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!

Birthstone Necklace with Beadalon Quicklinks and Swarovski Crystals


I love a good collaborative effort, and Beadalon’s newest employee extraordinaire, Caroline Dunaway, is a wonderful Yin to my Yang! She challenged me to design a Mothers’ Day Birthstone Necklace with joined circles, and here is the result!

Materials:
314B-320 Quick Links
326B-414 Quick Links Connectors
AWD-22S-10-08YD  22 Gauge Tarnish Resistant Silver Plated Artistic Wire
A314-20S-10-02 20 Gauge Artistic Wire Chain Maille Rings
340B-060 Diamond Cut Ball Chain
338B-201 Ball Chain Ends
322B-012 Tag
315B-032 Lobster Clasp
Beads of your choice

Wrap the beads onto the Quick Links using the 22 Gauge Artistic Wire and link them together with the Quick Link Connectors. Attach the Ball Chain Ends to the Ball Chain with Chain Nose Pliers, then use Jump Rings to attach one end of the Chain to the rings and the other to the Tag and Clasp.

And here is a handy chart of Swarovski Birthstone colors from my friends at Har Man Importing.

Wishing my mommy and all the mommies a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!!! xoxo

Beads, Baubles and Jewels Series 2400

BBJ Mer and Katy

Last November, I had the honor of being one of the guests for the critically acclaimed PBS Series, Beads, Baubles & Jewels with host Katie Hacker. My episode – 2405 Make These Tonight –  is now on-line!

In my show, Katie and I make 3 different styles of bracelets with some of my favorite findings and techniques. Special thanks to TierraCast for providing the cute charms and the 2mm Taj Cord End (01-0210-61) that fit perfectly on Artistic Wire Braid. Click through to watch the episode and check out the tutorials for the Artistic Wire Braid Bangle Bracelet, the Flat Memory Wire Tennis Bracelet, and the Illusion Tube Bracelet.

As always, feel free to post what you make on the Beadalon Facebook page.

Happy Beading!

Make it Monday: Use 5mm Flat Artistic Wire from Beadalon to make a GPS Coordinates Necklace


I love personalized jewelry, and this GPS necklace is a great way to celebrate a special place. Find your wedding site, birthplace, favorite vacation spot, house, or other memorable place at GPS Coordinates, and use 5mm Flat Artistic Wire and metal stamps (my faves are from ImpressArt) to stamp your coordinates for a one-of-a-kind celebration necklace or bracelet.

Materials List:

21 Gauge 5mm Flat Artistic Wire
Hole Punch Pliers
Designer Flush Cutter
File
Steel Bench Block and Hammer
Leather Pad
Polishing Cloth
Jump Rings
Ball Chain
Ball Chain Ends
Lobster Claw and Tag
Permanent Marker

Don’t forget to post your creations on the Beadalon Facebook Page!

Happy Creating!

 

Two New Beadalon and Artistic Wire Products in One Amazing Jewel School Show


Another whirlwind trip to Tennessee to present on Jewel School on Jewelry Television. The Wire Wizard Really Big Jig and Kleshna’s Bangle Bracelet Tool were incredibly well received and I had a blast demonstrating them!

The Really Big Jig has a design area of about 11.25″ by 11.25″ and I love making bold necklaces in the round. You can weave with materials from Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire to ribbons and even pantyhose (!) on Kleshna’s Bangle Bracelet Tool. Check out the product pages on the Beadalon website for more information and videos.

Back to Basics


When I demo at tradeshows (like BeadFest Philly coming up on April 8-10), many people who come visit the Beadalon Booth ask me about Crimping. Proper crimping can make the difference between an heirloom piece of jewelry and a poorly made design. In this video, I take it back to the basics formula for proper crimping:

Proper size Crimp Tool + proper size Crimp Tube/Bead + proper size Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire = successful crimping!

After you have all of the coordinating materials, make sure you’re following the correct steps for a perfect crimping technique:

 

CHA New Product Winner – Kleshna’s Bangle Bracelet Weaving tool by Beadalon

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We did it again! The Bangle Bracelet Weaver Tool won the Craft and Hobby Association’s Hot Product Award for 2016. Kleshna, an international designer and all-around beautiful person, brought to Beadalon the idea for a tool to weave stringing materials together, and the rest is history!

Use Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Supplemax, Artistic Wire, or fibers to weave really cool bracelets in 3 sizes. Here’a a video demonstrating how it’s done. When you’re finished watching that, download the step by step instructions. Don’t forget to post what you make on the Beadalon Facebook page!

DIY Ear Jackets with the Artistic Wire Findings Forms by Beadalon

I am obsessed with Ear Jackets. Never heard of them? They are cool earrings that hang down BEHIND the lobe. Like, why didn’t I think of that first, and where have they been all my life, right?

So with all of my newest obsessions, I needed to find a way to DIY, ’cause that’s how I roll. Luckily, in my office here at Beadalon, I had all of the fixin’s to make the perfect DIY Ear Jackets. Inspiration struck, and I’m happy to be able to share with you!

Materials:

Artistic Wire Findings Forms Connector 1:5 (228S-668)
22 gauge Silver Plated Beadalon German Style Wire (180B-022) or Artistic Wire (AWD-22S-10-08YD)
Silver Plated Headpins (312B-013) or my favorites – Ball Headpins (312B-223)

Instructions for larger dangle:

And instructions for a smaller dangle:

I can’t wait to try out some of the other Findings Forms to make more designs!

Today’s unsung beading heros? Beadalon Bead Bumpers

~Design by Fernando DaSilva, courtesy of Beadalon

They’re small, sometimes fiddly, but these little, rubberized beads are incredibly helpful in making snug designs that have movement. Originally designed to mimic the look of knots between pearls, the Bead Bumpers do that and oh, so much more!

Some of my favorite things about 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.

Have you been using Bead Bumpers in your designs? Found any other great uses for them? Post your projects and ideas on the Beadalon Facebook page! Instagram more your style? Here’s the link!