection includes tilted fancy stones in a variety of mind-bending styles. The tilted take on crystal geometry manages to exude both space and dimension, even while appearing intrinsically flat. The combination of partly coated effects with a precision cut surface creates an optical illusion. Evocative and dimension-defying, each tilted stone feels like a small work of art and inspiration. The tilted chaton stone features a geometric design with an angular bottom tip and a round top. The tilted spike stone features a pointed tip on the top and bottom. The tilted dice stone offers completely new possibilities thanks to the illusion of a cube-like shape. Add these beauties to your bead embroidery projects for out-of-this-world style.

Pave Drop Pendant

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This 360 degree pave setting merges sparkling crystal with metal and streamlined shapes. Polar opposites come together to create a perfect hybrid of highly individualistic designs. You’ll love the elegant, filigree pave finish. The beautifully elongated silhouette and classic outline is ideal for earrings and pendants alike. Use it as a single eye-catching element in necklaces or as a center piece in decorative statement jewelry. This pendant is perfect for creating jewelry for a night on the town! It’s sure to add a little glitz and glamour to your wardrobe.

New Shiny Lacquer Effects

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Last but not least, new Shiny Lacquer effects add some refreshing color to this Innovations launch. These beautiful additions to the Shiny Lacquer line are half opaque and half shiny, for a classic yet on-trend look. Each piece matches sophisticated shine with refined sparkle. A premium lacquer coating is applied to the backside of each stone, to create an opaque color that shines through the glittering crystal. These new colors are updates on classic summer tones with a hyper-real edge for lively styles with bold expression. Summer Blue is cool and airy, Peony Pink provides a sweet floral hue, Mint Green is a rejuvenating splash of color, Light Coral is vibrant and fun, and Azure Blue will put you in mind of a tropical ocean.

These Innovations are now available here. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments below, or speak your mind on our Facebook page. Want a closer look at these beautiful crystals now that they have been released? Check out our live video:

What will you make with these fabulous new Swarovski stunners?

 

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Spring 2017 Pantone Fashion Color Report http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/12/pantone-fashion-color-report-spring-and-giveaway/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/12/pantone-fashion-color-report-spring-and-giveaway/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:05:23 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18362 It’s getting colder and Christmas is just around the corner (can you believe it?). Even though you may be bundled up in your coziest scarf next to the fire, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of spring! After all, now is the perfect time to start planning and designing jewelry for the warmer months. Pantone, […]

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It’s getting colder and Christmas is just around the corner (can you believe it?). Even though you may be bundled up in your coziest scarf next to the fire, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of spring! After all, now is the perfect time to start planning and designing jewelry for the warmer months. Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color, has you covered with their latest Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017. We fell in love with Pantone’s top 10 colors for the season because they are bright, vivid, and imaginative. While poring over the gorgeous colors for the upcoming season (including the eye-catching Color of the Year), we just couldn’t help but to pair them up with some of our Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends

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These Blends work perfectly with each of the colors, wouldn’t you say? Read on and find an in-depth look at each color and the Blend we’ve matched with it, along with Swarovski color matches and jewelry ideas that you can make and rock to stay on trend.

Color of the Year: Greenery

Greenery

This rejuvenating and revitalizing shade of zesty yellow-green is Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year. It definitely puts us in mind of spring, as it’s the perfect hue of lush foliage. It’s known as “nature’s neutral”, because you see it everywhere when spring comes around and all of the flowers, plants, and trees are in bloom. Our Tender Sprout Blend is the perfect match for this happy green. You could also represent this unforgettable green with Swarovski beads in Peridot or even crystal pearls in Neon Green. Our Herringbone River bracelet makes a wonderful fit with Greenery. The Kale and Island Paradise colors also make an appearance in this fashionable piece.

Niagara

Niagara

Niagara is a comfortable and dependable blue, thanks to its classic, denim-like look. Use this shade in your style and bring ease and relaxation into your looks. We like the way our Blue Pastel Blend picks up on the soothing feel of Niagara, and Indicolite Swarovski beads would work wonderfully for this color. Try Turquoise crystal pearls and key in on that classic look. Make sure to check out our Caribbean Waters thread-wrapped piece for more Niagara inspiration. It features S-Lon bead cord in the perfect colors.

Primrose Yellow

Primrose Yellow

Just looking at this joyful color warms you up! This enthusiastic yellow is full of good cheer and is a great pick for when the sun returns to say hello in spring. Add this hue into your style for more vitality. Even though it’s a pick for spring, our Summer Blend makes a good match for this warm color, with some Pink Yarrow and Flame thrown in for good measure. Swarovski beads in Sunflower are a lovely way to bring this sweet shade to your designs, or you could try crystal pearls in Neon Yellow for a show-stopping flash of color. We love the way the Chinese knotting cord in our String Theory bracelet showcases this inviting tone.

