Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Four - Fireworks Necklace, Star of Glory Earrings, Sparklers Earrings, Fourth of July 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 the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day!


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P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial link to 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.




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Swarovski Cosmic Triangle Necklace


Since I had another one of these beautiful Swarovski cosmic triangle crystals I had to make a matching necklace to this knit bangle tutorial I shared earlier this month. I just love the richness of the champagne color paired with smokey quartz, gold and red wire.


Materials

1. Cut 54" length of Soft Flex beading wire in red. Wrap the end of your beading wire around one side of the triangle crystal and back through a crimp tube. Leaving one wire tail long enough to string your beads on, crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Trim excess wire on the shorter tail. Click here for magical crimping instructions.


2.  String 1 crystal round, 1 gold spacer, 1 crystal round and 1 crimp tube. Create a loop with your beading wire feeding the end back through the crimp tube. Crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Trim excess wire and push strand to the one corner of the triangle.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the  other corner of the triangle.


3. Using your chain nose pliers, open the jump rings and attach a jump ring to each strand loop and to your chain. At the back of your chain attach 2 more jump rings and your lobster claw clasp. 







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.
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bead Dreams - Lampwork

We have the extreme privilege of sponsoring the lampwork category for Bead Dreams at the Bead and Button Show. I'm excited to share with you the top three winning designs for 2015.

First Place: Splash Pendant
Designer: Gregory Burgard

Hey, check out how this designer used multiple strands of beading wire to showcase their pendant. Here is a free project idea doing this with our Econoflex wire, but you can totally use Soft Flex or Extreme (24K looks gorgeous above) to make the same style necklace.

Second Place: Yoga Bears 
Designer: Kari Chittenden

Third Place: Sea Turtle Beads
Designer: Kari Chittenden

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Swarovski Crystal Knit Bangle


Check out this beautiful Swarovski cosmic triangle crystal! The richness of the champagne color paired with smokey quartz, gold and red wire gives  the design a feeling of bold elegance.


Materials

1. Knit a 5" length wire cage with Soft Flex beading wire in red and a 5-pin knitting spool. using using Style 1 in the instructions. Click for instructions on how to knit with beading wire. (Style 1 is also the basic instructions that come with each spool). Leave at least a 2" tail of wire at the beginning and end of your knitted wire cage. 



2. Once your knitted wire is approximately 5" in length, remove the knitted wire from the spool. One by one, drop (12) crystal round beads inside the knitted wire cage unstrung. 

3. Weave your wire tail through the knit loops to close it up. I go through the loops a few times to make sure the end is secure. You will now have a closed knit wire cage with a one strand wire tail coming out each end.


4. On one tail end of your knitted cage, string 1 crystal round, 1 gold spacer, 1 crystal round and 1 2x2mm gold filled crimp tube.



5. Wrap the end of your beading wire around one side of the triangle crystal and back through your crimp tube. Crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Click here for magical crimping instructions.

6. Repeat steps 4&5 on the other side of your knitted cage. Since the finished design will stretch, you do not need to attach a clasp.


7. Cut 16" of craft wire in bronze, thread about 2" of wire through the knitted cage and wrap around a couple of times to secure. Now, take the longer end and continue to wrap around the cage until you have created a cone that covers up the ends of the knitted cage.  Repeat on the opposite side.







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.
 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Four - Amethyst and Crystal Bracelet, Buddha Bracelet, Dangle Hoops, Knot Me Necklace

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 link to 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.




Thursday, May 28, 2015

Make your own links, jump rings, chain, clasps, ear wires and more...

Step by Step Wire Jewelry
June/July


If you get a chance, please pick up a copy of the latest issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. I created the design shown above using Soft Flex Craft Wire with Wubbers Pliers. It is pretty nice how you can use the Wubbers to make your own components - links, jump rings, clasps, etc. I even used them to create ear wires. 


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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Free Make-It-Take-It Project at the Bead and Button Show


Hi all, we'll be offering a free make-it-take-it project pairing Soft Flex beading wire with crystals from Swarovski. You can find us in the lobby at the Bead and Button Show from 11am-12pm, June 5-7 (Friday-Sunday). First come will be first served and there are limited seats available.

If you are going to the show, please also look for us in booth 525. 

See you there!


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, May 22, 2015

Friday Four - Branch Necklace, Ombre Framed Earrings, Bubbly Necklace, Spring Tila 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 link to 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, May 20, 2015

Kumihimo + Extreme Beading Wire = Magic


Every year Soft Flex Company helps sponsor the booth for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) at the Bead and Button Show. Usually they extend us a little space to do a fun show giveaway. This year, we decided to collaborate. ISGB sent me a gorgeous bead made by Kris Schaible. In return, I created a finished design with the bead. The necklace will be displayed in the ISGB booth at Bead and Button and this will be the item that some lucky person will win this year in the giveaway.


I knew that I wanted to create a cording that was larger to work well with the large bead. I also have been wanting to test out adding beads to my kumihimo designs. This was a perfect opportunity. I skimmed through the book Kumihimo Basics and Beyond and found some very helpful tips for using beads in a kumihimo design. This gave me a general idea of how many beads to string onto each wire to start and also showed me exactly when and how to add them into the woven design. I chose to our Extreme Sterling Silver 925 as it complimented the silver on the bead. Again, as mentioned before on this blog, you can use the spools as bobbins. It works great!



I am really pleased with how this turned out and I hope that whoever wins it will love it as much as I do! It has a retail value of $400!!!

One last, but important, point: this is a perfect project for the new double density kumihimo board. It is thicker and stronger so it works very well with a heavy project or one with wire. In this case, the design was both heavy and wire based.


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, May 15, 2015

Friday Four - Mini Tassels, Kumihimo Anklet, Fish Tail Braid Bracelet, Hearts and Spirals 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 link to 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.




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