By angelsjewels, Jan 7 2014 02:21PM

Step by step instructions on how to make wine glass charms yourself

(with picture guide below)

What you need:

Earring hoops 20mm or 25mm

Chain nose pliers (I used the one from Beadsmith)

Beads and charms of your choice

Step 1:

Lay out all you materials and open the hook of the earring hoop.

Step 2:

Use the chain nose pliers and bend the hook back into the straight position.

Step 3:

Decorate the hoop with beads and charms to your liking.

Step 4:

Take your chain nose pliers and move the hoop opening back to the original position.

The hoop should have a hook again to allow easy opening and closing of the wine glass charm.

Step 5:

Attach to a wine / champagne glass as part of your table decoration.

Enjoy ;-)

You can find more wine glass charms creations in our shop.

What you need
What you need
Open the earring hoop
Open the earring hoop
Take the chain nose pliers
Take the chain nose pliers
Bend the hook of the earring hoop into the straight position
Bend the hook of the earring hoop into the straight position
Hoop is now in straight position
Hoop is now in straight position
Decorate with beads and charms
Decorate with beads and charms
Take the chain nose pliers and bend the hoop opening back
Take the chain nose pliers and bend the hoop opening back
Hoop should have a hook for easy opening / closing
Hoop should have a hook for easy opening / closing
Finished wine glass charm
Finished wine glass charm

By angelsjewels, Nov 14 2013 06:57PM

The perfect knot every single time

Stretch bracelets, rings, necklaces or hairbands have been and still are popular fashion items. They are comfortable to wear and easy to put on. They are also easy to make and with the knot tying instructions below guaranteed to last a very long time.

Stretch Magic or Elastoma are two known brands when it comes to stretch cord. You can buy them online or in your local craft store. They are available in a variety of colours and diameters (.5mm, .7mm, .8mm, 1.0mm, 1.2mm, 1.5mm, 1.8mm).

We use clear stretch cord for most of our jewellery items in .8mm diameter. It's versatile and works with a large number or beads.

To finish of your knot we would recommend a clear drying glue like G-S Hypo Cement. This particular glue has a precision pinpoint to make this last step a whole lot easier. Please always allow at least 12h drying time before you trim the elastic cord.

Select a bead large enough for the knot to slip into when finishing your piece. It will give it a really professional look.

Happy knot tying ;)

By angelsjewels, Nov 13 2012 03:53PM

How do you know they are genuine?

Swarovski is a well-established brand and very popular amongst jewellery fans and jewellery makers. Their products are elegant and the crystals are by far the highest quality machine cut and polished crystal beads in the world. It is no surprise that many imitators have flooded the market with cheap imitations. Sometimes they don't even know about it themselves. Many stores even use the well-known Swan logo and sell their products as Swarovski Elements / Crystals. Unfortunately, this is no guaranty for authenticity. So what do you have to look out for when purchasing genuine Swarovski crystals?

First of all they are usually not strung together. You will find them in bulk and their packages will range from about 10 gross to 1/2 gross. They will usually come in well-branded and sealed envelopes. Another thing to look out for is an authenticated silver toned hologram that says 'crystallized', however this only applies to items purchased directly from Swarovski itself.

Swarovski crystals are absolutely identical in shape, size and colour. They are machine cut and the light reflection is calculated by computers to deliver beautiful sparkle and clarity in each crystal. Imitations will never be completely identical. The dimensions might vary and a fake bead would always be out-sparkled by a genuine Swarovski crystal. Genuine crystals should also show the exact same colour with each purchase. Swarovski offers a fantastic colour selection for all their crystals. The purpose is to be able to match a crystal in colour even in 10 years time.

Genuine Swarovski crystals will have no swirl marks or scratches on the surface due to a special coating called Aurora Boreale (AB). This AB coating gives the beautiful rainbow effect on each crystal. Fakes will show a less uniform coating. The colour and sparkle might wear off very quickly in those items. You will also notice that facets of imitations will not meet at a single point which is the reason for much less sparkle in those fake beads. Genuine crystals will also never show bubbles inside the beads.

