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Crafting Beyond the Concert: Creative Ideas for Leftover Beads from the Taylor Swift Craze!

Hey there, Swifties! Travis here, ready to help you turn those leftover crafting supplies from your Taylor Swift-inspired friendship bracelets into new and exciting creations. Let’s dive into some creative crafting ideas that will put those beads, cords, and threads to good use!

Did you find yourself knee-deep in beads after creating those fabulous friendship bracelets for the Taylor Swift concert? Wondering what to do with the leftover supplies now that the concert buzz is settling down? Fear not! We’ve got you covered with a treasure trove of creative crafting ideas to make the most out of those extra beads. From personalised keychains to boho beaded anklets, there’s no shortage of ways to turn your leftover treasures into new and exciting creations. Let’s dive in and give those beads a second life filled with creativity and charm!

1. Personalised Keychains:

Use your leftover letter beads to spell out initials, names, or meaningful words on beading wire or elastic cords. Add colourful spacer beads for a pop of personality, finish it off with a keychain finding and voila – you’ve got custom keychains to gift to friends or attach to your backpack!

2. Boho Beaded Anklets:

String together leftover spacer beads and colourful discs on elastic cord to create trendy boho-inspired anklets. Mix and match colours and patterns to match your summer wardrobe and add a touch of Swiftie flair to your beach look.

3. Music-Inspired Bookmarks:

Channel your love for Taylor Swift’s iconic songs into handmade bookmarks. String together letter beads to spell out your favorite song lyrics or album titles, and embellish with coordinating spacer beads. Hang them off a bookmark finding and you’re all done! It’s a fun way to keep your place in your favorite reads while paying homage to your favorite artist.

4. Inspirational Quote Bracelets:

Get inspired by Taylor Swift’s empowering lyrics and create bracelets featuring uplifting quotes or messages. Use a mix of letter beads and colourful spacers to spell out words like “Fearless,” “Brave,” or “Kindness.” Wear them as a daily reminder to stay strong and true to yourself.

5. Pet Collar Charms:

Treat your furry friends to some Swiftie style with homemade pet collar charms. Spell out their names or nicknames using leftover letter beads, and add cute spacer beads for extra flair. Attach them to their collars for a touch of personalised bling.

6. Upcycled Hair Accessories:

Give plain hair ties or clips a makeover with leftover beads and cords. Wrap elastic cords or wrapping wire around hair ties and thread on colourful spacer beads for a bohemian-chic vibe. Or glue letter beads onto bobby pins to create custom hair accessories featuring your favorite Swiftie phrases.

7. Donation Station Reminder:

Remember, if you find yourself with more supplies than you can craft with, don’t let them go to waste! Consider donating your leftover beads, cords, and threads to our Crafting Sustainability recycling bin in-store. Your generosity will help support local schools and charities, providing them with much-needed crafting supplies to spark creativity in the community community.

So there you have it, Swifties – a plethora of crafting ideas to keep the creativity flowing long after Tay Tay flies off into the sunset after the final concert in Australia. Let’s turn those leftover supplies into new treasures and spread the love of crafting far and wide! Keep on crafting, and remember, every bead tells a story.

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out

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Discover 8 Must-Know Findings Hacks for Stunning Jewellery Designs!

Hey there, bead buddies! Travis here, your crafty companion and resident Website Wizard at Beads N Crystals. Today, we’re delving into the underrated world of jewellery findings – those magical little components that hold our creations together and make them shine! But wait, there’s more! I’ve also sprinkled in some cost-saving hacks to help you stretch your crafting budget further. Let’s dive in!

Lets demystify the term “findings.” In our crafty world of jewellery making, findings are like the unsung heroes – they’re the essential components that bring your creations together. Think of them as the nuts and bolts of your jewellery projects. Findings encompass a wide range of small but crucial pieces, think clasps, jump rings, ear wires, head pins, crimps, and more. They’re what you use to connect different elements of your design, secure closures, and add those finishing touches that make your pieces shine.

So, whether you’re crafting earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or any other type of jewellery, you’ll likely find yourself reaching for findings to complete your masterpiece. They may be small, but they play a big role in ensuring your creations are both beautiful and functional. They’re not only essential, they can be used to add a pop of creativity to your designs too!

The Magic of Jewellery Findings: Unlocking Your Creativity:

First things first, let’s talk about the unsung heroes of jewellery making – findings! From clasps and jump rings to ear wires and crimp beads, these tiny treasures are the backbone of our creations. They not only keep everything in place but also add that finishing touch of elegance. So, let your creativity soar as you explore the endless possibilities of jewellery findings!

