Thursday, 23 January 2014

Make your own glass globe landscape memories.

Our exciting new range of Glass Globe Jewellery  has now been  featured in the January issue of 'Make & Sell jewellery' magazine.

The versatility of Glass Globe jewellery is perfect for letting your imagination and creative juices run wild.

 18x30mm Glass Teardrop Vial
The magazines front cover features our 18x30mm Glass Teardrop Vial with our 8x10mm Cone Pendant Mounts.

Beads have been threaded onto a Headpin and suspended in the 18x30mm Glass Teardrop Vial with Plastic Flowers, Water, Glitter and Washing-up liquid, and then finished with Flatback Crystals and Fish Hook Earring findings.
 Glass Globe Rings
As you can see from the Glass Globe Rings featured in the magazine, the possibilities are endless.

Our 25mm Glass Globe with 14mm mouth and our 14mm Glass Globe Bezel Ring Setting have been used to make the ring on the right and is also featured in the magazine.

Glass globe jewellery

This wonderful pendant has been created using our 25mm Glass Globes with our 8x10mm Cone Pendant Mounts, filled with Sea Shells, Water, Glitter and Washing-up liquid and then sealed with Crystal Clay and the 8x10mm Cone Pendant Mount, and then finally decorated with Flatback Crystals and Cabochons using clear Glue.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

What Colours Can we Expect for Summer 2014?

Spring/Summer 2014 Palette
Preciosa Pantone

Preciosa are bursting into next Summer with a combination of bright and intense colours created from nature. These colours highlight the season beautifully, symbolising life and energy.
The colours are separated into four different palettes, demonstrating the moods and visuals of the Summer season.
The Trip Time palette features Citrine from Preciosa or Buttercup from Pantone, a cheerful yellow “bursting forth like a field of buttercups on a warm, sunny day.” The Crystal Bermuda Blue and Blue Aster are colours symbolic of travel plans as “the blue energy of this wildflower underlines the
Trip Time Palette
optimistic outlook of this colour palette”. Amethyst Preciosa and Magenta Purple Pantone is a vibrant shade, “intense, yet playful” symbolising new adventures.
To feel fresh and alive, why not go for the Green Turmaline Preciosa, Bright Green Pantone? “Leave your worries behind and set out on your journey.”
Preciosa 4mm Czech Crystal Bead at International Craft

Flux palette – New beginnings, new buds bursting into life, fresh renewal, life giving. Burgundy, violets, blues and a bright green depict the new life emerging after a barren Winter. The Aquamarine and Placid Blue reflect the warm, sun filled skies that fill the long days of Summer, Violet and Orchid Bouquet for the full Summer beauty and the heady lavender.
Flux Palette
Light Burgundy and Cashmere Rose for the feminine pinkish-white blooms and the Peridot AB and Green Glow bright green for the lush grass and moss.

Turned on its Head – Bright and bold, definitely colours you can get away with in the Summer!
Turned on its Head Palette

Light Siam and Grenadine, a rich yet calming red, the Rose and Pink Carnation, a shade of pink “demands a spontaneous, if somewhat provocative, vivacity to your outlook and actions.” Fuchsia and Pink Flambe, an explosion of colour to challenge your senses.
Preciosa 4mm Czech Crystal Bicone Bead, Rose

Finally, Harmonic Oscillation, depicting the smooth transition of day turning to night and night to day with gentle pinks and blues of the Summer skies.
Blue Zircon and Billiard, a vibrant turquoise for a beautiful morning or tropical waters, Crystal Blue Flare or Blueprint for when the middle of the night is not quite dark, a strong and deep colour. Crystal Apricot and Rust for the gentle colour in-between when the skies are changing.
Harmonic Oscillation Palette
Preciosa 4mm Czech Crystal Blue Zircon

International Craft are pleased to be able to have these colours available to you for all your jewellery making and craft requirements.

Friday, 4 October 2013

The Power and Pull of Birth Stones and Zodiac Stones

Birth stones are gemstones associated with each month in the Gregorian Calendar (Christian or Western calendar). These are either precious stones, which are the more rare and expensive gems such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls, and sapphires.  Then there are the semi-precious stones, including ameythst, opal and bloodstone.
Amethyst Gemstones

All of them are considered lucky for their particular months and their healing powers are seen to be heightened during their months. Because of this some people will buy a set of all twelve and rotate them for each month.


The first time a special gem was associated with a particular month was recorded in the Bible.Moses made a breastplate for the High Priest of the Hebrews according to instructions he received during 40 days in the mountains. The breastplate featured twelve gems which were later linked with the signs of the zodiac, and later still, associated with the months in the year. 

The birth stones are connected to each month as follows:-

Turquoise Beads

January - Garnet
Feb - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine & Bloodstone
April - Diamond
May - Emerald
June - Pearls, Moonstone and Alexandrite
July - Ruby
August - Peridot and Sardonyx
September - Sapphire
October - Opal & Tourmaline
November -  Topaz
December - Turquoise & Zircon

Zodiac stones

Zodiac gem stones are also called Astral Stones.  Ancient astrologers, typically from India and Babylon, believed that the influence of your astrology sign over your fortune in life is strengthened by wearing, holding or carrying the stone associated with the constellation under which you were born. There was no formal classification, the gems were assigned to the signs of the zodiac via a colour system. The astrologers believed that the colour unleashed the magical powers from the stone. 

Whereas the Birth Stones are more typically associated with healing powers, the zodiac stones are associated with how your life follows its path in relation to your birth sign's characteristics.

