New Year – New Daggers!

Dagger Beads are pressed glass beads in the shape of a spear. They come in 3 sizes: 6×3 mm, 10×3 mm and 16×5 mm. The largest 16×5 mm is made in one and a two hole version. Holes are drilled side to side at the narrow end.

Daggers can come in all different colors with all different designs and finishes. Recently, we have received some laser etched daggers. These will surely bring some attention to your pieces.

Daggers are versatile beads and can be used in a variety of beading projects. Here is a free easy daggers project!  Click the photo to download pattern.

We also have this free pattern that uses daggers. This one is little more challenging compared to the last one but anything is possible if you set your mind to it! (Click photo to download free pattern)

 

 

They can be used as spacers, or just hung as elegantly shaped, slim drops in earrings and necklaces. They are perfect for Kumihimo projects. Our customers use them in their projects all the time. These are some of our customer submissions.

Daggers can be utilized in beading in so many ways due to their variety in size, color and finishes. We offer one of the largest selections in the industry. We carry them in regular colors and in many surface enhancing finishes like picasso, luster and peacock. Shop all our daggers here!

 

 

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Swarovski Birthstones

 

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Since 1895, when Daniel Swarovski pioneered his scintillating machine-cut crystal jewelry stones, Swarovski has continually pushed boundaries of innovation and crystal creativity. Today, Swarovski, unrivaled in quality, precision and consistency and known worldwide for its exceptional brilliance and irresistible rang

e of colors and textures, is the ultimate luxury ingredient in fashion, jewelry, objects and lifestyle accessories. Now, through Swarovski’s marketing initiative for the Do-It-Yourself market, these crystals that provide a continual source of inspiration and innovation to leading professionals, designers, jewelers and artisans around the globe, are available to individual customers everywhere, bringing a touch of couture luxury to personal creations.

Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 10.49.51 AMBirthstone colors were first studied in 1400BC by the Assyrians, followed by the Old and New Testaments, which explored their symbolism and how each was associated with a specific calendar month.Historical sources from around the world have mentioned, time and again, how various gems possess characteristics that might be helpful to individuals born in a particular month.

With such a rich and fascinating history it’s no wonder that astrologers began making connections to the twelve signs of the Zodiac. After studying the characteristics specific to each colored stone, they ascribed values that may be useful to people born under the corresponding star sign. This gemstone symbolism was recorded for the first time a few hundred years ago by jewelers in Germany and Poland. By 1912, famous jewelry brands had begun publicizing birthstones, with the National Association of Jewelers confirming the definitive stones and colors together with their associated months, signs and symbolic qualities in 1952.

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Montana –  The Sagittarius birthstone color is regarded as symbolic of curiosity, energy, and spirit of adventure.

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Topaz –  The Scorpio birthstone color is believed to aid the intellect and ward off negativity.

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Rose –  The Libra birthstone color is associated with empathy tenderness and creativity.

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Sapphire – The Virgo birthstone color symbolizes wisdom and faithfulness and sharpens the mind.

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Peridot –  The Leo birthstone color gives strength against negativity and stress.

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Light Siam – The Cancer birthstone color represents courage, good luck and good friendship.

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Light Amethyst –  The Gemini birthstone color is a symbol of purity and helps calm anxiety.

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Emerald – The Taurus birthstone color is associated with fertility, rebirth and love.

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Crystal – The Aries birthstone color is the symbol for everlasting love.

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Aquamarine – The Pisces birthstone color symbolizes creativity, hope and courage.

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Amethyst – The Aquarius birthstone color is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.

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Siam – The Capricorn birthstone color is said to keep the wearer safe during travel.

 

5 Minute Christmas Project

Looking for a quick and easy but cute project for this Holiday Season? These IMG_0710Christmas/Holiday charms are perfect! Each one of these can be made into earrings, small necklace pendant, or whatever you would like. Below there are a few different ideas of what you could create. We do sell some of these charms in kits but others we do not. We hoped this could be some inspiration for you or maybe to teach a young beader who is just starting out!

We do offer some of these charms in kits, if you would like to purchase it here.

* Charm design courtesy of Val Hirata from Creations By You

 

 

 

Swarovski Crystal Sale

Swarovski Crystals are loved for their precision diamond-like cuts, impeccable sparkle and consistency in color.  At Eureka Crystal Beads we carry a huge selection of Swarovski Crystal and wanted to let you know about all the beads and pendants we have on sale!

