Oh My Girls Do I Dare Say xo Rhinestone




This piece is an infinity rhinestone on a sterling silver chain just beautiful! You do not have to be rich to wear beauty girls.

.Rhinestones on a tiara

rhinestonepaste or diamante is a diamond simulant made from rock crystalglass or acrylic.

Originally, rhinestones were rock crystals gathered from the river Rhine, hence the name, although some were also found in areas like the Alps. The availability was greatly increased in the 18th century when the Alsatian jeweller Georg Friedrich Strass had the idea to imitate diamonds by coating the lower side of glass with metal powder. Hence, rhinestones are called strass in many European languages.

Rhinestones can be used as imitations of diamonds, and some manufacturers even manage to reproduce the glistening effect real diamonds have in the sun.

In 1955, the Aurora Borealis, a thin, vacuum-sputtered metallic coating applied to crystal stones to produce an iridescent effect, was introduced bySwarovskiAurora Borealis tends to reflect whatever color is worn near it, and it is named after the Aurora Borealis atmospheric phenomenon, also known as the “Northern Lights”. Similar treatments are Aqua aura and “Flame aura”.

Typically, crystal rhinestones have been used on costumes, apparel and jewelry. Crystal rhinestones are produced mainly in Austria by Swarovskiand in the Czech Republic by Preciosa and a few other glassworks in northern Bohemia. In the US, these are sometimes called Austrian Crystal. In the Spanish-speaking world they are calledCristal de Bohemia (Bohemian Crystal).

The rhinestone-studded Nudie suit was invented by Nudie Cohn in the 1940s, an Americanization of the matador's suit of lights. Rhinestone material is often used as an alternative to sequin.


Rhinestones are sized by using the term “ss”, or stone size, followed by a number to indicate size (e.g. SS8 is equivalent to 2.3 mm, SS10 is 2.8mm).[1] SS is more commonly used for apparel means, while PP (or pearl plate) is used for jewelry.[2]

Hot fix rhinestones

Hot fix rhinestones, also called heat transfer rhinestones, are mainly used for apparel. The flat bottom of the stone has a glue backing and when heated melts onto the surface of the clothing.[3]These can be adhered using a regular iron, however, it is recommended to use a heat press, as they are able to reach higher temperatures (standard transfers require temperatures of up to 350–400 °F (177–204 °C), which regular irons are not capable of) while applying heavy pressures resulting in a more professional standard quality.

Oh my say it isn’t so - how popular will rhinestones be in 2014 xo until more in 2014 xo

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Louise A Cronian, Sole Proprietor

UR Style Jewelry

Chrysocolla Gemstone Rondel Beads

 Oh my Do I Dare Say that … .


Chrysocolla gemstone bead has an attractive blue-green color and is a minor ore of copper, having a hardness of 2.5 to 3.5.

The name comes from the Greek chrysos, “gold”, and kolla, “glue”, in allusion to the name of the material used to solder gold, and was first used by Th eophrastus in 315 BCE

The gemstone Chrysocolla is often confused with turquoise. It is a copper bearing mineral found wherever copper deposits occur especially in areas of the southwestern USA, Chili, Zaire, Australia, France and England. 

Eliat Stone is a variegated blue and green mixture of chrysocolla and other copper minerals found in the Gulf of Aqaba, near the northwestern end of the Red Sea”.

Pure chrysocolla is too soft for jewelry purposes but it is often found in quartz deposits which makes it hard enough to polish for cabochons.  It is often found mixed with malachite, turquoise and azurite. 

The drusy form of chrysocolla is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.  Pure chrysocolla is between 2.0 and 4.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:  Creativity, female energy, communication,   relieves ulcers and arthritis.  Chrysocolla is associated with tranquility and peace, intuition, patience, and unconditional love. It is thought to offer gentle and soothing qualities.

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Louise A Cronian, Sole Proprietor

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Do I Dare Say?  Above is the bracelet I made using DARICE Paper Beads light in weight, look like ceramic or some are saying shell.  You can see or purchase at http://www.urstylejewelry.storenvy.com under bracelets J


 DARICE a little about the company I purchased  these paper beads from:

I purchased these paper beads from “Darice” which was founded in 1954, by Pat Catan, an entrepreneur from humble beginnings who valued hard work and dedication. Today Darice Inc. is a premier wholesale distributor in the craft industry, serving many channels including craft, mass market, party, toy, drug and grocery stores.

