Memory Wire

memory-wire-fb-promoMy name is Meredith, and I love Memory Wire. Seriously. I’m constantly finding new ways to use it and incorporate it into designs. Today’s Facebook Live video highlighted a few of those ways and featured some of my favorite and most helpful tools and findings.

The Memory Wire Shears are the absolute most necessary tool for working with Memory Wire. If you cut it with your regular cutters, not only will the Memory Wire not cut, but you will ruin your cutters. One very easy way to finish off the ends of the Memory Wire that I demonstrated is turning a loop with either Round Nose Pliers or Memory Wire Finishing Pliers. I also explained my very favorite technique for finishing off the ends of Memory Wire using the MagnaTube Clasps and Bead Bumpers. (You can read a previous post with me gushing over the Bead Bumpers here.)

Beadalon has lots of different sizes of Memory Wire to make many different sizes of rings (including toe rings), bracelets, necklaces and more – including the perfect size to make Wine Glass Charms. You can watch a quick and dirty video on making wine charms here.

Hopefully, you made it to the end of the video to see me talk about the Flat Memory Wire and the Flat Memory Wire Findings. You can make a really beautiful Tennis Style Bracelet using Flat Memory Wire, Findings and the Cubic Zirconias from our StoneSett Program.

Whew! That’s a LOT of memory wire information, and I think I could easily have another few Facebook Live Event’s worth of tips, tricks and design ideas. Let me know in the comments, or on Beadalon’s Facebook page what you’d like to find out more about in future episodes.

Thanks for learning with me! All of us at Beadalon wish you very Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, and see you in 2017!

 

StoneSett to the Rescue for last minute holiday gifts!

StoneSettI don’t know about you all, but I’m feeling the holiday crunch. So many people that I want to make something special for, so little time! That’s why I’m so glad that Beadalon has the StoneSett Program. Today’s on Beadalon’s Facebook Live video, I made necklaces, earrings and even rings with the components using Cubic Zirconia Round Stones and Swarovski pointed back stones. So. Fast. So. Pretty!

The key to using the StoneSett components is to be as GENTLE as possible. No death grips on the pliers in this technique.

After the video, I was able to whip up a few earrings and a pendant for our lovely videographer, Caroline, in just moments. Try it! I’m pretty sure you’ll love setting stones in a jiffy with the Beadalon StoneSett Program, too. As always, please be sure to post your creations on the Beadalon Facebook Page. Let us know if there are any topics that you’d like to see us cover in future FB Live events!

Products Mentioned in the Video:

StoneSett Program and Cubic Zirconia Stones
Ball Chain, Necklace Bails and video for making a necklace with the Ball Chain
Sparkle Pliers
Storage Container
Storage Ring
Really Big Jig

Missed the Live Event? You can watch it again and again right here!

 

Quick and Easy Bracelets for Holiday Gifts

Quick Bracelet Gifts with the 3D Bracelet Jig

The holidays are approaching quickly – can you say Peppermint Mocha? I’m trying to get ahead of the game by making up a supply of quick, easy, and beautiful bracelets for gifting to all of the wonderful women who make my life run smoothly – my kid’s teacher, the bus driver, my hairdresser, my wonderful house cleaner, and everyone else who keeps this hot mess mama in check!

Beadalon’s 3D Bracelet Jig won the Craft and Hobby Association’s Hot Product Award in 2015 for good reason! This versatile Jig is a great base for making bangle bracelets, and is the perfect tool for making the popular adjustable bangles that everyone is stacking these days. Today’s Facebook Live over on the Beadalon Page focused on making these two designs. Missed the live feed? No problem, you can watch it archived here!

And if you’re more of a save-the-instructions-for-reference kind of person (I know I am!), here are the instructions for the Simple Bangle with Artistic Wire Crimp Connectors:

Artistic Wire Crimp Connectors for Large Gauge Wires

Materials Needed:
3D Bracelet Jig
3D Bracelet Jig Sizer Drums
Bracelet Bending Pliers
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Artistic Wire Large Wire Crimps
Wire Wrapping Wire

Here’s another graphic that shows you exactly how to get the Artistic Wire Large Wire Crimps placed over the wire:

Artistic Wire Crimp Connectors Graphic

And finally, instructions for making the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet.

Adjustable Bracelet made with the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

There is a YouTube Video on the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet here, and you can find instructions for both the Simple Bangle with Artistic Wire Crimp Connector and the Adjustable Bangle Bracelet as well as many other gorgeous designs in the Beadalon Design Workshop.

Post your finished designs on the Beadalon Facebook Page, and be sure to follow me at Meredith Joy Designs to stay up to date on what’s happening!

New Product Spotlight: Supplemax 0.70 mm in 6 colors!

Supplemax .070 mm Family Portrait

Supplemax 0.70 mm Family Portrait

When Kleshna suggested we at Beadalon add thicker Supplemax 0.70 mm (0.03 in) to use with the Award Winning Kleshna Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool, we jumped on the idea!  Supplemax is a soft, supple, nylon stringing material that has been used for years to make “illusion” style floating designs. This new, thicker material gives designs woven on the Kleshna Tool more structure and rigidity.

I played around with a few designs using the Blueberry and Tutti Fruitti colors. I love how the Supplemax looks so transparent as you are using it, then emerges as a really nice pastel palette once it’s woven. Click here to learn more about the Kleshna Tool and how to use it to weave bangle bracelets. We’re just scratching the surface on designs to make with this tool. Have you come up with any breakthrough designs? Be sure to post them on the Beadalon Facebook Page!