Lapis Blue

Lapis Blue

Another lovely blue hue for spring, Lapis Blue brings energy to the palette, with an intense inner radiance. You’ll love this strong, confident color in your style. Hints of this daring blue come forward in our Blueberry Pie Blend. Naturally, Swarovski’s Dark Lapis crystal pearls match up really nicely, while Capri Blue bicones provide a sparkling take. The midnight magic of this color makes a daring display in our Starry Night necklace. Lapis Blue is a great transitional color to take you from the chilly winter straight through spring.

Flame

Flame

Things are starting to heat up in spring, just like this fiery red-based orange color. This theatrical shade is a great way to spice up any look. We think our Coral Seastar Blend is a fun way to add this hue to jewelry designs. Swarovski’s Fire Opal bicones are just as vivacious as Flame, and Neon Orange pearls are a flamboyant option. Our Sunshine in Bloom earrings feature a Neon Orange pearl at the center of the design and pip beads in a corresponding color for a look that’s on fire. Switch out the seed beads in these earrings for the Coral Seastar colors and make this look all Flame! Add gregarious color to your spring ensembles with this striking shade.

Island Paradise

Island Paradise

Island Paradise is the great escape from it all, putting you in mind of unforgettably blue oceans, sunny islands, and pristine sand beaches. This blue-green shade is the tropical touch in the palette. Its refreshing aqua look will surely make a splash in any style. Our Seabreeze Blend complements the ocean tone perfectly. Our Sea Spray bracelet showcases the seed beads from this Blend in a look that’s perfect for the Island Paradise trend. Pair Swarovski bicones in Light Turquoise and crystal pearls in Jade to keep the cool beach feel going.

Pale Dogwood

Pale Dogwood

Spring is a time of romance, and Pale Dogwood definitely brings subtle romance to the color palette. This soft and peaceful pink is a quiet tone that you can add anywhere. It’s a healthy glow that speaks of innocence and purity. The tranquil pink tones of our Dusty Rose Blend are a beautiful representation of this color. Try softening up your style with either Swarovski bicones in Light Peach, crystal pearls in Pastel Rose, or combine the two for the sweetest look. The rose quartz beads in our Cherry Blossoms earrings are another great way to incorporate this pink into your looks.

Pink Yarrow

Pink Yarrow

Pantone’s Color Report for Spring 2017 is full of fun shades, and Pink Yarrow is no exception. This attention-getting pink is a tantalizing and lively complement to the quiet Pale Dogwood. You’ll want to add this stimulating shade to your style, for sure! Try stringing beads from our Rose-Colored Glasses Blend for a whimsical bracelet. Swarovski’s Fuchsia bicones are an excellent match for this hue, or try Neon Pink crystal pearls for an unignorable display. Katie Hacker used Fuchsia Swarovski beads in her Bedazzling bracelet, which represents Pink Yarrow nicely.

Kale

Kale

Kale is not just for eating! It’s a beautiful addition to Pantone’s top 10 colors for Spring, thanks to its lush and fertile look. This natural green is an earthy complement to the brighter tones in the palette, pulling everything back to the beauty of nature. Try using our Mossy Green Blend to bring this color to your jewelry designs. Swarovski’s Olivine bicones and Powder Green crystal pearls are also nice matches for Kale. Our Victoria Peak bracelet brings the rich and leafy Kale hue in with jade beads from Dakota Stones.

Hazelnut

Hazelnut

Pantone’s final pick for Spring 2017 is Hazelnut, a lovely neutral full of inherent warmth. This transitional color makes for effortless style and looks great in a variety of styles. Our Sandy Shores Blend picks up on the natural earthiness of this color (and there’s a hint of Pale Dogwood in there, too). You’ll love the way Swarovski’s Light Colorado Topaz bicones and Powder Almond crystal pearls capture the neutral beauty of this hue. It makes a great foundation for any color palette, as our Falling in Love jewelry set shows.

Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017 is filled with beautiful colors we can’t get enough of. Want to see them all together with our bead and jewelry picks? Here’s a handy infographic that you can add to your Pinterest boards to keep the inspiration going.

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These colors are great options for spring and you can incorporate them into your jewelry, clothing, accessories, and even your home decor. If you’re planning a wedding, these colors make great inspiration for palettes you might want to use on your big day, from flowers and bridesmaids dresses, to makeup and more. Tell us your favorite colors from the palette in the comments below, or share your Pantone-inspired jewelry-making and craft projects on our Facebook page.

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New Swarovski Innovations and a Fun Contest http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/08/new-swarovski-innovations-and-a-fun-contest/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/08/new-swarovski-innovations-and-a-fun-contest/#respond Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:01:54 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18328 Swarovski has announced their Innovations for Fall/Winter 2017/18 and we’re so excited to dive into the new colors, shapes, effects, and more! So excited, in fact, that we are running a cool contest where you can help us give the new pearl coating a nickname. Take a look at a little sneak peek of the […]

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Swarovski has announced their Innovations for Fall/Winter 2017/18 and we’re so excited to dive into the new colors, shapes, effects, and more! So excited, in fact, that we are running a cool contest where you can help us give the new pearl coating a nickname. Take a look at a little sneak peek of the Innovations below and learn more about our exciting contest. Shop these Innovations here.