Yes you read that right.. We have Swarovski Crystals on sale! All of these beads are still in perfect condition. Some of these beads are simply discontinued and no longer on the market. This could be the last chance to get some of these beautiful crystals before they are gone forever. We have tons of pendants and beads that are just waiting to be used by you.

We have been selling Swarovski Crystals for over 10 years and just about two years ago we were authorized as Swarovski Sellers. That being said, some of those beads that you will find in the sale section are vintage.

There is a very slight chance that you can find these beads in this condition anywhere else. Other beads might have been less popular due to their color or shape when they were released and now as a result, you get to save! You can’t go wrong with Swarovski Crystals so take a look and check them out for yourself.

Light and Shadow: New Swarovski Innovations for Fall and Winter 2018/2019

Light and shadow, nothing within the physical world can escape this duality; it is the nature of human consciousness and our planet. In order for our spiritual side to embrace this journey, we must experience the shadow side of spirit. Our daily lives are influenced by our perception of the world. The shadow has both negative and positive aspects that we must learn that we must learn from. This fall and winter season, these dueling perspectives will be brought to light. Today we present Swarovski’s new Innovations and Inspirations for Fall/Winter 2018/2019. These new Crystals interpret the times that we live in; drawing on the present, reflecting the past and envisioning the future.

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Swarovski is also debuting brand new colors to add to their ever-expanding color palette.

Introducing Swarovski’s new Crystal Color: SCARLET

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Scarlet is the latest note-worthy color; symbolizing passion and excitement with a dignified edge. This opulent shade is available through out Swarovski’s product range in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not to mention, this new Swarovski color is environmentally responsible, containing no cadmium.

Introducing Swarovski’s new Crystal Pearl Color: VELVET BROWN

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Crystal Velvet brown invokes a classic and elegant mood. With it’s luxurious feel, this Pearl is decadent with an elegant edge, reminding us to celebrate the finer things in life. With it’s vintage appeal your designs will be further enhanced with it’s sophisticated allure.

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Introducing a Line Extension of Swarovski Crystal SHIMMER EFFECT

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Inspired by Swarovski’s notable Aurora Borealis Collection, shimmer represents vibrancy and elegance to the max. This ultra brilliant Crystal coating was originally used to enliven the dance sport industry.  This subtle coating emits a rainbow of multi-colored refractions; radiating three shades of a single color. Now you can enjoy this alluring look on Pendants, Crystal Beads, Round Stones and Sew-On Stones.

Introducing All New Swarovski Crystal Pendants: GROWING CRYSTAL RECTANGLE PENDANT and the GROWING CRYSTAL RHOMBUS

Designer Iris Van Herpen combines striking and bold designs influenced by biomimetic sciences, nanotechnology and contemporary architecture. The Designer Edition Series showcases Van Herpens’ two different Crystal Pendants inspired by the powerful forces of nature.

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The first new Swarovski Designer Edition Pendant is the ‘6926’ GROWING CRYSTAL RHOMBUS PENDANT. This pendant is both brilliant and complex. The crystalline structure is filled with tiny fissures that reflect and refract the light.

The second new Swarovski Crystal Designer Edition Pendant is the ‘6925’ GROWING CRYSTAL RECTANGLE PENDANT. This unique rectangle pendant resembles a the cross section of a druse crystal, in both excellence and complexity.

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Introducing New Swarovski CRYSTAL 3-D STUDS

These eye-catching 3D Studs were created by Van Herpen and Swarovski exclusively for her runway show. Crystals sit upon metal casings that are available in three different height options. They are perfect for adding texture to any garment.

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Introducing Swarovski Crystal Flat-back Rhinestones and Sew-on Stones

Swarovski brings to life the finest precision cut crystal with cutting edge application methods. The jewel cut flat backs lavish shapes and gem like colors, make them ideal for embellishing. The new Crystal flat back shapes include: ‘2201’ Marquise Flatback, the ‘2303’ Pear Flatback and the ‘2602’ Emerald Cut Flatback.

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The new Swarovski Sew-on Stone is the ‘3272’ Trilliant Sew-on Stone

This classic gemstone has three holes and can be hand sewn or applied using any threading technique.

New Swarovski Crystal ‘4775’ Eye Fancy stone

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This symbol represents the traditional Evil Eye and is said to protect the wearer from Evil.