The company’s key products lines include craft basics, jewelry making, paper crafting, bridal, floral design, fine art supplies, kid’s crafts, including FOAMIES®; as well as, licensed products from names such as David Tutera and Tori Spelling.

Darice is an action-oriented company, committed to continual improvements and advancements in the craft industry. As a leader in their field, Darice is dedicated to maintaining, expanding, and strengthening the relationship with its customers. Their simple mission statement says it best, “Exceed Customer Expectations”, a practice followed daily at the company’s Strongsville, Ohio based headquarters facility and distribution center.


In Victorian times, women in England gathered in dining rooms to make beads by rolling scraps of wallpaper on knitting needles. They would then string the beads on long pieces of yarn to create curtains that separated rooms. You can make these beads from recycled scrap paper, and string them together to make jewelry!

Paper beads really should be finished and sealed.   Janice Mae has formulated a finish that makes them shine like the sun!  And I LOVE that it is non-toxic, and has no odor, either.   Her finished beads look almost like ceramic:

The fun of making paper beads will be discovering the difference between papers, glazing media, addition of fibers and unique applications.  

Don’t forget gift wrap and fancy papers found in the scrapbook section of craft stores. One sheet will go a long way.

Avoid using thick paper or construction paper for the triangles. Thinner paper will roll more easily.  If you have old calendars, you can clip the photographs and use them for paper beads. They create colorful, glossy beads.  You can cut them after they have dried to make different sizes as needed. You need to wait until the glue has completely dried, or they will simply unroll back into strips.  Work over paper to avoid making a mess. Put a cutting mat or old piece of cardboard or magazine underneath to spare your table if you choose to cut the triangles with a craft knife.


·        The women in the Acholi Quarter were introduced to paper bead jewelry by an Irish missionary who originally learned the technique from women

in Kenya. The Acholi women have since fine-tuned their techniques and used their creativity to create new designs of their own. Project Have
Hope started buying beads from its members in January 2006. In this  way, the women receive monthly payments from PHH for the beads so that they can depend on the steady income.

Beads have always been a part of the Acholi culture.  Originally made from seeds and bones, they were used as adornment around the waist and worn as traditional necklaces and bracelets. Back in Acholiland in the North, beads were a commodity which could be traded. These new paper beads are also a commodity. In addition to being sold, they are often traded for food, charcoal, or other daily necessities.

About the Beads

The women use a variety of paper to make the beads. They purchase “reject” paper from a local printing press in Kampala and also use
scrap paper from outdated calendars or political ads, for example.  Despite appearances, the beads are not dyed or painted.

The paper is rolled into beads, and the color of each bead simply  comes from the paper used to make it. Once the paper is applled  into a bead, it is dipped in a clear varnish to give it sheen, hardness,  and durability. It takes about a day to make a necklace.

The beads come in a variety of shapes and colors. In PHH’s bead store,  you’ll find loose beads, bracelets, and a variety of necklaces. It is not  recommended to submerge the beads into water for extended periods of  time, but the beads are plenty durable for normal, daily wear.

The Project Have Hope line has expanded to include a wider variety of  products. The women have developed other creative uses of paper,  including bangle bracelets, bowls and holiday ornaments. Members  have incorporated the use of additional recycled materials such as bone,  glass and coins into their jewelry making. Project Have Hope is also proud to carry the textile products of members who have graduated from ocational  training programs in tailoring and design.

Use just plain white glue to secure the end of the rolled up strip of paper. Place a dab of glue on a scrap piece of paper and use a toothpick to apply the glue onto the inside of the end of the paper strip before taking the bead off of the rolling pin.

Different Glazes

When you are done rolling the beads, you are going to want to glaze the beads to protect them from moisture and to give them a shiny finish. The best one is the Judikins Diamond Glaze.

To glaze the beads so they won’t stick to the tooth pick is to brush the sides and the top. Then after that is dry.  Turn the bead over and put it back on the pick and brush the top again, which does not have any glaze on it.  Then brush the sides one more time. You need to do this with the tube beads since they have flat ends. The tapered beads you just need to brush the glaze on being careful not to get the glaze onto the pick. Use brush on 2 coats of any glaze.

Shiny Finishes

Mod Podge Gloss Lustre

 Finishes are Delta Ceramcoat Varnish

Judikins Diamond Glaze “fantastic”

Nail Polish

Glue and Water

Spray Varnish

Oh My let us see what 2014 has in Paper Beading and Styles at another time xo xo


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Louise A Cronian

UR Style Jewelry


Oh my say it isn’t so!!  Do I Dare Say that … Tagua bead is the seed of a palm tree that grows in South America close to the equator!


