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!

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 …

Why buy it when you can make it - Part One: Stretchy Bracelets

I was so excited to be able to show some of the new Swarovski Innovations and new TierraCast beads and charms in this week's Facebook Live Video. I couldn't believe that it was over a year ago that we first debuted the Elastic Cord Needle! Over the course of the year, we made a major improvement to the Elastic Cord Needle, and released a shorter version. This shorter Elastic Cord Needle retains all of the functionality of the original needle, but it merchandises and stores better.

The shorter Elastic Cord Needle works exactly the same as the larger one. You string your design onto the needle, then grab your Elacticity or Elonga with the hooked end. Gently push your beads from the needle onto the hook, then knot your Elastic Material. If you go back to the original Facebook Live that I did on the Elastic Cord, you can watch a discussion of the differences between Elasticity and Elonga.

It took me a few days, but I finally got the double drilled Swarovski 5061 bead challenge fi…

Using the Battery Operated Bead Reamer

Wyatt White featured the many uses of the Beadalon Battery Operated Bead Reamer in last week's Facebook Live Video. Did you know that the BOBR is a quick and easy way to enlarge the holes of beads to fit over thicker stringing material? It won't make a hole, you need a drill and a different technique for that, but the BOBR will make short work of making an existing hole bigger.

Always ream underwater! That means that the tip of the BOBR and the bead that you are reaming are under water. This keeps the bead and the tip from overheating. Hold the bead either with your fingers or a fiber tipped tweezers. Put it into the water and depress the button. Push and pull up and down until the hole is the right size on one side. Then, flip the bead over and repeat on the other side. Take it nice and slow.

Pro Tip from Wyatt: When you cut crystal, the hole will frost because of the vibrations of the reaming. You can restore some of the shininess by putting a bit of GS Hypo Cement down int…

Tucson Gem Shows Recap

We've just about recovered from the whirlwind of the To Bead True Blue Show in Tucson! It was such a wonderful opportunity to visit with old friends and make new friends, as well. I love being at the demo table for shows because it gives me the opportunity to experiment, design and challenge myself with Beadalon and Artistic Wire products without office work getting in the way!

The Tucson show was only one of the shows we exhibited at during the show season. Team Beadalon was also at Creativation in Pheonix and Creativeworld in Frankfurt, Germany. As we hopefully and eagerly anticipated, the new products were well received by customers and consumers at all shows! Favorites included the Pattern Flat Artistic Wire and the Fashion Grips as well as the Adjustable Oval Bracelet and Ring Findings Form.

We'll be featuring all new products on Facebook Live as they come into stock, but for a fun overview of all of them, be sure to check out the 4 Facebook Live Videos that I did from T…

5 Things you should NEVER do when making jewelry!

This week's Beadalon Facebook Live Video focused on getting back to the basics - how to make professional, quality jewelry that lasts. Beadalon has a great graphic on the website with 5 important reminders of things you should never do when making jewelry. This was a great session for me because I sometimes take the basics for granted, but they are the most important things to remember!

I demonstrated all of the what NOT to dos, and showed how to turn a jewelry making DON'T into a jewelry making DO. And of course, once I get talking, I get talking, so I gave a few extra bonus DON'Ts and DOs as well! This is a great video to watch both if you are just getting started, as well as if you need to brush up on your crimping skills.

The most important takeaway message: The right beading wire + the right crimp bead/tube + the right Crimp Tool = the best jewelry!

1. Don't use a chain nose or flat nose pliers to flatten the crimp. Always use a crimp tool instead.

When you flatten…

I Resolve to be More Organized!

Accountability is one of the most important factors in resolution keeping, so this week's Facebook Live was our two week check-in to see how we're coming with our organization resolutions. I keep my office *mostly* organized, but once I brought in one of each of the Beadalon Wooden Organizers, I was pleased with how much better it looked in my office/creative space. Not only did it look better, but objects that I am constantly searching for - like glue and sizing drums - now have dedicated homes. Less time spent looking for things equals more time creating.  That's a resolution that is definitely a quality of life improver!
The Wooden Organizer that I already had in my office is the Beading Station. I set mine up a little differently than we show in the catalog, and that's a great testament to how versatile of a unit it is. The top rods can be used for storing tools, or wire/wildfire/chain spools like I do. The trays hold any number of tools, findings or supplies, and…

Multipliers - two heads are better than one!

This week's Facebook Live Video focused on the ingenious invention by Wyatt White, the Multipliers! This two-headed pliers cuts the time it takes to make wrapped loops almost in half! I don't know about you, but these days anything that saves me time that I can use to be doing other things is a must have. Wyatt showed how to make a gorgeous wrapped loop bracelet that one lucky viewer will receive as a thank you for joining us live. We have several written instructions for how to use the multipliers, but now that we've been using them for a bit, we've discovered an even better way to use them.

To make the wrapped loops, use your choice of Wire - Wyatt uses 18 gauge Silver Filled German Style Wire, but you can also use Precious Metal, Artistic Wire or Craft Wire. Wyatt makes his loops a little differently than I learned, but his loops are always perfect, so I think it's time for me to change up my technique.

Start by taking out a length of wire and straightening it.…