Thursday, January 31, 2013

Quick Tip: Use Chain Links as Jump Rings

One of my favorite time and money saving tips is to use open chain links as jump rings in projects. An open chain link is one which has not been soldered shut, meaning that you can open it and use it just like a jump ring. Megan created the beautiful Emerald Spiral Earrings using this technique and I attached my focal pendant to a chain length (without jump rings) in the Enchanted Woods Necklace.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beading Table Wednesday: 1/30/13

Julie's Table

Apparently I am feeling very sparkly this week! I just finished a Pandora style bracelet using the new SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal BeCharmed rondelles and also completed two vintage-inspired rings using our new glue-on ring findings. A video on how to make the rings is coming soon!

Megan's Table

I too, have sparkles on the brain this week.  But then, that's pretty normal for me!  I love the new jewel tone gunmetal Beadelle pave bead collection, so I'm playing with our different waxed cotton cord options to make some new varieties of Shambhala bracelets.  They're such a nice showcase for these blingtastic beads.  (Yes, I just said blingtastic.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Vintaj Patina Metal Effects Workshop

Julie's Workspace at the Workshop
A few weeks ago, Julie and I got to attend an awesome Vintaj workshop on Vintaj Patina Metal Effects.  We spent the afternoon learning and playing along with Mackie Mullane from Vintaj, who led the class.  We took a few photos, and we thought it might be fun to share our experience with you.

Julie assembling one of her pieces
Mackie taught us all how to make five beautiful projects from Vintaj components and embellished using Vintaj Patinas.  We had so much fun experimenting with the incredibly versatile patinas.  The projects featured different ways of layering and applying the patinas, and really great ways of combining components into nice composed pieces.

Julie's finished workshop pieces

 Julie was in heaven with all of the natural metal tones and lovely green shades that lend themselves so well to the Vintaj style.

Megan's finished workshop pieces

Of course, I had to put my spin on the color palettes - which meant more pink!  I love how different our pieces look with just a change of colors.

Have you had a chance to experiment with Vintaj Patinas?  What's your favorite way to use them?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beading Table Wednesday: 01/23/13

Megan's Table

We've been playing with seed bead weaving quite a bit around here lately, which is one of my favorite things!  On my table this week are a couple of experiments that stitch a second layer of netting stitch onto a first layer of netting stitch - it's not as crazy as it sounds once you get going!  I love the lacy effect, and how different it looks when stitched with different beads.

 Julie's Table

This week I have been playing around with making my own beads using Crystal Clay, bead caps, grommets, and Sparkle Dust mica powder. They are so fun to make and I love how the Crystal Clay dries on its own and does not need to be baked or fired. Here is a tutorial I just finished showing how to make the beads used in the earrings pictured.

Contest Update: January Gems

Have you checked out our current beading contest: January Gems?  We want to see your best gemstone creations and we want all of our other readers to see them too!  
Our selected finalists will have their entries published here on our Beader's Blog and on the Beadaholique Facebook page for public voting, and the winners will receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate!  

We have some beautiful entries so far, but there is still time to enter if you have not yet sent us yours!  The deadline for submission is Tuesday, February 5th @ 4pm PT, so get creating! 

Other important dates:
  • Wednesday, February 6th: Finalists will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
  • Thursday, February 7th: Finalists will be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire sent to the entire Beadaholique email list.
  • Wednesday, February 13th @ 4pm PT:  Voting ends.  Winners will be notified via email within 2 business days and featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire.
Be sure to read through the original post for complete rules and submission guidelines!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quick Tip from the Beadaholique Girls - The Library!

Hello Friends!

It's Friday morning and Megan and I are both engrossed in our bead weaving projects. As we work, we tend to chat about our projects, what inspires us, what we are going to do next, etc... Today's topic was all about the beading books on our wish list and how great it would be if we could take a quick peek inside before we place an order for them. Then Megan said the most interesting thing: "I think the library has some beading books". WHAT???? Okay, for most people this would not be a big revelation, but for others, like me, this is huge! I always forget that the library exists, which is sad because it is such a wonderful resource. A quick search of our local library system brought up over 100 beading and jewelry making books available for lending - many of which have been on our wish list for months. I will of course still buy beading books because I love to own and have them, but now I can preview the books I want and even have access to out of print ones. YAY!

Guess who is getting a library card this weekend......


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January Gems and a Whole New Format for Contests!

It's a new year and we have a whole new structure for our beading contests here at Beadaholique!  We will now be conducting our contests every other month, giving you much more time to create something fabulous to enter.  The submission period will now be over a month long.  And be sure to make good use of all that extra time, because we're also giving away more prizes this year.

There will now be two winners for every contest.  There will be a domestic winner for the top voted entry from the United States, and an international winner.  When submitting your entry, you must include your country of residence.  Finalists will receive exposure on our Facebook and blog, and each winner will receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate!  We'll also be selecting an Editor's Pick from the remaining finalists who will receive a $50 gift certificate.

The theme for our first contest of 2013 is “January Gems”—your piece must feature real gemstones such as turquoise, garnet, jade, agate, jasper, etc. There are so many different types of gemstones to choose from! Gemstones can be in a natural or enhanced state (dyed, heat treated, etc.), but we’re looking for real stones, not simply gemstone colors. Use your favorites and send a photo of your finished piece to us by 4PM PT on Tuesday, February 5th, with your name, title of your piece, email address, gemstone(s) used, country of residence and an optional description of your piece in the body of your email.

We will select our top finalists from the contest entries, all of whom will have their work published here in our Beader’s Blog, in the next issue of The Beading Wire and on the Beadaholique Facebook page for public voting. Two winners, one domestic and one international, will each receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate and further exposure on our blog and Facebook page! An Editor’s Pick chosen from the remaining finalists will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Rules/How to Enter:

Email us a clear, in focus, well-lit photo of a beading project of your own design 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 (do not use this for questions; contact us here) with the following included in your email (make sure you leave in the words tags: january2013):

Subject line: "Name of Piece tags: january2013" (Example: Garnet on Fire Necklace tags:january2013)

Body: Very important! In the body of your email, make sure to include the following:
Full name—required
Email address—required
Country of residence—required
Gemstone(s) used in your piece—required
Optional: a brief description of your piece

Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, February 5 @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit
  • Wednesday, February 6: Finalists will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
  • Thursday, February 7: Finalists will be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire sent to the entire Beadaholique email list.
  • Wednesday, February 13 @ 4PM PT: Voting ends. Winners will be notified via email within 2 business days and featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

50,000 Facebook Fans! YAY!!!!

We are so excited to be celebrating our 50,000 Facebook fans this week! Thank you to everyone who is part of the Beadaholique community and who shares their designs, thoughts, and inspirations with us. We try to keep our page engaging and educational and we love hearing the feedback we get on our videos, projects, and posts.  Thank you!!

Vuthy, Megan, Sarah, Julie, John, Esther, and Chris

We are SO happy and grateful and you get to celebrate with us! For today only, Thursday, January 3rd, take 25% off your ENTIRE order with the special discount code that you can find on our Facebook page.


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