Make Quarantine Fun! Jewelry Making Using Shamballa Beads

This simple macramé bracelet is sure to become a staple in your design lineup. With a square knot design, it can be modified to suit nearly any cord or bead style, but we love to use Shamballa beads for their sparkly flair. The hardest part is learning the trick for the sliding clasp.

Jewelry Making Supplies Needed:

•    About 12 feet of hemp, linen, cotton, or other bead cord.

•    Any kinds of beads you prefer, provided they are large enough for two strands of cord to fit through.

•    Scissors

•    Needle

•    Clipboard or board and binder clip

•    Flat or chain-nose pliers

How to Make a Shamballa Macramé Bracelet

1.    Cut two 2-foot pieces of cord and one 6-foot piece of cord. Clip the two anchor cords to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface, leaving 8-inch tails. Center the long cord, perpendicularly, under the two anchors.

2.    Grab the long cord on the right side, looping it over the anchor cords, placing the right end over the left end.

3.    Next, bring the left end under the anchor cords and up through the loop on the right.

4.    Pull to tighten, creating one-half of a square knot. The second half is done the same, but beginning from the left: Left end over the anchors, under the right end. Right end under the anchors, through the left loop. Pull tight. You should now have a complete square knot.

5.    Repeat this process until you have the number of knots you prefer between beads. Pro tip: Odd numbers of knots look best.

6.    Continue tying the knots, placing beads in between, until your bracelet is the desired length.

7.    To finish the design, sew the tails up through the last section of knots, using pliers to assist you in pulling the need through.

8.    Snip off the ends cleanly.

9.    To make the sliding clasp, form your bracelet into a circle, overlapping the anchor cords. Temporarily tie the anchor cords together with a bit of cord.

10.    Clip the top to your clipboard or board and binder clip work surface. Cut a 12-inch piece of cord, centering it beneath your four anchor cords. Tie square knots as you did to create the original bracelet. Continue for ½-inch. Then, sew the ends back in. This section of knots will be able to slide back and forth on the anchor cords.

11.    Take the tail knots, making slip knots 1-2-inches away from the clasp on each pair of anchor ends. You can add beads here, too. These will act as stoppers, preventing the ends don’t slide out of the clasp. Leave enough length so you can loosen the bracelet enough to fit it over your hand.

12.    Repeat the process many times, making personalized Shamballa macramé bracelets for your family and friends!

Are you looking for inspiring new ideas to make quarantine fun? Check out our blog and browse our many exciting bead styles. Shop wholesale beads and jewelry supplies online at Crystal Findings today.

Swarovski Pearls: Realistic Looks at an Unbelievable Price

Swarovski Pearls: Realistic Looks at an Unbelievable Price

Those that adore the classic looks of pearls will fall in love with Swarovski crystal pearls. A surprising realistic imitation pearl, Swarovski pearls are a reasonably priced, infinitely more durable alternative to the real thing.

They’ll Never Know

Like genuine cultured pearls, the temperature of Swarovski pearls changes to reflect that of the wearer. Boasting the realistic color, luster, and feel jewelry lovers cherish in genuine pearls. Whether used to create classic necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, or bridalwear, Swarovski crystal pearls are hard to tell apart.

How Swarovski Crystal Pearls are Made

Each Swarovski pearl begins with a genuine Swarovski crystal bead at its center, giving it the perfect size and weight. This crystal base sets these imitation pearls apart, giving it a more luminous appearance than plastic imitation pearls, with a flawless surface and perfect curves. Each crystal sphere is layered with several coats of mother of pearl, creating a surprisingly realistic imitation.

Telling the Difference Between Swarovski Pearls, Genuine Pearls & Other Imitators

Without attempting to chisel off the coating – which we would not recommend – it is extremely difficult to tell the difference between Swarovski crystal pearls and genuine pearls. Knock-off Swarovski pearls are much easier to sight. Simply look for signs of uneven shape and coloration, rough surfacing or surface imperfections, and stones that are easily scratched. Fortunately, it’s easy to ensure you’re purchasing genuine Swarovski pearls: Purchase them from a verified wholesaler/, like Crystal Findings.

Advantages of Swarovski Simulated Pearls

Unlike plastic imitation pearls, which quickly lose their costing with contact with perspiration or perfume, and easily scratch, Swarovski pearls are washable and resistant to such damage.

Dozens of Pearl Colors

Swarovski crystal pearls can in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, mimicking genuine pearls, from classic white and gold, to the rare black pearl and stunning luminescent hues of deep brown, rose, greens, and blues. Metallic pearlized designs are also popular, in shades of gold, bronze, copper, and antique brass. Crystal Findings offers a variety of popular styles and sizes, including:


•    Swarovski round pearls in 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 mm sizes in a multitude of colors.

•    Swarovski curved pearls in several elegant shades.

•    Swarovski pear-shaped pearls in a variety of colors.


Unmatched Price


Swarovski crystal pearls are reasonably priced, with loose Swarovski pearls selling for $5-40 per 100 pieces, depending on stone size. Shop our factory packs, purchasing in bulk to enjoy significant discounts. Our clearance sales also offer significant savings, and frequently include Swarovski crystals and pearls. Check regularly so you don’t miss out!

Create stunning, high-end jewelry designs for a fraction of the cost. Shop the vast selection of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

4 Interesting Facts Why People are buying Swarovski Crystal Pendants

Jewelry makers striving to provide high-quality jewelry designs for demanding customers can’t get enough of Swarovski crystal beads and pendants. What makes these crystals such a popular choice among the many beading options on the market?

