How to use cell phone charms

Cell phone charms used to be all the rage! That was a short-lived trend because newer cell phones have no place to hook them. Meanwhile crafters and bead suppliers have jillions of them left over.

Likewise, when I was trying to sell my wares at local craft shows years ago, I created some cell phone charms with an assortment of really nice sterling silver bead designs and Swarovski crystal.

Guess what? I still have some of them! They are nearly impossible to sell since no one is interested in them any longer.

So what do you do with them now?

Green Cell Phone Charm
Retired cell phone charm that I used to decorate an incense bottle

Great idea for cell phone charms

I love incense and have several types of incense burners in my home, including bottle incense holders.

They come with a large split ring and golden cord that hangs on the side. You put the incense stick into the split ring and then insert the stick in the bottle so that the smoke comes out of the top and the ventilation holes on the side.

Incense-Bottle-2

Over the years the silver split ring had become blackened from the smoke and the little golden cord had become frayed. So I took one of those unwanted cell phone charms and attached it to a new split ring. See how nice it looks?!!

Phone charms are a great way to add a little beaded decor to just about anywhere. Check my Etsy shop to see which ones I have left šŸ™‚

Other uses for cell phone charms

  • Purse Decoration
  • Zipper Pull
  • Ceiling Fan Pulls
  • Giveaways with orders
What great ideas for decorations with beads have you had lately? Leave a comment below, I would love to hear your ideas!

Bead pendants revive old European beads

European Bead Pendants
Carlo Biagi European Bead Pendants

Bead pendants are a stunning way to display European beads that you are no wearing on your charm bead bracelet. Highlight a Ā favorite bead with this innovative pendant for 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 pendant 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 Pandora style beads sit in a jewelry box?

These innovative pendants will hold those beads that have been cast aside and give them a fresh, new look!

The flower and round shape have a reflective background which enhances the color of decorative glass or sparking crystal beads.

Available in three popular shapes:

These pendants are compatible with Pandora, Chamilia, Troll and other large hole European charm beads.

Revive old beads or highlight new ones while also creating a unique customized pendant to match your bracelet.

European Charm Beads and Bangles Bracelets

I recently had the opportunity to send one of my European Charm Beads and Bangle bracelets to a popular blogger for a product review.

Not only did Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog review this bangle bracelet, but they also wrote their 3 Top Tips for Buying Jewelry! Three things to think about before making a jewelry purchase for either yourself or for a gift.

Examples of European Charm Beads and Bangle Bracelets

Below are a couple of other European Beads and bangles bracelets showing examples of how you can arrange different Pandora Style beads and charms.

Blue Beads Bangle Bracelet
Royal Blue & Gold European Beads and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet

This Stainless Steel Carlo Biagi Bangle is a smooth finish and the bangle is rigid. One of the round ball ends unscrew so that beads can be added or rearranged. This example comes with blue and gold glass beads as well as the crystal European bead in the center.

Red Beads Starter Bangle Bracelet
Red Floral and Pink Crystal European Bead Bangle

This red and pink starter bracelet has a wire etched texture and is somewhat flexible, one of the ends unscrew on this bangle bracelet also. This feminine combination is a great way to start a European beads and bangles collection, and makes great gifts for mom, your wife or girlfriend!

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts?

Do you send Thank You notes for gifts? Does anyone do that anymore? Just when I thought that tradition was dead, two handwritten thank you notes from celebrities were sent to The Artisan GroupĀ®, thanking us for the gifts we sent.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Thank You
Thank You Note from Jennifer Love Hewitt

These lovely notes thanked everyone for the handmade gifts that we included in the Mother’s Day Gift Bag for 2014.

Each note card expressed gratitude for our personal gifts to them and by sitting down to write thank you notes it showed their sincere appreciation.

Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari
Thank You Note from Kristin Cavallari

To Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kristin Cavallari – You are very welcome for the gifts and I hope you enjoy wearing our Rose Quartz bracelet and all of the handcrafted jewelry andĀ other gifts that were included in the bag!