Tagua Nut Beads


Had you ever considered that palm tree nuts could be turned into beads? Tagua nut beads are just that! Once dried, these palm tree nut beads offer an environmentally-friendly option for people seeking ivory. In fact, Tagua nuts are commonly referred to as vegetable ivory due to their milky color. Providing employment for tens of thousands of South Americans, Tagua nut beads are truly having an effect on life from an economic, environmental, and humanitarian standpoint.


Once polished and dyed, Tagua beads can be shaped and cut into a variety of styles and colors to fit any beading design. They’re especially beautiful as the centerpiece for a simplistic necklace or bracelet

Oh my Do I Dare Say what will Tagua beads bring to 2004! Oh my xo xo 

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Louise A Cronian, Sole Proprietor

UR Style Jewelry

Designer Crimson Beads and Brown/Lampwork Beads what and how are they made oh me oh my do I dare say that

It depends on the type of beads! Some are turned from wood, others blown from glass - some modelled from clay e.g. fimo, and so on!

They can be made of any material. In shops that sell beads one can find beads made of the following materials—-glass, crystal, plastic, wood, brass, bronze, silver, gold, copper, stainless steel, plated metals, many kinds of semi-precious stones, some precious stones, shells and shell material, pearls, and seeds There are also man-made materials or “composites.” Each of the materials is used in many different ways. One must be careful when buying beads from an unknown source, particularly on the Internet. Dishonest sellers make plastic or composite materials look like semi-precious stone beads. The buyer can’t tell the difference until she has paid for the item and shipping. Some fakes are better than others, but as soon as one holds them and sees them in person, it is clear they are not the semi-precious stone beads advertised and ordered. In order to get a small refund, the beads would have to be shipped back at the buyer’s expense. The shipping is generally as much or more than the refund. Lesson learned. Fire Mountain Beads is a reputable supplier on the Internet. There are other good stores, but Fire Mountain has about anything you could want and is a good place to just see what is available.

Do I Dare Say that Lampwork Beads could be and are todays handmade lampwork beads  A variant of the wound glass beadmaking technique, and a labor intensive one, is what is traditionally called lampworking. In the Venetian industry, where very large quantities of beads were produced in the 19th century for the African trade, the core of a decorated bead was produced from molten glass at furnace temperatures, a large-scale industrial process dominated by men. The delicate multicolored decoration was then added by people, mostly women, working at home using an oil lamp or spirit lamp to re-heat the cores and the fine wisps of colored glass used to decorate them. These workers were paid on a piecework basis for the resulting lampwork beads. Modern lampwork beads are made by using a gas torch to heat a rod of glass and spinning the resulting thread around a metal rod covered in bead release. When the base bead has been formed, other colors of glass can be added to the surface to create many designs. After this initial stage of the beadmaking process, the bead can be further fired in a kiln to make it more durable.

Modern beadmakers use single or dual fuel torches, so `flameworked’ is replacing the older term. Unlike a metalworking torch, or burner as some people in the trade prefer to call them, a flameworking torch is usually “surface mix”; that is, the oxygen and fuel (typically propane, though natural gas is also common) is mixed after it comes out of the torch, resulting in a quieter tool and less dirty flame. Also unlike metalworking, the torch is fixed, and the bead and glass move in the flame. American torches are usually mounted at about a 45 degree angle, a result of scientific glassblowing heritage; Japanese torches are recessed, and have flames coming straight up, like a large bunsen burner; Czech production torches tend to be positioned nearly horizontally.

Oh me Oh my what will beads bring to the conversation tomorrow . . Say It Isn’t So xo xo Do I Dare Say … hmmmm

Louise A Cronian, Sole Proprietor


Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman often wears jewelry in creative ways. At this event, she wore a black and white brooch between the back straps of her gown.

ooh lala doIdaresay how I wear my brooch?  Or doyoudaresay?

13+ Ways to WEAR a BROOCH

How to Wear a Brooch

You can always wear a brooch on your shoulder — that’s a traditional way to wear a pin and it’s often one of the best spots for placement. But your shoulder certainly isn’t the onlyoption for a brooch. How about your waist, or on a hat, or at your chin — there are lots of ways to wear your favorite brooch. Breeze through our photos for thirteen ideas.

If you can add more ways, please do.  There must be more ways to wear them ?

Visit this website to see more on how to wear a brooch, enjoy!  Compliments of About.com


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Until I find another Do or Dare I say