Want To Try Jewellery Making At Home? Here’s How To Get Started

Are you looking for a new and exciting craft to pass the time? After weeks of COVID-19 lockdowns, jewelry making has become a popular home hobby. Affordable and easy, handmade jewelry is a beautiful gift for people of all ages, brightening the day for those in your life feeling alone or out of touch. Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to begin this hobby. What do you need?

Jewelry Making Tools You Need to Get Started

Whether you prefer stringing beads or using beading wire, these beading tools are a must for making jewelry.

• Wire cutters

Use these to cut stringing wire and eye/headpins.

• Bead stoppers

To hold beads in place.

• Flat nose pliers

For gripping wire.

• Chain nose pliers

These specialized pliers allow you to grip wire without leaving a mark.

• Round nose pliers

Used for creating loops and other round elements with beading wire.

• Crimping tools

For securing clasps onto beading wire, and also for flattening/rounding crimp beads onto beading wire safely, without creating sharp edges.

String, Cords, and Wire

The choice of bead cord or wire often comes down to personal preference and style. Crystal Findings offers a number of styles to suit your needs, including:

Bead cord

Available in multiple colors, affordable, and easy to use.

Clear stretch magic elastic jewelry cord

Clear, stretchy, and strong, this is a great multifunctional solution.

Tiger tail wire

Ideal for heavy weight beads such as stone.

Soft flex beading wire

This coated wire is available in various sizes and colors. It is a great solution for crystal, stone beads, Swarovski pearls, and when creating illusion necklaces.

Wire size is based on gauge – the higher the number, the thinner the wire.

• 24, 26 gauge: for beads with small holes like pearls

• 21, 22 gauge: a versatile size that fits most beads

• 20 gauge wire: strong; good for making clasps


Choosing Your Beads

There are many different types of beads and findings used for beaded jewelry. You can purchase some of your favorites, creating your own personal style, look to YouTube and Google for design ideas, or simply shop clearance beads and findings, getting creative with your jewelry pieces and stretching your dollar. Some of our most popular choices include:

Alphabet beads

• Sparkling gold filled and sterling silver beads and findings

• Semi-precious stone beads

• Colorful glass cat’s eye beads

• Shimmering Shamballa beads

• Sparkling Swarovski crystal beads and pendants

• Artfully adorned Cloisonné beads

Time to Bead

There are many paths you can take to begin your beading journey. Many start with trial and error; however, with the glut of YouTube tutorials and Pinterest posts out there, there’s no need to fly blind. Simply choose your preferred method of learning and immerse yourself in a project.

Add a little sparkle to your daily routine with jewelry making at home. Shop the affordable collection of jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

Jewelry Trends 2020: Do You Have the Right Supplies?

Have you fully-stocked your beading supplies to keep up with 2020s most exciting jewelry trends? This fashion-forward year is well underway, and bold, colorful designs are in the spotlight. Say goodbye to simple chains and warm up to these big statement pieces!

Stock Up So You Can Keep Up with these HUGELY Popular 2020 Jewelry Trends

•    Bold An Funky


Hoops never go out of style, and this season’s hoops are big and bold, putting unique takes on funky classics with unexpected shapes and eccentric combinations. How will you personalize our sterling silver and gold-filled endless hoops?

•    Layered Pieces

Simple, single strands are being crowded out by multiple layers of jewelry, such as layers of bold, chunky stone beads in different colors, or a few strands of multicolored metallics in different lengths.

•    Mix & Match Earrings

Forget matchy-matchy designs. Mix and match earrings are where it’s at for 2020 if you want to stay ahead of the game. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sizes, such as studs and hoops, or mixed metals. Look to Adeam, who favored this style in her Fall 2019 collection for inspiration.

•    Beach-Inspired

Both intricate and simple beach-inspired designs are also on trend this year, such as shimmering Swarovski starfish pendants and pearls, and dolphin, shell pendant or charm additions paired with bold colored or intricate designs.

•    Warm Gemstones

Warm colored gemstones are taking over this year. Find the season’s hottest colors in shimmering Swarovski crystal pendants, flat back stones, and other gemstone beads in shades of champagne, gold, turmeric, citrine, orange, reds, and neutral chocolate browns. Pair this trend with others on this list, or create your own unique style, for a truly trendy look.

