6 Things To Do Before School Starts Again

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School is going to be here before you know it, but there are still some things that can be accomplished! Get your family ready to go back to school with some fun crafts. These are great for the whole family to make together, or just the kids and their friends. Enjoy your last few days of quality time with these crafts!

Creating custom magnets for lockers or hanging up artwork on the fridge with fun bottle cap magnets! Collect bottle caps or ask neighbors for any extras lying around. Let your child decorate them with paint, stickers, and rhinestones. Then, use a hot glue gun to attach a small magnet to the back. Voila! A fun craft that easy for kids of all ages to make, and it’s low-cost!

Your kids will love bringing lunch from home with a fun tie-dye lunch bag! Purchase plain white lunch bags at a craft store or online. Then, start tie-dyeing! Make sure you do it in the back yard so there’s no mess. And use a machine-washable dye so you can throw the lunch bags in the wash after a spill.

DY keychains are easy to make – and fun too! A custom keychain lets your child show personality with their backpack or house keys. Decorate an existing keychain, or make one yourself. Keychains can be made with fabric, a favorite charm, or a plastic keychain.

Turn a plain schoolbag from drab to fab with rhinestones! Hot fix rhinestones can be used to customize any backpack or messenger bag into a one-of-a-kind piece of art! Purchase hot fix crystals or flat back rhinestones in your child’s favorite color, then get sparkling! Rhinestones can be attached freehand, or with a pattern. Use a hotfix tool to attach the pre-glued rhinestones, and you’ll have a beautiful new bag in just a few hours!

Do your kids love washi tape? Use their favorite designs to spruce up some plain pencils! Pick up decorative washi tape at a craft store or online, then a box of plain pencils. Wrap the tape around the pencils for a fun new writing tool your kids will love to show off! The tape comes in dozens of different colors and designs so any child can find a pattern they like.

Once you’ve decorated your pencil, create a pencil topper using a pipe cleaner! Wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil, then move it to the top to create a spiraling topper! Attach a foam sticker, or glue a paper shape to the top for added fun.

Get your kids ready for school with any of these fun DIY projects.

I Thought This Lady’s Bikini Idea Was Insane. Now I Think She’s a Genius

Beading is my most favorite hobby. It has helped me express my creative side and I’ve done a pretty good job altering old pieces of clothing into unique fashion statements. I often participate in beading workshops, because I always learn something new there. We all get to share ideas for our projects there and we help each other to realize them.

In one of the recent workshops, there was a lady who shared with us her latest project. She had planned on decorating an old swimming suit with rhinestones and rhinestone connectors. Doing such a project by herself? Wow. At first I thought her idea was insane. And I was skeptical to be honest. But soon after I was proved wrong. At the last workshop she showed us her masterpiece. The lady was a genius! Her bikini was amazing and it inspired me to do the same with my swimming suit, even though I’m not an expert.

So if you’re crazy enough to make your own rhinestone bikini, here is what you’ll need to do:

First choose rhinestones and rhinestone connectors for bikini. Rhinestone connectors are strands of rhinestones which you can use on bikini tops and bottoms. You can choose from a variety of colors, sizes and crystals, depending on the design you’ve envisioned. We recommend buying wholesale rhinestones and connectors in order to save time and money.

Then decide on the design. The lady from the workshop had a simple old royal blue bikini. She had chosen to do a star shape on the triangle top and place rhinestone connectors on the sides of the bottom bikini.

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Once you’ve decided what design to make on the bikini top, print it out and lay the rhinestone crystals out on the pattern to see how many you need. Then put the top on a sewing mannequin and sketch out the design on it with chalk.

Now take tweezers in one the hand and glue in the other. Dip the rhinestones in the glue and apply them on the design. It is best to go from one cup to the other and lay one to three rhinestones to make sure they are placed in the exact same position on both cups.

Extra tip: use toothpicks to wipe out the glue around the rhinestones.

Once you’re finished with the bikini top, move on to the bottom. The lady’s bottom part was a strap bikini and she added the rhinestone bikini connectors to the straps. The idea was ingenious and it looked so cute. Here is how you can do the same: put the rhinestone connector all the way to the front strap and stitch it using a zig zag stitch of 3.0 width and 1.0 length. Then trim the excess strap off and sew it on the other side of the connector. Do the same with the other front strap. Alternations to the back strap won’t be necessary, they will still make a cute tie side bikini.

