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Exclusive Nunn Design Giveaway: Make These Pieces Advertised in Jewelry Stringing Magazine!

Nunn Design Giveaway Pieces

We’re all taken with the floral crystal-and-wire design in the striking pieces above, created exclusively for Beadaholique by Becky Nunn of Nunn Design when she visited our studio earlier in February. You might have seen this beautiful bangle and necklace set in our ad in the latest issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. Well, now you have the chance to win all of the supplies you need to make these two projects! We’re giving away a bundle including a Nunn Design cuff bracelet, wire frames, cup chain, ball chain, craft wire, an ImpressArt hammer, our favorite bench block and flush cutters. Check out what you’ll receive below:

Nunn Design Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us your favorite Nunn Design item. This giveaway ends on Sunday, July 10th at 4pm PST. At that time, we will choose one winner at random from all valid comments.

Stop by our website to get a closer look at Becky Nunn’s cuff bracelet and necklace projects and find detailed instructions and tutorial videos walking you through how to make them. Good luck in the giveaway!

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Men’s Jewelry Ideas for Father’s Day

Father's Day Projects

Father’s Day is coming up in one month — are you thinking of giving a handmade gift? If you’re looking for ideas for mens’ accessories, we have some suggestions to set you on the right course. The bold look of Regaliz cork cord gives the Ryder Bracelet, top right, a strong profile with antiqued silver findings and black rubber O-rings. Antiqued brass findings similarly dress up the Men’s Braided Cork Bracelet, top left. A boxy length of matte black chain goes a long way in the Geared Up Bracelet, center, while the braided red Pensive Buddha Bracelet, front left, would make an ideal gift for the more contemplative man in your life. A strip of faux leather boasting TierraCast hardware forms the focal of the Canter Necklace, shown right. Or if your gift recipient would appreciate a useful craft, check out the Industrial Bottle Opener, shown left, decorated with stud-like chatons in slate gray Crystal Clay. For even more inspiration, browse our Father’s Day boutique. Happy beading!

Pre-Summer Fashion Trends, Plus Jewelry Inspiration

Elle 1

Can you believe it’s already May? While the weather does its mid-spring dance, we’re already looking forward to summery clothing. Courtesy of Elle magazine, here are a couple of pre-summer fashion trends with Beadaholique jewelry project pairings to get you warmed up.

To start, feast your eyes on these wild island prints and patterns! Bright and colorful are the keywords in this look, and bold, attention-grabbing jewelry pieces are the way to go to complement your island attire. Chunky lucite chain steals the show in the Minty Fresh Mojito Bracelet, seen above left with a deep pink version. And you can practically feel the breeze blow through the frond-like design of the Palms Bracelet in Riviera Resort colors. Acrylic beads lend a cost-effective pop of color to the Banana Leaf Earrings, while the Parrot Bay Earrings are party-ready with funky Czech glass lemon beads and an enamel macaw charm.

Elle 2

The activewear trend is still going strong, and high-contrast colors and textures add visual interest to otherwise monochromatic palettes. Cord and rope accessories are well-matched to these styles, such as the Global Chic Cotton Cord Bracelet, with its sliding channel beads, shown above on the bottom. The deep red Regaliz cork cord of the Jhapa Bracelet, shown left, creates a bold image layered with flat cotton cord. Round stitched cotton cord echoes the texture of ever-popular mesh-top sneakers in the Oakland Bracelet, given added pizzazz with blue cup chain. And climbing rope makes for very athletic looking accessories, like the Tiffani Bracelet in Teal.

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I love when saturated solid colors come back into play — jewel tones are so classic and versatile, not to mention flattering! A natural material for creating customized solid colors with an organic texture is our Create Recklessly Artist’s Concrete and pigments. The modern aesthetic and lovely sage and periwinkle hues of the Industrial Design Necklace and the Urban Chic Earrings were both achieved with this fun and easy medium. Colored Ultra Suede covers a metal statement cuff in the Purple Diamond Peek-a-Boo Cuff, while bright orange rubber O-rings lend stretch and vibrance to the Flexible Helm Chain Maille Bracelet.

Let us know what pre-summer styles you’re rocking, and happy beading!

Melissa Cable’s Faux Leather Tutorial Videos Now Live!

Melissa Cable Eyelets

We had a blast earlier this month when designer and author Melissa Cable, founder of the Create Recklessly line of faux leather tools and supplies, came to visit our design studio. Over two days, Melissa shot no fewer than 12 information-packed video tutorials showing some of her favorite leather working tips and techniques — including a striking bracelet project based on the one shown above. As of today, all of her videos are live at Beadaholique.com, so you can watch this talented creator at work! Soak up Melissa’s inspirational instructions, and then browse the whole Create Recklessly faux leather line, featuring leather working tools, eyelets, rivets, hardware sets, leather paints, and a selection of the softest, most flexible and richly colored faux leather we’ve ever seen. We hope you enjoy!

Mother’s Day Inspiration: Make Something Special for Mom!