Swarovski crystals weigh more than fake glass crystals. However, this might be hard to tell when they have been used as components within a jewellery item.

We hope this article was helpful and will assist you to identify and appreciate genuine Swarovski crystals in your jewellery items.

Always be sure to buy your Swarovski crystals from a reputable Swarovski distributor. Low cost beads from some foreign countries might be appealing because of low pricing but you can never be disappointed by the beautiful sparkle of a genuine Swarovski crystal.

We at Angel's Jewels are only using reputable suppliers to ensure high quality and authenticity with each product. Feel free to check out our beautiful creations in our online shop.

By angelsjewels, Nov 5 2012 11:26AM

What are they? And how are they made?

It's become more popular to use wine glass charms to decorate tables and glasses. They are available in all sorts of designs and can be specific to many occasions. For example Angel's Jewels have some in stock for birthdays, weddings, baby showers and Christmas parties but the list of potential themes and designs is endless.

Wine glass charms usually include metal hoops which feature beads and charms in different shape, size and colour. They are wrapped around the stem of the wine glass and are meant to enhance your table decoration. They can also be specific to a person and are sometimes used instead of place cards i.e. they feature engravings like 'Bride' and 'Groom'.

It's also a fun way of identifying your glass when you are at a party and most glasses look similar.

It is easy to make your own wine glass charms. All you need is some earring hoops or wire or string and some beads and charms to create your own personal designs. Some pliers might be useful to bend the metal hoops to allow easy stringing for your beads and charms. Wine glass charms make a lovely gift item and are totally unique.

Why don't you try and make some yourself or check out our wine glass charms @ Angel's Jewels.

Happy Making ;-)

By angelsjewels, Nov 1 2012 12:53PM

What is safe and how to use them

First of all 'Congratulations' ;-) and YES! - you can keep your naval bar during pregnancy. Many women are concerned about the safety of their baby or simply feel uncomfortable wearing a naval bar during the later stages of pregnancy. I have been pregnant twice and have left my naval bar in both times. It's completely safe and comfortable when you have the right piercing and know how to use it.

With your growing belly the skin around the naval piercing will stretch and, for a comfortable fit you will need a longer, straighter and more flexible naval bar. PTFE and Bioflex are the main recommended materials for pregnancy naval bars. Both are of high quality and safe during pregnancy. They do not contain any metals (they are completely Nickel free) and as such will not cause an allergic reaction. These naval bars can also be worn during ultrasound scans but can easily be removed if necessary. I never had to remove my pregnancy bar during scans or medical checkups but it is nice to know that you can if required.

PTFE is also known as Teflon and famous for it's non-stick properties. PTFE bars are usually straight and a lot of people find them more comfortable during the later stages of pregnancy.

Bioflex bars are pre-shaped and do not allow as much flexibility when your belly keeps growing. However, like the PTFE bars, they are absolutely safe to use and come in many different designs and colours.

I have used PTFE bars myself. They are really comfortable to wear and very flexible – even during delivery. I kept mine in for a few months after delivery because they are just so comfortable to wear (the size can be adjusted as needed). I then moved back to my pre-pregnancy naval bar and it still fits ;-)

Most pregnancy bars can be reduced in length with a sharp knife or scissors. They are usually supplied in 20mm or 30mm lengths so you will probably need to adjust them to your preferred size when you receive the product. For a comfortable fit we recommend you wear your pregnancy bar at least 4mm longer then your preferred usual (pre-pregnancy) length. This will allow ample room for your skin to stretch and grow during pregnancy. Simply remove the top ball, cut to size and thread the ball back on.

Go on and show off your gorgeous baby bump with a beautiful pregnancy bar.

Check out our PTFE pregnancy naval bars in 3 stunning colours with cute baby feet.