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Make a beautiful, deceptively easy, multi-strand illusion bracelet and necklace with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Tube Slide Ends, and a stash of bead soup!

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I love the project that we featured on Facebook Live this week! The Slide Connectors with Lobster Extension Clasps and the Tube Slide Ends are some of the most versatile components in our catalog. These two Findings are similar in their function, but the Connectors that have the Lobster Clasps attached are slightly larger - with a 3.5mm opening and a Lobster Clasp and chain attached. The Tube Slide Ends don't come with a clasp, and they have a tube diameter of 2.44mm which makes them the perfect size for size 11 seed beads and Delicas. When we first brought these findings in, we were focused on using them for finishing off projects made with the Jewel Loom.


However, once we started using them more and more, we realized that there are so many other ways to use them. For example, they are perfect for finishing off cup chain ends. I hate having to wire wrap the ends of cup chain, I don't ever like how it looks, and I never can find official "cup chain ends". A 3mm cup …

Why buy it when you can make it - Part One: Stretchy Bracelets

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I was so excited to be able to show some of the new Swarovski Innovations and new TierraCast beads and charms in this week's Facebook Live Video. I couldn't believe that it was over a year ago that we first debuted the Elastic Cord Needle! Over the course of the year, we made a major improvement to the Elastic Cord Needle, and released a shorter version. This shorter Elastic Cord Needle retains all of the functionality of the original needle, but it merchandises and stores better.

The shorter Elastic Cord Needle works exactly the same as the larger one. You string your design onto the needle, then grab your Elacticity or Elonga with the hooked end. Gently push your beads from the needle onto the hook, then knot your Elastic Material. If you go back to the original Facebook Live that I did on the Elastic Cord, you can watch a discussion of the differences between Elasticity and Elonga.

It took me a few days, but I finally got the double drilled Swarovski 5061 bead challenge fi…