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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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5 Essential Stitches in Beadweaving

May 02, 2018

Beadweaving is without a doubt an amazing type of beading and for many also the ultimate beading style. It attracts people for many reasons.  Its intricate look, countless variations in use, and wide range of results with different beads while using the same technique are some. There are also an amazing variety of beads and … Continue reading "5 Essential Stitches in Beadweaving"
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The Ultimate Delica Bezel Directory

April 25, 2018

Learning to Bezel I really enjoyed learning to bezel.  The evening I learned, I was attending a monthly Wine and Bead night at the Potomac Bead Company, where we learned to make the Queen Victoria Earrings. The evening ended up taking longer than expected because all of the rookies in attendance were brand new beaders … Continue reading "The Ultimate Delica Bezel Directory"
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7 Trending Color Theory Tips: PANTONE Spring 2018

April 18, 2018

Twice a year, PANTONE presents the world with seasonal collections of colors that help guide designers and businesses to connect with consumers in the most effective way.  As jewelry designers, these heavily contemplated collections can be very helpful.  I find they can guide, teach, and inspire us to try new colors and/or color combinations to … Continue reading "7 Trending Color Theory Tips: PANTONE Spring 2018"
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Thread & Needles: One Beader’s Review (Part 2: Needle Types)

April 14, 2018

  In part 1 of this review, I focused on reviewing some of the more common threads available to beaders.  Here, in Part 2, I will focus on the needles.  There was a time when I thought that all needles were pretty much the same and they all did the same job.  I took for … Continue reading "Thread & Needles: One Beader’s Review (Part 2: Needle Types)"
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Thread & Needles: One Beader’s Review (Part 1: Thread Types)

April 11, 2018

When I first learned the technique of beadweaving, I learned from a friend who had her own needle and thread preferences.  The overwhelming selection of threads and needles available, and an incomplete knowledge of every brand, prevented me from venturing too far from my beginnings.  After a couple years of almost exclusively using the brands … Continue reading "Thread & Needles: One Beader’s Review (Part 1: Thread Types)"
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Finding Inspiration through Travel

Finding Inspiration through Travel

April 04, 2018

As a fairly new beader and a very left brain, a-type personality, I struggle with figuring out what handmade jewelry to create, how I want to create it, and what bead colors I plan to use.  After browsing the Potomac Bead store for much too long, I inevitably end up at the check-out counter with … Continue reading "Finding Inspiration through Travel"
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6 Color Theory Tips to Enhance Your Beading Designs

6 Color Theory Tips to Enhance Your Beading Designs

March 28, 2018

We have had countless Potomac Bead customers express their frustration with choosing colors for their jewelry projects.  We hear things like “how to choose colors, it’s the hardest part of making jewelry” and “could you help me?  I don’t know where to begin.” As an artist and former art educator, I always enjoy helping people … Continue reading "6 Color Theory Tips to Enhance Your Beading Designs"
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What is the ideal necklace length?

What is the ideal necklace length?

March 21, 2018

What is the ideal necklace length? This is a question that many of us who make jewelry may wonder.  Sometimes a design lends itself to be long or choker style while other designs might have you perplexed. If you are making a piece of jewelry for yourself, the simple task of holding the piece up … Continue reading "What is the ideal necklace length?"
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The Top 18 Beads of 2018

The Top 18 Beads of 2018

March 18, 2018

Potomac Bead Company discusses which brands and shapes of beads were most popular at the end of 2017, and beginning of 2018.
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Bead Weaving Supplies 101

Bead Weaving Supplies 101

March 09, 2018

You may be new to beading (jewelry-making) and wonder what you need to to start beading as a hobby.  Perhaps you are an experienced beader but would like to share this knowledge with a friend… in either case, this article is just for you. While there is an extensive range of excellent products available at … Continue reading "Bead Weaving Supplies 101"
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Seed Bead Sizing in the 21st Century

Seed Bead Sizing in the 21st Century

March 01, 2018

Recently, in the Potomac Bead Company’s private Facebook group, someone asked “What does the number mean when referencing seed beads?” So I set out to answer the sizing question in depth during a Facebook live session… I work with these little marvels of glass every day and still had to do some research before having … Continue reading "Seed Bead Sizing in the 21st Century"
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