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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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Kumihimo with Beads
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Kumihimo with Beads

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Once you have the basics down on how to create a Kumihimo braid you will more than likely want to try adding some beads to the braid. This involves a little more prep time before you get started but the results are well worth it. When planning your design, keep in mind that the finished results will differ depending on colors, size of beads and number of beaded strands. Also note that the size of stringing material will be determined by the hole size in the beads you want to use. Here we will show you how to create an 8 warp basic round Kumihimo braid using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands.

First determine the length of braid you want. As a general rule cut three times the desired length of stringing material. This should accommodate most designs, even with beads.

Next you will need to determine how many beads are needed. We are using size 8/0 TOHO beads on all 8 strands. Refer to our chart on Kumihimo math.

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How to Make an Open Back Peyote Bezel
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How to Make an Open Back Peyote Bezel

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You can add loose stones to designs in unique ways by creating a backless peyote-stitch bezel. These bezels can be created in coordinating colors to make the stones truly stand out in designs. The small seed beads of the bezel make it easier to stitch the stones into designs. This technique is a great way to enhance the popular Swarovski Rivoli stone, which is what we'll be using in this tutorial.

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Herringbone Weave
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Herringbone Weave

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Follow these simple instructions to create a colorful friendship bracelet for your closest friend. The herringbone weave creates a beautiful design full of dynamic movement. With practice you can use these same steps to create necklaces, anklets, and chokers that you'll adore!

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How to Make a Peyote Stitch Ring
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How to Make a Peyote Stitch Ring

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Peyote stitch rings are fun to make and comfortable to wear. With the uniform shape of the Delica beads, you can use the smallest size without difficulty. It's great to practice and they work up quickly. You could be wearing a new ring in less than a couple of hours. Let's get started. These rings are created using an even-count Peyote stitch in size 15 or 11 Delicas. The beads come in amazing mixes that are pleasing alone. A solid color looks cool too!

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Daffodil Cotillion
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Daffodil Cotillion

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Rows of brilliant Swarovski crystals form a trendy bangle-style bracelet in this sparkly "Daffodil Cotillion" design. The cheerful green and yellow color scheme and checkered pattern gives this bracelet a glamorous yet approachable look.

  • BrandBeadalon, Swarovski
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How to Do the Twisted Herringbone Stitch
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How to Do the Twisted Herringbone Stitch

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The twisted herringbone stitch is a great way to add dimension to your projects. These instructions will show you how this stitch is done! As you can see, the pattern of the beads will affect how the bracelet looks when finished. Both bracelets feature the Southwest Sunset Designer Seed Bead Blend, but look very different because of the way the beads are added. When you line up the colors by columns, as we do in our example, it creates a look of spiraling stripes. Adding the beads at random also creates an interesting effect.

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Cupcake De-Lite
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Cupcake De-Lite

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Bling out your finger with this fabulous ring. The domed design made out of Swarovski chatons and epoxy clay looks like a cupcake covered in shimmering frosting. This delicious treat may not be edible, but it sure is sparkly and easy to make! Plus, it's completely calorie-free!

  • BrandNunn Design, Swarovski
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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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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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Celtic Knot Earrings
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Celtic Knot Earrings

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To make these simple Celtic knot earrings for St. Patrick's Day, or any day of the year, you just need chain nose pliers and two spare minutes!

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How to Knot Pearls
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How to Knot Pearls

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Knotting is traditionally used to protect pearls from rubbing against each other and to keep them from flying everywhere if the strand breaks. It also makes for an interesting design element. Knotting can be done with almost any type of bead in a thread that matches the color of your beads, or a contrasting color.

You will need a stringing material, tweezers, and pearls. We recommend that you start with a practice project that won't cost much if you make a mistake. Learn an easy way to begin and finish your strand with a bead tip by visiting our tutorial about how to use a closed-loop bead tip. You can also learn the traditional way of knotting with a clasp by visiting this tutorial.

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How to Knot Pearls with a Clasp
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How to Knot Pearls with a Clasp

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Learn how to add a clasp to knotted pearl designs for a polished and professional design full of style. Knotting between pearls is a popular way to secure strands and incorporating the right clasp will add even more security. With this tutorial, you'll discover how to add a clasp in a seamless manner.

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Merry Go Round
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Merry Go Round

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Wire spirals take center stage in this colorful necklace design. We used an Artbeads Designer Wire Blend to create the color palette for this swirling stunner. A Swarovski pendant creates the perfect crowning glory for the fun design. See how easy it is to make this necklace and then dream up your own color palettes!

  • BrandSwarovski, Artbeads
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Citron Drops
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Citron Drops

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Like a refreshing glass of lemonade, these warm golden earrings will liven up looks and quench them with a sweet splash of sparkle. Their youthful palette is perfect for a spring or summer wedding.

  • BrandSwarovski
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Diagonal Weave
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Diagonal Weave

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Follow these simple instructions to create a colorful friendship bracelet for your closest friend. The diagonal weave creates a beautiful design full of dynamic movement. With practice you can use these same steps to create necklaces, anklets, and chokers that you'll adore!

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How to Make Beaded Crochet Rope
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How to Make Beaded Crochet Rope

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To create a crocheted bracelet, you'll need:

  • Fine or Extra Fine crochet thread in size 20 or 30 (or S-Lon Bead Cord)
  • A thin beading needle for stringing beads
  • A size 10 crochet hook
  • 1-2 8g bags of size 8/0 TOHO seed beads (depending on your wrist size)
  • 24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire or two Headpins
  • 2 jewelry cones or bead caps approximately 9.5mm in width

Crochet BraceletFor this tutorial, we used yarn and pony beads to create a pattern with three colors so that everything is easy to see. You may want to practice with pony beads and a large crochet hook as well until you become familiar with the stitch.

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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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How to Make a Wrapped Loop
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How to Make a Wrapped Loop

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The wrapped loop is a staple of wire working. It is useful to finish earrings, make links for a chain, or dangle a pendant from a necklace. In this example we will demonstrate how to make a link for a bracelet like the Swarovski Bracelet with Sterling Silver Cross found in our ideas section. To make a wrapped loop you will need wire cutters, round nose pliers and chain nose pliers.

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Swarovski Iridescent Green Pearl Panache Necklace
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Swarovski Iridescent Green Pearl Panache Necklace

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This beautiful necklace features Swarovski crystal pearls in the enchanting Iridescent Green color. This swanky style statement will dress up any look and it's the perfect accent for holiday wear! Add it to your Christmas or New Year's Eve wardrobe or use it as a sophisticated accent on any night out.

  • BrandSwarovski, Artbeads
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How to Make a Sliding Macrame Closure
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How to Make a Sliding Macrame Closure

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Macrame knots are easy to create and make for interesting additions to jewelry. Here, we have used macrame knots in a sliding closure for a bracelet. This makes the bracelet easy to adjust and gives it a textured, playful look. You can make this closure as long or as short as you like and it takes no time at all to accomplish! Our tutorial will show you all the steps needed to get started with this simple technique.

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Penny Candy
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Penny Candy

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Bright candy colors make this bracelet stand out! The O beads add a silver pop for even more style. This idea makes a great project for kids and is an excellent last minute gift idea. Switch out the colors to suit your taste!

  • BrandMiyuki, Beadalon
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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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DIY Hoop Earrings
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DIY Hoop Earrings

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Making your own wire hoops will allow you to truly customize your style. They look great smooth or hammered. This tutorial will teach you how to make hoops in both styles. Learn these simple techniques to start adding hoops to your earring projects!

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