Category Archives: Inspiration

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!

 

 

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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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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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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.

 

 

Traditional Pearls Are Hip Again!

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We all know (and love!) the simple but classic elegance of a string of pearls. And what’s lovelier than getting that pearl feel and quality by using Swarovski crystal pearls?

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But take a look at runways from New York to Paris to Milan and you will find pearls paired in ways that are anything but traditional.

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Anyone who has been keeping their eye on the fashion scene would have noticed the pearl creeping back in over the last few seasons as young jewelry designers place them in unexpected places such as ear cuffs and pair them with unusual materials.

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This winter, however, you are increasingly going to be seeing the democratization of that classic pearl strand as everyday street wear. Designers are pairing this classic element with denim patches, military jackets and the sports sweaters that are so very now.

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This is a great time to dig out your old pearl necklaces or construct a new heirloom of your very own using our beautiful and versatile Swarovski crystal pearls! Adding a simple pearl necklace to your outfit is the best way to look fashionable today.

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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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Kheops Puca Free Beading Project – Cleopatra Bracelet – Puca Beads 25% sale

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great week.  I know for some of you out there you are getting your kids ready to go back to school or they are already back in school. Woohoo! This means more time to bead and shop for beads.  And we can always use more time for both of these. So, check out our website Eureka Crystal Beads for free patterns, beads, and kits to help you out.

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Also, I wanted to let you know that I picked a bracelet name.  It will be called The Cleopatra Bracelet.  Amy from Baltimore, MD came up with the name.  The runners up names were Sharknado by Sarah and Earth…Sky…Water by Jenny.   Thank you all for sending in names for the bracelet.  They were all very good names.  It was really hard to pick just one.  I hope you all enjoy the Cleopatra Bracelet.  You can find it on our website Eurekacrystalbeads.com.  And it is free.  Also, you can find all the materials on our website for the bracelet.  Until next time…Bead Your Heart Out!

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Czech Kheops Par Puca Bracelet: Free Project

Hi everyone! As promised, I am doing a free project for my post.  It is done with the new Czech Kheops Par Puca beads.  These beads aren’t as easy to use as I thought they would be but it definitely was fun.  It took me awhile to come up with a project that  I liked because the holes run parallel with each other, and parallel with the top point on the bead. So, you really need to think about how you are going to weave with them without showing your thread.  Don’t get discouraged with them.  Try my project to get the feel for them, then do your own project.

So, Let’s get started!  Everything that is used in the bracelet can be found on our website www.Eurekacrystabeads.com. Here is the material list:

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46– Czech Kheops Par Puca Beads

Size 15 Seed Bead

442mm True Cut Firepolish Beads

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Fireline 6lb.

Size 12 Beading Needle

Step 1– Take your needle and thread it with a wingspan of fireline plus 12″.  Place a stop bead 12″ from the bottom of your thread.

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step 2Step 2– Pick up a Kheops bead, a size 15, a kheops bead, 7 size 15 seed beads and go down through the next hole on the last kheops bead picked up.

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Step 3–  Pick up a size 15 seed bead and go down through the right hole on the kheops bead right below where you are coming out of.

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Step 4– Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go up through the first hole on this kheops bead.  Then weave up through the size 15, top kheops bead left hole, 7 size 15 seed beads, then down through the top kheops bead right hole, size 15 seed bead, and bottom kheops bead right hole. This puts you in position to add the next set of kheops beads.

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Step 5–  Pick up a 2mm firepolish bead, kheops bead, size 15 seed bead, kheops bead, 2mm firepolish bead and go down through the top kheops bead from the first set using the right hole, size 15 seed bead, bottom kheops right side hole from the first set.  Then weave through the 2mm firepolish bead, up through the bottom kheops bead left hole second set, size 15 seed bead and the top kheops bead left hole.

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Step 6–  Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go down through the next hole on the kheops bead you are coming out of.

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Step 7–  Pick up a size 15 seed bead and go down through the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 8–  Pick up 7 size 15 seed beads and go up through the bottom kheops bead left hole.  Then weave to come out the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 9–  Repeat steps 5-8 until you reach your desired length.  I usually like it to almost touch before I add my clasp. Have your thread come out of the bottom kheops bead right hole.

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Step 10–  Pick up 2 size 15 seed beads and go down through your clasp on one side.

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Step 11– Pick up 2 more size 15 seed beads and go up through the same hole of the kheops bead that you are coming out of, the size 15 seed bead and the top kheops bead right hole.

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Step 12– Pick up 2 size 15 seed beads and go up through the same clasp hole  previously used.

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Step 13–  Then pick up 2 more size 15 seed beads and go back through the same kheops bead hole that you are coming out of, the size 15 seed bead, and the bottom kheops bead right hole.

Step 14–  Retrace your clasp thread path one more time to strengthen your join.  Then weave into your work and do a couple of half hitch knots.  Then trim.

Step 15– Repeat steps 10-14 on the other end of the bracelet.

Enjoy!

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I hope you really enjoy this pattern.  I know I was supposed to make earrings but sometimes things change when you are designing.  I still want to use some of the other things I received from Eureka Crystal Beads.  But, until I do, I will  be checking out some of the new beads just added. Like, the new silky beads, melon beads in 2 sizes, rondelles and more!  Until next time, Bead your heart out!-Eureka!

Marie Antoinette Earrings

These elegant Swarovski Crystal earrings were designed by Val Hirata and were inspired by the look and style of Marie Antoinette, the queen of France. Some of  the components you may already have in your bead stash. For the ones you still need to get visit Eureka Crystal Beads’ free beading projects page. You may download free instructions of  Marie Antoinette Earrings from the project’s page.

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Described by many as “likeable and honest” princess,  Marie-Antoinette, was married to the future king of France Louis XVI when she was just 15 years old. The future king was only 16.

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The young couple soon came to symbolize all of the excesses of the reviled French monarchy, and Marie Antoinette herself became the target of a great deal of vicious gossip. To this day she remains one of the most misunderstood and fascinating figures of the history of Versailles.

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As a queen she was marginalized and given very few official duties. She dedicated herself to the organisation of the court’s entertainments throwing lavish parties, socializing and indulging her extravagant tastes. She liked to wear stately dresses and fashionable jewelry.

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The queen progressively attracted the scorn of public opinion up to her tragic death during the French Revolution.

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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