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http://www.abeille.us/ 

Abeille, located at the gateway to Brookline Village, offers a unique retail experience enabling you to explore your creativity—they’re a great source for jewelry making supplies, beads, paper crafts, sewing supplies, gifts, and accessories.

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They also specialize in hand crafted goods designed by local artists. Their customers enjoy custom creations for bridal parties, special occasions, or everyday wear.  View some of their one-of-a-kind designs using crystals HERE!

Visit their website for a schedule of monthly classes and events. Attend one of their featured classes or events and you are welcome to relax and enjoy their tools and workspace anytime.  Some classes are even free!

Classes include:

Beading demonstrations

Bottle cap jewelry

Hand blown glass

Seed Bead Weaving

Leather

Pearls

AND MORE!

 45 Harvard Street
Brookline Village, MA, USA 02445
+1.617.232.4343

shop@abeille.us

 http://www.abeille.us/

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When it comes to making your own necklace, bracelet, napkin ring, etc., they all have one thing in common;  they need closure! Unless you specialize in wire jewelry, securing your piece and adding a clasp will probably require the most effort.  In order to secure your piece, the simplest and most popular method requires:

  • Crimp Beads
  • NeedleNose Pliers
  • Clasp

Steps:

  1. Slide a crimp bead onto the end of your wire
  2. Slide the clasp in next to the crimp bead
  3. Loop the wire back through the crimp
  4. Flatten the crimp into place with your pliers
  5. Trim extra wire

Note! Remember to add a half inch or more to the length of your piece starting out, in order to have enough room to add your closure.

When it comes to choosing a clasp, the three most popular types are the lobster claw clasp, toggle clasp, and magnetic clasp.  Choosing one over the other usually depends on the style and size of your piece, and your personal preferences.

Lobster Claw Clasps tend to be the hardest to use especially when trying to put on a bracelet by yourself.  However they are simple, small, and do not add or take away from your piece.



Toggle Clasps are little bit easier to handle and slightly add to your design without over-powering it.  These specific toggle clasps have a twist detail and are available in gold or silver plating at http://www.merchantsoverseas.com for wholesale or http://www.glitterize.com for small quantities.



Magnetic Jewelry clasps are by far the easier of the three to use.  Basically, a magnetic jewelry clasp includes two parts that are held together by magnetic attraction and released from each other by pulling them apart to break the magnetic attraction. The best part is that these clasps are strong and secure and you do not have to worry about your necklace or bracelet just falling off.

These particular clasps are Beadelle(TM) Pave Magnetic Clasps with Crystals.  They come in gold or silver plating and with multi-colored or colored crystals.  These make great accents to any piece and add to it just as if it were another bead.  These are great as inspiration for a creative designer.  Available at http://www.merchantsoverseas.com for wholesale or http://www.glitterize.com for small quantities.

Have you heard about our New and Exclusive line of Beadelle(TM) products?


At Merchants Overseas, we are expanding with a broader range of products with you in mind. Be the first to have these stunning Crystal Rhinestone balls, Crystal Rhondelles, Crystal Squardelles, Crystal Pave´ beads, and Crystal Pave´ Magnetic Clasps!


All of the Beadelle(TM) products have the look of glamour and luxury without the expensive price tag.  Not your typical bead or crystal accent, these pieces shine at every angle and come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.  In gold or silver plating, these pieces are available with multicol or ed crystals making then fun, unique and inspiring! From jewelry making to wedding décor, they can be used in a variety of ways to achieve a sophisticated look.

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Merchants Overseas is now offering a great selection of Partial Packs!


Whether you use CRYSTALLIZED™- Swarovski Elements for DIY projects, or you own a store or website, you can stretch your buying $ dollar and your article/size/color selections with our PARTIAL PACKS.


These packs are ¼ the quantity of standard factory packs and are available in our Top 3 Sellers!


Partial Packs are available in:

2028 flatbacks – all sizes!

2028 flatbacks with Hotfix – all sizes!

5601 cube bead ~ our #3 best selling bead

5000 round bead ~ our #2 best selling bead


5301 and 5328 Original and New Xilion bicone beads ~ our #1 best seller, and the #1 best selling article of all!

Also Available in:

6202 heart pendants and 6301 bicone pendants


Get them while they last!!

For More information on available sizes and colors email us at:


Sales@merchantsoverseas.com


or contact your Sales Representative at 800.333.4144

See what they look like at:

http://www.merchantsoverseas.com


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