Thursday, August 30, 2012

Beading Contest: Hot August Nights Finalists

Thanks so much to all who entered our Hot August Nights contest!  We received some fantastic entries and it's always hard to choose just 10 finalists each month.  After much deliberation, here are our top 10 finalists (in alphabetical order by last name):

"Beauty of a Sunset" - Esther Acampora

"Summer Nights" - Leah Curtis

"Southern August Nights" - Amelia Davenport

"Raspberry Mint Julep Bracelet" - Rebecca Fauteux

"Sunset Glam Chandelier Earrings" - Joella Foster

"Prescient Dream's Catcher" - Anastasiya Klimanova

"Sunset - Moon" - Darya Mohler

"Sunset in Del Mar" - Jessica T. Le

"Summer Night" - Iha Vahlberg Orre

"Emmaline" - Wendy Woodall
 
To vote for your favorite design, please go to Beadaholique's Facebook page and "like" the design you like best.  You will need to "like" the actual photo in the gallery and not the entire gallery itself for your vote to count.  Public voting ends Tuesday September 4th at 4pm PDT.
Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: 08/29/2012

Julie's Table

Projects! I have 16 projects on my beading table this week that are finished and need typing up! They range from brass cuffs covered in Lillypilly copper to 16-warp Kumihimo braids to lucite cameo earrings and rings. I have had a blast creating all these projects and now I need to spend a couple days writing up instructions so you can have fun making them too.



Megan's Table

I love cameos!  Our new lucite cameos went live on the site yesterday, and my table is covered with projects!  I've been playing with all sorts of bezel cups, bead craft items, and even some Crystal Clay - what's your favorite way to display a pretty cameo?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: 8/22/12

Julie's Table 

I have been receiving a lot of questions lately about how to make a 16-warp Kumihimo braid and how to add beads to it. Well, it took some trial and error, but I did figure out several ways to add beads to a 16-warp braid! On my table is a sample piece showing 3 different methods and I hope to tape a video illustrating these techniques tomorrow.

Megan's Table 

Can you believe that we're already thinking about the holidays here at Beadaholique?  I've been working on several different beaded ornament ideas, and here is one that I was working on today.  It's a variation on the brick stitch star that I created for the 4th of July, which is a great reminder to take new techniques and use them in fun ways that are new and different!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Quick Tip Tuesday: Rounding Foundation Edges

I love to bead embroider; it is truly one of my favorite jewelry making techniques. Usually I start with a cabochon and then embroider around it. If you too have done this, you probably have experienced your thread catching on the sharp corners of the foundation (assuming you cut a square or rectangular piece). 
Lacy's Stiff Stuff and Lucite Cabochon
Here is a quick tip: After you cut your foundation, but before you bead, use a pair of scissors and cut the corners off. If you create soft rounded edges, you will most likely find that your thread no longer catches on those pesky corners. 

- Julie

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Contest Update: Hot August Nights



Have you checked out our current beading contest, Hot August Nights?  We want to see your night-on-the-town best and we want all of our other readers to see it too!  

Our 10 selected finalists will have their entries published here on our Beader's Blog and on the Beadaholique Facebook page for public voting, and the winner will receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate!  

We have some fantastic entries so far, but there is still time to enter if you have not yet sent us yours!  The deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 28th @ 4PM PT, so get beading! 

Other important dates:

Thursday, August 30th: Top 10 will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.

Tuesday, September 4th @ 4 PM PT: Public voting closes

Thursday, September 6th: Winner is announced in the next issue of The Beading Wire and notified via email.  

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: August 15, 2012

Julie's Table

On my table this week is a bead embroidered headband in soft grey and pink tones. The key to this project was the Toho seed bead mix that I used - it afforded me lots of bead choices that were already color coordinated to each other. This project came together rather quickly since I was able to leave a lot of the grey ultra suede exposed.


Megan's Table

My table this week is a great big seed bead party!  Yay, my favorite!  I'm working on a loom woven bracelet made with a great pink Czech seed bead mix and a fun peyote stitch skull and crossbones halloween bracelet made with glow in the dark seed beads!  I've also been experimenting again with twin beads.  Fun stuff!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: August 8th, 2012

Julie's Table 

I am having fun with gemstone beads this week. I created a multi-strand necklace using some citrine nugget beads that I have been drooling over for months. I like how they contrast with the smooth uniform shape of the jade serpentine round beads. Also on my table are several strands of colorful gemstone beads that I plan on making into a multi-strand wide bracelet with (maybe adding some braided cord in there too).  

