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If you've ever worked with Stretch Magic, you've most likely noticed that, after time, your creations develop slack. To bring them back to their original design, dip them in boiling water for 2 min...
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Bead Jewelry Designs for the Fall PDF  | Print |  E-mail

 

When it comes to wearing beads around your neck, there are rules for color and type just like for any fashion accessory. Just like you simply can’t wear white after Labor Day, there are certain colors and types of jewelry to stay away from for the fall!
 
The brighter the color, the more spring and summer it is. So while you may want to wear something more flashy, like a quartz or many of the different faceted stone beads, you instead want to tone it down just a bit.
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Beaded Bracelets Make Great Newborn Gifts PDF  | Print |  E-mail

So what is the perfect gift for parents who just had a child? Sure, you can get a cute jumper at the local department store, or maybe a pair of booties or, even some necessities (diapers and the like), but honestly what are the chances that everyone else will be giving them the same thing?

For the last three years or so I’ve been giving every friend who has a baby a custom-made beaded bracelet. They’re easy to make, not much more expensive than a jumper or any of the other things, and I’m almost guaranteed that none of my friends will be giving the same gift. If you want to learn how to make your own, just read below!
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Start Your Own Jewelry-Making Business PDF  | Print |  E-mail

 In today’s economy I find so many people trying to figure out ways to make a little extra money in their spare time. One way that’s fun and entertaining is to start making your own jewelry, beaded jewelry to be exact.

I got into making bead jewelry about seven years ago when I needed a hobby and wanted to find a way to make a little extra money. To be honest another hobby of mine was to BUY jewelry, so replacing that hobby with one that was cheaper, and allowed me to both sell and wear my product was a no brainer.
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Get Your Kids Into Jewelry-Making! PDF  | Print |  E-mail

 

If you’re looking for a fun, educational and entertaining hobby to start your children out on, try making beaded jewelry. Stringing glass or stone beads for necklaces may sound simple, but kids love it, and it will build a life-time hobby for them.
 
My own daughter—five—was sitting around the house the other day, completely bored. Her toys were all played with, she’d watched her share of TV for the day, and she’d run out of things to do as only a child can.
 
“I’m bored!” she tells me, sighing heavily and blowing her hair from her face.
 
That was the moment that things changed between us, because that was the moment I pulled out my bead box.
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Bead Making: the Second Oldest Profession PDF  | Print |  E-mail

 

I have a theory that goes like this. If the oldest profession in the world is the realm of the (ahem) hired lady, then what would be the second oldest profession? Well, considering she had to be paid I would assume it is bead making.
 
The oldest found piece of jewelry featured two snail shells that someone put a hole through and then ran a strip of leather through. The maker hung it around his or her neck and a fashion trend was born (still in use by the surfer/beatnik crowd, by the way). This particular piece of jewelry is thought to be 100,000 years old.
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