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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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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.

  • BrandSwarovski
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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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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 a Cable Thimble
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How to Use a Cable Thimble

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Learn how to add a cable thimble to wire and add it to your design for a professional finish that will help to prolong the life of your design by keeping the wire from fraying. 

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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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Make a Custom Spacer Bar on the WigJig
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Make a Custom Spacer Bar on the WigJig

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When making more complex projects, a spacer bar might come in handy. Custom spacer bars are perfect for multi-strand projects. This tutorial will show you how to make as many loops as needed for your own spacer bars, with the spacing that your project requires.

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Prismatic Christmas
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Prismatic Christmas

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Replicating the light-catching icicles outside your window, this incredible display of Swarovski crystals is sure to make your Christmas sparkle! Hang it on the tree or all year round as beautiful home décor.

  • BrandFireLine, Swarovski
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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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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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Bicone Bliss
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Bicone Bliss

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Incorporate Swarovski bicones into your style in a unique way with these bracelets. Jen used jewelry wire to add bicones between strands of Korean wax cord, for a sparkling wrap bracelet look everyone will love! See more innovative jewelry ideas from Jen in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

  • BrandArtbeads, Beadalon, Swarovski
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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 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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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.

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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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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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Carousel
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Carousel

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Colorful wire can add a lot to your projects. Shape it, wrap it, or use it to create custom findings to make your design dreams come alive! We created wire spirals to complement the Swarovski pendants dangling from the earrings. With sparkling earwires and a touch of bling from Swarovski flatbacks, these earrings dazzle from top to bottom.

  • BrandArtbeads, Swarovski
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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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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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How to Use a Crimp Tool
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How to Use a Crimp Tool

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Choose a jewelry wire that is appropriate for the materials that you are working with. The drill holes in the pearls we are using are small so for this piece we will use a finer jewelry wire. To give a more professional look to your jewelry, check out our How to Use a Crimp Cover tutorial.

If you are not confident in the strength of your crimp, you may consider doing two crimps side by side. If you plan on using a crimp cover to conceal your crimp, make sure to leave some space between the crimp and the clasp. Otherwise, when closing the crimp cover, you may end up crimping your clasp as well.

Note: It is important that you use the right size tool for your crimp tubes. For 1mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Micro Crimper. For 2mm crimp tubes, we recommend the Bead Crimper Tool. For 3mm and 4mm crimp tubes, we recommend using either the Mighty Crimper or Bent Chain Nose Pliers. Finally, for round crimp tubes and twisted crimp tubes, we recommend Bent Chain Nose Pliers.

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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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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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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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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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