What’s in The Artisan Group swag bag? 2016 MTV #GBKMovieAwards

I am excited to share this collection of items in The Artisan Group® swag bag that will be given to attending celebrities at GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge honoring the MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.

Celebrities and members of the press will be given these popular gift bags which always contain finely handcrafted products from participating members.

This years invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge, hosted by GBK Productions, will be held on April 8-9, 2016.

What’s in the SWAG bag?

Our Seven-stone wire wrapped pendant is included along with 26 other fantastic gifts. You can check out these great gifts on the Pinterest board below or in The Artisan Group® Gift Guide online magazine.

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What Celebrities will receive from Bead Lovers Korner

My gift this year is similar to the Chakra balancing pendant that was seen at GBK’s 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards gift lounge.

The difference this year is that each pendant is made with a hand-knotted wire and wrapped bale that attaches to the chain, finished with a swirl!

MTV Celebrity Swag Bag
Wire wrap pendants for celebrities

Celebrity pendants are made with a variety of semi-precious stones and colors which includes:

  • Chakra balancing (three different stone selections)
  • Black Obsidian
  • Tigers Eye
  • Golden Cream Quartz

Members of the press and media organizations that attend will also receive the same pendant in one of three different types of stone beads: Chakra stones, Tigers Eye, and Black Obsidian.

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Gifts for members of the press and media

Side Note: Why I have not posted to this blog in over a month

I really try to post several times a month, but last month there was a death in my family that caused me to be absent. Between wrapping up final affairs and making pendants for this event, I just had no spare time.

It is extremely likely that my posts will be sparse for several more months, but I was super excited about this upcoming event and wanted to spread the word!

Get inspired with unique Valentine’s heart beads

Get inspired with these unique heart beads from Green Girl Studios. Perfect for making inspirational jewelry and beaded designs.

Jewelry making ideas are often inspired by really cool beads, and below are a few examples of the awesome beads from Green Girl Studios.

Click on the photos for more information.

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Green Girl Studios Laced Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Get inspired with cool beads

Ordinary heart beads and jewelry making supplies are everywhere, but all of the designs from Green Girl Studios are interesting, unique and are excellent for making meaningful and inspirational jewelry.

Making custom jewelry by hand for family or friends is such a special and unforgettable gift!

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Green Girl Studios Unbreakable Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Create jewelry designs that will be a lasting keepsake or memory for people who are dear to you.

Make cool pendants or use as a focal bead in your next beaded jewelry design to tell someone how much you love them!

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Hot Lips Besame Mucho Green Girl Studios Bead. Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Check out the selection of beads, clasps and jewelry findings from Green Girl Studios in the Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

These beads are made from Lead Free Pewter and make a great focal piece on bracelets or necklaces. Check them out and Be(ad) Inspired for Valentine gifts or for anytime!

Locked Heart for inspirational jewelry
Green Girl Studios Locked Heart. Photo Copyright © 2014 Bead Lovers Korner

Free gift with purchase for Valentine’s Day – Ended

Receive a FREE Gift with purchase of $25.00 on our website, while supplies last, through Valentine’s Day 2016 (This offer has ended)!

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Receive a Free Gift with $25.00 Purchase of beads, charms or bracelets on our website www.beadloverskorner.com

Searching for gift ideas for women? Beads or charms for their bracelet, a new necklace or earrings are great gifts for your wife, gifts for mom or a girlfriend! Check out this limited time offer and get a free gift too!

Free Gift with Purchase of $25.00

  • Purchase $25.00 – receive a Free Gift and Free First Class Shipping in the USA!
  • Purchase $100.00 or more – receive a Free Gift and Free Priority Mail Shipping in the USA!
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Free gift with $25.00 purchase of Carlo Biagi Coin Holders, Coin Pendants and more!

The Carlo Biagi Coin Collection is a hot new interchangeable fashion accessory that is sweeping the nation! Similar to Nikki Lissoni, Mi Moneda, or Lucet Mundi, these are easy to interchange and make a great statement necklace.

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Valentine’s Day Coin Necklace complete set of three

Just for Valentine’s Day this Carlo Biagi Multi Heart coin necklace can be purchased as a complete set at a reduced price, but hurry supplies are limited! This silver plated stainless steel necklace includes coin holder, coin and long, fashionable 33″ chain.

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Free gift with $25.00 purchase of Landmark Beads, Charm Beads and more!

Select from Biagi Charm Beads, Landmark Beads or Bracelets and lots more available on our website and receive a gift with purchase of $25.00! (Charm beads and Landmark beads are compatible with Pandora).

Buy any other $25.00 purchase, such as our own handmade jewelry, Rosary, Charms or Kidz Beads and receive a free gift of our choice. (Free gifts will be of our choice, while supplies last.)

  • This offer is only valid with purchases made on our website www.beadloverskorner.com.
  • Some items may be special order and have longer delivery times so order early!

