Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Eight

Are you ready for our last photo hunt? Project Hunt #8 is a bit tricky but we know you can do it! The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it now!



Thank you to everyone who joined in today.  We will be verifying winners in the next few days. Good luck and have a very happy Easter!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Seven

We're almost at the end!  Here's Project Hunt #7. The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it now!


There's one more project hunt coming up!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Six

Are you ready for Project Hunt #6. The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it now!




We have 2 more project hunts coming up, so stay tuned!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Post: Number Five

It's time for Project Hunt #5. The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it now! Good luck!




We have 3 more project hunts coming up, so stay tuned!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Four

Hello! It's time for Project Hunt #4. The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our free beading projects section to find it now. Good luck, everyone!


We have 4 more project hunts coming up, so stay tuned!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Three

Here we have Project Hunt #3! The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our free beading projects section to find it now!



We have 5 more project hunts coming up, so stay tuned!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number Two

It's time for our second Project Hunt! The photo below shows a snippet of one of our free beading projects. Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. Be the first to guess it correctly and win the project's supplies kit absolutely free! Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it now!



We have 6 more project hunts coming up, so stay tuned!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Easter Sunday Project Hunt: Number One

Hello everyone! Here's the first photo for Project Hunt #1. Head on over to our Free Beading Projects page to find it! Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer will win the supplies kit for this project. Good luck and happy Easter!


TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Vintaj "Global Village" Giveaway and Design Theme


Our friends over at Vintaj have launched their newest giveaway and design theme: Global Village.  They want to know who's in your village - your circle of creative support and inspiration!  Stop by the giveaway post to let them know and you could win this gorgeous stash of globally themed goodies from Vintaj and Beadaholique.  The deadline to enter is Friday, Monday May 5, 2014 at midnight CT.

The Vintaj team has created some wonderful designs for the Global Village theme, so be sure to stop by their Idea Gallery to see them all.  We especially love the Global Occasion Necklace by Jess.  The color palette and creative use of the global spear pendant are so interesting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Sunday Project Hunt - Get Ready!

We'd like to wish you all a very happy (early) Easter, and to announce that our Easter Project Hunt will be back this Sunday!  You'll have eight chances to try and win all the supplies for one of our free beading projects—no purchase necessary.

Our Easter Sunday Project Hunt will be taking place right here on our blog, Strung Out, on Sunday, April 20th, starting at 8AM ET/5AM PT.

Here's how it works: we will be posting a snippet of an image taken from one of our free beading projects every hour from 8AM to 3PM ET (5AM to 12PM PT) and it's up to you to find out which beading project it's from!

Once you've identified it, leave a comment with the name of the project and a link back to the project. The first person to leave a comment with the correct answer will win the supplies kit for that featured project.




Once the hunt picture is up, visit our free beading projects to find it then come back to this page and leave a comment with the name of the project and a link to it. (Note: This is an example hunt. No prize will be awarded for identifying this project.)

Stay tuned and keep an eye out on Sunday, the Beadaholique Easter bunny is on its way!

TIP: Photo may show a piece of the project not visible in the project's thumbnail. Make sure to click through and view the full project pages for a better chance of finding it!
RULES:  You can participate in all 8 project hunts, but you can only win once. In the event that you have the first correct comment on more than one project hunt, only the earliest entry will be valid. One comment per person per project hunt please.  Your guess must include a link back to the project and the project name.

NOTE: Comments will not be public.  Your comment will not be automatically displayed on our blog because we want everyone to be able to "hunt" without spoilers, but it will be saved in our system in the order received.  All comments will be published and winners will be notified by April 25th.

The first correct guess in accordance with our rules will win the complete supplies kit for that project. Recommended tools are not included. Failure to respond within 2 business days to our winner notification email may result in forfeiture and a new winner being selected.

For these giveaways, please do not comment using Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account as it can be difficult to contact you if you win. Sign in with your existing Disqus account or post as a guest with your name and email address (optional password to create a Disqus account). Please adhere to all terms & conditions that apply to Beadaholique contests and giveaways.

Featured Brand of the Month: Regaliz - Week Three

This is week three of our Brand of the Month spotlight on Regaliz and it is time to complete our bracelets by choosing a clasp. One thing that I love about Regaliz clasps is that a lot of them are as decorative and interesting as the beads themselves. It is not about hiding the clasp but showcasing it as a design element. All of the Regaliz clasps are incredibly well made and sturdy, assuring you that you will get years of enjoyment out of your jewelry.

