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Craft Store coupons, deals, and free offers

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Michael’s  (  www.michaels.com )
AC Moore  ( www.acmoore.com )
Joann’s Fabric  ( www.joanns.com )
Hobby Lobby ( www.hobbylobby.com )
Deals and free offers at Dick Blicks Art supply (www.dickblicks.com)

Beading Commandments (applies to all crafts)

Commandments of Beading

1. Do not give beads to babies and small children.

2. Make sure there is NO lead in children’s jewelry

3. Please use a wire guard.

4. Be good to your tools.  Use them appropriately.   (The right tool for the right job.)  Keep them clean, sharp, etc. (I have trouble following this rule;  so many tools have additional uses.  I keep doubles and triples of some tools because I need one pair to take care of and use appropriately while destroying the others!)

5. Don’t use hammers and pliers for crimpers.  Use one of the many crimping pliers available.

6. Don’ copy other’s designs.  Use them as a learning experience or for inspiration.

7. Work over a surface with walls or lips so spilled beads don’t send you into tears when they end up in the rug or roll across the floor.  If they spill…oh well, **it happens.

8. Never take credit for another’s design. Copying is fine, but don’t claim it as your own idea if asked. Ideas are meant to be shared, but give credit where credit is due.

9. Always spread your wings and try different techniques, tools, and ideas.

10. Have fun.

11. Share your work, wear it, use it, [for gifts (always put a few business cards with gifts)], show it, and sell it.  The reason we bead is to create beautiful things, so let the world see  what you’ve made.

12. Add your comments here.  Thanks for sharing.


New York City Beads and Bling



286 5th Avenue 1st Floor New York, New York vast selection of drilled fresh-water pearls; precious and semi-precious, glass, and shell beads; and sterling silver beads and findings  Some of the harried, very busy store personnel  can sometimes tell you what the stones are.


34 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036 212-944-0909, Fax 944-0644 Base Metal Catalog, Vol. 2 $4.00, New Silver Catalog $4.00, both for $7.50. Metal beads and findings: brass, copper, rich low, nickel silver, sterling silver, niobium, pewter, aluminum; sheet, wire, circles, rod, tube, stampings, machine brass parts, patterned brass strip, hoops, solders, casting alloys, enameling shapes and supplies. Although the store can get extremely busy, if you have questions about how to do something, even the most simple thing, most of the staff are very patient and willing to help out. I love this store.


25 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 212-398-8300, Gold, silver, and gold filled beads, beading supplies.


10 W. 37th St. New York, NY Czech seed and all other glass beads, including beads from India and Japan.


5 West 37th Street, (btw 5th & 6th) New York,  NY 212-278-8688 wholesale. semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver and gold-filled findings, crystals, seed beads, organic beads, wood, nuts, laminated beads, horn, bone, etc.  This is a wholesale store, but they let anyone in.  If you spend $200 in one visit, they will give you a “member” card which entitles you to a 30% discount on all purchases for 1 year.  They will even apply the discount to that first $200 purchase that got you the card in the first place, so you end up spending only @$140.


Broadway btw 37th & 38th Good selection of Swarovski, Chinese crystals, Japanese and Hong Kong seed beeds, as well as some bead strands.  Single beads, charms, and findings by the piece or multiple pricing.  Possibly the widest selection of base metal chains in the city, as well as a good selection of beading wire, leather and other cords.

Rock Star Crystal Warehouse

150 W. 28th St ,2nd fl (btw .Sixth and Seventh Aves) New York, NY 212- 675-3065 This is not exactly a jewelry supply store, but if you are looking for nice undrilled tumbled stones, or crystal points for wire wrapping, it is definitely an interesting place to visit.  They have a sister store in Park Slope, Brooklyn, as well. STONED Park Slope 82 Fifth Avenue (btw St. Marks and Prospect) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 718-789-0595


48 W 37 St. New York, NY 10018 Nifty store for fans of Czech pressed glass beads.  They are the New York City supplier for Jablonex Czech glass beads.  Around since the 1960s, they have big chest-high tables (no more back-aches like you get from leaning over the beads in the Chinese stores) laden with glass beads of all sorts, arranged by color.  Under the tables there are more shelves with more beads. Buy onesies, or buy a gross of the beads you like – the prices are very friendly, and the store help is most gracious and helpful.

CJS Sales, 16 W. 36th St., 2nd floor, NYC This is a wholesale warehouse filled to the rafters with vintage beads of all sorts, Swarovskis, Japanese glass, plastic, wood, glass pearls, chain…. you name it, if you dig long enough, you may well find it.  Go there in clothes you can get dirty and carry hand cleaner – you will get dirty.  You must have a TIN to buy here.  Purchases under $100 are cash only.


6th Ave. btw 36th and 37th Japanese-style bead shop. Mostly deals in onesies of costume-jewelry type beads.  Staff has limited English, so don’t go there to ask how-to questions.


