Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Four - Steampunk Earrings, Beaded Drops, Earthly Beaded Necklace, Time Flies 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 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.



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Add Crimp Covers Easily with Mighty Crimpers


You can use the rounder in the Mighty Crimpers to add a crimp cover to your next design! Just slip the crimp cover into the pliers, slide the crimp cover over a crimp tube and then close the crimp cover using a gentle compression.

3mm Crimp Cover for 2x2mm Crimp Tubes
4mm Crimp Cover for 3x3mm Crimp Tubes


Not only can you use crimp covers on beading wire, you can also use it to cover knots in Stretch Magic!

Crimp Covers, Mighty Crimpers, Colored Soft Flex in 30ft spools and Stretch Magic are all on sale until September 24, 2014!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bead Store Owners - Check Out The Bead Shop Hop Concept!



Are you a bead shop owner looking for a way to connect within your local community? Check out what stores are starting to do around the country....

Southern California
September 19-21. 

Nevada
September 26-28.

 Minnesota
October 1-15. 

I've worked in a local bead shop and I know that it is sometimes competitive between locally owned shops that are near each other. But, I have never been in a bead store that is exactly like another. All of the local stores offer something unique or different. Rather than competing with each other, it is great to see stores in these 3 areas working together to get shoppers into all of their stores. 

It is such a beautiful concept! 

If you are a local bead store owner, I encourage you to consider reaching out to nearby bead stores to create your own bead store association and shop hop! If you don't have bead stores nearby, what about sewing, crafting, and scrap booking stores.

Whatever you do, let us know. Soft Flex supports bead shop hops because we love to see stores working together and creating a local buzz. 


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, September 12, 2014

Gift Bag Giveaway This Weekend!


Gift bag includes the book Show Your Colors, Soft Flex beading wire, Serenity Trio, Soft Flex crimps and crimping pliers! Enter by Midnight PST on September 14th. 

Winner chosen Sept. 15, 2014. No purchase to enter. Good luck!

Friday Four - Delicate Hand Harness, Wubbers Dagger Earrings, Beauty on the Inside and Chevron Chain


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.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Remnant Seed Bead Earrings

 

We all have little groupings of leftover beads from another design, don't we? I am particularly fond of this mix of seed beads I've been holding onto. The enjoy the bright playful colors together and decided to finally put them to use in these earrings. 

This design is also great for using leftover Soft Flex beading wire clippings. I have a bag of beading wire remnants that I hold onto for small projects such as this. I found two 6" strands of Tanzanite beading wire in my stash that paired well with this design. The Tanzanite color reminds me of denim and because of that it feels like a "go with anything" neutral color to me. Do you agree? 

Look through your beading wire remnants stash and find two 6" strands. I used Soft Flex beading wire in Tanzanite but, for this design you can use just about any color you have. 



Materials:



Clip a bead stopper to one end of  your beading wire strand to keep your beads from slipping. String a crimp tube, 16 seed beads and another crimp tube.


If you are using open jump rings, use your chain nose pliers to close both of them.

Then, one end at a time, wrap your beading wire around one of your jump rings and back through the crimp tube. Once you have both ends around the jump ring and through the crimp tubes you may adjust the size of your loop.

When you are happy with the shape, crimp the crimp tubes using the Magical Crimper or Regular Crimping Pliers. (I used the Magical Crimper to turn the crimp tube into a 2mm bead.)

Once crimped securely, cut off your excess wire and using chain nose pliers, attach to your ear wire to the jump ring. Repeat for the second earring. 


To see free project ideas available from Soft Flex Company, click here

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.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to Creativity Sale Going on Now! Save on Soft Flex, Soft Touch, Crimps, Crimping Pliers and Cutters


Get back to creativity with our stock up sale on 100ft spools of Soft Flex and Soft Touch Wire, Cutters and Crimping Pliers and Crimps going on now! 
 
Simply enter coupon code CREATE at checkout to Save 20% off!

 
 








Excludes Extreme Wire, Closeouts, Bulk and Wubbers.
Offer is not valid with any other discounts. Coupons end September 10, 2014. 


To see our sales flyer for this week, click here.    

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Nealay Patel Donut Pendant Tutorial on Jewel School


Watch as Nealay Patel, author of the book Jewelry for the New Romantic creates a focal pendant using a gemstone donut. Here's what you will need to create your own:

Gemstone Donut
Your Choice of Beads

It just so happens we are having a sale on 100ft spools of Soft Flex and Soft Touch Wire, Cutters and Crimping Pliers and Crimps right now! Simply enter coupon code CREATE at checkout to Save 20% off!

Excludes Extreme Wire, Closeouts, Bulk and Wubbers.
Offer is not valid with any other discounts. Coupons end September 10, 2014. 


To see full our sales flyer for this week, click here.    

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Four - Copper Necklace, Seed Bead Circle Bracelet, Wubbers Earrings and Easy Living 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, September 3, 2014

Restringing On Soft Touch Beading Wire

Recently, my husband asked me to meet with two of his co-workers to fix necklaces for them that had broken. It was no big surprise to me that the first was originally strung on thread and the second was originally strung on fishing line. Both were in pieces.


Beads are like little knives chipping away at whatever you string them on. Fishing line, threads and cords are just not strong enough to stand the test of time.


Both of these designs are now freshly strung on Soft Touch Beading Wire. Soft Touch is not only strong but it is also very flexible and drapes more like a thread than a wire.


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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