It was a beautiful Spring day here in Pennsylvania yesterday, so we had class outside for this week's Beadalon's Facebook Live Video! One of the things Beadalon/ Artistic Wire specializes in is Heavy Gauge Wire - 1012 and 14 Gauges round out the category that spans from 10-34 Gauge. Originally, we were going to demonstrate a cool bangle bracelet (check in next week for that one!), but it was so nice outside that we were inspired to blow some bubbles - and the 14 gauge Artistic Wire is perfect for making a whimsical, beaded bubble wand! I like using Memory Wire Shears to cut the thicker gauge wires. Because they are such a heavy duty cutter, they make it much easier to cut - and easy is good! I cut about 2.5 feet of 14 Gauge Tinned Copper Wire and wrapped it around a 3D Bracelet Jig, but any round object in the right size will work. Then, I made a wrapped loop to secure the circle into place. In the video, I used my hands to form one of the wands into a heart!  Next, I added…

It's time to upgrade your childhood friendship bracelet!

Some of my best memories are from being a day camp counselor. Most of all, I loved the camp crafts, especially making friendship bracelets. Fast forward several many years, and I still love friendship bracelets, but now with a more grownup twist. Enter the Beadalon Tying Station - the perfect tool to use to make both old school and more "grown up" friendship bracelets.

In this week's Facebook Live Video, I talked about using the Tying Station with both B-Lon Bead Weaving Thread and Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire to fancy up your friendship bracelets. I love using the Tacky Mat to hold down my Tying Station. Incidentally, the Tacky Mat is great for holding down the Tassel Maker, too.

The B-Lon is a great thread to use since it is strong, knots up well, and doesn't stretch. And the Silver Color and Gold Color Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire makes the insides of crystals sparkle like you wouldn't believe. Missed the Video? You can catch up on it and all of the past Faceboo…

Flat Memory Wire Findings Facebook Live Recap

This week, I continued our series on Facebook Live on Memory Wire. The first installation was back in December when I talked generally about Memory Wire, including how to use my favorite Magnetic Claps, but today I focused specifically on FLAT Memory Wire. The fun thing about the Flat Memory Wire is that there is a whole program of findings and components that go along with it. 
There are definitely benefits to using Flat Memory Wire including when you string up the components, because the Wire is flat, the components won't spin around. The tops are always on top! There are three glue on components - a circle, an oval and a rectangle in Silver Plated and Gold Color. These are perfect for gluing all of the flat backed crystal and cab components that you have in your beading stash. The best glue to use is the Bead Fix 2-Part Epoxy, but a good alternative is Bead Fix Gel. In the video, I show how to glue size SS29 crystals and a really pretty square checkerboard crystal to the finding…

Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Spring is officially here! What perfect way to welcome the season with the Pantone Color of the Year GREENERY(PANTONE 15-0343). 

Per Pantone's website: 
"A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."
At the Creativation Show (formerly known as CHA - Craft & Hobby Association) in Phoenix earlier this year, we had a full display of vibrant green beaded jewelry against a green backdrop. It was definitely soothing to showcase something so lively during the cold weather, even in Phoenix! 

The bracelets on display featured a variety of jewelry making techniques such as bead stringing, crochet, wire-wrapping and weaving. The leather an…

Soumak Wire Weaving Technique with Wyatt White

If you have joined us for our Facebook Live shows on our Facebook page, thank you! We truly do enjoy sharing "real-time" moments with you and have the chance to show you the new and exciting jewelry making materials we have to offer.  Wyatt White demonstrated this interesting technique with Beadalon German Style Wire and Artistic Wire in last week's Facebook Live Video presentation:

He showed the basics here, and if you’re interested in kicking it up a notch, this is a great video that Wyatt did for our friends from Beadaholique that will take you through step by step:
Wyatt mentions many different combinations of Wire to use for this technique, but a good place to start is with 16 gauge German Style Wire as the base wire and 24 Gauge Artistic Wire for the wrapping. After you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch it up as you’d like. Try using half round wire to wrap, use contrasting colors, even try to wrap with a thicker gauge wire over a thinner one! Try a single wra…

Loomwork with Leslie Rogalski

Working on the Beadalon loom is so much fun, it really takes me back to my beady beginnings. I started using seed beads on a loom almost exactly like the one that every student will get in my class at the Bead and Button Show in June 2012.
I know, I know–what about those pesky warp thread ends, right? That "chore" has kept you from using the loom, right? Not any more!! In my class you will learn to whisk those ends outta sight plus many other practical and easy loom weaving tricks:

Use strong and non-stretch WildFire to string the main long threads (warp) and for weaving (weft).

See how to make your piece as long as you wish!
Next to the zen of weaving with Miyuki Delica beads and the satisfaction in the way those beads fit together, the best part of this project is the way we finish. We simple cut the cuff from the loom, f

Feather Necklace: Fernando Dasilva

Feathered hair extensions paved the way for feathers to go mainstream in jewelry and accessories for spring and summer 2012. Get ready for summer with this hot necklace!
MATERIALS  A.C Moore  • 12 lt brown goose feathers by Touch of Nature-P.O. 176414 •2 Bead Mtl Ant Copper 20mm- 41511- item # 122 •2 Bead Mtl Ant Copper 16mm- 41511- item# 125 •6 10x 14mm tear brown sndstn - 41511- item# 66
Beadalon Components •6 gold plated extension chain heart - 324A-014 •16 gold-plated adjustable bead caps- 329A-020  •2 gold-plated EZ Crimp Ends- 344A-010  •2 gold-plated EZ Lobster Clasps- 315A-220  • 2 ft gold -plated 24 gauge German Style wire-180A-024 •6 6mm gold plated round jump rings-314A-117 •1 ft Beadalon 19 Strands .015" satin copper beading wire- JW14NCU-0  • 1 ft gold plated round dash quick links chain- 340A-350
Tools •Round nose pliers -201A-104  •Chain nose pliers - 201A-103  •Semi flush cutter blue sparkle - 202A-105

MATERIALS  1. Cut twelve 3 inch pieces of German style wire. Working 1 inch away fr…