As Always be sure to check our website http://www.eurekacrystalbeads.com for the latest

Swarovski news and trends!

 

 

Dancing Duo Bracelets

Hi Everyone! We’ve been promising you this tutorial and here it is! These bracelets are easy to make and fun to wear. The bracelets featured here consist of Super Duos but you can use any Czech glass bead or bead of your choice. Keep in mind that some beads are more difficult to work with. However, you will be extremely pleased with the end result! Happy Beading!

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Supplies needed: 11° SB (seed bead)

SD(super duo)

6 lb Fireline size

size 11 or 12 beading needle

*check Super Duos to make sure both holes are open before beginning*

  1. To help learn the stitch; at the beginning of each row, I pull out 3 sead beads and 3 Super Duos. Once all 3 SB and 3 SD are used, you will know it’s the end of your row. The first two rows are difficult but after that it gets much easier. Hang in there!

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2. Begin by stringing a stop bead leaving an 8″ tail. Then string an 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD, 11° SB, SD. Slide down to the stop bead.

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3. Beginning row 2: Go through the empty hole of the SD that is closest to your needle.

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4a. Pick up a SB and SD and pass through the next SB of row 1. Pull to tighten.

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4b. Pass through the empty hole of the next SD and pull thread to tighten. I usually anchor row 1 beads by pressing against the mat with my finger while I pull to keep in proper order. This is the most difficult part of the whole bracelet; making sure your beads are in the right order. If your beads come off the mat, it’s easy to lose your place.

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5. Pick up a new SB and SD

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and go into the next set of beads in row 1. Starting with a seed bead

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And continuing through the empty hole of the next SD.

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6. Pick-up another SB and SD

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and go through the SB next to the stop bead (silver bead at the end).

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Row 2 is complete. This is what row 1 and 2 look like. The hardest part is over. Good Job!

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7. You are starting the 3rd row. You will repeat row 3 for the duration of the bracelet.      Go through the empty hole of the last SD used. Set out 3 SB and 3 SD.

At the beginning of the row go through the empty hole of the SD of the previous row.

 

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7c. Pick-up a SB and SD. Go through the next SB and the empty hole of the next SD in the previous row.

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7d. Pick-up SB and SD. Go through the last SB of the previous row. Pull to tighten. Row 3 is complete. Repeat this row until you achieve the desired length of the bracelet. Allow room for the clasp.

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10. Repeat row 3! Repeat! Repeat! Repeat! It get’s easier with each row. The hard part is over! The results are well worth it!

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In the beginning try Super Duos or Two hole lentils. You will be happy with the results. You can change the width of the row by adding an extra set beads in row 1. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Kits will be available soon. Send us pictures of your bracelet or submit your finished work to be featured on our website.

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Tulip Beading Needles

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Based in the Hiroshima region of Japan, the world-renowned Tulip brand has been making hand-crafted needles that customers have relied on for decades. Hiroshima is the largest producer of sewing needles in Japan, supplying over 90% of the countries’ needles.

Hiroshima, a modern city with a population of 1.2 million, on Japan’s Honshu Island, was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today Hiroshima is a large industrial and commerce hub with a busy port and an international airport.

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Tulip needles are flexible and strong enough to resist warping and breaking.

Tulip Beading Needles Size #11 48.5×0.41mm

Tulip Beading Needles Size #13 35.0×0.30mm 

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An important innovation for bead weavers was the slightly rounded needle tip which is extremely easy to thread without fraying or splitting. Beading needles differ from regular needles. They have a larger needle eye with a smooth surface and are longer and bend easily. These needles are comfortable to use and come in different sizes. Assortment packs include size 10, 11 and 12. Tulip beading needles are used by beaders to create intricate beaded designs with Swarovski Crystal Beads, Czech Glass Beads and other components. See the gallery of designs shared by our customers at Customer Gallery.

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Tulip needles are definitely an investment worth making for any beader. We have these high quality needles available on our website at www.eurekacrystalbeads.com

Check them out. We guarantee you will like them and we guarantee you will like our prices. Till next time “bead your heart out” – Eureka Crystal Beads!

Swarovski Crystal and Pantone Top Color Trends: Fall 2017

If you’re looking for unique jewelry that will make your fall fashion stand out, You’ve come to the right place. Every season Pantone creates invigorating and refreshing color palettes for men and women alike. The Autumn months are quickly approaching; the weather is changing and new Fall trends and favorites begin to appear. We have started to create jewelry projects reflecting this palette, that I’m sure will inspire and rejuvenate.