There you have it! Make sure this is your next project and transform your old bikini into a unique sparkling statement. Next time you go to the beach, no one will resist your gorgeous shiny bikini.

When Beading Jewelry Is Just A Starting Point

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Crafting is a common activity for children, but some kids make like it more than others. If you have a child who loves crafting, support them! Crafts and beading is a great way to stimulate creativity and keep them busy with a positive, productive hobby. Kids can only benefit from these artistic pursuits, no matter what type! Beading is a particularly great option for kids of all ages and skill levels.

For young children, supplying them with yarn or pipe cleaners and large plastic or wood beads will improve their fine motor skills. Kids will love picking beads in their favorite colors and creating a bracelet or necklace! Beading is a safe, individual activity that does not require much supervision. It is not as messy as paint or glue, and can be cleaned up very quickly. Beading is a great activity for kids in a daycare or school setting, or just at home with a parent or sibling. Beads come in a variety of different colors and shapes, and kids have a great time making patterns and designs.  Small seed beads should not be given to kids under 6, as it can cause a choking hazard. Young children should focus on making simple strands of beads, but as they get older, they can create more complex pieces.

 

As kids get older and their fine motor skills improve, they have more options when it comes to beading. They can use Czech glass beads and seed beads to create delicate jewelry. Older kids and teens will love making jewelry to give as gifts or to wear themselves. Beading allows them to express their creativity and individual sense of style. They’ll feel a sense of accomplishment of making something themselves that’s as beautiful as jewelry found in a store!

Once children have mastered beading jewelry, they can turn to even more complicated beading projects. This can be embroidering clothing, creating appliques, beaded hairpieces, and more! Beads can even be used to embellish home décor items. Purchase a young beader a collection of wholesale seed beads and they’ll be content for days. This is a perfect activity for weekends or after school. As they improve their skills, they can even begin selling their beaded creations! Jewelry and other crafts can be sold online or at local craft fairs. Creating their own jewelry business will give a teen responsibility and a source of money! If you have a child who has expressed an interest in beading, consider yourself lucky.

 

 

Traveling in Your Vehicle CAN Be Comfortable!

drivingHave you ever been in the middle of a long commute, wishing your car was more comfortable and fashionable? You spend a lot of time in your car – you want it to match your personality! While you an buy some of these projects at a store, they often won’t have the colors and designs that fit you. There are many DIY projects that can be done in an afternoon to make the interior of your car more interesting and more functional. Try one or all of these crafts to decorate your vehicle!

Bedazzled Car Interior
Jazz up your radio and center console with some rhinestones! Using glue and Swarovski rhinestones in your favorite colors you can create any design you please. Rhinestones can be added to anywhere inside the car, including the rearview mirror, shift, and vanity mirror. Rhinestones add a little sparkle and personality to your car. And if one falls off, just glue another back on!

Steering Wheel Cover
For a more comfortable drive create a DIY cushioned steering wheel cover! These can be made of fabric, yarn, or just covered in fashion duct tape. If you’re not very confident in your crafting skills, you can purchase a premade steering wheel cover and customize it. These covers can also keep the wheel cool when under the direct sunlight. A custom steering wheel cover sets your car about and gives you a comfortable grip on long drives.

Back of Seat Organizer
Cars never seem to have enough storage. For families with kids, toys and snacks can end up all over the back seat. Make some quick back of seat organizers to keep everything in order. All you need is fabric in your favorite color or pattern and a sewing machine. You can choose fabric to match your car’s interior, or your kids’ favorite patterns or characters! There are many tutorials online to learn how to make a stylish and functional back seat organizer to keep your car clean and tidy.

Hanging Bead Chain
Place a favorite pendant or rosary on your rearview mirror! Make a beautiful linked bead chain to reflect the light and create a beautiful swinging effect while you drive. These beaded chains are quite simple to make once you purchase wire and glass beads. A necklace bead chain is an elegant way to personalize your car and make your ride more pleasant.