•    Pearls

Classic pearls go beyond celebrity galas and formal events. This previously traditional look is undergoing a funky transformation in 2020, from simple strings to extravagant designs. Create your own with stunning Swarovski pearls, creating interesting hoops that extend to ear cuffs, or creating sophisticated, multilayered stacked designs using strings of different sizes. Move beyond classic colors, embracing vibrant variations or mixing pearls with gold.

•    Personalized Nameplates

Hello 90s! Nameplates are back! Spell out your name, your story, zodiac sign, mood, life’s goals, showcasing them around your neck.

•    Chunky and Bold gold-filled Chains

Like a flashback to Mr. T’s 80s persona, thick gold-filled chains are also back, making a retro statement around the neck or wrists. Don’t be afraid to go big with links. Such large, fun flair can really pull together even the most modest outfit.

2020 jewelry trends have a lot of inspiration to offer. Which ones are calling to you? Stock up for an exciting new decade of jewelry design. Shop our catalog of beautiful, affordable wholesale beads and supplies online at Crystal Findings today.

Create Stylish and Tasteful Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor with Crystal Findings

When you’re aiming for a certain look, the Thanksgiving décor from your area retailer may leave you wanting. For stylish and tasteful tabletop displays and an enjoyable fall project, why not create your own pieces for a look that’s unique and memorable? Keep treasured pieces for annual use, creating a beading tradition, or gift coveted pieces to loved ones and friends.

Create Stylish, Unique Thanksgiving Tabletop Décor with Beading Supplies at Crystal Findings

Our beading supplies include a variety of styles and autumn shades, allowing you to design the perfect accent pieces for your Thanksgiving gathering. What beaded tableware could you create for your tabletop?

•    Wine glass rings

Create simple and elegant wine glass rings, helping your guests avoid confusing their beverages. Keep things simple and elegant with circular wine glass rings adorned with a single Swarovski crystal, or adorn them with festive fall charms accented with your favorite fall bead colors.

•    Napkin holders

Weave napkin holders in sparkling autumn shades, accenting them with gold-filled beads and findings. Choose from luminescent lamp beads in shades of clear and topaz, or stone beads in carnelian, jade, gold, tiger’s eye, mother of pearl, and yellow.

•    Beaded pine cones

Add elegance and whimsy to your table with beaded pine cones, alternating brown stone beads in shades of brown, topaz, or tiger’s eye with gold-filled beads for excitement and shine. Coordinate with a miniature, matching pair of earrings.

•    Indian corn

Get the kids involved or reconnect with your inner child, creating beaded Indian corn for fun table flare with round stone beads. For a more adult approach, use craft wire and more shimmering, festive beads, adding visual interest and luminosity with cat’s eye beads in shades of green, brown, gold, orange.

•    Pumpkins

Beaded pumpkins can be a fun craft for kids or adults alike, and make perfect Thanksgiving tabletop décor for the kids’ table. Create 3-dimensional pumpkins with pipe cleaners, or take a more sophisticated approach with beading wire and stone or cat’s eye beads in shades of orange, green, and brown.


•    Beaded placemats

Create beaded placemats with a fall theme, such as pumpkins and gourds, leaves, acorns, sunflowers, or a simple mosaic of fall colors. Choose classic stone beads in fall shades, luminescent cat’s eye beads, or add a touch of sparkle with shamballa beads in shades of siam red, topaz, yellow, and emerald.

•    Beaded table runner

Create an intricate design using a single fall color, or a beautiful mosaic to match your beaded placemats in a pattern of leaves, pumpkins, acorns, and sunflowers.

•    Beaded bowls

Created with a modern wire framework beads in your favorite autumn shades with accents of gold, beaded bowls make an elegant centerpiece statement.

•    Beaded wreath

Invite guests into your home with the sparkle and flair of a beaded wreath on your front door.

