Nov 21, 2022 | GOLD FILLED BEADS, JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES
In our last post on gold-filled beads, we promised to cover even more types of beads in our next post. We’re back, and this time we’ll be covering the fancier gold beads that you can use to take your holiday gift projects to the next level. Ready to dive even deeper into the world of gold-filled beads? Let’s get started.
6. Gold Plated Alphabet Beads
Gold-plated alphabet beads are a more upscale version of basic plastic alphabet beads. They are usually cube-shaped and display the same single letter on all four sides without a hole in them.
While most adults prefer more sophisticated styles, these beads are great for making gifts for young children and those who are young at heart. Use them to spell out your recipient’s name or initials or write a short, fun phrase that you know has a special meaning for them.
7. Gold-Filled Charms
Gold-filled charms are technically not beads, but they are an integral part of many beading projects all the same. These small bits of shiny golden metal come in the shape of suns, cats, dolphins, seashells, and much more. If you can imagine it, there’s probably a charm version of it available!
Gold-filled charms are a classic way to add some sophisticated playfulness to jewelry or sewing projects. Many crafters purchase many different charms to create charm bracelets that match the recipient’s tastes and interests. They can also be added to necklaces, earrings, bookmarks, keyrings, zipper pulls, Christmas stockings, and much more.
8. Gold Filled Drop Beads
Gold-filled drop beads are long slender gold beads with a hole in the tapered end. They come in a range of different shapes and sizes, with most being roughly teardrop-shaped. They may be smooth and shiny or accentuated with textural elements like patterns and grooves for decoration.
Gold-filled drop beads are often used to create a pendant effect on smaller items like beaded earrings. They can also be used as embellishments on embroidery projects or to create a fringe-like effect on necklaces and bracelets. Their unusual shape really makes them stand out!
9. Gold-Filled Cap Beads
Cap beads are special shaped beads that can be used to add some extra flair to one or both sides of a special bead, charm, or stone on a piece of jewelry. They typically work best when applied to round items, but some are shaped to accommodate long beads and stones as well.
Cap beads can be used to great effect in almost any piece, but they should be used sparingly. Try adding them to the pendant bead on the end of some beaded earrings or to the accent beads on a bracelet. You’ll be amazed at how much such a simple addition can make those focal elements pop.
10. Gold Filled Stardust Beads
Gold-filled stardust beads are beads with a fine pebbled texture applied to their surface. They offer a more delicate and luxurious appearance compared to your typical twisted or corrugated texture and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to your holiday projects.
Because stardust beads come in all shapes and sizes, they can be used for almost any purpose you can think of. They work especially well when placed alongside plainer beads that don’t draw as much attention to themselves. These simple companion beads give stardust beads the room they need to shine.
Buy Bulk Gold Filled Beads Online at Crystal Findings
There really is a gold filled bead for every purpose, and no matter which kind you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at our bead supply store. Take the time to browse our extensive catalog and find the right beads to make some truly special Christmas gifts. Not only will they look great, but your loved ones will cherish them for years to come.
Nov 7, 2022 | GOLD FILLED BEADS, JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES
Christmas is coming up fast – do you know what to get for everyone on your holiday shopping list? If not, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. Jewelry and other projects made with gold-filled beads are great for men, women, and children can be customized to match each person’s tastes and look so wonderfully upscale that you’d never guess how easy they are to make.
To help you start planning out all of your holiday projects, we’ll be taking a look at a few of the many gold-filled beads we stock at our online store. We’ll talk about what they look like, whether they come in different sizes or textures, and how to use each of them to their best advantage this holiday season.
1. Gold Filled Round Beads
Gold-filled round beads are simple round golden beads. They come in a few different sizes and are sometimes textured to add visual interest, but plain ones are also very common.
Gold-filled round beads are perhaps the most versatile type of bead available. You’ll want to buy them in bulk if you plan on doing any extensive work with gold-filled beads. You can use them in any of your projects from jewelry making. They’re so simple and understated that they won’t take over the piece, but instead lend it a subtle touch of luxury. They’re also great when paired with other luxury materials like Swarovski crystals.
2. Gold Filled Rice Beads
Gold-filled rice beads are long oval-shaped golden beads. Fittingly, most of them resemble large grains of rice. Some are very long and slender while others are shorter and bulkier, closer to a round bead in appearance. They are available in both plain and textured varieties.
