Monday, January 31, 2011

Come Meet Us!

While we spend countless hours building relationships with our customers over phone and email, nothing beats meeting them in person. Tradeshows are usually the best way to meet face-to-face and develop new relationships as well.

January – April are the busiest months for us as we’re all scattered throughout the country and Europe. We'll be attending the most important trade shows in the industry. Needless to say, we’re excited for the upcoming weeks and hope to see you there!

Our first top stop is sunny Los Angeles, California for the CHA Winter show, January 29 - Feb. 1st. Our CHA booth this year is the biggest yet, with several demonstration tables, free make & takes, and all of our most popular products on display. We’ll have over 10 feet of POG merchandising walls along with countless jewelry designs made with Beadalon products. 

From LA we’re heading over to Tucson, AZ for the To Bead True Blue show, January 30 - February 4th, at the Doubletree Hotel where we’ll be on display with our newest beading products. We'll show designers, manufacturers, and consumers how easy it is to create high quality jewelry with our products. The entire city of Tucson converts into the world’s largest gathering of gemstone, bead and jewelry dealers. It's definitely the best place to find the current trends in jewelry!

For all our fans and customers in Europe, we’ll be in Birmingham, UK exhibiting at the Craft Hobby & Stitch International Show, from February 20 - 22nd. Come meet us at the show!

-Yvette Rodriguez
Event Manager/Marketing Coordinator

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Visit Us in LA or Tucson

Your Beadalon Blog Team is on the road again! We're heading to Los Angeles for the Craft & Hobby Association Winter Conference & Trade Show AND the To Bead True Blue Show in Tucson. Watch for updates on our Facebook page, with full reports, photos and trend-spotting here on the blog when we return.

We love going to the shows because it's a great place to meet you face-to-face. Please drop by our booths to see new products, ask questions and meet designers Lauren Andersen, Fernando Dasilva, Katie Hacker and Wyatt White.

Craft & Hobby Association Winter Show
Los Angeles, CA
January 29 – February 1, 2011

To Bead True Blue
Tucson, AZ
January 30 – February 4, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Beads, Baubles & Jewels on DVD

Beadalon has been a proud corporate sponsor of Beads, Baubles & Jewels since its beginning seven years ago. The show has a fresh, new look and Design Team Member Katie Hacker is now the host. Each show features a magazine-style format with intriguing projects and techniques from a variety of guest experts.

Beads, Baubles & Jewels is available on public television stations nationwide. To find viewing times in your area, enter your zip code at Of course, you can watch Katie's Beading Lessons anytime in the Design Workshop at The newest series is also now available on DVD from Interweave Press! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

CREATE YOUR STYLE in Tucson Workshops

Several of our Beadalon Design Team members are teaching workshops using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Beadalon products at the CREATE YOUR STYLE event in Tucson, Jan. 31-Feb.4. Seats are still available, so register now!

Encrusted Cuff by Fernando Dasilva
Feb. 1, 1-3pm
Learn how to customize a machine stamped suede bracelet using SWAROVSKI Flat backs and accent components to create an alluring fashion statement. Combining gluing and stringing, you will create a design that is delicate yet fierce, with an option of two color palettes.

Comet Anemone Bracelet by Leslie Rogalski
Feb. 2, 9am-noon
Learn a fun and popular fringe technique as you create this lush, glittering bracelet. Easy to stitch SWAROVSKI Round or Xilion Beads size 4mm and size 8 seed beads make this project come together quickly. Fringes are added to beads strung on wire and finished with a stylish clasp.

Modern Patina by Katie Hacker
Feb. 3, 9am-noon
An ancient color combination gets a modern update in this jewelry set that you'll wear again and again. Learn the secrets to creating customized crystal pendants, combining crystals and pearls, and make multiple wire-wrapped dangles as you assemble your sparkling creation.

Very Violet by Katie Hacker
Feb. 4, 1-4pm
Learn a unique wire weaving technique to create this crystal-studded treasure of a necklace. Combine different shapes and sizes of crystals for a luxurious, textured look. The same technique will be shown on a variety of wire frames so you can imagine the possibilities!

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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FaveCrafts Radio

Last week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Pat Sloan, the host of FaveCrafts Radio. There were a bunch of great guests from the craft world, including Mark Montano, Cathie Filian, Amy Barickman and Amy Anderson. It was a fun warm-up for the Craft & Hobby Association Winter Conference & Trade Show that takes place in Los Angeles later this month!

Of course, I talked about beads, jewelry making and Katiedids™ Creative Components. invited me to participate because they have lots of my jewelry making project sheets in their collection of how-to's. Our Beadalon Design Team has contributed tons of projects to their archive of free, online projects. Have you checked them out yet?

