Monday, May 31, 2010

On the Newsstand

The new issue of BeadStyle hits newsstands tomorrow and my necklace design made the cover! I used Katiedids™ Creative Components and Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements in a color scheme inspired by the Indiana landscape.

The editors are calling this their All-Star issue because it's the first time BeadStyle has commissioned specific projects from some of their favorite designers. The projects are inspired (literally or spiritually) by the areas where the designers live:

· Rupa Balachandar - inspired by India

· Jess DiMeo and Leah Hanoud - inspired by Cape Cod

· Monica Han - inspired by Asia

· Katie Hacker - inspired by Indiana

· Linda Arline Hartung - inspired by California

· Catherine Hodge - inspired by Michigan

· Irina Miech - inspired by Milwaukee

· Judy Payne - inspired by Iowa

· Heather Powers - inspired by San Antonio

· Tammy Powley - inspired by South Florida

· Kim St. Jean - inspired by South Carolina

· Brenda Schweder - inspired by Milwaukee

· Jean Yates - inspired by New York

I'm so excited to be a part of this talented group of designers and can't wait for you to see the amazing projects that everyone contributed to this issue!

-Katie Hacker for Beadalon, Katiedids™

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anchors Away

We're thrilled to announce that our very own Fernando Dasilva and Wyatt White will be teaching workshops on The Creativity Cruise with Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements.

The cruise takes place April 11-16, 2011, with ports of call in Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Florida. Space is extremely limited, so book your reservation now!

All classes are held while at sea, giving you the freedom to shop, relax, or enjoy one of our many exciting excursions when we drop anchor. Other instructors include:

* Lilan Chen, Contemporary Wirework Artist

* Stephanie Dixon, Canadian Instructor and Designer

* Linda Hartung, Designer and co-owner of WireLace® and Alacarte Clasps™

* Debra Saucier, Designer and owner of The Bead & Wire Shop

* Laura Timmons, Designer and Fashion Columnist of Bead Unique Magazine

* Kristal Wick, Designer, Artist and Author

All materials and tools will be supplied along with a souvenir tote bag filled with product samples and goodies from additional sponsors. You need bring only yourself (including your creativity, of course)!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Positively Pink

This necklace started life as a linked, rosary-style chain with the large dichroic glass pendant. After looking at it for a while, I decided to jazz it up with some of my new Katiedids™ components and colorful wire coils. Enjoy!

Katiedids™ Creative Components 5-hole round donut #356B-522

Katiedids™ Creative Components 19.5mm 2-hole rectangle #356B-510

14 light rose 4mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements rounds

4 rose 6mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements bicones

8 rose 8mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements bicones

Rose 10mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements bicone

16 clear 8mm crackled glass rounds

45mm pink Paula Radke dichroic glass pendant

2 silver 4mm silver spacer disks #314B-166

Fuchsia 22-gauge Artistic Wire

Rose 20-gauge Artistic Wire

Clear Supplemax #JN0.15W-F (or beading thread)

Silver medium lobster clasp #315B-005

Round nose pliers #201A-104

Chain nose pliers #201A-101

Wire cutters #202A-105

Jump Ring Maker #228-050

1. Cut twenty-two 1 ½" lengths of rose wire. Make a basic loop on one end of each, string a 8mm bead onto the wire, then make another basic loop. Repeat for 22 bead links.

2. Use the Jump Ring Maker to make a 1 ½" fuchsia coil, then cut it in half and trim if necessary to fit one inside each rectangle component.

3. Cut a 4" piece of fuchsia wire and make a wrapped loop on one end. Pass it through: 6mm bicone, rectangle component with coil inside, 6mm bicone. Make another wrapped loop. Repeat to make a matching link.

4. Cut a 6" piece of fuchsia wire and make a wrapped loop to attach it to the glass pendant. Pass the wire through the donut with silver spacer, 10mm bicone and silver spacer in the center. Exit the donut and make another wrapped loop

5. String rose rounds onto Supplemax and lay it in the channels of the donut component, passing the string behind the fuchsia wire to hold the beaded ring in place. Tie the ends in a knot.

6. To assemble one side of the necklace: attach a clear bead link to the upper wrapped loop on the pendant/donut. Attach a link from Step 3 to the other end of the same clear bead link. Attach a new clear link to the other end of the link from Step 3. Now, connect alternating crystal and clear bead links until four crystal links are used.

7. Connect three more clear bead links. Repeat the pattern for the other side of the necklace and the clasp to one end.

Design & instructions ©Katie Hacker; for personal use only.

-Katie Hacker for Beadalon, Katiedids™

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sneek Peek: KINK FREE Ti Wire

Here's a sneak peak at our newest, revolutionary wire that we'll be unveiling at the Bead & Button Show: KINK FREE Ti! It's a remarkable, super-elastic wire with maximum kink resistance.

Made of titanium alloy, KINK FREE Ti is ideal for use on jewelry designs with lots of twisting, looping, and extreme movement. When pinched and released, the wire returns to its original straight shape, without kinking.

Beadalon Product Manager Wyatt White used it to create the design shown above, with circles of wire anchored in place with crimps. Beadalon Design Team member Katie Hacker says, "Titanium is a hot trend in men's jewelry, so this wire is my new go-to for upscale, masculine designs!"

The sleek, Titanium gunmetal finish coordinates perfectly with our new range of gunmetal findings. Proudly made in our factory here in the USA.