Swarovski Innovations Fall/Winter 2017/18

Innovations Sneak Peek – The Nature of Us

These Innovations are all about what defines us and how we express ourselves. With that in mind, these items are great for expressing yourself any way you want. The wide array of new colors, effects, and components celebrate this movement toward more understanding and acceptance.

New Colors and Effects

Rainbow Dark

Rainbow Dark

This effect features a unique metallic shine with a dark, oily pattern on top of the crystal that creates a multicolor look. With this effect, the rules are thrown out and stereotypes are defied! The pattern is unique on every piece, giving you a variety of options for your designs. This look is sure to add edgy glamour to your style, along with lots of color.

Shiny Lacquer Effects

Shiny Lacquer

The new shiny lacquer effects feature a shiny surface and an opaque backside, for a look where sophisticated shine meets refined sparkle. Available in six colors, these effects fall somewhere between the crystal powder effects and opal colors. Find Ivory Cream, Dark Red, Dark Grey, Royal Red, Royal Blue, and Royal Green.

Pearl Coating: Iridescent Red

Iridescent Red Pearl

Oscillating between red and gray tones, this pearl coating merges seemingly impossible extremes. The iridescent look is created by the smooth blending of dark elephant gray in the center, surrounded by a rich and dark wine red color. This cool and edgy pearl coating is both matte and shiny at the same time.

Name it and Win!

We love the look of this pearl coating so much, we want your help giving it a fun new nickname!

***Update: This contest has ended, you voted for your favorite nickname suggestions and now we have a winner:

Lunar Sunset

Congratulations to Renee M! Her suggestion of Lunar Sunset won, and now she’ll receive the components to make a Pearl Panache necklace in the new color. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Tribute to Tribe Designed by Celine Cousteau

Tribute to Tribe

These next components were designed by Celine Cousteau, marine conservationist, humanitarian, and granddaughter of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. You may have seen her Ocean Mysteries collection from the last Innovations launch, inspired by the depths of the ocean. This new collection includes tribal-inspired designs that remind us what it means to belong to the “human tribe”. The collection includes the oval tribe fancy stone, the rhombus tribe fancy stone, and the cross tribe pendant.

New Products and Line Extensions

Oval Rivoli Fancy Stone

Oval Rivoli

This shape features the beautiful rivoli cut with 16 straight and very precise facets. It’s perfect for combining with other pieces in the rivoli assortment. Its versatility ensures that you can use it in many styles, from rock ‘n’ roll glamour looks and refined styles, to cross-cultural mash-ups and futuristic designs.

Kite Fancy Stone

Kite Fancy Stone

This stone is shaped like a slim kite with a brilliant and contemporary cut. You can use this graphic and modern shape to create floral and mosaic designs, or use it as a standalone piece. The reduced height and weight of this stone make it ideal for ring, earring, and textile applications.

Raindrop Flatback

Raindrop Flatback

This is a smaller version of the raindrop flatback, and we love this one just as much as the larger sizes! At 6×1.7mm in size, it’s great for use in nail art or decorating other projects with limited space. Try embellishing eyewear with this fun flatback.

Triangle Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Flatbacks

Triangle Flatbacks

Mix and match these triangle flatbacks! They feature geometric triangle shapes that can be used to create wonderful mosaic-like combinations – you can even bring them together to form a square. With these triangles, individual style has no limits.

We’re so excited to start playing with these Swarovski Innovations as soon as they arrive in our warehouse. Be the first to know that they have arrived by signing up for our newsletter. You’ll receive an email as soon as they are ready to ship, and you’ll stay up to date on other cool Artbeads happenings, like sales, promotions, and more.

We’d love to know what you’re most excited about in this Innovations launch, so make sure to share with us in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. In the meantime, we’ll still be drooling over this sneak peek!

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Explore the Pantone Color Report for Fall 2016 http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/08/explore-the-pantone-color-report-for-fall-2016/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/08/explore-the-pantone-color-report-for-fall-2016/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:43:29 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18305 Summer is slowly coming to a close, as much as all you summer lovers out there cling to your pool floaties and iced coffees! Once the weather turns, it’s time for a wardrobe update, complete with scarves, boots, and fabulous accessories. If you’re stumped as to what colors you should incorporate into your fall wardrobe, […]

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Summer is slowly coming to a close, as much as all you summer lovers out there cling to your pool floaties and iced coffees! Once the weather turns, it’s time for a wardrobe update, complete with scarves, boots, and fabulous accessories. If you’re stumped as to what colors you should incorporate into your fall wardrobe, have no fear! Pantone has you covered with their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

The Fall 2016 color palette is led by the blue family, yet finds a firm anchor with earth tones. Exuberant pops of vibrant color also appear, making fall fashion just as exciting as summer (Hot latte sippers and pumpkin patch purveyors rejoice!). Let’s take a look at the top 10 colors for the season, along with Swarovski beads and jewelry ideas we think are a perfect match to each color.

Riverside

Riverside

Riverside is a new blue shade that takes precedence in fall fashion. It’s a cool and calming tone that also offers a strong and stable look to your style. You’ll love the subtle vibrancy and sophistication. We think Swarovski’s Capri Blue and Lapis beads are a great option for this new shade! Check out Artbeads Designer Cynthia’s Misty Fjords bracelet for a jewelry design dominated by this blue beauty.

