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3 Ways to Make a Bird's Nest Necklace

This easy Bird's Nest pendant works up so quickly and can be customized to your heart's content.

In last week's Facebook Live, I showed using 3 different types of wires to use to achieve 3 different looks using the same technique:

1) 22 Gauge Artisic Wire
2) 22 Gauge Twisted Artistic Wire
3) Wire twisted with the Beadalon Wire Twister or the Professional Coiling Gizmo

Instructions for a basic Bird's Nest:
Straighten about 24 inches of wire with either Nylon Jaw Pliers or the Artistic Wire Straightener. Thread beads of your choosing (I like 3 best) onto the end of the wire leaving about a 3 inch tail.Turn the beads into a triangle and twist the wire to secure.Hold the beads in one hand and turn them around so the wire circles around the beads in a nest shape.When your nest is as thick as you'd like, wrap the end of the Wire around it in 3 or 4 places to secure it.Use the end of the Wire to make a wrapped loop on the top.Download step by step instructions with photog…

Oh My Pinners!

We had such an amazing time at the Pinners Conference this weekend. We saw old friends and made a lot of new ones, too. We taught four amazing Make It Take It Projects featuring components from our partners at Pinners - Dakota StonesGoody BeadsTierraCast and Leather Cord USA. We were also thrilled to sponsor Candie Cooper's classes - she taught a pair of earrings and wire wrapped Instant Pendant and a super adorable morse code bracelet.

We made an Adjustable Bangle Bracelet with a TierraCast charm, Adjustable Bangle Bracelet & Ring Findings Form and 16 gauge German Style Wire.
a Chakra Stretch Bracelet with Dakota Stones, the Elastic Cord Needle and Elonga,
a Memory Wire Bangle with LeatherCord USA Braided Bolo Leather, TierraCast Cord Ends, and Heavy Duty Memory Wire,
and a Seed Bead Necklace with Beads from Goody Beads and a Charm from TierraCast using the Spin N Bead and WildFire.






We were so excited to have the opportunity to introduce peo

Pinners Atlanta!

We are so unbelievably excited to attend the Pinners Conference in Atlanta this Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13th! Beadalon is partnering with Dakota Stones, Goody Beads, TierraCast and Leather Cord USA for Make it Take it Projects and more! We'll be making an Adjustable Bangle Bracelet with a TierraCast charm, a Chakra Stretch Bracelet with Dakota Stones, a Memory Wire Bangle with LeatherCord USA and TierraCast Cord Ends, and a Seed Bead Necklace with Beads from Goody Beads and a Charm from TierraCast.

The Pinners Conferences are two days of Pinterest come to life. For our booth, we were inspired by Pinterest Boards to design boards to showcase jewelry and craft designs. We can't wait to show you how they all look together in our booth!

Candie Cooper will be teaching two workshops at Pinners featuring Beadalon Memory Wire and Instant Pendants. I might have to sneak out of the booth to check them out!



We're putting together a Pinterest Board with all of the materials …

Adjustable Macrame Bracelet with the Beadalon Tying Station

Our last Facebook Live for the celebration of Craft Month featured one of my favorite go-to designs when I need to get my creative juices flowing again. It brings me back to my childhood crafting days, but with a grown up twist. In fact, the Beadalon Acrylic Tying Station came about because I was making macrame bracelets in the office using a clip board, and the product development team (that I eventually became a part of) knew that we could develop a tool to make making knotted bracelets easier!

Top reasons that I love the Tying Station:
It allows for hands-free macrame knotting.It holds your design tight without crushing your stringing material.You can use it for other techniques - like this braided wire bracelet and this ladder stitch wrap bracelet. The ruler printed on the side gives you a measuring device at the ready and helps you space out your beads in your design.The included foam insert allows for making a longer piece like a necklace or wrap bracelet.The space in the middle…