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!

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

 

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

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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!

 

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!