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Swarovski Innovations Spring-Summer 2018 – New Pearls Iridescent Dark Blue and Iridescent Light Blue

Swarovski has just launched INNOVATIONS for SPRING and SUMMER 2018 featuring new crystal shapes, new crystal lacquer colors (available only in no-hole stones) and two new Iridescent Pearl colors. To complement the Swarovski launch Eureka Crystal Beads offers brand new  Crystal Twilight Coating on Rivolis, Chatons and Bicones. Twilight coating  is a great addition to the “Spell Bound” theme.

The main theme of the launch is “New Perspective”. Here is how Swarovski own designers try to approach the ever-changing world around us:

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“At Swarovski we don’t just develop products, we develop products that speak, that have voice, that mean something. Through our innovations we tell our story, share our believes and highlight our desires. This is then the story of our time and this season our story is the need for new perspectives.”

“We live in an age of disruption. One in which technology, gender, borders, and mindsets are all being broken down. The new value revolution has begun, as we seek to redefine ourselves and eradicate the out-modeled structures of the past.”

Here are some of the main themes:

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New Swarovski Crystal Colors: LacquerPro Azure Blue, Peony Pink, Summer, Mint Green, Light Coral are available only in no-hole stones, Rivolis and Chatons.

New Swarovski Pearl Colors Iridescent Light Blue and Iridescent Dark Blue are available from Eureka Crystal Beads in sizes 3mm to 8mm.

Eureka Crystal Beads offers rock-bottom prices for Swarovski Pearls every day, all the time. No coupons needed. Check our incredible selection of Swarovski Pearls and compare our prices. You will be amazed how much you can save.

To complement Swarovski Launch and its “Spell Bound” theme Eureka Crystal Beads offers our new, exclusive Crystal Twilight Custom Coating. This new color is now available in:

12mm Swarovski Crystal Rivoli

14mm Swarovski Crystal Rivoli

8mm Swarovski Crystal Chaton

Try this incredible, limited edition color, available only from Eureka Crystal Beads. See Swarovski Twilight Finish.

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Visit Eureka Crystal Beads today for the best prices and the best selection of Swarovski Crystal, Czech Glass Beads and Toho Japanese Seed Beads.

New Swarovski Shapes for 2018:

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CzechMates, 2-hole Czech Glass Beads opening the most recent chapter in Bohemian glass making history…

I have been beading for a while and more I bead more I am getting hooked on this absolutely amazing hobby. I love Czech Glass Beads, all CzechMates, SuperDuos,  2-hole Silky and new 2-Hole Honeycomb beads. Recently I have made Honeycomb Beezzzz Bracelet, designed by Akke Jonkhof. I made it in several colors and  I absolutely love these bracelets. They are very easy to make and very comfortable to wear, and of course make a great gift.

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Aren’t these 2-hole Honeycomb beads adorable. They are also quite affordable. Click on a banner above to see the entire selection.

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Honeycomb Beezzzz Bracelet by Akke Jonkhof

A free pattern is available for a download at Eureka Crystal Beads.

In between my beading I started reading about the history of glass making in the Czech Republic, I was fascinated, not only does it explain the common looks, colors and finishes of the Czech beads that we know and love, but how they came to be.

Czech glass, also known as Bohemian glass or Bohemian crystal, is a decorative glass made in Bohemia and Silesia as far back as the early Bronze Age.

There, in early middle ages, Bohemian glass workers discovered that combining the naturally occurring potash (potassium carbonate) with chalk created a very clear, colorless glass that was of much better quality than the glass being made in Venice, another traditional glass-making center.

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During a period of industrial revolution, Bohemia became specialized in the creation of Pressed Glass and Firepolish beads. Pressed Glass beads are made by pressing molten glass into a ready mold, leading to the vast variety of shapes available. The most popular are Czech Glass Leaves, Rose Petals, Czech Glass Bell & Trumpet Flowers.

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Czech glass Firepolish beads on sale are made from round pressed beads (druks) and then have facets cut into them by a grinding wheel, they are then heated in special ovens in order to smooth out edges, giving them distinctive brilliance and shine. Get them from Eureka Crystal Beads. Shipping is fast and free – and now you can get them in bulk at a very low, wholesale price.

