My favorite place to shop for beads and jewelry making supplies is Fire Mountain Gems! They always have great products and prices!
Fire Mountain Gems has just about anything you can imagine for bead stringing, wire wrapping, pearl knotting, and other jewelry related crafts.
They always have something on sale, and something new too!
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been around since 1973, and is very dependable. There have been a few times where I have gotten something a little cheaper somewhere else and then regretted it because the quality wasn’t as good as Fire Mountain.
Fire Mountain Gems has great customer service. I have only had to call with a problem once or twice in the 15 years or so I have been a customer. When I did call their customer service department I was very pleased with the care and attention given to me to resolve my problem.
A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!
Add some bling to clothing
When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!
Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.
Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!
Embellish everything in the house
When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.
Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.
My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.
St Patricks Day is coming in March and I wanted to share a few Irish Celtic Jewelry ideas! Even though this is right around the corner on March 17, there is still time to make something – in fact, if you love beads, there is ALWAYS time to create!
Irish jewelry ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
First of all, anything green or with a clover will work, but below are a few jewelry making ideas for inspiration!
This Sterling Silver Tiger Bead from Carlo Biagi (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!) is the perfect charm for bracelets themed around a sports team, spiritual energies or for animal lovers. The large diameter hole has no threading and it is compatible with many popular bracelets.
Over the years this European charm has been very popular due to its symbolism of this ferocious animal.
Tiger beads and symbolism
The tiger has always been an important symbol, and throughout history you see it’s influence in art, literature, or as a mascot.
Here are just a few interesting facts:
The tiger is the largest cat! For those of us who love cats, it is a dream to own such a huge kitty.
It is one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the next year of the Tiger is 2022.
The Detroit Tigers football team was named after the nickname of the Detroit Light Guard Military Unit
There are 9 different sub species: three are extinct and the remaining six are endangered
This popular sterling silver bead is also on my bead “endangered list”. There are only a handful of these beads available and they will not be restocked. (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!)
If you are waiting for just the right time to buy this bead, then NOW would be the time. (When they are all gone, and officially extinct, I will update this page.)
To answer the most asked question – yes they will fit on PANDORA bracelets and are also compatible with Troll, Chamilia, and other trendy charm bead bracelets.
The bead hole is 5mm and is smooth (no threading) making them easy to slip on an off any bracelet chain.
This Murano glass bead is fashioned after the colors of the Bengal Tiger. Together these two beads are a great combo to represent this charismatic cat.
Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatile Carlo Biagi black leather cord.
How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces
Pick out your favorite beads or charms
Slide them onto the leather cord
Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.
String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!
Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!
Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.
Showing photos of product packaging when selling online is important if you have room to display the photos. Some people don’t really care how the items come to them, but many people are swayed by attractive packaging.
Show photos of your product packaging to improve online sales
Many of you have read different articles about creative packaging and if you sell on Etsy you have probably read articles in the sellers handbook about branding, packaging and so on. I have read them all too!
I even took a photo several years back while I was in the middle of shipping packages so that I would have a picture. However, it was pretty lame. See below…
Looking back now I see how lame that photo was, but at the time I took the photo above, I was thinking
“This is great, it shows how the product is mailed, and what the bead or item purchased would look like when it arrives!”
However this was only a small representation of how items are packaged and mailed from Bead Lovers Korner. Then I set out to improve the photos.
Take time to shoot new photographs
I took some new photos to show the different ways that beads and small items are sent to customers. Most of my products ares small and are sent in organza bags like in the example above.
I use gift boxes for Rosaries most of the time, and some jewelry items also come in a gift box. This helps to protect the item in shipping and is also convenient for customers who are giving the item as a gift.
In this new era where everyone has a smart phone, it is really easy to take photos that are worthy of posting in a listing.
That extra photo in your Etsy listing just might seal the deal and convince a customer to buy from you!
Think about how you like to receive products that arrive through the mail? Is product packing important to you? Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment with your ideas for product packaging.