Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - DIY Wire Wrap Napkin Rings


Wrap up these twig inspired wire napkin rings for your Thanksgiving day gathering or gift them as a "thank you" for this year's holiday hostess! 



Materials

Two Tone Champagne Colored 3 Cut Czech Glass Beads
Tube to wrap wire around (I used wrapping paper tube) 

Cut 40" of Craft Wire. Use your nylon jaw pliers to smooth out the wire. Wrap wire around the tube 6 times.

 Remove from the tube, take the short wire end and using your chain nose pliers wrap the wire tail around one of the loops to secure the ring.


Now use the long wire tail and feed it through the ring. Zig zag the wire up and down adding in two or three beads on every other pass. I found that if my wire was even slightly bent some beads had a hard time passing through. Using my nylon jaw pliers to smooth out the wire before stringing the beads helped in most cases.If you happen to run out of wire, you may easily add more by wrapping the end of a new wire piece around one of the ring wires and then continue zig zagging up and down and adding beads as you were.

 
Continue until you have used most of the wire and wrap the wire end around the ring to secure. 


Many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! 
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, November 21, 2014

Friday Four - Soft Flex Wire on Loom, Layering Bracelets, Clay Leaves Tutorial, Cornucopia 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.



Saturday, November 15, 2014

Four DIY Christmas Tree Wire Ornaments Made on a WigJig

I have been hard at work on a few new Christmas ornament ideas. I am absolutely in love with Christmas trees this year. So, here are four easy and fun ideas for you to try too.





Using a WigJig to make a wire shape is quick and easy! You place the pegs in the shape that you desire. Then, create your first loop using a pair of round nose pliers. Run the nylon jaw pliers over the wire to remove any bends or kinks. Wind the wire around the pegs as you spin the jig back and forth to create fluid lines. 


Pop the design off of the jig and work harden the wire using a nylon tipped hammer

I used 18g Soft Flex Craft Wire for the trees and 24g Soft Flex Craft Wire to embellish with beads. Soft Flex Craft Wire comes an nice array of colors and gauges and it is non-tarnishing.

I used a WigJig Olympus-Lite with the matching super pegs.  The WigJig brand in particular is wonderful because they are extremely strong and durable. The jig is made out of the same material as an airplane window. So the peg holes will not wear out and become bigger as they will in a plastic version. I also love how they are clear and you can actually lay them down on a fairly complicated design and create the pattern in wire. 

Simply wrapping the wire around the pegs in a new way can make the design look different!

I warn you, making ornaments on a WigJig is addicting.


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, November 14, 2014

Friday Four - Beaded Napkin Rings, Retro Button Necklace, Knitted Stretch Bracelet, Seed Bead Earrings


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, November 13, 2014

Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland, CA

 Design by Kristen Fagan

We will be at the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza in Oakland, CA this weekend. We are offering free earring project kits to every customer that places an order. Stop on by and spend some time with us!

BABE! 2014
November 15 - 16, 2014
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Hours:
Saturday, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Ball Ornament Earrings


Super simple, quick and adorable ornament earrings for your holiday gatherings and gifts!


Materials:

 String one spacer and one bead onto each head pin.

 Use your chain nose pliers to bend at a 90 degree angle.

 Use your round nose pliers to make a loop. Cut off excess wire or wrap around the base. For step by step instructions on how to make a dangle, click here.

Use your chain nose pliers to open the loop and attach to an ear wire. Follow steps 1-5 for 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.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Holiday Gift from Soft Flex Company!





Happy Holidays!!!

We are offering a free earring kit to each customer with purchase over the holiday season, while supplies last. We really want to thank our customers for a great 2014! We feel fortunate to have such wonderful customers and look forward to offering you all a treat.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Four - Wire Wrap Briolettes, Creature Comfort, Sprial and Gemstone Earrings, DIY Clay Beads


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.



Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Four - Trick or Treat Necklace, Floating Ghost Pendants, Halloween Domino Charm, Pumpkin Beads


Happy Halloween! Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas
found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. This month, I'm going to seek out designs that will inspire you for Halloween. 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, October 29, 2014

Soft Touch On Sale This Weekend!


Good news! Soft Touch will be on sale this weekend, starting tomorrow! If you want the coupon code first, make sure that you are on our email newsletter list. 


Soft Touch™ Wire is a lead-free beading wire for designers that want a premium product for their designs. Soft Touch™ Wire has the softest drape on the market, your pieces will lay like they were strung on thread. Soft Touch™ Wire is constructed of either 7, 21 or 49 micro woven stainless steel wires. It is supple enough that it can be knotted and comes black and white (.010) and Premium Satin Silver. It is available in 4 diameters: .010, .014, .019, and .024. We recommend Soft Touch™ Wire for designers that want their pieces to last and eliminate the frustration of restringing.
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