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Showing posts from January, 2021

Use the Artistic Wire Wire Crinkler to make a gorgeous cuff bracelet!

  My new beady friend and wire worker extraordinaire, Jem Hawkes, blew my mind on last week's Facebook Live when she showed me how to use the Artistic Wire Wire Crinkler Tool to make these gorgeous bracelets! Of course, if you don't have a Wire Crinkler, you can make the base zig zag with pliers, but why do it the slow way if you can zip the wire through the Crinkler in mere seconds? Jem takes us through both techniques, and several variations of this gorgeous design. I can already think of a whole bunch of other application for these crinkles. Can you? You can watch the whole video in this Facebook Live .  A bit about Jem: Jem Hawkes is a designer and tutor specialising in wirework and gemstone jewellery.  In addition to originating her own brand of unique jewellery designs and techniques, Jem is a jewellery tutor and teaches both via project led workshops and on her YouTube channel. Link to shop: Link to Facebook: https:/

Enjoy a refresher course on Bead Stringing Wire, Crimp Tubes, and Crimp Tools while learning to make fringy earrings

  It's always good to have a review on the magical jewelry making formula Bead Stringing Wire + Crimp Tube + Crimp Tool, and always more fun when you're making a dangly earring project at the same time! We've all made the mistake of using the wrong sizes of each, and learned the consequences by having our jewelry fall apart. In this Facebook Live Video, I go over step by step the right way (and the wrong way) to choose your wire, and match your crimp tubes and tools.  There are great resources in the Beadalon Learning Center to take it to the next level after you've tackled this project!  Materials: Quick Links Rings 3 colors of Size 11 Seed Beads .012  19 Strand Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire Size 1 Crimp Tubes Earwires Tools: Micro Crimping Pliers Nipper Instructions: STEP 1 Chose your QuickLink shape, and decide on your color palette and pattern. STEP 2 Cut a piece of Bead Stringing Wire about a foot long. Pick up a Size 1 crimp tube. Loop the wire around the QuickLink