Sixth Ave. btw  37th and 38th Sts. mostly single beads, some strands.  Higher priced than some others. Chinese proprietors do not necessarily truthfully represent what the stones are.


16 E 17th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 620-0642 Exotic beads


4 Rivington St. New York, NY Exotic beads and other exciting things


1027 Sixth Ave. New York, NY Single beads, some strands. Higher priced than some others. Chinese proprietors do not necessarily truthfully represent what the stones are.


376 5th Ave. (corner 35th) New York,  (NY) 10001 212-244-6616 Sister store to New York Beads.  Same experience.


102 W. 38th Street Manhattan This is not a bead store, per se, but, when you enter, you will see a small assortment of beads and findings (not like you find in the Chinese bead stores, even though this is a Chinese outfit).  Walk in further, and you find strings of rhinestones (for sale by the yard), all sorts of things you might co-opt into jewelry items (or else anything else you are up to making).  At the back of the store, you find cords mixed in with yarns, lace, trims, and some other interesting things (I have to tour the whole store each time to see what new things they have, or what things I have missed previously).  The staff do speak English, so, if you can get someone’s attention, you can ask for the particular thing you are looking for and they will do their best to produce it or convince you that what they have produced is it!)  I’d say, on the whole, this is a friendly shop, with all sorts of possible jewelry-making things, with helpful but not intrusive employees. 

Elliot, Greene, and Co.

37 W. 37th Street New York, NY 10018 212-391-9075, Fax 391-9079 beads: charlotte, seed, pony, crow, 2-cuts, 3-cuts, Czech Republic glass, wood, metal, plastic, porcelain, fire-polished. Sequined and beaded appliques of all kinds .Their shipping charge is 10% of your order.

Elvee Rosenberg

11 W. 37th Street New York, NY 10018-6235 Phone 212-575-0767, Fax 212-575-0931, Toll-free 877-575-0767 fashion beads, simulated pearls, cabochons, sterling silver, and austrian crystal components and related jewelry parts. Huge collection of original vintage glass beads. . No minimum order.


5111 4 th Avenue Brooklyn , NY 11220 718-259-9224, Fax 718-259-9090, 1-800-MODE(6633)-527 Direct importer and manufacturer, Bohemian Glass, buttons, pearls, Czech glass beads, glass beaded jewelry. Strictly wholesale with a minimum $250 per order of combined merchandise.

BEADS ON 4th:  Retail outlet of Mode Internation, on the 2nd floor of the Mode International offices. No minimum required. Open Monday to Friday.

STAR GEMS & BEADS 38 West 48 Street Suite 1004 New York, NY 10036 Toll Free: 1-888-391-GEMS (4367) 212-391-7799


242 E 28th St New York, NY (btw 2nd & 3rd) (212) 779 -1729

Bead House (NY) LLC

12 Rewe Street Brooklyn, NY 11211 212-714-1420

Bead House, Inc./Plastic Methods Co., Inc. 256 West 38th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018 Tel: 212-714-1420

Beads and Gems International 66 W.37th St (@ Sixth Ave.) New York,  (NY) 10018 212-904-1690

Beyond Beads LLC

1204 Broadway, Ste.303 and 304 (btw 29th & 30th) New York,  (NY) 10001 212-679-3178 precious and semi precious beads and fancy cuts, fresh water pearls, sterling silver findings, chains and charms, etc.

Bruce Frank Beads

215 W. 83rd Street (off Amsterdam Ave.) New York,  NY

I liked this cozy place when I passed by there.  They have an odd assortment of onesies and strings.  Prices are high, but there are things you don’t often see – I’ve added this place to my list of places to check out when I am stuck for what to do with a particular design.

Canicas Gems, Inc.

(212) 532 6444 29 W. 30th St. 4th  fl New York NY. wholesale

Dikra Gem Inc.

56 W. 45th St, Ste 1005 New York,  (NY)

DRS Jeweler’s Department Store

56 W. 47th Street New York,  (NY) 10036 212-819-0237 800-223-8960 Tools, jewelry manufacturing supplies and accessories, findings, colored stones and beads.

Eastern Findings Corp.

116 County Courthouse Road Garden City Park,  (NY) 11040 (one block from Merillon Avenue Long Island Rail Road Station) 516-747-6640 base metal (brass, copper, etc.) beads and findings

Emaco Co., Inc. 48 W. 48th Street, Suite 600 New York,  (NY) 10036 212-382-0123 Beads, cabochons, semi-precious shaped beads.

Exquisite Beads

40A West 37th Street  (btw 5th and 6th ) New York,  NY 212-302-3332 Gemstone, semi-precious stone, freshwater pearl, m.o.p (shell), coral, turquoise, findings, gemstone jewelry.

