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Potomac Beads Europe: From Idea To Reality

September 25, 2018

September 22th marked six months of Potomac Beads Europe existence. I thought it would be appropriate to stop for a minute and think about what we have achieved here. It seems unbelievable to me that in a few days it will be a year from the day I met Allie and Nathan for the first … Continue reading "Potomac Beads Europe: From Idea To Reality"
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The Bead Hole Size Guide

September 19, 2018

Knowing the hole size and stringing potential of your beads!              After 20+ years in the jewelry making industry and 12+ years since the launch of Potomacbeads, there is one thing that holds constant for me at the start of every project.  Every jewelry designer needs to know the hole … Continue reading "The Bead Hole Size Guide"
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Czech Glass Beads: Hand Pressed VS. Machine Pressed

September 11, 2018 2 Comments

The making of pressed glass beads, dating back many centuries, began in North Bohemia in eastern Europe, now known as the Czech Republic.  It has often been referred to as a “Cottage Industry”, as many laborers set up the glass pressing machinery in their own homes or garages. So what exactly is a pressed glass … Continue reading "Czech Glass Beads: Hand Pressed VS. Machine Pressed"
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What You Need to Know About Gold & Silver Used In Jewelry-Making

September 06, 2018

Selecting the right metal beads or findings for your jewelry is important – but also can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with the options.  Below I will highlight some practical knowledge so that you are better equipped when selecting metals. 14k gold is a metal that contains 14 out of 24 parts of real … Continue reading "What You Need to Know About Gold & Silver Used In Jewelry-Making"
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Beading and biking in Amsterdam

August 22, 2018

For the first week of August, I left the warehouse for the first time since our launch in March for a few days. I had a great reason – a beading event in Amsterdam held by Erika Sándor to celebrate International Beading Week. For five years already, the first week of August is for many … Continue reading "Beading and biking in Amsterdam"
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5 Popular Miyuki Blue Hues that Won’t Get You Down

August 08, 2018

In our recent blog on the 10 Most Popular Bead Colors Today, Lindsay explored the top colors PotomacBeads.com customers use.  It was no surprise that these were mostly neutral and metallic since these colors can be paired with almost anything else and give beaded jewelry the metal-look that we see in fine jewelry.  These colors … Continue reading "5 Popular Miyuki Blue Hues that Won’t Get You Down"
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How to Build a Collection and Make Your Jewelry More Marketable

July 31, 2018

Many jewelry-makers have a desire to share their work with others by selling their pieces online, at shows, or in shops.  This is the logical next step for many beaders, but getting started is more than half the battle.  For those of you who are interested in taking this leap, developing your design personality and … Continue reading "How to Build a Collection and Make Your Jewelry More Marketable"
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10 Most Popular Bead Colors Today

July 18, 2018

Learn about which colors of beads are the most popular today across a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
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Introduction to Soutache

June 20, 2018

Are you a fan of beadweaving? Do you like bead embroidery as well? Then we got something else for you that might catch your eye: Soutache Embroidery. A little bit of history… From the historical point of view, soutache is nothing new. Some sources say that the word itself comes from a Hungarian word sujtás which describes the … Continue reading "Introduction to Soutache"
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A CLOSER LOOK AT CZECH BEAD COATINGS

May 31, 2018

Sometimes, walking into a bead store or shopping for beads online can be totally overwhelming.  Even for the seasoned beader. The selection is often enormous, with many options, styles, shapes and types to choose from.  Aside from the questions we receive about choosing colors that compliment each other well, we often get questions about the … Continue reading "A CLOSER LOOK AT CZECH BEAD COATINGS"
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Review of Popular Bead Coatings and their Durability

May 18, 2018

  We have all been there.  You find a gorgeous new beading pattern or video and can’t wait to start it.  Then, after selecting the colors, spending over an hour hunched over your bead mat, and sharing your accomplishment on your favorite online beading group, the finish on your beads starts wearing off!  You want to … Continue reading "Review of Popular Bead Coatings and their Durability"
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Rivoli, Chaton, Montee Oh MY!

May 11, 2018

Crystals are frequently used in the vast world of jewelry making. They can be stunning without carrying the hefty price tag of real gemstones. Whether set in a metal bezel, embedded in surrounding beads or hung by a bail, there are an infinite number of ways to incorporate them into a piece. Obviously, there are … Continue reading "Rivoli, Chaton, Montee Oh MY!"
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