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Archive for August 2010

Every week features something new.  Whether its a discount on a special item that week, promoting a Hot color for the season, or featuring an item that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves, you can count on a new experience on our website each week!  Below are this week’s special items!

The 5025 Vintage Diamond Round Cut Bead is similar to the multi faceted 5000 round bead but is slightly expanded on the sides giving it a more oval shape. This bead is perfect for vintage-inspired jewelry designs! It has a very romantic feeling about it!

What girl doesn’t like purple?  According to fashion trendsetter and the Pantone color trend forecasts, deep, passionate purples are a hot color for Fall/Winter 2010! A color like purple velvet from Swarovski, epitomizes just that! Click on the graphic below for our selection of beads and flat backs in Purple Velvet!


When it comes to adding a special sparkle to something, flat backs are a very popular selling product from our SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Collection. They are available in a variety of colors, shapes and cuts.

With 12 distinct facets the Xilion Flat backs are the most brilliant flat back rhinestones on the market right now and Merchants Overseas always carries a large stock.  A new and growing trend we are seeing is an interest in the very large sizes like the ss40s. As the #1 US distributor of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, we have the opportunity to offer our customers this hard-to-find size in the most beautiful and popular colors

When it comes to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flat backs, there are 2 important options to consider.  Hot fix or No Hot fix? That is the question! And this decision depends on what exactly you are crystallizing.

Flat Backs No Hotfix are loose crystal elements with a flat reverse side. Flat Backs NoHF are easy to apply to a variety of carrier materials using standard one-or two component glues.

Flat Backs Hotfix (HF) are loose crystal elements with a flat reverse side that has been pre-coated with a heat sensitive glue. Flat Backs HF can be easily applied by heat to a range of textile carrier materials and produce a durable and long lasting crystal effect.


“Where Unique and Awesome Designs Are Our Specialty”

Satisfaction Guarantee ~*

Connie has been designing and making Pageant Wear for 9 years and her clients always come first! You can rest assured that she will do anything and everything that she can to make sure that you are 100% happy with your garment!!!  She will alter, adjust, or remake anything that you think is not just right and she is available until you are COMPLETELY satisfied with your garment.

She designs sportwear, theme wear, casual wear,  swimwear, hair accessories,  mega glitz dresses and everything in between!

Scheduling ~*

She can have most items out in only 4 weeks!

Rush Orders ~*

She does offer rush orders.  She can have dresses out in as little as one week if her schedule allows for it!  She can provide you with references on national level orders that have been completed in as little as one week’s time (and won overall fashion!).

Contact Info ~*

E-mail is Connie’s preferred method of correspondence at the address:
It is also the quickest way to get a hold of her. She is on Mountain Time and is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.


Custom Creations
PO Box 434
12836 Dempsey
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

This new CYS instruction guide utilizes some very unique shapes and colors.  Even though it is a piece of jewelry, this bracelet is actually creatively made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Sew-on Stones and Fancy Stones.

Made With:

3240 Square Sew-on Stone – 16 mm in Crystal Volcano

4437 – 14 mm in Crystal Bermuda Blue

3250 Rectangle Sew-on Stone- 18×13 mm in Crystal Tabac

3257 Divine Rock Sew-on Stone – 19×13 mm in Montana

3257 Divine Rock Sew-on Stone- 19×13 mm in Topaz

3270 Triangle Sew-on Stone –  22 mm in Crystal Tabac

3270 Triangle Sew-on Stone –  22 mm in Crystal Volcano

And a 5000 Round Bead – 4 mm in Fuchsia as a little touch at the very end!

To View The CYS Color of The Sea Bracelet DIY Instruction Guide CLICK HERE

Interested in any of the products mentioned above?

Contact one of our Sales Associates for Details at 800-333-4144!

Here at Merchants Overseas, we light to call the extreme popularity of Swarovski bling on Everything a “Flat Back Frenzy!” Everything you see from Swarovski crystallized laptops to cellphones to toilets, are all blinged out with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flat Backs No Hotfix (Hot fix is a heat sensitive glue only for textile carrier materials).

Flat Backs No Hot Fix are easy to apply to a variety of carrier materials using standard one-or two component glues. With 12 distinct facets this is the most brilliant hot fix rhinestone on the market.

In celebration of Flat Back Frenzy, Merchants Overseas is sponsoring a giveaway of Flat backs No Hot fix to the creative crafters on! 3 Lucky Winners will have the chance to win a package (360 pieces) of the color of their choice.  Their options are the popular colors Crystal AB, Topaz, Lt. Sapphire, and Fuschia!

Click Here to Enter! All you have to do is comment!

Recently, Merchants Overseas was lucky enough to be contacted about doing a guest Advertorial on Bead Trends’ Blog.  Bead Trends is a great publication dedicated to of course, Beads and Beading Trends! If you’ve never seen this publication before, you HAVE to check it out.  The pieces of jewelry you will see in this magazine are unlike anything you’ve ever seen in your life.  The designs are extremely beautiful and they even supply their readers with Step by Step Instructions for each featured design!

About Bead Trends:

From the novice to the professional, the art of beading and jewelry design is a craft that anyone can enjoy.  It is a world of beauty filled with color, pattern, design, texture, and style.  It provides a satisfying outlet to create something that is a unique expression of yourself.

Because they have a passion for creating and believe that everyone has within them the talent and vision to make beautiful things with their hands, Bead Trends has introduced a beautifully photographed series of idea books designed to inspire.  Every issue is filled with a variety of styles and techniques that showcase the work of many talented crafters.

Click On The Image Below to check out our Advertorial on The Ease and Convenience of Beadelle(R) Pave Magnetic Jewelry Clasps!

Like this look? These nails are completely covered in Swarovski Crystals and you don’t have to be a celebrity to have them. It’s  pretty easy to do (if you have patience and like to DIY!)  and you can switch up the colors  or make  your own custom designs depending on how creative you are.

To get this look, I would recommend using a very small size like 3ss or 4ss Crystal Swarovski Flatbacks with No Hotfix (you can also use larger ones for a different effect).   For your nail polish I would recommend using a high quality polish that won’t chip easily like O.P.I., in the color of your choice.

This will probably take around 30 minutes, so if you don’t have any patience or hand eye coordination =)  you might want to make it a “girls night” and do each others’ nails!

Materials needed:

Colored Nail Polish

Clear Nail Polish

Tooth Pick

Nail Glue (find this at your local Beauty Supply Store)




Step 1.) Paint your colored nail polish onto your nails and let them dry for 10 minutes.

Step 2.) Put a small drop of glue onto your tooth pick and place it on your nail in the spot where you are applying the stone.  Pick up the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Flat Back No Hotfix with your tweezers and place in on top of your glue spot. Keep doing this until you have covered your nails completely like the picture above (or in a design of your choice).  Wait 5-10 minutes for glue to dry.

Step 3.) Paint clear nail polish over nails.  Let them dry another 10 minutes and you are ready to go!

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