Beading Table Wednesday: April 22, 2015

It’s Wednesday again, your weekly sneak-peek into what the designers are working on.

Karlin 13Karlin:

For the past few days I’ve been thinking about what to make with these gorgeous new fancy stones and settings by Swarovski. The settings allow you to make your crystals look like boutique-style jewelry, which I love. I am thinking a pair of stacked crystal earrings will look both vintage-inspired and chic. What will you make with these beauties?

 

Rachel 083737Rachel:

I’m so intrigued by the unusual shape of these new CzechMates 2-Hole Crescent Beads. Today I’m thinking of some sculptural designs using Crystal Clay — there are so many possibilities! How would you use these pretty Czech glass beads?

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: How to Protect Your Jewelry from Tarnish

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We’ve all been there — you go hunting in your nightstand for those gorgeous silver earrings you made five years ago, only to find that they’re totally tarnished and discolored. Luckily, there are ways to protect your silver jewelry from showing its age. In this video, Kat demonstrates a few handy options, including anti-tarnish bags, strips and storage boxes. It’s an extra step to put each piece away properly after wearing it, but it’s worth it to keep your creations looking shiny, bright and new.

Inspiration Monday: Delicate Gold Layers

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Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 10.19.17 AMIf you follow celebrity fashion trends, you’ve probably seen a lot of this look — delicate, layered gold necklaces. They can be adorned with tiny beads, a gemstone or a unique charm. This look broadcasts an easy, casual air that can be dressed up or down, depending on the pieces you choose to wear. The key to this trend is that together, the necklaces tell a story about you that is personal, individual and fun.

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.45.59 PMThe designers here at Beadaholique have come up with some adorable delicate gold necklaces to get you thinking along these lines. We even have a few multi-strand necklace projects for an easy, already-layered look. Check out the Initial Layering Necklace for one example of this idea, or the street-chic Tribal Trio Necklace, featuring a striking Vintaj arrowhead pendant.

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 10.13.00 AMFor individual layers, there are lots of different styles to pick from. Sometimes a few small, chunky beads make a big impact, as in our Golden Ellipses Necklace. Another idea for a simple, elegant layer is the Petite Pearl Bar Necklace, which spotlights a row of pretty pearls on a simple chain. You can also group matching charms together on a chain for a look straight from boutique jewelry cases, like the First Signs of Spring Necklace. Itching to sink your teeth into a more involved project? You can make your own resin charm to string on a delicate chain, as shown in our sweet Snow Day Necklace.

What kinds of layers do you like best? Let us know how you’re getting into gold layers in the comments.

Announcing the Pastels Contest Winners

We’re very excited to announce the winners of our Pastels beading contest! Congratulations to our domestic winner, Autumn Stump, and our international winner, Raynelle Paramonova.

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Autumn won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her entry, “Spring Fling.” We love these wire-wrapped earrings with lovely pastel gemstone beads, including chalcedony and rose quartz.

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Raynelle also won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her piece, “Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet.” We’re very impressed by her beadwork, which spotlights pretty Miyuki Tila beads and a subtle pastel color palette.

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Last but not least, congratulations to Karen Parker, whose necklace, “Pale Pink and Purple Circles,” is our editor’s pick. Karen won a $50 Beadaholique gift card for this piece, whose playful use of color and shapes sets off her creative beadwork.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and remember to look out for our next beading contest announcement in the May issue of The Beading Wire. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with next.

Find Out Friday: Mother’s Day Charm Bangle

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and nothing says “you’re special” quite like a handmade gift from the heart. We’ve been combing our inventory for Mom-centric beads and charms to inspire your next holiday creation — check out the gorgeous items we found!