When choosing a clasp, think about the overall feel of your piece and choose one that complements your beads. If you used a lot of really large beads, consider a larger clasp and vice-versa for smaller beads and a smaller clasp. Consider too if you want the clasp to be the focal; maybe you don't want to add any beads at all and you want your clasp to be the main design feature.

Featured Project: Regaliz Studded Pyramid Bracelet by Julie

This bracelet is funky yet chic and features awesome studded pyramid beads and an elegant silver plated magnetic buckle clasp. It captures the trends of today in a timeless manner.


 Featured Video: How to Add a Clasp to Regaliz Cords



In this video see how to add a Regaliz clasp to both the Flat Cork Cord and the Corduroy Rubber. Kat demonstrates how to glue the ends of the cords in place and securely finish your bracelet.


Designer Picks:
 

Megan:

The Regaliz magnetic buckle clasp is one of my favorite clasp designs.  It is so cute, and gives such a classic feel to your bracelet.  I can't wait to see what other applications I can find for it, because I plan to come up with a few more ways to use this piece.




Kat:

I think the antiqued silver plated snake hook and eye clasp is just too cool to pass up.  It is a simple hook and eye clasp and when your bracelet is clasped, it looks like the snake is biting his own tail.  I find this to be a really interesting design element.  It continues the circle of the bracelet without breaking it up. 




Karlin:

This antiqued silver half circle clasp is really unique. The clasp is magnetic and offers a secure closure to your bracelet - but it is also incredibly stylish and will add a sleek look to your bracelet. Another great quality about this clasp is that it's perfect for men's jewelry as well, as you can see in Megan's piece, The Logan Regaliz Bracelet.

Quick Tip Tuesday: Use Crimp Bead Covers as Accent Beads

The beauty of crimp bead covers is that they are essentially open beads and you can add them wherever you want. Karlin recently made a kumihimo bracelet using an assortment of green seed beads. After she added the clasp and finished the project, she realized that the bracelet was lacking something. It needed a little "pop". She cleverly realized that she could create the look of interspersed gold beads by placing crimp bead covers over some of her warp threads (and closing them around the thread), between the other beads. You could easily apply this same idea to other jewelry making projects - from strung necklaces that might have little gaps to fill in, to crocheted creations and even bead woven designs.

- Julie

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Green! Contest Finalists

The 10 finalists for our beading contest "Green!" are in and it's up to you to decide the winners! See each entry and cast your votes on our Facebook page. Simply "like" your favorite entry—or entries—to cast your vote. The entry with the most likes from the United States and the entry with the most likes from abroad will each win a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate!
Entries are numbered in alphabetical order. Voting ends Wednesday, April 16th, at 4PM PT.

"Forest Meadow" - Oksana Bykova
"Irish Springtime" - Anastasiya Klimanova
"Cosmic-Lime" - Sakuntala K├╝ttel-Gautschi

"Green Celebration" - Ana Lapan
"Green Feather" - Orysya Olyvko
"Wire-Wrapped Aventurine and Copper Earrings" - Shirin Purnell
"Green Marquise Micro Macrame Bracelet" - Sherri Stokey

"Emerald City" - Christine Wentzel

"Luck of the Spirals" - Shannon Westmiller
"Spring Celebration Necklace" - Joanne Zammit

We received a record number of fantastic entries this time around, thanks for sharing! The next contest will be announced in the May issue of The Beading Wire, so be sure to stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Tip Tuesday: Use Tape as a Bead Stopper on Memory Wire

I love to work with memory wire. I find memory wire projects to be fun, fast and easy, which serves as a nice contrast to some of my more complicated bead woven or bead embroidered projects. There are various ways to finish memory wire ends but probably the most common is to just create a simple wire loop on each end.

Because memory wire needs to be such a strong wire to hold its shape, it means that once you create that simple loop on the end, you are committed to it and there really is no going back (unless you cut it off). But what if you want to change your design? Do you have to slide off all your beads? My solution is to not finish the memory wire end when I start the project but instead put a piece of tape over the last 1/4" of it. The tape works as a handy bead stopper. This way I can string all my beads and if I don't like something, I just remove the tape and slide off as many beads a I want. Once I am happy with my design I then go in and create my loops.

