Archive | August 1, 2018

Polymer Clay Beads -Remarkable Jewelry Making Beads

Summary: Polymer clay beads are flexible jewelry craft supplies in jewelry making because of its versatile shapes and nice surface patterns. You can absolutely use your creative skills to make unique crafts with it.

What is polymer clay? Polymer clay is a kind of hardenable modeling clay made from a combination of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and color pigments. It is a product with plastic-like characteristic and very versatile for different crafts.

Polymer clay beads are often created as small sculptures that can be used in stretched bracelets, necklace pendants and other jewelry making.

There are many different shapes of polymer clay beads, such as round, oval, flowers and animals shaped, etc. The most common polymer clay beads are round. These beads can be more interesting and beautiful once added more than one color, or made into other irregular shapes. And in order to meet the craftsmen’s needs, different sizes of polymer clay beads are available on our site, ranging from 4mm to 40 mm+; and the middle hole where a thread pass also differ in size so as to coordinate with strings.With its colorful surface patterns and versatile shapes, these beads are widely used in jewelry making crafts. Some polymer clay jewelry ideas are as follows for your reference.
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Polymer clay beads are one of the best remarkable jewelry making beads for your imaginative crafts. Come on and use your creative skills to make some polymer clay jewelry for your beloved ones. Hope these Beebeecraft knowledge can help you!

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Glass cabochon making- how to make cabochons pendant for attractive results

Summary: This Beebeecraft glass cabochon design is to show you a fine way about how to make cabochons pendant for attractive results! Cabochon pendant is really easy thing to do.

Cost a few dollars to purchase several clear, smoothing and heavy glass cabochons, then in the below way you will start to try how to make cabochons pendant for any possible jewelry pieces. Absolutely, they are usually applied in necklaces, in particular, the commemorative gifts.

Materials and tools:

Glass cabochon

Picture on paper – the ink should not run, use magazine pictures or laser printed pictures.

Plain white paper

Pen or pencil

Scissors

Paint brush

White glue, e.g. Elmer’s or Mod Podge

Acrylic paint, dark color

Acrylic paint, metallic

Polyurethane varnish

Instructions:

Step 1: paste picture behind cabochon

1st, place the glass cabochon on the picture and draw a line around it with the pen or pencil.

2nd, cut out the picture to the outline of the cabochon

3rd, apply the white glue to the front of the picture so that the entire picture is coated all the way to the edges. Place the picture on the back of the cabochon; use your fingers to rub the picture so that it is smoothly adhering to the glass cabochon with no air bubbles. Let the cabochon sit at least a few hours so that the glue is completely dry.

4th, repeat above processes on a piece of plain white paper to glue extra layers.

Step 2: paint cabochon into pretty pendant

1st, Give the back of the cabochon a second coat of the dark-colored acrylic paint;

2nd, after it dries, apply metallic acrylic paint lightly on top of the dark

3rd, clean any glue or paint on the front of the cabochon with a damp cloth or paper towel;

4th, apply a coat of clear polyurethane varnish to the back of the cabochon.

Tada, the glass cabochon is done. Thanks for the idea about how to make cabochons pendant.  Add the cabochons settings, you can receive a cabochon pendant easily. Any process we made are just from our precious customers. Your participations are great support to us.

Easy Beebeecraft Steps on Making Personalized Tibetan Style Cabochon Setting Hanging Ornaments

Summary: Glass cabochon settings are really popular in personalized jewelry making. This easy DIY project is on making Tibetan style hanging ornament, hope you enjoy it!

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With aluminum wire and Tibetan style cabochon settings, you could also make your own personalized hanging ornaments! I listed the detailed steps in this tutorial, from which you could get some inspirations on your jewelry diy projects. Have a nice try!

Supplies in making the personalized Tibetan style cabochon setting hanging ornaments:

6mm Red Faceted Glass Beads
Glass Cabochon Setting
3mm Gold Bead Spacers
Gold Bead Caps
1mm Aluminum Wire
Ancient Bronze Jump Rings
Scissors
Glue Gun
Long Nose Plier
Round Nose Plier
Side Cutting Plier

Instructions on making the stylish cabochon setting hanging ornaments:

Step 1: Stick photo on the tray

Choose your photo according to your own favor, then paste it on the bronze tray as shown.

Step 2: Twist the hanging hook

1st, snip off a piece of 1mm aluminum wire, and twist a small loop at one end;
2nd, thread the wire through a 6mm red faceted glass bead, a gold bead cap and a 3mm gold bead spacer in sequence;
3rd, twist a snail hoop with plier as shown in the picture below.

