Currently Browsing: April 2009

Blue Grotto Necklace

This striking necklace has a peek of green dichroic glass in the center of the focal bead that is echoed throughout the necklace with 8g trans silver lined kelly green delicas. The colors are rich, and the design fairly simple to make! For another gorgeous design using our seed beads, view The Lone Beader’s blog entry […]


Interview with an Designer

Get to know designer Cheri in the interview below! Cheri has been a designer here at for the past 9 months, her contributions to our Learning Center include Papillon set and Festiva Bracelet. She is also the narrator for our Handy Tip videos! To celebrate her birthday we are offering a 15% discount […]


Artbeads From the Sky!

Ever wonder what the building looks like? Check out this shot of from the Sky!


On 3/29/09 was mentioned in the Tacoma Tribune newspaper. In an article titled: “Not all economic news in Pierce County is bad”, the reporter talks about how some Pierce County companies are still growing and hiring, despite the downturn in the economy. made the radar this year, since we now have over 100 […]


Wisteria and Berries

Glass druk garnet 8mm, sterling silver wire and brass heart Inspired by the wisteria vines and the red berries in the bushes surrounding my home. By Cheryl Strait Do you have a design that uses all or mostly products? Click here to learn how you can submit your designs to our blog.


The Strangest Places!

The other day the ladies here at were sharing funny stories about the strangest places they find beads laying around the house. I had to share a couple of stories with everyone! “The other day I was running late for work and put my shoes on and felt something. I was just sure it […]


Butterflies and Bumble Bees Necklace Variation

I work in Customer Service at I used the “Butterflies and Bumble Bees” pattern from the Learning Center with a few changes. I used 8mm Swarovski Bicones in Purple Velvet and Tanzanite AB. Those are awesome colors together! I used the Hill Tribe Silver Butterfly Beads (HTS110) and the Small Flower Pendant(HTS048). The accent […]


Nature’s Expression Set

Get back to basics with this nature-inspired necklace and bracelet set! A unique combination of pearls, furnace glass and fire-polished Czech beads is accented by an ornate bronze quote pendant in the necklace, while the bracelet is enhanced by a gorgeous hand-painted porcelain disk. For another great design idea using one of our Bronze Pendants […]


Stringing 2-3mm Rounds

Q: Any suggestions for what or how I string those tiny tiny 2-3mmm peridot rounds or the 2mm Tourmaline beads?  Is there a trick to threading those little holes? Terrified of taking them off the temp. string they came on- worried I’ll never get them threaded again.   A: For the 2-3mm rounds, they string […]