The Tiny, Mighty Bead Bumper

Bead Bumpers

Bead Bumpers

We just wrapped up a great Facebook Live Event for Beadalon about proper crimping techniques. Missed it? You can watch it here. One of the surprise stars of the video was the tiny, yet mighty Bead Bumpers! Here’s a recap on my top 3 reasons why I LOVE Bead Bumpers.

1. They act like a Bead Stopper at the end of Memory Wire so your beads don’t fall off as you are designing.

memory wire bead bumper

Use a Square Bead Stopper on either side of your clasp to hide extra wire.

2. They take up the slack when you are adding a Magnetic Tube Clasp to finish your memory wire. You’ll need a little extra room to get the loop turned over and hidden in the clasp. Use a Square Bead Bumper on each end, and they’ll squeeze and release to minimize the exposed wire.

3. We all know that we should leave some “wiggle room” in our designs to minimize the beads from rubbing against the wire, but who likes exposed wire at the ends of our designs? Here’s where Bead Bumpers really shine. Add a few on each end, and their elastic properties will allow you to build in the “wiggle room” without the wire gaps.

I like to think of them like a little magical tool to tighten up spaces at the ends of your designs.

Stay tuned for more Beadalon Facebook Live Events soon! Be sure to *like* the Beadalon Facebook Page and the Meredith Joy Designs Facebook page to stay up to date!

And…if you missed the original Facebook event, you can watch it right here!

Two New Beadalon Tool Kits!

Beadalon added two new new tool kits to take some of the guesswork out of getting started – or moving forward- with your beading skill arsenal. First, the Wire Wrapping Kit, (MSRP $35.99) put together by wire wrapper extraordinaire Wyatt White, includes all of the tools you need to get started with Wire Wrapping including: Chain Nose Pliers, Bent Chain Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers and a Nipper Tool. We also included a special bonus booklet – Beginning Wire Wrapping by Wyatt White, with step by step photo instructions to make simple loops, wrapped loops, head pins, wrapped briolettes and fancy bead caps.

The Ear Wire Kit (MSRP $19.99) has all of the supplies that you need to make perfect, matching ear wires – every time! The Swoop Earwire Findings Form is one of my favorites, the 22 Gauge German Style Wire is the right gauge and temper of Wire, and the Wire Rounder makes quick work of smoothing out the rough edges. The Pocket Nipper Tool is just the right size to snip the ends of the ear wires. You’ll be in earring production heaven in no time!

Head on over to the Beadalon/Artistic Wire Resource Center to learn more about how to use all of these tools and more to create your own jewelry!

Make it Monday – Earring Jackets now with a video!

earring_jackets_lEvery time I wear Earring Jackets that I made with the Artistic Wire Findings Forms Connector Jig, they get noticed – the ultimate compliment! You can read my original post with instructions and materials to make the components here, and now there’s a quick and dirty YouTube Video to follow along with, too!

I think these would make great holiday gifts – I hope my friends and family will agree! The next fun part is designing some packaging so people will get that they are supposed to be used with existing stud earrings. Any ideas for me?

 

French Beaded Flowers Made with Artistic Wire From Beadalon – Coming Full Circle

 

As my good friend Angela can attest, my serious beading started 16 years ago when I became obsessed with making French Beaded Flowers. This led to a circuit of bead shows which led to a frenzy of bead buying which led to a major career change, and here I am today to share a video for Beadalon/Artistic Wire on how to make a basic French Beaded Flower using the Continuous Circle Technique.

These little guys are easy to make, take a minimal amount of seed beads, and are a great gateway into the wonderful world of beading. Enjoy!

Make it Monday: Wine Charms


The grown-up version of a Sharpie on a Solo Cup, these Wine Glass Charms are a great way to keep track of your drink at a party!

Materials:
JTMEMCUT2 Memory Wire Shears
347B-010 – Memory Wire Ring
201A-250 – Memory Wire Finishing Pliers
AWD-24S-10-10YD        Artistic Wire, 24 Gauge (.51mm), Silver Plated, Tarnish Resistant Silver, 10 yd (9.1 m)
JTNJ1   Nylon Jaw Pliers
201A-101          Sparkle Chain Nose Pliers
201A-104          Sparkle Round Nose Pliers
202E-001          Designer Flush Cutter

 

Make it Monday: DIY Bridal Dress Hanger with the Artistic Wire Really Big Jig


I can’t even believe that it’s my 10th wedding anniversary this year. I have so many wonderful memories from that day, including all of the DIY projects that I incorporated into the ceremony. That was the days before Pinterest and YouTube, and all of my inspiration came from the wonderful community message boards at the Knot.

Luckily for today’s Brides, there is an endless supply of inspiration, ideas, and DIY tutorials to help make their day special and unique. Here’s a video for an Artistic Wire project on making a DIY Bride Hanger using the Really Big Jig and 12 Gauge Aluminum Artistic Wire.

Materials List:

228P-800  – Really Big Jig
AWB-120130-12M  – 12 Gauge Aluminum Artistic Wire
AWD-24S-10-10YD –  24 Gauge Artistic Wire
340B-001 –  Chain
A314-20S-10-02 – Artistic Wire Chain Maille Jump Ring
327B-024 Pinch Bail
201A-222 Pinch Bail Pliers
2x Chain Nose Pliers
Swarovski Heart Pendant
Wooden Hanger (I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond)

You can download a template for the Bride letters and a blank template to customize your own words from the Beadalon website. They’ll print out the best when you download the PDF file rather than printing from the webpage.

As always, be sure to post your projects on the Beadalon Facebook page!