Step 3: Finish the stylish cabochon setting hanging ornament

Hook the hanging crock to the Tibetan style cabochon setting with a bronze jump ring.

Here shows the final look of the Tibetan style cabochon setting ornaments that with different photos in!

I love these small ornaments with my own favor and I could paste the photo I love and the image I appreciate in the trays! It’s pretty cool to do this, right? No more hesitation, try them today!

Creative Round Seed Beads – Beebeecraft Make Every Craft Possible

Summary: Round Seed beads with different sizes are most commonly used for craft. As its small shape, it can be created to different appearance.

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What is a seed bead? Seed beads & bugle beads are tiny beads that can be used in many jewelry making projects. Seed beads are uniform in round shape and ranging in size from under a millimeter to several millimeters. While bugle beads are longer than they are thick, creating a tubular shape. They both come in a wide variety of colors and finishes to help enhance your designs.Seed bead is a generic term for any small bead with kinds of color, usually in round shape. The size of seed beads often ranges in size from under a millimeter to several millimeters. As its small size, it can be used for simple stringing, or as spacers between other beads in jewelry. For craft fans, round seed bead is welcomed as it can be made to be many delicate beaded works.

Seed beads with round shape have different sizes on Beebeecraft, which graded as the diameter (mm). The largest size of a seed bead is 1°, and the smallest is 24°. Larger seed beads are used in various fiber crafts for embellishment, or crochet with fiber or soft, flexible wire. Sizes 6°, 8° and 11° are often used in beaded knitting, as well as bead knitting.

Two elements color and finishes that you should take into consideration When you buy seed beads. Round Seed beads can be sort as transparent, translucent, opaque, matte, silver-lined, copper-lined, bronze-lined, luster and AB (a rainbow effect applied to the surface of a seed bead).

This round seed beads are widely used in jewelry making or home decoration crafts. Free instructions for seed beads project will give you best experience in seed beads crafting.
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Our Pandahall Elite seed beads supplier in China, which provide you high quality seed beads with cheap price. You can get detailed information about the seed beads from the round seed beads category!

Beebeecraft Information Guide to Characteristics of Gemstones

Here it is some Beebeecraft information guide to characteristic of gemstones here. Understanding gemstone characteristics is helpful for both purchasing and crafting.

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This information guide specifies seven characteristics of gemstones in detail. You will be able to make purchase with more confidence by knowing these characteristics. Furthermore, being familiar with gemstone characteristics will greatly help you when designing your own jewelry. Gemstones are used a lot in jewelry making projects, but not all gemstones are appropriate for all projects.

There are seven characteristics of gemstones as below:

Color

Color is considered to be the most momentous characteristic of a gemstone. The beautiful colors of gems, such as ruby, sapphire, emerald and amethyst, are their main appeal. Many jewelers regard color as the most important evaluation criterion.
In general, colorless gems are less beautiful. Many gemstones including delicate sapphire may occur in colorless varieties, but they are quite unglamorous because they don’t have the attractive color. Diamond is an exception. Diamond is many people’s top choice of gemstones though it is commonly colorless.
Gemstones are usually expected to be transparent, but it is not necessary. There are some opaque gems like opal, coral, carnelian and lazuli recognized as beautiful as well.
The color of gemstone is decided by hue, tone and saturation.
Hue represents the purity of color. Gemstones that display a pure color or only “slight” hue of other colors in addition to their primary color are recognized as the highest quality. For instance, there are rubies in slightly orangish-red and slightly purplish-red.
Tone refers to the depth of color. The tone of gemstone is described as “light”, “medium-light”, “medium”, “medium-dark” and “dark”.
Saturation indicates the degree to which the gemstone is free from brown or gray hues. We usually describe gemstones which show little gray or brown as possessing “vivid” or “strong” color saturation.

Clarity

Clarity is an important factor when comparing high quality colored gemstones.
Almost all gemstones contain inclusions because gemstones are formed under specific circumstances and there must be some traces of minerals, cracks or fissures. However, the inclusions may not necessarily detract from the beauty or desirability of a colored gemstone.
Even those most valuable gemstones have at least some inclusions. Naturally, gemstones with very few or no inclusions are available, but the price may be extravagant.
Generally speaking, gemstones which are moderately included can be considered as having best value.

Cut

The cut of a gemstone is like that of a diamond whose purpose is to enhance the overall beauty and value. But unlike diamonds, there are no fixed geometrical standards for maximum brilliance when it comes to gemstones, because gemstone color can vary greatly.
A good gemstone cut is one that showcases the most even color, diminishes its inclusions to the fewest, and exhibits great overall symmetry and proportion.

