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5 Things you should NEVER do when making jewelry!

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This week's Beadalon Facebook Live Video focused on getting back to the basics - how to make professional, quality jewelry that lasts. Beadalon has a great graphic on the website with 5 important reminders of things you should never do when making jewelry. This was a great session for me because I sometimes take the basics for granted, but they are the most important things to remember!

I demonstrated all of the what NOT to dos, and showed how to turn a jewelry making DON'T into a jewelry making DO. And of course, once I get talking, I get talking, so I gave a few extra bonus DON'Ts and DOs as well! This is a great video to watch both if you are just getting started, as well as if you need to brush up on your crimping skills.

The most important takeaway message: The right beading wire + the right crimp bead/tube + the right Crimp Tool = the best jewelry!

1. Don't use a chain nose or flat nose pliers to flatten the crimp. Always use a crimp tool instead.

When you flatten…

I Resolve to be More Organized!

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Accountability is one of the most important factors in resolution keeping, so this week's Facebook Live was our two week check-in to see how we're coming with our organization resolutions. I keep my office *mostly* organized, but once I brought in one of each of the Beadalon Wooden Organizers, I was pleased with how much better it looked in my office/creative space. Not only did it look better, but objects that I am constantly searching for - like glue and sizing drums - now have dedicated homes. Less time spent looking for things equals more time creating.  That's a resolution that is definitely a quality of life improver!
The Wooden Organizer that I already had in my office is the Beading Station. I set mine up a little differently than we show in the catalog, and that's a great testament to how versatile of a unit it is. The top rods can be used for storing tools, or wire/wildfire/chain spools like I do. The trays hold any number of tools, findings or supplies, and…

Multipliers - two heads are better than one!

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This week's Facebook Live Video focused on the ingenious invention by Wyatt White, the Multipliers! This two-headed pliers cuts the time it takes to make wrapped loops almost in half! I don't know about you, but these days anything that saves me time that I can use to be doing other things is a must have. Wyatt showed how to make a gorgeous wrapped loop bracelet that one lucky viewer will receive as a thank you for joining us live. We have several written instructions for how to use the multipliers, but now that we've been using them for a bit, we've discovered an even better way to use them.

To make the wrapped loops, use your choice of Wire - Wyatt uses 18 gauge Silver Filled German Style Wire, but you can also use Precious Metal, Artistic Wire or Craft Wire. Wyatt makes his loops a little differently than I learned, but his loops are always perfect, so I think it's time for me to change up my technique.

Start by taking out a length of wire and straightening it.…

New Year's Resolution - Get organized!

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Happy New Year! We are in a whirlwind of getting ready for the upcoming Trade Shows right now. We hope you can visit us at the following shows:

Creativation
January 20-22, 2018 Phoenix, Arizona
To Bead True Blue
January 27- February 1, 2018 Tucson, Arizona 
Creativeworld
January 27- February 1, 2018 Frankfurt, Germany
We'll be doing unscheduled Facebook Live Videos from all of the shows debuting our new products, so don't forget to set your notifications! 

This year, my resolutions include visiting family and friends near and far - get your spare bedrooms ready! But every year, I resolve to get more organized. By focusing on keeping my work space cleaner and more accessible, I am able to spend more time creating, and less time looking for stuff. 
Beadalon offers so many great options for organization, and I featured some of my favorites on last week's Facebook Live Video.
Storage Rings - Great for small findings, Crimp Beads and Tubes, Bead Bumpers and Small beads. Bead Boxes with and…