Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ENDED: Books and Magazines: A Big Giveaway!


The awesome folks over at Lark Crafts very generously keep us supplied with a treasury of fantastic books to share with our readers.  And the time for sharing is now!  We're giving away five phenomenal books from Lark Crafts, so read on to find out how you can enter to win one of them.

Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! by Kathy Sheldon is a wonderfully fun book full of adorable shrink plastic projects.  Sheldon gives you really great ideas...and includes the images that you will need to recreate the projects in the book!

A Bounty of Bead and Wire Bracelets and A Bounty of Bead and Wire Necklaces by Nathalie Mornu are really incredible resources for learning different techniques and unique ways to assemble your jewelry.

Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects is full of innovative, yet classic ideas for jewelry design.  Fitzgerald is one of the best, and her selected favorites are sure to get you itching to bead.

Necklaceology by Candie Cooper is a beautifully laid out treasure trove of necklace ideas!  If you are a fan of the necklace, you will love to dive into this collection of strung and assembled projects.

As an added bonus, we're also going to give 20 runners up a copy of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Autumn/Winter 2012 Salt magazine.  Full of incredible fashion and drool-worthy photos, any SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS lover will want this magazine.

To enter,  leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your favorite Lark Crafts book is. Next Wednesday, November 7th at 4pm PST, we will choose at random 5 lucky winners and 20 runners up.

Each winner will receive one of the books listed above.  Which book will be determined by us.  Each runner up with receive one copy of Salt Magazine.

Please just one entry comment per person and please abide by all Beadaholique contest and giveaway rules and conditions.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Beading Contest: Halloween Finalists

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

"Horseless Headsman Earrings" - Dyani Diglio

"Cute Ghosts" - Oksana Gaevskaya

"Spooky Spider" - Kirstin Kidd

"The All-Seeing Eye Bracelet" - Tatiana Labutina

"Haunted Beads Bracelet" - Aneva Mounkes

"Halloween Glam Necklace" - Heidi Parviainen

"Bling Bat Brooch" - Lauren Sheridan

"Cameos and Skeletons" - Sherri Stokey

"Sugar Skull Bling Ring" - Kathy Valunas
"The Widow Choker" - Rebecca Webb

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 October 30th at 4pm PDT.
Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: 10/24/2012

Julie's Table

Every year I hand make ornaments for my family. I am thrilled that this year I also get to make ornaments for Beadholique and share their designs with our wonderful beading community. On my table today is an ornament I just finished that uses Crystal Clay, chatons, Crystal Splash, and metal filigree pieces. It was so much fun to make and tomorrow I will be taping a how-to video tutorial on it!

Megan's Table 

Christmas is in the air and on our beading tables this week at Beadaholique!  We get quite a head start, so these aren't the first holiday projects that we've started for the season, but we're having a blast getting in the spirit nice and early!  I'm working on such a fun project - a bracelet woven out of Miyuki Delica seed beads with little Christmas trees across it.  When I'm done, I'm going to go back and decorate the trees!  I can't wait :)

Artist Profile: Marina Mikhailik - Winner of our Autumn Colors Beading Contest

Marina Mikhailik was the winner of our Autumn Colors beading contest. Her entry Necklace Strauss garnered a lot of praise for its original design and beautiful subtle color palette. We were curious to learn more about Marina and her jewelry making journey. Here is her story: 

Tell us a little about yourself:

I was born and raised in the Ural region of Russia where I also received my architectural education. Since childhood I have loved to read the tales of Bazhov about goldsmiths and stone cutters, which my native land prides itself in.

I currently live in the Siberian city of Tomsk where I'm serving as a director of a small architectural office and raising my eight year old son while enjoying creating wire wrap jewelry.
Marina's Winning Piece: Necklace Strauss

How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?

My interest in creating jewelry began in 2006, when my youngest son was two years old and I was on maternity leave. The first material with which I started was polymer clay. It was not until 2010 that I first picked up the wire. For some time I continued to work with polymer clay and even conducted educational workshops, but my fascination with the wire prevailed. It captivated me with its graphic quality. In Autumn of 2010 I discovered the unusual ear cuff jewelry and devoted almost a year and a half to creating my own beautiful pieces.

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?

In my earliest work I used polymer clay beads and vintage brass hardware from Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Over time I added beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals and cabochons of natural stone. My favorite metals are brass and copper; copper for its warmth and flexibility, and brass for its elegance, elasticity, ability to hold form, and its beautiful appearance after patination.

Who or what inspires your creative process?

My favorite quote can be an answer to this question:

"What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best?" and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.


Like for Winnie the Pooh, my greatest source of inspiration comes from the moments of anticipation before the result. When I pick up an interestingly shaped cabochon and begin to embrace it with wire, I do not see the end result. Instead I have a conversation with materials, I listen to the wire, follow its curves, weave bead accents into the pattern... And the end result is often surprising even to myself.

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work?

My work can be seen and purchased on my website: http://maryamorevna.ru/

My page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmorevna

Thanks for sharing Marina!  It was great to read a little bit about you and your work and we wish you the best of luck with your endeavors!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quick Tip Tuesday: Straightening Waxed Cotton Cord

Here at Beadaholique, we just got in a bunch of yummy new colors of waxed cotton cord, and I couldn't wait to play with this stuff!  I got my projects all ready to go, but noticed that the cord was all kinky from the original card it came on.  I wanted to use it in a bracelet, so that wasn't going to work.  So I figured out how to straighten it out, and I thought I would share the solution with you, in case you ever need to do the same.