Carat

The carat weight of a gemstone isn’t necessarily corresponding with its size but its density. Different gemstones have different densities, so two gemstones with the same size may be very different in weight. For example, a ruby is denser than an opal, so a one-carat ruby will look far smaller than a one-carat opal.
The gemstone’s value is determined by its carat weight or density, not its size.

Luster

The luster of a gemstone refers to the quantity and quality of the light reflected from its surface. It typically includes reflection, refraction, dispersion, and faceting.
The real luster of a gemstone may become less than its ideal luster because of the lapidary’s skill level, the amount of inclusions and some chemical or physical changes, such as oxidation or abrasion.
There is some luster embodied by particular gemstones, so the luster is named after the gem, such as adamantine luster for diamonds and pearly luster for pearls.
When designing a piece of jewelry, luster plays an important role in addition to color. Luster can impact on the look of a piece, so it’s an important factor to be considered for designers. Take vitreous gemstones as an example, garnet or amethyst would be a great choice if you are looking forward to designing a shiny piece.

Rarity

The rarity endows a gemstone uniqueness and unparalleled value and increases people’s desire to possess it. Rarity is one of the most decisive factors to determine the prices of gemstones.
Many gemstones are very common, but their exceptional color or clarity will make them become rare.

Hardness

Hardness can be described as a gemstone’s resistance to abrasion. Mohs Hardness Scale is the one we use to measure a gemstone’s hardness on a scale from 1 to 10. Diamond ranks at 10 on the Mohs scale which is the hardest naturally occurring substance. Corundum, of which ruby and sapphire are composed, is the next on Mohs scale.
Hard gemstones which can stand up to daily wear and tear are more ideal for using in everyday jewelry. That’s one reason why diamonds are always used in wedding rings.
Being aware of a gemstone’s hardness can help you determine what kind of jewelry project it is suitable for. Gemstones that are less hard can be used in earrings and necklaces or special occasion rings and bracelets rather than everyday bracelets and rings, because these gemstones are much more prone to scratches.

The information guide to characteristics of gemstones is finished here. I believe that you will find these seven gemstone characteristics very helpful! As far as i know, Pandahall Elite brand Gemstone is good for jewelry making.

Beebeecraft Basic Information on the History of Crystals and Crystal Healing

Crystal is so delicate that no one can deny its unique beauty. What’s more, crystal healing has been widely used nowadays. Today follow Beebeecraft to explore the history of crystals and crystal healing!

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If you are familiar with Swarovski, you may know this company founded in 1895 has a history of more than 100 years. It’s a long history for a company, but compared with the history of crystals, it’s not. The use of crystals dates back to thousands of years ago, even as far as there are records of history itself. Crystal healing has been existing for centuries as well. Now let’s get to know crystal’s history.

History of Crystal

Crystal came into being when our planet was forming and it experienced all ancient cultures and civilizations. In ancient times, crystals have been used for many different purposes. The use of crystals was recorded as both functional and ornamental. They have been used in medicine and rituals, for healing, scrying, praying, meditation and protection, as offerings and currency. Crystals can be also used as precious gifts and beautiful decorations.
The word crystal is derived from an ancient Greek word ‘krustallos’, krustallos is from kruos which means rock crystal or ice. It is originally believed that crystal was a type of ice which would never melt, although the theory has been superseded in 1700’s.
Nowadays science defines crystal as a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions, from Wikipedia.
In the year 1676, George Ravenscroft innovated in the technique of adding lead oxide, which was a significant stride for lead crystal’s mass production today.
Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut jewelry stones perfectly which was patented in 1892. The invention of automatic crystal cutting machine laid the foundation of Swarovski’s huge success. In 1895, Daniel Swarovski moved his company from Bohemia to Wattens where he could take advantage of the Rhine River to run the machinery.
Over the years, the uses of crystals are basically the same as the ancients. There are more usages due to the modern-day technologies, for instance, we found silicon chip for computer technology and used quartz to power clocks and watches.

History of Crystal Healing

Crystal healing has been used by Hopi Native Americans, Polynesians, Hindus, nearly through all ancient and modern culture. Crystals and some stones, including jade and quartz, have been found in the ancient tombs of Chinese and Egyptians. They were deemed to balance the energy inside our bodies, and they can be used solely or combined with other stones to absorb positive resonances while getting rid of negative energy.
In the early 19th century, there were some experiments for testifying the clairvoyant effects of crystals. Though little evidence was found to prove the medical merits of crystal healing, it is still popular as a beneficial complementary treatment.

Above are some basic information on history of crystals and crystal healing. If you are a big fan of crystals, you may want to know crystals’ history through this article. I hope you are interested in these knowledge! There are also many jewelry making materials glass crystal beads on Beebeecraft for u.