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There are some amazing ways to use crystal for a wedding, and they are pretty easy to do yourself.  For print decorations and bridal party decorations you would mostly be using Swarovski Flat backs with hotfix or adhesive glue, which MerchantsOverseas.com stocks a very large array of styles, shapes, and colors.  Beadelle(TM) Crystal Buckles are also great for embellishing already finished products.

For cake and table decorations,  the very large 28mm Beadelle(TM) Rhinestone balls or Pave beads are great because they are easy to place on anything and they are beautiful on their own.  They come in gold or silver plating which is fun to mix depending on your wedding style theme.


If you are thrifty enough to decorate for your own wedding or are a wedding planner who likes to DIY, then you are much better off buying in bulk by the gross (1 gross = 144 pieces). At MerchantsOverseas.com we sell both  CRYSTALLIZED(TM) – Swarovski Elements and Beadelle(TM) products by the gross in every size, shape, and color.

50 Ways To Use Crystal in a Wedding, all you need to do is get Creative!

Print:

Save the date card

Invitation

Place card

Table number

Menu

Table seating chart

Program

Welcome card for tote bag

Wedding album

Ceremony Room Decor:

Aisle runners

Floral displays

Unity candle

Reception Decorations:

Guest book

Sign-in board

Card box

For the Bridal Party:

Bouquet wrap

Ring bearer pillow

Corsage

Boutineers

Tussy mussy

Flower girl accessories

Tiaras

Garters

Dresses

Bridal party jewelry

Purses

Veil

Gloves

Shrugs

Bridal party gifts

Shoes

Food:

Cake topper

Ribbons around cake

Cake decor

Table Decoration:

Crystal splash

Centerpiece

Napkin rings

Candles

Flatware

Toasting glasses

Chargers

Votives

Seat decor (chair covers,

chair backs)

Table clothes

Bows

Wine glasses

Favors

Favor boxes

Place card holders

Decanters

Insert

Stay tuned for more MO creative designs!

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This January 2010, Merchants Overseas will be exhibiting at TSE, The Special Event Show taking place at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

TSE is dedicated to all things Wedding, Anniversary, Gala event, Corporate Meeting and the like.  We will showcase how Crystal can help make that big day even more wonderful.  At the show we will be displaying NEW products from our BEADELLE line and different ways to use Crystal Buckles, Crystal Pave Beads, Crystal Magnetic Clasps, and Crystal Rhinestone Balls to make a wedding or special event Magical!

We will also be sharing Project Cards mixing CRYSTALLIZED(TM) – Swarovski Elements and Beadelle Products for a unique and stunning look.

Bridal Bouquet with Beadelle(TM) Crystal Buckle

Stay tuned for pictures and video from the event and of our beautiful exhibit space !


Flower Girl Basket Embellished with CRYSTALLIZED(TM) - Swarovski Flat Backs

TSE runs from January 13th to 15th ~ 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.  Visit us in booth 1312 for some amazing CRYSTALLIZED ideas and products!


Napkin Holder made with CRYSTALLIZED(TM) - Swarovski beads and Beadelle(TM) Rhinestone Balls

This year’s Merchants Overseas Holiday Party was packed with great food, people, and LOTS of wine! Our night was spent eating, drinking, swapping gifts and expressing appreciation for everyone’s hard work throughout 2009.

Since Merchants Overseas has been in business for almost 6 decades, every year is spent acknowledging those that have been dedicated employees for the long term with the gift of wine!

Fun Facts:

  • 16 people have been with the company for over 5 years
  • 4 people have been with the company for over 10 years
  • 11 people have been with MO between 16 and 28 years!

Our Newest and Oldest employees:

Susan Furtado 28 years, Sarah Moniz 1 month

Every year MO supports 1 or 2 local charities, and those who donate are entered into a raffle for a grand prize.  This year our staff supported Crossroads Rhode Island Homeless and Women’s Shelter and The Ronald McDonald House Providence.

This year our winner was Chuck and he won an LCD Flat Screen TV!

What was once started in 1950 by Eugene Wachtenheim has continued down the generations and is still family owned and operated by the Wachtenheim Family:

After the passing of our founder, MO started the Eugene Wachtenheim Distinguished Achievement Award to recognize 1 hard working individual each year for best exemplifying the goals and ideals that EW stood for:

o       Being kind and generous to others

o       Respecting the other person’s position and opinions

o       EW’s belief that the customer is our most important asset ~ the customer always comes first

o       Making “it happen”

o       Following through on individual projects and goals

This year’s winner was Cidalia Melo!

If you like the look of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flat Backs but are unsure of the best way to apply them, you are not alone!


Since Flat Backs come with or without Hotfix, figuring out which to use depends on what you are applying them to.


