Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thank You & Giveaway



We're grateful to all of you blog readers for following our Design Team's activities all year long. To thank you for reading, we're holding a giveaway!  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Beadalon product. We'll randomly select a name to receive a Buy the Dozen pack of Artistic Wire and some other special surprises. Check back on December 5th to see if you've won.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Beadalon on the Newsstand



Beadalon Designers are turning up all over the place! Check out this month's issues of all of the popular beading and crafting magazines for projects and tips from our Design Team Experts. Look for chainmaile with Lauren Andersen, style tips from Katie Hacker, and brand new ads featuring new Beadalon products and design ideas from our team.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Last Minute Gifts: Julianna Hudgins



This is the time of year when I start to think about shopping for the Holidays! I love to have what I call “Emerga Gifts” on hand. You know, those little items that you need for last minute parties, gift exchanges or "yikes, I forgot about that person!"

The NEW Beadalon Wrappers are perfect for these types of occasions. I love how easy they are to use. Simply wrap wire around the wrapper and you're done! I made this pendant with the silver circle Wrapper and Tiger's Eye beads. You can even add Wrappers to packaging and paper crafts!

Julianna Hudgins
Beadalon Design Team Member

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Beading Videos: Kumihimo Braiding Disk



Watch our new Kumihimo videos on YouTube! Learn how to set up your Beadalon Kumihimo braiding disk and see how easy it is to use Beadalon wire to create beautiful braids. Use Beadalon wire Kumihimo braids to make great necklace foundations for distinctive pendants, eye-catching bracelets for collectible beads, or anything else you can imagine.


Katie Hacker
Beadalon Design Team Member

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Marrakesh Necklace: Leslie Rogalski



The lushness of this exotic-looking necklace comes from layering three chains adorned with different embellishment. Varied sizes of Quick Links and connectors hang from two of the chains, and the third chain has eye pin dangles with rubber tubing sections and Swarovski crystals. Work from the middle out of each length of chain, leaving bare chain where it will curve around the back of your neck when worn. The chains hang at slightly graduated lengths but overlap:


Shortest chain: rolo chain with 20mm SP round rings, connected at every 6th link with medium connectors.

Medium Chain: elongated SP cable chain with 10mm SP round Quick Links connected at every other chain link with medium connectors.

Longest Chain: Fine cable chain with dangles at every seventh chain link. The dangles are eye pins strung with 1 size 4mm comet argent light Swarovski bicone, 1 Beadalon Frost  rubber tube ¾"section, and 1 more comet argent light 4mm bicone. Attach these to the chain with a wire wrapped loop.

To attach the clasp (I used the Upper Clasp 14.2 mm silver spring ring with clear crystals) simply string each of the 3 chains at the ends of the necklace onto silver jump rings. Use a small connector to attach the loop of the spring ring clasp to the jump ring at the other end of the necklace.

Read more about my adventures with Beadalon rubber tubing CLICK HERE!

Leslie Rogalski
Beadalon Design Team Member

Monday, November 7, 2011

Clasps for Chainmaille: Lauren Andersen




Have you been trying to find the perfect clasps to match your black or your copper chainmaille creations? Look no further, Beadalon® is now offering Shiny Black and Copper Plated clasps! 

The lobster clasps can be used for single strand weaves such as the Byzantine, Turkish Round, and the Half Persian 3-in-1. The 2-strand slide clasps can be used for the European 4-in-1, Dragonscale, and two rows of Parallel Weave.

Of course, these clasps are not just for chainmaille! Use them on all your necklaces and bracelets! Or, use the Shiny Black clasps with the new Hematite QuickLinks. Have fun!

Lauren Andersen
Beadalon Design Team Member


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Making Fashion Rings: Julianna Hudgins


I have been experimenting with designs using Artistic Wire and Beadalon's Ring Mandrel so I decided to watch a video by my fellow beader and friend Katie Hacker. (Watch the video CLICK)

It took me three tries to get the right size, because I did not listen when she said to make the ring one size bigger than your finger, silly me! The instructions are really easy and Katie guides you through the process step by step. 

I used the following materials to make my Fashion Ring:  
•Artistic Wire 16G Burgundy  
•Cracked Quartz Beads
•Wire Cutters, Round Nose Pliers & Nylon Jaw Pliers
•Ring Mandrel

This is a fun, easy project that will have you addicted to making rings in no time!

Julianna Hudgins
Beadalon Design Team Member