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Archive for December, 2010

Welcome to the third and final installment of Bead Bazaar’s Holiday Accessory Collection. It’s been a fun challenge to design fifteen dazzling holiday projects for under $25, and we’ve been able to create a huge variety of different styles with some beautiful beads, proving that a smaller budget places no restrictions. With only 6 days left until Christmas and 12 days until the New Year, these last five projects were designed for the time-crunched beader. While each accessory can be made with simplicity and speed, there is no sacrifice in impact; elegance and glamor can in fact be achieved with little effort.

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Silver Stardust: Curved, elongated silver tubes are a popular request for bracelet projects, and with three new styles at the Bead Bazaar, we couldn’t resist showcasing one for the holiday blog. This style has a brushed, stardust affect, which compliments the sheen of our purple Czech glass quite nicely. One bangle creates an understated look, but at only $8.20 and 20 minutes to make, three could be mixed and matched and still cost less than $25! Who can help but love such versatility?

 

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Au Natural: Gemstones and coin pearls for under $25? You bet! For these earrings, beautiful white coin pearls support luxuriously long chalcedony briolettes. Wrapped in a gold-tone wire, the winter cool colors of white and milky blue are instantly warmed up for a luxe look. The wire-wrap is accomplished with a single length of wire connecting both beads, cutting down on construction time, and at only $24.20, you can create this formal design at far less than a formal price.

 

 

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Russian Snake Stitch in Cobalt: The beautiful Russian Snake Stitch is accomplished by using seedbeads to create a wave-like pattern around larger accent beads. Cobalt fire polished Czech glass compliments the frosted clear delicas used in this project, giving the feel of swirling ice and snow. What better project for a winter’s day? This fun project proves that seedbeads have a simple, sophisticated side, and only costs $8.25 to make.

 

 

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Bubbly Bracelet: This project is packed with whimsy and personality! Geometric beads link together perfectly when strung in an alternating pattern. Three strands create the look of a cuff, and using the crimping technique for construction makes this project easy for beginning beaders. One thing to keep in mind: to keep the bracelet fluid and flexible, use smaller sizes of geometric shaped beads, and save larger sizes for necklace projects. Total cost to make: $11.83, so feel free to experiment with other shapes as well!

 

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Vintage Glamor: For our grand finale, we present an indulgent crystal pendant wrapped in an antiqued Vintaj brass bezel. This is accompanied by a simple chain, allowing the pendant to shine rather than competing with it. The pendant is constructed of an oversized Chinese crystal rectangle, following the big and bold trends of this season. Antique details in the bezel lend a touch of romance to the piece. This pendant may look indulgent, but only costs $13.83 to make (shhhh it’s our secret!). This project is already a favorite among our customers, and is sure to be a show-stopper at any gathering this year.

 

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our fun holiday collection, and remember, each piece will be displayed in our store, so you can see them in person as well. Until then, Happy Holidays from the Bead Bazaar!

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Welcome to the second installment of our favorite holiday projects! Whether you’re looking for gift ideas or party accesories, you’re sure to be inspired by the next 5 projects; a fun collection of jewel tones and dramatic show-pieces. We hope you enjoy the blog, and if you get the chance, come check them out in person! Each of our 15 piece collection will be displayed in our store. And now for the eye-candy!

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Holiday Baubles What better way to kick off this week’s collection than with a totally “wow-them” necklace? Constructed of blueberry-hued glass pearls in generous 12mm and 10mm sizes, this piece doesn’t need much help to stand out! Understated silver bead caps accent the larger sized pearls. This piece is surprisingly easy to make, built using only simple wire loops, and the supplies cost a total of $19.89, making it equally easy on your budget.

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Solstice Earrings Beautiful faceted amber is dressed up with Bali-style German silver and gunmetal to make these sophisticated earrings. The perfect balance of warm and cool tones, this piece is both elegant and versatile, reflecting the promise of the coming sun during the dark of winter. With a price as low as $10.40 to make, you can enjoy beautiful gemstones on any budget.

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New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Capture the dramatic party feel of New Year’s Eve with this Gunmetal triple chain strand necklace. With large, bulky necklaces being featured in most beading magazines and on the runway, this trio of chain captures the look while keeping it simple. Feel free to mix it up with our collection of chain colors; this style also comes in bright silver, bright gold, antiqued brass, and antiqued copper. The best part? At $18.02 for the sample shown, you can be a trendy fashionista without paying a runway price.

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Snow White Warmth The perfect symbol of winter is snow as it transforms landscapes with the hush of a white blanket. This bracelt captures the beauty of winter white while adding a hint of golden warmth. The mis-matched strands lend a hint of assymetry, and the white theme continues with the ribbon woven through the gold chain. For just $16.19, you can add a warm winter glow to your holiday attire.

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Sugar Plums Jewel tones of glass pearls in plum and berry mix here with a warm chocolate brown, making this double strand necklace almost good enough to eat! The 12mm Swarovski jewel is embedded in Vintaj brass, creating a decadence that continues in chocolatey satin. This elegant necklace allows you to enjoy Swarovski and Vintaj accents for only $25.

Next week we’ll be showcasing our final five samples, so be sure not to miss the last installment of our holiday blog! Care for a sneek peak? Be sure to drop by the Bead Bazaar where they’ll be displayed through the winter. Until then, happy beading!

~Bead Bazaar

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The holiday season is upon us, and beaders are busier than ever with gifts,  holiday party accessories, and the prospect of an invitingly cozy indoor activity. With so many perfect excuses for working on beading projects, the Bead Bazaar has compiled a fun assortment of samples, perfect for the holidays. From necklaces to earrings to bracelets, our next three blogs will feature a total of 15 winter-inspired projects. While some pieces showcase new accessory trends, others draw inspiration from classic designs, so whatever your style, these projects will be both fun and inspiring.

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Winter Snowflake Necklace: The base inspiration for this piece was the ceramic snowflake bead, created by Washington State artist Jean Christen. Mixed metals are then combined in a subdued, wintery color scheme of bright silver and antiqued brass, perfectly complimented by steel blue Czech fire-polished glass. The result: a balanced mixture of cold and warmth that is wearable for the whole season. Total cost: $20.80

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Have you been Knotty or Nice: This necklace goes to great lengths, showcasing a mixture of Chinese and Swarovski crystal in flashes of glitter. It’s simple construction makes it a joy, both to build and to wear, and at a dazzling $22.65 to make, it proves to be equally easy on any budget.

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Black Ruffle Ribbon: This piece is both playful and sophisticated; a black ribbon is sewn into a ruffle with tiny black seedbeads to space it out. Gunmetal findings blend well with the color scheme, and a simple chain compliments the look rather than competing with it. The best part? This trendy piece only costs $9.75 to make!

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Swarovski on a Budget: While Swarovski crystals glitter with incomparable clarity, their cost is sometimes daunting. These little cuties provide the perfect solution: we know this is technically three different projects, but each pair costs under $15 to make! Featuring Swarovski and nothing but Swarovski, the classic images of snowmen ($12.60) and tree topper earrings ($10.50)  are guaranteed to charm. If traditional Christmas colors aren’t quite your thing, a classy black and silver combination ($7.20) is still more than holiday worthy.

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Golden Fireworks: With bright gold making a strong comeback, we’ve constructed an understated piece of golden glitter. Jewel-toned Swarovski crystals compliment gold’s warm hue, and the lines of this necklace keep it simple. At $14.50 for all supplies, this piece is a delightful trend setter!

Be sure to return next week for our next five projects! Until then, happy beading!

~Bead Bazaar

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