Swarovski Crystals are Beautiful and Affordable

Swarovski crystals possess the same luxurious shimmer like diamonds, and often called “simulated diamonds” as a result. However, these sparkling manmade stones are not diamonds, making them far more affordable in price.

Swarovski Designs Offer Premium Quality that Last

Swarovski crystals are the highest quality crystal pendants and beads you can find on the market today. The beautiful, lasting designs of Swarovski crystals are formed from the ideal combination of natural minerals and quartz sand and precisely cut using a hydroelectric machine. However, the exact process of creating these world-renowned crystals remains a coveted industry secret.

Swarovski Pendants and Beads are a Versatile Addition to Your Beading Stock

Swarovski crystals make for great wholesale fashion designs you can add to your inventory. They are the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to any design. Women love to wear the shimmering, multifaceted stones, which come in many different colors, effects, and coatings, making them the ideal accent for pairing with fashions from casual daywear to elegant eveningwear.

The Swarovski Product Line Continues to Expand

Swarovski offers an amazing selection of crystal types, styles, and colors, and is continually putting customer feedback to use to come up with new crystal designs. To date, the Swarovski crystal line includes:

•    Swarovski Crystal Pendants

Swarovski crystal pendants are the ultimate design centerpiece, and are available in nearly every shape imaginable, from classic hearts and teardrop pendants to unique cubist and galactic stones.

•    Swarovski Rondelles & Balls

Swarovski rondelles and balls are the perfect way to add a subtle shimmer or accent your design.

•    Swarovski Crystal Beads & Flat Back Stones

Don’t fall for imitations, our expansive selection of genuine Swarovski crystal beads and flat back stones, perfect for complementing your designs, ensure lasting jewelry design and customer loyalty.

•    Swarovski Pearls

The classic looks of Swarovski pearls resist perspiration, perfume, sunlight, and washing. Featuring a Swarovski crystal center and layered with several coats of a mother of pearl, they are durable and beautiful, making them ideal for daily wear.

Swarovski Crystal are Easy to Maintain

Unlike diamonds, Swarovski glass crystals do not require professional cleaning. They are easily cared for with a lint-free cloth and warm water, polished in circular motions to sparkling. For stubborn oils and dirt, a soft-bristled toothbrush, warm water, and a small drop of mild dish soap can return the brilliant shine of the stones.

Swarovski Crystals are Replacing Diamonds in the Market

Beautiful and affordable, many customers are turning to Swarovski crystals over more diamond jewelry. From daily wear to bridal jewelry, these crystals offer such incomparable beauty, it’s hard to pass them up for pricey diamond designs.

Add a lasting luxury to your jewelry designs. Shop the extensive selection of Swarovski wholesale beads and jewelry supplies at Crystal Findings today.

 

Why our Ready Made Jewelry is a Great Gift Idea

Sometimes birthday, holidays, and festivals sneak up on you. Whether you simply ran out of time to design, or you need jewelry in a flash to gift to an expectant friend or family member, Crystal Findings has you covered.

Out of Time? They’ll Never Know You Didn’t Make It

When those milestone moments sneak up on you, and you don’t want to disappoint, our ready-made jewelry delivers, helping you honor your friends and family on these most auspicious occasions:

•    Birthdays

Birthstone jewelry makes for a wonderful gift whether you choose a classic or modern, ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings.

•    Weddings

Complement the bride’s attire with the gift of a stunning gemstone pendant or earrings.

•    Anniversaries

Honor the love and commitment anniversaries represent, with a 3-stone gemstone ring signifying the past, present, and future of the couple.

•    Christmas

Great gifts come in small packages. Add a little more sparkle to the holidays of those on your list. Gift special women in your life with a beautiful gemstone pendant necklace, gold bracelet, or unique earrings. For younger girls, classic gold hoops or hoops adorned with small, colorful Swarovski crystal beads are ideal. Pair with a matching bracelet for an unforgettable stocking stuffer.

•    Valentine’s Day

Express your love on Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped jewelry and designs.

•    Mother’s Day

Honor Mom with a piece of jewelry she’s sure to cherish for years to come, gifting her with a stacking ring of family birthstones.

•    Baby’s Birth

Reward her effort with a ‘push gift’ of stackable rings featuring the birthstone of each member of the family: Mom, Dad, and baby.

•    Graduation

Congratulate your recent graduate with a bracelet or necklace of Swarovski pearls, a symbol of adulthood.

Find the Perfect Ready-Made Jewelry Gifts for Your Friends & Family

•    Ready-Made Necklaces

Crystal Findings offers a wide selection of ready-made necklaces, from simple necklaces to those adorned with shimmering Swarovski crystal beads

•    Ready-Made Earrings

Our ready-made earrings range from classic gold-filled earrings to unique and fun earrings of Swarovski crystal pendants in a variety of shapes, providing you a number of options for that special someone.

•    Ready-Made Bracelets

Choose from gold-filled bracelets with Swarovski crystal beads in an assortment of designs, or the elegant looks of Swarovski pearls in wired and bangle styles.

•    Ready-Made Rings

We offer a wide variety of ring options, including adjustable rings perfect for any size; stacking rings, gold-filled rings, sparkling Shamballa bead rings, and multifaceted Swarovski crystal rings in various designs.

From wholesale beads and jewelry supplies to ready-made jewelry and how-to guides, we’re here to make your life a little easier. Shop Crystal Findings today.

 

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/

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