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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…

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