Airy Blue

Airy Blue

Another lovely blue hue, Airy Blue has a lofty nature, which evokes feelings of lightness and freedom. It’s also a great complement to Serenity, a Pantone Color of the Year for 2016. This shade offers a fresh approach to your style! Try Swarovski’s Air Blue Opal for a heavenly look. Light Blue crystal pearls also offer up the perfect touch of Airy Blue color. Be sure to take a look at our Glacial Wonder bracelet – it features blue lace agate gemstone beads that are a great way to rock this shade in the fall!

Sharkskin

Sharkskin

No one will be running from this Sharkskin shade this season! This edgy color still manages to remain neutral, so you can pair it with almost any fall color, from the very bright to the subtle and muted. The Swarovski Crystal Comet Argent Light effect is a wonderful blend of metallic silver and clear crystal that will make a nice representation of this new color. Also try Grey crystal pearls as an homage to the sleek sheen of Sharkskin. The beads in our Steel Sky bracelet are the perfect match for this color, especially the pointed pyramid hex beads!

Aurora Red

Aurora Red

A classic punch of red is always a great choice in any season. This warm and sensual version of red is exciting and dynamic, as it is immediately pleasing to the eye and breeds unmistakable confidence. Bring the warm and bold call of Aurora Red to your jewelry designs with Swarovski’s Hyacinth and Red Coral. Our Papillon earrings are a great example of how accents of flashy red can really warm up a piece.

Warm Taupe

Warm Taupe

This hearty, pleasing, and approachable neutral is such a treat to pair with any of the top 10 shades this season. This organic and grounded hue makes for a timeless choice in any look – we’re even seeing it as a popular choice for bridesmaid’s dresses! Light Smoked Topaz and Bronze Swarovski beads are both a wonderful complement to this color. Take a look at Katie Hacker’s Continuous Style necklace for Warm Taupe inspiration. It blends the timeless look of knotted pearls with fashionable and equally timeless neutral hues like this one.

Dusty Cedar

Dusty Cedar

We’re loving this warm and welcoming color for fall, as it’s a great way to add pinks into your fall and winter wardrobe. It’s also a lovely nod to Color of the Year Rose Quartz. We think Swarovski’s Padparadscha and Rose Peach colors are a beautiful complement to this hue. Artbeads Designer Cheri’s Alexandria bracelet is such a perfect look for fall style! It features Dusty Cedar shades along with sweet golden browns.

Lush Meadow

Lush Meadow

Here’s another exciting hue for your fall wardrobe! It brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage, so it will keep your style alive even as leaves fall from every tree. This rich and elegant color has a panache and a brightness that elevates it from more natural greens, giving it a more glamorous feel. Emerald bicones are a great choice for this color and Scarabaeus Green pearls have just as much depth as this hue. Cheri’s Lady Macbeth crochet necklace combines rich green thread with Scarabaeus Green pearls for a lush look to match this fabulous color!

Spicy Mustard

Spicy Mustard

This exotic color bounces elegantly off the other colors in the palette. Like Aurora Red, it adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy – something much needed in the colder months of fall! You’ll love adding this spicy, zesty yellow to your looks for an unexpected and unusual twist. Swarovski’s Topaz and Bright Gold beads are a great way to incorporate the hue into your jewelry designs. As our Desert Dandelion earrings show, just a dash of Spicy Mustard really makes a splash!

Potter’s Clay

Potters Clay

Oh how we love the warm look of Potter’s Clay! This neutral earth tone makes for a strong foundation for fall style, as it’s a color often found in autumn leaves. Layer it into your style for that ultimate fall feeling. Combine Crystal Copper and Bordeaux beads for a look that speaks to this hue. Our Terracotta Dawn bracelet showcases SuperDuos and seed beads in the perfect colors for this trend.

Bodacious

Bodacious

Bodacious is an unexpected treat in fall that can be used with pinks and reds for a vibrant look. This lovely color will help you turn fashion accents into fashion statements! We love Swarovski’s Amethyst and Powder Rose for complementing this shade. Check out our Princess Twist headband for an easy way to add Bodacious color to your style.

There you have it, Pantone’s top 10 colors for this upcoming fall season. If you’d like a handy reference of our Swarovski picks to go along with these colors, check out this infographic:

Pantone and Swarovski Fall 2016 Colors

We can’t wait to start playing with these colors in our designs. So, what colors will be using in your fall jewelry designs? Which of these are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below or share on our Facebook page. We always love seeing what you’re making, so feel free to add a picture!

