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Get These Free Swarovski Drops at Beadaholique’s Memorial Day Sale!

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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.

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Kat’s Project:

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!

Kat Ingredients

Materials:

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
Scissors
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters

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.

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Karlin’s Project:

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.

Karlin Ingredients

Materials:

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!

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Rachel’s Project:

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.

Rachel Ingredients

Materials:

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
Wire cutters

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!

May Contest: Boho Jewelry

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Boho Jewelry – Beading Contest

May is all about boho style jewelry here at Beadaholique, so the perfect theme for our next contest is—you guessed it—boho jewelry!  This earthy free-flowing style is characterized by organic textures, intricate patterns, natural materials, and lots of layers.  Think gemstones, wood and clay beads, tassels, fringes, insects, birds, and more.

To enter the contest, submit your own original design showcasing the boho aesthetic.  If you’re not 100% sure what this means or need some inspiration, visit the Beadaholique Boho Style Boutique for product recommendations and design ideas.  Be sure to send us a clear, well-lit photo of your finished piece by 4PM PT Tuesday, June 9th. Finalists will be chosen and posted on our Facebook for public voting starting Wednesday, June 10th through the 17th. Finalists will also be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire going out Thursday, June 11th.

Two winners, one domestic and one international, will each receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate and further exposure on our blog, website and in another issue of The Beading Wire. 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 completely of your own design which fits our theme and uses one or more products which can be found at Beadaholique (does not have to be bought from Beadaholique). Email one photo, at least 500 px in width or height, to challenge@thebeadingwire.com (do not use this for questions; simply leave a comment on this entry) with the following included in your email:

Subject line: Name of Piece (Example: Woodstock Inspired Bangle)

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
  • optional: a brief description of your piece

Attachment: Don’t forget to attach your photo. To maintain a level of fairness with all entries, your photo should not be a collage and should only show one shot/angle of your piece. No text, logos or watermarks please.

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, June 9 @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit.
  • Wednesday, June 10: Finalists will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
  • Thursday, June 11: Finalists will be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire sent to the entire Beadaholique email list.
  • Wednesday, June 17 @ 4PM PT: Voting ends. Winners will be notified via email within 2 business days and featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire.

Other Rules—Updated 03/2014:

One entry per person. If you send more than one entry, you may be disqualified. Your photo should not be a collage and should only show one shoot of your piece. 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 12 months (excluding Editor’s Choice). 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. For consistency and fairness, watermarks and other text or logos will be edited out of photos. We encourage finalists to promote their business, store or website in the comments for their entry, though please limit it to just one link/promotional comment. 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 address are included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.

Announcing the Pastels Contest Winners

We’re very excited to announce the winners of our Pastels beading contest! Congratulations to our domestic winner, Autumn Stump, and our international winner, Raynelle Paramonova.

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Autumn won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her entry, “Spring Fling.” We love these wire-wrapped earrings with lovely pastel gemstone beads, including chalcedony and rose quartz.

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Raynelle also won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her piece, “Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet.” We’re very impressed by her beadwork, which spotlights pretty Miyuki Tila beads and a subtle pastel color palette.

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Last but not least, congratulations to Karen Parker, whose necklace, “Pale Pink and Purple Circles,” is our editor’s pick. Karen won a $50 Beadaholique gift card for this piece, whose playful use of color and shapes sets off her creative beadwork.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and remember to look out for our next beading contest announcement in the May issue of The Beading Wire. We look forward to seeing what you all come up with next.

Pastels Contest Finalists: Vote for the Winners!

We got in some gorgeous entries for our Pastels Contest, and the finalists have now been decided. Next, we’ll need your help to determine the winners! Our top 10 entries all use springy pastel colors in playful, creative ways. Visit our Facebook album and “like” your favorite (or favorites) to cast a vote. The domestic and international entries with the most votes will each win a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.

Voting ends Wednesday, April 15th at 4pm PT, so be sure to get your likes in before then.

“Gorgons Tink” - Elizabeth Botha

“Gorgons Tink” – Elizabeth Botha

"Egyptian Garden" - Cindy Day

“Egyptian Garden” – Cindy Day

“Pastel Swirls Necklace” - Katalin Kmetyko

“Pastel Swirls Necklace” – Katalin Kmetyko

“Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet” - Raynelle Paramonova

“Tila’s Celebration Loomed Bracelet” – Raynelle Paramonova

“Pale Pink and Purple Circles” - Karen Parker

“Pale Pink and Purple Circles” – Karen Parker

“Mother’s Day Rose” - Madeline Reganis

“Mother’s Day Rose” – Madeline Reganis

“Lacy Spring Earrings” - Ana María Pozo Reyes

“Lacy Spring Earrings” – Ana María Pozo Reyes

"Horsing Around in the Sea Necklace” - Kristen Sanders

“Horsing Around in the Sea Necklace” – Kristen Sanders

“Spring Fling” - Autumn Stump

“Spring Fling” – Autumn Stump

“A Sign of Spring Bracelet” - Lucia Tierney

“A Sign of Spring Bracelet” – Lucia Tierney

Remember to cast your vote at our Facebook gallery by next Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for our next contest announcement in the May 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!

