Beading Table Wednesday: March 25, 2015

Happy Wednesday to all! Let’s see what’s on our beading tables this week:


As we welcome in spring, I’ve been working on a few wrap bracelet designs in bright, vivid colors like gold and turquoise. I’m pairing opaque seed beads with matte metallic Czech two-hole bar beads for a look that is trendy and very fitting for our beachy, warm weather.



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This week I have been continuing on my chain maille kick with a Half Persian 3-in-1 simple chain bracelet. I really like this weave. I am already thinking of ways to embellish it with other beads. Full video tutorial coming soon!




Rachel cotton cordRachel:

Ever since a bag of our new woven cotton cord landed in the design room, I’ve been thinking of what to do with this fun, colorful material. It definitely lends itself to bright, casual spring and summer jewelry. Does it bring back memories of summer camp for anyone else?


Pantone Fall Colors Preview

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We know, it’s barely spring — but it’s never too early to start planning ahead, especially when it comes to trendy jewelry. As such, we’d like to put a bug in your ear that Pantone has just released its Fall 2015 Color Report, and it looks like many of our spring colors will transition nicely to your fall wardrobe later in the year — especially the warm Oak Buff, blushing Cashmere Rose and upbeat Amethyst Orchid. As the autumn months get closer, we’ll be featuring more ideas and inspiration for incorporating these colors into your projects. Stay tuned for more!

Inspiration Monday: National Craft Month

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Did you know that March is National Craft Month? Every year, we have a designated month where we can refocus our energy on crafting. Have you always been drawn to knitting, but never found the time to learn? Ever wanted to start scrapbooking? Do you dream of building a bird house to welcome the sparrows this spring? Now is your chance.

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 1.50.02 PMAt Beadaholique, we’re a pretty crafty bunch (if we do say so ourselves!), so we’ve got some great projects to get your creative juices flowing. Check out the stunning, vintage-inspired Serene Sparrow Brooch, which features Beadsmith collage paper and a patinated charm in resin. If you’ve wanted to explore using patinas or resin, this project is a nice place to start.


Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 2.08.22 PMIs your fridge looking a little bare? The rustic-chic Birds and Butterflies Magnet Set is a peppy way to spruce up your kitchen. Or if you’re looking for a more understated tone, go for the Gemstone Magnet Set, which spotlights subtle rose quartz, turquoise and howlite cabochons for a muted splash of color. Are your notes and to-do lists always getting away from you? Try making the sweet Butterfly Paperweight to hold your scribblings down.

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There are many ways you can personalize common, everyday objects and accessories. The Crystal Clay Filigree and Swarovski Chaton Compact is a pretty way to dress up the simple, portable mirror you keep in your purse. And speaking of purses, next time you go out to dinner, hang your handbag in style with the Green Regency Purse Hanger, which you can further personalize with your choice of collage paper.

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Planning on curling up with a book sometime soon? Keep your place with the A Charming Read Bookmark, decorated with a cute initial charm. Or get in on the multi-tone metal trend with the Mixed Metals Bookmark, which will add a twist to your novel with its cascade of chain.

What kinds of crafts are you itching to try? What would you like to see us make? Let us know in the comments.


Beading Table Wednesday: March 18, 2015

We can’t believe it’s Wednesday already — can you? Let’s see what everyone is working on this week:

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My bead table is actually the video table this week. I have set a new goal to get a lot more videos taped so that means this sign will be hanging on our door quite a lot. Thanks Kat for making such a pretty sign for us!


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I love this wire-wrapped Lapis pendant I made for an upcoming wire ad. The rich blue color, triangle shape and large size is so striking and bold, and pairs beautifully with gold wire for a chic, nautical look. Be sure to check out our new selection of gemstone beads and pendants, and definitely keep an eye out for our Tucson Gem Show haul, coming soon. I think I may need to borrow this one…


Kat Silvia beading table wednesdayKat:

On my table is some Vintaj Patina and Glaze. I am starting the base of my next project by painting a brass cuff black to give it a nice laquer sheen. It’s a slow process because I need more than one coat to get the look I want. Thank goodness for Vintaj Glaze.



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Thinking ahead much? I couldn’t help but imagine scenes of the beach when I saw these cute starfish beads, so I decided to use them in Crystal Clay to make these earrings. I’m still wrapping my mind around how fun and versatile Crystal Clay is, and can’t wait to play with it some more.


Congrats to Our Published Designer!

We at Beadaholique are thrilled for our designer, Karlin, who has not one but two beautiful necklaces featured the Spring 2015 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine (she also designed Beadaholique’s ad that appears in this issue, so her work is actually in here three times!). We asked her to share some of her inspiration and advice for getting a project published.

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Karlin's photo-2How does it feel to have your work published in a magazine?

It’s a really great feeling to have something that you made be featured and recognized as a nice piece of work. It’s very exciting.

You’ve had a few other pieces published before, right?

I have had a few other pieces in Stringing magazine. This is exciting to me because I’m still fairly new to jewelry-making. Fine art is my first love, but I’m excited to explore jewelry more, and make more and submit more.

Karlin 1What inspired you to make these two particular pieces?

I personally love pyrite — it’s my favorite gemstone. So when I saw the themes that Stringing magazine was looking for, I made the connection in my head and thought that I could pair the pyrite with peach and it would be a nice contrast. I really liked the outcome.

Do you have any words of advice for other people thinking of submitting pieces to a magazine?

