Category Archives: Inspiration

Jewelry to Stand the Test of Time!

Greetings Bead Buddies, Leah here from Eureka Crystal Beads! Do you want your jewelry to stand the test of time? Read on!

So 2 facts about me: 1.) I’ve been making jewelry for 22 years. 2). I hate change.

What do these two things have to do with one another you ask? Well, it means that over the years I’ve seen some amazing advancements in the beading world with regard to stringing mediums, adhesives, techniques, tools… and sometimes I dig my heels in and instinctively want to stick with what I’ve always used. Do you remember Nymo beading thread? When I learned Peyote stitch Nymo was the thread to use for bead weaving. No one knew about FireLine – it simply wasn’t being used yet in the jewelry world. When Fireline came onto the scene I recall saying “Nope, I’m good. I like Nymo. Nymo is what I use and I don’t really see a need to change.” WOW, was I wrong! Once I actually bit the bullet and tried FireLine there was no turning back, especially since I was starting to incorporate more and more Swarovski Crystal into my beading and Nymo simply wasn’t going to stand up next to the edges of those crystals. But guess what would? FIRELINE! So anyway, you get where I’m going with this: I learned that embracing change (and a new product, even if that product was a little more expensive than what I was previously using) was – worth – it. My Jewelry was worth it. My time was worth it.

So now I ask you: Do you LOVE making jewelry? Do you get excited when that package of beads comes in the mail? Do you positively glow when that difficult stitch you’ve been working on is finally mastered? Do you sell your work? Do you want every facet (pun totally intended!) of your work to stand out? INVEST. 

INVEST in quality stringing materials like Soft Flex stringing wire and clean looking tube crimps when you’re going to string up those beautiful beads. Not only with your strung pieces sit and wear more nicely but they will last much much longer as well.

INVEST in quality findings when you’re putting together your gemstones and pearls or for attaching that beadwoven necklace around your neck that you spent 15+ hours painstakingly weaving together one bead at a time. Your time is worth it, and the findings of your pieces are just as important as the amazing beads you selected to design it!

And yes, INVEST in things like FireLine (hehe) so that way 10 hours later when your amazing (and labor intensive!) bracelet is all finished it has the best chance to last as long as possible as you (or a family member or customer) wear it lovingly for years…because it was made using materials that will stand the test of time.


INVEST in your passion, even if only a little at a time. YOU are worth it, and so are the amazing creations you make!

BEAD ON my lovely readers, bead on!



Spring is Coming… Get Inspired!!

Greetings fellow Bead-Lovers! I’m back with another helpful blog from Eureka Crystal Beads! Am I the only one excited to see Winter exit stage-left? I’m sure my fellow New Englanders would agree – bring on SPRING!! I’m just dying to see the first peeks of the Crocuses and Daffodils herald the arrival of warmer weather. (But not too warm… Don’t get too excited Summer, wait your turn!) What do you think of when you think of Spring? Alongside those early Spring blooms I think of pastel colors, soft and bright! Have you seen Swarovski’s Spring/Summer 2019 Innovations yet? In addition to the absolutely electrifying Majestic Blue, Swarovski also released 3 new colors for their lacquered collection:




Crystal Buttercup, Crystal Lilac, and Crystal Lime! With opaque lacquered backs, the light reflects beautifully inside the Rivolis creating a stunning glow! Check out the links above to see our selections in both Rivolis and Chatons!


Looking for something less traditional for Spring? Vogue ItaliaGlamour (and more!) predict that, alongside the very pastels shown above, one of the HOT HOT HOT colors for Spring will be BRIGHT RED!!


Swarovski colors like Light Siam and Scarlet are sure to fit this bill!

And in addition to bright reds, those same sources are also touting “Army Green” as another popular trend for Spring.




Swarovski provides shades like Olivine, Khaki, and Olivine Dorado to keep your jewelry creations trending for Spring!!




What colors are you excited to work with as the weather gets warmer? **Comment below,** we’d love to hear from you!!


Until next time!

Happy Beading! -Leah

Jewelry Design Technique: “Filling the Gaps”

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another helpful Blog brought to you by Eureka Crystal Beads! Today I’m going to discuss a really simple design technique that’s great for the beginning beader who might be feeling overwhelmed with what to do with all the fun new beads they have. I call this technique FILLING THE GAPS! I touched upon the idea of this briefly in one of my previous YouTube videos, but we had some questions from viewers and wanted to expand upon it!


So to start, you can see that I have a lovely palette of beads in different shapes, sizes, colors, and mediums! This sort of assortment can make some beautiful projects but it can be daunting to know where to start!

First, think about what bead you might want to feature the most – start there! For this project I’m going to start with the 8mm Swarovski pearl in Iridescent Green!