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Firepolish beads have been the most popular beads for a long time. They are still popular and Eurekas’ best sellers. Recently however the entire beading industry has been dominated by a new development – Czech beads with multiple holes. There is a large number of shapes and colors available in Czech Glass 2-hole Beads, and  two styles in 4-hole beads called QuadraLentils and QuadraTiles.

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See 2-hole Silky Beads BEADING DESIGN INSPIRATIONS FOR 2-HOLE SILKY BEADS

See Eureka Crystal Beads for the largest selection of Czech Beads…don’t forget to visit free beading patterns for 2-hole czech glass beads, you may like more than the one featured above.

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“bead your heart out”

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Small 2 mm Czech Glass Beads & 2mm and 2.5 mm Swarovski Crystal Beads will amaze you – unfortunately some of them are already discontinued!

Hi everyone. You we probably wondering what is going on at Eureka Crystal Beads. First and foremost Meghan is undergoing a surgery this week and we all wish her well and will keep our fingers crossed for her speedy recovery.

At Eureka we have been working hard adding new beads, almost daily, and constantly putting them on sale. Here is a brief summary:

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Before we start we have a sale for all 2mm Swarovski Crystal and Czech Glass Beads going on right now  – if you are in need of these precious, tiny beads get them now, sale ends tomorrow at 1 pm.

GO TO: www.EurekaCB.com AND SAVE!

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All small 2 mm Glass and Swarovski Crystal Beads are 25% off for one day

We have added new 2 mm size in Czech Druk beads. These are smooth, round beads with beautiful finishes. We have added new colors and finishes in your favorite 2 mm Firepolish beads. Use them for spacers, accents, as substitutes for crystal. They will add beauty to your beaded project and at the same time save you money. If you would like to have a pearl look, consider our 2 mm Czech Glass Pearls, when added to your design they will tone it down, give it a warm, pastel touch.

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Consider buying 2 mm Round Swarovski Crystal. This size has been discontinued by Swarovski in colors. We still have some. Grab them before they are gone forever! A Swarovski Bicone in 2.5 mm is another example of a hard to get size. Swarovski discontinued colors in this size and there are almost none left around.

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Till the next time.

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The Mini SuperDuo Bead Invasion

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and are trying to stay cool.  Here on the east coast, we are in a major heatwave this week.  Lots of sun, hot temps, humidity and storms. It is just so….UGH! Need I say more.  So, while I have been trying to cool off, a new bead has come into town and is starting to invade our website.  It is a two-hole bead that is 4x2mm and looks exactly like a superduo.  It’s like a mini-clone.  The beads are called mini Duos™and they are made by Matubo.

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Matubo also makes superduos, rullas, super unos, 6/0, 7/0,and 8/0 beads. The mini Duos™ will be featured in all of the same colors as the superduos. These are some really cute beads.  If you love superduos you will definitely love the mini version. I can’t wait to get my hands on some and play.  As soon as I do, I will be sharing them with you. But, for now, here are some examples of inspiration with the new mini Duos™ to hold you over.miniduo1 miniduo2 miniduo3 miniduo4 miniduo5

And, don’t forget to visit our website Eureka crystal beads to get some of your own mini Duos™!  Until next time, bead your heart out!

Tip: Easy Loops on Memory Wire

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Today, I am going to teach you a tip that can help make your loops on memory wire easy. I don’t know about you but, I hate when I am trying to make a loop on memory wire and the pliers keep flying off the wire and it doesn’t make the loop. I have broken some fingernails this way.

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Memory wire is a very hard and tempered wire.  It is this way so that it will keep it’s circular shape and will be more bangle like.  One of the nice things about memory wire is that it makes a very quick project.  And who doesn’t love quick projects.  I know I do.  Another positive about memory wire is that you can make it as big as you want by deciding how many loops you want to go around your wrist.  Once you have that decided and cut, then you can move to the next step which happens to be my tip.

You will take the end of the memory wire on one side and place the round nose plier on the very edge of the wire.  The key is to have the wire further inside the pliers but not too far in.  Now you are going to make a loop but, you want to make it in the direction that the memory wire coils.  If you go against it, that is when you have a really hard time making the loop.  Now, your pliers still might slip a tiny bit occasionally but, it will be nothing like it was.  This tip will help you to make loops easier.  You can find the memory wire and beads at our website Eureka Crystal Beads to make a beautiful quick memory wire bracelet.  Try it out, and let me know how you like it.  We always love comments.  Until next time, bead your heart out!

