Who doesn’t love a nice surprise for the holidays — especially if that surprise is a free bead gift? All through November, we’re giving away a free Swarovski crystal gift with each order! Just click the “add to cart” button in our sidebar to add the gift onto your order, and get ready to receive glittering Swarovski goodies on us, as long as quantities last. Happy holiday beading!
Reminder! You have less than a week to enter your handmade jewelry pieces into The Craftys Awards, which celebrate DIY crafts from jewelry and crocheting to painting and scrapbooking. Beadaholique is an official sponsor of The Craftys this year, and we would love to see one of our talented customers take home an award and cash prize for one of their creations!
Just go to The Craftys entry form and submit your project, and then peers will vote on their favorites in each category. The deadline for entering and voting is next Sunday, October 25th. The awards show will be streamed live on November 6th, and winners will receive prizes between $200 and $1,000. Good luck!
Did you recently create a piece of jewelry that you feel deserves some recognition? Ever wonder how your crafting skills stack up against the competition? Now’s your chance to find out, by entering your work in The Craftys Awards. And we’ve got another juicy scoop for you: Beadaholique is an official sponsor of The Craftys this year, and our own president Sarah Diamond will sit on the judging panel!
The Craftys launched just last year to celebrate the best of DIY crafting across the U.S. Entry categories include jewelry, knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, fashion, home décor and edible crafts. The Craftys are accepting new entries now through October 25th, and the awards will be streamed live from San Francisco on November 6th, hosted by PBS crafting guru Mark Montano (who teamed up with Beadaholique for several awesome DIY projects earlier this year!). The Craftys’ Best in Show winner will receive $1,000 and each category winner will receive $200 — nice prizes for doing what you love!
Crafters can enter their projects online, using The Craftys entry form. Fans can then vote for their favorite crafts through October 25th. Even craft enthusiasts have a chance to be recognized by The Craftys — an award will be given for the best DIY Pinterest board or Instagram account.
We know you’ve got talent — we’ve seen your stunning jewelry pieces in our previous beading contests and admired all of your work! So give it a shot and enter your beaded and bejeweled creations in The Craftys. To learn more, visit thecraftys.com, where you can ask any questions you might have. Best of luck!
Thanks to everyone who entered our Celebrate Summer with Nunn Design contest! We’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the different creative directions these pieces took. Without further ado, we’d like to announce the first two winners — and ask for your help selecting the third.
Congratulations to Alison Huie, whose necklace, “Love Bird Memento,” won our Best Use of Summer Collection grand prize! Becky Nunn, the founder of Nunn Design, chose this piece herself, saying, “What Alison did in her necklace is actually very challenging to execute well. She has cohesively used vintage and new findings, incorporated multiple techniques, has several plates of metal and incorporated fibers. All of these elements were pulled together in a consistent feel and style. This takes a skillful eye and time to create. Bravo. Hands down, my top choice.” Alison won a collection of Nunn Design pieces valued at $350, plus a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.
Congratulations also to Najat Husain, whose necklace, “Guardian Owl,” is our Beadaholique Favorite winner. We love how Najat used Vintaj patina to give an aged look to a Nunn Design owl stamping and then surrounded the piece with beautiful bead embroidery. Najat won a Nunn Design collection valued at $200, plus a $50 Beadaholique gift certificate.
Now, we have one more winner to determine — the Facebook Fan Favorite! To vote, visit our Facebook album and click “like” on your favorite entries. The winner will receive a $150 Nunn Design bundle, along with a $50 Beadaholique gift certificate. Voting ends Wednesday, August 12th at 4pm PT, so cast your likes before then. Here is a preview of the finalists, below:
Remember to cast your votes on Facebook by next Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next contest announcement in the September issue of The Beading Wire. If you aren’t subscribed to The Beading Wire you can do so on our website so you don’t miss a thing. Happy voting!
Our Nunn Design Summer Giveaway has ended — thanks to everyone who participated by leaving a comment on our blog! And now, we’re excited to announce the winner. Congratulations to Debbie Carney, who will receive a nice selection of pieces from the Nunn Design Summer 2015 collection. We hope you make some fabulous jewelry with these pieces! Keep an eye on our blog for future giveaway announcements — we look forward to hearing from you all then.
No time to submit a project to our Celebrate Summer Nunn Design Contest? Try your luck with our blog giveaway instead where all you need to do is leave a comment for a chance to win!
Starting now, you can enter for a chance to win pieces from the Nunn Design Summer Collection, just arrived from designer Becky Nunn. The collection features gorgeous new charms, lovely bezels, a variety of exciting open-frame pendants, tiny glass bottles and faceted ball chain. The lucky name drawn will receive a giveaway prize package valued at over $70.
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you like the most from the Nunn Design Summer Collection. The giveaway ends 4PM PT Tuesday, July 21st. At that time, we will choose one winner at random from all valid comments. Best of luck!
To see our entire selection of Nunn Design products, as well as project tutorials and expert how-to videos by Becky Nunn herself, visit our Nunn Design page. You’ll also find information about our separate design contest, featuring over $900 in prizes, and a special limited-time only sale on all Nunn Design products.
IMPORTANT: Only comment once per giveaway using your existing Disqus account, or simply comment as a guest with your name/nickname and a valid email address (enter an optional password if you would like to create a Disqus account). Please do not use your Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus account when commenting since these methods have been unreliable when contacting winners. You can only win one Beadaholique giveaway every 12 months. For a complete description of how to enter our giveaways, click here.
