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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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How To Use A Magic Finding With An Omega Insert
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How To Use A Magic Finding With An Omega Insert

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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. The Omega Insert makes jewelry designing with the Magic Finding even easier. 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. The following steps will help attach a clasp to the Omega Insert to finish your piece. Follow Steps 1 through 7 in our initial tutorial on How to Use the Magic Finding to begin your design. You may create as many strands as you like, but remember to leave two opposing holes open for the Omega Insert to fit through.

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SuperDuo Delights
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SuperDuo Delights

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SuperDuos allow you to create jewelry that looks unique! Cynthia created these simple bracelets with her favorite SuperDuos and one of our exclusive Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blends. You can use your favorite seed beads and SuperDuos to create your own version of these SuperDuo Delights!

  • BrandTOHO, KO Thread, Artbeads, Miyuki
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Mermaids in the Mist
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Mermaids in the Mist

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Beadlinx chain gives this simple necklace an intricate look. Cheri added links decorated with Czech glass roundels to add even more interest to this piece. This lovely continuous design can be worn in many different ways. Wear it in an asymmetrical fashion, or group the two strands in different combinations. You'll love the effortless style of this necklace.

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This necklace features a strand interspersed with Czech glass beads links and a strand that is simply Beadlinx chain. The strand with Czech glass beads uses approximately two feet of Beadlinx chain. The plain Beadlinx chain strand uses about 22 inches. There will be enough components left to make a matching bracelet featuring Beadlinx chain and Czech glass beads if you desire.

  • BrandBeadlinx
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Celtic Spring
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Celtic Spring

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This lovely multi-strand necklace boasts gleaming seed beads and sparkling Swarovski rounds in fresh spring colors paired with rich layers of leather and beautiful swirling designs in tube beads and TierraCast spacers. A Seed Bead Blend and Swarovski Blend from the Artbeads Designer Series help make this spring dream come true.

  • BrandArtbeads, Leather Cord USA
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Good Apatite Bracelet
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Good Apatite Bracelet

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Katie Hacker demonstrates the beauty of Dakota Stones gemstones in this magical memory wire bracelet! Dumortierite, blue goldstone, blue apatite and pyrite all come together to tell a colorful story of the wonders of gemstones. Each bead features unique color patterns and bold style. Learn how to make this bracelet and display gemstone style in your looks!

  • BrandDakota Stones
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Adding and Finishing Thread for Bead Looming
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Adding and Finishing Thread for Bead Looming

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When using a loom, the warp threads are the threads that actually attach to the loom and run up the length of it. The weft threads are the threads that you weave with. If you run out of weft thread, you can tie off what you have and add a new length of thread so that you can continue weaving. This tutorial will show you how to add more weft thread when you run out in the middle of a loomed project. You will also learn how to finish off the ends of the warp and weft threads when the design is complete. We run the needle through the bead with the eye of the needle in front so that the warp threads aren't split with the needle tip.

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Swarovski Blue Rosary
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Swarovski Blue Rosary

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Here is a slight twist on the traditional rosary. Instead of wire looped links it is all strung on Soft Flex stringing wire. Simple to make, but precise in design, so follow the count on the instructions closely.

  • BrandSwarovski
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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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Hibiscus Treasure
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Hibiscus Treasure

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Czech glass flowers and Dakota Stones rondelles are a perfect match in this lively multi-strand bracelet design. The zoisite beads are filled with refreshing green and sweet fuchsia colors that blend well with the lush color of the Czech glass flowers. Add this Hibiscus Treasure to your collection today.

  • BrandDakota Stones
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Katie's Wire-Wrapped Leather Necklace
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Katie's Wire-Wrapped Leather Necklace

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Katie Hacker has come up with a creative way to finish your Leather Cord USA designs. Using 22 gauge Artbeads Designer Wire, Katie created wire-wrapped ends for her leather necklace.

  • BrandDakota Stones, Leather Cord USA
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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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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 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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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 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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Vintage Garden
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Vintage Garden

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Swarovski Rivoli rhinestones can be fun to add to any style. Cynthia glued them into TierraCast frame charms and added them to a bangle along with other cute TierraCast charms. The result is a sparkling, eclectic bracelet full of vintage appeal. You can find more inspiration for using Rivoli rhinestones in your jewelry designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

  • BrandTierraCast, Swarovski
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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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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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Boris the Spider
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Boris the Spider

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Halloween is creeping up on us, just like the spider featured on this festive bracelet. Now you can dress up any outfit with this perfectly spooky accessory. The focus is a beautiful link with a webbed design and a beaded spider stretching out on top. The Swarovski bicones add a punch of sparkling color to contrast with the antique silver components and the glittering black spider. Learn how to make this bracelet in nine easy steps.

  • BrandFireLine, Swarovski, BeadSmith
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Mermaid Goddess
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Mermaid Goddess

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Strands of leather from Leather Cord USA create the striking foundation for this whimsical ocean-themed necklace. Candie Cooper finished the ends of her multi-strand piece with even more leather, for a piece that looks organic from start to finish. See how she made this necklace in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

  • BrandTierraCast, Leather Cord USA, Dakota Stones
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Sweet Squares
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Sweet Squares

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You can use Swarovski crystal components in a variety of ways to create dazzling styles everyone will love. The sew-on stones in this bracelet make perfect links between twisted jump rings. Don't be afraid to play around and use items in unexpected ways. You can see more ideas for adding sparkling Swarovski components to your jewelry designs in this Artbeads Cafe episode.

  • BrandSwarovski
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How to Decrease and Increase Brick Stitch
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How to Decrease and Increase Brick Stitch

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Decrease Brick Stitch

The decrease brick stitch is made by decreasing the number of beads in each new row, resulting in a pointed shape.

Decrease and Increase Brick Stitch

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How to Make an Even Peyote Stitch
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How to Make an Even Peyote Stitch

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The peyote stitch is a commonly used stitch for many different jewelry and design applications. This tutorial demonstrates the even peyote stitch, resulting in a flat design.

Cut a length of Nymo thread to approximately five feet. Wax the thread if you like. Attach a mini bead stopper on the end of the thread to keep the beads in place. Be sure to leave an extra bit of thread, giving the bead stopper a "tail" which will help you when you go to finish the design.

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