I’ve laid out an odd number of the pearls, already reminiscent of the bracelet I’m creating. It’s often pleasing to the eye to have something in the center – hence the odd number! I suggest starting with the bead you’re most excited about. 🙂



Next, select the next type of bead you’d like to work with. If you aren’t sure which one do use next, stick with whatever is the next largest bead you have. Take those beads and … Fill in the gaps! Place one in between each of your starting beads.





Now, pick a third type of bead and go ahead and fill in THOSE gaps. Again, if you’re not sure which one to pick next, simply go with the next largest bead that you have left.




As we start to use smaller beads, or even as we get further along in the design, we don’t have to fill every single gap if we don’t want to. In this image, I’ve started sprinkling in 4mm Swarovski Crystals (here, in Chrysolite Opal!) but only filling in the gaps on either side of the 8mm pearls. Experiment!





Now I’m using the 3mm Fire Polish beads to fill in some of the gaps. Some, not all. I’ve chosen to fill the gaps on either side of the Czech glass beads that are laid out in the design.




Here you can see my finished design laid out! Remember, you can always change and move things around – try different combinations! Nothing is set in stone (pun intended?) yet! However, take comfort in the fact that if you’re using a lovely color palette to begin with – you can’t go wrong. 😉






Start to string up your design. I recommend starting in the center and working your way out. Many times you will find that you laid out more beads than you actually need to complete your desired length.



Below you’ll see that I was able to get to the desired length of my bracelet without needing all of the beads. (The leftovers will make a great little matching pair of earrings!)

Finish up your bracelet with whatever clasp you prefer and you’re all done. A lovely, simple, balanced bracelet design (or make it longer – necklace!) with a design technique to take away some of the stress of a beginner beader. Enjoy!

We’re all a little Irish on St. Paddy’s! Learn more here!


Saint Patrick’s Day is soon upon us! What do you think about when this holiday rolls around? Probably all things GREEN! Perhaps clothing or funny hats adorned with shamrocks, festive green beer at your local pub, or if you’re a beader – or just plain love jewelry – perhaps you’re digging out all your favorite green-themed pieces to adorn your neck, wrists, and ears!

Admittedly, I’m not Irish – BUT I’ve always felt a strong pull towards all things of the Emerald Isle! Perhaps this was foreshadowing for the enormous Irish family that I would one day marry into! My family-in-law is SUPER Irish. (Can you be “SUPER Irish?” If you can, that’s them!) I have a Ginger-freckled green-eyed husband and my mother-in-law has a very particular favorite color. (She also makes the best corned beef and cabbage and she drives from Connecticut to Boston just to purchase it for this special holiday!)

So how did this all start? What IS Saint Patrick’s Day and how did shamrocks and all things GREEN (her favorite color, if you couldn’t guess) come to be associated with it?

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. This has become an international day of Irish culture. It’s interesting to note however that the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade was held not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762, and with the dramatic increase of Irish immigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century, the March 17th celebration became widespread for the culture and traditions of all things Irish – or those who want to pretend for a day!




SO WHAT ABOUT ALL THAT GREEN? Why do we wear THAT color for this holiday?



Well, aside from the Emerald Isle and it’s lush green landscape, every leprechaun we’ve seen is wearing a green get-up, thus distinguishing them as such in Irish folklore. It came to be that St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made leprechauns unable to see you. These fairy creatures would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green) and this has developed into pinching others to remind them that leprechauns wouldn’t approve of their nongreen apparel.

Clover Crystal



Saint Patrick’s Day, which is originally a Roman Catholic feast day, considers the three leaves of the shamrock (more green!) to represent The Holy Trinity. But the leaves can also stand secularly for faith, hope and love – with a fourth leaf being the bringer of luck!


Do you need any help with GREEN beads and crystals for this festive day? Eureka Crystal Beads can more than accomodate you!

Check out the Swarovski Crystal Clover pendant to create some simple and stunning earrings or weave a bracelet with all-things-green by checking out this “Emerald” search on our website!

What will YOU be wearing for St. Paddy’s? What traditions with you take part in? Please, comment below and share with us! Because on March 17th, we all carry with us a little Luck O’ The Irish!

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.


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

Introducing Swarovski’s new Crystal Color: SCARLET


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


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.


Introducing a Line Extension of Swarovski Crystal SHIMMER EFFECT


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

As Always be sure to check our website 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!


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!


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.


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


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


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.


5. Pick up a new SB and SD


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


And continuing through the empty hole of the next SD.


6. Pick-up another SB and SD


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


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


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.



7b. Pick up a SB and SD,  go through the next SB and SD of the previous row.DSC00078

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


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.


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!


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.


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 to easily find matching Swarovski Crystals.



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.


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.






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.


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.


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!


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?


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.


Miu Miu

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.




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.


Maison Margiela, Chanel, Miu Miu

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.



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.


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


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.


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.







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.


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.



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.


“bead your heart out”