Where to find the best wire wrapping tutorials

I love to wire wrap when I have time and I have discovered the best wire wrapping tutorials by Donna Spadafore at Gailavira Jewelry.

Beaded Cross Pendant and other wire wrapping tutorials

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Beaded cross ornament for Christian Gifts

I happened to find this beaded cross tutorial by Gailavira (which is free, by the way) so I downloaded it, grabbed some practice wire, extra beads I had and started making crosses!

I found this tutorial to be very informative and easy to follow, full of easy to see directional photos and well written steps.

Similar to the reasons for why I love making rosaries,  making these wire wrapped crosses was wonderfully satisfying and rewarding.

I made one into a bookmark by adding hemp cord and matching beads, then sent it to my mother. She in turn gave it to one of the clergymen at her church, who was amazed and told her he would cherish it forever!

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Beaded Crosses using wire wrapping tutorial by Gailavira

Each step-by-step wire jewelry tutorial at Gailavira Jewelry will teach you how to make beautiful wire wrapped custom jewelry to wear, give as unique gifts or include with your beaded designs and other jewelry making ideas.

I bought the sword pendant tutorial and can’t wait to sit and make some cool jeweled swords for gothic style necklaces and mens jewelry.

There are also several FREE tutorials including basic weaving and how-tos for wrapping briolettes and making headpins! Check them out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Wardrobe stylist of top rated TV shows receive jewelry from Bead Lovers Korner

The wardrobe stylist of top rated TV shows received our jewelry this year which is exciting for the many possibilities.

These great opportunities were made possible through collaborative gift bags presented in association with The Artisan Group®.

Wardrobe stylist gifts

Gifted to wardrobe stylist of TVD
Celtic dragon bracelet

This Celtic dragon bracelet was gifted to the wardrobe stylist of “The Vampire Diaries” for consideration of use on future episodes.

This cool bracelet is “unisexy” and could be worn by any male or female members of the cast.

Gifted to wardrobe stylist Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce
Sterling silver and Swarovski crystal wire wrapped necklace

A delicately wire-wrapped necklace of Swarovski crystal beads and sterling silver was included in the gift bag from The Artisan Group that was sent to the stylists of “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

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Classic style cream pearl necklace

Last but not least, this lovely Swarovski cream pearl necklace was hand-linked and given as a classic style necklace to the celebrity wardrobe stylist of “11/22/63″. This is a TV-mini-series based on the book written by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of my all time favorite authors and I have read many of his books over the years, so naturally this was an exciting opportunity for me.

Crossing my fingers that any of these three jewelry pieces might catch the eye of a celebrity fashion stylist in wardrobe and costuming and be considered for use on the shows!

Make stunning bead pendants with old European beads

European Bead Pendants
Carlo Biagi European Bead Pendants

You can make stunning bead pendants with old European beads that you no longer want to display on your charm bead bracelet. This is a really cool way to display glass or crystal large hole charm beads.

These affordable pendants are made from high quality brass and plated with a thick coat of precious rhodium. A striking and elegant addition to your European Bead jewelry collection.

Stunning Bead Pendants

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Examples of Carlo Biagi bead pendat using glass or crystal large hole Carlo Biagi beads

Everyone knows that you can only put so many European beads on a bracelet, so why let unused beads sit in a jewelry box?

These bead pendants will hold those beads that have been cast aside! Bead pendants work best with decorative glass or crystal.

Available in three popular shapes:

Compatible with Pandora, Chamilia and other large hole European Style beads to create a customized pendant to match your bracelet.

The Liberty Bell – one of the important symbols of freedom

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The Liberty Bell Landmark Bead


The Liberty Bell, with its distinctive crack, has long been one of the important symbols of freedom and liberty in the United States.

This 4th of July, imagine the tolling of the bell to proclaim liberty through the land! Listen to hear what it might have sounded like!

This highly detailed sterling silver Landmark bead is a perfect souvenir and addition to Patriotic or travel theme European bead bracelets for women.

This extraordinary bead has a large smooth hole and is compatible with all European charm bead bracelets including Chamilia, Troll and PANDORA bracelets. This makes a really unique gift idea for women!

About The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell location is in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Liberty Bell Center and it is one of the attractions along with many other National Historic Landmarks.

The Liberty Bell crack was not always there, but was noticed sometime in the early 19th century. There are several stories about how and why the crack formed, and it was recast and repaired until a second crack developed. That is when the bell was silenced.

This iconic symbol of the American spirit of freedom has been used for many purposes over the years and was even on tour throughout the country in earlier years.

Now the Liberty Bell rests, but it will always remain a symbol of liberty for all, through out the land!

Christmas in July sales on Etsy

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Image created by Bead Lovers Korner with clip art from mycutegraphics.com

Every summer we have Christmas in July sales, but this year we are also participating with other Etsy stores having sales on the Christmas in July Etsy team.

Get Christmas ideas and special savings by shopping during this special Christmas sale held from July 1-12, 2015! There are so many great gift ideas along with special prices and coupons!

Christmas in July Sales special coupon for blog readers

Special 20% off coupon code for our blog readers, good in our Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop only during the month of July:

ETSYCIJSC20 expires 7/31/2015

Check out our Etsy shop for great gift ideas and jewelry making supplies for creating your own gifts:

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Image created by Bead Lovers Korner with clip art from mycutegraphics.com

Search Etsy for CIJ or ChristmasinJuly and you will find many shops involved in this summertime sale with special deals for shoppers! Even if you can’t buy now you can always bookmark the shop and return later!

Have an Etsy shop and want to get involved? It’s never too late to check out the Christmas in July Etsy team and get involved!

Where to find Kumihimo supplies

I have been asked many times about where to find Kumihimo supplies, which is a braiding technique that is often incorporated into jewelry designs.

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What is Kumihimo braiding?

Roughly translated, this Japanese form of braiding means “braided cord” or “gathered thread”. It was used in ancient times for many purposes, but most notably by the samurai as a functional and decorative way to lace their armor.

Examples of kumihimo braids
Examples of kumihimo braids, photos from Fire Mountain Gems

These beautiful and complex braids are made accessible to modern jewelry designers with the help of easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools.

Kumihimo braids can be made with traditional silk thread or any other favorite cord. A variety of kumihimo patterns are available, from simple to complex, to make your unique jewelry designs stand out from the rest!

These braids can be embellished with beads and findings to enhance their beauty on necklaces or bracelets and to fasten them securely.

Kumihimo supplies


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