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Cynthia's Top Ten Picks


My name is Cynthia Kimura. I am the President and co-owner of Artbeads.com and have been making jewelry for the past 12 years. I never thought that I would become a jewelry designer, but now there isn't a day when I don't think about my next jewelry project. I love beads of all sorts and don't think it's possible to ever have too many. Of the many unique styles that are out there, I must say that my favorites are Mixed Media and Steampunk.


Bead Stopper - 6-Piece Pack - BEADSTPR

I canít bead without them! Some people start their jewelry by crimping their clasps on the thread before adding any beads, but because I donít know how my piece of jewelry will look like at the beginning, I like to choose my clasp at the end to make sure that it goes with the whole design of the piece.
Swarovski 6190 35mm Rock Pendant Crystal Copper - 6190-COP35

I love the copper color, but I especially love how this crystal mixes shiny and delicate with a portion that is rough. This is something that I sometimes like to incorporate into my designs: Something delicate with something raw.
Primrose by Mucha on Black Onyx Rectangle Bead - BEAD-0243

I think that a lot of our Russian pendants are beautiful, but this one really caught my eye. The womanís face is soft but the background has bright colors that give a really nice contrast. I love it so much that I created a necklace as soon as I received this pendant. See it here: Primrose Maiden Necklace
Antique Brass-Plated Leaf Chain - BBACH16

This chain is so much fun. There are a lot of leaves and there are so many designs that you can create with it. I like to put several lengths together to create a chunky piece.
Lindstrom Supreme Cutter Micro-Beveled Edge - TOOL-600

This tool is wonderful. Like the Bead Stopper, this cutter is part of my ďcanít bead without itĒ box. The ends of the jaws are thin and pointy which gives me the ability to cut my jewelry wire pretty close to my crimp tube.
Hill Tribe Silver Swept Heart Pendant - HTS463

I love the shape of this heart! Its simplicity makes it easy to work with. It doesnít need much; it canít be on a silk white ribbon with silver color edges.
Swarovski 5523 12mm Cosmic Crystal Red Magma - 5523-RMM12

Since a long time ago, the cosmic beads were my favorite shape. I particularly love this red magma color which is so rich and I tend to use it often in my designs.
Taina Hartman Sterling/Resin 22x25.5mm Pendant - Blue Bird on Yellow - SS-PEND097

Birds, birds, birds. In our family we all love birds. We have a bird feeding area in our garden and during the warm weather, we like to sit outside and look at the birds eating the seeds. They really inspire me and the bird on this pendant looks so cute.
Deep Ocean Blue Lampwork Bead- LMP-0127

I came from a tropical island in the South Pacific which is surrounded by a lagoon that has a lot of coral reefs. So when I looked at this bead for the first time, I saw the lagoon and my island.
JBB Antique Silver-Plated Brass Three Petal Leaf Mini Toggle Clasp - CLASP-0205

Like the birdies, I love flowers and trees. This clasp has a delicate petal; the loop and the bar have a simple design but are still elegant.



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