Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Four - Metal Dangle Earrings, Raw Crystal Necklace, Wire Dragonflies, Rainbow Block Bracelet


Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas
found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks this week. Enjoy!


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, click here

P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial onto our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

Blog contributor Kristen Fagan is the Website Graphic Designer for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook, etsy or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Kristen@SoftFlexCompany.com.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fancy Gemstone Clasps as low as $10.40 and Venetian Glass Beads only $9.60, While supplies last!


Fancy Sterling Silver Gemstone Clasps
Shop Clasps on Closeout for 60% off
Reg Price: $26.00 - $30.00

Closeout Price As Low As: $10.40

An easy design element to overlook when creating jewelry is the clasp. The focus in our craft is often on the beads comprising the piece and not the little details. Add a fancy gemstone clasp to your next project and you will be amazed at the professional finish.
Venetian Foil Glass Beads
Shop Venetian Foil Glass Beads on Closeout for 60% off
5 Count Reg Price: $24.00

5 Count Closeout Price: $9.60

Glass and glass making skills were spread across Europe some two thousand years ago by the Roman Empire. The Italian city of Venice assumed its role as the glass making center in the middle ages. With secret formulas, inventions and exclusive skills, they held onto this title until the 19th or 20th century. These Venetian Glass Foil Beads are proof that their skills have not declined. Authentically Venetian, these glass beads are perfect to add to your collection.
Maggie Mae Bracelet

Adding an fancy clasp, like the sterling silver gemstone clasp shown, to a simple bracelet design gives the clasp the appeal of a focal bead. Grab this clasp and Venetian glass beads used in this design at 60% off, while supplies last!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beads of Courage Design Challenge - Inspire

"Inspire"
Design by Kristen Fagan

Bead designed by Kailey Maks, 
honored sibling of Griffin 
from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Bead created by Nanette Charif

Buy the Bead from Beads of Courage!

10 glass beads were created based on drawings by 10 children in the Beads of Courage program. 10 jewelry designers chosen by Soft Flex Company were challenged to incorporate the beads into finished necklace designs that were on display and sold with the proceeds benefiting Beads of Courage at the 2014 Bead and Button Show in the lobby.

The Beads of Courage Mission: We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. 


Kristen knitted Soft Flex Beading Wire on a knitting spool for this design!

Learn more about Beads of Courage!
Check back each weekend for 10 weeks to see all ten finished designs!


Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Four - Turquoise Spike Necklace, Flower Button Ring, Macrame Key Chain and Wine Cork Pendants


Friday Four is back! I took a some time off this summer for a family vacation. I'm happy to be back and sharing some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found and pinned on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks this week. Enjoy!


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, click here

P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial onto our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

Blog contributor Kristen Fagan is the Website Graphic Designer for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook, etsy or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Kristen@SoftFlexCompany.com.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beads of Courage Design Challenge - Hope

"Hope"
Jewelry Design by Nealay Patel

Bead designed by Andrea Delacruz from Children's Hospital in Orange County

Bead created by Diana Rast

Buy the Bead from Beads of Courage!
10 glass beads were created based on drawings by 10 children in the Beads of Courage program. 10 jewelry designers chosen by Soft Flex Company were challenged to incorporate the beads into finished necklace designs that were on display and sold with the proceeds benefiting Beads of Courage at the 2014 Bead and Button Show in the lobby.

The Beads of Courage Mission: We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. 
 
Check back each weekend for 10 weeks to see all ten finished designs!
 

Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Project Idea Using Fancy Cones


I love the sterling silver cone that I used in the above design. We are selling them in pairs and they are pretty affordable (considering their weight and size) on closeout. I actually set out to create a pair of earrings using both cones, but as I pulled them out of the package, I knew that they were a little to heavy for earrings. So, I decided to create a pendant that can hang from a long piece of beading wire. The weight is perfect for this type of necklace design. And, you get two designs from one package - perfect! One for me...one for a friend! My favorite type of beading!


To create this design, you need a variety of materials and tools. 

10mm crystal - black


I hope that you enjoy this idea and make it your own. This sort of design is great for summer when I don't like to have a lot of beads up and around my neck. I like to keep it light!


Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beads of Courage Design Challenge - Life


 "Life"
Jewelry Design by Andrew Thornton

 Bead designed by Gilina Voon from Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Bead created by Elizabeth Bunn

Buy the Bead from Beads of Courage!

10 glass beads were created based on drawings by 10 children in the Beads of Courage program. 10 jewelry designers chosen by Soft Flex Company were challenged to incorporate the beads into finished necklace designs that were on display and sold with the proceeds benefiting Beads of Courage at the 2014 Bead and Button Show in the lobby.

The Beads of Courage Mission: We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. 


To learn more about this project and Beads of Courage in general, please check out this article by Cami Dibattista for Trib Total Media. 

 
Check back each weekend for 10 weeks to see all ten finished designs!
 

Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Unique Cones 60% Off - Free Project Idea

Trios Knitted Bracelet
Designed by: Sara Oehler


Look-y here. You can make these bracelets using a knitting spool (on sale this week for 20% off) and our cones (on closeout for 60% off). 



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Knitting Spools on Sale!



Have you been wanting to try knitting with beading or craft wire? Now is the time to try it! We are offering 20% off on all of the knitting spools this week. No coupon necessary.




When knitting with beading wire, you often need a large crimp for several strands of wire and a cone to cover up the attachment. Lucky for you, we have both of these items on closeout for 60% off! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Russian Spiral Design in Latest Issue of August Beadwork Magazine

Beadwork Magazine
August/September 2014


If you get a chance, please pick up the latest issue of Beadwork Magazine and check out my latest design on pages 66-67.

Using .014 diameter Soft Flex beading wire, you can create beaded beads using the Russian Spiral bead stitch. 


If you get really ambitious, you can also use this same pattern to make a beaded bangle using bugle beads and size 8/0 seed beads.



Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.
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