Hack #1: Multipurpose Jump Rings – One Ring to Rule Them All:

Say goodbye to cluttered craft drawers! Did you know that jump rings can be manipulated and re-sized? Plus they can double as connectors for multiple strands of beads? Simply manipulate the shape of larger jump rings using your round nose pliers and trim the excess to make a ring a size or two. Bend a jump ring so there are two V shapes pointing in toward each other. Manipulate the ring and the V shapes so that the points almost touch, leaving you with an almost figure-8-shaped wire. This new connector you’ve created can be used to hold a two-strand bracelet together at intervals in your design.

Hack #2: DIY Ear Wires – Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary:

Turn your styles up a notch with homemade ear wires! All you need is some sturdy wire and a pair of round-nose pliers. By crafting your own ear wires, you not only customise the style but also cut down on costs compared to purchasing pre-made ones. Some craft wire in a 20 or 22 gauge and a wire jig will make this process a breeze.

Hack #3: Creative Clasp Alternatives:

Don’t limit yourself to traditional clasps! Get creative with alternative closure options such as toggle clasps, magnetic clasps, or even decorative buttons. These unique closures not only add visual interest to your designs but also offer practicality and ease of use. Make your own clasps using a ring of seed beads and a stick pearl as a toggle, or wrap your own wire s-hooks.

Hack #4: Clasp Upgrade – From Basic to Bling:

Give your designs a touch of luxury without breaking the bank! Transform basic clasps into dazzling closures by embellishing them with small Swarovski crystals or seed beads. It’s a cost-effective way to add a hint of glamour to your creations.

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Hack #5: Wire Guardians – The Unsung Heroes of Durability:

Protect your stringing material and prevent wear and tear with wire guardians. These small findings may seem insignificant, but they play a crucial role in extending the lifespan of your jewellery pieces. Plus, they add a professional finish to your designs.

Hack #6: Bulk Buying Bonanza – Saving in Style:

Stock up on your favorite findings by purchasing in bulk! Many of our products have additional quantity discounts, allowing you to save money in the long run. Just make sure to store them properly to prevent tarnish and damage. VIP members and wholesale clients have access to great additional savings on findings too.

Hack #7: Repurpose and Recreate – Finding New Life in Old Findings:

Get creative with your findings by repurposing old or broken jewellery pieces. Salvage clasps, jump rings, and other components to breathe new life into your designs. It’s eco-friendly and budget-friendly – a win-win!

For any crafting pieces you can’t make use of, give them a new life through a range of community groups via our craft recycling bin.

So there you have it, bead addicts – a treasure trove of jewellery findings wisdom paired with some savvy cost-saving hacks. Now go forth and craft with confidence, knowing that you’ve got the skills and smarts to create stunning jewellery pieces without breaking the bank.

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out

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Heart-to-Heart Crafting: A Sparkling Swarovski Love Affair for Valentine’s Day!

Hey, fabulous bead enthusiasts! Travis in the house – your go-to craft maestro and lover of all things sparkly. Guess what’s approaching at warp speed? Yep, you got it—Valentine’s Day! And I’m here to guide you on an epic journey to create the most dazzling, heartwarming gifts imaginable.

1. Dive into the World of Swarovski Hearts:

Brace yourself for a glittering adventure! Our Swarovski crystal heart pendants are a symphony of charm, coming in various shapes and sizes. Whether you fancy a delicate dazzler or a bold centrepiece, our heart collection has your creative cravings covered. There are also Swarovski heart beads and the famous Love bead along with many other gorgeous pendants.

As you know, they’re all out of production and off the market, so for a truly rare and exclusive gift, grab a heart to steal a heart before they’re gone forever! Don’t actually steal though, the boss has cameras and he’s onto it! We don’t want anyone sentenced to love as they say!

2. Mix and Match with Crystal Beads:

Ready to take your creation to the next level? Explore the universe of possibilities by mixing Swarovski crystal hearts with our stunning crystal beads. It’s like curating your own love story in crystal form—each piece complementing the other in perfect harmony.

Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love, promoting compassion, tenderness and emotional healing. If the pink is a little wishy-washy for you, turn it up a notch with rich purple amethyst. It’s said to foster deep connections and understanding between partners. To ignite passion, sensuality and commitment, consider red garnet, or to promote feminine energy and intuition, moonstone is your go-to.

3. Sterling Silver Chains – Because Every Heart Deserves a Home:

Now, let’s talk real estate for your sparkly treasures. Our sterling silver chains aren’t just accessories; they’re the VIP suites for your crystals. Choose a chain that speaks to your heart (pun intended) and gives your creation the showcase it deserves. If you’re simply hanging a single heart, the can be no more elegant look than a simple silver chain.

