Sunday, April 13, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Items on Sale this Week

I love new beading supplies. I am sort of a beading supply shop-a-holic. I imagine that if you are reading this blog, you probably love beads and jewelry-making supplies as much as I do - right?! Here are some of my favorite items that you can get a deal on this week. 

Enter coupon code Egghunt at checkout to SAVE 20% on these items through April 16, 2014.


Reg Price: $56.00
Your Price With Coupon: $22.40

Reg Price: $116.00
Your Price With Coupon: $46.40

PEN-510.00
PERFECT END THREAD BURNER
Price: $24.95
Your Price With Coupon: $19.96

SF-100DR3
3 PIECE DIAMOND REAMER W/ COMFORT GRIP
Price: $15.95
Your Price With Coupon: $12.76

SF-100PLRM
PEARL REAMER
Price: $13.95
Your Price With Coupon: $11.16

SF-100TBA
TRADITIONAL BEADING AWL
Price: $2.95
Your Price With Coupon: $2.36

SF-CZ10964
40 COUNT 8MM CLEAR CZ FACETED RONDELLES
Reg Price: $73.00
Your Price With Coupon: $29.20

SFW01930WHT
SOFT FLEX WIRE .019 DIA. 30 FT. 49 STRAND WHITE QUARTZ
Price: $16.49
Your Price With Coupon: $13.19

SL-Z210-925
6 COUNT 36MM X 20MM X 3MM STERLING SILVER ROSE AND CROSS PENDANT
Price: $18.60
Your Price With Coupon: $14.88

TRI019EGG
TRIOS .019 DIA. 10 FT. X 3 COLORS EGG HUNT
Price: $18.50
Your Price With Coupon: $14.80

Offer is not valid with any other discounts (except on beads). If your purchase qualifies for two or more discounts, you will receive the best discount, but not a combination (except on beads). Coupon discount for retail and wholesale designers only.


Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the 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, April 12, 2014

2 Upcoming Events in Northern California

We have two special events coming up shortly that we would like to share with  you. If you live in the Bay Area in Northern California, I encourage you to add both events to your calendar.

 BSNC Bead Bazaar
April 19, 2014
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Hours:
Saturday, 10am - 6pm



Soft Flex Spring Gallery Event
May 3 & 4, 2014
Soft Flex Company Gallery
22678 Broadway, Suite 1
Sonoma, CA 95476
Hours:
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Four - Knit Earrings, Bound Necklace, Craft Wire Ring, Fluorite Hoops


Every Friday, I'm going to highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas
found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks this week.


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, 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.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Soft Flex Teams with Beads Of Courage for Bead and Button Show


Soft Flex Company is teaming up with Beads of Courage for a very special showcase at the upcoming Bead and Button Show. Some of the supplies arrived this week, and I couldn't be more excited or thrilled. If you haven't already, you should drop by the Beads of Courage website and check out the good works that they are doing worldwide!


Then, you should make plans to attend the Bead and Button Show so that you can see our partnership come to fruition! 



Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the 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.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Soft Flex Beading Wire On A Loom - Free Project Idea


Our latest ad showcases another wonderful way that you can use Soft Flex Beading Wire - on a loom! In these earrings, I used Soft Flex in .019 as the warp threads to make this fabulous pair of earrings. These earrings can be easily made in one sitting and look far more complicated than they are. In other words, no matter your skill level, you can make these earrings too! 

Materials:
C-lon Size D – 64 inches
8/0 Seed Beads –  about 144 beads
3x3mm CrimpTubes – 2 tubes
4mm CrimpCovers – 2 covers
Ear wires – 2 wires

Tools:
8 S-Hooks for no warp
2 32” Teslov Cords
2 Loom Pegs
Seed Bead Triangle Dish
Beading Needle



 


1. Make sure each Teslov cord is about the same length. Wrap a cord around the loom (which should be on its smallest setting) from top to bottom. The cord is like a ladder with evenly spaced holes. Push a loom peg into a hole in each side of the cord to hold the cord in place. It does not have to be tight but should not have a lot of slack. Repeat this with the second cord, making sure that it is even with the first. Move the loom pegs to the top of the loom so that they are out of the way. 

2. Stick the ends of the top bar through a loop in each of the cords.  The bar should be an equal distance from the top of the loom on either side.

3. Stick the ends of the bottom bar through a loop in each of the cords. The bar should be an equal distance from the bottom of the loom on either side. In my example, the bottom bar was 10 holes down from the top, a distance of about 4.25” when stretched out. 