Megan's Table 

This week I'm playing with some futuristic designs that Julie says belong on a modern day Judy Jetson. Shiny rhodium plated bead spacers and lots and lots of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals are giving my projects a fun, space age feel that I'm just loving right now!




Monday, August 6, 2012

Artist Profile: Lauren Potts winner of "Beach Days" beading contest

The winner of our "Beach Days" July beading challenge was Lauren Potts with her very pretty ocean inspired bracelet. Lauren has been kind enough to share her story with us in the interview below. 

Please tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Lauren. I'm 28 years old. I recently became an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). I've had a total of 12 pieces published between three different magazines (Bead Trends, Stringing and Jewelry Affaire) I absolutely LOVE networking with people and in groups to learn and help others in the crafty area!

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making? I always made jewelry as a kid. Once I hit my teenage years I let it go. When I hit close to 21 all my friends wanted to do was go out and drink/party. That was NOT what I was into so I spent a lot of time at home and decided to get back into crafting. I actually started back with macrame jewelry then evolved into more beading. I'm still growing and I love that; in jewelry; there is ALWAYS some new technique to learn. 



What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making? My favorite materials are gemstones. I am absolutely fascinated by the earth's ability to create such WONDERFUL stones. They almost seem unreal. In my opinion they are one of the examples of natural beauty. 
 Who or what inspires your creative process? I find creativity in the colors I see EVERYWHERE and usually in really random places. For instance, a broom sitting in a corner of a green room that is yellow with a black handle became my color combo for a pair of lampwork and feather earrings. The world truly has a lot to offer for inspiration. I walked into an office once that had lilac walls and cream trim. It turned into a light amethyst and riverstone bracelet. 

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work? You can purchase my work at www.lpsjewelry.etsy.com. I also have a blog at lpsjewelry.blogspot.com

Winning Design!
Or you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LPjewelry. I run a fan of the month application. Anyone who comments, shares or likes a post, pic etc will earn points, the person at the end of the month with the most points is considered the top fan and will then receive a free gift from me. You can take your pic of a jewelry gift or supply gift. I LOVE free stuff and truly enjoying interacting with my fans. 

Thanks Lauren for sharing your story!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Beading Contest: Hot August Nights



Summer is roaring on, and here at Beadaholique headquarters in southern California, August is traditionally one of the hottest months. With the warm weather, long days and inviting nights, we’re in the mood to party! Show us your best pieces for getting dolled up and hitting the town, be it elegant in blacks or bold with color and sparkles.

Check out our free beading project tutorials for some inspiration, and see below for our selection of party-worthy project tutorials.

We will select 10 finalists from the contest entries, all of whom will have their work published here in our Beader’s Blog and on the Beadaholique Facebook page for public voting. The winner will receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate and further exposure on our blog and Facebook page!

Rules/How to Enter:

Email us a clear, in focus, well-lit photo of a beading project which fits our theme and uses one or more products found at Beadaholique. Email one photo, at least 500 px in width or height but no bigger than 1600 px wide and 1600 px tall, to challenge@thebeadingwire.com (do not use this for questions; contact us here) with the following included in your email (make sure you leave in the words tags: august2012):

Subject line: Name of Piece tags: august2012 (Example: Red Hot Necklace tags: august2012)

Body: Very important! Include your full name and email address within the body of your email. Optionally, you may also include a brief description of your piece.

Important Dates:
Tuesday, August 28 @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit
Thursday, August 30: Top 10 will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
Tuesday, September 4 @ 4 PM PT: Public voting closes
Thursday, September 6: Winner is announced in the next issue of The Beading Wire and notified via email.

Other Rules:

One entry per person. If you send more than one entry, you may be disqualified. If your entry does not meet the “Rules/How to Enter” stated above, you may be disqualified. Winner must respond to our email notification within 2 weeks to claim gift certificate. No one person may win more than once every 3 months. By entering, you retain the rights to your original jewelry design but are giving Beadaholique, Inc. permission to use your submitted photo(s) on our websites, newsletter, Facebook, blog and other properties. The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Tips:
Send in a large, clear, and well-lit photo.
Try to use natural light to illuminate your photos.
Double check to make sure that your full name and email addressare included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.

Beach Days Contest Winner


Congratulations to Lauren E. Potts, winner of the Facebook fan vote for her entry: "Sea Me at the Beach".  Her adjustable bracelet using a ceramic seahorse focal, hemp cord in natural, cream and turquoise colors as well as clear AB and dark aqua AB seed beads.

Lauren has won a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate, and a full artist profile of Lauren will be posted here soon, so be sure to check back.

