Monday, January 17, 2011

Meredith's 5 Favorite Products


Sadly, my wire-wrapping journey has fallen by the wayside as my muse and my time are lacking these days. That doesn't mean I'm not still enjoying being surrounded by beady things all day! Beadalon offers thousands of products, and I find myself drawn to different ones for different reasons. My list of favorites seems to change all the time, but right now, these are my Top 5 Faves:


I love all beading techniques and I love learning new things, but the thing I enjoy the most is stitching with seed beads. The WildFire Beadweaving Thread is my favorite thread. It's super strong, the color does not come off on my hands when I work with it, and it doesn't fray or split. Some tips: use dedicated, super-sharp scissors to cut it, and before you try to thread it in your needle, mash the end flat with chain nose pliers.

 
These are the perfect size for my small hands and the perfect tools for everything that I need. Customers often ask for my recommendations for tools. I think that tools are a really personal choice – they are an extension of the artist's own hands – but I always recommend these.

 
They are in high demand and for good reason. We've created a manageable program with two fantastic books to teach eight popular chainmaille weaves. With the price of sterling so high right now, copper jump rings are a great alternative. Plus, with four colors available, you can make really cool designs!

 
4. New Pinch Bail Components
I have a stash of SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS and odd-shaped beads and I just don't quite know what to do with them. These components are a super quick and really clean way to make easy earrings. Guess what everyone is getting for presents this year?


It's an oldie but a goodie! A beautiful pendant hung on velour tubing is a simple and elegant way to complete any outfit. 

Those are my current favorites, although I reserve the right to change my mind at any time! What are your favorites? Leave a comment for a chance to win one of mine.

Happy Beading!
Meredith Roddy for Beadalon

1 comment:

  1. Haven't seen that velour tubing, it looks great! What is the difference between the sparkle tools and the designer tools? I have the pliers from the "designer" line.

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