Ensure a memorable Thanksgiving with the elegant addition of beaded tableware. Shop the wide selection of custom jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/create-stylish-and-tasteful-thanksgiving-tabletop-decor-with-crystal-findings/

Don’t Know What Type of Wire to Use when Beading? Check out These Tips

For those new to jewelry making, the seemingly simple task of selecting beading wire can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. With so many types, sizes, and manufacturers, how can you find the right one? The tips that follow offer general guidelines (not rules), and are meant to help those new to beading avoid trial-and-error frustrations.


First Things First: Understanding Beading Wire Measurements


To make an informed decision, the first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with beading wire terminology and how it applies to measurements and durability:


• Beading wire diameter

Wire diameter determines the overall strength of the beading wire. The smaller the number, the wider the diameter and more durable the wire. Wire diameter will also determine what types of beads will fit on the wire. Measurements are typically given as a fraction of an inch.


• Strand number


Beading wire is actually a cable composed of multiple strands. The more strands in the wire, the more flexible it is. The smaller the number of strands, the stiffer the wire will remain. For example, 19-strand wire is more flexible than 7-strand. This is a classic more = better scenario. More flexible wire feels higher quality, whereas less flexible wire will be prone to kinking. The tradeoff is in the expense.


• Pound test strength or “break”


This number is sometimes displayed on beading wire, denoting weight tests surrounding the maximum pounds of pressure beading wire can take before breaking. The higher the number the stronger the wire.


Tips for Selecting Beading Wire by Design


Considering these aspects of your project can help you determine the best beading wire:

• What diameter are bead holes? How small/large are the beads?

– Small, lightweight beads, such as sterling silver beads and Bali beads, work well with .010-0.15-inch wire.

– Light to medium crystal and stone beads work well with medium diameter 0.15-0.21-inch wire.

– Heavy beads are best with heavier 0.24-0.36-inch wire.



• What’s your budget (or your client’s)?


– Affordable & durable for gifts, crafts: 7-strand.

– Middle-of-the-road: 14-19-strand.

– Higher-end jewelry for sale: 19-49-strand.


• Will you be using oversized beads or large crystals?

Large, heavy beads and multifaceted crystals such as Swarovski crystal beads and Swarovski crystal pendants are best strung on beading wire with a pound test strength of 26-40-pounds.


• Necklace style:

The more strands, the more wire will drape. Seven-strand wire holds its shape; whereas 49-strand is supple like string, allowing for elegant draping. Here is a general rule of thumb you can use while choosing the number of strands for your beading wire:


– Stiff, choker-style: 7-strand.

– Artful drape/movement: 19-49-strand.

– Unsure: 19-strand.


• Visibility of the wire.

If beading wire will show between beads, carefully consider the color of beading wire. Bead wire now comes in an array of colors and finishes. Carefully chosen, your wire color can showcase or enhance your bead colors.

Looking for high quality beading wire and beading supplies? Shop the wide selection of quality jewelry making supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/dont-know-what-type-of-wire-to-use-when-beading-check-out-these-tips/

Leftover Beads? Try These Unique Beading Projects!

Leftover beads? These simple and unique beading projects can help you utilize your ever-growing collection of beading odds and ends.

10 Great Beading Projects for Leftover Beads

1.    Beaded Earrings

Because it takes relatively few beads to make earrings, earring projects are a great way to put leftover beads to good use, especially sparkly statement pieces like Shamballa beads. As an added bonus, these make great last-minute gifts for family and friends.

2.    Beaded Bookmark

Make a pretty beaded wax linen twin bookmark from odd beads from yourself or the avid reader in your life. This simple project takes only about 10-minutes, making them a fantastic project for children or any potential new jewelry makers in your life.

3.    Burlap Curtain Tie-Backs or Napkin Rings

Spruce up your curtains or dining room table with stretchy strings of your leftover beads. Have a little extra time and quite a few extra beads? Add a beaded fringe to your drapes or make a full beaded curtain for budding bohemians.

4.    Wine Glass Beaded Charms

Enjoy a glass of wine while making charms for your stemware. Wine glass beaded charms are a great way to mark glasses. Make color variations from leftover beads for dinner parties, or put those alphabet beads to good use for your next family gathering.

