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.
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.
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.
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.