Rice beads are often used instead of round beads when a beader wants to create a slimmer and more delicate piece. Like gold-filled round beads, gold-filled rice beads can be used in almost every project you can think of and offer a pleasantly upscale look.
3. Gold Filled Curved Tube Beads
Gold-filled curved tube beads are long, slightly curved beads that somewhat resemble pieces of dried macaroni. They are often twisted, corrugated, or otherwise textured to give them a little more visual interest.
Curved tube beads are used when a beader wants to simulate the appearance of an unbroken band of metal, usually for a necklace or bracelet. They can also be used as spacer beads to separate showier elements like charms or rose crystal beads. For obvious reasons, you should avoid using these beads unless you want a curved shape in your final design. Rice beads or interlocking beads can be used to create a similar effect without the curve.
4. Gold Filled Saucer Beads
Gold-filled saucer beads are shaped like large rounded discs, making them look a bit like a flying saucer with a hole on the top. They are significantly larger than your standard round bead and come in a variety of smooth and textured options.
These beads are great for accenting chunkier pieces, especially bracelets. Adding a single saucer bead between basic round or rice beads immediately draws the eye to the saucer bead and can give the piece some subtle visual interest, especially if the saucer bead is textured. Some beaders also use them alone to create a thicker version of a basic round bead piece.
5. Gold Filled Interlock Beads
Gold-filled interlock beads are beads that are made to fit together when placed side by side on a string or wire. When they are carefully placed in an unbroken line, a beader can use interlock beads to create a piece that looks and feels uniquely smooth and almost seamless.
These beads are great for creating thick yet pliable sections of gold material, so use them for projects where this is the goal. They make stunning necklaces and bracelets but should not be used with many non-interlocking beads that could spoil the effect.
Get All the Gold Filled Beads You Need at Crystal Findings
Our next post will cover even more types of gold-filled beads (yes, there are more!), but for now, you can shop for some to get started on our online store. As the leading provider of wholesale beads and jewelry supplies in the US, we make sure we always have a wide selection of luxury beads in stock for customers like you.
Browse our current stock, put a few golden beads into your cart, and be sure to check back next time for even more information on gold filled beads!
Oct 21, 2022 | JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES
November’s stone of the month is the stunning, scintillating topaz. This distinctive buttery orange gem is the most common birthstone for November babies, but anyone can appreciate its beauty and allure.
This month, it’s time to try using this gemstone in your own jewelry-making work. Let’s talk about what this gem is, what makes it special, and how you can use it to great effect in all of the items you make.
What Is Topaz?
Topaz is a silicate gemstone that can be found all over the world. It’s naturally colorless when it contains no impurities. When impurities are present, it may look blue, pale green, red, purple, orange, yellow, or brown.
The classic topaz color used in jewelry and other trinkets is a rich brownish-orange. This color is similar to citrine, another orange gemstone that happens to be the alternate birthstone for November. However, topaz is the rarer and more valuable of the two.
Topaz jewelry is a great gift for anyone born in this blustery month. It’s a gorgeous addition for both everyday and formal outfits – and because its golden coloring is so close to neutral shades, it’s easy to wear with almost any outfit you can think of. This versatility has made topaz necklaces, bracelets, and earrings staple items in many a person’s wardrobes.
Crafting with Topaz
So how can you put topaz to work in your jewelry-making projects? The easiest way is to incorporate our topaz beads and pendants into your work. Our range of bead jewelry supplies includes many topaz products.
Topaz’s near-neutral coloring comes in handy here too, allowing you to match it with a wide variety of different beads to create varied looks. Complement its richness with gold-filled beads, bring out its vivacity with aquamarine beads, or harmonize its natural beauty with some understated stone beads – it’s all up to you.
If topaz’s classic amber color is too subdued for you, we also have Swarovski crystal topaz beads and Swarovski crystal pendants for sale in more vivid shades of yellow and orange. These items are great for making fiery statement pieces that grab people’s attention. Whether you’re making topaz jewelry for gifts, for a business, or just for yourself, you’re sure to be pleased with the end result.
Shop for Quality Topaz Beads Today
Making your own gorgeous custom topaz jewelry is easy with beads and beading supplies from Crystal Findings. Pick up some topaz beads, some accent beads, and some beading cord, wire, or thread and get to work! Even if you weren’t born in November, you’ll love making necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and other accessories with this sunny gemstone.
