I have dozens (ok, maybe hundreds) of pointy-back stones, odd shaped stones and various small flat cabochons in my bead stash. And, to Kate Richbourg’s disappointment, I still haven’t made use of my torch and various soldering supplies to start setting like a metalsmith.
Luckily, Beadalon’s StoneSett Findings Collection is the perfect solution for adding these kinds of components to finished jewelry! There are 5 different earring styles, 11 pendants and drops, and 5 styles of rings. Perhaps the coolest parts in the entire collection are the 4 starburst settings. The starbursts offer an almost unlimited range of possibilities for capturing stones without needing to solder. Plus, they are really easy to use and work up super quickly. Just look at some of the cool designs you can make!
I love seeing what people make with Beadalon and Artistic Wire products – and I love it even more when findings from companies that I love work perfectly with our products! Last week, New Product Manager Wyatt White hung out with the lovely TierraCast team in Salt Lake City, and stole brought back a gorgeous charm bracelet made with Artistic Wire Braid and finished with the TierraCast 2mm Pagoda Cord Ends.
The heart charm and Swarovski Crystal dangle are a perfect way to add some pizzazz. I would suggest BeadFix Gel or 2 Part Epoxy to glue the wire into the cord ends. A couple jump rings to attach a clasp, and you’re good to go! What a gorgeous design!
Be sure to check out all of our colors and sizes of Artistic Wire Braid over on the AW website. And….big news coming soon for additional ways to finish off the AW Braid as well as heavier gauges of Artistic Wire. I can’t wait to share!
I am so excited and proud to announce that the Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig won the CHA 2015 Hot Product Award at the CHA Mega Show! Check out Wyatt’s touching acceptance speech above.
The Jig really is an amazing tool, and we’re just beginning to explore all of the ways to use it. Here is some design inspiration for you. I love that you can make popular stackable charm bracelets in just a few steps. More on that soon……
In addition to the 3D bracelet jig, Beadalon and Artistic Wire debuted dozens more new products including new colors and styles of Artistic Wire, the Tassel Maker and Cording, and new mandrels for the Conetastic Tool.
I love when we finally get to introduce the new products we’ve been working so hard on, but now it’s back to the drawing board to develop the next cool new thing!
Whew! What a whirlwind trip it was down to Knoxville last week. I spent so much time prepping and preening, I can hardly believe that it’s over already. What an amazing experience the 5th Annual Jewel School Customer Appreciation Event was. It was such an honor to meet the “Jewel Schoolers” and hear how much they enjoy watching the show.
To kick off the 7 workshops (!) that I taught over two days, Beadalon Product Manager Wyatt White and I joined three other amazing artists, Anne Dilker, Kate Richbourg and Anie Piliguian, on Thursday morning for Jewel School in front of a LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE! I think my favorite part was when we were warming up the crowd, Wyatt and Ani ran out Oprah style and told everyone that they had won a new car. Check that one off the bucket list for Wyatt!
The audience was fantastic, and the energy in the room was great as I debuted the new Tube Clasps and brought the Tying Station out for another demonstration. Kate lent me her necklace to wear – a perfect match for my dress, then she wore it during her segment as well! I even got to be a seat holder, just like at the Oscars. You can see me in the back of the audience toward the end of Wyatt’s segment.
It was great seeing old friends and making new ones, too. I can’t wait to go back next year!
Mer, Wyatt & Kate pre-show.
My bow necklace was made for Kristin’s dress!
The Dynamic Duo minutes before airtime.
I adore this lady!
Every student did a great job and finished their Shamballa with a Twist bracelet!
The Marketplace was chock full of great products, like this wall of Meredith.
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!
The new Beadalon Slide Connectors are now available! They are such an easy way to finish off all kinds of designs. Have a bunch of cup chain in your stash and no way to finish it off? How about some crystal mesh, aluminum fabric, or ball chain? Looking for a new way to end a loom designs? Try them, I think you’ll love them!
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!
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’.]