4. Slide 4 S-Hooks on each bar with the opening facing you. 

5. We will create 3 warp threads for each earring. Clip a bead stopper about 2 1/2” from the end of a 13” piece of beading wire. Thread the wire through the first S-Hook on the top of the loom until the bead stopper catches on the S-Hook. Feed the wire down and up the loom looping into each S-Hook, using only mild tension. On the last S-Hook, clip a bead stopper to hold the wire in place. Use the loom screws to tighten the tension. 

6. Repeat on the other side for a second earring.
  

7. Using about 32” of thread, clip the thread to the loom using a bead stopper. Thread the needle. 

8. String 2 beads on the thread. Pass the thread under the warps and pop each bead into a slot. Use your finger to hold the beads in place between the warps and then pass the thread through each bead on top of the warps. Slide the seed beads as far down as they go.


 

9.  Continue adding beads two at a time until you have filled in the entire earring – about 26 sets of 2.



 

 

10. On both ends, feed the thread back into the beading – knotting several times around a warp thread before trimming.

 
  11. Repeat Steps 7-10 to create a second earring.


12. Release the tension on the loom and take the beadwork off of the S-Hooks. Release all bead stoppers. Adjust the beads to fit more evenly over the warp threads.




 
 
13.  String a 6” piece of beading wire through the 2 beads on the end of the beadwork so that the beadwork is in the middle of the beading wire. Using both the new wire and the old wire, string 3 seed beads and a crimp tube. On the second side, string 3 seed beads and pass back through the crimp tube. Clip each wire with a bead stopper.


 

 

14. Repeat Step 12 on the second half of the earring, passing the wires into the same crimp tube as used in Step 12.


 

15. Using just one wire, string 8 beads. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube. Crimp and cover the tube.


16. Attach the earring wire to the top loop.


17. Repeat Steps 11-15 on the second earring.
 

Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the 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, April 8, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Wire Wrapped Stone Pendant


I love how serendipitous designing jewelry can be. My sister was visiting me last weekend and brought a wire wrapped stone necklace that I made her many years ago. She said she wears it all the time and that a friend of her is always trying to swipe it from her, haha. So, naturally she wanted me to make her friend one. We set off on a shopping trip to find stone slices and because we couldn't pick just one so, I ended up making 6 new wire wrapped stones!

Today, I'll share my process with you. Let me start by saying I'm not a expert wire wrapper. I like to try new things and experiment and this project is very much a "go with the flow" idea. Each stone slice is shaped differently so, there is no one way to wrap it. Skills needed for this are wire looping and ability to experiment and play with the wire. Click to learn how to make a wire wrapped loop.


Materials:
(24") Silver Chain
(1) Silver Jump Ring
(1) Silver Clasp (optional) 

Cut Soft Flex Craft Wire into a 30" length. I like to have more wire then less to work with so, if you are unsure go a little longer. Use your nylon jaw pliers to smooth out the wire before beginning.

At approximately the half way point on your wire choose a spot to begin your wrap. Now, just play with wire wrapping it up and down and around the stone slice until it feels secure - being mindful to leave about 4-5" tail of wire to wire wrap your pendant's loop. I chose a few areas to thread the wire under a wrap as seen below to help secure the stone.When you are close the the end on one tail end wrap it around the closeout wire to finish it.



When you feel close to being done, take your long tail end and position it at the top where you will make your pendant loop. Hold the tail and lightly shake it up and down making sure the stone is secure and there are no areas springing loose. If there is a spot of weakness, you will need to adjust your wire to secure that spot before finishing.


Once secure, and your wire tail is positioned pointing up in the spot where you plan to add your loop, string your silver bead. Then using your round nose pliers create your pendant loop. I made my loop large enough to fit through my chain. Click to learn how to make a wire wrapped loop. Hold your loop with your chain nose pliers and wrap the remaining wire around your loop, the bead and under your bead if you'd like. Cut off any excess wire and tuck in the tail with your chain nose pliers.


Use your chain nose pliers and any place on my wire that was a little wonky I grabbed and gave a small twist. This helped to straighten the wire around my bend and hug the stone tighter. It also give a little extra detail.


Use your chain nose and attach the two ends of your chain to a jump ring. 24" chain length should be large enough to slide over your head. You may lengthen or shorten the chain and add a clasp instead if you'd like.



To see more 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, April 4, 2014

Friday Four - Bookmarks, Purple Necklace, Wire Wrapped Ring, Viking Knit Bracelet


Every Friday, I'm going to highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas
found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks this week.

4. Viking Knit Tutorial

To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, 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, March 28, 2014

Friday Four - Bobby Pins, Ombre Bracelet, Crimp Bracelet, Ombre Necklace


Every Friday, I'm going to highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas
found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks this week.

4. Clear Ombre Necklace

To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, 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.



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