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Have you ever tried painting on Rubber Tubing?

I've been using Beadalon Rubber Tubing in my designs for years, but not until I met Deb Floros in Tucson this year did I ever think to use paint to decorate it. The Patina Paints and Dylusions Paint Pens from Ranger Ink work so well to take the Rubber Tubing to the next level.

Deb gave us so many ideas, tips and inspiration to use this technique in beading designs. She makes painted Rubber Tubing components, strings them on either Memory Wire or Bead Stringing Wire, then adds beads to complement.

It was so generous of her to share her designs with the Beadalon community! Here are some of the great tips that she shared on Facebook Live.

1. Use a texture pad. Use a paintbrush to paint onto a texture pad. Holding the ends of the Rubber Tubing, roll it across the texture pad to pick up the design.
2. Use Paint Pens. Fill in any spaces left by texture pads with dots or doodles with Paint Pens.
3. Use a clothespin to hold the tubing in place while you work, and to prevent it from rolli…
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Fun Feather Earrings

Trends always seem to come back around, and these '80s inspired Feather Earrings are a great way to honor that decade! 
Materials: Loop Crimps  Ear Wires Oval Jump Rings Feathers
Tools: Micro Crimper Tool
Instructions: 1. Place the ends of the feathers into one Loop Crimp and use the tip of the Micro Crimper Tool to crimp the middle down to hold the feathers in place. Larger feather ends might require multiple Loop Crimps. 2. Attach the top of the Loop Crimp to the Ear Wire using an Oval Jump Ring. 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a second earring.
It's as simple as that! What a great gift to give. I'm going to make a bunch just to have on hand. Have you used feathers in your jewelry designs? Post photos in the Jewelry Making with Beadalon Facebook Group and be sure to set your notifications to catch us live!
Until next time, happy beading! Meredith

The Bead Cap Set for the Conetastic Tool has the perfect mandrels to make Tassel Toppers!

I'm so excited that we were able to do a joint split screen Facebook Live with Wyatt White, and the inventor of the Conetastic Tool, Cone Mandrels and Bead Cap Mandrels, Sandra Lupo! It was wonderful to have Sandra join us to explain step by step how to use the tool and mandrels. We made a gorgeous coiled wire bead cap to embellish a Jesse James Bead, but I also like using this technique to make tassel toppers. The video is filled with tons of tips, techniques and inspiration for using this tool to add to your beaded and wire-worked designs.

To make a Tassel Topper:

22 Gauge MultiColor Artistic Wire
20 Gauge German Style Wire
Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo
Conetastic Tool
Conetastic Cap Mandrels

1. Use the smallest mandrel from the Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo to make a coil of 22 Gauge Multicolor Artistic Wire about 10 inches long.

2. Gently pull the coil off of the mandrel, and snip the ends flush. Working from the spool, thread the coiled wire onto 20 Gauge…

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
Pom pom
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…

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:

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!

Sea Glass
Hemp Cord
22 Gauge Artistic Wire

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.

.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

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 …