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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...

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®...

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...

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...

Special Effects in Jewelry-Making Materials

Long before George Lucas was creating light sabers, special effects existed naturally in gemstones and other jewelry-making materials. The fire of the diamond, the play of colors in an opal, the shimmering asterisk in a star sapphire--these optical...

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...

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...

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...

Master of Disguise: Top 10 Disguises for Jewelry-Making Mishaps

Most jewelry designers, at some point in time, will experience the frustration of nearly completing a design idea only to make a blunder so obvious that the very thought of trying to fix it creates instant regret. The jewelry designers here at Fire...

The Basics of Color

There is a power in color. We see the world in color, even dream in color. It can create happiness, sadness, be calm and cool or bright and bold. We are influenced in color choices by the clothes we wear and by decorating our homes. We tend to be...

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...

Czech Glass Beads: The Charm of the Small Factory

Did you know the purchase of your favorite Preciosa Czech glass beads supports individual families? Learn more about how these gorgeous beads loved the world over make it into your handmade designs.

Fun with French Wire

Have you been searching for the perfect way to finish off your beaded jewelry for a beautiful and professional look? Whether you were actively seeking or not, works of beaded art will no doubt benefit from the incorporation of , also known as...

The Wonderful Life of Dione® Jewelry

Don't want to wear that Christmas bracelet all year? You don't have to. Get something you can change out easily with the ; it lets you design attractive pieces for yourself and others and gives your customers a way to create their own. Because the...

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...

Memories Out of Memory Wire

In this touching account, designer Kristal Wick explains how she used memory wire to create a wearable memorial. She wanted to share her experience and how to make these sentimental bracelets with you.

Add a Little Something Extra to Jewelry Lines

Add the finishing touch to jewelry designs with fun, easy and professional-looking embellishments. Whether you're going for sophisticated fashion or casual looks, these style elements are handy ways to give a polished look to necklaces and bracelets...

How to Use a Bead Board

Have you ever wished there was a way to lay out designs and fiddle around with them before committing to stringing? Have you ever strung a design only to realize you forgot a bead in your pattern? Have you ever wondered how multi-strand jewelry has...
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