With these projects, it’s easy to make your car feel more comfortable – and like you!

These two Things are sure to make Your Elderly Parents Smile

eldery-smileAs any of us, elderly people want to connect to others, they want to feel included and appreciated. It’s a fact that we all lead busy lives and oftentimes forget how valuable time with aging parents is. But I’m sure you’ve thought what you can do to put a smile on their face and cheer them up. 

Aging parents oftentimes don’t need much or they want very little. So, if you consider giving them gifts, this can be challenging. But, here are two things you can do that will surely to make your elderly parents happy:

1. Visit them frequently! We often fail to realize how important visits are. Sometimes we think that a call will be enough to check on your parents, but time is actually the best gift you can give to your parents. When visiting, ask them to tell you about happy memories with the family, about how things were in the past and so on.

If distance and time are a problem, consider video calls in order to create a visible event. Today’s technology enables us to feel like we are with our loved ones even when we are far away.

2. Make them a special gift. For instance, a great way to make your parents feel they always have you by their side is to make them a unique beaded chain for their eyeglasses. It’s simple, but personal and useful.

Even if you’re not an expert in beading crafts, it’s really easy to make bead chain necklace for eyeglasses. First, choose the color and shape of beads you know your parent will love. With beads, you have a variety to choose from. You then need nylon cord or beading wire, two crimp bead, two eyeglass holders, scissors and flat nose pliers. Follow these quick steps to create a necklace bead chain that will be perfect for your parent’s eyeglasses:

– Cut the cord or beading wire to a comfortable length
– Add the eyeglass holder and the crimp bead: thread one end of the cord or wire through one of the crimp beads and the eyeglass holders. Then thread it back so it looks like a loop. Pull it so the holders and the crimp bead are adjoining. Use the pliers to close the bead.
– String on the beads: while stringing, leave some room for the second crimp bead and eyeglass holder.
– Add the other eyeglass holder and the bead: Follow the previous steps to secure to second crimp bead and eyeglass holder.

It’s simple as that! If you want the bead chain necklace to be that much more special, buy a gift box to put it in and write a small note for your parent to read. Once you have surprised them with this one-of-a-kind gift, you can help them slip the beaded chain onto their glasses.

You really don’t need much to put a smile on your parents’ faces. Spending time with them is the greatest gift, and taking the time to make them a small gift such as bead chain necklace for eyeglasses is the perfect way to show them how much you love them.

Thinking about decorating?

closet-shelvesIf you are thinking about a decorating project in your home, why not consider decorating your closets? Closets and closet shelves can be a dull place, so maybe it’s time to change that. The following simple decorating ideas will help you fall in love with this space. What’s more, it will become an inviting and eye pleasing place in your home, without losing its functionality.

The first thing you can consider is adding an eye catching wallpaper on the closet doors or to the back of the shelves. Doing this, or even adding a little bit of paper to the back can look really lovely and warm. You can choose your favorite color, a color that will match the rest of the room or if you’re bold, choose a multi-colored one to make the space look more playful. Another option would be a paper with your favorite shapes.

A second possibility would be to paint the shelves. If you are good with paint, you can also use stencils to create your favorite designs while painting. If the room is neutral, you can try different colors for the shelves.

Another great idea for decorating your closet shelves is adding a personal touch: add special photos of you and your loved ones and of the places you have traveled to; put your most favorite books on some of the shelves; also, why not consider showcasing your jewelry?

If you choose showcasing your jewelry, it’s a great way to keep it organized, but also making your closet space more beautiful. There are many cool jewelry display ideas, but in order to use it as a decor on a closet shelf we recommend making a jewelry board. You can buy a bulletin board at a craft store and paint it. Then put push pins on which you can hang your jewelry. You can use the board for displaying necklaces only for instance. If you happen to make bead chain necklaces and you have your own unique collection, why not showcase them? This way, when you invite people over, they will see how nicely your closet is decorated, but they will notice your bead chain necklaces as well. If you organize the necklaces on the board, put the longer ones on the top and the shorter ones on the bottom. You can choose to place the jewelry board where it best fits on the shelves.

