Thursday, June 27, 2013

Using a Color Wheel & Color Carousel Giveaway

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The world of color is a visual treat for the senses! It affects us in many ways, and being able to use colors thoughtfully and harmoniously can help create amazing results in design. Last year, Julie wrote a great post about choosing color palettes, which you can find here.  I wanted to take it one step further and give you some more technical information about the types of color and a very important tool for working with color: the color wheel.

The basic color wheel we learned about in school still plays an essential role in how we see color today. Picking the right colors can be a daunting task, but thanks to the color wheel we can easily envision a good pairing for any hue or shade. The wheel gives us a better understanding of what works well together and also, what doesn't. This is valuable information for anyone interested in creating or designing. Not only do color wheels showcase the compatibility of a vibrant red with a cool blue, but they also display various shades and hues of one specific color... all by the spin of the wheel!

Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel can also help you understand how to mix and match warm and cool tones, which can sometimes be challenging. The wheel also teaches us about primary, secondary and tertiary colors, which make up the most basic groupings of color. Now, let's get familiar with some of the terms you'll read when using a color wheel!

The primary colors are red, yellow and blue; these are the three colors that all other colors are derived from. The secondary colors are orange, green and violet; these colors are created by mixing two primaries. The third order of colors is called tertiary and these include red orange, yellow green, blue green, blue violet and red violet. These colors are created by mixing the primary and secondary colors. The “analogous” colors are neighbor colors which usually match well and create a serene and calm look.

When it comes to color schemes, the most common ones are: monochromatic, complementary, analogous and triadic. Monochromatic color schemes involve using different shades and hues of the same color. Using complementary colors is a fun way to explore color contrast which allows colors to pop and really stand out. These “opposite” colors are directly across from each other on the color wheel, i.e. red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple. A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel, such as purple, orange and green. By choosing your main color and rotating your color wheel, you can see which shade and hue falls under each category. Before you know it, you'll be able to come up with some beautiful color schemes. As we get better with experience, it's always great to have a visual tool that aids us in our exploration of color!

This simple tool is so useful that the team here at Beadaholique would like to give away 20 Color Carousels by SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to our readers.  The Color Carousels are color wheels designed specifically for creating with the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS line of colors. Mixing and matching colors in jewelry making will be more enjoyable than ever. You can also check out the interactive Color Carousel online while you wait to find out if you're a winner!

To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post letting us know your favorite color combination. Giveaway ends next Tuesday, July 2nd at 4pm PT.  At that time, we will choose one random winner from those who left comments on this blog post.  Please do not comment anonymously and do not use your Facebook, Twitter account, or Yahoo Pulse Profile when commenting, we cannot contact you if you do.  Please adhere to all Beadaholique rules and conditions for this giveaway.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Beading Table Wednesday: 6/26/13

Julie's Table 

My beading table is a bit messy, but then again, when is it not? The necklace you see propped up against the spools of ribbon was made using memory frames and collage artwork. The artwork is actually one of my favorite new products, it's a book of assorted ephemera papers! The book is filled with vintage looking images of stamps, photos, prints, and more.

Kat's Table 

This week I have been working on a few different pieces. Have you seen Downton Abbey? Those ladies have some great jewelry! I was inspired by their style when I began working on this piece featuring different shades of purple SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Pearls. And up top you can see my little apple ring. Just something fun!

Karlin's Table

Yay, it's my first beading table post! Today I'm working on a fun black and white necklace that incorporates chunky beads. It has shiny multi-faceted acrylic black beads and it kinda' has a mod 60s inspired look to it. I am loving the contrasting look of the black and white. I guess I've been watching too much Mad Men lately...

Monday, June 24, 2013

Beading Contest: "In Honor Of..." Finalists!

The 10 finalists for our beading contest "In Honor Of..." 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 Monday, July 1st, at 4PM PT.