On the other hand, if you’re hooked on gems or other beads, Flex-Rite beading wire is the best option for stringing a necklace. Drop in to our bead shop and we’ll hook you up with the essentials to turn your vision into reality!

4. Gift Boxes, Because Presentation is Everything:

You know what they say – presentation is key! Show off your crafted masterpiece in our elegant gift boxes. It’s not just a box; it’s the grand entrance your creation deserves. Unwrapping it becomes an experience, building anticipation and excitement.

5. Heart Stickers and Sequins – Because More Sparkle, More Love:

What’s a crafting adventure without a playful tough? Sprinkle extra love and sparkle with our heart stickers and sequins. It’s like adding a dash of magic dust to your creation, making it truly enchanting.

6. Crafting Date Night – Because Why Not?:

Turn your crafting session into a romantic date night! Grab some delectable snacks, cue up your favorite tunes, and let the creativity flow. Crafting together not only doubles the fun but also creates cherished memories.

8. Share the Love – Social Media Style:

Spread the joy! Once your creation is complete, flaunt it on social media. Tag us, share your crafting journey, and inspire others to embark on their own beading adventure. It’s like creating a ripple effect of love and creativity.

So, my bead buddies, gear up for a Valentine’s Day crafting escapade filled with love, laughter, and a whole lot of sparkle. Dive into our Swarovski wonderland before it’s gone forever, grab your tools, and let the crafting magic unfold. Because nothing says “I love you” like a handcrafted crystal creation straight from the heart. Happy crafting and may your Valentine’s Day be as radiant as your crystal balls!

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out

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Craft Wizardry Unveiled: 12 Ingenious Tool Hacks for Beading Bliss!

Hey there, fellow bead wizards! It’s your crafty conjurer, Travis, at Beads N Crystals. Today, I’m letting you in on some magical secrets to enhance your beading journey. Brace yourselves for 12 ingenious tool hacks that will have you beading with the finesse of a true wizard!

1. Pliers with Extra Grip:

Nylon pliers are great for keeping your wire and metal components scratch-free, but it’s not always practical to buy new tools to complete a single task. Add a touch of cushioning to your pliers by wrapping the jaws with a small piece of rubber, painters tape or foam. It not only provides extra grip but also protects delicate wires and beads from scratches.

2. Needle Sharpness Revival:

When your beading needles start feeling a bit dull, revive their sharpness by gently rubbing them against fine sandpaper. Say goodbye to snagging and hello to smoother beading!

3. Store your Needles for Safety and Simplicity

There are so many different types of needles. Do you find that after a project your needles all migrate to the one place and it’s next to impossible to distinguish which is which? Simple fix: use your empty seed bead tubes to sort and store your needles! Peel off the label and use a Sharpie to write the needle type and size on each tube. A simple rubber band to keep the tubes together, and your needle woes are sorted!

Side note: if you have more empty tubes than needles, don’t throw them out! We offer a tube credit scheme as part of our commitment to Crafting Sustainability!

4. Anti-Slip Pliers Grip:

If you’ve got old tools with split or missing handle grips, but they have a little life left in them, try this!  Wrap the handles with rubber bands or heat-shrink tubing for a comfortable and anti-slip grip. Your hands will thank you during those extended crafting sessions.

5. Colour Code your Tools:

Grab an assortment pack of coloured electrical insulation tapes. You (or someone you know) will probably have something laying around from that time you tried to DIY some home electrical repairs. Highly NOT recommended! Don’t you remember Dumb Ways to Die? Only the best commercial ever made! Anyway, wrap a little tape around the handles of your tools to colour code them. It makes grabbing side cutters while avoiding needle nose pliers much easier! Simple but effective!

6. Secure Thread Burner Caps:

Prevent accidental burns by securing the safety cap of your thread burner or thread zapper with a small binder clip. Safety first, bead second! Well, I originally wrote “bead first, safety second”, but our lawyer suggested rewording it… Buzzkill much?

7. Magnetic Mini Storage Magic:

Attach a small magnet to the inside of your mini storage containers. It becomes a magnetic haven for your needles and tiny metal findings, ensuring they stay put.

Bonus tip: Use a magnet to ensure there are no metal fragments in the wrong places in your beads or tool kits.

8. Measuring Tape Bead Counter

Get a fine-tip Sharpie and a measuring tape. Line up a row of ten 4mm beads and mark it on the measuring tape. Do this for the lengths of the sizes you use most to make counting and estimating beads for a project super easy. Do the same with markings for the lengths of your favoutite bracelet sizes so you’ll always thread the right number of beads every time.

