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Take it Easy: Leslie Rogalski

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Give your fingers and eyes a break now and then by working in a different size and technique. I love switching off from small and time-consuming seed beads to work in larger materials, use different tools, and design in different techniques.
This doesn’t mean I give up using materials I love. I had fun recently playing with Beadalon rubber tubing in different sizes. Here's a pendant using thin pieces of rubber tubing cut into different lengths. These pieces are simply strung on 19 strand beading wire with Swarovski Siam elements held on the tips with crimps. Coil an easy loop for a bail with 22g Artistic wire and hang on a chain. 

A single cast off snippet of thick rubber tubing found a home in another necklace, once I had samples of the absolutely fabulous Swarovski crystal mesh in hand! Using a Beadalon bead enhancer bail around the tube, I hung pieces of the mesh from the bail with a single jump ring. SO easy and fast! Wired the tube with loops and added it to a chain.
So take it …

Madly in Love Necklace: Fernando Dasilva

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Get ready for Valentine's Day with this sweetheart of a necklace!
BEADALON components: •1 spool Beadalon 49 strands 024” silver color JW12SP-10 •70 silver-plated 4mm round jump rings - 314B-002 •2 silver-plated medium back ring ear wires – 308B-220 •7 silver-plated 9mm pinch bail pendants – 327B-051 •3 silver-plated 12mm pinch bail pendants - 327B-059 •32 silver-plated #2 crimp tubes – 305X-129 •32 silver-plated 5mm crimp covers – 349B-013 •1 rhodium-plated round heavy Upper Clasp with large crystal – 303W-329 •5 inch piece of silver-plated large rolo chain – 340B-080
Tools: •Nipper tool – 202S-001 •Standard bead crimp tool – JTCRIMP1 •Mighty crimp tool – JTCRIMP3
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS: •9 - connectors – aquamarine by Jolee’s (ACMoore) •8 12mm crystal wild heart pendants – article 6240 •3 17mm crystal wild heart pendants – article6240
Creating stringing wire circles
1. Cut thirty pieces of 3 inch length of stringing wire. Take one piece and string a crimp tube onto wire and then go back into the tube to…