Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I created this necklace a couple of years ago to embellish my Halloween costume. It looks intricate but is deceptively simple to make. Find the complete materials and instructions below. Here’s to a positively haunting Halloween! 

 Katiedids™ Creative Components 5-hole round donut #356B-522
 18 Siam 4mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements bicones
 15 Siam 4mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements helixes
 12 jet 6mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements helixes
 Siam 8mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements helix
 Jet 8mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements helix
 Jet 8mm Crystallized™ - Swarovski Elements cube
 14 red 8mm glass crow (or white heart) beads
 19 silver 5mm daisy spacers
 1.5mm black Greek Leather cord #JLEGK1.5BLK-05M
 Clear Supplemax #JN0.15W-F (or beading thread)
 19 silver medium ball head pins #312B-253
 Silver eye pin #310B-113
 20-gauge stainless steel wire* #180S-020
 Silver medium lobster clasp #315B-005
 Beading scissors #211A-002
 Round nose pliers #201A-104
 Chain nose pliers #201A-101
 Wire cutters #202A-105

*Alternatively, you can use premade stainless steel coils.

1. Cut one 18" length and fourteen 4" lengths of leather cord.

2. Pass a head pin through a 8mm jet helix and hold it in the center of the donut. Pass the head pin through the holes in the donut and make a wrapped loop above the donut as shown.

3. Cut a 3" length of Supplemax and use it to string 15 Siam 4mm helixes. Place the beaded string inside the channels of the donut, passing the string behind the head pin. Tie the ends in a knot and trim off any extra string.

4. Attach the dangle from Step 2 to the loop on an eye pin. Pass the pin through a jet cube, silver spacer, Siam 8mm helix. Make a wrapped loop and string the pendant onto the center of the 18" leather cord.

5. Fold a 4" piece of leather cord in half and position the fold across the 18" leather cord. Pass the 4" leather cord ends through the fold to tie a lark's head knot. Repeat on the other side of the pendant.

6. On each side of the pendant, alternate red crow beads and leather fringe as shown.

7. Adjust the necklace so the focal section is in the center. Then, cut two 2" pieces of wire and coil them around each end of the focal section to hold it in place.

8. Cut two more 2" piece of wire and coil them around each end of the necklace, forming a loop on the end of each coil. Attach the clasp to one coil.

9. String the following beads onto a head pin: jet 6mm helix, silver spacer, Siam bicone; repeat for six pins.

10. String the following beads onto a head pin: Siam bicone, silver spacer, jet 6mm helix, silver spacer, Siam bicone; repeat for six pins.

11. Make a large basic loop above the beaded section on each head pin, then attach them in an alternating pattern as shown to the center of each lark's head knot (except for the two knots in the center of the necklace).

Katie Hacker for Beadalon
Katiedids™ Creative Components

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chic & Easy Beading Project: Fernando Dasilva

I created this structural jewelry set using jewelry components by Beadalon, with beads, metal filigree parts from A.C.Moore. The inspiration was the Italian Riviera de La Palm coast, by the Adriatic Sea. Now that summer is over, I think that's a good way of setting our mind on that elegant but laid back attitude that’s typical of the hot and steamy Summer nights...summer skies...summer parties. Delicious! 

Fernando Dasilva
Beadalon Design Team Member

Monday, October 24, 2011

JTV’s Jewel School Event

Your Beadalon Design Team is heading to Knoxville, Tennessee for four fun-filled days at JTV’s Jewel School Headquarters. 150 lucky viewers are traveling in for workshops and inspiration. Here’s a sneak peek at our projects:

We’ll be live on JTV’s Jewel School on Thursday 11-2 and Sunday. Be sure to tune in for great deals, tons of inspiration, and more info about JTV’s Design Contest!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quick Links Rings: Leslie Rogalski

There are so many ways to use Quick Links™ rings and chain! Click here  for tips on how to connect them to each other. And, here’s a link to my blog, where I wrote about antiquing and hand-finishing some links.

Leslie Rogalski
Beadalon Design Team Member

Monday, October 17, 2011

Watch This! Online TV: Julianna Hudgins

Hosted by creative expert and Beadalon Design Team Member Julianna Hudgins, Inspirations by Julianna Internet TV features creative ideas for livin’ life and havin’ fun!