Silky Beads, Melon Beads and Time Saving Beading Projects

Hi everyone! I hope  you all have checked out my free project from last week.  It currently has no name and Eureka Crystal Beads is asking for your help in naming the bracelet.  If you come up with a name please email it to us at support@eurekacrystalbeads. We will post it on our website and the blog with the name of the bracelet and the person who came up with it.  So, pleeeeaaase help us out.  We can use it! …and thanks to all of you who have already submitted the names. See new colors in Kheops Puca – just arrived! Dont forget to check out our new Inspirational Gallery of Puca Designs.

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On another note, it has been crazy hot this past week in the Philadelphia area.  Summer is definitely upon us.  Usually, when it gets hot like this I go in our in ground pool.  But, I don’t just swim in the pool, I bead in it too.  I place everything on the side of the pool in the shallow end.  It’s nice because I can do two things that I love at the same time plus stay cool.  I love multitasking.  It is nice being able to get some things done at the same time to save time.  We all want to save time.  Especially while we are beading.  There are a couple of ways to save time and produce a finished piece quickly.  Two of my favorites are memory wire and stretchy cord.

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Stretchy cord is great because you can use it with the new two hole beads.  I know they would work great with the new Silky beads at Eureka.  There are many different colors and finishes to cover all tastes.    And, the bead holes are large enough to allow for multiple passes of beading thread. These beads are made in the Czech Republic from pressed glass which gives them a very uniform size and shape. The corners are softly rounded on the beads so that they will not cut into your skin or thread. And, these beads have a 6mm diameter with two parallel holes each measuring 1mm in diameter.  You can run 2 cords through one bead which gives you more design ideas.  Just make sure you finish with knots and be sure to glue the knots.  A bracelet like this would take maybe 15 minutes and it will look great.

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Now, lets see if we can beat the 15 minutes that the stretchy cord takes by using the memory wire.  The memory wire is great because you can use almost any beads to design with it and it is a no fuss design.  You can make a single strand bracelet or multiple strands.  If you do a single strand you definitely can beat the 15 minute mark that the stretchy cord would take.  It is up to you how to design with it.  I am actually thinking of making one with some of the new melon beads from Eureka Crystal Beads. I will share it with you when I make it.  For the time being,  you can watch Eureka’s video on memory wire Melon Beads project.   Just remember that memory wire needs to be cut with memory wire cutters and not your regular beading cutters.  It will ruin them because memory wire is very hard.  And, remember to make a loop on each end with a round nose pliers to hold the beads on.

Next week, look for a new tip or trick for the blog post.  But, don’t forget to please send in a name for the Kheops Par Puca bracelet.  It will be very appreciated.  Especially, since I am horrible at naming my pieces.  Pleeaase Help! And last but not least check out the newest beads at EurekaCrystalBeads and  bead your heart out until next time!

Tip: No Bead Hopping in My Circle!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great fourth of July. I have to admit mine wasn’t exactly as I was hoping.  My mom has had some health issues and had two surgeries this week on Monday and Tuesday. One was expected but the first one was not.  Mom is now at home(Thank Goodness!) resting and everything went well. So, needless to say, I didn’t get my project for all of you quite finished yet.  But, I couldn’t leave you hanging. So, I have a tip for you that you will be able to use in the project for next week.

If you have ever made a circle with beads, you will find that the beads like to hop the threads and ruin your circle when you pull the thread tight.  So, I have a cool trick that will help to eliminate this issue.

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Tie one overhand knot about 2″ from your beads.

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Next, Tie another overhand knot on top of the first one.  Pull it tight right at the 2″ mark.

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Now pull it tight down to the beads. No jumping!!!

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Next, weave through two beads to hide the knot you just made.

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This is the finished product!

I hope this tip will help all of you when you make a circle.  It is one of my most famous tips when I teach.  If you want to use the products that you see in the pictures just go to the Eureka Crystal Beads Website.  You can find the Fireline, needles, and seed beads there. They always have a great selection for your beading needs.  Please come back next week for the project that I am making with the new Kheops beads.  You won’t be disappointed. Until next time, bead your heart out!

Beading for the 4th! Happy 4th of July!

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As the start of summer gets under way, we are going to be celebrating the biggest holiday of the season.  The 4th of July!  I don’t know about you but I love the 4th.  It brings back fond memories from childhood like going to picnics, fireworks, the beach, the pool and camping. And who can forget all of the delicious food that went with it too.

