Monday, August 19, 2013

Great Jewelry Products That Are Perfect for 2013 Fall Jewelry Designs

With fall upon us, be a trend setter with your jewelry designs. The changing colors, the layered look, fun festivities…just look around all for bountiful inspiration! Today, we want to review some great beads, leather cords, and jewelry findings that can be used to create beautiful fall bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more!

5mm flat braided metallic copper leather
The foundation for any piece of jewelry can be a durable leather cord. For a bracelet, necklace, or 5mm Flat Braided Metallic Copper Leather is a great choice to really let your jewelry findings and components shine through the design. At $0.25/inch, this leather cord is an economical option for your designs.
other piece of jewelry with bright beads and components, consider a darker leather cord for contrast. Our new

Looking for something a bit more textured? Check out our new 5mm Arizona Stitched leather cord which adds a fun element of texture to your jewelry and pairs great with antique silver round magnetic clasps. At $0.60/inch, it’s a more trend setting – yet still affordable – leather cord option.

Kazuri Beads are a great option for distinct, bright bead designs and shapes. The Pita Pat Autumn Love in particular is a fantastic focal for your fall bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings. Available in 22x24mm, this handcrafted bead from Kenya comes with a pre-drilled hole through the center and a glossy finish that will stand out in any jewelry design. The Autumn Love Bead is $3.75 and can easily be put on thin leather cord for an easy, no tools project. 

What fall jewelry design would be complete without some fun, nature-inspired findings from Dorabeth Designs? We touched on these a bit in our last post, but we just can’t get enough of them! With great textured design shapes like maple leafs, cattails, and frogs, these pewter findings add a lot of flare to a jewelry design. With prices ranging from $2.95 - $28.95, these findings look best on jewelry when used as accents or a main focal.

The thing we love about these beads and findings is their versatility. If your jewelry project box is full of extra components, consider a keychain. We’ve got some great ideas for keychains and some of them are great for fall like the Clown Shoes Round Euro Leather Keychain. Got some other ideas for fall jewelry designs? Let us know!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Samunnat Contest – Win $150 Shopping Spree!

Going on right now until August 31 is a fun, fantastic contest we’re so excited to tell you about! To be eligible for the contest, simply make a necklace, pair of earrings, or bracelet using at least one Samunnat polymer clay bead in your design. All of the other design elements are up to you, and you can submit up to three designs for the contest.

The contest is simple, but we want to provide you with some ideas to get you started. 

This design to the left shows several neat ways you can incorporate the same shades of colors in a variety of shapes and sizes with a soothing, relaxing feel. Notice how the variety of small beads dispersed amongst the larger Kazuri beads really help mix things up a bit and give it that natural feel with unique imperfections throughout the design.

Don’t those pewter jewelry components from Dorabeth Designs look great? We really love how they help invoke that feeling of being near the ocean. Dorabeth Designs has really come up with some great styles and designs for a variety of themes. While many people are partial to their sea life line, they’ve got a great selection of geometric shapes, botanical designs, and even slides that fit conveniently over our Regaliz Greek Leather cord.

A design like this would look great with some deep navy Samunnat Bindu beads to really set off the pewter findings.

While the cool silvers and blues really complement each other well, maybe you like designs with a bit more pop to them. The versatility of the jewelry components from Dorabeth Designs really allow you to apply the pieces to any number of designs like the one shown below with a mixture of artisan Kazuri beads and ocean critters from Dorabeth Designs.

Want to mimic this design with an equally bright design element? Try some of our spring Samunnat Sundari craft beads with beautiful pink, green, and purple tones and great textures.

The fact of the matter is your design choices and elements are nearly endless! With so many different styles of findings, rivets, clasps, leather cords, and artisan beads to choose from, there’s no telling what you cook up. We can certainly say that we’re so excited to see what you submit and look forward to a variety of designs!

Remember to have at least one Samunnat polymer clay bead in your design in order to be eligible! Make sure your submissions are in by August 30 so we can announce the winners on September 10! Submissions should be sent in the form of a high-quality .jpg image to The winner will receive a $150 shopping spree with first and second runners-up receiving shopping sprees of $100 and $50, respectively. If you need any other information, you can view all the details of the contest here.