5.    Beaded Barrettes

A few bobby pins and a bit of glue and you can turn just a few leftover beads into a fun hair accessory for children or friends and minutes.

6.    Beaded Insects

Dresser or desk less than inspiring? Top it off with a conversation piece. Create your own beaded spider or dragonfly. A quick Google will have you on your way to a unique beaded centerpiece in no time.

7.    Beaded Wind Chime or Sun Catcher

Artfully arrange your assortment of leftover stone beads into a unique and sparkling sun catcher or set of wind chimes for your yard.

8.    Beaded Candleholder

Drape fringes of beads surrounding a mason jar or string and glue beads around a simple glass votive or pillar candle holder to make a colorful home accent piece.

9.    Holiday Ornaments

Your imagination is the limit for turning your leftover beads into a fun or stunning holiday ornament. Shape with craft wire, create a wrap, or simply glue to a frosted glass ball.

10.    Beaded Art

Lose the wire and string and grab a tube of glue, turning your leftover beads into art atop a photo frame, mirror, or into a collage. A fun project with or without the kids for the artistically inclined.

Out of ideas? We’ve got more than a few. Shop the wide selection of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings, or peruse our blog for inspiration today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/leftover-beads-try-these-unique-beading-projects/

Why You Should Buy Wholesale Beads

Love jewelry making but wish you could find a way to cut the cost of beading supplies? You may be surprised to discover you don’t have to be a large retailer to purchase wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies. Most wholesalers have many customers who buy in small quantities. Even crafters and hobbyists can purchase beads at wholesale prices from Crystal Findings.


Why Should You Buy Wholesale Beads?


•    Wider Variety, Lower Prices


Buying beads in bulk from a wholesaler, rather than a retailer, will give you access to a greater variety of high-quality beads at a much lower price. And if you think this means millions of the same boring beads, think again. You can purchase beads wholesale in variety packs, ensuring a variety of colors, textures, and styles, sizes or choose your own in quantity or by the piece for special projects.


•    Shopping & Delivery Convenience


Save time and shop from the comfort of your home. Purchasing your beading supplies online from Crystal Findings gives you access to a wider variety of beads than your area craft store, allowing you to create beautiful, unique projects without trekking to a multitude of stores. Once you place your order, items ship quickly to your door, ensuring you don’t have to wait for your bead and gemstone orders to trickle in before you can finally begin your project. With wholesale beading supplies, you can start your project anytime, or stock your shelves for future projects throughout the year.

 

Tired of the Same Old Craft Store Fare?


Shop our fantastic variety of interesting and unique wholesale beads and find something new and exciting:

•    Swarovski Crystal Beads

Add unmatched sparkle and flair with Swarovski crystal beads and pendants.


•    Stone Beads

Our semi-precious stone beads come in a variety of colors, adding a unique, earthy feel to your jewelry designs. Use them alone, alternating colors and shapes, or pair with your favorite accent pieces such as Bali beads and gold-filled and silver charms.


•    Shamballa Beads


Shimmery and colorful, disco-ball-like  Shamballa beads make a stunning addition in any jewelry design.


•    Cloisonné Beads

Pair the colorful art of our Cloisonné beads with your favorite gold or silver beads and findings.

Tips for Gaining Additional Savings When Shopping Wholesale Beads

•    Purchase Larger Orders, Less Frequently

Rather than spending a few dollars here and there, make a list of what you need and wait. The larger the quantity of beads you purchase, the more you save.


•    Get a Tax ID

If you’re a jewelry making aficionado, an inexpensive business license and tax ID can help you save on the cost of retail taxes.


•    Shop Only Trusted Websites

Some wholesalers are less than honest, selling beads with defects, or shorting you on promised billed inventory. Shop only online wholesalers with a trusted reputation who you know will be around to handle any customer service needs.


Treat yourself to a little something new and exciting. Shop the wide variety of affordable wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/why-you-should-buy-wholesale-beads/

Why is Swarovski Jewelry Expensive?

Synonymous with quality and luxury since 1892, the Swarovski brand name is well-known in the jewelry market. These jewels, neither a crystal nor a gem, are actually a form of glass. With such a seemingly simple composition, what makes Swarovski crystal beads and pendants more expensive?

