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MLBS 2019 Mid-Atlantic Bead Shop Hop Opening Day!

Wyatt and I spent a beautiful Saturday celebrating the beginning of the Main Line Bead Society Bead Shop Hop at two of our local bead shops. I went to Studio 36 Bead Shop in Pottstown, PA for a Facebook Live, and Wyatt went to Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA for demonstrations.

Seventeen stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia are participating in the three week event coordinated by the Main Line Bead Society and Sponsored by Beadalon. Participants have the opportunity to win swag from each shop, including a grand prize valued at $500!

Lisa from Studio 36 makes the most beautiful painted acrylic flowers and leaves! Her process is a secret, but the results are spectacular!  I showed her how I use the Beadalon Tying Station to make an adjustable sliding bracelet. We have written instructions posted for a similar project, and the Facebook Live video shows making Lisa's flowers into "beads" to include in the design. I love going to the shop to see all of the goodies!

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:
  1. Straighten about 24 inches of wire with either Nylon Jaw Pliers or the Artistic Wire Straightener
  2. Thread beads of your choosing (I like 3 best) onto the end of the wire leaving about a 3 inch tail.
  3. Turn the beads into a triangle and twist the wire to secure.
  4. Hold the beads in one hand and turn them around so the wire circles around the beads in a nest shape.
  5. 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.
  6. Use the end of the Wire to make a wrapped loop on the top.

Join us every Thursday at 2:00pm EST, or on the replay. Continue the discussion on the Jewelry Making with Beadalon Facebook Group.

Happy Beading!