Oct 7, 2022 | JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES, Stone Beads
We here at Crystal Findings are proud to be the #1 supplier of beads and jewelry making supplies in the US, and we take that reputation seriously. We know that consumer trust has played a massive role in our success over the last few decades. What sets us apart from our competition? Here are just a few of the things that we do to show our customers how much we value their business.
There’s nothing more frustrating for a crafter than having a project in mind and being unable to find the beads you need for it. Our online-only sales approach allows us to stock an eye-popping number of different specialty beads, including stone beads, sterling silver beads, and alphabet beads. We even have an unmatched selection of luxury products like gold-filled beads, and beads and pendants made from real Swarovski crystals. No matter what type of beads or beading supplies you need, you’ll have no trouble finding them here.
Easy Bulk Orders
We know that a significant portion of our customer base isn’t just making jewelry for themselves – they’re selling it as part of a business. We offer bulk orders on all of our beads and beading supplies to make it easy for business owners to stock up on the things they need. We even offer special pricing for orders above a certain size, making large orders of bulk bead supplies even more affordable.
When you buy something online, you don’t want to have to wait weeks to receive it. We ship most of our orders on the same day you place them, allowing us to get them to you as fast as possible. With speedy delivery available all across the country, you’ll never have to wait too long to get started on your next exciting craft project.
Stellar Customer Service
We want our customers to feel confident buying from us, so we’ve invested heavily in improving the customer experience. Got a question, or want to make a return? Our friendly customer service team is always ready to help you out. If something goes wrong with your order, we’ll happily do everything we can to make it right.
25+ Years of Success
We’ve been in the jewelry business for more than a quarter of a century now, and we’re still going strong. Our continued success speaks for itself, and our collection of glowing reviews backs it up. Our customers love our products and service so much that they buy from us again and again. We know you’ll feel the same way.
Don’t Believe Us? See For Yourself
Crystal Findings is the best place to get jewelry making supplies wholesale online. Browse our extensive product listings today to see just how much we have to offer. With thousands of different beads available for purchase, you’re sure to find some you truly love.
Sep 21, 2022 | JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES, Ready Made Necklaces, Swarovski Crystal Beads
Making your own jewelry is a fun and rewarding way to express your personal style. Not only is it a great way to save money, but it’s also a fun way to show off your creative side. In this article, we will be showing you how to make a beautiful gold-filled necklace with Swarovski crystals. This project is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker and only requires a few simple steps. So gather your supplies and let’s get started!
Let’s Get Started!
To make a gold-filled necklace with Swarovski crystals, you will need the following supplies:
- Gold-filled beads
- Stringing wire
- Swarovski crystals
- Jump rings
- Crimp beads (#417 or #419)
- Chain nose pliers
- Cutter pliers
- Smasher pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Design board
Step 1: To start, lay out the beads and crystals in your desired pattern on the design board or another soft surface to avoid damage.
Step 2: Cut the stringing wire or thread about 6” longer than your necklace length.
Step 3: Next, pick up the beads and crystals one by one and start threading your stringing wire through the center until you are finished with all.
Step 4: Once all of the beads are in place, use a pair of chain nose pliers to attach a jump ring to each end of the wire.
Step 5: Finally, take your clasp and add it to one end of the wire. Then use round nose pliers to crimp the clasp in place. Do the same thing on the other end of the wire.
And that’s it! You’ve now created a beautiful gold-filled beads necklace with Swarovski crystals.
Some helpful tips –
- When stringing the beads and crystals, make sure that you leave enough slack in the wire so that the necklace can be easily put on and taken off.
- If you are finding it difficult to thread the wire through the beads and crystals, try using a needle to help make the process easier.
- When attaching the jump rings, make sure that they are securely closed so that they don’t come undone.
Make one of our most popular Swarovski necklaces!
At Crystal Findings, we sell beautiful necklaces created with various combinations of the beads and findings available in our store. Our customers often ask us how to create these necklaces. They may want to make it for themselves or gifting, with variations in colors or beads, or they may want to make these beautiful designs in bulk and sell them.