-Yvette Rodriguez

Beadalon Events & Advertising

Monday, May 17, 2010

Inspired by Frida

Cinco de Mayo has passed but May is still here and I created a fresh design incorporating big, carved roses inspired by Frida Kahlo's aesthetic. When I think about Frida, I immediately envision all the tropical fruits, colors and flowers that are depicted throughout her work.

I added Swarovski Elements stones using BeadFix™ adhesive squares to glue a single stone on each acrylic bead. The little flower connectors were strung onto satin silver wire through two of the opening rings. Pieces of colored twisted wire using Artistic Wire™ were used to create a wrapped bail to hang the pendants.

The final result is a rich, candy-like piece that can be worn anytime you feel like releasing your inner Lupita de las Flores. Viva Mexico!

Materials used in this design:

BeadFix™ adhesive squares

.018" satin silver wire Beadalon 19

.018" SilveRose™ wire Beadalon 7

Artistic Wire™: gold, red, black

Gold plated flower connectors

Gold plated solid spacer rings

Antique brass toggle clasp by John Bead Corp

Crystal flatback stones by Swarovski Elements

-Fernando Dasilva for Beadalon

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beadalon Presents: Intermediate-Level Wire Wrapping 101

We're super excited for the Bead & Button Show this year since we'll be hosting another in our "Beadalon Presents" series of workshops. This one is focusing on the hot trend of wire wrapping.

Beadalon Product Manager, Wyatt White, will be sharing his expertise in this intermediate class focusing on the proper techniques of wire wrapping and forming to perfect your skills. Students will learn simple loop making with round wire and CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements and then move onto more complex work with square and half-round wire with flat-back stones and cabochons. Heavy emphasis will be given to proper tool usage.

Each student will receive complete printed instructions, appropriate crystal beads and stones, and an ample supply of silver- and gold-plated wire, as well as 316L stainless steel half-round and square wire. To sign up visit:

-Yvette Rodriguez

Beadalon Events & Advertising

Thursday, May 6, 2010

More Mixed Media, Please!

Mixed media is a hot trend in jewelry making and it's so easy to get great results!

Check out this Wishing Star – the same technique would make a fun pendant or colorful charm bracelet dangles.

Wishing Star Cell Phone Charm by Margot Potter


• 4mm Rose Swarovski Crystal Round

• 4mm Olivine Swarovski Crystal Round

• 4mm Jonquil Swarovski Crystal Round

• Chain Tag Open Circle

• Blank Wooden Star

• Two 5x12mm Screw Eye Hooks

• Three 8mm Jump Rings

• Three SP Head Pins

• One Small SP Swivel Lobster

• One Cell Phone Lanyard

• One Circle Pix Image from Art Chix Studio (or small image of your own choosing) “wish” phrase printed in Times New Roman 9pt.

• Sparkle Mod Podge

• Liquid Laminate™ Beacon Adhesives

• Green Apple Anita’s Acrylic Paint

• Small Paint Brush

• Battery Operated Bead Reamer

• Round Nose Pliers

• Chain Nose Pliers

• Flush Cutters

• Scissors or Exacto Style Knife


1. Ream holes to accommodate the eye screws using your bead reamer. The holes must be wide and deep enough to accommodate the screws, to prevent splitting the wood. They should be at the top point of the star and at the indentation directly below the top point. Use your chain nose pliers to secure the eye screws as you gently twist them into the star.

2. Paint the star on all sides and allow to dry. Use the screw tops as handles to prevent smearing while you paint, and rest the star on its side on two points to prevent smudging while it dries.

3. Brush a small amount of liquid laminate on the back of the paper image and press it on the front of the star. Repeat with the word, placing it overlapping the top of the image on an angle.

4. Paint the entire star with Sparkle Mod Podge, allow to dry.

5. Paint the top with a layer of liquid laminate and allow to dry. Repeat. Make sure you have no air bubbles, pop these with a small pin or gently shake them out.

6. Create coiled top head pin dangles with the three bicone crystals. Slide them on an 8mm jump ring. Attach this to the bottom of the bottom screw with another 8mm jump ring. Attach a final 8mm jump ring with the open circle tag to the crystal jump ring.

7. Attach the swivel lobster to the cell phone lanyard jump ring using pliers.

8. Check back through the jump rings to ensure that they are all securely closed.

Project for personal use only, not intended for resale.

- Margot Potter

The Impatient Crafter

Monday, May 3, 2010

First Monday Giveaway

It has been a while since we've done a First Monday Giveaway! This month, we want to know your thoughts about beading trends. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones are coming up or going away?

Our Design Team is constantly watching trends and we bet you are, too. Share your ideas in a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win a copy of Beads 2010, just published by Interweave Press. We'll collect comments for one week and then randomly select a winner. Check back to see if you've won!

Beads 2010 includes

· 179+ editors’ favorite beads of 2010

· 15 inspiring projects with step-by-step instructions

· The editors' top 5 picks for jewelry trends (and how you can get the look)

· 14 pages of beading resources

· Cool organization solutions for at home or on the go

· A list of bead shows in your area

· Plus, much, much more!

Design Team members Margot Potter and Katie Hacker are quoted in Beads 2010: Margot says, "I'm fascinated and thrilled by the current trend in the haute couture houses toward mixed-media jewelry…" and Katie says, "The vintage trend isn't going anywhere soon…" Check out this issue for more trend tips from the pros!

-Beadalon Blog Team