Besides, if you are a fan of beaded chains, they can serve as the perfect ornaments. You can make linked bead chains in colors that match the space and put them around the closet door handle. Without putting too much effort, you will have a playful wardrobe.

We hope these ideas inspire you to start decorating your closet and closet shelves right away!

I Wasn’t Able To Get It Right Until I Found This

If you are new to beading, all the different tools and materials may seem confusing. With so many different projects that can be made with beads, it’s difficult to determine which tools you need. Many beaders struggle with making great jewelry when they are trying to figure out what beading tools to use. Discovering the right tools and realizing when to use them will make your beading so much easier. Here is a quick guide to basic beading tools and when you will need to use them.totally-tools

Chain Nose Pliers

The chain nose pliers will be your main ‘go to’ beading tool, the first you reach for and last to put down.  This will be your most used basic jewelers tool in your starter beading kit. It will be like a second set of hands as you progress through learning the beading techniques and will become the foundation of all your tools. You only need one pair to start, but as you build your beading toolkit, you will want to invest in a few pairs of different sizes.

Don’t confuse chain nose pliers with other beading pliers. If you look closely, you will see that the chain nose pliers have a tapered nose that narrows to a fine tip. These are also similar to household pliers, but you must buy ones that are specific for jewelry. Don’t go to the hardware store to buy chain nose pliers!

Round Nose Pliers

The round nose pliers have a strong resemblance to the chain nose pliers but they are quite different. The round nose pliers nose is completely round intended make loops, circles, curves and soft edges when using sculpting wire. They are perfect for making earrings, charms, pendants, or other pieces that require small loops.

Wire Cutters

The wire cutters are used to cut the stringing materials for your beading projects. Make sure you use a strong enough pair of wire cutters for each type of wire. The thicker the gauge of wire, the stronger the wire cutter needed.

After purchasing these three basic beading tools, your beading will improve drastically.  Having the right beading tools will allow you to create beautiful projects in just a few hours! All your friends will want to know how you created such a masterpiece – one that looks like it came from a store! Buy these bead tools wholesale for a great deal on high quality tools. Don’t buy cheap tools that break easily, make an investment and you’ll be beading your whole life.

It’s Summer; What to Take Along to The Beach

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Summer is here and we’re all ready to hit the beach! As you pack for a beach day, there are a few key items you don’t want to forget. The perfect beach day is possible if you remember to bring these things!

First, everyone needs sunscreen. Nothing ruins a day at the beach more than a sunburn! Bring at least SPF 30 and reapply regularly, particularly after swimming or drying off with a towel. Don’t forget the back of the legs, ears, and tops of the feet. You can use a lotion or spray sunscreen, whichever you prefer.

While you’re at it, bring a hat and a t-shirt as well. A hat is perfect for shielding the delicate skin on your face, and helps keep you cool. A t-shirt is perfect to throw on if the sun is too much, and protects your skin as well. If you feel you’re getting a sunburn, but still want to hang at the beach, put on a shirt to keep the damage from getting worse.

While lying in the sand is great, sitting on top of a towel is a lot more comfortable. Whether you’ll be swimming in the ocean or not, a big fluffy beach towel is a necessity. A towel will also help keep you from getting lots of sand in your hair, which can be difficult to wash out.

Don’t forget to bring a book, magazine, music player, or something else to enjoy while you’re there. Nothing is more relaxing than an afternoon spent reading on the beach. If you’re bringing an e-reader or tablet, make sure it’s protected from damage from sand and water. An anti-glare screen protector may be helpful as well, so you can actually read in the bright sun.

You’ve got your sunscreen, towel, and magazine. But the most important thing still needs to be packed – a rhinestone bikini! Make a statement on the beach with a sparkling bikini with rhinestone connectors. Perfect for sunbathing, no one can resist the beauty of a rhinestone connectors bikini. Whether you make it yourself, or purchase it custom made, you can’t go wrong. Nothing reflects off rhinestones better than the bright sunshine at the beach.  Don’t take your rhinestone bikini in the ocean, however. The salt water could damage the stones. But that wasn’t your plan anyway, was it? Show off that bikini body with sparkling rhinestone connectors at the beach!