Today, let’s take a look at how to craft a Mother’s Day version of one of our trendiest projects — the expandable charm bangle. This project is great for beginners and is super easy to personalize with charms that reflect your mother’s interests, initials or birth stone colors. I fell in love with these Swarovski butterfly beads and sweet TierraCast charms. Here’s what you’ll need to make this bracelet:

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1 Gold Expandable Charm Bangle Bracelet
1 TierraCast Heart Mom 2-Sided Charm
1 TierraCast Radiant Sun Charm
6 Swarovski Crystal Butterfly Beads, Violet
1 Swarovski Crystal Mini Drop Bead, Crystal Paradise Shine
1 Swarovski Elements Channel Crystal Charm, Peridot
7 Gold Plated Ball Head Pins
10 Gold 5mm Open Jump Rings
Flat Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters

1. Open up a jump ring and slide on your 2-sided Mom charm.

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2. Close the jump ring around one bar of your expandable charm bangle, attaching the charm to the bracelet.

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3. Open another jump ring and slide on one peridot crystal charm. Then attach that to your bangle.

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4. Take one head pin and string one butterfly crystal bead.

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5. Using your round nose pliers, create a simple wire loop. Clip off the excess wire from your head pin with your wire cutters.

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6. Open a jump ring and slide it through the loop you just created. Then attach the jump ring to your bangle.

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7. Using another head pin, create a simple wire loop for the crystal drop bead.

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8. Attach the drop bead to your bangle with another jump ring.

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9. Next, open another jump ring and attach the sun charm to your bangle.

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10. Attach the rest of your crystal butterfly charms based on the steps above. Then, voila — your bangle is ready to wear.

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Enjoy!

Beading Table Wednesday: April 15, 2015

It’s tax day, so why not take a break and check out some of the beading projects we’re working on this week? There’s nothing wrong with a little stress relief!

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Here is my beading table for today. Well, it’s actually the video table in our studio. I have been very busy bringing new videos to you and this week is no exception. I am showing off these fun rubber cord and memory wire charm bangles. Look for the video coming soon!

 

 

Karlin copy 15Karlin:

This week I’ve got bright bohemian jewelry on my mind! I’ve been having fun making stringing pieces and finishing off with fun, brightly colored tassels. Be sure to check out our new tassel making tool — perfect for all of your boho-inspired designs.

 

 

20150408_160025Rachel:

I love all the new colors of impression jasper we just started carrying. The colors are so vibrant — perfect for spring! The multi-colored strands are especially convenient for when you want to create an affordable piece with a lot of pop.

 

Quick Tip Tuesday: Use a Bead Stopper for Multi-Strand Projects

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Sometimes it can be frustrating to keep a multi-strand bracelet in place as you work. In this video you’ll see how you can use a large bead stopper to manage all of the strands. This technique can be used for beading wire as well as memory wire. This is how the Kavala Cuff look was achieved, along with the Ariana Cuff and the Alexis Bracelet. Hopefully this technique makes your stringing projects easier!

 

Pastels Contest Finalists: Vote for the Winners!

We got in some gorgeous entries for our Pastels Contest, and the finalists have now been decided. Next, we’ll need your help to determine the winners! Our top 10 entries all use springy pastel colors in playful, creative ways. Visit our Facebook album and “like” your favorite (or favorites) to cast a vote. The domestic and international entries with the most votes will each win a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.

Voting ends Wednesday, April 15th at 4pm PT, so be sure to get your likes in before then.

