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How to Use Guru Beads
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How to Use Guru Beads

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Guru beads feature three stringing holes and includes a smaller tower bead, which holds the ends of your stringing material together, as seen in this Lapis and Lace Necklace. These beads are traditionally used in Mala jewelry. Malas are used with a prayer, or mantra, to meditate. Many malas feature a guru bead at the center of the design. This focal bead signifies the end of one round in the prayer circle. Learn how to add this meaningful bead to your jewelry designs.

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How to Use a Barrel Glue-In Magnetic Clasp
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How to Use a Barrel Glue-In Magnetic Clasp

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The barrel glue-in magnetic clasps are great for giving your designs continuous style. The magnets are glued into the clasp after you crimp your stringing material in place. This Handy Tip will show you how it's done!

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Our Lady Rosary
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Our Lady Rosary

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Rose-colored Swarovski pearls give a lustrous look to this sterling silver rosary, made to fit the wrist. The chain near the clasp lets you adjust the rosary to fit different wrist sizes. Make it to use as a feminine reminder of the importance of prayer. This rosary can be altered to incorporate a crucifix instead of a simple cross charm, if desired. You can also adjust the design and components quantities to create a tradtional rosary.

  • BrandSwarovski
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Kelly
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Kelly

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Rich shades of green and warm copper shine invoke a sense of Irish beauty in this long necklace. Its simple design allows the sparkling clover to stand out as the playful focal it was meant to be. The TierraCast link adds the perfect amount of Celtic influence to the design. Wear this necklace and imagine yourself surrounded by the rolling green hills of a magical land.

  • BrandSwarovski, TierraCast
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More Ways to Use an End Cap or Crimp End
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More Ways to Use an End Cap or Crimp End

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End caps and crimp ends can provide professional looking results to your jewelry pieces. As indicated by the name, they are most often used to finish the ends of jewelry. We have expanded our selection of end caps and crimp ends to accommodate your every need. We have a large assortment to choose from and here we will show you some tips on how to use the different styles in your jewelry.

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Closing a Link Lock Jump Ring
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Closing a Link Lock Jump Ring

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This type of jump ring is perfect for attaching to clasps to ensure that your designs stay in place and last a lifetime. It may seem tricky to use, but just read our tutorial and you'll be amazed at how simple this cool finding is to work with. To make sure you don't weaken the metal, here are basic steps on how to close this jump ring appropriately. 

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How to Use a Crimp Cover
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How to Use a Crimp Cover

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Give your designs a simple touch of professional beauty using crimp covers. Reminiscent of a small seamed bead, crimp covers are an easy way to class up jewelry designs and prevent snagging your necklace or bracelet on fabric.

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Love's Core
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Love's Core

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Find the core of your love in this simple but stunning necklace. This is so easy to make that even a beginner could make it for Mother's Day or another holiday!

  • BrandSwarovski, TierraCast
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Options for Finishing Chain
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Options for Finishing Chain

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Some types of chain, like beading chain, features a tightly woven design. Sometimes you can't simply link to this chain with a jump ring. However, there are other beautiful ways to finish this chain. Take a look and start creating jewelry you love!

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Saturn
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Saturn

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These earrings are incredibly simple to make and will work for any woman from teens to grandmas!

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How to Use a Closed-Loop Bead Tip
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How to Use a Closed-Loop Bead Tip

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Often, the difference between fair looking jewelry and professional looking jewelry is how the piece is finished. The use of clam shell bead tips, also known as calottes, is especially important to the look of hand-knotted jewelry projects. Clam shell bead tips can increase the value of a jewelry piece because they hide the knot at the end of the strand beautifully and reflect the attention to detail that buyers look for. There are several different styles of clam shell bead tips. The style you want to use depends on your application. A single open-loop bead tip is great to use for a necklace design, but may not be strong enough to use in a bracelet design. A double closed-loop bead tip, however, is durable enough for both. Here we will show how to use a double closed-loop bead tip. To see instructions on how to use a single open loop bead tip, click here.

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How to Use Gilders Paste
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How to Use Gilders Paste

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Get started with these steps, and you'll be amazed at how often you'll reach for this unique paste. The no-fading adhesive is a nice alternative for coloring and highlighting, and works on a number of different materials!

