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Catch us on The Balancing Act

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Did you miss us on The Balancing Act, Lifetime TV’s daily dose of inspiration for the busy modern woman? The show re-broadcasts today, so set your DVR!Beadalon Design Team member Margot Potter shows lifestyle guru Kathy Peterson (and you!) how to make a trendy bracelet using some of her favorite Beadalon products. Margot and Kathy also discuss DIY jewelry making trends and talk about the history, quality and provenance of the Beadalon brand, an industry leader since 1976.The Balancing Act airs daily on weekdays at 7am ET/PT, or check your local listings.

New White Beading Wire

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Create elegant designs with NEW White Color Wire! Designs made using this distinctive hue add a touch of grace and sophistication to jewelry. This wire will disappear inside beads when used for stringing with translucent gemstone, glass and crystal beads. Available in 49 strand, 19 strand and 7 strand. Made in the USA by Beadalon. White is perfect for bridal jewelry - check out these new designs using white Beadalon wire in our Design Workshop!
Bridal Illusion Necklace by Katie Hacker for Beadalon







Woven Bridal Necklace by Katie Hacker for Beadalon

Choosing the Right Stringing Material

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When choosing which type of stringing material to use, start by considering what type of design you're going to make. For example, if you're planning to make a single-strand necklace, you can use almost any stringing material. But, for a woven necklace, you must use very thin beading wire or thread.Flexible beading wire is best for stringing projects featuring glass, crystal, metal and semi-precious beads. It combines the softness of thread with the strength of stainless steel. You choose the style of beading wire based on the flexibility you need. It's available in a variety of colors and widths. You can also use it when you want to add metallic shine to woven projects using larger beads or crystals.Beading thread is primarily used for creating intricately woven designs. You can also use very thin beading wire for some woven designs, but thread is the typical choice for peyote stitch and other traditional seed beadwork. Beading thread should also be used when adding beade…

Free Beading Pattern: Aqua Treasure Bracelet

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Here's a fun charm bracelet that's perfect for summer! Assemble an eye-catching collection of treasures: pearls, crystals, ceramic beads and metallic components create a delightful mélange.
Aqua Treasure Bracelet


• Materials & Tools •• 5 aqua 20mm shell disk beads• 6 aqua/brown 10mm ceramic lentils• 6 silver stardust 12mm disk bangles• 6 gray 8x9mm potato freshwater pearls• 6 gray 5x6mm rice freshwater pearls• 6 Pacific opal 6mm crystals• 6 Pacific opal 4mm crystals• 12 black diamond 4mm crystals• .018" diameter Satin Silver Beadalon 7• Silver Elongated Cable Chain• 6 silver Pinch Bails• 17 silver Head Pins• 6 silver Eye Pins• 12 silver 4mm Jump Rings• 18 silver #1 Crimp Beads• Silver Lobster Clasp• Crimping Tool

New Wire Variety Packs

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Get a triple-shot of your favorite Satin and Metallic color wires in one convenient pack! Available in .015” diameter in 7 and 19 strand constructions, these three-packs feature one 10’ spool each of Satin Silver, Satin Gold & Satin Copper Wires or Silver Color, Gold Color & NEW Champagne Color wires. Made in USA by Beadalon. The Beadalon Design Team is really excited about these collections and we've been whipping up new ideas using multiple colors. Check them out in the Design Workshop.



Pacific Rain Necklace

Summer Jewelry Trends

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Trends come and go. A stylish woman pays attention but is never a slave to them. This summer is all about vibrant, bold, saturated colors! From electric neons to vivid jewel box to feminine pale florals to the color of Summer 2009 yellow...the palette is all over the map. Looks ranging from ethnic-inspired and tribal patterns, bold florals, strong geometrics, long fringe, butterfly accents, 80s era silhouettes, harem pants and fairy tale inspired designs made for one of the most diverse runway seasons in years. Mixing and matching styles is de rigueur and it appears that the standard fashion rules have been set aside at least through 2009. Short shorts pair with structured jackets and platform sandals; sheer, ruched, one-shoulder goddess dresses are worn with chunky jewels and gladiator sandals; tribal-influenced fabrics and shapes are mixed and matched with abandon...it’s a free-for-all and it may be making more than a few of us wonder...what jewelry goes with that?! The haute coutu…

CHA Summer Show Preview

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Disney World isn't the only reason to visit Orlando this summer! The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Summer Show. Comes to town on July 27-30. We are excited to debut over 30 new products including beading wire, findings and tools at the show. Although the CHA Show is only open to the trade, a special consumer SuperShow will take place July 31 - August 1. For a sneak peak of one of our newest innovations, click here.Beadalon will also sponsor a workshop at the show. The ZigZagged Necklace by Margot Potter is featured in the co-authored book, Bead and Wire Jewelry Exposed (F+W Pubs 2009). ZigZagged Necklace
Instructor: Margot Potter, Beadalon Design Team memberWednesday, July 29, 7-9amWorkshop W0803
-Yvette Rodriguez for Beadalon

The Winner!

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The winner of the Bead & Wire Jewelry Exposed book is Shelly from Lompoc, California! Congratulations and enjoy!!!!!!

Beading on the Go!

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Don't forget your beads as you head to the beach this summer! Beadalon Pocket Tools are perfect for beading on the go. Each tool is a standard size but the handles are shorter so they don't take up as much space in your beach bag. If you don't have a project in mind, I recommend scooping a bunch of leftover beads into a baggie and taking them along for a bracelet challenge. In addition to your pocket tools, you'll need a spool of Beadalon 49, crimp tubes and a few clasps. Be sure to include some metallic beads for accents. Think outside your usual color combinations and challenge yourself to create a bunch of bracelets that will make great last-minute gifts in the chilly months to come!Get more ideas for beading on the go in this quick Beading Lesson video.
- Katie Hacker for Beadalon

We're on The Balancing Act.

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Catch us today, July 2nd, on Lifetime TV’s daily dose of inspiration for the busy modern woman: The Balancing Act. Beadalon Design Team member Margot Potter shows lifestyle guru Kathy Peterson (and you!) how to make a trendy bracelet using some of her favorite Beadalon products.Margot and Kathy also discuss DIY jewelry making trends and talk about the history, quality and provenance of the Beadalon brand, an industry leader since 1976. The Balancing Act airs daily on weekdays at 7am ET/PT, or check your local listings. If you miss the premier episode, you can also watch it repeated on July 17 and July 30. Set your DVR!