This month's Editor's Pick goes to Tara Ellis for her entry: "Ariel's Armour" necklace because of the design's originality and its excellent showcasing of various bead embroidering techniques.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ENDED. Nunn Design Giveaway: Summer Collection 2012

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

Thanks to Becky Nunn over at Nunn Designs we have a fabulous collection of her latest designs worth over $125 to give away to one lucky person! The new Summer Collection of bead caps, bezel rings, bezel pendants, and more is simply stunning. Just think of all the jewelry-making possibilities!


Included in the Giveaway: 

1 piece each of the following items:

Bangles  
Inspiration Projects from Nunn Design
Small Bangle Bracelet Domed – Antique Copper
Large Bangle Bracelet Flat – Antique Gold 
Small Bangle Bracelet Flat – Antique Silver 

Beadcaps  
Coral Beadcap 9mm – Antique Copper 
Limpet Beadcap 9mm – Antique Gold 
Sea Hive Beadcap 9mm – Antique Silver 
Sea Spire Beadcap 9mm – Bright Silver 
Urchin Beadcap 9mm – Antique Copper
Hammered Beadcap – Antique Gold 

Inspiration Projects from Nunn Design
Ornate Large Pendants
Ornate Large Pendant Circle – Antique Copper 
Ornate Large Pendant Circle Single – Antique Gold 
Ornate Large Pendant Heart – Antique Silver 
Ornate Large Pendant Oval – Bright Silver 
Ornate Large Pendant Oval Single – Antique Copper 
Ornate Large Pendant Rectangle Single – Antique Gold
Ornate Large Pendant Square Single – Antique Silver 

Adjustable Ornate Rings  
Adjustable Ornate Large Circle Ring – Bright Silver 
Adjustable Ornate Small Circle Ring – Antique Gold 
Adjustable Ornate Small Oval Ring – Bright Silver 
Adjustable Ornate Large Oval Ring – Bright Silver  


Inspiration Projects from Nunn Design
To win, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your favorite Nunn Design item is. Giveaway ends next Wednesday, August 8th at 4pm PDT. At that time, we will choose 1 random winner from those who left comments on this blog post. Please do not comment anonymously and do not use your Yahoo Pulse Profile if commenting, we cannot contact you if you do. Please adhere to all Beadaholique rules and conditions for this giveaway.  

Good Luck!

Beading Table Wednesday: August 1, 2012


Megan's Table


I have been crocheting as long as I've been beading, but amazingly, I've never tried bead crochet - until this week!  You can see many different experiments with different beads and different types of cord on my table.  I love the circular bead crochet...now that I have gotten the hang of it!  Have you tried any bead crochet?  Supplies will be coming soon to Beadaholique, so stay tuned for lots of fun projects and videos!



Julie's Table 


Well, I wish my beading table actually had beads on it this week, lol. My computer has dominated my work day this week: typing up projects, writing a lengthy story about seed beads, working on the next issue of The Beading Wire, answering YouTube questions, responding to emails, and much more!


Seed Beads: An Overview of Types, Cuts, and Finishes

Color Riot Bracelet: Loom Work

Seed beads are one of the most versatile and commonly used beads in jewelry making today. They come in hundreds of colors, numerous finishes, various cuts, and a wide range of sizes. With all the choices available in the "seed bead" category, it can be a little confusing to understand what some of the commonly used terms mean and how one seed bead varies from another. We have put together this blog to help you understand the wide and wonderful world of seed beads.

 Sizes:
All seed beads are classified by aught size and assigned a number between 1/0 and 24/0. The higher the number, the smaller the bead. For instance, a 15/0 seed bead is considerably smaller then a 6/0 seed bead. We have a handy seed beads size chart for seed beads on the Beadaholique website which breaks down the bead size in millimeters as well as how many beads per inch you will be able to string for each size.

Fern Hill Necklace: Seed Bead Fronds
The most common seed bead sizes for jewelry design range from 6/0 to 15/0. It is very hard to find seed beads smaller then 15/0 and they will almost always be vintage or antique as they are not commonly produced nowadays. An important note is that an 11/0 Toho round bead will not be the same size as an 11/0 Miyuki Delica (the Delica is slightly smaller). You will find this true with other manufacturers as well. It is always important to keep this fact in mind when selecting beads, especially if you are following a beading pattern that calls for a particular type of bead.


Seed Bead Manufacturers:
 
Miyuki Japanese beads are considered a "world standard" for their high quality, brilliance, and uniform shape. They are highly sought after by fashion designers, beadwork artists and crafters. The Delica bead is one of Miyuki's most recognizable beads with it's uniform sleek cylindric shape. They have nice large holes compared to the overall size of the bead and sharp cut edges near the hole which results in them laying extremely flat and even when used in weaving patterns. These beads are particularly well suited for peyote stitch bead weaving and loom work.  