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Sylvan Boho
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Sylvan Boho

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Our Sylvan Boho leather wrap bracelet is the perfect blend of simple, woodland charm and modern style. The leather features an earthy green color updated with a metallic shimmer, complemented by the silver accents found in the tube beads. This bracelet is adjustable, so wrap it around your wrist however you like!

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Artemis
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Artemis

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We love the look of leather and gemstones. These fun bracelets create a braided look around gemstone beads for an earthy, elemental vibe you'll love adding to everyday wear. Choose a strand of Dakota Stones gemstone large-hole beads and your favorite round leather cord and you're on your way making fabulous bracelets for every occasion!

  • BrandDakota Stones, Leather Cord USA, BeadSmith
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How to Use a Fancy Crimp End Cap
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How to Use a Fancy Crimp End Cap

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These fancy crimp end caps make an elegant finish for thicker stringing materials. They are best suited for satin cord and 2mm rubber cord. They are too big for jewelry wire and will not work with suede. These end caps work differently from other crimp ends and this tutorial will show you how to add these components to your designs.

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Queen of the Ocean
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Queen of the Ocean

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Ocean colors from the beautiful seed beads create a cool complement to the Bermuda Blue Swarovski Crystal Queen Baguette pendants showcased within this jewelry set. Wire spirals made with Artbeads Designer Wire on both the necklace and earrings tops off the look, making it worthy of royalty!

  • BrandArtbeads, Artistic Wire, FireLine, Wubbers
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How to Use Bail Glue Pads
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How to Use Bail Glue Pads

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Our bail glue pads are easy to use. Combine with one of our beautiful shell pendants to create a priceless treasure.

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Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

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Bathe in the beauty of blue colors with this glorious necklace, featuring a Swarovski Greek cross pendant in Crystal Bermuda Blue! The twinkling cross is complemented by the perfectly-coordinated colors in the Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend filling the strands of the necklace. Pick your favorite colors to create your own take on this design. These beautiful crystal components are from the Swarovski Spring/Summer 2016 Innovations.

  • BrandArtbeads, Swarovski, TOHO
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How to Use a Bead Tip
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How to Use a Bead Tip

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Bead tips are great for use with silk and other bead stringing threads. We DO NOT recommend you use them on bracelets. Bracelets get much harder wear than a necklace, and the loop end of the bead tips are quite flexible and could come undone more easily on a bracelet.

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Finishing Rhinestone Chain
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Finishing Rhinestone Chain

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Finishing rhinestone chain couldn't be simpler with the proper findings. We have rhinestone chain ends available that work great for creating a professional finish for your rhinestone chain projects. Follow the steps below to learn how easy it is to complete your rhinestone chain designs!

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Pave and Pearls Rosary
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Pave and Pearls Rosary

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This delicate rosary, made to fit around the wrist, makes a wonderful gift for first a communion or other religious holiday. You can also adjust the design and components quantities to create a tradtional rosary that will fit around the neck. Its soft peach pearls combined with a hint of sparkle create a lasting look of devotion.

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Big City Kitty
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Big City Kitty

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This braided bracelet is full of wild style! The texture and neutral colors are perfect for any urban jungle setting. You'll love wearing it to work, parties and anywhere in between.

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How to Use an End Cap or Crimp End
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How to Use an End Cap or Crimp End

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Crimp EndEnd caps and crimp ends are a great way to finish leather and other cord with a clean look and a loop for adding a clasp or linking to another element of the design.Tip: If you are having trouble with your glue, scratch the leather a bit on the end with a fingernail to remove the shiny exterior. When it is more porous, the glue holds better. Also remember to let the glue dry for at least 24 hours for a strong bond.

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How to Use Multi-Sized Looping Pliers
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How to Use Multi-Sized Looping Pliers

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Wire wrapping just got simpler with multi-sized looping pliers! With six different diameters, you can form your own earwires without having to change tools. Custom figure eight links, S hook clasps, bails for pendants that are a difficult fit and jump rings in a multitude of sizes are easy to make of any kind of wire. Here we have some examples in sterling. Do experiment with craft wire first! Once you have a pair of these and some wire on hand, there will be no late night frustration of not having just the thing to finish your latest creation!

Earwires

The length of wire to use will be determined by the size earwire you plan to make. We suggest experimenting with craft wire first.

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