Vendor Spotlight: EK Success – Jewelry with Jolees Jewels

Reported by Megan Lock

My experience with EK Success had only been with their fabulous paper punches. They cut well, excellent shapes, and a product that I continually go back to. Then I discovered Jolees Jewels. I spied them in the aisle of a big box store a while back and I knew they were the kind of beads I wanted to use in my jewelry. Sparkly, bright, and reflective is always a good way to go. There are some other useful and enticing products available for a novice to a professional.

To start, I want to focus on some simple projects that anyone could do. These would be particularly interesting for a teenager to try. I would have loved this sort of thing when I was a teenager and I love it now. Easy, simple, and quick.

First, I started with the brown necklace cord that already has the findings on the ends. This saves a lot of guess work for a novice and busy work for the professional. As you can see from this photo, one end has an attached clasp and the other is chain length for an adjustable length necklace. There are three cords to make three necklaces per package.

I made two projects with this cord. The first, is a simple five bead necklace. For this, you must choose wide hole beads. The bead hole must be large enough to go over the connector on the cord. These beads fit perfectly over it. To make this one, thread the five beads, crimp the edge of the finding to secure the leather cord. In other words, I used a pair of pliers (like the ones pictured below) to crimp the metal housing to secure the cord so it would not fall out with use.

This is a set of pliers that EK Success produces. Compared to others I have used, it is fabulous. It is very sturdy, very high quality, and it has a little jewel on the side that is color coded. I really enjoy this feature. This shows me that they are paying attention to the details and I appreciate that! If you’re just starting out, these are wonderful to start with.

I’d also like to say that if you’re new, you’ll also need some bead storage. They make some excellent bead containers that will keep all your pretties safe.

The next project is also very simple. In fact, you don’t need any tools at all. All you have to do is loop your cord over one of the large eye pendents. There are many varieties to choose from.

I wanted to make two more projects for those of you who have done some beading. These are not advanced, but it’s helpful if you’ve had some experience. Here, I’ve used some sterling silver findings and the Jolees crystals. They wouldn’t be perfect, nor would they be the best, if they didn’t sparkle and shine. Let me tell you, these are perfect. They reflect well, they’re faceted evenly, and they are another high quality product.

They are available in a variety of colors and it’s easy to mix and match specific colors, especially if you’re looking to make some custom jewelry. Here is an earring where I used the crystal, some findings, and the pliers to complete.

I love the simple pop of color. I love how it compliments the metal. Simply, I think this is a stylish pair of earrings that can be dressed up or down. Very versatile. They actually coordinate well with my next project.

Here’s the gorgeous metal piece that I linked between chain to create a necklace:

As you can see, there are five holes. Two for the chain and three for embellishment. I used the bicone crystal beads. I staggered the number used in each hole for visual interest.

My favorite thing about this piece is how unique it is. You won’t find anything like this elsewhere and you certainly won’t find it paired with the earrings above.

Overall, my impression of EK Success is very good. I still love their products for the paper crafting world, and now that I know how wonderful all of their Jolees Jewels are, I will certainly be using them also. There is a lot of room to cut corners, and I truly believe they are offering high quality products so YOU can make the most of your creations.

  • cool packaging; the clear containers can be used as storage if you don’t have some already
  • high quality tools; I’m still very impressed with the durability and weight of the pliers
  • sparkle; the beads truly are excellent, they do not lack luster or desire
  • price point is comparable, especially considering quality
  • coordinate well with other beads or findings you may have on hand
  • you may need to reinforce cording so it doesn’t come apart (this is an easy step)
  • the cording is short, if you’re looking for a longer necklace, you may need to recreate

Have you used Jolees Jewels? Did you like how they sparkled? Do you own any of their tools? Do you bead often? Have you only known EK Success via their paper punches (like me)? Leave us a comment and let us know!

EK Success has generously donated some of the products featured in the weeks reviews to give away to our great readers! Please leave your comments on this article to win a set of the Jolee’s Jewels Specialty Pliers from EK Success. You have until Sunday, October 18 at Midnight to enter.

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69 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: EK Success – Jewelry with Jolees Jewels

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    connie October 13, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    I did not know EK success sold beads/jewelry making products. I have not tried making my own jewelry yet.

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    Sequana October 13, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    I have not created as much jewelry or beaded embellishments for my quilts as I should/could.

    A nifty pliers like this might give me a kickstart. *S*

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    Heather October 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    this was a great review thanks

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    Cheryl October 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    I have been interested in making jewelry but never took the plunge. I love the simple necklace with the turquoise beads. The pliers look like they would work well. Thank you for the informative review.
    Cheryl Sims

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    Janette October 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Great review. I am new to jewelry making and these products make it seem easy and fun.

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    Donna VW October 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm #

    You did a great job on the earings and necklace. You are quite talented in many areas.

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    Donna October 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    Beautiful jewlery. I love their punches but I didn;t know they had beads. Great information!

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    Jessica October 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Beautiful jewelry! I absolutely love the vine necklace with the dangling crystals. I have a bunch of EK Success punches and love them.

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    IrishGirl October 14, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    I really like the projects you have made. I will keep an eye out for these.

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    mitch1066 October 14, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    i havnt tried jewelry making ,with my love of dangly earings i really should.Love the close ups:)

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    Donna October 14, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    I haven’t tried making jewelry before. From the article it sounds like it would be fun.

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    Laura October 14, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    I love how you dressed up that plain brown cord with the turquoise beads… the end result is beautiful, and it looks simple to make!

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    Melinda AKA medialady October 14, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    I didn’t know that they were in the jewelry business side of crafts. I will have to check these out!

