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Tying Station Take 2 - Ladder Stitch with Beadalon Wire

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As a follow up to last week's Facebook Live with Wyatt showing us how to make Beads out of Artistic Wire using the Acrylic Tying Station, this week, I featured the Tying Station again to make ladder stitch wrap bracelets with a twist. When you think about making a wrap bracelet, you probably think about using leather or cording and thread, but I like to make wrap bracelets with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire. That way, they are waterproof and much more durable. Plus, the Bead Stringing Wire gives it a new, unique, and more grown up look.

While the Acrylic Tying Station is a great tool to make it easier to hold the Wires in place while you are weaving, you can certainly do this technique with a clip board or a bead tray.

Materials:
Acrylic Tying Station and Foam Extender Plate
Tacky Mat
19 Strand .024 Bright
19 Strand .018 Bronze
(I used these in the Video, but you could use almost any combination of Beadalon Bead Stringing Wires you have in your stash.)
Clasp of your choice
Size #2 Crim…

Wire Beads with Wyatt White

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Did you know you can use the Acrylic Tying Station with Artistic Wire, too? We've done several cool projects made with Artistic Wire on the Tying Station, and this week's Facebook Live featured Wyatt's Knotted Wire Beads. Leave it to Wyatt to come up with another super creative way to turn small pieces of wire into usable jewelry components.

Once you get the basics of the Macrame Knots down, the possibilities are limitless. Use 26 Gauge Artistic Wire for a small, fine design, or 20 Gauge Artistic Wire for a more substantial piece. You could vary the size of the center Wire also, to make a bigger or smaller hole. As always, Wyatt does a great job explaining everything and inspiring us to try out even more materials and techniques.

What a great project for a last minute gift!

Materials:
16-26 Gauge Artistic Wire
Acrylic Tying Station
Headpins

Instructions:
Set up the tying station with a 16 Gauge Wire as the base.Use 20-26 Gauge Artistic Wire to tie a variety of macrame knots a…

Wreath Earrings with the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool

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The holidays are right around the corner, and we've got you covered for gifts for the special ladies on your list (and go ahead, make some for yourself, too!). With just a few feet of Artistic Wire and the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool, you can whip up a pair of Holiday Wreath Earrings in a jiffy! In a bigger rush? Make a Pendant and attach it to a pre-made Chain and you're off.

Materials:
18" of 26 Gauge Green Artistic Wire
18" of 26 Gauge Red Artistic Wire
1 foot of 22 Gauge Silver Filled Wire

Tools:
Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool
Findings Forms S Hook
Findings Forms Swoop Earwire Jig

Instructions:
Assemble the Kleshna Weaver Tool to the ring size of your choosing.Twist the ends of one 18" piece of Red Artistic Wire and one 18" piece of Green Artistic Wire (or colors of your choosing) together.Start at the hash mark, and weave around the tool (Check out this great video by Kleshna and this one by Wyatt for more detail on how to use the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool).Weave 4 roun…

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…