Special LIVE broadcasts are scheduled throughout the year where audience participation in live chat is featured. Each Inspirations by Julianna episode is archived online in its entirety and separate demonstration segments are also made available for viewing 24/7.

“My focus is all about “livin’ life” and sharing new products and ideas to help inspire the consumer. From home d├ęcor to home business, paper crafting to jewelry, fashion embellishments and more, I love products that work in every aspect of the creative consumer’s life”, says Julianna. “The features of Internet television allows me to share unique finds, educate, inspire and communicate directly with the creative consumer within the social networking community.”

Click the link above for more information and to download a schedule.

Julianna Hudgins
Beadalon Design Team Member

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thinking Pink in October

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a list of projects in our design gallery to help you think pink! We’d love to see your cause jewelry. Stop by our Facebook page and tell us all about it!

Silver Rose Mystery by Katie Hacker
Pink Lemonade by Margot Potter

Bubble Candy by Suzie Kwon

Monday, October 10, 2011

Beading Adventures in Kiev Part 2: Dale Cougar Armstrong

Recently I was invited to return to Kiev, Ukraine as an instructor at The Fairy Beads Festival, produced by publisher Yuri Shumansky.

Each of the bead festivals held in Kiev has a specific theme. This past August it was dolls. My fellow international instructor, Patty McCord, and I had a blast walking around the show, meeting the artists and admiring their innovative and beautiful creations. Of course, we also did some shopping, and Yuri's wife Natalia presented each of us with a collector doll to remember this year's festival.

Many of the exhibitors used a variety of beads and gemstones in their doll designs, this is one of my favorites.

Patricia McCord from Nottingham, England and I established a great friendship while in Kiev this year.

Teaching around the world is a very gratifying experience for me. Not only am I able to visit exotic places and take in as much of the local art, culture (and food) as I can, but it is also a wonderful learning tool. Not being able to actually "speak" a local language really enhances my skills as a visual instructor. No, it is not something for everyone, but I have found that teaching internationally is a risk that can have many rewards. And before you ask, I have been invited to teach again at the Fairy Beads Festival in 2012, and I said Yes!!

Dale Cougar Armstrong
Beadalon Design Team Member

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beading Adventures in Kiev Part 1: Dale Cougar Armstrong

Many years ago, when I began manipulating wire to make jewelry designs, becoming an instructor was not even on my 'dreams' agenda. Obviously my life changed and I really love teaching, especially "travel-teaching"! Recently I was invited to return to Kiev, Ukraine as an instructor at The Fairy Beads Festival, produced by publisher Yuri Shumansky. One of the best features of my experience is that Beadalon sponsored the wire supplies I needed for my classes!

I was one of two invited international instructors, along with Patty McCord, a fabulous beader from Nottingham, England. We were both very honored to have been judges for the festival's jewelry competition, showcasing some of the most amazing beadwork either of us has ever seen.

One of the beading contest winners.

As a sponsor, Beadalon also had a lovely full page ad in the show program and was mentioned about everywhere during the festival, including the winner's certificates!

Two of the very happy winners of the beading contest came to thank me for being in Kiev as a Beadalon representative!    

All of our "Master Classes" were small, which made it easier for those of us who do not speak the native language. I taught 4 classes to some excellent students, who learned very quickly and were very pleased with their results. Before long, I could almost understand some of their questions, but with "hands-on" learning, there really is no language barrier when it comes to jewelry creation!

Learning to frame a cabochon using German Style, silver-plated wires from Beadalon.

Two of my students show off their finished pendants.

Students from both Russia and Ukraine took classes with me. Here we are making my Tail Feather earrings.  

Dale Cougar Armstrong

Beadalon Design Team Member

Monday, October 3, 2011

Beads, Baubles & Jewels: Katie Hacker

Get ready for the newest episodes of Beads, Baubles & Jewels! Series 1500 starts this month on public television stations nationwide. Beadalon has been a proud corporate sponsor of the show since the beginning seven+ years ago. This season, we have great interviews and projects with your favorite jewelry and beading artists like Leslie Rogalski, Lauren Andersen, Sherry Serafini, Kim St. Jean and more. Tune in!

Find local viewing times, download free projects and links to videos at

Katie Hacker
Host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels