Thursday, March 23, 2017

Flat Memory Wire Findings Facebook Live Recap

This week, I continued our series on Facebook Live on Memory Wire. The first installation was back in December when I talked generally about Memory Wire, including how to use my favorite Magnetic Claps, but today I focused specifically on FLAT Memory Wire. The fun thing about the Flat Memory Wire is that there is a whole program of findings and components that go along with it. 

There are definitely benefits to using Flat Memory Wire including when you string up the components, because the Wire is flat, the components won't spin around. The tops are always on top! There are three glue on components - a circle, an oval and a rectangle in Silver Plated and Gold Color. These are perfect for gluing all of the flat backed crystal and cab components that you have in your beading stash. The best glue to use is the Bead Fix 2-Part Epoxy, but a good alternative is Bead Fix Gel. In the video, I show how to glue size SS29 crystals and a really pretty square checkerboard crystal to the findings. 

The Head Pin Holder and Built-in Pin Flat Memory Wire Findings are a unique way to make your designs sit on top of the Memory Wire rather than strung onto the wire. I definitely want to use some pyramid beads to make an on-trend spiky bracelet. Make sure you leave more of the head pin than I did in the video if you want a bigger spiral!

As much as I love the glue on and head pin components, the Cup Findings are my favorite part of this program! The SS29 Swarovski Crystal Flat Backs and Pointy Backs fit perfectly into the cup, and the Beadalon CZs in 6mm make for an outrageously sparkly faux tennis bracelet which would be perfect for a Bride....or another special occasion. 

Don't forget - always use Memory Wire Shears to cut your Memory Wire! And the Memory Wire Finishing Pliers are a great way to turn loops on the end of the Memory Wire. You can also use Glue On End Cap made especially for the Flat Memory Wire to end your design.

We just went over the schedule for the Facebook Live Videos for the next few months, and we have some really cool projects, tips and tricks coming up! I hope you'll continue to join us live, but you can always catch up on the Beadalon Facebook Page.

See you next time and happy beading!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

Spring is officially here! What perfect way to welcome the season with the Pantone Color of the Year GREENERY (PANTONE 15-0343). 

Per Pantone's website: 
"A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

At the Creativation Show (formerly known as CHA - Craft & Hobby Association) in Phoenix earlier this year, we had a full display of vibrant green beaded jewelry against a green backdrop. It was definitely soothing to showcase something so lively during the cold weather, even in Phoenix! 

The bracelets on display featured a variety of jewelry making techniques such as bead stringing, crochet, wire-wrapping and weaving. The leather and crystal cuff shown in the picture was made on the Bracelet Bangle Weaver Tool by Kleshna. The how-to instructions to make it are featured here, designed by Sara Ellis.

A green array of arm candy. 

These earrings are so fun and festive! The coral rose flower beads add the perfect touch the these simple tassel earrings. The tassels were made on the Beadalon Tassel Maker.

Spring Blossom earrings. 

We all need to have our greens! 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Soumak Wire Weaving Technique with Wyatt White

Featured on our Facebook Live show. 

If you have joined us for our Facebook Live shows on our Facebook page, thank you! We truly do enjoy sharing "real-time" moments with you and have the chance to show you the new and exciting jewelry making materials we have to offer.  Wyatt White demonstrated this interesting technique with Beadalon German Style Wire and Artistic Wire in last week's Facebook Live Video presentation:

He showed the basics here, and if you’re interested in kicking it up a notch, this is a great video that Wyatt did for our friends from Beadaholique that will take you through step by step:

Wyatt mentions many different combinations of Wire to use for this technique, but a good place to start is with 16 gauge German Style Wire as the base wire and 24 Gauge Artistic Wire for the wrapping. After you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch it up as you’d like. Try using half round wire to wrap, use contrasting colors, even try to wrap with a thicker gauge wire over a thinner one! Try a single wrap, a double wrap, or a triple wrap. After you’ve prepared your straight wire, then you can use it to make a ring, a bracelet, or wrap a stone and make a pendant.
Wyatt White is a treasure trove of information, and we are so lucky that he shares his techniques and amazing designs with us. Check out the video for a quick and dirty demonstration of the Soumak Wire Weaving Technique, then practice and practice some more!