Thursday, November 21, 2013

One Of A Kind Artisan Jewelry Perfect For Holiday Gifts Starting At $15

No time to make jewelry this season? Our artisan designs are the perfect for gift giving or a treat for yourself.  

We have over 350 one of a kind designs using our artisan beads and components now available for sale.  There is something for everyone including Men's bracelets and unique Keychains.  There is only one of each so they will be snapped up quickly.  Click here to see all jewelry for sale. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Earring Making Basics 101 Video Tutorial - Great tips and techniques for beginner jewelry designers

In celebration of our 30 Days of Earrings featured on the AntelopeBeads.com website Jamie has created a perfect video tutorial for beginner jewelry designers or for those who want to polish up their skills. Everyone can make custom earrings with the Change A Bead earrings. Ready for more? In this tutorial Jamie shows you how to make 3 earrings from easy as attaching a charm to making a cute dangle earring with chain. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Men's Bracelet Styles and Ideas


men's leather braceletAccent your personal style with the wide diversity of designs available now from Antelope Beads’ collection of men’s leather bracelets. We offer you all the components you need to build designer styles for durable accessories on the cheap. These sleek and structured bracelets come in a range from subtle to stunning for the perfect complement to your unique style. Each men’s bracelet design displays the leather straps, beads, and other components that are available individually from Antelope Beads, allowing you to create a truly endless array of men’s bracelets to suit your own impeccable taste.

men's snakeskin braceletFeaturing a wide selection of the quality leather strap designs that Antelope Beads has available, these stylish bracelet patterns were designed as the perfect masculine accent piece to complement a wide variety of tastes and wardrobes. At Antelope Beads, we source high quality leather goods in a vast selection of styles and colors, including Italian leather and genuine snakeskin designs, sold by the inch for a perfect fit. Studded, braided, and stitched leathers add an individual twist to many of our most popular bracelet styles. These men’s leather bracelet designs also feature an array of accent beads, rivets, and clasps, including magnetic clasps for a unique and seamless look. Worked metal, ceramics, and other materials add color and design to these classic leather bracelet patterns, and are sold individually for a DIY approach to fashion design that allows you to create the best look for you, every time. With components ranging from less than a dollar to just under $10 for clasps and accents, it’s easy to design a great look within your budget.

leather bracelet for menFor the true DIY artist, all components can easily be mixed, matched, and added to so you can create unique and personal pieces. Though our supply lists are popular suggestions for men’s bracelets, the individually sold components are perfect for letting your imagination run wild. Combine flat Italian leather in a vast array of colors and textures from just $0.40 an inch and up with colorful glass or metal sliders and clasps designed for flat leather. Use a rivet punch to add unique studs to your leather for a design all your own. Boro glass, also known as Pyrex, is available as colorful and durable beads and sliders to add color and originality to any men’s bracelet design.

Purchased as a whole design set or individually to unleash your inner creativity, men’s bracelets make an excellent and personal gift for friends and family. The wide variety of clasps, accents, and other components ensure that your bracelet can be as individual and special as the wearer!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Four Favorite Types of Leather Cord: Arizona, Egyptian, Vintage, and Cancun

Looking to explore a new type of leather for your next jewelry project? Our resident designer, Jamie Hogsett, chats about the different types of leather cords you can explore, including Arizona, Egyptian, Vintage, and Cancun leathers. She also reviews tips for working with each kind and inspiration for using them. We have over 30 video tutorials great for all levels of jewelry designers; we even have a few tutorials with projects that require no tools, which are great for beginners!


Hi, this is Jamie from Antelope Beads, and everyone at Antelope Beads is excited to introduce to you four new lines of leather cord. They are called Arizona, Egyptian, Vintage, and Cancun.

First up, we have the Arizona leather cords. It’s soft and smooth, with a really subtle distressed finish. It comes in soft, pretty, neutral colors, as well as bright pops of turquoise, purple, and red. All the colors come in both 5mm and 10mm widths, and here’s a bracelet that shows two of the 5mm Arizona leather cord colors.

Next we have the Egyptian leather cord. It’s a textured cord, also available in both 5mm and 10mm sizes. The tone on tone pattern of it is shown in really rich shades like olive and brandy, and there’s a really cool off-white that looks like an almost icy color. There are lots of other colors as well. Here’s a bracelet made with a piece of 10mm red Egyptian and two 5mm pieces of our next new line, which is called Vintage.

The Vintage line is full of really intense jewel tone colors, has some really nice neutrals as well, and it looks almost like well-worn leather. Almost like it’s been buffed to a shine. Here’s another bracelet with Vintage, this one showing a 10mm piece.

