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!


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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.




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.




Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Four - Knitted Necklace, Jewelry Wire Bracelet, Superduo Medallions, Soft Flex Friendship 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.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Four - Pearl Bracelet, Trapeze Earrings, Knotted Leather Necklace, Pearl Party 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.




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Design by Diane Zigabarra

Design by Diane Zigabarra
Jewelry Affaire Magazine - April 2015

Check out this stunning design in the latest issues of Jewelry Affair Magazine by my friend Diane Zigabarra. I love the unique incorporation of looped beading 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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Four - Friendship Earrings, Soft Flex Kumihimo Bracelet, Beaded Chain Bracelet, Teardrop 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.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Art Deco Macrame Bracelet


 Although I love the feeling of original Soft Flex beading wire, I decided to give Econoflex hobby beading wire a try for a cheaper option plus, the bright colors of Econoflex wire are so pretty.  

Materials
Silver Jump Rings - 2

1. Cut two 12" strands of Econoflex craft beading wire and anchor them into a notch on the top of your mini macrame board.

2. Cut one 50" strand of Econoflex craft beading wire - this will be your knotting strand.

3.Create 20 knots using the Half Knot Spiral method below.
  • The right wire goes over the two center wires, then under the left wire. 
  • The left wire goes under the two center wires, then comes up through the hole and passes over the right wire. 


4. Pick up one silver cube bead, remove the two center wires anchored at the bottom of your macrame board and string the bead them and up to your last knot.



5. Wrap your knotting wire around the bead and continue your Half Knot Spiral pattern below the bead creating another 20 knots. 

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you reach your desired bracelet length, keeping your clasp size in mind.  

7. Add a 3mm crimp tube and crimp around 1 jump ring using the mighty crimper. Attach one side of the toggle clasp to the jump ring. On the other end of the bracelet, add a 3mm crimp tube and crimp around 1 jump ring using the mighty crimper. Attach the other side of the toggle clasp to the jump ring. Click here for crimping instructions.




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, April 10, 2015

Friday Four - Mystique Necklace, Damask Clay Pendants, Ombre Earrings, Piccadilly Drop 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.




Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Four - Safety Pin Bracelet, Book Lover Necklace, WigJig Dog Bone Bracelet, Teardrop 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.




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