- Julie 


Featured Brand of the Month: Regaliz - Week Two


If you are reading this blog and are a jewelry maker, chances are you love beads. Beads are the building blocks of a good design and they set the tone for the overall feel of the finished piece. Regaliz has produced a wide variety of beads in a plethora of shapes and finishes to help you create your unique bracelet, and this week we're taking a look at these beads. Add 1 bead, 2, 3 or even 12 to a bracelet, intersperse them with rubber O-rings or even consider adding some Vintaj patina to a metal bead to give it a pop of color.

Word jewelry and using initials is popular, and Regaliz offers alphabet beads that will let you spell out your name, your favorite city, or an inspiring word. Maybe you want to give a gift to a loved on and this is a great way of personalizing it. With so many beads to choose from, the possibilities are endless.


Featured Project: Regaliz Pink Mom Bracelet by Kat Silvia


This bracelet shows a wonderful use of the Regaliz alphabet beads.  What better was to personalize your bracelet for a gift or yourself.  These beads make it so easy.  

Featured Video: How to Use Rubber O Rings with Regaliz Cord

 

In this video, Megan demonstrates how to use and incorporate the Rubber O-Rings into your design.  These rings work with all three types of Regaliz cord. 


Designer Picks:


Megan:

It's probably not surprising that my favorite Regaliz bead has crystals on it.  I love this silver plated spacer bead.  The crystals will add such a pretty touch of sparkle to your chunkier corduroy rubber cord bracelets.  I really like the contrast that kind of look gives.




Kat:

My personal favorite is the antiqued copper plated butterfly slider for 10mm cork cord.  I think it is really neat that you can see the color of the cork you chose shine through as the color of the butterfly.  I also love it because it reminds me of those slice and bake cookies from when I was a kid. 



Karlin:

There is something so striking about this oval ceramic bead in Gasoline. I think the blend of colors on the ceramic is so cool and eye-catching. It can be paired quite easily with an array of colors of ceramic spacer beads and rubber o-rings on your 10mm Regaliz rubber cord.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Featured Brand of the Month - Regaliz Week One

Our April Brand of the Month is Regaliz and we can't wait to tell you all about it!

The Regaliz beading system provides you with everything you need to make customizable bracelets to suit your personality. First you choose the base material - do you want the heavier Regaliz Corduroy Rubber Cord to give you that trendy "chunky" leather look or do you want Flat Cork Cord to give you a sleeker design and one which you could even have multiple wraps with? The choice is totally up to you. After you have chosen what your bracelet will be made of, you get to have the fun of picking out the various beads, o-rings, and clasps to fit onto your cord. All the Regaliz components are made to work with each other, taking away the guesswork and leaving just the fun part of designing. We love that!

For this first week of our Brand of the Month spotlight, I would like to focus on the Regaliz cords themselves. The Regaliz Corduroy Rubber Cord has a soft flocked texture with uniform grooves running the length of it. When viewed from the side, it is oval in shape and measures 10mm x 6.5mm. The Regaliz Flat Cork Cord comes in both 5mm and 10mm widths and features a fabulous cork texture. It is soft and pliable and can easily be hole punched, stitched, and riveted. Both of these humane leather alternatives are sold by the inch so you only need to purchase exactly what you need for your design.

Featured Project: Peace and Love Regaliz Bracelet by Julie Bean


Featured Video:  How to Measure and Assemble a Regaliz Corduroy Rubber Cord Bracelet



I will be the first to admit that it is a little challenging wrapping your brain around how to figure out the right amount of cord to order when you don't have the beads and clasp in front of you. For that very reason I decided to make this video to help sort out how to measure Regaliz and take into account the added length of the clasp and the extra space needed when you add a bunch of beads.


Designer Picks


Megan:

I love the Regaliz 10mm flat cork cord in natural!  It's really different and pretty.  The slim profile of the cord makes great jewelry that's completely wearable for everyday use.  This cord is a fantastic blank slate and it allows a great deal of customization when you pair it with findings and beads.



Kat:

My personal favorite is the Regaliz 5mm flat cork cord in orange.  I just love a good arm full of bracelets.  I recommend using this size cork in a trendy wrap bracelet or double it up to utilize the findings for the 10mm bracelets.  Regaliz has made this a really versatile line for you to easily customize. 