First, I measured out a length of cord that was a little longer than what I would use for my project.  Then, I wet the cord.  I tied one end to something that was high enough to keep the end off of the ground - in my case, a standing fan.  Then I placed a kumihimo gator weight on the end of the cord.  You could also tie a butter knife to it, you just need to give it a little weight.  Then, I let the cord dry.  It didn't take long.  And when the cord was dry, it was straight as can be.  Bingo!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: October 17th, 2012

Julie's Table

I finished my long magatama beaded kumihimo bracelet this week - yay! I had such fun making it and now I am about to start another kumihimo project using one of our new satin cord mixes. Also on my table this week is the Deco Drops Bracelet featuring Czech Glass beads and an experiment in crocheting using Griffin Silk and 15/0 seed beads. 

Megan's Table

There are the beginnings of a couple of different projects on my beading table this week, and they both use new products that are coming soon to Beadaholique! I'm super excited about the new Czech glass spike beads and can't wait to incorporate them into some bead embroidered pieces. I'm also playing with some of the great new waxed cotton cord that comes in beautiful colors - it's going to be perfect for noodle beads!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Contest Update: Halloween!

Have you checked out our current beading contest: Halloween?  We want to see your spooky 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, October 23th @ 4PM PT, so get beading! 

Other important dates:

Thursday, October 25th: Top 10 will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.

Tuesday, October 30th @ 4 PM PT: Public voting closes

Thursday, November 1st: 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!

Quick Tip Tuesday: Fitting a Larger Cord End Cap

This week I have been working on a beaded kumihimo bracelet using long magatama beads in Christmas colors. One thing about using long magatamas is that you end up with a thicker overall braid but the main "spine" of your cords is quite thin (if you use something like S-Lon). The end caps that I want to use are much wider then my end braid. To solve this issue, I have taken a separate strand of S-Lon and wrapped it multiple times around the braid as close to the magatamas as I can get. I will then knot the S-Lon, trim it, and then cover it in E6000 glue before inserting it into my cord end cap.  

NOTE: Purple cord was used to show more clearly how to do this in the photo. You will want to use the same color cord that you braided with. 

- Julie 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: October 10, 2012

Julie's Table

I am about to start a project I have been wanting to do since July! This past summer I created a beaded kumihimo bracelet with long magatamas for the 4th of July called The Wreath of Independence Bracelet. Instantly people were telling me I had to make one for Christmas because it would look just like a holiday wreath. Well, the holidays are almost here so now I get to make my bracelet - yay!!! Also on my table are two completed projects - a Deco-inspired bead woven bracelet and a simple pendant necklace with a Clay River porcelain focal piece.

Megan's Table

I've been experimenting with our new 2-hole Czech glass square beads, which come in some seriously gorgeous colors and finishes!  Two hole beads always through a wrench the cogs of my creative thinking, so I usually end up experimenting quite a bit before I figure out what I want to do with them.  So far, I'm liking what I've done here, combined with tri-cut seed beads, but I'm looking forward to finding my finished design!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Look for Beadaholique on AM Northwest October 8th!

Products similar to these will be explored!
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, check out KATU's AM Northwest's spotlight on some of the cools things offered by Beadaholique this coming Tuesday, October 8th.   

Super crafter Shirley Rufener demonstrates how to use some of Beadaholique's most popular mixed media products. With the holidays quickly approaching, these items would make excellent gifts!

Check your local listings for time and channel information. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

An Amazing Giveaway From Lark Crafts!

Our friends over at Lark Crafts are having a giveaway that's too good to not share with you all!  Check out their post about the giveaway, with details on how to enter to win a complete set of author-signed books from the Master Class series!

We've reviewed several of the books in this series here on our blog, and they are always incredible resources full of beautiful pictures and clear instructions.  Don't miss your chance to add them all to your library!

Beading Contest: Halloween!

Let’s “scare up” some Halloween themed projects this month! Whether you go fun and festive with shades of orange and black, or take a darker, spookier route, make sure to get your submissions in by October 23rd.

Check out our special Halloween Projects page for some project ideas and inspiration. You can also find product recommendations from our design team in our special Halloween Department.

We will select 10 finalists from the contest entries, all of whom will have their work published here on 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 pixels wide and 1600 pixels 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: october2012):

Subject line: Name of Piece tags: october2012 (Example: Bump in the Night Bracelet tags: October2012)

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, October 23 @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit
  • Thursday, October 25: Top 10 will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
  • Tuesday, October 30 @ 4 PM PT: Public voting closes
  • Thursday, November 1: 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.

  • 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 address are included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Autumn Colors Contest Winner

Congratulations to Marina Mikhailik, winner of the Facebook fan vote for her entry entitled Necklace Strauss. This beautiful necklace layers together Vintaj Natural Brass components, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal pearls, Toho seed beads and brass wire.

Marina has won a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate, and a full artist profile of Marina will be posted here on our blog soon. 

This month's Editor's Pick goes to Jacqueline Jimerson for her Fall Beaded Wire Tree for its great color palette and originality. Jacqueline's piece uses 26 gauge vintage bronze wire and a copper green seed bead mix.
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