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Find your Zen in Beads

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On yesterday's Beadalon Facebook Live Video, I shared a fun project that featured the Beadalon Knotter Tool and Tassel Maker to make a Mala Necklace. A Mala Necklace means different things to different people, and the internet is a wonderful labyrinth of interesting information, but at its core, it's a prayer necklace of 108 beads that is used during meditation.

For my inspiration, I was looking at a project on the Rings & Things website by Mollie Valente. She used the Beadalon Tassel Maker and Cotton Tassel Cord with some gorgeous beads. I loved her instructions and how she broke it all down, but I wanted to make my necklace with knots in between my beads rather than seed beads like she used. I also used B-Lon Tex 210 Beading Thread for my Tassel. But I did keep the TierraCast charm at the back of the necklace - just one of those little touches that make the design more special. Thanks for the inspiration, Mollie!

You can use any gemstone, glass or other bead that suits you…

The Beadalon Team's JTV Experience

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The Beadalon Team had an AMAZING time at the JTV Experience hosted by Jewelry Television July 17-21, 2017! I had the pleasure of finally meeting the lovely Kleshna, inventor of the Bangle Bracelet and Ring Weaver Tools. We celebrated the birthday of the talented Sara Ellis, and it's always a good time when Wyatt White is part of the party! We even got to see Beadalon Design Team member, Candie Cooper, as she was running to her class that was televised LIVE. We all taught classes as part of the event, and my students had the opportunity to work with the Elastic Cord Needle and Elonga Stretch Cord. Everyone agreed that the Elonga was a great option for making stretch bracelets - look for more information about it soon.  My second class used the Katie Knotter Tool, designed by Katie Hacker. Did you know that if you don't have the right sized table for the C bracket, you can use a Beadalon Tacky Bead Mat? That mat comes in handy in so many ways! We made fun bangle bracelets using…

Kleshna, Inventor of the Bracelet and Ring Weaver Tools was here!

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She flew across the pond, direct from England to visit us and we couldn't get enough of her! Kleshna is a true joy to be around, as her passion for jewelry making is infectious. Not to mention her British accent is fun to hear!

To not shorthand her talent, here is her bio from her page:

Kleshna Handel is a vibrant and creative British jewellery designer, maker and teacher with over 25 years of industry experience. Well known for her lively jewelery making shows on Jewellery Maker TV and sell out in-studio jewellery making courses, Kleshna champions old world craft techniques teamed with a modern design approach. Kleshna’s design career took off at London Fashion Week, exhibiting an eclectic collection of exquisite hand crafted jewellery in Swarovski Crystal and silver. From here Kleshna’s artisan jewellery brand grew year on year and blossomed into an established British Jewellery boutique with a list of celebrity wearers. The iconic collections went from strength to strength and …