To make it easy for our customers, here we are providing the list of beads and parts needed to make one of our most popular necklaces #12037 – the beautiful Gold Filled Necklace With Siam Swarovski Crystals
Swarovski #5328 10mm bicone crystal ( Siam) – 2 Pieces
Swarovski #5328 8mm bicone crystal ( Siam) – 4 Pieces
Swarovski #5328 4mm bicone crystal ( Siam) – 8 Pieces
Gold Filled Item #208 for the center – 1 Piece
Gold Filled Item #207 (between 6mm crystals) – 2 Pieces
Gold Filled Twisted Bead item #203 – 4 Pieces
Gold Filled Plain Round #6mm – 6 Pieces
Gold Filled Plain Round #5mm – 8 Pieces
Gold Filled Plain Round #4mm – 32 Pieces
Gold Filled Plain Round #3mm – 40 Pieces
Gold Filled Lobster Clasp #345 – 1 Piece
Gold Filled Jump Ring #351 – 1 Piece
Gold Filled Smasher Bead #417 – 2 Piece
Stringing Wire Soft Flex- #11053 – 2 Feet
In the given pattern, the length of this necklace will come out to be 18 inches. To make it longer or shorter, you can adjust the number of beads accordingly.
Benefits of making your own jewelry
There are many benefits to making your own jewelry. For starters, it’s a great way to save money. You can often find materials for jewelry making on sale, and you don’t have to pay high prices for store-bought jewelry. It’s also a fun way to show off your creative side. And finally, making your own jewelry allows you to customize pieces exactly the way you want them. So, if you’re looking for a creative and affordable way to express your personal style, then make sure to give jewelry making a try!
Sep 7, 2022 | GOLD FILLED BEADS, JEWELRY MAKING SUPPLIES, Swarovski Crystal Beads
Gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals are two of the most popular materials used in jewelry making because they both have unique properties that make them stand out. When these two are brought together in jewelry design, they create a look of glamour and luxury that is sure to impress. At Crystal Findings, we not only sell these beads in a wide variety of styles but also carry unique ready-made jewelry pieces created with various combinations of gold-filled and Swarovski crystal beads.
What Are Gold-Filled Beads and How Are They Different from Regular Gold-Plated Beads
Gold-filled beads are made with a layer of real gold that is bonded to a brass core. This makes them much more durable than regular gold-plated beads, which can wear away over time. Gold-filled beads also have a richer and more luxurious look than gold-plated beads, making them a perfect choice for high-end jewelry designs.
Why Are Swarovski Crystals So Popular in Jewelry Making
Swarovski crystals are a popular choice for jewelry making because they have beautiful clarity and sparkle that is unmatched by other crystal brands. They are also known for their durability, which makes them a perfect choice for everyday jewelry designs. Swarovski crystals come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, making it easy to find the perfect crystals for your next jewelry project.
How Do Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Work Together to Create a Beautiful Finished Product?
When gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals are paired together, they create a beautiful and eye-catching combination. The luxurious look of the gold-filled beads combined with the sparkle and clarity of the Swarovski crystals creates a finished product that is sure to impress. Jewelry makers love to replicate the look of fine jewelry made with gold and diamonds on a budget by using these gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystal beads.
Examples of Jewelry Designs That Use Both Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals
There are many different ways to use these two materials together in your jewelry designs. You can mix different shapes and sizes of gold-filled beads with Swarovski crystals in a necklace or bracelet design, or you can use them as accents on a piece of jewelry. No matter how you choose to use them, the results are sure to be stunning.
Here are a few examples of jewelry designs that use both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals:
- A simple necklace design with alternating Swarovski and gold-filled beads with a single, striking Swarovski crystal pendant. For example, this beautiful 14K Gold Filled Necklace With Swarovski Leaf Pendant.
- A double bangle bracelet design with gold-filled beads all around and a few Swarovski crystal accents in your chosen color. For example, this 14K Gold filled Bangle Bracelet With Swarovski Crystal
- A pair of drop earrings featuring round Swarovski crystal beads and gold-filled bead accents. For example, this Swarovski Crystal Earring With Gold Filled Beads
Where To Buy Gold-Filled Beads and Swarovski Crystals Online
When it comes to finding quality gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals, there’s no better place to shop than Crystal Findings. We carry a wide variety of both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect beads for your next jewelry project.
We also have a wide selection of ready-made jewelry pieces that use both gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals. Whether you’re looking for a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings, we have something that will suit your needs.
If you’re looking for quality gold-filled beads and Swarovski crystals, be sure to check out Crystal Findings today.
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