Toho beads are among the most popular seed beads used in jewelry making today because of their uniformity of size and shape. Machine manufactured in Japan, sparkling Toho glass beads feature a larger hole than those found in most beads of similar size. This may allow for multiple-pass stringing, and more creative options in your bead work. Toho not only offers the rounded seed bead but other shapes and styles as well, all in a multitude of colors and finishes.  

Jablonex Czech Glass seed beads are also machine made but not to as exacting standards as that of their Japanese counterparts. They too have nice large holes and their less mechanized manufacturing allows them to retain an old world Bohemian feel. Czech Glass beads can add a vintage look to a design and are available in lush color mixes as well as a wide range of single colors. These beads are usually sold by the hank or half hank, meaning they come pre-strung on several temporary strands versus in a tube.  

There are of course other manufacturers of seed beads on the market, but the above 3 are extremely popular, and all are available on Beadaholique.com

Seed Bead Shapes and Cuts: 

 


Round: As the name suggest, these beads are round, usually slightly wider then they are tall, and have soft rounded edges near the hole 






Delicas: This is a term assigned to a particular type of Miyuki bead which is cylindric in shape with sharp cut edges.   





Cylinder: As mentioned above, a Delica is a cylinder bead but there are other ones on the market as well. This bead shape is growing in popularity because of how the beads lock together seamlessly in bead weaving and loom work.  


 


Charlotte: These beads have a facet cut on one edge to catch the light. Most commonly found in size 13/0, these are also sometimes referred to as "single-cut" or "one-cut" beads




 Tri-Cut: Like the name suggests, these beads have 3 facet cuts per bead which creates an interesting irregular textural look to their surface, giving them an almost nugget like appearance. The facets catch and reflect the light, adding to their sparkle. They can also be referred to as "3-cut" beads. 

 

  

Hex: Six sides give hex-cut beads texture and sparkle despite their usually tiny size. 





Seed Bead Finishes:


Color lined - a color, different from the bead itself, has been applied to the inside of the bead. This is most apparent when applied to transparent beads  




Silver Lined, Gold Lined, Bronze Lined - A metallic color has been applied to the inside of the bead and this color then shines through the glass of the bead

 



Transparent/Translucent: the glass of the bead is see through. It might be tinted with a color, but it is still see-through 
 



Opaque: solid color, light is not able to penetrate through the bead 


 



Matte: as the name implies, these beads are not shiny and some people refer to matte as frost
 




Luster: transparent pearly sheen 

 


AB or Aurora Borealis: A multi-color rainbow affect has been applied to part or all of the beads surface. Some people refer to this finish as Rainbow  
 
  



Iris: very similar to AB but the colors used in this finish are found very close to the bead's main color on a color wheel 




Metallic: the beads appear to have a "metal" like quality to them, usually very shiny


 

Galvanized: colorful metallic coating





In The Seed Bead Family: 


Bugle Beads: Bugle beads are made by a variety of manufacturers and can vary in length. What defines them is that they are always longer then they are wide. Bugle Beads coming soon to Beadaholique! See a few of them in the photo on the left.



Preciosa Twin Beads: Twin beads, like the name suggests, have two holes per bead. They have a rounded oval shape to them and work well when mixed with other seed beads in patterns that would be impossible without the dual holes.  



Miyuki Cube Beads: Precision-cut Miyuki 4mm cubes actually have the following range of measurements: 3.8-4mm long, 3.4mm wide. Find a large assortment of colors as well as designer-customized mixes. Beads come in opaque, frost, silver-lined, AB, matte, and ghost finishes. 



Miyuki Tila Square 2-Hole Beads: The beautiful Miyuki Tila two-hole square beads are perfect squares built for uniformity and consistency. The large hole makes them ideal for consistent bead weaving textures and multiple passes of fine beading thread such as Fireline, Power Pro, KO Thread and Nymo. These are ideal for square stitches. 

 



Miyuki Berry Beads: Miyuki Berry Beads resemble tiny peanuts which can be stacked upon each other to create beautifully brilliant pieces! 
 



 Miyuki Long Magatama Beads: Miyuki long Magatama seed beads have a long petal shape. The angled hole creates amazing variations in shape when strung. 





Believe it or not, there are even more types of seed beads and related beads then the ones listed here. The world of seed beads is vast and ever-growing. Hopefully this blog has helped you to understand a bit better the basics of seed beads and perhaps has even sparked your creativity a little!

Happy Beading, 
Julie


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