We have all been swooning over the Nunn Design Summer 2015 Collection — and what better way to share the excitement than with a contest? We’ve partnered with Nunn Design to host an exclusive contest showcasing original jewelry designs using Nunn Design items. Since the contest celebrates the summer collection, the top prize will be decided by Becky Nunn herself, awarded to her favorite entry that uses a summer collection product. To spark your creative energies, here are a few gorgeous jewelry pieces Becky and her team made as inspiration:
Awarded to Becky Nunn’s personal favorite design using a piece (or more!) from the summer collection, this prize is a Nunn Design bundle valued at $350, plus a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.
Runner up: Beadaholique favorite:
Open to entries using any Nunn Design item, not just the summer collection. This prize includes a Nunn Design bundle valued at $200, and a $50 Beadaholique gift certificate.
Open to entries using any Nunn Design item, not just the summer collection. This prize includes a Nunn Design bundle valued at $150, and a $50 Beadaholique gift certificate.
We’re happy to announce the winners of our Boho Jewelry contest! Congratulations to our domestic winner, Tatsiana Papova, and our international winner, Aisha Iftikhar.
Aisha also won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her entry, “When Nature Shines.” We love her brass-toned beadwork, topped by vintage metal buttons. Wooden beads and buttons add a touch of Boho flair.
Also announcing our editors pick: “Boho Sea Urchin and Seaglass Set” by Joanne Zammit. Joanne will receive a $50 gift card from Beadaholique. Her beautiful use of color, sea glass and woven cotton cord really impressed us.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and remember to look out for our next beading contest announcement in the July issue of The Beading Wire. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with next.
Our Boho Jewelry Contest finalists have been decided — it was a tough call with all of the beautiful submissions we received! Now we need your help to determine the winners. Visit our Facebook album and “like” your favorite entries to cast a vote. The domestic and international entries with the most votes will each win a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.
Voting ends Wednesday, June 17th at 4pm PT, so make sure you vote before then.
Remember to cast your vote at our Facebook gallery by Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next contest announcement in the July 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!
We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news first: these gorgeous Swarovski crystal jet black octagon drops are not available for sale on our website. The good news: that’s because we’re giving them away for free during our Memorial Day sale—visit our website right now to take 25% off your entire order and get a free pair of these sparkling beauties!
Get one pair of these timeless Swarovski crystal drops with your order, as long as supplies last. Simply click the “add to cart” button on our website to include this gift in your order.
Our design team has come up with a few creative jewelry designs to inspire you as you dream up ways to use these pieces. Take a look at our quick how-tos below.
You know I can’t stay away from bead weaving, so I made these ornate beaded beads to create a pair of earrings, perfect for an evening out on the town. I love mixing the rose gold crystals with jet black. So elegant!
8 feet of FireLine braided beading thread in smoke gray
2 rose gold-filled headpins
2 rose gold finish 6mm open jump rings
1 pair rose gold ear wires
3 packs Swarovski Crystal rose gold 4mm bicones
1 tube Toho 11/0 opaque jet seed beads
2 long beading needles
2 Swarovski octagon drop beads
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
First, watch our video on how to make an ornate beaded bead using right angle weave. Create two beaded beads using the bicones and seed beads. Using wire cutters, clip off the heads of two headpins. Thread each through a beaded bead. Make a simple wire loop on one end, and attach your ear wire. On the other end, string one bicone and one seed bead, then make another simple wire loop. Open a jump ring and slide on one Swarovski octagon drop bead, then attach the jump ring to the simple wire loop you just created at the bottom of your earring. Repeat with the other earring.
I love the classic shape and style of these Swarovski drops, but thought it would be fun to design them into a pair of earrings that are a bit more youthful and trendy. Hoop earrings are so in right now and pairing them with a gold and turquoise color palette makes them pop even more. I think the outcome is casual and fun, and great for every day wear.
1 strand faceted gold plated 3mm tube beads
1 tube Toho 8/0 opaque turquoise seed beads
1 pair 1 1/4 inch gold plated beading hoop earrings
2 Swarovski octagon drop beads
Chain nose pliers
This is an easy-to-do bead stringing project — you can begin by watching our video on how to make a pair of earrings using beading hoops. On the narrow wire end of your earring hoops, begin stringing the gold beads and turquoise seed beads according to the pattern shown in the photo. Then slide on your Swarovski drop beads, and finish stringing the gold and turquoise beads according to the photo. Using your chain nose pliers, bend the tip of the straight wire end of the earring hoop upwards, as shown in the video. Close your earrings, and enjoy!
I wanted to play up the edginess of the jet crystal, and I thought a fun way to do that would be to pair one of these Swarovski drops with antiqued silver metals — especially our striking fishbone chain. This necklace will take you right from work to a rock concert, glittering all the way.
2 feet antiqued silver plated fine cable chain
1 foot antiqued silver plated 13mm fishbone chain
6 antiqued silver plated 4mm open jump rings
1 antiqued silver plated 6mm open jump ring
1 antiqued silver plated 12mm lobster clasp
1 Swarovski octagon drop bead
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Using wire cutters, cut your fine cable chain into three lengths — two 8-inch pieces, and one 1-inch piece. Then measure and cut two 2-inch pieces of fishbone chain. Next, open the 6mm jump ring and attach it to your Swarovski octagon drop. Slide the jump ring onto your 1-inch piece of cable chain. Open a 4mm jump ring and attach one end of the cable chain to one length of fishbone chain. Repeat on the other side of the tiny piece of cable chain. Open two more 4mm jump rings and attach the tops of the fishbone chain to your 8-inch pieces of cable chain. On one end of the cable chain, open another 4mm jump ring and attach the loop of your clasp. On the other end, attach another 4mm jump ring by itself. Close your clasp, and enjoy your necklace!
Let us know how you would use these fun Swarovski freebies in the comments, and don’t forget to add a pair to your Memorial Day order while supplies last. Have a great holiday weekend!