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Obsessed: Pokemon GO! http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/07/obsessed-pokemon-go/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/07/obsessed-pokemon-go/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:45:08 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18234 Like everyone else on the planet, we love Pokemon GO!  A few of our team members here at Artbeads have caught the bug and have been trying to “catch em’ all”.  We thought it’d be fun to share a quick list of components to create Pokemon GO inspired friendship bracelets, key chains, and phone charms.  […]

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Like everyone else on the planet, we love Pokemon GO!  A few of our team members here at Artbeads have caught the bug and have been trying to “catch em’ all”.  We thought it’d be fun to share a quick list of components to create Pokemon GO inspired friendship bracelets, key chains, and phone charms.  Make a bunch for your friends, family, kids, or coworkers!  Create any of these based on your team color or the colors of your favorite Pokemon.

Easily create a herringbone or square knot weave to make quick and easy thread wrapped bracelets. You’re welcome to use your own techniques, too. Find our step-by-step pictorials of how we do our herringbone and square knot weaves here and here.

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You can use S-Lon Bead cord or Chinese Knotting cord in various colors and sizes to achieve your Pokemon GO themed project.  Embroidery floss would work great as well or feel free to use whatever you have on hand.  Below are just a few examples of Pokemon and their colors to inspire you.

Pikachu – Show off some Pikachu style with lots of yellow to match his cute coloring. Throw in some red for his rosy cheeks, or accent with brown and black to mimic the accents on his tail, ears, and back.  You can stick with all yellow or try a combination of yellow, light brown, black, and red.  Yellow, red, and black are also cute options, but feel free to mix it up with any color combinations that make you think of Pikachu. Here are some items you could use:

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Shown from left to right: Topaz, Taupe, and Dark Siam Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Fall Mix

Squirtle – You can catch this cool water Pokemon sporting sunglasses from time to time, you can’t miss him!  Get your Squirtle style on with shades of blue, to match his body.  You can even throw in brown to represent his shell.

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Shown from left to right: Powder Blue, Neon Deep Blue, and Dark Brown Chinese Knotting Cords

Charmander – Charmander’s a fiery little orange lizard with a flame-lit tail!  Try using shades of orange and, if you’d like, you can use yellow and red to represent the flames.

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Shown from left to right: Neon Orange, Neon Deep Orange, and Dark Siam Chinese Knotting Cords

Bulbasaur – Bulbasaur is hard to miss with the green blossom sprouting on his back and his eye-catching turquoise body.  Use shades of dark, bright, and medium green to match his style!

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Shown from left to right: Emerald and Dark Green Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Summer Mix

Now, depending on what team you’re on in the game, you can use one of the primary colors as your base and accent with various shades of the same color if you want or use just one solid color.  Team Instinct shines in yellow, Team Mystic is serene in blue, and Team Valor burns the color red.  You can use the following item as your base colors for any of these teams.

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Shown: S-Lon Bead Cord Primary Mix

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Artbeads Designer Cheri used the following components for the keychain and bracelets pictured: S-Lon Bead Cord in Black and Copper, Chinese Knotting Cord in Dark Siam, Neon Deep Blue, and Topaz, TOHO Round beads in Frosted Ceylon Butter Yellow and Matte Opaque Cherry, and a gold jump ring

For the variations of red try these:

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Shown from left to right: Burgundy, Dark Siam, Siam Chinese Knotting Cords

For the variations of blue try these:

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Shown from left to right: Powder Blue and Neon Deep Blue Chinese Knotting Cords, S-Lon Bead Cord Montana and Winter Mix

For variations of yellow try these:

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Shown from left to right: Topaz and Taupe Chinese Knotting Cords

For a full listing of colors of the Super Lon beading string please visit here.  For a full listing of the Chinese Knotting cord please visit here.

These are just a few ideas and color palettes to inspire you to create a bracelet, keychain, or phone charm based on your favorite Pokemon or Pokemon GO team. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite Pokemon is and what team you’re representing!

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Bead Storage Solutions http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/06/bead-storage-solutions/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/06/bead-storage-solutions/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:19:18 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18223 Experienced beaders and novices alike are always trying to find great ways to store their jewelry-making supplies. Whether you work in your own studio or take some space on your kitchen table for designing, it’s easier to work when your supplies are organized, easy to access and visible! Elizabeth Ward came up with the Bead […]

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Experienced beaders and novices alike are always trying to find great ways to store their jewelry-making supplies. Whether you work in your own studio or take some space on your kitchen table for designing, it’s easier to work when your supplies are organized, easy to access and visible! Elizabeth Ward came up with the Bead Storage Solutions system with all of these factors in mind.

Bead Storage Solutions

These trays feature removable clear containers in a variety of sizes. The containers close individually and can slide around within the tray, meaning you can group your components however you want and move them with ease if you need to rearrange! The tray also comes with a clear lid, which will keep the smaller containers in place if traveling (and you’ll still be able to see your beads). A sheet of labels is included with the 45-piece Bead Storage Solutions assorted storage tray set and the 82-piece tiny container storage tray, so you can keep everything organized. Here’s a tip for easy labeling: use the sticker from your Artbeads order! Just take the label off of your order bag and place it on the lid of the container you want to use.

