Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Four - Celtic Bead Dangles, Jasmine Celtic Pattern Bracelet, Sensational Olivine 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!


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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.




Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Four - Golden Ropes Earrings, Bead Bracelet, Coral Wave Peyote Bracelet, Love Script Necklace


Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. My picks this week have a sweet pink and gold theme going on. 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.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - SuperDuos and Soft Flex Woven Triangle Necklace



My creative co-worker Sara Oehler originally created this design in Tucson last year. It has been showcased in our booth for the past year and people always love this design - including me! I have wanted to make my own as soon as I laid eyes on it. Since it's such a popular design, I wanted to share the tutorial with you, our lovely Soft Flex wire fans and hope you'll give it a try.


Materials:

Cut a 20" piece of Soft Flex beading wire, attach your bead stopper to one end and string 12 SuperDuo beads through one h ole.Now, attach the bead stopper to both ends of wire to hold your beads on the strand.

Cut a second 24" piece of Soft Flex beading wire - this will be your bead weaving strand of wire. (Note: Using a long strand of wire is key. A short strand of wire will make this design unnecessarily hard. I learned that from trying a shorter wire the first time around.)



String one 2x2mm crimp tube onto the 16" bead weaving wire strand and crimp near the end of the wire. Use the wire strand side not crimped and string through the bottom hole of the first SuperDuo bead, string through one hole of a new SuperDuo bead, then string through the bottom hole of the second SuperDuo bead. Continue this pattern until you have 11 new SuperDuo beads strung in between the 11 beads in the row above. String through the final SuperDuo bead from the original row 12 beads. String one 2x2mm crimp tube onto the end and crimp as close to the last bead as possible.

 

Test that your crimp is secure and not slipping then, trim excess wire on both crimp ends.This completes your second row of beads.

Design notes: You will need to manipulate and bend your completed woven SuperDuo rows to allow you to only pass through one bead at a time on the third row and so on. This third row is where the longer beading wire begins to come in handy. After you string a new bead and go through the bottom hole of the next bead your wire will curl in a circle, just wiggle your wire through. The slight wire bend will not affect the final design.  


String one 2x2mm crimp tube onto the bead weaving wire strand and crimp near the end of the wire. Use the wire strand side not crimped and string through the bottom hole of the first SuperDuo bead. Next, string through one hole of a new SuperDuo bead, then string through the bottom hole of the second SuperDuo bead. Continue this pattern until you have 10 new SuperDuo beads strung in between the 11 beads in the row above. String your wire through the final SuperDuo bead from the second row of 11 beads. String one 2x2mm crimp tube onto the end and crimp as close to the last bead as possible. Test that your crimp is secure and not slipping then, trim excess wire on both crimp ends.

Continue with this bead weaving pattern until you have a total of 12 rows and have crimped one final bead at the bottom of the triangle.


Attach a jump ring to each end of your toggle clasp. Remove the bead stopper from each side of your necklace. String a crimp tube onto one end, wrap wire around one jump ring and crimp. String a crimp tube onto the other end, wrap wire around the other jump ring, adjust necklace to your desired size (I chose 18") and crimp. Trim excess wire.


Using the same pattern, you can create two small triangles and make matching earrings!


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.

Friday, February 13, 2015

President's Day Sale - Soft Touch Wire 20% off

Offer ends Tueday, February 17th at Midnight (PST).
This discount cannot be applied with any other discounts.

Do you prefer a wire that feels more like a thread? Then, you need to use Soft Touch Wire. It is just as strong as our original Soft Flex but drapes much more softly. Remember, the thicker the diameter, the stronger the wire! Use the thickest diameter that will fit through your beads.

Click to Shop Soft Touch Wire!

Friday Four - Valentine's Day Drop Necklace, Be My Valentine Necklace, Wire Heart Bracelet, DIY Heart Headband


Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. My picks this week will add a little extra love to your Valentine's Day. 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.




Monday, February 9, 2015

Last Day - Get Free Beading Wire with Purchase of Magical Crimpers


Hello all! Here is one of my latest designs. I made it specifically for display in Tucson at To Bead True Blue. Today is the last day of the show and also the last day to take advantage of getting a free 10ft spool of Antique Brass colored Soft Flex beading wire when you buy a pair of Magical Crimpers on our website - www.SoftFlexCompany.com.



I used three colors of beading wire in this design - Green Turquoise, Red Jasper and Citrine (perfect Southwest colors). Click here to see all of the Soft Flex colors. I anchored Swarovski crystals in place on the wire using 2x2mm crimp tubes and the Magical Crimpers. I simply braided all three colors together on the back end to finish off the design.

 
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, February 7, 2015

Word of the Year Jewelry

Hello old friend, I haven't been here much lately. I missed you, dear reader! I hope that you have been enjoying Kristen's posts and knew that I would be back to blogging eventually.


Last week, I got together with my best girlfriend and we made Word of the Year Jewelry. We each chose our word of the year - something that we want to focus on in the coming year and manifest in each of our lives. I chose "create." I chose this word for several reasons. Most of all, I haven't had the time or drive to be creative because of my busy schedule. Thankfully, this year, I will be finishing up a degree that has been many years in the making. I am looking forward to spending a little more time exploring my creativity again - making jewelry, crafting, blogging, and more.

To make my World of the Year Jewelry, I used a Vintaj doorway blanks set. It opens up like a little book. So, I stamped my word of the year on the outside blank and then stamped a few key things that I'd like to create in the new year on the inside blank. Then, I locked it shut with a set of Vintaj lock and key charms. No design is complete without a little sparkle. I used 24g Soft Flex Craft Wire to add Swarovski crystals to my design. I used the graphic cube crystals in 4mm and 8mm. I love the Golden Shadow color! I finished the design off with a nice long chain. Baby Evelyn loves how this piece of jewelry jingles. She is always grabbing it to take a closer look!

So, this begs the question - do you need a Word of the Year? What will make your 2015 special?

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, February 6, 2015

Friday Four - Infinite Love Bracelet, Be My Earrings, Disco Heart Necklace, Heart Friendship Bracelets


Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. My picks this week will add a little extra love to your Valentine's Day. 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.



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Soft Flex Moved in Tucson - To Bead True Blue


 To Bead True Blue
February 1-9, 2015
Doubletree Tucson Reid Park
445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ
Find Soft Flex Company in the Board Room
Hours:
Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Four - Shades of Blue Bracelet, Paradise Drops Earrings, Fried Marbles Tutorial and Twisted Bead 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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