9. DIY Sticky Bead Mat:

Us seed beaders love a good sticky bead mat, don’t we! They keep those little Delica’s and size 15’s in check with their voodoo-grade sticky surface. But what do you do when you awaken at 3am and dive into seed beads like a maniac if there’s no sticky bead mat in sight? Simple, stick a piece of double-sided tape to your desk or bead mat, or mouse pad if you’re really having a bad morning! Say goodbye to runaway beads and hello to hassle-free beading. Even if you can’t keep your eyes open!

10. Candle Wax Thread Conditioner

Thread Heaven is a thing of the past. There are substitutes, like Bees Wax and Thread Magic, but again, at 3am after being awoken from a dream of beading, as if I have a chance of finding my Thread Magic! Simple fix, Nanna’s favourite vintage candle! No! That’s not right! The cheap candle you couldn’t put back at Kmart because it smelled like chocolate crackles! Run your thread across the candle wax to condition and prevent knotting and tangles. It works pretty well, not perfect but definitely not terrible!

11. Easy Needle Threading:

Again, you could buy a needle threader to make threading a breeze, but seriously. I’ve bought a dozen of them and I still can’t find one when I need it! Introducing Dental Floss! It’s flat, slippery, fairly rigid and has a minty aroma! What more could you need? It threads easily through a needle, then form a loop and pull your thread through. It’s not as good as a needle threader, but still much more effective than swearing at the needle!

12. Easy Beading Thread Cutter

Side cutters are great for wire and tiger-tail, but they are no match for the mighty Fireline and NYMO. How can that be? Try it for yourself! Needleworkers threads are treated with Harry Potter’s magic making them invincible to anything other than a sharp thread cutter.

Jump back to step 11, where we just spend endless hours sliding dental floss through various needles to compare how much minty aroma stuck to the needle. The floss box is empty now right? Look at that! A thread cutter, and… it CUTS Fireline! AND NYMO!! “Finite Incantatem!” (waves plastic HP wand I’m not ashamed to have on my craft table.)

There you have it, bead wizards – 12 crafty tool hacks to make your beading game a little more fun. Try them out and watch as your crafting experience transforms into a magical journey of creativity and ease. Happy beading, and may your tools be forever in your favour!

Oh, one last final tip. There isn’t always a hack substitute for every beading and crafting tool. But luckily, you’ve found a really good bead shop with every tool you can imagine. Check them out, they’re all online!

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out

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Complete Guide to the One Step Looper!

Hey there, fellow bead enthusiasts! It’s your friendly Web Wizard, Travis, and today, we’re diving into the magical world of the One Step Looper. Buckle up because we’re about to turn your wire looping game on it’s head with this nifty tool!

What is the One Step Looper?

Imagine a wizard’s wand for beaders – that’s the One Step Looper! This nifty gadget is here to revolutionise the way you create loops for your jewellery designs. No more fumbling with pliers or struggling to get consistent loops. It’s like having a bead-tying superhero at your fingertips!

Why You Need It:

Efficiency Overload:

Say goodbye to tedious loop-making. With the One Step Looper, each squeeze results in a perfect loop. Efficiency level? Through the roof!!

Consistency is Key:

Achieve uniform loops every single time. Your designs will thank you for the consistency, and your friends will wonder if you’ve secretly enrolled in a loop perfection class.

Time-Saving Wonder:

The One Step Looper is a time-saving maestro. Spend less time wrestling with your tools and more time unleashing your creativity.

How to Master the One Step Looper Like a Pro:

Now that you’re convinced this tool is your new crafting BFF, let’s dive into some tips and tricks to wield the One Step Looper with finesse:

Choose the Right Wire:

Opt for soft wires in medium gauges, like 20g, 22g and 24g. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to step up to precious metal wires like gold-filled or sterling silver. These medium sizes will respond better to the magic touch of the One Step Looper.

Mind Your Tension:

Keep your wire taut but not overly tight. A gentle touch ensures smooth loops without any wire rebellion.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Before tackling your masterpiece, practice on scrap wire. Familiarize yourself with the tool’s rhythm, and soon you’ll be looping like a pro.

Experiment with Bead Sizes:

The One Step Looper can handle various bead sizes, so don’t be shy to experiment. From delicate seed beads to chunky crystals, let your creativity run wild!