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    carpediem October 14, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    I haven’t tried beading yet but it looks like it would be fun! The vine necklace is awesome! laura j

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    Lisa October 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    EK Success have great scrapbooking products. The beading is a wonderful addition. I’ve just started beading with friends at work – these pliers would be great start to my beading tools.

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    Kaytee October 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    I love those earrings!!

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    huntla1 October 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Gosh, I didn’t know EK Success did so many things! I love these jewelry pieces. Thanks for the info!

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    Artkat October 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    What gorgeous jewelry. A great addition to their range

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    Merrilee October 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    My daughter loves beading. I will have to show her this.

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    Chris C October 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    Wow lovely jewellery you have there, I have only made 2 bracelets so far and don’t really have the right tools so the chance to win the pliers is fabulous.
    Thanks for the info.

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    RosieP October 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Wow, looks like EK can give the other crystal bead manufacturers a run for their money. I loved that botanical themed enhancer/connector used in making that necklace.

    Thanks for the chance to win the freebie!

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    ~*~ Stephanie ~*~ October 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    Wow all the jewelry looks soo cute!

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    di October 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm #

    I love Jolee’s jewellry – – here is crossing my fingers to win.

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    Anonymous October 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I like to use beads and other jewelry-making supplies to make Christmas ornaments.

    C Burke

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    Maureen October 14, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    WOW – there is some great pieces they have. I have seen the display in the store and haven’t spent any time looking at – now I will – thanks for sharing

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    Cristina October 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    I never made jewelry before but I sure want to try!

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    Rebecca Ednie October 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm #

    I’d love to try those pliers! Count me in.

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    frodz October 14, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    The beads are a wonderful addition. Would like to try those pliers. Thanks for the review.

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    Carolyn Sharkas October 15, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    I have looked at these in the store and they are awesome, I’m not quite ready to start a new hobby yet, but they are so pretty, I just might cave.

    carolyn s

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    Andrea October 15, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Wow, I had no idea EK success had any products in this area!

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    Laura Stewart October 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    nice components !

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    Anna October 15, 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    This I would love to try my hand at. Just awesome 🙂

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    Jameela October 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    very informative article…thank u…love this blog 🙂

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    Jameela October 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    very informative article…thank u…love this blog 🙂

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    gemscribe October 16, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    Love Craft Critique–gives you the scoop on new products AND shows you how to work them: great concept!

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    Ezmina October 16, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    Thank you for the information. Will have to try my hands on jewelry making

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    Michelle Adams October 16, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

    Beautiful! Thanks for the chance!!!

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    Gail October 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    I just purchased some pliers, but have not seen any like this!
    Thanks for the chance!

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    KanataNewf October 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    being a papercrafter – I am most familiar with ek success because of their punches. But the jewelry highlighted today is lovely.

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    LaurieM October 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    I have not done jewelry work in such a long time. This would be fun.

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    babyjsmom October 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    Great jewelry ideas.

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    Elaine October 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    I noticed their jewelry a few months ago. I really like the earrings and the pop of color with the bead.

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    Scrappy Rat October 16, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    Thanks for reviewing the Jolees’ Jewels products. They’ve popped up in the stores lately, but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with them. Now I’m looking forward to getting my hands on them. 🙂

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    DeniseB October 16, 2009 at 10:29 pm #

    Have not tried Jolees Jewels before but I am really impressed with your projects shown here!

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    Julie (Joypup on SCS) October 17, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    good tools make me so happy. EK Success is GREAT STUFF!

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    Arlene October 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    I had no idea EK Success sold jewelry making products. I would love to win those pliers!


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    melita October 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    the jewelry is beautiful! i usually turn to my sil since she is the jewelry maker in our family, but the chance to win this might have me starting a new hobby!

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    Jacque Avant October 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm #

    I have never made jewelry before. Your post makes me want to try.

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    liannallama October 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm #

    your jewelry is beautiful!

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    Funky Finds October 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    love that you include some realistic cons in this review. very helpful!

    jessica d.

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    isa dona October 18, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    count on me please

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    alexandra October 18, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    great review, thanks for your cool blog

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    guillauma October 18, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    so fantastic giveaways !! love to win

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    the mustik October 18, 2009 at 11:28 am #

    beautiful and elegant !

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    la zaz October 18, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    Great job, it’s gorgeous

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    vitoria October 18, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    turquoise is my favorite color ! fantastic

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    isabel scrap October 18, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    it gives me ideas… love to create some jewelry like these ones

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    Lillyro October 18, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    I recently made some of those washer pendants that I have been seeing all over the crafty websites. I think these beads would really make them pop!

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    Sharon October 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    lovely jewerly

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    Btrflywmn October 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Seeing this jewelry makes me want to try to make some.

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    Jacki October 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Jolees definitely has the brightest little crytals anywhere! I’ve used them on cards as well….so bright and sparkly!

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    Iris October 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    Love the sparkly beads. I haven’t tried jewelry making yet but am intrigued by it. Iris Soscia

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    chinamomxtwo October 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    great review! thanks!

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    Jacquie Hart October 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    I haven’t had much success getting started with making jewerly but I adore those earrings


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    MonicaS. October 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm #

    My daughter has recently caught the jewelry making bug. I have only purchased things here and there but this would really give her a big kick start into the world or serious jewelry making. Thanks.

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    Christel October 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I’ve seen these Jolee’s Jewels at JoAnn Fabrics but didn’t realize they were the same brand as the stickers. I’ve done some jewelry making. Great review and thanks for the chance at winning!

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    Scrappin Cheryl October 18, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    This is all news to me, too! I did not know Jolee was in jewelry!

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    uncbballfan October 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    Adore working with beads, and would love the chance to win these pliers!

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    Anonymous October 19, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    Love, love, LOVE these crystals. great review — thanks!