“Gorgons Tink” - Elizabeth Botha

“Gorgons Tink” – Elizabeth Botha

"Egyptian Garden" - Cindy Day

“Egyptian Garden” – Cindy Day

“Pastel Swirls Necklace” - Katalin Kmetyko

“Pastel Swirls Necklace” – Katalin Kmetyko

“Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet” - Raynelle Paramonova

“Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet” – Raynelle Paramonova

“Pale Pink and Purple Circles” - Karen Parker

“Pale Pink and Purple Circles” – Karen Parker

“Mother’s Day Rose” - Madeline Reganis

“Mother’s Day Rose” – Madeline Reganis

“Lacy Spring Earrings” - Ana María Pozo Reyes

“Lacy Spring Earrings” – Ana María Pozo Reyes

"Horsing Around in the Sea Necklace” - Kristen Sanders

“Horsing Around in the Sea Necklace” – Kristen Sanders

“Spring Fling” - Autumn Stump

“Spring Fling” – Autumn Stump

“A Sign of Spring Bracelet” - Lucia Tierney

“A Sign of Spring Bracelet” – Lucia Tierney

Remember to cast your vote at our Facebook gallery by next Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next contest announcement in the May issue of The Beading Wire. If you’re not subscribed to The Beading Wire you can do so on our website so you don’t miss a thing. Happy voting!

 

Beading Table Wednesday: April 8, 2015

It’s Wednesday again — time to check in on what everyone is up to this week:

karlinKarlin:

As we’re prepping videos and banners, we’ve got a lot of fun, colorful projects everywhere! Here is a small (but pretty) collection of some spring and summer inspired projects I have on my desk. Do you have a favorite project from the past?
Kat Silvia

 

 

Kat:

The festival bug has officially hit me!  I just finished this fun beaded loom bracelet inspired by Native American colors and patterns.  I have seen pieces like this all over the festivals, from jewelry to handbags and head bands. The full tutorial and pattern will be coming soon to Beadaholique.com.

 

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Rachel:

This week I’ve been playing with some bead embroidery. Ever since I saw these glass peacock cabochons, I’ve been thinking about what to do with them! This particular piece might stop here or become something bigger. How do you decide when a piece of jewelry is “finished?”

 

Hot Spring Trend: Gold

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“Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold,” the poet Thomas Hood wrote in the early 1800s. For thousands of years, gold has fascinated and bewitched us. It doesn’t tarnish, it’s easy to form into wearable shapes and its bright hue is complementary against any skin color. Over the centuries, people have attributed all kinds of mystical properties to the pliable metal —  legend has it that Cleopatra slept wearing a mask of pure gold every night to maintain her youthful looks.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 3.26.46 PMWith such high, lasting value, it’s safe to say that gold never really goes out of style — but this season especially, we’re seeing a resurgence of gold in spring and summer fashion and in trendy jewelry. Fashion Week runways this spring were radiant with gold and yellow hues as designers including Ralph Lauren, Hermes and Moschino shone a spotlight on sunny shades. And with all of this gold-toned clothing headed our way on store shelves soon, we’re going to need some jewelry to match.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 3.13.34 PMJust in time, the designers at Beadaholique have crafted some gorgeous gold-themed projects to get your creativity in gear. Get in on the popular chain maille trend with the Mobius Chain Maille Bracelet, a playful pattern that’s feminine yet edgy. The Jeweled Bee Bracelet dresses up a brass bangle with Swarovski crystals and a gold-tone Nunn Design bee piece. The woven, faux-leather Persuade Me Bracelet sparkles with gold seed beads and a tiny TierraCast charm.

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For a glamorous, noir look, try making our Jeweled Noir Necklace, which features Swarovski flat back rhinestones for plenty of glitz. In the market for matching earrings? The Edgy Elegance Earrings dazzle with their cascade of gold chains. If delicate and simple are your buzzwords, check out the Crystal Point Necklace, which uses beautiful gold wire wrapping to set off a chunky crystal quartz gemstone. The A Vintage Twist Earrings feature elegant lines and a faux pearl to soften flashy gold bails.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 3.19.30 PMA bold, gold cocktail ring can go a long way toward making a sophisticated statement. The Urban Hexagon Ring plays with a two-tone metal look that is very on-trend, while the Gold Doris Day Ring creates a timeless silhouette with floral-reminiscent bead caps and crystals in Crystal Clay.

For even more inspiration and information about how to use the gold products we carry at Beadaholique, check out our guide to using gold in jewelry. How will you accent your wardrobe with gold this spring? Let us know!