Our fourth new line of leather cord is called Cancun. As you can see it’s a bright cord and the texture is a mix of a real soft suede feel with these kind of bubbles of a bright shiny finish inside. It is available in three sizes: a mini Regaliz size, a 5mm round size, and it also comes in 10mm flat. The unique texture of this Cancun cord makes it just a little bit thicker than other cords, and because of that we ask you to please be sure to reference the leather chart on our website. The leather chart will show you exactly which clasps and components will work with the Cancun leather and which ones will not. Unfortunately there are some that just won’t fit, but the good news is there are tons that will fit, and you will be able to see all that in the leather chart.

In addition, I have a few tips to offer when working with the Cancun cord. First, I recommend that you cut your cord end at a slight angle, and this is going to help you to string on the different components. When stringing with the flat leather, you may be able to get the piece on fairly easily, but if you find it a little bit snug, it’s good to take a pair of needle nose pliers, and just grip the end while you pull the rest of the leather through.

As you can see I’ve cut all three of these at a slight angle, and that will help string on components in all three sizes. This one is a little tight as well but it will go on, and I will recommend that if you ever are trying a component and it won’t work on one side, always make sure to flip it around and try the other side, because you will be amazed at how sometimes that makes a really big difference. Also with the round Cancun, I have found that if I take the piece and kind of twist it as I am putting it on the cord that helps me to get it on more easily.

Now you can see here that the ends fray a little bit as I’m putting components on and because of this, if you are planning to put several components onto a piece of Cancun, we recommend that you purchase an extra inch or so for your designs. That way if your ends are getting a little too frayed, you can trim them down a little bit to have a fresh cut in order to more easily string components, and you’ll also have enough cord so that you can make a straight cut again before you add the clasps.

That’s an overview of our four new leather lines. There are tons of great design possibilities with these new leathers, and we just know you’re going to love them as much as we do. They all mix together really beautifully, and keep in mind that they will mix well with the metallics and other colors we have available on our website. Please go to antelopebeads.com to find out more, see more gorgeous colors, and more videos with tips on how to use our leathers, and more design ideas too!

Shop over 60 Regaliz® Greek Leather colors and styles at a great price @ AntelopeBeads.com

AntelopeBeads.com was one of the first retailers in the US to carry the beautiful Regaliz® Greek Leather Cord and has one of the largest selections on the web, carrying over 60 colors and styles.

Regaliz Greek Leather
Regaliz® Greek Leather Cord
The 10mm oval cord makes cool bracelets for all ages and genders.  At 50+ cents an inch it is an inexpensive component for a custom jewelry project.

licorice ovel leather
Licorice Leather Cord
Check out our new line of Licorice Leather with fun metallic and mirrored textures. 

AntelopeBeads.com has 100s of leather jewelry supplies and components for your one stop shop Regaliz® Leather Headquarters. Check out over 100 cool Regaliz® Greek Leather Cord design ideas and projects.  Many DIY jewelry projects can be made for less than $15 with no tools required. All you need to do is glue the leather into the clasp and your design is ready to wear in minutes.
Click here to check out our Regaliz® video tutorials and see how simple it is to make a custom bracelet.  

Gift Giving Tip: Wait to glue one side of the leather into the clasp for the perfect fit. Bring your Leather Cutter and fit to size and then glue. Within minutes your loved one will be wearing a perfectly custom fit....designed by you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dress It Up with Pave Bling

pave bling components
Antelope Beads is all about designing your own jewelry with natural beads that feature bright colors and unique designs, but sometimes your bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry just need to sparkle and shine! With Pave bling components, you can dress up your handmade jewelry, giving it more versatility to be worn with more fashionable outfits and eye-catching attire.

Offered in a variety of designs like crosses, infinity symbols, gemstones, hearts, and geometric shapes, Pave jewelry components add a certain shine and chicness that just can’t be matched. The components are also offered in a variety of colors to make your creations stand out or have a more subtle approach depending on your tastes. Not only do they look great, but they are built to last with each piece cast in brass and plated with its respective color to assure a long life and lasting color.

pave bling cross braceletThese components work great as elements for holiday gifts for your friends and loved ones. Combine the rustic, natural look of handmade, beaded jewelry with the bright shine of dazzling Pave components. Show your significant other how much you care with bright, bold, heart-shaped components. Not only will these pieces look great on your next 10mm flat leather project, they feature a whopping 52 cubic zirconia stones! For friends of the Christian faith, encourage them to share that faith in a beautiful and fashionable way with one of our Pave cross components. Similar to the heart-shaped components, these crosses fit seamlessly onto a piece of 10mm flat leather cord. These components are great on a keychain or bracelet!
pave bling bracelet
Regardless of which particular elements you add to your Pave creation, the result is a piece that is both subtle and flashy, muted and booming, dressed up and dressed down. Combining both ends of the handmade jewelry spectrum into one design adds versatility and shows your creativity. Share with us some of your versatility by sending us photos of your custom Pave bling creations!
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