"In Honor of My Grandma" - Chiara Cattaruzza

"In Honor of My Grandmother" - Stephanie Degenaar

"In Honor of My Mother" - Divya N

"In Honor of My Mother" - Vanda Nagy
"In Honor of My Sister, Shannon Eichler - My Biggest Fan!" - Lisa Nalley
"In Honor of My Jewellery Teacher" - Kyriaki Potoglou
"In Honor of My Mother" - Lauren Reed
"In Honor of Verity" - Roxi Rogers
"In Honor of Vittorio, My Fiancé" - Francesca Maria Strada
"In Honor of My Mother" - Andrea Trank

We received some fantastic entries this time around—and we loved reading your dedication stories. The next one will be announced in the July issue of The Beading Wire, so be sure to stay tuned.

Click here to get to our Facebook Page to vote now!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spotlight Saturday: Wire Sprigs

Have you ever been invited to an event where you are a little unsure of the dress code?  Is it going to be fancy-fancy, sort of fancy, sort of casual? I don't know about you, but that can turn me into a little stress ball faster than you can say Champagne! So I have come up with an easy solution that works every time. It never fails to keep your clothes simple and add a beautiful statement accessory.

Featured Video: How to create a wire wrapped beaded sprig

In this video you will learn how to create a branch effect using a wire wrapping technique.
This technique is very easy to follow. Just let the wire guide your design.

Featured Project: A Touch Of Romance Headband

I love this headband because it is so modern and dainty. It doesn't remind me of going to school when I was 10, and it's not so over the top so everyone won't think I am trying to channel the Queen of England. A simple sundress can be made more elegant with a great stunner like this headband. However, it is still dainty enough that it could be casual and breezy.

Featured Product: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal Rounds pearls

We have so many colors to choose from. The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Pearls stand up really well. They are not prone to peeling like some glass coated pearls. You can keep it simple in a Vintage Gold or Cream Rose. If you are looking for a more dramatic flair, try pairing Mystic Black and Pretrol teal.

This also works as a beautiful bridal look. Check out the different color of pearls to really make it your own.



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS to Leilani from Colorado, she's the winner of this giveaway!

Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? The plastic designs you colored and baked in the oven to get them to shrink down? Now you can use the same concept in creating jewelry, and Beadaholique has just launched shrink plastic on our site! Kathy Sheldon tells you how to get beautiful results working with this medium in her book Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry.

Kathy has captured the fun, whimsical side of jewelry making with her shrink plastic designs. Follow along with Kathy and her fellow designers to create one of a kind pieces for your collection. This is a great book for someone who may be new to shrink plastic. Kathy goes over all the basics and all the materials you will need to get started. Shrink plastic offers infinite possibilities for what you can make and shrink. This book walks you through not only how to make necklaces and rings but also how to make broaches and hair clips. The designers make it so easy by including templates to help you make all the designs you see in the book. By looking at the templates you can get a sense of just how much they actually do shrink. It's like a magic trick! Kathy offers tips, as well as suggestions for substitutions. She even walks you through basic jewelry making techniques to help you complete your designs. This is a fantastic start to finish book on making shrink plastic.

Our friends over at Lark Publishing have been kind enough to supply us with a copy of Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! to giveaway to one lucky reader in celebration of our shrink plastic launch at Beadaholique.

One reader will win a copy of Kathy's book, a package of shrink plastic, and enough basic supplies to get started on several of the projects in the book.  You'll just need to supply some basic jewelry tools, fine grit sandpaper, scissors, permanent markers, colored pencils, and maybe some acrylic paints, and you'll be on your way to making some adorable pieces like the Springtime Francie Earrings, the Seven Treasures Earrings, the Laurel Necklace, and the Cat and Milk Brooch.  The total retail value of the prize package is over $50!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us what you like most about shrink plastic jewelry.  Giveaway ends next Wednesday, June 26th at 4pm PT.  At that time, we will choose one random winner from those who left comments on this blog post.  Please do not comment anonymously and do not use your Yahoo Pulse Profile or your Twitter account when commenting, we cannot contact you if you do.  If you comment using your Facebook account, please make sure that your privacy settings allow us to contact you - and check your "other" folder after the giveaway ends.  Please adhere to all Beadaholique rules and conditions for this giveaway.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Beading Gossip: Beadalon Design Contest

Our friends over at Beadalon shared some exciting news with us and we wanted to pass it along to all of our readers - The Beadalon Design Contest is now open for entries!

