Thursday, April 28, 2011

Katiedids Design Contest Closing Next Week!




You still have time to enter the first-ever Katiedids™ Design Contest! Showcase your creativity using any Katiedids Creative Components! Submit a picture of each of your designs separately to KatiedidsStudio@yahoo.com by midnight EST May 1 for your chance to win one of these prize packages:

Grand Prize:
Your design will be displayed in Beadalon's booth at the Bead &Button Show 2011
Beads, Baubles and Jewels DVD set of series 1300
Signed copy of Katie's Beading Secrets
Katiedids Pendant Collection (4 styles)
Variety pack of Beadalon 19 stringing wire
"Buy the Dozen" Artistic Wire pack

2 Honorable Mentions:
Signed copy of Katie's Beading Secrets
3 Katiedids 35mm Pendants
"Buy the Dozen" Artistic Wire pack

Contest Rules
  • All entries must be original designs created by the entrant.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged and welcome but they must be submitted separately.
  • Entries must be emailed to KatiedidsStudio@yahoo.com between midnight EST April 6 and midnight EST May 1.
  • Entries must include a title for the design and complete contact information for the entrant including name, telephone number, postal address and email address.
  • Entries must include a photograph that is 1MB or less. Photo filename must match the entry title.

A panel of judges will choose the winners based on creative use of Katiedids™ Creative Components and pleasing jewelry design. Winners will be announced on Katie Hacker's blog and Beadalon's blog on June 1. Entrants grant permission to Katie Hacker and Beadalon to use the photographs on their blogs and Facebook photo albums. Winners will be required to supply materials lists and may be requested to provide instructions for publication on the Beadalon website.

We can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Choosing Your Thread Color

There's no escaping having your thread show when you do bead stitching, and it will show more in some stitches than others. Whether your thread matches or contrasts with your bead colors is a design choice to use to your advantage. Here are a few examples of choices I made:


In this circular brick stitched piece, the thread is very visible, but the green WildFire® color is quite camouflaged in the beadwork – even at close inspection.


Right angle weave uses multiple thread passes, so choose a matching color and keep your stitches neat. The shape of your beads reveals more or less thread, too. You can see a lot of thread between the bicone SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS used here, but the green WildFire acts as a neutral hue and recedes nicely.


Thread shows along the edges of peyote-stitched beadwork. The WildFire frost color is almost invisible against the clear seed beads in this ring.


Black WildFire was used in flat herringbone with size 8 Delica beads, so even though this stitch reveals thread, the consistent dark thread color works with all the bead colors.


On the other hand, why not use the thread as part of your design? I deliberately chose green WildFire and used it to show as an added detail in my Diamond Bail Pendant.

Now my question is, when is the next color of WildFire coming out and what new design options will it offer? I can't wait!

Leslie Rogalski
Beadalon Design Team Member
www.sleeplessbeader.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Chainmaille Earrings



Tri-Mobius Chainmaille Earrings in Artistic Wire
®

These cute little earrings are lightweight and so easy to make!  With a few jump rings and a pair of ear wires you can make these this afternoon to wear tonight. Who knew chainmaille could be so easy?

Materials:

18 (9 per earring) 18 gauge 15/64” AW Chainmaille Jump Rings in Non-Tarnish Brass
12 (6 per earring) 18 gauge 9/64” AW Chainmaille Jump Rings in Non-Tarnish Silver
2 (1 per earring) 20 gauge 3/32” AW Chainmaille Jump Rings in Non-Tarnish Brass
1 pair of ear wires

1. With an open 20g 3/32” brass ring add two pre-closed silver rings and the ear wire, close the small brass ring.

2. With an open 18g 15/64” brass ring scoop up the two silver rings added in step 1, close the brass ring.

3. With an open 18g 15/64” brass ring scoop up the two silver rings added in step 1 then weave the large brass ring through the large brass ring added in step 2, close brass ring.

4. With an open 18g 15/64” brass ring scoop up the two silver rings added in step 1 then weave the large brass ring thru the large brass ring added in step 2 and the large brass ring added in step 3, this creates the “mobius,” close brass ring.

5. Add two 18g 9/64” silver rings to the mobius created in step 4.

6. Repeat steps 2 thru 5.

7. Repeat steps 2 thru 4.


Lauren Andersen
The Chainmaille Lady™
Beadalon Design Team Member
 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wire Wrapped Jewelry: Wyatt White






Do you love wire wrapped jewelry? So does Beadalon product manager and education director Wyatt White. He has been traveling across the US and Canada for the past couple of years, teaching people how to make wire wrapped jewelry. Although he doesn't consider himself a designer, he is constantly creating innovative jewelry components with wire. Check out these rings and bracelets!

You can see Wyatt 's wire wrapping techniques in action on Beadalon's YouTube channel and on series 1300 of the public television program Beads, Baubles & Jewels

Wyatt demonstrates wire wrapping
at events across the US and Canada

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We're in Nashville, TN this weekend!

