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Wreath Earrings with the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool

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The holidays are right around the corner, and we've got you covered for gifts for the special ladies on your list (and go ahead, make some for yourself, too!). With just a few feet of Artistic Wire and the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool, you can whip up a pair of Holiday Wreath Earrings in a jiffy! In a bigger rush? Make a Pendant and attach it to a pre-made Chain and you're off.

Materials:
18" of 26 Gauge Green Artistic Wire
18" of 26 Gauge Red Artistic Wire
1 foot of 22 Gauge Silver Filled Wire

Tools:
Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool
Findings Forms S Hook
Findings Forms Swoop Earwire Jig

Instructions:
Assemble the Kleshna Weaver Tool to the ring size of your choosing.Twist the ends of one 18" piece of Red Artistic Wire and one 18" piece of Green Artistic Wire (or colors of your choosing) together.Start at the hash mark, and weave around the tool (Check out this great video by Kleshna and this one by Wyatt for more detail on how to use the Kleshna Ring Weaver Tool).Weave 4 roun…

Make it Quick with Beadalon Quick Links!

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Need a last minute project that works up in a jiffy? Look no further than Beadalon's Quick Links program! Available in a variety of different shapes, sizes and finishes (and even finished chains), the Quick Links connect together with Quick Links Connectors - little peanut shaped pieces of metal that easily bend closed to capture links into place. You can find down and dirty instructions for attaching a Quick Link Connector to a Quick Link here

When I start a project with Quick Links, I put them out and just start placing them in various combinations until I find one that I like. There are so many possibilities, and of course, the real fun starts when you start adding beads to bling out the design! In the video, I show how to attach a jump ring to a top drilled bead or make a simple loop on a headpin to use a regular bead, then add them to the Quick Links Connectors to embellish my design.

This necklace is just one of an unlimited number of combinations that you can make with Qui…

The Iconic "Y" Necklace featuring Artistic Wire Shimmer Tools

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This week on Facebook Live, I debuted my new "go-to" tool set from Beadalon & Artistic Wire - the Artistic Wire Shimmer Line Tool Set. Currently they are available as a Kit which includes a Chain Nose Pliers, Bent Chain Nose Pliers, Flat Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Nipper. The set is a good value for the money - really high quality tools at a reasonable price point. Two of my favorite things!

To show how each of these tools is indispensable in my Tool Box, I demonstrated one of my favorite "go-to" necklaces to make - a "Y" Necklace.  Remember those? I think they are making a comeback, big time. They are easy to make, look great on everyone, and are a great way to use up the few leftover beads from a bigger stringing project!

Materials:
18.75 inches of 340B-001 Chain
315B-032 Lobster Clasp
(2) 322B-014 Tag
(3) 312B-013 Headpins
180B-026 German Style Wire
(1) A314-20S-10-08 AW Chain Maille Jump Ring
(3) A314-20S-10-03 AW Chain Maille Jump Rings
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