Fabric: You can use Flat Backs With Hotfix on all Fabrics except Leather, and Swarovski guarantees they will not fall off! Wash them, Dry Clean them, swim with them, do whatever you want with no worries!


When applying Flat Backs with Hotfix:


Start off by using a “tester” piece of material to practice before attempting to make your final project.  Depending on the material, your heat temperature and applying time may vary.


When applying Flat Backs with Hotfix to fabric, we highly recommend putting a piece of Teflon paper in between your fabric and any other fabric involved, and on top of your Flat Backs design.


You can then use a household iron to heat them (Household irons usually reach 250 – 340 degrees Fahrenheit).  Hold your iron down over the design without movement.  The time you should hold your iron down is usually around 30 seconds, however varies depending on the fabric.


Note: There are specific Hotfix applicator tools and other types of irons available at your local Arts and Crafts store if you do not want to use your household iron.



When applying Flat Backs with No Hotfix:


If you are NOT using fabric for your next creative project, then we recommend using Flat Backs with No Hotfix.  Instead of Hotfix, we recommend using a Two-Part Epoxy Glue/Adhesive to secure your Flat Backs onto other materials like glass, plastic, suede or other metals.

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What’s great about the New Beadelle(TM) line, is the variety of stock we contain and their versatility.  The Pave´ beads,  Pave´ Magnetic Clasps, Rondelles and Squardelles, come with Multi-colored or Single Colored Crystal details which are great for decorating Theme Parties and Special Occasions.


In Silver or Gold Plating, from 4mm all the way up to 28mm sizes, round, oval or square shapes, these products come in popular colors like Lt. Amethyst, Lt. Colorado Topaz, Lt. Rose, Lt. Sapphire, Peridot, Emerald, Rose, Sapphire, Siam, and Topaz.

These bracelets are made with a combination of  Round and Oval Pave´beads and Rondelles, with multi-colored and single-colored crystal details.  No matter how you combine them, you can’t go wrong!

This smaller Multi-colored Pave´ Bracelet was made with:

7pcs – 7×14 Gold Multi-colored Pave´ Oval beads   (Product # 15/pb07x14GMU)

3pcs –  6mm Gold Round Pave´ Beads with AB Crystal Stones  (Product # 15/pb06GCAB)

3pcs – 8mm Gold Round Pave Beads with AB Crystal Stones  (Product # 15/pb08GCAB)

2pcs – 10mm Gold Round Pave´ Beads with AB Crystal Stones (Product # 15/pb108GCAB)

1 pc – Gold Toggle Clasp  (Product # 41/TC19017G)

4 pcs –  Gold- plated crimp beads  (Find at your local beading store)

.018 nylon coated stringing wire (Find at your local beading store)

This larger Multi-colored Pave´Bracelet was made with:

7 pcs – Gold Multi-colored Round Pave´ Beads (Product # 15/pb10GMU)

6pcs – Gold and Rose 9×13 Oval Pave´ beads (Product # 14/pb09x13GRO)

12 pcs – 8mm Gold and Crystal Rondelles (Product # 15/AORR08GCR)

1 pc –  Gold-plated Toggle Clasp  (Product # 41/TC19017G)

4pcs –   gold-plated crimp beads (Find at your local beading store)

and  .018 nylon coated stringing wire (Find at your local beading store)

For more information and product details contact your dedicated Sales Representative at 800.333.4144 or


Email us at Sales@Merchantsoverseas.com

Tomorrow, December 11, 2009 we are offering FREE FREIGHT on orders of $250 or more!


Consider it an early Christmas or Channukah Gift!


Take advantage of this opportunity for Christmas and New Year inventory needs!


Our New Beadelle(TM) Products are SO versatile, we understand you might need some ideas on how to use them.  All of these products are cohesive and look great when mixed all together! Mix sizes, shapes, and colors to make an original piece, and add them to something old and make it NEW again!


Mix large and small Rhinestone Balls, Round Pave´ beads, Oval Pave´ beads, and Rhondelles to get this AMAZING handbag Handle.  Making what was once a common brown purse, into a DAZZLING work of art!

Beadelle(TM) Products that were used:


5 pcs 21mm Gold and Crystal Rhinestone Balls

2pcs 19mm Gold and Crystal Rhinestone Balls

6pcs 12mm Gold and Crystal Rhinestone Balls

24pcs 8mm Gold and Crystal Rhondelles

6pcs 18×13  Gold and Crystal Oval Pave´ beads

4pcs 10mm Gold and Crystal Round Pave´ beads

2pcs 5301-  10mm (AB) Bi-cone beads

Want more information on the New Beadelle(TM) Line? Contact your Sales Representative or Email Us at Sales@merchantsoverseas.com


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