The zodiac stones are as follows:-                         

Aries - Mar 21 – Apr 20
Diamond, Opal

Pearl Beads
Taurus - Apr 21 – May 20, Emerald, Sapphire
Gemini - May 21 – Jun 20, Alexandrite, Agate, Amethyst 
Cancer - Jun 21 – Jul 21, Ruby, Pearl, Moonstone
Leo - Jul 22 – Aug 21, Peridot, Jade, Sardonyx, Diamond
Virgo - Aug 22 – Sep 21, Sapphire, Zircon, Agate
Libra - Sep 22 – Oct 22, Opal, Sapphire, Jasper
Scorpio - Oct 23 – Nov 21, Topaz, Citrine, Pearl
Sagittarus - Nov 22 – Dec 20, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx
Capricorn - Dec 21 – Jan 19, Garnet, Garnet, Emerald
Aquarius - Jan 20 – Feb 18, Amethyst, Bloodstone
Pisces - Feb 19 – Mar 20, March, Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade
For your jewellery making, International Craft have the majority of these precious and semi-precious stones and beads in stock, to buy, CLICK HERE

Friday, 20 September 2013

Preciosa Crystal Beads & Jewellery Making

Preciosa crystal colour of the year - Emerald

Preciosa Crystal Beads & Jewellery Making

 Another jewel in the Czech crown is the perfectly cut Preciosa crystal.  Generations of crystal cutters have devoted themselves to producing a unique stone of quality, respected throughout the international market.

Preciosa Czech Crystal Bicone Beads

The brand was officially registered in Bohemia in 1915, although history tells us that the glassmaking in the Jablonec region goes back to the 14th century.  In the 18th century the art of crystal cutting and polishing were brought to North Bohemia by the Fisher Brothers.  Soon after the first factory specialising in the manufacturing and export of Bohemian chandeliers was established, many of which were sent to Royal Courts.  World War II halted production, but in 1945 seven crystal factories and 18 small firms around the Jablonec region merged, forming the Preciosa company, which was officially established in 1948.  Since then, the Preciosa company has grown and developed, now encompassing Preciosa Inc, Preciosa Chandeliers, Preciosa Figurines Ltd and Preciosa Ornela Inc.

Preciosa Czech Crystal Bicone Bead, Sapphire

To reach perfection, Preciosa use only the most High-Tech machinery and genuine, pure Czech Crystal sourced in an ecological way, meeting all environmental standards. When you buy a Preciosa product you can be assured that it comes from the heart of Bohemia and cut in such a way it will not lose its’ shape or brilliance.

Preciosa Czech Crystal Bicone Bead, Amethyst

The Preciosa Fashion Jewellery Stones come in 43 colours, some traditional, but many designed by Preciosa themselves, unique to them as a supplier, reflecting the latest seasonal trends.  These colours catch the light perfectly and truly enhance the sheer quality of these beads.  In fact, their glass bead range has such a high reputation, that Preciosa  are classed as the leading producer of glass seed beads (rocailles).

Preciosa beads can be applied by gluing, clay modelling, sewing, beading, stringing, wiring, knotting, knitting and crocheting.

International Craft give the crafter an opportunity to purchase the Bicone Preciosa Czech Crystal Beads.  Bicone is a three dimensional shaped bead (think of two cones back to back), in a variety of colours and shades.  The beads come in three sizes, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm.
Preciosa Czech Crystal Bicone Bead, Jet

To view all the Preciosa Czech Crystal Bicone beads at International Craft, CLICK HERE

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Beadalon Stringing Wire

Beadalon, in the USA are, undoubtedly, the leading manufacturer of flexible bead stringing wire.  Beadalon manufacture their own wire, strand and cable for stringing and have done for the past 30 years, with a factory operating 24 hours a day.

The new wire products, produced in-house, include the first Kink-free titanium wire, silver plated and 24 carat gold wire.  These come in addition to the metallic and satin coloured wires that Beadalon are renowned for.

7 Strand Beadalon Gold 30ft

Beadalon have the largest range of colours, wire flexibities, spool lengths and diameters.

In 2009 Beadalon acquired Artistic Wire for wires that are permanently coloured.  These include coloured copper wire, non-tarnish brass, non-tarnish silver and non-tarnished silver plated for jewellery and crafts.  The two products complement each other well and are manufactured easily side by side.

How is a Beadalon wire different?

A Beadalon stringing wire is composed of many tiny wires twisted together and nylon coated.  The flexibility of the wire depends on the number of strands used, ie a larger number of strands equals greater flexibility.  There are three sizes, 49 strand, 19 strand and 7 strand, 49 strand being the more flexible.  Beadalon recommends that if you are new to stringing, a 19 strand is ideal.

Design Tips for Beadalon Wire

Use the largest diameter wire that will fit through the smallest bead hole.  Too small a diameter, then you risk abrasion of the wire.  The wire should be comfortably snug.

Increase bead spacing –  this will help reduce abrasion.  Bead bumpers are small squishable beads that can be used at either end or within the pattern, giving a tight look whilst giving the beads more space.

Choose a wire with the appropriate breaking strength dependent on size and weight of the beads.  Beadalon 49 is the most flexible wire, therefore ideal for jewellery that will go through a lot of wear and tear ie bracelets.

Choose the right type of flexibility for your particular design and how you want it to look.

Beadalon Big Eye Beading Needles
Use wire guardians to reduce abrasion at the clasps.

Occasionally, Crafters may feel that their beading wire is stretching.  In these cases the wire is not stretching but gradually untwisting.  This could be a result of using a wire that is too small in diameter or stringing the beads together too tightly.  Use Scrimp findings for maximum strength and bead bumpers in between crystals and glass beads to maximise protection.

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For all your Beadalon requirements, visit the International Craft website

Thursday, 6 June 2013