Karlin:

My pick is the Regaliz 6.5mm corduroy rubber cord in black, mainly because it allows you to make larger statement bracelets. I like that you can stack on as many ceramic beads and rubber o-rings as you like, and really personalize your bracelet with your favorite colors. I'd pair mine with antiqued silver findings and an interesting clasp.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Beading Contest Update: Green!

Have you checked out our current beading contest: Green? We want to see your bright, colorful, springtime designs featuring the color green and we want all of our other readers to see them too!

You could win one of two $100 Beadaholique gift certificates, as well as gain exposure on our Facebook page and here on our blog. The entry deadline is April 8th, so you still have time to make something if you don't have a piece on hand.

Be sure to read through the original post for complete rules and submission guidelines!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bead Table Wednesday: 03/26/2014

Megan's Table

I've been playing with the 5mm cork cord from the Regaliz line this week.  I love this stuff!  It's so versatile and it comes in really nice colors.  My favorite pieces so far are this cool knotted bracelet (how neat is that finding!) and this pretty blue and silver two-strand bracelet with crystal sliders.  Be sure to keep an eye out for all of our new goodies from Regaliz, coming soon!




Kat's Table

I am loving the new Regaliz cork cord. I used this fun orange cork to make a wrap bracelet.  At only 5mm this cork would make the ultimate stacking bracelets if you made them in multiple colors!  I also really like this denim blue cork.  It's not as harsh as black so you can still see the great texture of the cork.







Karlin's Table

I am having so much fun playing around with the Regaliz line. Since these components are incredibly versatile, you can customize and personalize your pieces. I love SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS cup chain, and so I'm wrapping some onto my Regaliz bracelet and with some pretty pearl cotton thread in Light Sea Green. I think the outcome is a feminine, trendy look. I can't wait to try out some other styles using Regaliz!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Featured Brand of the Month: Green Girl Studios Week Four

To round out our month dedicated to Green Girl Studios, I want to bring your attention to their beautiful findings. In this category you will find all kinds of buttons, links, connectors, and toggle clasps. Each finding has wonderful potential to be used in various ways.

One thing that can definitely be said for all of the Green Girl products is that they are well made. They have a good weight to them which helps make them strong, sturdy pieces to work with. If you are looking for something to complete your design or something to design around, these findings are wonderful pieces of inspiration.

In the Unconditional Love Necklace by Megan Milliken, she uses the Love Message link as the focal piece of the necklace. It works great in this design because as the necklace naturally twists, the swirl design on the back keeps your eye interested. Many of the Green Girl elements are double sided which makes for more exciting design opportunities.

Unconditional Love Necklace by Megan Milliken

In case you haven't had the chance to drool over our brand new items from Green Girl Studios, you can check them out here. Be sure to shop the Green Girl Sale as well!

Designer Picks:


Julie

I just love the whimsy of Green Girl Studios and I think that is why my favorite finding has to be the Leaping Woodland Bunny Toggle Clasp. With his big ears and detailed features, I can't resist how adorable this little bunny is and I am inspired to create a jewelry design around him.




Megan

I am smitten with this Sterling Silver Bird Toggle Clasp from Green Girl Studios.  The metal is gorgeous and the design is so beautiful.  This clasp would add so much to a piece that I would want to base my whole design to work around it.  Down to the swirly cloud look of the toggle loop, this piece feels like wearable art.





Kat

My pick for the Green Girl findings is this new trendy Arrow Button. If hung properly it can work as a cool focal piece or can be used as part of a clasp. This is a great example of the many different applications for the Green Girl Findings. I want to make this a focal element to a bead weaving piece using metal seed beads.





Karlin

I'm completely drawn to the Pewter Skeleton Pendant Link from Green Girl Studios. Although this piece is a bit spooky, if you look close enough, you can see that the skeleton is holding a heart in its hand, which brings a touch of warmth to this piece. The attention to detail is what makes Green Girl Studios completely unique. I look forward to making a long necklace and incorporating this lovely pendant link.





Share your favorite Green Girl piece with us in the comments below. We want to hear about what inspires you!

I hope you enjoyed learning all about Green Girl Studios with us. Check back with us next month for a whole new brand of the month. See you in April!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Featured Brand of the Month: Green Girl Studios - Week Three

I hope you are enjoying learning all about Green Girl Studios with us, and this week I want to continue with a bit of a science lesson. We all know Green Girl Studios for their handcrafted products using lead-free pewter, but did you know that they also offer pieces in other metals? In addition to pewter they have bronze, Shibuichi alloy, 18k gold plated, and sterling silver. You can use these other metals to vary your designs while using the Green Girl signature style you love.