 

Announcing the Nunn Design Giveaway Winner!

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Our Nunn Design Giveaway has ended and we’re excited to announce the winner. Congratulations to Janis Schiltz, who will receive a fabulous selection of pieces from Nunn Design’s Winter 2015 collection. Thanks so much to everyone who participated and left a comment telling us what they loved about this collection. We look forward to hearing from you again in future giveaways!

Nunn Design Giveaway – 2015 Winter Collection

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We’ve got a great giveaway to announce: You now have a chance to win pieces from the Nunn Design 2015 Winter Collection, supplied by the fantastic Becky Nunn. The collection features lots of exciting new bezels, toggle clasps and ring settings, and a beautiful new charm bracelet to get you creating gorgeous pieces of jewelry. The whole collection is valued at over $110, but here’s your chance to win it for free.

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To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’re looking forward to the most from Nunn Design’s 2015 Winter Collection. The giveaway ends Friday, March 6th at 4 p.m. PST. At that time, we will choose one winner at random. Remember, 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.

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.

 

Best of luck!

Announcing the Magnificent Marsala Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our Magnificent Marsala beading contest! A big congratulations to our domestic winner, Vanessa Suen, and our international winner, Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova.

Vanessa Suen Domestic Winner

Vanessa won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her dazzling entry, The Burgundy Necklace. We love her intricate beadwork and color palette that brings out marsala’s sumptuous tones.

Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova International Winner

Mariya also won a $100 Beadaholique gift card for her piece, Red Red Wine. Her use of antique brass-toned wire complements a large mookaite gemstone beautifully.

Dora Oresic Editor's Pick

Finally, we extend a warm congratulations to Dora Oresic, whose gorgeous, floral-themed entry is our Editor’s Pick. Dora won a $50 Beadaholique gift card for this lovely bracelet that features bead crochet ropes, polymer clay bead caps, a TierraCast watch toggle clasp and a focal piece made with a brass bezel and polymer clay flowers.

We were so impressed with all of the entries. Keep an eye out for next month’s contest!

Magnificent Marsala Contest Finalists

We’ve received some outstanding entries for our Magnificent Marsala Contest, and it’s up to you to decide the winners! These pieces each incorporate the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, a rich, warm red with brown undertones that derives its name from a fine Italian wine. Visit our Facebook page and like your favorite to cast your vote—the American entry and the international entry with the most likes will each win a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate.

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order. Be sure to cast your vote before Wednesday, February 18th at 4pm PT.

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“A Split of Marsala” – Christina Donofrio

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“Red Floral Earrings” – Berina Febin

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“Champagne & Marsala Bracelet” – Martha Glover

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“Victorian Ribbons and Wine” – Amanda Madison

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“Sugar Plums and Marsala Necklace” – Alexandra Marshall

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“Candles and Wine” – Mariam Ohanjanyan

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“Marsala Challenge” – Dora Oresic

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“Unlock My Heart” – Autumn Stump

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“The Burgundy Necklace” – Vanessa Suen

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“Red Red Wine Bangle” – Mariya Nikolaeva Tsarkova

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite at our Facebook Gallery! A big thank you to all of our participants, and best of luck to the finalists. Beadaholique’s next contest will be announced in the March issue of The Beading Wire—be sure to subscribe on our website or here at the sidebar on the right, because you won’t want to miss this one!

Announcing the winners of Giveaways #7-12!

Beadaholique’s 12 Giveaways of Christmas has come to an end and we are excited to announce the last six winners! Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

The winners for the second half of the giveaways have been confirmed, and we’re very happy to announce them:

#7 – Kajol E., Australia – Wubbers Tools and Wire

#8 – Veronica T., Illinois – Vintaj Sizzix BIGkick and Accessories

#9 – Nereida V., New York – Deluxe Kumihimo Kit

#10 – France S., Florida – Czech Glass and Crystal Beads

#11 – Anne D., California – Gemstones and Pearls

#12 – Mary W., Florida – Swarovski Crystal Extravaganza

Congratulations to our last 6 winners! We hope you all enjoy your exciting prizes. Be sure to share your creativity with us and show us what you’ve made with your winnings. Happy New Year’s to you all!

Revealing our Secret Santa…

Thank you all for participating in our 12 Giveaways; it’s been such a fun ride. Congratulations again to our winner, Susan C. for winning our Secret Santa giveaway. We know you’ve all been wondering what the secret hidden prize was… and now it’s time for the big reveal!

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We scoured our design space and chose our favorites to give away to one lucky winner.  Susan has won a collection of TierraCast rivets, sliders and clasps.  And of course we included some faux leather and cork cord to complete her new designs.  We also couldn’t resist giving away stamping blanks, metals punches and a hammer.  But that’s not all! We’ve added various items like Czech glass Dagger beads, seed beads and tons of Beadelle beads.  One of my favorite parts about this prize is the inspirational book featuring artists who create beautifully unique things with beads.  With this prize valued at over $400, Susan is one lucky lady.

1417562100193The response to this giveaway was overwhelming.  Thank you so much!

So what do you think?  Should we do Secret Santa again?  Let us know in the comments below.  Happy Beading!