We love this system and so do our customers! Here’s what Artbeader “piasm” has to say:

My bead collection has grown rapidly, and with each wave of new beads, I invent new ways to store them…This compact, sturdy unit has, so far, been a delight. All of my 15/0 and 11/0 beads are now stored compactly in 3 stacking units that sit right beside me at my work area, making it an ease to mix and design. These clear little containers, that open and close in a snap…take up a mere fraction of the space. My work space tends to get crawling with beads of a hundred types between designing and trying different techniques and projects, but this setup seems to keep my space so tidy and prevents runaway beads. The tray cover adds to tidiness by preventing dust (and cat hair) from settling between work sessions.

Artbeader Carole loves the storage system because “it’s neat, compact and easy to find what I’m looking for.” Take a look at how she’s using her Bead Storage Solutions trays:

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All of her beads are easy to see and perfectly organized!

Artbeader Rael loves the system because the containers are “easy to grip to remove from their tray…Each little container is securely locked and slides into place and then they are covered by a locking lid for extra security.” Rael not only uses the locking lid for extra security – she thinks it makes a nice extra bead tray while you’re working, too! Here’s another tip from Rael on how to use those labels: “I’ve used the stickers that come with the box to write the size and color. I keep a sticky note inside the lid to write down the colors I am short of.”

Bead Storage Solutions Trays

You can purchase the Bead Storage Solutions tray and containers separately to mix and match the storage options you need for your stash! Find tiny, small, medium and large containers that slide right into any Bead Storage Solutions tray!

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Artbeader “RagdollMama” loves these containers: “The flip top on these containers is so secure but easy to open and durable enough that if you drop a container it doesn’t shatter or spill the contents all over the floor!”

It’s clear that these trays are the way to go if you want an organized work space! Now you can add to your system with the Bead Storage Solutions work in progress tray.

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This tray includes a bead design board and a foam bead design board cover. With this tray, you can take your works in progress on the go and they will stay secure between beading sessions! Since this tray is the same size as the other trays in the system, it is stackable. You can easily add it to your system.

Try out the Bead Storage Solutions trays for yourself and see how they can keep your beads in order, while still allowing your creativity to flow! Already using the Bead Storage Solutions system? Leave a product review to let us know how you like them or share with us on our Facebook page.

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Making Mini Beaded Chairs http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/04/making-mini-beaded-chairs/ http://blog.artbeads.com/2016/04/making-mini-beaded-chairs/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:34:16 +0000 http://blog.artbeads.com/?p=18187 Beads are fun to play with, whether you are making jewelry, home decor or some other kind of craft. Artbeads recently discovered the art of making miniature chairs with beads thanks to Noreen M, an Artbeads.com customer. Noreen has made many beaded chairs over the years and now her goal is to revive miniature beaded […]

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Mini Beaded Chairs

Beads are fun to play with, whether you are making jewelry, home decor or some other kind of craft. Artbeads recently discovered the art of making miniature chairs with beads thanks to Noreen M, an Artbeads.com customer. Noreen has made many beaded chairs over the years and now her goal is to revive miniature beaded chair art by sharing the instructions and diagrams she has spent hours and hours creating. Here is Noreen’s story on how she got started making these cute little chairs:

In the 1950s, when I was a child, my mother made miniature chairs about 3 inches tall using seed beads and thin wire. I still own a few chairs and a sofa she made. There’s no way of knowing how she learned to make them, but my guess is she found instructions in a crafting magazine. She used to buy magazines with instructions for crochet and embroidery items and I remember many, many issues of McCall’s magazine. I still remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls out of every issue. My grandmother did a lot of crafts, so it’s possible my mom found instructions in a magazine that was published before the 50s.

After making many beaded bracelets and necklaces, I looked at my mom’s beaded chairs and thought it would be fun to give it a try. But, I had no instructions. I love a challenge. I love puzzles. And, what a challenge it would be to solve the little beaded puzzles. I made a drawing of one of her chairs. Then I tried to duplicate the drawing using a continuous line. After working on it for hours, starting over and over, I gave up and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up and my brain instantly resumed working on the puzzle. I laid there imagining where I left off the previous night, when all of a sudden I realized that at one point I needed to go in a different direction. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my puzzle and bam! I was right!!

Using the drawing, over 4 feet of continuous wire and about 500 beads, I successfully completed my first chair…I’ve made many chairs, given them to friends and enjoyed the smiles of surprise. Two of my friends are now making chairs and one of them is going to teach the art to her daughter.

Today on the Artbeads blog, we are sharing Noreen’s instructions and diagrams with you, so you can start making these chairs for yourself. They make wonderful accents in doll houses and would even look cute in a fairy garden. Use the instructions below to get started!

Free Instructions: Mini Beaded Chairs

Chair 1 Instructions

Materials Needed:

25 Large 6/0 Beads

592 Small 11/0 Seed Beads

4 feet of 26 gauge stainless steel wire

Wire Cutters

Needle-Nose PliersCHAIR 1 Diagram

 

Refer to the Chair 1 Diagram to complete the design. On the diagram, large beads are marked with a letter. It is important to enter and exit large beads as shown.

Steps are indicated on the diagram by a number followed by a second number, which indicates the number of small beads used in that step. Example: 1-6 on the diagram means, “Step One – Add 6 small beads to the wire.”