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Basics are back! However, don’t be afraid to experiment with a statement piece paired with a bold color. Warm and inviting colors such as Tawny Port, Butter Rum and Autumn Maple, exude a sense of comfort and peace. Stand out colors like Grenadine and Marina, add a little bit of drama and excitement. Following the lead of the world’s leading color experts, Here’s  a guide on how to match the latest Swarovski crystal colors with Pantone’s Fall 2017 color forecast.

Pantone Color: Grenadine

Swarovski match: Hyacinth

Described as an “attention getter”; this dynamic shade of red screams strength and self confidence.

Pantone Color: Tawny Port

Swarovski match: Siam

Tawny Port is a sophisticated darker shade of red that radiates elegance and charm.

Pantone Color: Ballet Slipper

Swarovski match: Vintage Rose

Soft and delicate, this classic color remains a favorite for fashion and jewelry designers alike.

Pantone Color: Butterum

Swarovski match: Light Smoked Topaz

Similar to shades of pink, nude and brown colors will always remain a fashion favorite.

Pantone Color: Navy Peony

Swarovski match: Dark Indigo

Unapologetically vibrant, Navy Peony is both classic and playful.

Pantone Color: Neutral Gray

Swarovski match: Greige

Always flattering and easily worn, Neutral Gray will always be a fall friendly trend.

Pantone Color: Shaded Spruce

Swarovski match: Emerald

Forge forward into fall with Shaded Spruce. Rich and lush, this velvety green is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

Pantone Color: Golden Lime

Swarovski match: Olivine

Calming yet cheerful, this soothing shade combines an earthy green with a hint of yellow.

Pantone Color: Marina

Swarovski match: Capri Blue

A highly anticipated shade this fall, Marina is whimsical and bright. Certain to illuminate and intensify.

Pantone Color: Autumn Maple

Swarovski match: Topaz

Autumn Maple is the quintessential fall color. Both expressive and opulent.

 

Indulge in the Fashion of Fall. Utilize this guide and match your Swarovski crystal colors to the latest fashion color trends forecasted by Pantone. Stay tuned! Shop www.eurekacrystalbeads.com to easily find matching Swarovski Crystals.

 

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Meet Michelle – new jewelry designer at Eureka Crystal Beads

Hello Beaders!

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I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Michelle Whitman and I am the new Head Designer at Eureka Crystal Beads. I’ve been working in the Jewelry Industry for over 30 years making product for Nationally known large boutique store chains. I guess you could say that I have a real passion for the craft of jewelry making. But my love affair for Toho, Czech glass and Swarovski Crystal started when I was pregnant and my doctor took me out of work because I was having difficulties. Naturally I gravitated to the local bead store to keep myself occupied. There I started attending the classes and developed skills and techniques that I’ll be sharing with you in future blogs and posts. Today I see so many new options for beading creations like Ava Beads, 3-hole Cali Beads and Tinos par Puca Czech Glass Beads. So stay tuned and be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram or subscribe to our YouTube channel and we’ll have a great time creating treasure for ourselves and our loved ones.

You will  “bead your heart out”!

New Saturated Metallic Colors in Czech Glass Beads

We have just received Czech Glass Beads in Saturated Metallic finish. These colors are very happy, bright summer colors and will certainly add warmth to your designs. The most recent addition are Czech Glass Prong Beads in an extensive color palette ranging from Lapis Blue Saturated Metallic to Primrose Yellow Saturated Metallic.

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Druk Beads are now available in new Saturated Metallic colors as well as Firepolish beads in sizes 2 and 3 mm. Firepolish beads are available at bulk/wholesale price so you don’t have to worry about missing a sale. Coupons don’t apply and a rock-bottom price is guaranteed every day.

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We have also received new colors in always popular 2-hole Crescents Czech Glass Beads. See if you could use Island Paradise Saturated Metallic, Kale Saturated Metallic or Hazelnut Saturated Metallic for your newest designs.

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Recently we have sold out of many colors in Gem Duo beads. We will be getting more of these Czech beads soon. We were able to restock some of the colors already so go to our website to see what is available.

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And as always keep in mind that our extensive selection of free patterns for shapes of beads featured above is available to you at any time and purchase is not required.