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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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Magical Inspiration on International Fairy Day

International Fairy Day

Tis the season for frolicking outdoors and catching a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — a play whose enchanting look into the antics of the fairy realm is especially appropriate today, since June 24th is International Fairy Day. If you’re looking to celebrate your favorite magical woodland creatures with fairy-themed jewelry and crafts, check out our selection of fairy charms, pendants and projects, where you can pick your favorite pixie from brands including TierraCast, Vintaj and Green Girl Studios. Show your spirit, and enjoy the festival of sprites!

Get Your Garden On: Floral Jewelry Inspiration

Vogue Go Green Collage

Next week is the beginning of summer, when we celebrate the great outdoors. Vogue showcases what’s in bloom this month with a gorgeous spread of vibrant floral colors that offer a bouquet of jewelry inspiration. As usual, we’ve got you covered, accessory-wise! Czech glass lily petal beads edge the Rose Garden Dobble Bracelet, shown top center, while Czech glass piggy beads create the just-opened blossom effect in the Water Lily Bracelet in Green and Pink, shown center-right. A focal of Czech glass pip beads gives the Deluxe Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet Kit in Purple, bottom left, a flowery pop. But as for floral-themed bracelets, our Exclusive SuperDuo Blooms Bracelet Kits are my personal favorites. Shown above in purple and gold and pink and bronze, these pretty bead-woven bracelets fit right into any garden setting. Happy summer!

Join Our First Live Beading Class, Streamed on Facebook — Here’s How!

La Boheme Necklace 1

Have you been watching our weekly Facebook Live streams every Wednesday? If so, you might have noticed how much fun we’ve had showing you what goes on behind the scenes here at Beadaholique. And we’re thrilled that you’ve enjoyed these posts, too! In fact, we’re so happy with the response that we want to step up our Facebook Live game even more: in two weeks, we’re going to hold our first-ever live beading class. The class will be held on Friday, June 24th at 1pm ET/10am PT on our Facebook page, where we’ll show you how to make the La Boheme Necklace seen in the photos above and below:

La Boheme Necklace 2

Check out the project page for a list of all the materials you’ll need to make this stunning necklace, and then follow along as our designers Julie and Kat walk you step-by-step through the process of stringing it — live! You can even personalize this project by choosing your favorite colors of Toho 6/0 seed beads, vintage flat round wafer beads, Czech glass 8mm top-drilled druk beads, Vintaj patina, and beading wire (for this project we suggest .015 to .019 thickness). You might also want to have a bead stopper handy, since we’ll show you a few different ways to string this necklace.

During the class, Kat and Julie will teach you how to string, how to use crimp beads, and will share plenty of other beading tips. So if you’re new to beading, or if you have a stringing project of your own that needs some finessing, grab it and tune in to learn some tricks! The best part is, you’ll have the chance to ask questions and interact with us live, so we can help you every step of the way.

La Boheme Necklace 3

When: Friday, June 24th at 1pm ET/10am PT.

Where: Beadaholique’s Facebook page.

This class is free to join, and you don’t have to sign up in advance! If you can’t tune in live at that time of day, don’t worry — the video will be posted to our Facebook page so you’ll be able to watch it later. Can’t wait to bead with you!

Watch Us Tomorrow on Facebook Live!

FB Live Collage

We’ve been doing something new and exciting here at Beadaholique — every Wednesday morning, we’ve been recording our Beading Table Wednesday posts live on camera via Facebook Live! So far we’ve done two live streams, and they’ve been hugely successful. Tune in on our Facebook page tomorrow at 9:30am PST to catch our next live stream, in which we’ll show you around the Beadaholique design room and talk about what each of the designers is working on. You’ll get to meet the faces behind the tutorial videos you’ve all enjoyed, and you might even learn a new trick! See you then!

Memorial Day Sale: Try Something New!

Memorial Day Sale

Is everyone ready for a long holiday weekend? Whether you’re traveling or spending time at home with family or friends, don’t forget to take advantage of our Memorial Day sale, going on through Monday! We’ve gotten so many fun new products in recently, and now is a great time to try something new. Experiment with Czech glass 2-hole beads, including our brand new DiamonDuos and lustrous new colors of Honeycomb beads. Or if you’ve been thinking of trying resin, check out our new Nunn Design resin kit — and then take a look at the gorgeous new mixed media supplies we just got in that work with resin, including shattered mica and opal flakes, decorative papers, rich new color tints, and gold, silver and copper leaf. Have a great holiday, and happy beading!

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.

Elle 3

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!