Sending Thank You notes for gifts

When I was growing up writing, sending a Thank You Note through the mail was very important. In the past 40 years that tradition has seemed to dwindle now that you can easily pick up a phone and call, text or email your thanks.

I was glad to see that this time-honored social etiquette is still alive and not entirely forgotten!! Do you send Thank You Notes?

Leave a comment about how you say Thank You for gifts.

Celebrity Moms receive our rose quartz jewelry

We were thrilled to have popular Celebrity Moms receive our Rose Quartz Jewelry bracelet in a specialty gift bag created by The Artisan GroupĀ©, in honor of Mother’s Day 2014.Ā 

Rose Quartz Jewelry Bracelet for Celebrity Moms
Our Rose Quartz Bracelet for Moms included in Celebrity Gift Bag

Celebrity Moms

This special collection of unique artisan made products was received by popular Celebrity Moms and included:

Jaime King. Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tammin Sursok, Halle Berry, Rachel Leigh Cook, Kendra Wilkinson, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Kristin Cavallari, Drew Barrymore, Mila Kunis, Alyssa Milano, Emily Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, Olivia Wilde, Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Jenna Fischer, Ciara, Shelly Brown (Mrs. Zac Brown), Molly McNearney (Mrs. Jimmy Kimmel), Elsa Pataky (Mrs. Chris Hemsworth), and Danielle Jonas (Mrs. Kevin Jonas)

Many thanks were given by these popular Moms, including hand written thank you notes!Ā It was exciting to be able to gift these new moms and know that they would enjoy our handmade creations made specially for them from the depths of our hearts!

Our rose quartz bracelet is still available on our website and makes wonderful gift ideas for mom as mothers day gifts, birthday gifts and other special occasions:

Rose Quartz for Celebrity Moms

I am excited to announce that Rose Quartz stones made into bracelets for 25 Celebrity Moms and 5 members of the Press are on the way to be included with other handmade gifts in The Artisan GroupĀ® Mother’s Day Gift Bag.

This was an achievement that I can say was a great experience, and I can only hope that these wonderful Mom’s will love wearing this gift that came from my hands and my heart.

Rose Quartz Bracelets for Celebrity Moms

I decided to participate in this collaborative gift bag to Hollywood Mothers so that I would have experience in a large production, working my way up to other events with The Artisan GroupĀ® that require more products.

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TierraCast Silver Plated Pewter Love Mom Charm

I was inspired to make this bracelet by this little charm that I found and decided to combine that with Rose Quartz because of its loving and nurturing qualities.

Rose Quartz, also known as the Love Stone, is a crystal of unconditional love, It enhances loving qualities such as compassion, tenderness, comforting, nurturing, etc.

I made a “prototype” and sent a photograph off to the organizers for approval, once it was approved I did the math and then ordered all of the beading supplies I would need to complete these 30 bracelets.

Rose quartz bracelet assembly
Assembly of Rose Quartz Bracelets at 7-8 per day

Assembly Process

I used an assembly process similar to the one I use when making Rosaries, which worked really well and within a few days I was done! OK, well maybe it took a week.

The hardest thing to do was get a really good photo for the Gift Guide, I must have taken like 100 shots to get the color of the stones just right!

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Happy Mother’s Day Note cards

I decided to create a little “Happy Mother’s Day” note card where I could write a little personal note to each Mom. On the other side I wrote a short description of the properties of Rose Quartz along with Care & Cleaning for the bracelet.

As I wrote out each card I looked up their names on IMDB and was surprised and tickled to know that a famous movie star might actually hold a piece of jewelry that I made. If I am lucky they might even contact me or look at other items I have available!

Packaging-Gifts
Packaging each gift with Bracelet, Note Card, Business Card and gift tag.

Boxing & shipping

I picked my ship date and made sure to assemble each individual gift package, along with the note cards, business card, etc by that date. Ā T

hen “boom” it was done! Time to seal the box and off to FedEx for the journey across country to California!

Finished-Package
Ready to seal and take to FedEx!!