Accessorise Your Loops:

Branch out of your comfort zone and try something different! Sdding charms, beads, or jump rings to your loops can make them even more unique. Try creating beaded daisy-chains, beaded lamp shades or curtain tassels. The One Step Looper makes it a breeze to create customised, embellished loops.

Why We Love It:

Crafting Bliss:

Say goodbye to hand cramps and hello to a blissful crafting experience. The One Step Looper turns loop-making into a joyous dance.

Versatility Unleashed:

Whether you’re a seasoned pro like mwa (moi if you’re French), or a crafting newbie, this tool welcomes everyone into the loop-lover’s club. From simple designs to intricate creations, the One Step Looper has your back.

No More Guesswork:

Bid farewell to guesswork and hello to confidence. With the One Step Looper, you’re the master of your loops, every single time.

So where to from here?

There you have it, bead maestros – your fun guide to the One Step Looper! Embrace the loop, unleash your creativity, and let the One Step Looper be your crafting sidekick. Dive into the world of seamless loops and watch your jewellery designs transform into loop-tastic masterpieces.

Where to buy the One Step Looper

Beads N Crystals is the bead shop near you, and we have the complete range of loopers. There are three different loop sizes: 1.5mm, 2.25mm and 3mm, so you can select the perfect loop size. If you’re into fine jewellery, definitely head for the 1.5mm. For heavy tasks, the 3mm has your back. Everyone else will get the most practicality from the medium size 2.25mm tool.

Happy crafting, loopsters!
Travis Out!

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Not as “Gross” as You Think!

Crystals from the Heart of Europe

Hey there bead addicts! It’s Travis here, I’m the new techie work experience guy and I’ll be helping clear up a few beading myths and helping to make beading fun!

Ever wondered why your favorite crystal brands, like Preciosa and Swarovski, love to pack things in weird numbers? I mean, why 144 in a box? Sounds “gross” right!? No, it’s not because they’re secretly trying to gross you out – it’s all about the art and science of crystal packaging, and I’m here to break it down for you in a way that’s anything but “gross”!

So, first things first, what exactly is a “gross”? Well, it’s not that weird kid in the back of the class sticking chewing gum under the desk – it’s a unit of measurement, and in the beading and crystal world, it means a dozen dozens, or 144 to be exact. Now, I know what you’re thinking – why not just say 144? Why make this extra confusing with a word that sounds like it belongs in the biology room?

Quick note here, that’s a dozen regular dozens, not a dozen bakers dozens, or a dozen beaders dozens. That’d be just stupid! Not to mention confusing!

Let’s make this whole thing crystal clear (pun intended)! Packaging crystals by the gross isn’t about confusing you, it’s about making the lives of the crystal gods and the end customers a whole lot easier. Think of it as the crystal community’s way of saying, “Let’s keep it simple, stupid!”

Dividing by 12 is a piece of cake or should I say, crystal? (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) There’s a reason we have dozens in many aspects of our lives. It’s easy to count, easy to divide, and it just makes sense. I mean, could you imagine a carton of 11 eggs, or 5 for that matter. It just wouldn’t work.

When you buy crystals in bulk, especially when you’re planning some serious bling for your DIY projects, having them neatly packaged in dozens and gross makes the process a breeze.

Now, here comes the magic of multiplication. If you’ve ever wondered why crystal brands seem to be obsessed with packing small flat back diamantes and bicones in packs of 1440 (which is a gross times 10), it’s because it’s a game-changer! When you’re working on large-scale projects, having crystals in this magical “mass” of 1440 means you can easily calculate how many dozens you need without breaking a sweat.

Imagine this: you’re bedazzling a dance costume, and you need 10 dozen crystals. Instead of tediously counting each crystal, you can just grab a pack, knowing that it contains 1440 sparkly diamantes, and voilà, you have your 10 dozen without the headache. It’s like crystal maths for dummies!

So, the next time you come across crystal packaging boasting a gross or 1440, embrace it! It’s not meant to be “gross” or confusing – it’s a crystal-clear system that simplifies your DIY adventures and keeps the sparkle in your projects. Best part is, they divide evenly down into dozens, sixes and 3’s. Bonus, they’re also even so pairs are a given!

Remember, crystals are all about bringing joy and beauty into your life, not making it grossly confusing. So, here’s to the “not as gross as you think” world of little crystals. Those Czech and Austrian crystal lords are smarter than they may seem!

Quick recap before you go:

  • Dozen = 12
  • Gross = 144 (12 dozen)
  • Mass = 1440 (10 gross, or 120 dozen)
  • All these numbers are even, and they all divide by 3, the beaders magic number!

Get your Bead-Fix and Chill!
Travis out