Please note: images shown in this blog post are examples of items that may be purchased, these are not the Free gifts. Free gifts will be related items of our choice. Offer will last until Valentine’s Day or while supplies last and may end at any time. FREE shipping is in the United States Only!

Top 5 Valentines Day ideas with beads

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These top 5 Valentines Day ideas are easy to make Valentine crafts using beads and Swarovski crystal. Give them as gifts that will be treasured for years for years to come. Use these great ideas as a guide and let your imagination soar!

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Heart earrings with Swarovski crystal

Valentines Day ideas to make jewelry with beads

These three jewelry ideas below are easy to make Valentines gifts to give to moms, teachers, best friends or make them for yourself! Handcrafted jewelry is always a special way to show love and devotion.

1. Heart Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Drops 

Beautiful red Swarovski crystals make these romantic dangle earrings.

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Popular large hole charm beads make a beautiful bracelet

2. Bracelet with Large Hole Beads and Swarovski Crystal

Chamilia, Troll and Pandora bracelets are very popular and this idea creates a similar stunning look.

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Adorable heart beads and heart with key toggle clasp

3. Millefiori Glass Hearts Bead Bracelet

Sweet millefiori glass heart beads and a unique toggle clasp make this a really unique gift!

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Card and gift packaging made with beads

Make Valentines Day gifts special

Here are two Valentines day ideas to check out if you don’t want to make jewelry. Create beautiful decorations on homemade cards or really pretty gift boxes using beads and crystals.

4. Valentine’s Day Card with Swarovski Crystals

5. Gift Box “Love” Decoration with Swarovski Crystal

Inspiring beads and supplies for Valentines Day crafts

See the great selection below of pendants, charms, beads and other jewelry making supplies to enhance Valentine’s Day ideas to use in making gifts!

Learn resin casting & sculpting with Cynthia Thornton

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At the top of my goals for the new year is to learn resin casting and enhance my custom jewelry making with unique designs. I played around with resin once but found it difficult to work with, but that was because I didn’t actually learn how to work properly with this medium.

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Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques with Cynthia Thornton

Then I found this online class about Resin Sculpting & Casting Techniques taught by Cynthia Thornton, the founder of Green Girl Studios. I love all of the Green Girl Studios beads and pendants, so this is a great teacher to learn from.

Sculpting & resin casting

This Craftsy online class taught by artist Cynthia Thornton guides you through every step and teaches you how to sculpt a polymer master, then make a silicone mold to use in resin casting. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • Essential polymer clay techniques
  • How to craft a variety of shapes and whimsical creations
  • How to replicate any piece by making resin molds with silicone
  • Tips for smooth, consistent resin results
  • How to use custom dyes, paints and metallic finishes
  • How to seal your work for long-lasting beauty
  • How to mount resin creations to pendants, buttons, hairpins and more!

Better yet is that with Craftsy online classes they are there for you forever! You can access them anytime or anywhere if you need to refresh your memory on a certain step.

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Learn resin casting and sculpting, make your own resin molds create decorative pieces to use as pendants, buttons and more.

About Cynthia Thornton, the Instructor

Cynthia Thornton studied fine art and 3-D illustration at the Columbus College of Art and Design. She worked as a sculptor in a variety of industries, and then founded Green Girl Studios. Cynthia is the author and illustrator of the book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed Media Jewelry With Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More. Learn more about Cynthia and see some of her limited run creations in her Etsy shop.

What is on your list to learn this year?

Do you have a new jewelry making technique that you would like to learn this year to enhance your handcrafted jewelry? Leave a comment and let us know!

David Bowie: “Fill Your Heart” and you’ll be free

I have always been a David Bowie fan, since the early 1970’s, and I am compelled to share a not so well-known song of his to honor his passing. “Fill Your Heart” on the Hunky Dory album is light, loving and wise.

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory album and I became quite close one fateful night in Virginia a long time ago. Without going into details let me just say that it is forever melded with my soul.

While there really isn’t anything too unique about this blog post, it’s all information you can easily find anywhere online. However I do believe the message in this song is pure and worth pointing out at this time of his death, January 10, 2016.

David Bowie filled the world with his music and talent, but now he is free!

“Fill Your Heart” by David Bowie

Lyrics:

Fill your heart with love today
Don’t play the game of time
Things that happened in the past
Only happened in your Mind
Only in your Mind-Forget your Mind
And you’ll be free-yea’
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are Free of thoughts unpure [sic]
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free.

Happiness is happening
The dragons have been bled
Gentleness is everywhere
Fear’s just in your Head
Only in your Head
Fear is in your Head
Only in your Head
So Forget your Head
And you’ll be free
The writing’s on the wall
Free-yea’. And you can know it all
If you choose. Just remember
Lovers never lose
‘Cause they are free of thoughts unpure
And of thoughts unkind
Gentleness clears the soul
Love cleans the mind
And makes it Free!!