Jewelry making supplies galore!

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 Beads

Jewelry Making Supplies and more!

Not only does Fire Mountain Gems have a gazillion beads and jewelry making supplies, they also provide lots of free information and resources:

  • Inspiration
  • Instructions and Tutorials
  • References and Charts
  • Articles and so much more!

Last but not least… Great Customer Service

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.

My advice is to check them out!

Zombies, bats, and gargoyle beads for Halloween Jewelry

Zombies, bats and gargoyles, oh my! Creepy jewelry beads are a must in Halloween jewelry. These awesome beads from Green Girl Studios are perfect for Halloween!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year and I love all of the ghostly and ghastly costumes, horror movies, and wearing spooky jewelry to work and parties.

So if you are thinking about making something new this year, check out these really cool beads from Green Girl Studios.

Green Girl Studios Halloween bat bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Bats, Zombies, Gargoyles and Skull beads for Halloween jewelry ideas

I have accumulated a nice collection beads and jewelry making supplies that are perfect for Halloween ideas! Great for jewelry designs or other Halloween crafts. This Halloween Bat bead is the perfect touch for making something creepy for Halloween!

Zombies beads
Zombie bead by Green Girls Studios, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Zombies, walkers or undead anyone?

This zombie bead is so detailed and just an awesome bead for Halloween or anytime really. Great for fans of the popular “The Walking Dead” or “Fear the Walking Dead” TV series or any other horror flick with zombies.

Gargoyle bead
Green Girl Studios Gargoyle bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner


The actual use of Gargoyles was meant to scare off evil spirits and be a form of protection, but these gargoyle beads are still really freaky looking and are a great addition to Halloween jewelry.

Skull Bead
Green Girl Studios Smiling Skull bead, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner
And don’t forget about skulls!

Halloween would not be complete without skull beads! Skulls conjure up ideas of death and are scary looking to many people. However skulls were also traditionally used as a form of protection and to scare off bad spirits.

Please Note: Green Girl Beads DO NOT FIT ON PANDORA bracelets.

All of these really cool Green Girl Studios beads are made of pewter and the beads are fairly large, so they would be perfect as a focal bead or pendant, plus they are really affordable since Pewter is a lot less expensive than Sterling Silver.

Green Girl Studios beads, pendants, charms, clasps, and findings are available at Bead Lovers Korner Etsy Shop.

St Patricks Day Irish jewelry ideas

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!

Irish Celtic Earrings
Irish Celtic Earrings with Swarovski Crystal

There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. They are really easy to make! See the materials list here on Fire Mountain Gems.

Check out all of the Celtic and Irish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

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Top 5 minerals to use in jewelry design

I have always loved rocks and minerals, and as a bead and jewelry enthusiast, I have used many awesome stone beads in jewelry.

I am happy to introduce Jessica Kane as my guest blogger for this post. Jessica is a professional writer who also shares a love of handmade jewelry. This informative article includes details about 5 particular minerals that are great to use when making jewelry.

5 Minerals that make beautiful jewelry

by Jessica Kane

Though gemstones can make breathtakingly beautiful jewelry, minerals create an intrigue all of their own.

A rainbow of color variations brings uniqueness to a piece of jewelry; and the healing properties of crystals and minerals have been utilized for centuries. In fact, gemstones are merely highly attractive—and pricey—variants of minerals. For example, the precious sapphire is actually composed of the mineral corundum. Both can be used in jewelry, but since sapphire is more spectacular, it is dubbed a ‘gem.’

What many people do not know is that there are many stones that make better friends than diamonds ever will.


1. Fluorite

Fluorite is known as the “Genius Stone” and the “most colorful mineral in the world.”

Loved by mineralogists and metaphysical healers, fluorite is a favorite when it comes to jewelry and spirituality.

No matter the color—blue, green, clear, yellow, pink, mixes—each crystal has the same stable energy. A perfect solid structure makes fluorite luminous; glassy yet soft in luster.

Staring into fluorite is said to bring order to chaos and fine tune concentration. For example, blue fluorite is a calming stone, due to the luminescent blue shade. Rational energy flows from the stone, tidying up a disordered mind and allowing for pursuit of purpose. Since blue fluorite connects to the Throat Chakra, it is said to promote smoother speaking skills.

Blue John fluorite (Derbyshire Spar) is famous for its striking appearance. The unique purplish-blue and creamy yellow hue makes it a decorative stone to wear, while it charges the Third Eye and Crown chakras and encourages adventure and personal growth.

Pyrite, also known as Fool’s Gold

2. Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)

There is nothing foolish about the positive powers of this brass-colored mineral!

The gorgeous metallic gold of pyrite is a stunning addition to rings, bracelets and pendants. In the 1800s, pyrite was a coveted addition to Victorian fashion and used in rosettes, buckles and rings.

Native American tribes value this stone for its magical properties. Pyrite lends strength to spiritual talismans by tapping into the wearer’s latent potential, unleashing a flow of ideas and increasing self-confidence. This stimulation of the Third Eye and Throat Chakras can also strengthen will power. Those suffering from psychosomatic and environmental diseases will find relief when wearing a pyrite amulet.


3. Quartz

Probably the most utilized mineral, quartz is also the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s soil.