I want to share a little information about these metals in case you are unfamiliar with exactly what they are. In my research, I learned a lot about how the different metals are defined and what makes each of them up. So, are you ready for your science lesson? It won't be as bad as high school chemistry, I promise.



Bronze

Bronze is an alloy that usually consists primarily of copper with tin as the main additive. This metal is hard and tough. When it comes to Green Girl Studios, the color of their bronze components resembles a slightly dark antiqued gold or gold plated finish. These bronze elements can add a subtle warmth and strength to your designs.




Shibuichi Alloy

Now say it with me, SHEW-BOO-EEE-CHEE. Wow, that is a mouthful. The name means "one-fourth" in Japanese because it is one part silver to three parts copper. I personally love the earthen mahogany brown look of these pieces. The reddish undertones are beautiful. If you are looking for a very natural but polished element to include in your jewelry, try exploring these pieces.




18K Gold Plated

These pieces from Green Girl are 18K gold over lead-free pewter. Pure gold is 24K gold. So 18K means that it is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals, which equals 75% pure gold. Did you know that gold is actually relatively soft but by adding other metals it becomes stronger? The Green Girl's 18K gold plated components also have a lightly antiqued finish to them, which helps the dimension of the design pop.




Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a beautiful and bright metal. Do you know what .925 means, when looking at silver jewelry? It is the millesimal fineness, which denotes the purity of the metal. Sterling contains 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metal, most commonly, copper. So sterling silver standard has a minimum millesimal fineness of .925. Green Girl Studios releases a limited number of these Sterling Silver components, and they are truly stunning.



Whew, that was a lot of science, but I hope it helped you have a better understanding of the different metal types. Each metal has it's own unique properties - not just in chemical make up, but in the way they look too. When it comes to Green Girl's hand crafted components you can't go wrong with any choice. They all feature mindful designs and great craftsmanship. Also, be sure to peruse our new pewter buttons and pendants from Green Girl Studios!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Featured Brand of the Month: Week Two - Green Girl Studios

When you look through the intricate, fantastical components by Green Girl Studios, you feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale. Each piece tells a story and embodies characteristics that look completely unique and full of whimsy. So, for this week's blog post, I'd like to talk about their beautiful line of focal pendants and how easily they transform jewelry by adding a special artisan touch. 

Featured Project:  Megan's Pomegranate Pixie Necklace



A wonderful aspect of Green Girl pendants is that they don't need much decorating; their detailed look and overall design allows you to string them onto cord or ribbon and let their cool style take center stage. This week's featured project is Megan's Pomegranate Pixie Necklace. She simply strung a Pomegranate Pixie Pendant onto a black pleather faux leather beading cord. The outcome is a versatile piece that can be worn by women and men alike.


Featured Video: How To Make Knots in Jewelry



This week's featured video is an oldie-but-a-goody. It shows how to make some of the more common knots used in jewelry making, including the knot used in the Pomegranate Pixie Necklace. Knowing how to properly make secure knots will help ensure that your jewelry projects are structurally sound and will last for many years to come.



Julie

Of all the lines we carry at Beadaholique, Green Girl Studios is one of my personal favorites. I love how unique their products are and how each one seems to have a personality of its own. One of my favorite pendants is the Oval Stag with its dramatic antlers and intricately carved face.



Megan

I'm pretty much a sucker for all things unicorn.  So with that in mind, I'd have to say that my favorite pendant from Green Girl Studios is the Believe Unicorn Pendant.  Not only is the front side graced with a beautiful unicorn, but the simple message "believe" on the reverse reminds us to look for magic in our everyday lives.  I love it!





Kat

My favorite thing about the Green Girl Studios pendants is that most of them are two-sided.  This Pewter Howling Wolf Pendant has the words "Sing a Song" stamped on the back, while the wolf howls at the moon and falling stars on the front.  These two-sided pieces make wonderful conversation starters. 




Karlin
 
I think there is something so mysterious and romantic about this piece! The pewter captive heart pendant depicts a hand holding a heart with a lock on it. It is a lovely piece to incorporate into a design and give as a gift to that special someone.






Stay tuned for more on March's Brand of the Month, Green Girl Studios!
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