Mother's Day Projects

Mother’s Day is around the corner! If you haven’t already, there’s still time to create a pretty, personalized jewelry gift that you know she’ll love. Check out the My Charming Mom Bracelet, which features sparkling Swarovski crystals and a TierraCast charm on an expandable charm bangle; the Antoinette Bracelet, with pale pink rose quartz gemstone beads interspersed among Swarovski crystal pearls; and the Wisteria Bracelet, a beaded crochet piece woven with lustrous cultured pearls, all shown above. Looking for other handmade gift ideas? We also love the Crystal Clay Compact, shown above left, and the Pink Passion Purse Hanger. Browse our collection of charms by theme to inspire even more ideas for accessories tailored specially for your Mom. Happy beading!

Inspiration Monday: National Pet Day

National Pet Day

Today is National Pet Day, the day on which we show a little extra appreciation for our furry (and feathery, and scaly) friends. Here at Beadaholique, we always believe the best way to celebrate what’s near and dear to us is with fun, themed jewelry and accessories! If you’re a canine lover, check out the pattern for the Yellow Lab Necklace, with its sweet puppy face. Is your cat a constant companion? The Purrfect Tabby Necklace offers a cute pattern that can be customized to your kitty’s colors. We definitely do not advise keeping wild animals as pets, but animal lovers (and devotees of trendy animal prints) have been snapping up our exclusive animal print peyote bracelet kits, shown above in zebra, tiger, leopard and snow leopard designs. We have a huge selection of animal charms, if you’re looking to create your own wild idea — and for just a few more hours, all charms, large hole beads and bracelet findings are on sale for 20% off. Happy National Pet Day!

Special Visit from Guest Designer Melissa Cable!

Melissa Cable Blog

(L-R) Beadaholique design assistant Rachel Zaimont, Create Recklessly founder Melissa Cable, designer Kat Silvia, videographer Chris Dobbins, and senior designer Julie Bean

This week, we’re the lucky hosts of a fantastic guest designer at our studio: Melissa Cable, who founded the Create Recklessly line of leather tools and supplies with BeadSmith, and is an incredible jewelry designer, teacher, and author of Beautiful Leather Jewelry and other books. We’ve already had a wildly popular response to Create Recklessly’s Artist’s Concrete, created by mixed media artist Robert Dancik, and we hope you’ll be just as thrilled by our upcoming release of gorgeous faux leathers, rivets, eyelets, connector spots, and leather working tools from this wonderful line. We feel so lucky to have the creator herself come and teach us some new leather working techniques and tricks!

Melissa Cable

Here’s a quick snapshot of Melissa’s table spread in the video room, where she’s been taping videos nonstop since arriving, giving step-by-step tutorials of some of the wow-worthy techniques you can see in the projects she’s created. She’ll be covering cutting, sewing, piercing and hardware setting, all with her distinctive design flair. Stay tuned for Melissa’s fun video tutorials coming soon to our website!

Mother’s Day Design Featured by Swarovski!

Antoinette Bracelet

Mother’s Day may be more than a month away, but our designer Kat was sure she came up with a winning design when she created the Antoinette Bracelet. She was right — this lovely bracelet, featuring rose quartz gemstone beads and the new Swarovski crystal pearlescent white pearls, is featured today on Swarovski’s Create Your Style Facebook page! We’re so thrilled to be featured by Swarovski, and hope you’re inspired by this pretty bracelet. It’s a great time to shop, too, because this week all Swarovski crystal is 20% off! Happy spring!

Easter Project Hunt Winners!

Swarovski Easter Giveaway 2

We hope you had a lovely Easter Sunday yesterday! Now that our Easter Project Hunt has ended, we wanted to give a shout out to the five winners:

-Judi B. of New Mexico won Giveaway #1.
-Evgenija G. of Latvia won Giveaway #2.
-Amanda M. of Missouri won Giveaway #3.
-Laurie E. of Missouri won Giveaway #4.
-Berina of Kansas won Giveaway #5.

Each of these winners guessed the project shown in each day’s teaser first, and they will each receive a scoop of Swarovski crystals and pearls worth over $25. Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who played, and stay tuned for more contests and giveaways throughout the year here on our blog.

Easter Project Hunt Has Ended: Thank You For Playing!

Swarovski Easter Giveaway 1

This year’s Easter Project Hunt has come to an end — thanks to everyone who participated, and we hope you had fun! We had a blast creating this fun holiday hunt for you. Without further ado, here are the correct answers to each day’s clue:

Project Hunt #1: Boutique Boho Earrings
Project Hunt #2: Exclusive Beadaholique Beaded Kumihimo Wrap Bracelet Kit in Purple
Project Hunt #3: Bluestar Ring
Project Hunt #4: Exclusive Beadaholique Kheops Wrapped Tassel Bracelet with Gold Om
Project Hunt #5: The Found Objects Necklace

We have now made all of your comments public and we’re currently in the process of notifying the winners who commented with the correct answer first. Stay tuned early next week when we announce the winners, who will receive a free Swarovski goodie bag! We hope you have a wonderful Easter this Sunday!