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Merchants Overseas will have 4 FREE booth demonstrations by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Create Your Style Ambassadors

Stephanie Dixon and Debbi Simon! 

Stop by booth #533 to learn new techniques and designs!

PROJECT #1 – Say “I DO” to Crystal!

Friday 6/10 2:00pm & Saturday 6/11 2:00pm

by Stephanie Dixon

“Every bride shines on her wedding day, but how would you like to sparkle? Join CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador Stephanie Dixon as she shows you how to raise the Bling factor for your special day. Watch as The Dixon Chick creates crystal bouquet embellishments and hair fascinators using Merchants Overseas’ Crystal Pavé Beads from their Beadelle Collection.”

 

Project #2 – New Designs with Beadelle!

Saturday 6/11 12:00pm & Sunday 6/12 2:00pm

by Debbi Simon

Learning to Design with Beadlelle:

Using simple wire techniques to add a bit of ‘pave’ elegance.
Debbi Simon is an award winning designer, teacher and author, working creatively since 1993.  Her original jewelry designs have been published in national and international magazines and numerous books.  Her first book “Crystal Chic” was released in December 2008.  She is a CREATE YOUR STYLE – SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador and currently teaches workshops nationally using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.

 

Merchants Overseas launched a new and very improved website today! It has been designed to allow for easy navigation and an enhanced shopping experience. The new web site architecture will allow you to find what you are looking for much easier and faster than ever before.

The site is perfect for shoppers looking for specific items for a certain project, or for someone  in need of inspiration to get started. Shoppers will also find more product options, information, specifications, visuals and Do-It-Yourself instruction guides.

Overall, the new website is a better representation of the many facets of Merchants Overseas. This new site will ensure we can remain Your #1 Source For All Things Crystal!


Most importantly, the new site will offer more sales and promotions as well as Free Shipping on all orders of $250 or more, in celebration of the new site’s launch!

Many people enjoy designing with Crystallized(TM) – Swarovski Elements, but if you consider yourself a beginner, things can get confusing when it comes to figuring out what size StoneBead, Pearl, or Flat Back you would like or need for your project.

SS sizes = Stone Sizes

PP sizes = Pearl Plate

MM sizes = Millimeters

In order to figure out the best size for your particular project, Merchants Overseas has a Sizing Chart you can visually reference, which also shows the different sizes in relation to each other:

We also have an exclusive Merchants Overseas Stone Sizing Card which we include in all Welcome Packages for free.  Ask a sales associate for one today at 800.333.4144:

The New Spring/Summer Innovations from CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements are here with 3 exciting new colors and many brilliant new product innovations that embrace the future and your creative designs.


The new crystal colors are Fern Green:

Provence Lavender:

and Lavender Pearl:

CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements has also extended its range of existing White Opal Crystal Stones to include large sizes in fancy stones, beads and pendants.


All 4 colors represent the essence of timeless beauty and fashionable flair.


Leading the many product innovations is the new line of Ceramic flatbacks, sew-on stones, fancy stones, beads and pendants … all available in marbled black, marbled blue, marbled yellow and marbled ivory.

These opaque stones have been inspired by ceramic sculptures and open up endless possibilities for amazing, original creations.


The Spring/Summer Innovations also include new shapes and size extensions …..

Artemis Bead

Square Bead Double Hole

Cubist Bead

Wing Bead

Cosmic Square Ring

Calypso Fancy Stone

Wing Flat Back HF and NoHF

Chessboard Circle Flat Back

Xilion Heart Pendant

Wing Pendant

New Roundelle

Crystal Baroque Pearl

And amazing new design elements called Crystal Rocks and CRYSTALTEX CHATON BANDINGS:

Crystal Rocks

Chaton Filigree

Silver Filigree

For more information or to purchase these new products from the CRYSTALLIZED(TM) –  Swarovski Elements Spring/Summer Innovations line, contact your dedicated Merchants Overseas Sales Representative or view a product brochure at:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/public_download/crystallized-innovations-spring-summer2011.pdf

Or Shop NOW! http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/innv_spring2011.asp

When it comes to adding a special sparkle to something, flat backs are a very popular selling product from the CRYSTALLIZED(TM) – Swarovski Elements Collection. They are available in a variety of colors, shapes and cuts and are available with or without Hot Fix.

  • To view line drawings of each shape and cut go to:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/flatbacks_linedrawings.asp

Flat Backs No Hotfix (NoHF) are loose crystal elements with Platinum Foiling on the back for extra brilliance and protection.  Flat Backs NoHF are easy to apply to a variety of materials using standard one – or two part epoxy glues/adhesives.

  • For tips on how to correctly apply Flat Backs NoHF go to:

https://merchantsoverseas.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/tips-for-applying-crystallizedtm-swarovski-flat-backs/

9ss Crystal AB Flat Backs HF

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

  • For tips on how to correctly apply Flat Backs HF go to:

https://merchantsoverseas.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/tips-for-applying-crystallizedtm-swarovski-flat-backs/

Flat Backs are available in a very large range of sizes from 1mm to 20mm.  Unsure about which size is right for your designs?

  • MerchantsOverseas.com has a Stone Size Chart to help!

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/sizecharts.asp

20mm Jet Chessboard Circle Flat Back NoHF

  • To view all of the colors available for Flat Backs go to:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/flatbackcolors.asp

  • To view all of the effects available for Flat Backs go to:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com/store/flatbackeffects.asp

Any questions? Post your questions here or email info@merchantsoverseas.com!

Whether you are getting married this year, or just attending a special event, it is always helpful to know quick and easy ways to look amazing with stuff you already own.  Shoes are always going to be important no matter what the outfit or occasion, and that’s why it is well worth an extra couple of minutes to make sure you get it right.

When it comes to special occasion shoes, you have 2 choices.  By something in a retail store,  or you can improve the shoes you already own.

A great way to do this is simply by adding Shoe clips! Not only can you use shoe clips on different shoes, they easily can be taken off and you have your original shoes back.  You can easily go from Day to Night with these.

These particular shoes are plain,  inexpensive, black satin shoes.  The shoe clips are plain metal, you can buy a pack of 12- 6 gold and 6 silver for around $4.99 on ebay or your nearest craft store.

Now if you like this look, the fun and easy part includes gluing (using a 2-part epoxy glue) a Crystallized(TM) Swarovski (4759) 28mm Flat Back Fancy Stone onto each shoe clip.  Give the glue about 15 minutes to dry and just clip!  And your done!

Merchants Overseas is having a Closeout Sale on:


1012 Chatons & 2012 Flat Backs


Inventory subject to prior sale  •  $100 minimum order  •  Promo code: SC-10122012-0219

Email: Sales@Merchantsoverseas.com


Offer Valid Thru 2/19/10

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