A Painstaking Attention to Detail

Much more than meets the eye, Swarovski crystals are anything but simply made. Like true diamonds, the quality of materials used in the creation of Swarovski crystals as well as the Austrian company’s highly-specialized cutting practices lend to the cost of the crystals. Their creation is a long and complicated process. To create crystals with a higher refraction index than true crystal, precision manufacturing is essential. This results in a stone with looks close to those of diamonds.

The Swarovski Manufacturing Process

To achieve the sparkle you love, the creation of Swarovski crystals begins with a secret lead glass crystal recipe featuring a blend of quartz, sand, minerals, and about 32% lead, which helps maximize refraction in the crystals. The clearer the crystal, the more difficult to produce. Purity of material is key. After creation, they are precision-cut with a patented electric cutting machine. Accurate and consistent, the cutting process adds as many as 100 facets to each crystal which mirror and bend light in various directions, providing a higher refraction index in the crystals. After this complex cutting process, the crystals are then polished to perfection and ready for sale with custom jewelry making supplies. Coatings may also be added during this process to refract light in different color spectrums.

A Step Above the Competition

Because Swarovski crystals are man and machine made, the quality of crystals is far more consistent than is seen in naturally occurring gem stone beads and crystals. Crystals with imperfections such as bubbles, scratches, and lackluster shine and brilliance will not meet Swarovski quality standards. Premium, genuine Swarovski crystals should be identical, showcasing unsurpassed consistency of design to meet Swarovski’s high manufacturing standards:

•    Each Swarovski crystal should be identical in size and cut, a key sign of Swarovski’s precise workmanship and authenticity.

•    Crystals should have zero bubbles.

•    Crystals should be clear and brilliant, with no oily sheen, dullness, or surface scratches.

•    The shine of each crystal should be diamond-like.

•    The facets of each crystal should meet and point upwards.

•    Colored crystals should be identical in tone.

•    Crystals are sold loose (only Swarovski pearls are sold strung together).

•    Crystals should be sought from a Swarovski authorized retailer.

Make a statement, adding a touch of brilliance and luxury to your upcoming jewelry making project. Shop the world-renowned Swarovski line. An authorized retailer, pair the sparkling perfection of Swarovski crystals to our vast array of premium wholesale beads and jewelry supplies. Shop Crystal Findings today.

This blog was originally posted on https://www.crystalfindings.com/why-is-swarovski-jewelry-expensive/

How to Clean Sterling Silver Beads

Tarnished silver abandoned in the jewelry box? The brilliance and versatility of sterling silver beads make them a wildly popular addition to many jewelry pieces. Unfortunately, exposure to air can lead to the tarnishing of silver jewelry, making items appear dirty or discolored. Luckily, however, you can give these pieces a fresh start, easily cleaning sterling silver beads and jewelry with these tips and tricks…


Electrolyte Method for Resilient Pieces

The electrolyte method is easy and science-backed, helping you avoid endless polishing and possible abrasions on ornate or engraved pieces. It reverses the chemical reaction that causes tarnishing. To clean with the electrolyte method, you will need a dish or bowl, aluminum foil, 1 cup boiling water, and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Line the dish with foil, dull side down. Place the jewelry in the dish, making certain it touches the foil. This ensures the silver sulfide atoms tarnishing the piece will transfer to the aluminum foil. (They will also cause a ‘rotten egg’ smell as they lift, so do not be alarmed.) Mix the baking soda with the boiling water, then pour the solution onto your jewelry in the dish. Let sit for 2-10 minutes to remove tarnish, then rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Silver Cleaning for ‘Delicates’

Like your favorite cashmere sweater, some pieces are more delicate than others, requiring more careful cleaning. This includes jewelry held together with glue, porous stone beads (gemstones like opal, turquoise, onyx, and carnelian), as well as clear gemstones such as Swarovski crystal beads and pendants, Cloisonné beads, watches, and antiques. For these more delicate jewels, try one of the following methods:

•    Simple Soap & Water


This simple and safe method should be the first cleaning method you attempt on silver jewelry.