Since antiquity quartz has been used to make jewelry, used in carvings and even modern technology.

Spiritualists believe that quartz has energy-channeling properties, making these crystals an indispensable tool during meditation and Reiki healing.

The beauty of quartz creates a diamond-like highlight when added to jewelry. Variants of quartz include onyx, jasper, citrine, carnelian, agate and aventurine.


4. Malachite

The beautiful green featured in malachite is undoubtedly alluring. The mesmerizing patterns are soothing to the viewer, and there is a healing quality that is said to represent the effects of nature on the human soul.

Malachite is also called a stone of transformation, for it promotes spiritual growth when worn. Much like nature, malachite draws out impurities from the body and cleanses one’s Life Force.

Malachite has been worn for centuries by the Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans to ward against the “Evil Eye.”

Deeply associated with the Heart Chakra, the green energies of malachite promote balance. Due to this connection, the stone is often used as a pendant on long chain necklaces. Wide-band bracelets and simplistic brooches are another way to show off malachite’s splendor.


5. Labradorite

Known as “the stone of the Northern Lights.” Inuit folklore states that this stone fell from the Aurora Borealis and emits a mystical glow that separates this world from the next.

A member of the feldspar family, Labradorite comes in a variety of cooler color shades—grays, greens, blues and blacks—intermingled with cyan, coppery red and gold.

The beauty of Labradorite makes it ideal for statement pieces, like chokers and bracelets.

It is believed that Labradorite brings out the best in people and for this reason it is often worn or carried to reduce anti-social or reckless behavior, and to aid in addiction rehabilitation.

Whichever way you decide to wear these visually appealing minerals you will obtain a host of benefits.

About the Author

Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in arts and crafts, DIY, and other handmade products. She currently writes for Indian Traders, a leading vendor of pendleton blankets and jewelry.

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.

Resin casting
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.

Learn resin casting and sculpting
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!

Looking for craft lights? Try Beam n Read!

If you have been looking for craft lights, then try Beam n Read®! This craft lamp proves to be excellent for arts and crafts lighting and one of the most versatile craft lights for busy jewelry makers and crafters.

Beam n Read LED Hands-free Craft Light, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

I recently had the opportunity to use and review the Beam n Read® LED6m Hands-free craft light. ASF Lightware Solutions gave me an LED6m craft light and USB adapter to try out and review.

There are so many benefits and cool features to these LED lights that I don’t know where to begin!

Beam n Read with magnifiers
Beam n Read comes with magnifiers, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner

Extremely versatile craft lights

The Beam n Read® craft lights come with 3 plastic fresnel lenses (flat) to magnify your work. The 4″ x 5″ plastic lens snaps easily into an adjustable clip to create a light with a magnifier. Choose from 2x, 4x or 6x magnification so you can see your detail work!

Beam n Read® is a hands-free light that has accessory magnifiers – it is not a lighted magnifier.

Light weight and hands free so you can see to bead or craft, at home or on the go

This hands-free craft light has an adjustable elastic strap to use around the neck. The unit is very light in weight (approx. 6.8 ounces) so you hardly know it’s there.

The LED light panel has three height adjustments so you can change the direction of the beam as needed. You can also switch between low (uses 3 lights) or high (uses all 6 lights).

Bead n Read can be set up as a mini table lamp

This can also be set up as a temporary mini table lamp for jewelry making and crafts. This is great to take with you to craft shows for minor repairs or while traveling on vacation.

Extremely portable and perfect for when you are on the go but don’t want to drag your whole studio with you.

Find beads on floor
Pick up beads that have dropped on the carpet and scattered all over the floor!

Have you ever spilled beads all over the carpet or floor? Of course you have, it happens to everyone!

I found this hands-free light very useful for searching for my spilled beads that scattered everywhere! Small beads bounce into the darkest corners of the room, but the wide beam of the LED6m craft light was extremely helpful to use while crawling around searching for them.

So many ways to use Bead n Read®

There are so many ways to use this craft light! I came up with a few examples of ways to use this and I know there are many more!

  • Take with you to craft fairs for minor repairs
  • Traveling for work or vacation
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Knitting or crocheting while watching tv or in a waiting room
  • Embroidery projects
  • Sewing and mending
  • Use as a book light for reading
  • Great for power outages

Important product details and where to buy

  1. Lightweight and portable worn-around-the-neck design
  2. Wide and adjustable light using 3 or 6 small LED bulbs across
  3. The 3 LED light setting is brighter than the leading brand’s 6 LED light
  4. Zoom in to your work with large clip-on magnifiers (4” x 5” lenses) These magnifiers are not low vision aids
  5. Save money with longer battery runtime using fewer batteries over time
  6. Uses AA batteries, (a popular battery size worldwide)
  7. Available for purchase on
Beam n Read USB/AC Power Kit, Photo Copyright © 2015 Bead Lovers Korner
USB/AC Power Kit (optional accessory)

Save on batteries by plugging in with this optional accessory kit! Includes a 6 foot USB cable,  a 6 foot USB extension and a USB/AC adapter. That is 12 feet of cable!

**USB Power option enables use of external power sources. It does not recharge batteries.

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

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!

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.