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Now, I loved all of that, but the one thing that I love to do on the 4th now, that I didn’t mention, is beading.  I tend to like designing new projects on days that I have the whole day to bead.  And, the 4th won’t be any different.  I just received some new beads from Eureka Crystal Beads that I want to play with.  They are the new 6mm Kheops Puca Beads in Aquamarine pearl color and Amber pearl color.

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They are a two-hole Czech bead that is a triangle shape with holes running parallel with each other.  These are really, really cute! So, I am probably going to do some kind of an earring combining them with the new 2mm round firepolish bead colors and the new 3mm Magatama beads. But, to top it off, I might throw in an 8mm Swarovski Chaton for some sparkle.  I believe that everyone should have some sparkle in their life. Bling me up, please!!!

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Now, I know everyone has different techniques that they like to use to make jewelry.  I have to confess, I am a very big seed beader. So, naturally I will be designing some seed bead projects for all of you. But, for all of you non- seed beaders out there, no worries, I will also offer projects that you can do too.

Lastly, enjoy the 4th and everything it entails for you.  But, don’t forget to tune in to next week’s post to see what I have made with my new goodies from Eureka Crystal Beads.  It may turn into a project post which means a free pattern for you!  Until next time, bead your heart out!

New Free Beading Pattern for Victory Bangle & Your Favorite Zipper Bracelet

We have recently added free beading patterns to our website. They are all available to you in a printed form.  Not surprisingly Zipper Bracelet by Anna Lindell is one of your favorites.

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Zipper Bracelet is easy to make, looks great and is very comfortable to wear. The zig-zag texture of its design adds eye-catching contrast and flair. Main beads needed to make this bracelet are Two Hole Czech Triangles, which you can find in our Czech Glass, CzechMates section. Base is made with 1.5 mm Toho Cubes. You will also need size 11 and size 15 Toho. For a full list of supplies click here.

You can make your own variations of this bracelet. In a green bracelet pictured above we have used 3 mm Toho Bugles (on top of Triangles), the gold one we have dressed up with a 3 mm Swarovski Bicone.

Both bracelets look fabulous. Personally we like the one with 3 mm Bicones better. Swarovski adds a little bit of sparkle and interest to this already exceptional design.

And here is another free bracelet pattern which takes 2-Hole Triangles. It is called Victory Bangle. This design by Nichole Starman starts with a strong foundation of Two Hole Bricks, which quickly works up to delicate yet edgy bands of Triangles. By the end you’ll have created a solid bangle with a texture and depth that is only possible with two hole czech beads.

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Now for only one day you can enjoy a fabulous 25% discount on our Two Hole Czech Triangle Beads. So use code THT25, get them now and save. Get your free pattern with an order and let your creative juices flow. Click on a banner below to shop. Only one day left!

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Why it makes sense to keep a stash of Crystal Chatons in your house………….

Crystal Chatons are faceted crystal stones known for their beauty and gem-like properties. Chatons are machine cut and machine polished, a process which is similar to cutting and polishing gems and diamonds. Chatons have a dominant top facet letting you see deep into a stone. They don’t have holes and therefore those in larger sizes are perfect for beaded bezels as seen in a freestyle necklace below, where they nicely complement larger Rivolis.

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Two major and de facto only manufacturers of high quality Crystal Chatons are Swarovski based in Austria and Preciosa based in the Czech Republic. Both Chatons are of exceptional quality, have outstanding light refraction and unparalleled brilliance. The main difference between both brands is in the way they are cut.  Preciosa Chaton has a traditional cut with larger but fewer facets in the front and in the back of a stone. Swarovski Chaton has a Xilion cut which increases the number of reflective surfaces on a stone with alternating small and large facets. Xilion cut is similar to a princess cut in giving a stone enhanced luminous properties.

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Chatons are wonderful stones to work with. You may bezel them first individually and sew them later into larger compositions or just hang them on a fishhook for earrings or on necklaces as drops. Design possibilities are never-ending.

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Check our large selection of Swarovski Chatons http://www.eurekacrystalbeads.com/1088-chatons/

Check our large selection of Preciosa Chatons                                                                  http://www.eurekacrystalbeads.com/preciosa-8mm-crystal-chatons/