•    Baking Soda & Water


Make a paste of baking soda and water, polishing your silver beads gently with a pea-sized amount on a polishing cloth. For etched or detailed items such as silver fancy beads and corrugated beads, be sure to use a thinner paste. A soft-bristle brush can help on cracks/crevices. Run carefully under warm water when done and dry with a clean cloth.

•    White Vinegar & Baking Soda

This combination works better for items with heavier tarnish, applied in the same manner as the baking soda method, however it should NOT be used with soft gemstones, which can etch and scratch. Make a solution of ½-cup vinegar to 2-tablespoons vinegar for polishing. Expect it to fizz and bubble. Rinse well and pat dry.

The Easiest Tarnish Prevention


Many avoid wearing their sterling silver jewelry, saving it for special occasions. While silver can be effected by chlorinated pool water and sunlight, however, surprisingly, the oils from your skin can help your jewelry keep its shine. Thus, wearing silver jewelry often is the easiest tarnish prevention. When its not being worn, reduce oxidation by simply sealing each piece into a small craft bag separately. This also prevents scratching and tangling.


Ensure looks that last with premium beading supplies. Shop Crystal Findings today.

Personalized Jewelry for Moms: Ideas for Mother’s Day


META:
Banish boring Mother’s Day gifts with uniquely made personalized jewelry. Check out these 8 exciting jewelry design ideas. You may just want one for yourself.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Sunday, May 12th of this year, moms everywhere will excitedly open their Mother’s Day gifts. Will your custom-made Mother’s Day jewelry shine center stage? Custom pieces are highly coveted these days, from celebrity to suburban moms, who love showcasing their shiny and sparkly customized kiddie coordinates. We’ve gathered some of our favorite options to inspire you. But buyer beware: You just may want one for yourself.

Personalized Mother’s Day Jewelry Design Ideas

Whether you are an individual who loves jewelry making, or an entrepreneur who crafts fine keepsake jewelry for others to enjoy, there are a number of options for creating a unique Mother’s Day jewelry design:

• Give Mom a Hug & Kiss

Shower mom with kisses and hugs, and maybe a little sparkle too, with an Xs and Os alphabet beads bracelet adorned with birthstones or clear, shimmering crystals.

• Make Your Mark

‘Mom’ jewelry always appeals. Especially when customized with initials or birthstone, inviting others to inquire about the family. Combine the initials of each child on a necklace or bracelet, alone or paired with a matching birthstone, using our premium quality glass, gold, and sterling silver alphabet beads. Lots of children? Pair things down with a simple ‘MOM’ piece.

• Showcase Your Personality

Sweetly remind mom of her most treasured gifts with a glistening birthstone necklace, bracelet, or ring. An ideal gift not only for Mother’s Day, but any occasion. Add the sparkling facets of similar Swarovski crystal stones, or choose from our wide array of semi-precious stone beads.

• Add a Little Sparkle

Show how her much she means with a stunning Swarovski pendant, necklace or bracelet adorned with Swarovski crystal beads in birthstone shades, or add a little sparkle and shine to any piece with our amazing selection of Swarovski rondelles and squaredelles.

• Give Mom a Bouquet

Create a bouquet that lasts, with our unique floral beads and cloisonné beads, available in an array of colors for cheerful spring tones to deep jeweled hues.

• Put a Name on It

Create a custom gold or silver nameplate piece for ‘Mom’ alone or adorned with birthstones or crystals.

• Emanate Mom’s Elegance

With a uniquely necklace showcasing a pearl or drop bead for each special member of the family. Choose from Swarovski’s latest pearl additions, or glowing gold or sterling silver beads. Add uniformly sized beads, or a different size for each family member, from oldest to youngest.

• Show Mom She Has Your Heart

Show mom she has your heart always with a heart-shaped Swarovski crystal pendant, gold-filled heart charm necklace or bracelet.

Short on Time? Shop Our Spectacular Ready-Made Jewelry

Including our collections of ready-made necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, and anklets.

Treat Mom to personalized jewelry that she’ll cherish for years to come. Create something as unique and special as the mothers that grace your life. Shop the wide selection of fine jewelry making beads and supplies at Crystal Findings today.

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