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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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Tips on Creating Wrap Style Bracelets
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Tips on Creating Wrap Style Bracelets

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These wrap bracelets continue to be popular. You can make them as long as you like or just one wrap around the wrist. You can use chain instead of beads for a different look or try bigger beads for a quick project. Find fun wrap bracelet inspiration in our Learning Center, like our Gaelic Weave Bracelet or Mommy and Me project, Dragonfly Roundup.

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Soutache Using a Cabochon
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Soutache Using a Cabochon

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This tutorial will show you how to build a soutache design around a cabochon. When creating a soutache design around a cabochon, a backing is glued to the cabochon first. A row of soutache cord is then stitched to the backing. The next rows of soutache are then stitched to the first. Learn the details of this process here and then create a fabulous soutache design that incorporates this process with the techniques showcased in the Soutache Basics Part 1 and Soutache Basics Part 2 tutorials.

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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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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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Bohemia
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Bohemia

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Simple layers filled with jewel colors will warm up winter looks and even add character to summertime style. Wear these two necklaces together to inspire your style with bohemian elegance. With a hint of Eastern European style, you can't go wrong with these pieces layered into your looks. Pair with rich leather, green velvets and embroidered details for a "romantic traveler" look.

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How to Use a Large-Hole Bracelet
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How to Use a Large-Hole Bracelet

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Dragonfly Roundup
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Dragonfly Roundup

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You and your little one will both be impressed with this incredible woven design that's simple to make. This pattern is inspired by the stylish Chan Luu woven bracelets, so you both can look fashionable!

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  • BrandGriffin, FireLine
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How to Use a Magic Finding
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How to Use a Magic Finding

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The Magic Finding is a simple and fun way to create multi-strand jewelry designs without the need for countless crimp tubes. Your looks will have the same professional flair and a more polished feel, and you can crimp all of your strands at once! Just follow these steps and you will be amazed at what new designs you will discover. You can attach chains, jump rings, clasps or other components to the Omega Insert in a design that uses the Magic Finding for a quick finish, too. Learn How to Use the Magic Finding with an Omega Insert by viewing our additional tutorial.

First be sure to measure the jewelry wire to the desired length, and double that measurement. For example, if you are making an 18-inch long necklace, cut a piece of wire that is 36 inches. This will allow you to create at least three strands. Make sure to use jewelry wire that will fit in the Magic Finding. Size .024 is too large to slide through the holes, so be sure to use a smaller gauge. 21 gauge is the maximum size stringing wire that will fit through the magic finding. A 22 gauge wire will fit, as long as it is cut flush and the wire is straight.

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Rollo Coaster
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Rollo Coaster

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Take your fashion for a ride with these fun and fast earrings! The draped chain adds a surprising dimension and the long, elegant silver chains are appropriate to pair with jeans to dress up an outfit or to complement an evening look.

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Fairy Lanterns
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Fairy Lanterns

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Put a whimsical touch of sparkle in your designs with our Fairy Lantern idea. These are perfect for using in earrings, necklaces or anywhere you please! Customize this technique with bugle beads and bicones of your choosing to create colorful links and dangles.

  • BrandTOHO, Swarovski, Nymo
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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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How to Use a Strap Tip End
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How to Use a Strap Tip End

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Strap tip ends are great for adding professional finishing touches to leather designs. They include open loops to make it easy to attach clasps or jump rings of your choice. Learn how to attach strap tip ends to your leather pieces and enhance your jewelry designs. The same technique can also help you add focals to leather! All you will need are strap tip ends, compression rivets, a hole punch, a rivet setter and a bench block and hammer.

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Using Cup Chain in Soutache
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Using Cup Chain in Soutache

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Cup chain can add a sparkling layer to your soutache designs. Its flexibility makes it easy to incorporate into designs that require shaping, like soutache projects. In this tutorial, we will illustrate two different methods for adding cup chain to your soutache designs.

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Psychedelic Snakeskin
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Psychedelic Snakeskin

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Rulla beads allow you to create groovy patterns in your beaded designs. This bracelet features a chevron pattern in amazing colors that look like shimmering snakeskin. Learn how to make this bracelet and start using Rulla beads and lots of other unique beads in your designs!

  • BrandTOHO, Beadalon
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Beyond the Blue Horizon
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Beyond the Blue Horizon

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With the Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends, you can work with perfectly coordinated colors to create beautiful designs! Teri made this herringbone bracelet using the Blueberry Pie Seed Bead Blend. It was easy to create a fun pattern with the gorgeous blue tones of the Blend. You're sure to be inspired by the amazing color palettes on display!

  • BrandArtbeads, KO Thread
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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 Cord and Cupchain
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How to Use Cord and Cupchain

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Cord and Cupchain BraceletSwarovski cupchain can be used in all sorts of applications. By itself, it makes a beautiful tennis bracelet. But there are even more unique ways to use this sparkling chain. Here we will show you how to use with cord to decorate a leather bracelet.

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First Snow
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First Snow

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Add a festive mood to your attire with these lovely earrings. The cool sparkle of sterling silver and deep blue crystal is mellowed by hints of gold from dangling snowflakes. Use these earrings as a quick way to dress up an outfit for a winter event.

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Soutache Basics Part 1
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Soutache Basics Part 1

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Soutache has been around for a long time, especially in the world of fashion. From military uniforms to haute couture creations, soutache creates amazing texture in looks. It has just recently made a splash in the world of jewelry with the renewed interest in adornments embroidered from beads and soutache. Soutache is a flat braid with a groove down its center, made of two rows of cording wrapped in rayon. It is added to designs stacked in layers - the edges of the braid are what are visible in the design and they are often sewn on around beads or cabochons. This tutorial will get you started with the basics of working with soutache. Check out our second soutache tutorial to continue to learn about the techniques used when working with this unique material.

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Harbor Sky
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Harbor Sky

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Rivolis may not have stringing holes, but they are just as easy to use as beads. They can be glued into bezel settings for a colorful display. You can choose any colors you like to make this look your own. Add the settings to a finished piece of jewelry like one of our chain bracelets, and you have instant style!

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How to Make a Picot Edge
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How to Make a Picot Edge

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A picot edge makes for a perfect embellishment to beaded focals. This type of beaded edge uses three beads in each flourish to create a unique fringe for your designs. This simple technique will add flair to your finished piece, catching the eye and drawing it toward that perfect cabochon or bead.

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Scrap By The Yard
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Scrap By The Yard

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Don't scrap your scraps just yet! You can create a stylish new necklace by bringing new life to old chain - just link small sections together for unique results!

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