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The Simplest Way to Make Knots Between Beads - the Knot-a-Bead!

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Knotting between beads is my technique of choice when I'm stringing up pearls and other gemstones. There are many different tools that you can use to make knots between beads which is great because different techniques appeal to different people! At Beadalon, we've found that people who have been struggling with knotting between beads and pearls trying other techniques love the Knot-a-Bead Tool.

I always say that it takes knotting up at least 4 full necklaces before you really "get it". The first necklace will be loose in lots of places, with a couple of missed and double knots, but you'll get the hang of the technique. The second necklace will be loads better, but you'll still have some loose places, and maybe one or two double or skipped knots. The third necklace will be almost perfect, but you'll probably have one or two loose beads. And when you make the fourth necklace, you've probably got it! Remember, slow and steady gets the best knot.

This w…

What do "connect the dots" and the Artistic Wire Really Big Jig have in common?

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This week's Facebook Live Video focused on the Artistic Wire Really Big Jig - a great tool to use to make really big Wire designs. Originally designed by the Wire Wizard, Corinne Gurry, the Really Big Jig Jig has a design area of 11.25" x 11.25" so you can make multiple designs at the same time, as well as large scale sculptural jewelry and decorative objects.

Looking for ways to expand the versatility of your jig? A great resource to use for patterns are connect the dots pages! You can find tons of pages to tweak your creativity on-line. I've started a Pinterest Board with a number of different patterns to get you started. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for all kinds of great inspiration!

The key to a good connect the dots template is to make sure that the dots are the majority of the design. CTDs that have too much extra drawing won't work as well. You could also come up with your own CTD design to use! 

Once you've found your connect-the-dots pattern that …

Pendants in an Instant and Super Fast Loop Crimp Ends

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Instant Pendants from Beadalon are a great way to turn larger hole beads into pendants quickly and easily. I used beads that Sarah from Jesse James Beads left for me when she was here for our joint Facebook Live to make this fun necklace featured on the most recent Facebook Live
The Instant Pendants are so much fun to work with. They measure approximately 36.6mm (1.44in) and are available in Silver Plated and Gold Color in two styles - one with a Cone End and one with a Ball End. 
To use the Instant Pendant, simply unscrew the bottom, add your beads, and screw it back together! You can also stack bead dangles on looped Head Pins - so you don't have to worry if you don't have large hole beads. You can add a drop of glue if you want your pendant to be permanent, but part of the fun is that you can make an easy design switch.
Instant Pendants look great hanging off of all different kinds of materials - Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Leather, and Poly Cord just to name a few. 
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Bail Me Out! All about Beadalon Bails.....

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The fastest and easiest way to add a pendant to a necklace is to use a bail. Beadalon offers several sizes and styles of bails in both silver plated and gold color. I had so much fun going through all of the bails that we offer and demonstrating how to use them with lots of different shapes of Swarovski Elements for this week's Facebook Live Video.

The general instructions for using the bails is to gently open the prongs with a Bent Chain Nose Pliers, add your pendant, then squeeze the prongs shut inside the holes. Then, you're ready to add the pendant to your necklace! We offer several different styles of bails - we even have a Bail with an earwire attached!
Some of the coolest Bails we offer are the Pinch Bails. There is a special Pinch Bail Pliers that makes it even easier to use these bails. You don't need the pliers to close the bails, but they definitely make it easier, and I'm all about the easier. You can use these bails for all different kinds of pendants, an…

Beadalon welcomes Jesse James Beads!

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We had such a wonderful visit with Sarah from Jesse James Beads yesterday! She brought us oodles of new Beads from their White Label Collection, and Wyatt and I had so much fun using Beadalon and Artistic Wire Products to make jewelry with them.


First, Wyatt twisted up some Artistic Wire with the Wire Twister and used it to make a quick and easy ring with one special bead from the Indigo Soul collection.

He also used some twisted wire to wrap some beads from the Unicorn Bliss Mix onto Flat Artistic Wire. He used the Artistic Wire Round Sizing Drum to form the shape, Memory Wire Bending Pliers to turn a loop on one end, then used the twisted wire to wrap the beads over the Flat Artistic Wire.


There are so many Artistic Wire Colors to choose from! A good place to start would be with the Buy the Dozen Assortment Packs. You get 3 yards each of 12 different colors which gives you plenty to chose from to either match or complement your beads.

My favorite thing to make with Jesse James Bead…

5 Jewelry Making Hacks - Tips to Make Designing Jewelry Easier!

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I love learning ways to make my jewelry making easier, and last week Wyatt gave a ton of great tips and tricks in his Facebook Live Video where he shared 5 Jewelry Making Hacks! Without further ado, here they are:

Hack #1: Use a Tacky Mat to secure the Tassel Maker to your work surface, and use the Tassel Maker to make Tassels.



Tassels are still everywhere now. Why not make your own? The Beadalon Tassel Maker makes it easy to make matching tassels for earrings and embellishments of all kids. While the Tacky Mat comes with 4 suction cups to stick it down onto a non-porous surface, we've found that the Tacky Mat is a great way to secure the tool to ALL surfaces. Bonus tip: rinse your Tacky Mat with warm water to clean it off and recharge it!

Hack #2: If you've been paying attention, you already know about Hack #2 - the Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire Label. Candie Cooper made the perfect visual guide to break down all of the information you need. Remember: you want to choose wire …

Make a beautiful, deceptively easy, multi-strand illusion bracelet and necklace with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Tube Slide Ends, and a stash of bead soup!

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I love the project that we featured on Facebook Live this week! The Slide Connectors with Lobster Extension Clasps and the Tube Slide Ends are some of the most versatile components in our catalog. These two Findings are similar in their function, but the Connectors that have the Lobster Clasps attached are slightly larger - with a 3.5mm opening and a Lobster Clasp and chain attached. The Tube Slide Ends don't come with a clasp, and they have a tube diameter of 2.44mm which makes them the perfect size for size 11 seed beads and Delicas. When we first brought these findings in, we were focused on using them for finishing off projects made with the Jewel Loom.


However, once we started using them more and more, we realized that there are so many other ways to use them. For example, they are perfect for finishing off cup chain ends. I hate having to wire wrap the ends of cup chain, I don't ever like how it looks, and I never can find official "cup chain ends". A 3mm cup …