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Wire String Art: Bunny

Decorate for Easter with a fluffy tail bunny! The oval shaped wooden plaque inspired an Easter egg, and it was fun to do a "dirty pour" paint technique with vibrant colored acrylic paints. It's super easy to do, and so gratifying! The bunny silhouette was the cutest especially embellished with a Pom pom! 
SUPPLIES Artistic Wire - 26 gauge, White
Wire Cutter
Wooden Plaque - Oval Shaped 
Acrylic Paint
Nails
Hammer
Pom pom
Glue
Bunny outline image




Step 1:Paint wooden plaque as desired with acrylic paint and let dry. Follow outline of image and hammer nails about 1/4” -1/2” apart.

Step 2: Once all nails are in place, remove the paper outline. Use chain nose pliers to remove an excess pieces of paper left behind.


Step 3. Working directly from the spool of Artistic Wire, wrap the end of the wire around a nail several times to secure it. Continue to wrap around nails in random order until the outline is filled.


Step 4: Glue pom pom as the tail and decorate your home with a festive wire strin…
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Alternative Finishing Techniques - Using Bead Tips

Do you find traditional crimping to be challenging? If your design uses light beads, I have a great technique for you to try! Bead Tips are a great alternative way to finish off designs strung on a variety of materials - including Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire, Silk Cord, and more! They are easy to use, and provide a neat finish to your design. For this project you will need:

Materials:
1 strand of 2-4mm beads
(4) size 11 Seed Beads
(2) Bead Tips
(2) Size 1 Crimp Tubes
49 Strand .015 Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
(4) Ball Chain Ends
Diamond Cut Ball Chain
(2) Jump Rings
Lobster Clasp

1. Begin by stringing one size 11 seed bead, a bead tip, one size 11 seed bead and a size 1 Crimp Tube on a 20" length of .015 Beadalon 49 Strand Wire.

 2. Even though we always say NEVER flatten your crimp tube, in this case, I'll allow it. After you've flattened your crimp, snip the end of the wire as close to the crimp as possible.

3. Use the tips of Chain Nose Pliers to gently close the clams…

Craft Month Project: Sea Glass Sun Catcher

Even though March is National Craft Month, every month is craft month in my world! I love working outside my comfort zone and trying new things. This Sea Glass Sun Catcher is a fast and easy project for all levels of crafters! It takes minimal materials, but yields a big impact!

Materials:
Stick
Sea Glass
Hemp Cord
22 Gauge Artistic Wire

Instructions:
Pull out a length of Hemp Cord and tie it around one side of a stick about 16 inches long.Measure out a length of Hemp and tie it around the other side to make a hanger for the stick.Cull out your sea glass and lay out your design.Working from you spool of 22 Gauge Wire, wrap it around the stone that will be on the bottom of your design.Use a back and forth wrap to capture your stone into place. Pull off a length of Wire and thread it through a few of the wire wraps to secure it. Add your next stone a few inches up the wire.Wrap around the stone to secure it into place. Wrap around the incoming wire to lock the stone into place.Repeat step…
National Craft Month is still in full swing, and we at Beadalon are still wearing our crafty pants! This rainbow cascade watering can is a perfect project to use the 7 strand Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire that you have in your stash. I used .024 to make sure that my project would be sturdy and hold up to the elements if I chose to put my creation in the garden.

Materials:
.024 7 Strand Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
Size 3 Crimp Tubes
Crimp Pliers
Bead Stoppers
Watering Can
Strands of Beads
Top Drilled Beads
Size 8 Seed Beads

Instructions:
1. Depending on the size of your watering can, cut strands of Beading Wire an appropriate length for your design. Thread the Bead Stringing Wire through one of the holes in the watering can until you can pull it through from the inside.
2. String on a seed bead and a Crimp Tube. Loop back around and through the Crimp Tube and crimp it into place.
3. Pull the wire through the other side of the watering can. 4. String on as many beads as you'd like for …

Taking String Art to the Next Level

Forget the embroidery thread, add a new level of sophistication and pizazz with colored Artistic Wire! There are so many vibrant colors available, this project uses Fuchsia, Bare Yellow Brass and Ice Blue in 26 gauge. This project was featured on our Facebook Live, watch it on the replay

Materials:  Artistic Wire - Fuchsia, 26 gaugeArtistic Wire - Bare Yellow Brass, 26 gaugeArtistic Wire - Ice Blue, 26 gaugeOval wooden plaque3/4" nailsHammerScrapbook paper Modge PodgePeep printed imageOptional - vinyl letters Directions: 


Print the peep image to fit on wooden plaque accordingly. 
2.  Using Modge Podge, adhere the scrapbook paper to the wooden plaque. 

3. Hammer nails alongside the perimeter of the outline. Space the nails about 1/4"-1/2" apart. Be sure to place a nail on corners, curves and points.

4. Working directly from the Artistic Wire spool, wrap the end of the wire around one of the nails. Continue to wrap across the image in a random pattern, making sure the image …

The Marisol Bracelet with MultiColor Artistic Wire

Every year at the Tucson Gem Show, Beadalon debuts new products, and this year was no exception! One of the new products is the NEW MultiColor Artistic Wire, and the beaders who visited our booth at the To Bead True Blue Show were as excited about it as we are!

The Wire is currently available in 6 colorways in 18, 20, and 22 gauge. I was super lucky to be able to demonstrate with the wire at the Beadalon Booth, and even luckier that my good Beady Friend, Marisol, stopped by the booth to show me one of her wire designs. I immediately wrangled her into showing us all how to make it using the new MultiColor Artistic Wire.

The Marisol Bracelet works up so quickly, and is easy to adapt to materials you have on hand. Check out the Facebook Live, and follow along with the written instructions below:

Materials:
22 Gauge MultiColor Artistic Wire
20 Gauge German Style Wire
appx. 50 8mm rondelle beads
Lobster Clasp
Jump Ring

Tools:
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Bail Making Pliers
Designer Flush Cutter
Flat Nose P…

Make a brick stitch pendant using WildFire and QuickLinks

I love taking an idea an putting a Beadalon twist on it. Beadalon sales executive, Kelli, sent me a link to a video that our friends at Beadaholique had made showing how to brick stitch beads onto a ring. I loved the technique and knew that Beadalon QuickLinks were the perfect links to bead around. Instead of keeping the rings whole, though, I cut them and turned the sides into loops like I did with these Quick Earrings with QuickLinks. I love how the components turned out!

One of my favorite ways to turn components into jewelry is to use the Beadalon Diamond Cut Ball Chain with the Ball Chain Ends. It's super sparkly and really easy to work with. I also made some earrings using the same technique. The stitching works up quickly, and uses only about 45 Delica Beads per row - a great way to use up leftover beads from another project.

Materials:
WildFire
20 mm Round QuickLinks
Delica Beads
Beading Needles
Diamond Cut Ball Chain
Ball Chain Ends
Tag
Lobster Clasp
Chain Maille Jump Rings

Tool…