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Make it Quick with Beadalon Quick Links!

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Need a last minute project that works up in a jiffy? Look no further than Beadalon's Quick Links program! Available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and finishes (and even finished chains), the Quick Links connect together with Quick Links Connectors - little peanut shaped pieces of metal that easily bend closed to capture links into place. You can find down and dirty instructions for attaching a Quick Link Connector to a Quick Link here

When I start a project with Quick Links, I put them out and just start placing them in various combinations until I find one that I like. There are so many possibilities, and of course, the real fun starts when you start adding beads to bling out the design! In the video, I show how to attach a jump ring to a top drilled bead or make a simple loop on a headpin to use a regular bead, then add them to the Quick Links Connectors to embellish my design.

This necklace is just one of an unlimited number of combinations that you can make with Qui…

The Iconic "Y" Necklace featuring Artistic Wire Shimmer Tools

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This week on Facebook Live, I debuted my new "go-to" tool set from Beadalon & Artistic Wire - the Artistic Wire Shimmer Line Tool Set. Currently they are available as a Kit which includes a Chain Nose Pliers, Bent Chain Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Nipper. The set is a good value for the money - really high quality tools at a reasonable price point. Two of my favorite things!

To show how each of these tools is indispensable in my Tool Box, I demonstrated one of my favorite "go-to" necklaces to make - a "Y" Necklace.  Remember those? I think they are making a comeback, big time. They are easy to make, look great on everyone, and are a great way to use up the few leftover beads from a bigger stringing project!

Materials:
18.75 inches of 340B-001 Chain
315B-032 Lobster Clasp
(2) 322B-014 Tag
(3) 312B-013 Headpins
180B-026 German Style Wire
(1) A314-20S-10-08 AW Chain Maille Jump Ring
(3) A314-20S-10-03 AW Chain Maille Jump Rings
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The leaves outside are falling, but we're making a Tree of Life Pendant

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The Tree of Life symbolizes rebirth and renewal, and to me, fall represents the beginning of this process as nature prepares itself to begin its life cycle again in the spring. Making a Tree of Life Pendant is a way to honor the Circle of Life while sharpening your wire working skills. That's why I chose it for the project for this week's Facebook Live. I picked some of our newer Artistic Wires to feature, and hopefully, you'll be inspired to try some new materials!
Materials:
16 Gauge Hexagonal Wire 24 or 26 Gauge Artistic Wire Twisted 4mm Beads or Gemstone Chips
Tools: 3D Bracelet Jig Sizing Drum (small) Nylon Jaw Pliers
Wire Cutters Round Nose Pliers Flat Nose Pliers
Instructions: Use the Nylon Jaw Pliers to straighten the Hexagonal Wire.Use the small 3D Bracelet Jig Sizer Drum to shape your Wire into a circle. Cross the wires over themselves and make a Wrapped Loop at the Top. Add a large hole bead for a decorative touch if you'd like.
Cut at least 8 x 10 inch lengths of Artist…

Making a Bracelet with Baby Jewel Loom

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--> This week's Facebook Live Video was all about the Baby Jewel Loom! It was super fun to have Julianna Avelar join us from the West Coast. And a special shout out to Candie Cooper for sending her beading friends over our way!

The Baby Jewel Loom is an economical, portable, easy-to-use beading loom that is also really versatile. Back in April, we showed how to make a pendant out of Artistic Wire on the Loom, but we've been getting questions about what else you can make with it. Is the space large enough to make a bracelet? The answer is a resounding YES and in the video I'll show you how to do it.

The weaving area of the Baby Jewel Loom is 6 inches. When you maximize the space on the Loom, you can get a long enough loomed piece that you can add a Slide Connector Clasp with an extension chain to get a bracelet plen…

He came......He saw.....

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Wow! I know I learned a LOT from Wyatt's Facebook Live Video this week! Did you know how easy it would be to cut your own charms out of copper sheet with the Beadalon Jeweler's Saw? Wyatt has such an amazing way of breaking down a seemingly daunting technique and making it accessible to everyone. It's reason #426 why I'm so lucky to work with him!

In the video, Wyatt gives some great tips for cutting, turning corners and what to listen for to know you're doing it right. The most important take away for me is that this is a technique that is going to take a little practice, but with time, you can get it no problem.

Since he doesn't have a Jeweler's Bench in the office, he made a holding device using a vice with the wedge part from the Ring Clamp. That's just one of the amazing tips that he gave during the broadcast. He also wrote up some extras for us to keep in mind while we're working:



Make sure the down-stroke on the saw is as perfectly perpendicu…

Easy, Sparkly Bracelet

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I made one of my all time favorite projects for this week's Facebook Live Video. It's a simple bracelet made with Memory Wire, Bead Bumpers and a Manga Tube Clasp.

Supplies:
Memory Wire
Bead Bumpers
Manga Tube Clasp
Beads - I used 31x 5040 Swarovski 8mm Rondelles

Tools:
Memory Wire Shears
Memory Wire Finishing Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

Use Memory Wire Shears to cut 1 1/2 loops of Memory Wire.Use the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers to turn half of a loop on the end of the Memory Wire.Use Chain Nose or Flat Nose Pliers to carefully flatten the loop.Thread half of the the Magna Tube Clasp onto the Memory Wire large hole first and nestle the loop in the hole. (make sure the polarities of the magnet are correct so that the large holes are facing each other.Add a Bead Bumper to the Memory Wire.String on your beads - I use 31 x 8mm 5040 Swarovski Rondelles (I called them Briolettes in the video, oops!).Add another Bead Bumper and the second half of the Manga Tube Clasp, small hole first.Use C…

Razzle Dazzle Spriral

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I don't know about you, but I have a TON of top drilled beads in my stash....bicones, hearts, drops, daggers, you name it. I love how they look, but short of wire wrapping each one, I didn't have many techniques in my beading arsenal to use them. That's why I was so happy when Wyatt showed me this way to use top drilled beads to make a fun spiral design. In this week's Facebook Live Video, Wyatt took us step by step through making a bracelet that is truly razzle dazzle!

Materials:

JW15T-0 19 Strand .018 Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
Clasp of your choice - I like this one Lobster Clasp 315B-030
JFC1S-1.5G Size 1 Crimp Bead
JFC2S-1.5G Size 2 Crimp Bead
12 (or more) top drilled beads - Wyatt used 8mm 6301 Swarovski Bicones
about 30 4 or 5 mm center drilled beads

Instructions:

Cut a 3 ft piece of .018 19 Strand Beadalon Wire. Fold it at about 8.5 inches.Attach a clasp in the fold using a Crimp Bead or Tube.String about 2.5 inches of center drilled beads on both Wires.Lock the la…