Thursday, April 14 - Sunday April, 17 2011
Nashville Convention Center

Looking for a girlfriends getaway? Visit us this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Southern Women's Conference! Ask Beadalon Design Team Members Margot Potter and Katie Hacker your burning beading questions in JTV's Jewel School booth and stock up on JTV-exclusive Beadalon kits while you're there.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Money-Saving Tips for Beaders

8 Tips for a Tough Economy

I believe in having whatever I need to bead my best. It's so frustrating to portion out components or scrimp on materials.  I can't sit down to make a new design based on having only 5 bicones when I want 50, or 500. It's so contrary to being creative.  Limit my style? Never! And I am way past doing things as an "exercise" or a "challenge" so forget that admonishment. Don’t get me wrong, I am frugal and don’t make purchases I can't afford. These are tough economic times. And, I use my stash as wisely as possible. Who can afford to be wasteful?  So while I don’t base design solely on what I have on hand, or scrimp by trying to adhere to an exact measured snip of working wire, I do have some tips for saving and making the most of what you have.

1. Save pieces of WildFire longer than 8 inches. Keep 'em in a baggie on hand. Those pieces will be more than enough when you run out of thread just a few rows short or need a small length of thread to add a clasp or an embellishment bead. Longer pieces can be wound around an embroidery floss cardboard so they don’t tangle.

2. Have a bead soup bowl for straggler bits. Invariably after I clean up and put everything away I find stray jump rings, chain links, beads or other flotsam that escaped my sweep. I brush those components into one bowl, not wanting to waste time to sort them out. I can't tell you how many times I have needed one small bead, one single finding, and found it within my soup bowl!

3. Recycle "mistakes." We all have to start over from time to time, but I never throw away even the smallest beady clusters. I toss them into a "sampler" bin and eventually recycle the beads in another piece.

4. Be energy efficient. Those mistakes to be recycled? I don’t waste my "good energy" undoing them. I save that chore for time of the evening when my brain is toasted, but I can still snip and sort while watching TV.

5. Most of us use clear ziplock baggies ad infinitum, for storage, for protecting sold pieces, etc. Save the new, clean ones for your sold designs, and reuse old, scratched bags to store your beads. (They don’t care if they can't see out!) Just make sure they don’t leak.

6. When my velux bead mats get grungy, I wash 'em in a lingerie bag. If they frizzle, cut them into small pieces, tape to an index card, and stick your traveling needles in them.

7. Yes, putting a nylon stocking over a vacuum hose does help you collect spilled beads!

8. Get a scale. I don’t stand on one and bemoan my recent Oreo binge, but I have one for my beads. Learn how many beads you have and how many you really need before spending money.

I hope some of my tips save you time and money!

Leslie Rogalski
Beadalon Design Team Member
www.sleeplessbeader.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Announcing Katiedids Design Contest




During the month of April, Katie Hacker is partnering with Beadalon to launch the first-ever Katiedids™ Design Contest. Showcase your creativity using any Katiedids Creative Components! Submit a picture of each of your designs separately to KatiedidsStudio@yahoo.com between midnight EST April 6 and midnight EST May 1 for your chance to win one of these prize packages:

Grand Prize:
Your design will be displayed in Beadalon's booth at the Bead & Button Show 2011
Beads, Baubles and Jewels DVD set of series 1300
Signed copy of Katie's Beading Secrets
Katiedids Pendant Collection (4 styles)
Variety pack of Beadalon 19 stringing wire
"Buy the Dozen" Artistic Wire pack

2 Honorable Mentions:
Signed copy of Katie's Beading Secrets
3 Katiedids 35mm Pendants
"Buy the Dozen" Artistic Wire pack

Contest Rules
  • All entries must be original designs created by the entrant.
  • Multiple entries are encouraged and welcome but they must be submitted separately.
  • Entries must be emailed to KatiedidsStudio@yahoo.com between midnight EST April 6 and midnight EST May 1.
  • Entries must include a title for the design and complete contact information for the entrant including name, telephone number, postal address and email address.
  • Entries must include a photograph that is 1MB or less. Photo filename must match the entry title.

A panel of judges will choose the winners based on creative use of Katiedids™ Creative Components and pleasing jewelry design. Winners will be announced on Katie Hacker's blog and Beadalon's blog on June 1. Entrants grant permission to Katie Hacker and Beadalon to use the photographs on their blogs and Facebook photo albums. Winners will be required to supply materials lists and may be requested to provide instructions for publication on the Beadalon website.

We can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Getting Creative





 
I'm getting ready to demonstrate Katiedids™ Creative Components on the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS cruise next week and I've been making some samples to show. At first, I didn't know what to do with these components but now I think they're fabulous! You can really get creative. I am filling them with Beadalon rubber tubing, SWAROVKSI ELEMENTS rivolis and flatbacks, and am surrounding them with TierraCast charms. Enjoy!


The artist hard at work
Fernando Dasilva
Beadalon Design Team Member