With these tips you’re ready to hit the beach!

Hotfix Rhinestones: Before you place your order, get all the facts! 

If you have your eye on the perfect hot fix rhinestones, but still have some doubts, you’re on the right place. If you have any doubts, read this to learn all the facts you need to know before doing the purchase.

Many of the hot fix crystals can be applied with different methods and different tools. Most of the rhinestones come with user manuals in which you can see the guidelines about all the methods that you can use for applying your hot fix stones. Make sure that you are following the guidelines given from the brand whose stones you chose.

It is not recommended to apply hotfix rhinestones on plastic, metal, denim or glass. If you do want to apply them on these types of materials, then you should try sewing, gluing or metal setting.

The material that you will use need to be free of some chemical finishes and to be pre-washed. If you will work with fabrics that are stretchy, try to pre stretch them a bit before adding the hot fix crystals. And, always cut out a sample of the material and make a test to see how the crystals will stick to the material.

There are two types of applicators and wands that you can use with hot fix crystals – Crystal Craft and BeJeweled.

When starting with the work, first pre heat the tool, and while it is heating up, prepare the crystals. Once you start working, and start placing the rhinestones, don’t slide them once they are placed onto the fabric. When applying the crystals, it is advisable to line out the pattern you want to create on the material using chalk and putting little dots. This will help you work faster and easier with the crystals.hotfix rhinestones

If the design you want to create is harder and more complicated, then buy transfer paper and use it on your project. With this paper first you’ll copy the design on the transfer paper which will make the hot fix placement more precise, and after that apply the stones using heat. Also, keep in mind that if when you ordered your hotfix tool, you didn’t get the right size of the tip that you needed, you can always look for replacement tips. The same goes for when the tip will wear out and you’ll need new one.

And last, but not the least – before you start a beading project, make sure you purchase the right type of beads. Reread the instructions and hunt for days, if needed. Finding the right bead material means your project is half-done. Whatever you choose to do with your beads, give 100% and invest a decent amount of time – the results will surprise you!

Questions that are Constantly Asked

Being able to craft your own custom jewelry or decorate items in your home is a great skill. Beading is one of the most popular methods to make unique designs and in a way, personalize your everyday life.

Before starting to craft with glass beads, people often have tons of questions in their minds. So, in order to address some of those concerns, we have created a list of the most common doubts beaders have. If you found yourself wondering about anything related to beading in recent times, keep reading this article.

  1. How do I select the size of a clasp?beading_board

The size of the clasp should always be in proportion to the size and weight of the pieces used to create the item (necklace or bracelet). For instance, a massive necklace will look ridiculous with a small clasp. Moreover, the clasp might even not be strong enough to hold the beads and will eventually fall apart. Also, if you put a heavy clasp on a small piece, it will have a tendency to fall to the front of the necklace. You don’t want to wear a necklace that will need to be ‘fixed’ constantly, do you?

  1. I can’t get the wire through some of the stones I just bought.

Stone beads can sometimes have a hole that is slightly off its center. Try to enlarge the hole with a bead reamer, if possible. If the wire can go through it now, great. If not, try using a thinner wire.

  1. Do I need a bead board to be successful in beading?

A bead board is one of the wide range of tools you can use for crafting beautiful items out of beads. These tools can come in different shapes and sizes (but usually plastic) and may help you in making your designs and measure the length of your pieces.

  1. How to buy wholesale beads online?

Whether you are after a bulk of Czech crystal beads or any other type of gems, you have to know couple of rules for shopping wholesale stones.

  • read the product descriptions – if the wording is uncertain, you’re probably looking at cheap, low-end czech beads
  • expensive doesn’t necessarily mean quality
  • determine the exact size of beads you need, and make sure you order it right. Don’t trust online images – stones might look bigger in pictures, but be small in reality, and vice versa
  • stay away from purchases based on blurry images – low-quality images often offer low-end products
  • place small orders to ensure of the quality that a new store sells – don’t rush in purchasing tons of beads from a new place

We hope this list managed to give answers to some of your questions regarding your beading adventures. Remember – take your time in learning few skills, choose carefully when buying and let your creative skills come to the surface.