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Beads, Candles & Smells In the fall and winter I really go crazy for candles that smell like baking, sweets and all other warm, 'hibernating-like' good smells. As I walked around my house last night lighting all of my candles I passed by my favorite candle holder and realized, 'Hey! Those are beads on there!". I have had this...

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Happy (beaded) Slipper Day! Well...it’s one of “those” days...a slipper day. Yes, I brought my house-slippers to the Happy Mango Beads warehouse, making it a warehouse-slipper-day. I’m not sure you all realize how wonderful it is to work for this company. We have all heard the phrase, “no shirt, no shoes, no service,”...

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Dystonia & Beading UPDATE: A few years ago Happy Mango Beads got involved in 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. The goal was to raise awareness and funds for over 7,000 rare diseases. All of which lacked awareness and the necessary funding for research, translating to no cures for most of these obscure diseases. The bracelet...

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Milagro Charms Now that we know more about Native American fetishes, let's take a look at these Latin American religious charms! Historically, Milagros accompanied the Spanish to Latin America. Milagros, translating to "miracles", are a Latin American religious folk tradition that are offered as a tool for healing....

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What is a Fetish? First a '50 Shades of Gray' reference and now we're bringing up fetishes?? You might think we're getting a little wild this week here at Happy Mango Beads, but don't be fooled. We're always a little crazy! A fetish is a carving that is believed to have power. Fetishes have been used by all southwestern...

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Order of the Week!

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It’s another one of those moments, where I can’t pick my favorite combination of beads that you have ordered…help me out here!

Deep jeweltones composed of our bone beads and authentic pearls?

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Or the raw earthiness of African metal and trade beads?

Happy Mango Beads

I know, I know…tough call. With all of the options here at Happy Mango Beads, I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference.

Which group of beads would you have more fun creating with?

Category : Jewelry Inspiration, Order of the Week

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LOVE the African Metal and Trade Beads!

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Tips for Tuesday

Today’s tips are provided by Jeannine!#gemstones - Happy Mango Beads

1) I store my pliers in a small, plastic basket that is lined with a bird suet feeder placed on its side. The handles of the pliers fit nicely in the suet holder’s slots. Not all suet holders have big enough slots for this so do shop around.

2) If you’re a chain rosary-maker like me who makes lots of wrapped loops that have to be linked together, you’ll appreciate chain nose and bent chain nose pliers that are finer than the average pair. I have found the Xuron line of ‘super fine’ pliers to be invaluable.

3) On the subject of rosary-making, “bronze” wire is a great, cost-saving, golden wire that works well with ‘golden’ crosses, centers and chain.

Do you have 3 beading tips you’d like to share?

Email them to: tips@happymangobeads.com along with a link to your Facebook page, Etsy store, or jewelry website and we might post it here!

 

 

Category : Beading Tips

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Countdown to Christmas for a FREE Gift Every Day!

Happy December, friends! Are you getting prepared for Christmas? Can you believe it’s only 25 days away?!

Each day we’re giving away a different gift as we countdown the days to Christmas. It’ll be pretty simple – just keep an eye on one (or all) of our social media outlets for the link to each day’s gift, and from there just follow the instructions to get yours! Make sure to check back every day because the gift will change each day!

Countdown to Christmas at Happy Mango Beads

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Happy Holidays from the Happy Mango Crew!

Category : Cool Contests & Events

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Tips for Tuesday

Today’s beading tips were provided by Priscilla, Harriet Ann and Ava! Thanks for your great tips, ladies!Happy Mango Beads

1) When finishing the ends of a beaded necklace coil it loosely before adding the end findings. This helps avoid stringing too tightly which can chip the beads and spoil the flexibility of the piece.

2) I made extenders with toggle clasps at both ends. This allows necklaces made to hang at a certain level to fit over cowl necklines and sweaters with thick turtlenecks and still hang properly.

3) When using E-6000 glue, I use a tiny screwdriver from the dollar store to apply it. Also, I keep it upside down in a shallow cup of water. The glue is waterproof so it won’t hurt it and the top will never get hard and heal. Just keep a towel on the table for when you take it out.

Do you have 3 beading tips you’d like to share?

Email them to: tips@happymangobeads.com along with a link to your Facebook page, Etsy store or jewelry website and we might post it here!

 

 

 

Category : Beading Tips

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Buying Sandcast Beads in Ghana

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While traveling in Ghana, Africa we learned of a small village near Kumasi where beads are made using old, discarded (recycled) glass. We drove out to the village and found it to be small and simple, more like a large family compound. The only water source was a well, located in the center of the complex. At least a dozen happy children followed us everywhere we went. They laughed at us and teased us, we were a novelty to them. We talked to the village “father” and he told us there had been no work in many months and they would be happy to make us some beads. He then instructed us to return the next day and confirm. We suspect he was testing us to be sure we were serious. We returned on the second day to make the deal and then left with a chicken, a REAL LIVE CHICKEN, it was a gift. And so – with the help of all the residents of the village, they made us thousands and thousands of sandcast glass beads.

See Sandcast Glass Beads at Happy Mango!

Beadmaking Village in Ghana, Africa

Mold made of sand. The wooden skewers burn out leaving a hole in the bead.

Outdoor earthen oven for firing the glass beads.

Grinding the beads to remove rough edges.

Close up, grinding a bead.

Click on the picture to view all of our Sandcast Glass Beads.

 

 

Category : Our Adventures

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Dear Happy Mango Team,

I use a lot of sandcast and Krobo beads in my jewelry and find it difficult to daequately describe the process and origin of the beads in my descriptions. May I post a link to your blog so my potential customers can see where the beads come from? That would be great!

Kind regards,
Esther ( happy Happy Mango client )

*adequately… :-)

Oh yes, absolutely!

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