Beadalon has announced their first annual Beadalon Design Contest with Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire as the main attraction! Enter your original jewelry design featuring Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire for the chance to win some awesome prizes.

The lucky grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 Gift Certificate used towards Beadalon products! The winning design will also be showcased in a Beadalon ad featured in national and international beading and fashion magazines.

This is a wonderful opportunity for any jewelry designers interested in working with beading wire! The deadline is December 31, 2013 and you can check out Beadalon's site for more information on how to enter.

Good luck and Happy Beading!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Meet Karlin - The Newest Member of the Beadaholique Design Team!

If you remember, when I introduced Kat to you all last week, I mentioned that we had another new addition coming soon.  We are so very excited to introduce you now to Karlin, a new Design Assistant on our team. 

Karlin speaks three languages and studied Fine Art in Prague (yes, really).  Plus, she mentioned in her interview that her apartment is full of beads and cats, so we think she's going to fit right in around here.  We can't wait for you to see all the great new stuff our expanded team has coming your way!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Beading Table Wednesday: 06/12/13

Megan's Table

Can you believe I have HOLIDAY stuff on my table this week?  I have the beginnings of a few Halloween and Christmas projects in the works, as crazy as that sounds.  We like to keep ahead of the curve, and the further out we can get started, the more fun holiday themed projects we'll have time to make.  When do you start your holiday jewelry projects?

Julie's Table

Beads, beads, and more beads! I have been playing around with some different bead mixes, trying to see which ones compliment each other, and I just arrived at this pretty assortment of sea green, olivine, turquoise, silver lined crystal, and various shades of blue. Next step, making a project out of them!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Meet Kat - the Newest Member of the Beadaholique Design Team!

The design team here at Beadaholique is expanding, and we are super excited!  Not only are we adding some fun, talented folks into the mix, but it also means that Julie and I are getting lots of (much needed) help.  For our readers, it will mean some new blog contributors and lots of exciting new content.

The first addition to our team is Kat - who not only loves to write and create jewelry, but also plays drums in a rock band.  Kat is our new Design Assistant, and we are so happy to have her on the team.  Be sure to stay tuned for posts from Kat, and another awesome addition to our team, coming soon!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Beading Contest Update - In Honor Of.. Deadline Extended!

We've heard that a few of you have been busy making wonderful pieces to honor someone important in your life, and we understand that this kind of project may require more time than usual. We're listening to your feedback, and due to popular demand, we're extending our contest submission deadline by 2 weeks! You now have until Thursday, June 20th (at 4PM PT) to get your entries in. Don't delay and be sure to take advantage of this special extension—you could win a $100 gift certificate! Email a photo and description of your creation by the deadline to enter.

Whether it's a simple piece with blue accents in honor of a loved one's eyes, or a more elaborate piece combining a variety of their interests and hobbies, we're looking for all types of projects! Make sure that you include the required description explaining your piece, and that you get it us by 4PM PT on the 20th. Finalists will be chosen and posted on our Facebook for public voting on Monday, June 24th.

For full contest rules and detailed instructions, please see our blog entry with a contest update.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Beading Table Wednesday: 06/05/2013

Megan's Table

This week, I've got an update on two of my in-progress projects that I've shared before.  I'm wrapping up my soutache pendant - it just needs to get it's beaded edge!  I'm so happy with how it's turned out, even though it took a couple of tries to get what I wanted.  I'm also making (slow) progress on my Beadle Point iPhone case, which is so cute I think it will be worth the effort when it's all done!

Julie's Table

We just recently received in our stock of Katiedids and they will be live on the website soon! In preparation of them going up on the site, I have made 3 projects with them. The first two use 4mm SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS round beads and then the other one shows how easy it is to fill the bezel with Crystal Clay and chatons.
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