Note: The first bead to be added to the wire is referred to as “large bead A”. The wire will pass through this bead five times. Therefore, it is wise to text the bead you choose. Cut five short pieces of wire (1-1 1/2″ will do). Put all five pieces of wire through the bead hole. If they are tight or don’t fit, pick another bead to start with.

To make the seat of the chair:

About a half of an inch from one end of the wire, make a small curl or simple loop to keep your beads from falling off. At the other end of the wire, begin adding beads. Add large bead A. Then, follow these steps:

Step 1: add 6 small beads (referred to as small). Add large bead B.

Step 2: Add 4 small. Add large bead C.

Step 3: Add 4 small. Add large bead D.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Add large bead E.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead B. The beads from step 1 and large bead A will now hang loose until you get to step 12.

Step 6: Add 6 small. Add large bead F.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Go through large bead C.

Step 8: Add 6 small. Add large bead G.

Step 9: Add 6 small. Go through large bead D.

Step 10: Add 6 small. Add large bead H.

Step 11: Add 6 small. Go through large bead E.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Go through large bead A.

Step 13: Add 4 small. Add large bead I.

Step 14: Add 4 small. Add large bead J.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 16: Add 6 small. Add large bead K.

Step 17: Add 6 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 18: Add 14 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 19: Add 6 small. Add large bead L.

Step 20: Add six small. Go through large bead A.

To make the back and arms of the chair:

Note: Before proceeding, make sure you are holding the chair in the same direction as the diagram shows. If you don’t pay attention, you might end up with the seat of the chair upside down, which will cause problems in future steps.

Step 1: Add 3 small. Add large bead M.

Step 2: Add 16 small. Add large bead N.

Step 3: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Go through large bead N.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead L.

Step 6: Add 5 small. Go through large bead M.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Add large bead O.

Step 8: Add 12 small. Add large bead P.

Step 9: Add 18 small. Add large bead Q.

Step 10: Add 18 small. Add large bead R.

Step 11: Add 12 small. Add large bead S.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Add large bead T.

Step 13: Add 16 small. Add large bead U.

Step 14: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead U.

Step 16: Add 4 small. Go through large bead K.

Step 17: Add 5 small. Go through large bead T.

Step 18: Add 3 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 19: Add 8 small. Go through large bead S.

Step 20: Add 6 small. Go through large bead R.

Step 21: Add 21 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 22: Add 22 small. Go through large bead Q.

Step 23: Add 22 small. Go through large bead I.

Step 24: Add 21 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 25: Add 6 small. Go through large bead O.

Step 26: Add 8 small.

Now you can loosen your original stopper loop by large bead A. Bring the end of the wire through to the underside of large bead A to create the legs.

LEGS A

 

To make the legs of the chair:

Refer to the diagram for Legs A to complete these steps.

Step 1: Add 10 small. Add a large bead

Step 2: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 3: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 4: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 5: Add 10 small. Go through large bead F, which was added while making the seat.

Step 6: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 4.

Step 7: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 8: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G in the seat.

Step 9: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 7.

Step 10: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 7.

Step 11: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 12: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 13: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H in the seat.

Step 14: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 11.

Step 15: Add 14 small. Go through the large bead that was added in step 1.

Step 16: Add 10 small. Go through large bead A in the seat. If you find it difficult to bring the end of the wire through the bead because the end is bent out of shape, trim the end. This will make it easier to pass it through the bead.

To finish your chair, trim the end of the wire, leaving only a couple of inches. Straighten the loop at the other end of the wire. Pull tightly on both ends of the wire and twist the two ends together using needle nose pliers. Trim the twisted wire, leaving approximately 1/4 of an inch. Bend the wire end under large bead A to hide it.

If you want to make another style of beaded chair, try the one below!

Chair 2

Chair 2 Instructions

Materials Needed:

25 large 6/0 beads

553 Small 11/0 seed beads

3 feet and 9 inches of 26 gauge stainless steel wire

Wire Cutters

Needle-Nose Pliers

CHAIR 2 Diagram

To make the seat of the chair:

About a half of an inch from one end of the wire, make a small curl or simple loop to keep your beads from falling off. At the other end of the wire, begin adding beads. Add large bead A. Then, follow these steps:

Step 1: add 6 small. Add large bead B.

Step 2: add 4 small. Add large bead C.

Step 3: Add 4 small. Add large bead D.

Step 4: Add 4 small. Add large bead E.

Step 5: Add 4 small. Go through large bead B. The beads added in step 1 and large bead A will now hang loose until you complete step 12.

Step 6: Add 6 small. Add large bead F.

Step 7: Add 6 small. Go through large bead C.

Step 8: Add 6 small. Add large bead G.

Step 9: Add 6 small. Go through large bead D.

Step 10: Add 6 small. Add large bead H.

Step 11: Add 6 small. Go through large bead E.

Step 12: Add 6 small. Go through large bead A.

Step 13: Add 4 small. Add large bead I.

Step 14: Add 4 small. Add large bead J.

Step 15: Add 4 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 16: Add 9 small. Add large bead K.