Himalayan Crafts 2007 Broadway New York,  NY 212-787-5000 full-service bead shop specializing in antique African Trade beads.

Lavaliere Sterling and Stones, Inc.

1006 Sixth Ave. New York,  NY (between 37th and 38th) 212-278-8133

Lucky Gems and Jewelry Factory

1220 Broadway, 3rd fl. New York,  (NY) 10001 212-268-8866 Manufacturers of semi-precious stones, faceted beads and fresh water pearls.

Ross Metals

54 W. 47th Street New York, NY 212-869-1407 800-654-ROSS Wire and Plate, Castings, Findings, Solder, Chain. Probably wholesale

Shri Impex Inc

17 W 45th Street # 404 New York,  NY 212-575-0298 silver beads, gemstones, cut stones and silver jewelry –

Stone USA, Inc. 1204 Broadway Suite#301 1170 Broadway Ste 1011-1014. New York,  NY 212-447-5268 wholesale

Taj Co. 42 W. 48th Street, Room 203 New York,  NY 10036 212-944-6330 Beads, semi-precious beads, precious gems.

A Sampling of Some of My Sold Jewelry and Accessories.

Please excuse my terrible pictures.   I have been improving by trying different lighting techniques.  Much of the jewelry in these pictures was made for a children’s shop.  There are earrings, bracelets, hair clips, and barettes.

There is lots more jewelry to post but the jewelry for sale will only be posted when I have better pictures.

Take a look back and see the paper beads and the bracelets I made with those beads.  My picures are improving.

Jewelry I made that I just cannot part with

Paper Bead Bracelets

I used the beads I made last weekend to make these great bracelets.  One went to my eldest son’s girlfriend for her birthday.  I made the blue one for a friend of my mother’s but my mother wanted it so I gave it to her.  The teal and purple I kept for myself.  I have more planned.  I am hoping they sell quickly.

1/2 inch handmade, blue, paper bead bracelet

1/2 inch handmade, pink, paper bead bracelet

1/2 inch handmade, teal & purple, paper bead bracelet

1/2 inch handmade, teal & purple, paper bead bracelet

Choosing A Color Scheme: Tips & Ideas

Choosing A Color Scheme: Tips & Ideas

One of the most challenging aspects of creating a beautiful piece of jewelry is choosing a color scheme that “works.” Whether you are going for a bold look, subtle, romantic, autumn inspired, or modern, it can be difficult to choose colors that convey the feeling you are trying to express and that work well together. We have all seen beautifully handmade jewelry pieces that would have been spectacular if the colors had not been a little “off.”
Golem Studios Ceramic Pendant
So how do you go about deciding on a color palette? The easiest way is to take whatever your focal bead is, and coordinate around it. For instance, if you are making a necklace around a gorgeous Golem Studios pendant, then look at what colors are present in the pendant itself and use those colors in your design. You can use red Toho seed beads, blue Czech glass beads, etc. Even if your focal is a solid color, use that solid color as your starting point and build around it.
Swarovski Color Carousel

If you are a fan of Swarovski Crystal, there is a great tool at your disposal: the Swarovski Color Carousel. Choose your main color, and this color wheel will automatically generate harmonious colors, contrasting colors, even the appropriate pearl color. As an example, I chose Siam as my main color and was then told that Ruby, Burgundy, and Garnet are harmonious colors. Erinite and Emerald are contrasting colors to Siam, and the appropriate pearl is Crystal Burgundy. Even if you are not using Swarovski Elements, you can use this tool to generate beautiful color stories.

Sample Color Palette

Other websites to check out include Kuler.adobe.com and Colourlovers.com. Both of these sites are free and offer thousands of color palettes for you to look through. The palettes have been sorted by theme, popularity, etc. so you can quickly narrow down your selections. There are so many choices in just these two sites alone, you will surely be inspired by a color scheme.

© Design Seeds

A third website to check out is Design Seeds. This site takes a photograph, picks out all the colors from it, and gives you a handy color swatch palette to work off of. Seeing the colors in the photograph is really inspiring and gives you a better idea of how they will work together. Once you have chosen your colors, you can then purchase beads to match. When picking out the beads, I like to have a separate browser window open with the color palette displayed so that I can easily see if the beads I am considering match my color scheme.

Another great way of arriving at a color scheme is to take a piece of fabric, scarf, shirt, or dress where you really like the colors and use those colors for your jewelry design. An added bonus is that if it is a piece of clothing you are working off of, and you know you look good in it, then you know your jewelry colors will look good on you too.

Finally, a tip I learned from a fellow crafter was to go to the paint store and pick up some paint chips. You can then use these to develop your color schemes. You might also find the free booklets offered at paint stores helpful too. These usually have “designer” schemes pre-arranged and you can pick out the one that appeals to you.

Hopefully these ideas and tips were helpful!  
– Julie