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Accu-Flex® Professional Quality Beading Wire Review

review written by Paula S. MorganRead what others are saying about Fire Mountain's Accu-Flex Professional-Quality Beading Wire. Paula S. Morgan of about.com reviewed our Accu-Flex beading wire. As she discovered, not only is there a difference among...

Know Your Beading Wire

Jewelry makers have a plethora of options for stringing beads, and is an excellent choice for designers seeking strength, durability and charm. Selecting the perfect wire to satisfy your needs can be challenging, so it's important to have some...

Track it with Beads!

Let jewelry be more than just a beautiful accessory with beaded bracelets that allow the wearer to track, count or mark milestones as needed. This convenient counting tool can serve as a friendly reminder of things, a visual tracking method of a...

The Beadmakers' Handbook

A Message, If it wasn't for a wrong assumption on our part, this catalog would never have existed. Customers were coming in our store requesting information about bead stringing. We're delighted to share what we know, but as our customers became...

Independent Lab Report - Comparison Testing on Three Brands of Coated Jewelry Wire

Company Name: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Address: One Fire Mountain Way Grants Pass, OR 97526 Tel: (541) 956.7700 Fax: (541) 476.6129 George Stoddart, P. Eng Technical Specialist Terry Drew, Director, Technical Services S1: S2: Beadalon®...

Stringing and Jewelry-Making Fundamentals

Using Accu-GuardsAt one end of a length of Accu-Flex beading wire (cut to the proper length for your design) thread on a crimp bead (or crimp tube) then thread the wire through one side of an Accu-Guard wire protector. Continue passing the wire over...

Crimp Tubes

Crimp tubes are amazing little titans of the jewelry-making world. They are metal and mighty--holding stringing materials and beads together. They are THE finding to keep your stringing projects intact; they are the "glue" that keeps a design...

Easy Peasy Pendant Necklaces

Today we're sharing a design secret of jewelry-making success--easy peasy pendant necklaces. Yes, that's right; there isn't anything more simple, yet stunning, than these easy-to-make statements. How easy you ask? Simply string a pendant of your...

Czech Glass Beads: The Charm of the Small Factory

I recently received my order of and I'm ready to have some fun! I realize that although I've been using this product for years I never really thought about where the beads actually come from. Are they really made in the Czech Republic or is that...

Top off the Year with Dione® Beads

Top off the year in grand style (and sales) with Dione bead jewelry. Right in line with the hotter-than-ever interchangeable jewelry trend and the high demand for personalized accessories, the Dione Add a Bead System gives wearers limitless options...

Memories Out of Memory Wire

My dear dad died of colon cancer a few years back. I adored him and still miss him every day. It was a slow painful battle and he charged into the next realm on that white horse quite bravely, with loved ones at his side to say good-bye. He had many...

Extending Your Component Usage – Alternate Uses for Extender Chains

One of the rewards of jewelry-making is incorporating new uses for components in your designs. The traditional use of an extender chain is, as the name implies, to extend the length of a necklace or bracelet. Most often this is achieved by adding...

A Dozen Ways to End a Necklace

You know the old saying, don't you? ''The best place to start is at the beginning.'' Well, sometimes those old sayings have it wrong. You don't want to start at the beginning--you want to start at the end and choose how you want to finish the...

Jewelry Guide for Clothing Choices

Fashion, including what jewelry you wear, is a reflection of your personality. Whatever your style is, the power of jewelry can make the wearer feel special, beautiful, chic and any number of other positive emotions. Jewelry also spices up your...

Cultured Freshwater Pearls

No one really knows who the earliest people to collect and wear pearls were. It is believed by some that an ancient fish-eating tribe, perhaps along the coast of India, initially appreciated the shape and luster of saltwater pearls, which they...

Look! Beaded Eyeglass Holders

In the world of design there is a saying, "form follows function," which loosely means the way something is supposed to work determines the shape it will take. For example, a shovel. But let's face it, as effective as a shovel is for digging...

Thinking Outside the Bead Box: Alternate Uses for Bead Caps, Cord Caps, End Caps and Cones

Cap off your traditional uses of bead caps, cord caps, end caps and cones, and open up a world of alternative options for these popular jewelry-making components. Move beyond accenting beads and finishing strung jewelry designs by adding these...

How Many Beads per Strand?

Do you wonder where the measurement for each bead comes from? Do you ponder over how many beads are on each strand? Do you contemplate whether you are getting the most out of your strands? Well, now there is no more deliberating! The following...

Crimp Resource Guide - All About Crimps

Crimps may be small in size, but they are "super findings." Crimps are metal and mighty--holding stringing materials and beads together in jewelry designs. They are THE finding to keep your stringing projects intact, the "glue" that keeps a design...

Let it Snow: Snowflake Jewelry

Snowflakes are ideal for jewelry designs because of their unique structures and what they symbolize. , with their milky-white color and crystal structure, are a natural addition to any snowflake design. Complete the frosty feeling with including...
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