Step 17: Add 4 small. Go through large bead G.

Step 18: Add 14 small. Go through large bead H.

Step 19: Add 4 small. Add large bead L.

Step 20: Add 9 small. Go through large bead A.

To make the back and arms of the chair:

Note: Before proceeding, make sure you are holding the chair in the same direction as the diagram shows. If you don’t pay attention, you might end up with the seat of the chair upside down, which will cause problems in future steps.

Step 21: Add 14 small. Add large bead M.

Step 22: Add 6 small. Add large bead N.

Step 23: Add 6 small. Add large bead O.

Step 24: Add 6 small. Add large bead P.

Step 25: Add 6 small. Go through large bead M.

Step 26: Add 12 small. Go through large bead I.

Step 27: Add 9 small. Go through large bead J.

Step 28: Add 12 small. Add large bead Q.

Step 29: Add 6 small. Add large bead R.

Step 30: Add 6 small. Add large bead S.

Step 31: Add 6 small. Go through large bead N.

Step 32: Add 6 small. Go through large bead Q.

Step 33: Add 14 small. Go through large bead F.

Step 34: Add 3 small. Add large bead T.

Step 35: Add 7 small. Go through large bead K.

Step 36: Add 13 small. Go through large bead T.

Step 37: Add 17 small. Go through large bead R.

Step 38: Add 12 small. Go through large bead S.

Step 39: Add 16 small. Go through large bead O.

Step 40: Add 12 small. Go through large bead P.

Step 41: Add 17 small. Add large bead U.

Step 42: Add 13 small. Go through large bead L.

Step 43: Add 7 small. Go through large bead U.

Step 44: Add 3 small.

Now you can loosen your original stopper loop by large bead A. Bring the end of the wire through to the underside of large bead A to create the legs.

LEGS B

To make the legs of the chair:

Refer to the diagram for Legs B to complete these steps.

Step 1: Add 10 small. Add a large bead.

Step 2: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 3: Add 10 small. Go through large bead H in the chair seat.

Step 4: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 2.

Step 5: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 2.

Step 6: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 7: Add 18 small. Go through the last large bead added.

Step 8: Add 10 small. Go through large bead G in the seat.

Step 9: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 6.

Step 10: Add 14 small. Add a large bead.

Step 11: Add 10 small. Go through large bead F in the seat.

Step 12: Add 10 small. Go through the large bead added in step 10.

Step 13: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 10.

Step 14: Add 14 small. Go through the large bead added in step 1.

Step 15: Add 18 small. Go through the large bead added in step 1.

Step 16: Add 10 small. Go through large bead A in the seat. If you find it difficult to bring the end of the wire through the bead because the end is bent out of shape, trim the end. This will make it easier to pass it through the bead.

To finish your chair, trim the end of the wire, leaving only a couple of inches. Straighten the loop at the other end of the wire. Pull tightly on both ends of the wire and twist the two ends together using needle nose pliers. Trim the twisted wire, leaving approximately 1/4 of an inch. Bend the wire end under large bead A to hide it.

 

These are just two examples of the patterns for beaded chairs Noreen wants to share with the world. You can find even more pictures, diagrams, instructions and tips on her website: minibeadedchairs.myfreesites.net. She even has instructions for making beaded sofas and ottomans!

Finally, we leave you with some more tips for making these beaded chairs and other miniature furniture:

Wire Tips:

Stainless steel wire is the best choice for these chairs, as it is sturdy and offers good support. Beading wire is too soft to support your project and will cause the chair to be floppy. Brass wire will break if you get a bad kink or when twisting ends together. If you use colored or coated wire, the coating comes off as you are working with it.

Our wire straightening tool is very helpful when making beaded chairs, as kinks can develop in the wire while working with it.

Bead Tips:

A bead mat is very helpful, as it ensures your beads don’t roll around while working.

An 8g package of size 11/0 beads contains approximately 850 beads, plenty to create one chair.

Noreen prefers using TOHO seed beads for her chairs. Miyuki also makes 11/0 round seed beads. Try not to mix the two brands, as sizing could vary slightly between brands.

You can try Czech glass beads that are the same size as 6/0 beads, just make sure to check the hole size. You can use Czech glass beads on your chair in places where the wire passes through 3 times or less.

In any spot on any pattern where the wire only passes through the large bead twice, you can use size 8/0 seed beads. This can provide a more delicate look to your chair.

Chairs can be made smaller by reducing the number of beads used in each step of the diagrams. If you’d like a larger chair, Noreen doesn’t recommend increasing the number of beads, as this can cause the chair to be floppy. She has made larger chairs by using larger beads and 24 gauge wire.

When the chair is complete:

Your chair will need to be straightened and shaped by gently pulling on it. If you have a kink in a section of beaded wire which should be straight, you can lightly squeeze it with wooden kitchen tongs or between two popsicle sticks. Do not use metal tools for this, as they can easily break beads.

 

If you’ve made beaded chairs or have found another way to incorporate beads into your crafts, let us know in the comments below, or share a picture with us on our Facebook Page.

 

 

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