It’ a little unassuming, perhaps easily overlooked, but don’t underestimate this powerhouse of a magnetic clasp!
My favorite way to use it is on the ends of memory wire (round or flat). Use Round Nose Pliers to turn a small half loop on the end of the Memory Wire, use a Chain Nose Pliers to flatten the loop as much as you can, then string the clasp onto the Wire so that the loop catches in the large hole. Add your beads until you reach the other side leaving about a half of an inch of bare wire to add the other side of the magnet. Making sure the poles of the magnets are correctly aligned, string on the second half of the magnet with the large hole facing away from your beads. Turn and flatten a loop on the end of the Memory Wire so it slides into the large hole in the clasp.
I’ve been making these for myself, and also giving them as gifts. The Magna Clasp is super strong, and makes for a beautiful bracelet that’s a cinch to put on and take off!
Knotted Headpin made with 22 Gauge Gold Color Artistic Wire
I can’t take credit for coming up with this technique for making knotted headpins, but I am totally taking credit for letting everyone know what a game changer it is!
You can find the original video that I watched here. I modified the technique just a scosh to make it work better for me. I like the idea of straightening it (and hardening the wire a little bit) with the nylon jaw pliers as I pull the knot tight.
I love it because it because it uses up scraps of wire, you can match the color of your headpins exactly to your wire-worked design, and you’ll never run out of headpins again!
I taught the technique as part of Beadalon’s Inspiration Playground Workshops at BeadFest this year. Feel free to print off these instructions and spread the word! Link>Instruction knot head pin
I really can’t be more honored and proud to have one of my designs featured in the 2014 Swarovski Project Calendar. My Gatsby Inspired Necklace is this month’s featured project! I have free instructions for two variations of this project (and even a video!)!
The focal piece is a gorgeous antique copper Small Beautiful Flower from Kabela Design.
The calendar is co-sponsored by Beadalon, TierraCast and Swarovski Create Your Style. It is full of amazing designs by amazing designers. We still have a supply of them in the office, so if you’d like a calendar, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to send it to you!
Slide Connector Clasps on the base deck in AC Moore!
I am so proud and excited to be able to share that the new Beadalon Tube Clasps have arrived. They are in stock and, if I may be so bold, AWESOME!!!! They my first start to finish product development project, and it is so gratifying to be able to bring them to market. They come in three sizes – 13mm, 20mm and 25mm, and silver plate and gold color.
You can use them for so many different projects. 3mm cup chain, ball chain, and seed beads (size 8, size 11 and 2mm cubes) will all slide in quite nicely. My favorite find is that the Artistic Wire Aluminum Fabric fits in perfectly – opening up a whole new set of possibilities for working with it. Click on the photos below for links to some free project instructions (instructions coming soon)! Post your creations on the Beadalon Facebook page!
I’ll be honest, it took me a little while to warm up to the technique of knitting with wires. The Artistic Wire 4 and 6 Prong Knitters make it really simple and fun, so it wasn’t long before I was hooked. One of the good things about the product testing side of my job is that I have to keep at it until I master a technique well enough to be able to teach it. Usually in the process, any hesitation or reluctance I have about a tool or a technique vanishes by the time I’m ready to show others. Such is the case with knitting with wire thanks to the Artistic Wire Knitters!
Adding a button clasp to a wrap bracelet or a Shamballa Style bracelet is one of my favorite finishing techniques. It’s easy to put on and take off, and if done right, is a very secure clasp. When you make the bracelet with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, it’s even easier and more secure because you use crimp beads instead of knots or glue.
Here are some written instructions, and JTV did a great job on this Jewel School video that explains it step by step. They even have a great vintage button kit that I hand picked! [P.S. This is a great deal, just sayin’.]