Thursday, February 25, 2010

Love Wire Crochet?

I taught this necklace at the recent CHA show in Anaheim. This is a basic crochet chain stitch done with a thin gauge of wire and embellished with beads. In my usual ‘impatient’ fashion, I found a way around having to crochet each bead on the wire. This is a fun trick you can master fairly quickly and expand upon with ease. Try not to make your stitches too big, or the necklace will get very long and the crystals will slide through the holes.


25 4mm indicolite AB xilion cut Crystallized™-Swarovski Elements bicones

25 4mm violet xilion cut Crystallized™-Swarovski Elements bicones

1 27mm crystal Crystallized™-Swarovski Elements Galactic pendant

4 314B-344 18x25mm Beadalon QuickLinks™ large SP oval

5 314B-310 12mm Beadalon QuickLinks™ small SP circle

26 gauge silver plated Artistic Wire

2 357B-010 SP cone ends

315B-035 16mm SP swivel lobster clasp

6 314B-005 6mm SP jump rings

1 314B-009 10mm SP jump rings


Round nose pliers

2 pairs chain nose pliers

Wire cutters

Crochet hook size F5

Final length: 18”

  1. You can either work from the spool, freeing up about 4’ of wire before you start or cut off that length from the spool.
  2. You’ll need to keep conditioning the wire as you progress by running it through your fingers, this works out any kinks as you work and keeps the wire supple.
  3. Tie the end of the wire on your hook leaving a 1” tail and a loop through which you can fit the crochet hook.
  4. Thread the crochet hook into the working wire and pull it through the first loop and back up. You’re making a basic crochet chain stitch, but this doesn’t have to be perfectly spaced or methodically approached, try to have the stitches be similar in size and open.
  5. Continue stitching the wire with the hook, working out kinks with your fingers and making sure the wire is unkinked before you pull it through each loop. You can use your nylon jaw plies if you get some stubborn little wire kinks to straighten things out.
  6. When you reach your 100th stitch leave a 2” wire tail.
  7. Cut a 2’ length of wire.
  8. Wrap it around one end of your crocheted wire.
  9. Thread an indicolite bead on the working wire and thread wire back into the next opening in your crocheted wire.
  10. Skip an opening. Thread a violet bead on the working wire and thread it into the next opening in your crocheted wire on the opposite side of the indicolite bead. You’re making an ‘s’ pattern.
  11. Continue alternating between indicolite and violet beads and inserting the wire into every other stitch. They should be about 7/8” apart.
  12. When you reach the 25th indicolite bead thread the working wire into the core strand and then wrap the remaining wire around the core tail. Cut off any excess wire.
  13. Thread the wrapped wires on one end into a silver cone. Use a pair of chain nose pliers to make a coiled loop and cut off any excess wire. Tuck wire tails into themselves with chain nose pliers. Repeat for opposite side.
  14. Attach the galactic pendant and one small QuickLink circle to the center of the necklace using the 10mm jump ring.
  15. Thread a QuickLinks circle and a QuickLinks oval on a jump ring and into the crocheted wire after the fourth bead from the center on each side.
  16. Thread another QuickLinks combo into the crocheted wire after the third bead from your first set of QuickLinks using a 5mm jump ring.
  17. Attach a jump ring to one of your coiled ends and a jump ring with a swivel lobster to the other.



Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter™

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Pix from CHA

California finally got a break from torrential downpours and sunny skies welcomed us to Anaheim for the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Show. We could even see the mountains!

Yvette Rodriguez helped customers create their own necklaces at the make-it-take-table.

Fernando Dasilva demonstrated new products from Catalog 30, answered beading questions, and showed jewelry making techniques.

Sales team Steven Miller, Michael Hogan and Madeline Otero took orders and helped customers spin the prize wheel for extra discounts and bonuses.

Designer Katie Hacker (and baby!) launched her new co-branded line of Katiedids™ Creative Components with Beadalon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

As Seen in Martha Stewart Weddings

That's our own Yvette Rodriguez in the latest Beadalon ad featuring Fernando Dasilva's lovely Princess Dream Necklace & Earring set. The illusion style necklace is a wedding day staple and stunning earrings finish the look.

Follow Fernando's instructions to create your own stylish bridal jewelry using Beadalon and CRYSTALLIZED™ components. Upload photos of your creations to our Facebook page: we love to see what you make!

-Beadalon Blog Team

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jewelry Trend: Chain

When I was in California for CHA a few weeks ago, I spent some time looking for trends in downtown Los Angeles. Chain remains the strongest component in the jewelry making market. I could not believe how many different styles and finishes I saw! Here are two designs to inspire you:

Here is a bracelet I created for Beadalon using stringing wire as "spacing bars." The clasp is one of the "Upper Clasp" styles that is in Catalog 30. I added CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements to bring that "treasure" style like to the multi-strand bracelet.

Next is a necklace featuring heavy chain with sparking thread wrapped around a small section of a star key ring. According to Women's Wear Daily, stars will be one of the hottest motifs for Spring/Summer 2010. You can create chains of stars using jump rings to connect several them together. Here, I added two crystal red magma twisted crystal stones to jazz up the neckline.

-Fernando Dasilva

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Velour Tools

We all have favorite new products from Catalog 30 and one of mine is the Velour Tool Set. The fuzzy handles are just plain fun. The ergonomic chain nose, round nose and flush cutters are affectionately and unofficially known as Oscar, Grover and Elmo. Maybe it's because I have little ones at home, but that makes me smile!

Using the right tools can make a huge difference in your jewelry designs. The handles should feel comfortable in your hands and you should be able to use them repeatedly without feeling fatigued. For tips on choosing the right tools, check out these Beading Lesson videos from Beads, Baubles & Jewels:

Episode #1005

Episode #911

Episode #403

-Katie Hacker

Monday, February 8, 2010

Ideas for Katiedids™ Creative Components

This is an easy, elegant necklace using the Katiedids donut, Bead Ready™ wire and 4mm round crystals. Pass the wire through an outside hole and 15 crystals, then pass it through the first 7 crystals to form a beaded circle. Place the circle inside the component, then pass the wire end through the opposite hole. Adjust it so the component is at the center of the necklace, then attach the clasp.

The pendant is really dramatic! String 4mm crystals onto beading wire to form a circle and place it in one of the channels. Repeat for the other channel. Pass a head pin through a 8mm crystal and through the drilled holes on the component, then make a wrapped loop for a bail.

The long stick components make great earrings or you can incorporate them into necklace designs. For the earrings pictured here, I passed a head pin through 4mm crystals and the upper drilled hole to add extra movement.

-Katie Hacker

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Visit Us in Tucson

Visit us this weekend, February 6-8, at The Tucson Bead Show at The DoubleTree Reid Park in Tucson, AZ. Fernando Dasilva and Wyatt White will be demonstrating new products from Catalog 30 and you'll have a chance to ask questions, get jewelry making tips, and learn how to perfect your beading techniques.

If you've never been to the Tucson gem shows before, you're in for an eye-popping experience! There are more than 40 shows located throughout the city. Learn more and plan your trip using the Tucson Show Guide.

-Beadalon Blog Team