I always say, anytime you can get your work out there, do it — because you never know what people are looking for. Any kind of creative outlet you have, if magazines are looking for content, they want to showcase ideas that people wouldn’t necessarily think of. If you come up with that kind of idea, I say put it out there, let people see it and let them be inspired by it.

Beadaholique Featured in Jewelry Stringing Magazine


We love a good shout-out, don’t you? We’re pretty excited that Beadaholique has been featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine, out now! In this great issue, chock full of wonderful spring projects, a couple of gorgeous Beadaholique simulated gemstone beads get their close-ups. Check out our peridot green glass pendant and amethyst glass connector on page 52. What would you pair with these pretty pieces? Let us know in the comments.

Artist Profile: Vanessa Suen

Vanessa Suen Domestic Winner

Winning Entry: The Burgundy Necklace by Vanessa Suen

We are excited to introduce the domestic winner of our Magnificent Marsala contest, Vanessa Suen. Her piece, The Burgundy Necklace, shows off beautiful beadwork and a rich marsala palette that makes us crave a glass of wine.

DSC07204Tell us about yourself:

First of all, I would like to thank Beadaholique for hosting the jewelry contest. It gives an opportunity for people like myself to get to know other jewelry makers across the world and a chance to show my affection for jewelry making. With a little over two years of jewelry making experience, winning this award to me is very encouraging. As a working mother with two boys, restful time is not easy to come by. My work begins at night after the kids have gone to bed. It is the only undisrupted time I have to make jewelry. Making jewelry has become a meditation for me to relieve stress and to boost my energy. I also thank my husband for supporting my hobby. When I fall into my jewelry world, I kind of block everything and everyone out for quite a period of time.

DSC00370How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?

I’ve always been into any type of craft since I was young. Making cards, knitting, pottery, needle felting, and sewing Halloween costumes for my boys were all things I enjoyed very very much! I seldom wore jewelry until three years ago when my younger son was old enough for me not to carry him around. I fell in love with all of those dangling accessories — they make me feel different and feminine. After buying jewelry from a variety of stores, I felt that there was always something missing that would match my outfits, or my mood. That was how I started creating jewelry that fits my needs.

Midnight Blue NecklaceWhat are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?

Entering the jewelry-making world is like opening Pandora’s Box to me. There are so many materials I’ve yet to try and learn. Being a novice jewelry designer, every technique, every new material is an adventure to me. I am still exploring the possibilities in creating jewelry. Recently, I’ve loved the versatility that little tiny seed beads can offer. Even though it’s very time consuming, I feel the rewards are worth the effort.

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 8.23.01 AMWho or what inspires your creative process?

Since I make jewelry to match my desires, the inspiration could be a variety of items, from the color of the bead to the sweater I have been wearing. Whenever I sit by my desk with a bead and a needle in hand, I feel excited. Every bead has its unique characteristics and is waiting for the opportunity to shine. I enjoy the process of bringing out the uniqueness of each bead.

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?

Friends and family have loved my work so much, they encouraged me to try to sell it so more people can enjoy my work. So recently I created an Etsy shop. You can find my pieces at Hope you like them and thank you again.

Artist Profile: Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova

Winning Entry: Red Red Wine by Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova

312499_159205377500723_1336261949_nWe are happy to introduce the international winner of our Magnificent Marsala contest, Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova. Her piece, Red Red Wine, dazzled us with its use of antiqued brass-tone wire and mookaite gemstones.

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Mariya Tsarkova and I am from Bulgaria. I am very happy to be one of the winners of the contest.

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?

I became interested in handmade jewelry four years ago. I wanted to create and my choice was to make jewelry.

10295460_716806925047755_3994957099207790801_oWhat are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?

My favorite materials are resin, wire, semi-precious stones, Czech crystals and seed beads.

Who or what inspires your creative process?

I get inspiration from the materials themselves and the opportunities they provide. Also from nature and everything that surrounds us.

243559_173343579394095_3689297_oIs there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?

You can see my creations at my facebook page:

Congratulations again, Mariya, and thank you for sharing your work with us. Best of luck in your future creative pursuits.


Beading Table Wednesday: March 11, 2015

Happy Wednesday — let’s see what everyone is working on this week:


I just finished taping a show and tell video for the newest Swarovski launch: Spring/Summer 2016 and I am finding myself really drawn to the new clover fancy stones. They are quite substantial and there is a lot of depth to them in terms of their cuts and how the light bounces along the curvatures of the clover shape. I guess I should not be surprised that I love these considering I am part Irish and I have a red-headed son named Finnegan.


After spending the week with my pliers I have finally finished my European 6 in 1 chain maille.  If you have ever done chain maille you know that it takes a lot of patience but the result is worth it.  I love how slinky this bracelet is.  Be sure to check out my video for a step-by-step instruction of how to do European 6 in 1 weave.  Any chain maille video requests?  Leave a comment below.



I love vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry. And so when we got in these gorgeous Swarovski crystal square fancy stones in new Crystal Metallic Sunshine, I knew I had to make some Art Deco-inspired pieces with them. I think they look so pretty paired with Nunn Design bezels. What do you think?


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I have been doing a lot of kumihimo this week. How much? Let’s just say something big is on its way — something big and beaded and beautiful. Stay tuned for a super fun offering from Beadaholique and you’ll see what all the hubbub is about.


Announcing the Nunn Design Giveaway Winner!

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Our Nunn Design Giveaway has ended and we’re excited to announce the winner. Congratulations to Janis Schiltz, who will receive a fabulous selection of pieces from Nunn Design’s Winter 2015 collection. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and left a comment telling us what they loved about this collection. We look forward to hearing from you again in future giveaways!