Thursday, May 26, 2016

DIY Episode 3: Jewelry Making Beading Basics – Crimping to Finish a Simple Bracelet or Necklace


 Our new video this week is a little on the long side. In the video, I explain the different sizes of crimps, crimping pliers and crimp covers. Then, at the end I show how to make a basic bracelet. I encourage you to check it out, even if you are not a beginner. You never know what little tid bit of information might make your beading easier along the way. Even a more advanced beader can still learn from a beginner focused video. I know that I do all of the time!



 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.

Quick and Easy Stitched Jewelry by Cathy Jakicic


I received a copy of my friend Cathy Jakicic's new book, Quick and Easy Stitched Jewelry. It includes 20+ necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more. 

"Explore the exciting stitching techniques without a huge time investment." 

This is right up my alley. One of the things that keeps me from doing more bead weaving is the time investment. As a mom of two under the age of two, I don't have a lot of extra time. I like projects that I can complete easily in one sitting. This book definitely offers that. I love how some of the instructions offer easy to read diagrams. Bead weaving can get confusing, especially with teeny tiny beads. 

So if you are a beginner when it comes to bead stitching or are more advanced but looking for some quick and easy project ideas, this book is definitely for you!



 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 23, 2016

DIY Video Episode 2: Use Gold Colored Pro Econoflex Beading Wire To Make Earrings


Watch the following video to learn all about our new Pro Econoflex Beading Wire, with step-by-step instructions on how to make a pair of earrings with wire (as shown above).




 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.

Jewelry Stringing - Summer 2016


Jewelry Stringing
Summer Issue

Wow! Two published designs in one week! In addition to my kumihimo design, I have a new design in Stringing inspired by Carnival. This design is light and easy to wear in the summer. 





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 20, 2016

Kumihimo Special Issue

Kumihimo Fiber and Bead Jewelry
May 2016

Hey-hey, I have a design to check out in the latest special issue from Kalmbach Publishing on pages 62-63. I used Soft Flex Extreme beading wire on a kumihimo disk to create the design shown above. The magazine offers full instructions!



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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

DIY Jewelry Project - Summer in the Sun Bangle Bracelets


I've always loved Jamie Hogsett's Summery Braided Bangles Project. So, I was excited to recreate it in my own fashion using our new Pro Econoflex in the gold color. These bracelets look great in multiples. I have made three so far (shown above), but I think that I may make a few more to complete the set. Isn't the gold colored wire pretty? I love it! If you want, you can even change out the color of the seed beads for each bracelet or use just one color like I did.

Materials (based on one bracelet):
Pro Econoflex .019 Gold Color - 45 inches
11/0 seed beads - 25
3x3mm crimp tube - 1 
4mm crimp cover -  1 (You can also use craft wire to cover the crimp.)

Tools:
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers
Bead Stoppers - 2

Instructions:

 

1. Clip three 15" pieces of wire together with a bead stopper.


2. Use the middle strand to string 25 seed beads. Clip the seed beads onto the wire using another bead stopper. 


3. Braid the wires together. Every time the wire with the beads lands in the middle of the braid, slide one bead up into the braid. Continue braiding the wires for about 6 1/2 – 7", adding or subtracting beads as necessary. The finished result needs to slide over your hand.


4. Use all three strands of wire to string a crimp tube. Pass all three strands of wire from the other side through the crimp tube in the opposite direction, creating a circle. Pull tight and crimp the tube. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.




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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Inspiration Video: Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet




New techniques for using Soft Flex beading wire. 

Sara Oehler and I created 8 modern bracelet designs in the Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet using the techniques crimping, knitting, braiding, weaving and knotting with Soft Flex beading wire.

Today, I am sharing a video Sara created showcasing 6 designs from the booklet. You'll see that the projects show a broad range of ideas plus, you'll learn about beading wire brands, diameters, crimps, crimping pliers, kumihimo boards, macrame boards and knitting on a spool; giving you a lot of value.

Our hope is that you'll be inspired to try new techniques in addition to stringing projects with Soft Flex beading wire.
 
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 5, 2016

Like and Share - What Do You Want To See In Videos from Soft Flex Company?


We are so excited about our new You Tube Channel. Although we can think of a million things that we'd like to share with you. We thought that it would be a good idea to ask you what you want to see from us? We would love to know what you want to see in our upcoming videos? Please leave a comment and let us know!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Why You Need Magical Crimping Pliers


Hello Beautiful Beader,

These wonderful crimping pliers will change the way that you bead! They take a tubular shaped crimp tube and make it into a bead while cinching it down onto the nylon coating of the wire. I highly suggest that you stick to using Soft Flex crimps and beading wire for the best connection. Our crimps have double the wall thickness of most and therefore work very well with these pliers. Our beading wire has a premium nylon coating that allows the crimp to cinch down tightly. Some of the other brands use a nylon that is too slick to get a really good and strong connection.

~ Sara, Sales and Marketing Manager



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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