From the FaveCrafts website:
FaveCraftsRadio is hosted by BlogTalkRadio and featured Host Pat Sloan. This lively lifestyle program treats listeners to creative ideas and featured guests and reporters who offer creative tips, project ideas, product reviews, tips about projects on and so much more. It’s all about discovering the crafter in you! Archived podcasts can be streamed directly from the website or downloaded for free through iTunes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Beads, Baubles & Jewels Sneak Peek

It may not sound exciting to say I go to Cleveland twice a year, but I go there to tape a TV show! Here I am on the set of the PBS series, Beads, Baubles, and Jewels with host Katie Hacker. We're excited to be working together, can you tell? Katie is the host with the most, and makes it SO much more fun than ever.

On the table are yummy new  "sunflower" Swarovski crystal fancy stones, which I show used in a beaded netting bezel technique. (You have to wait for the series to air before that project is available, sorry!) You know, I'm not usually a big yellow fan but this sunflower color is just brilliant and fiery. A true dazzler!

Thanks to Beadalon, who sponsored my segments. I only use their WildFire beading thread for all my seed beading – all my beading, actually. Thanks to Swarovski for sending me samples of this fabulous new color, and to John Bead Company for the Miyuki Delicas I also used in this lesson.

The series starts airing nationwide on public television in Spring 2011. Stay tuned!

-Leslie Rogalski, Beadalon Design Team Member

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Charmood Bangle Bracelet by Fernando Dasilva

Get your sparkle on with this bracelet that’s as fun to create as it is to wear. Make several so you can stack them on your arm for a look that’s purely fabulous!

Materials & Tools
• 6 Swarovski 8mm turquoise crystal cubes*
• 9 Swarovski crystal AB heart pendant *
• 5 Swarovski crystal AB bicone pendant *
• 3 Swarovski 12mm peridot round crystal *
• 1 Swarovski 12mm peridot bicone crystal *
• 1 wood bangle with 45 rings *
• 4 silver plated 1hole disc spacer – 522B-016
• 2 silver plated flower ear post
• 2 silver plated round ear post
• 4 silver plated spade ear post
• 11 silver plated sexy tags – 322B-012
• 6 silver plated wide oval tags – 322B-010
• 8 silver plated closed heart charms – 348B-010
• 8 silver plated lightweight 4mm jump rings 314B-015
• 45 silver plated 6mm jump rings – 314B-005
• 6 silver plated head pins 312E-009
• 2 silver plated ball star head pins – 312B-110
• Beadalon ergo round nose pliers
• Beadalon ergo chain nose pliers
• Beadalon Designer flush cutter

1. String 1 turquoise cube onto 1 plain head pin. Use round nose pliers to make a simple loop above the bead and add 1 sexy tag to it and wrap it twice. Use flush cutter to trim excess wire and set aside.

2. Use flush cutter to cut off post of flower ear post and with chain nose pliers attach a 6mm jump ring onto it and set aside. Make a second one.

3. Repeat step 2 using all the other ear posts. You will end up with 6 dangles made out of ear posts. Choose tags according to your desire.

4. String 2 big peridot crystals onto 2 ball star head pins and make a simple loop above the beads using round nose pliers and set aside. Repeat the same with the other 2 peridot crystals left and use regular head pins.

5. String 9 heart pendants onto 9 lightweight jump rings and set aside.

6. Repeat step 5 using top drilled bicone crystals and regular jump rings.

7. Start attaching charms and crystal dangles to the bangle. Mix short and long dangles to create a fun look. Use all rings until you have beads all way around.

- Fernando Dasilva for Beadalon
For personal use only; All Rights Reserved

Monday, January 3, 2011

Beadalon Design Team Welcomes Leslie Rogalski

We're proud to announce the newest member of the Beadalon Design Team: Leslie Rogalski! You may already know her as the former editor of Step By Step Beads magazine and Beading Daily, and have seen her work published in countless other beading magazines. Leslie brings her expertise in beadwork and her style of creating beautiful bold designs using symmetry, balance and order. We're excited to have her join the team!

“I love to play with materials and techniques, and to invent new designs. In every medium from seed beads to wire, my construction style is about architecture and balance, symmetry and order. My passion for making jewelry is as much about the journey and the process – it’s a meditative escape from the world – as the end result. I can spend days on a single design or complete something satisfying in under an hour. Making wearable art is sheer joy for me, and I am happiest when I can ignite the same passion in others.”

Read more about Leslie, what inspires her as a jewelry designer, and her favorite Beadalon products at the Beadalon Design Team Profile Page. What would you like to see here on the Blog from Leslie? More seed bead projects? Leave us a comment.