I know St. Patrick's Day was last week, but I'm Irish and love the color green so, I wanted to keep the celebration of green going with this necklace design! This time I am using Soft Flex beading wire as a design component. This project appears to be complex but, it is easy and great for any beader. Only skill required is crimping. For crimping help, please visit our webpage, All about Crimps.
(5) 5mm Square Silver Bead Frames
(16") Silver Chain
(2") Adjustable Chain (optional)
(10) Silver Jump Rings
Cut Soft Flex Beading Wire into approximately a 10" length. String bead frame and take one end of the wire around to make a circle and back through the first bead frame to create a loop. Wiggle this first bead frame to one side of the wire leaving about 1.5" tail on one end.
Using the longer wire tail string your next bead frame and circle around the frame and back through to create the second loop. Continue stringing bead frame and making a loop until all 5 frames are complete.
Once your bead frame section is complete, use your chain nose pliers to attach the glass rectangles to the beading wire loops with jump rings. You have a little wiggle room to get the bead frame spacing the way you want before crimping. Take a moment to adjust any frames if necessary.
Using your crimping pliers, crimp one side as close to the bead frame as possible. You may use the Regular Crimping Pliers or Universal Magical Crimper to secure the crimp. I choose to use the Universal Magical Crimper as it makes a small 2mm bead out of the tube. For regular crimping instructions, click here. For magical crimper instructions, click here. Trim off the excess wire close to the crimp.
Kristen Fagan is a multi-passionate creative and a graphic designer for Soft Flex Company.
It's Easy Being Green
by Melissa J. Lee
Before my son was born and before I met my husband, I used to work fairly long hours at the job I held at that time. It was tiring, and I had a tendency not to notice much in the evenings beyond dinner and maybe a couple chapters of a mystery novel I read to unwind before sleep. Although, I was aware of the turn of seasons as each arrived, I was never really inspired by them.
As corny as it may sound, all of this really changed dramatically once I had a family of my own. For me, now, summertime is bursting with color, especially the rich shades of green - the gentle spring green and the deeper, more robust green that appears everywhere around this time of year where I live.
I have to admit - this interest is largely due to my husband's interest in gardening. He comes from a family of avid gardeners, and when we bought our house right before our son was born, he studied our backyard carefully and plotted out a generous space for a vegetable garden. Now, I have zero talent for gardening - sadly, I kill pretty much every plant I take a hand to - so my husband's garden always seems like a mysterious and magical place to me. It continues to fascinate me, and it is probably due to this that I equate summer with green to the degree that I do. The above photos are all shots of our garden from last summer. (As I write this, our current garden is filled with energy - the seeds are sprouting and the seedlings are taking root. The garden boxes are not yet overrun with green shoots and leaves, but they will be soon.)
Naturally, much of my interest in color translates to varieties of green-toned jewelry at this time of year. I love the grass green shades of peridot and the more sea green chyrsoprase and often incorporate them into my summer designs. So it's not surprising that, when I was perusing Soft Flex's new Trios line of beading wire, I would be immediately drawn to the Renewal set, with it's beautiful shades of green.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to experiment with this wire a bit, and have come up with three summery designs to show you. I hope they provide you with some inspiration as you work on your own summer pieces.
This first necklace, "Candy Kiss", incorporates lampworked beads by Sarah Moran. I often use leather cord when designing with Sarah's beads. I thought it would be interesting to use the Trios wire instead, to add even more eye-popping color to the design. I chose the color of the resin coins and rondelles to complement the wire.
I thought these side-drilled bone beads would be perfect to frame colorful bits of Trios wire. The warm brown and maroon tones of the beads complement the shades of green in the wire.
Working with Trios Renewal wire is a wonderful experience. I love the fact that the wire is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The impact of the color is also very delicate - just right for light, summery pieces. It makes adding a touch of green to a design perfectly easy.
Of course, best of all, the Renewal colors are just one of the beautiful Trios combinations available to designers. Hmmm, I think I'll try Serenity, next ...
Free Projects 8:00 AM
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.
1. DIY Delicate Ring
3. Royal Bohemian Earrings
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Hello! Life is going by far too quickly and there is just not enough time to quite do everything. Many of you may already know from my facebook page and my personal blog, but I am happy to announce that my husband and I are expecting our first baby (a little girl) in August. I've certainly done a lot of thinking about how exciting it is to have a girl who will hopefully love beading, crafts and making stuff as much as I do. Today, I wanted to share some great ideas that I found on pinterest for connecting my love of beading with our newest addition to the family right from the start.
I've never seen this before. I am not sure that I would feel comfortable showcasing my belly in this way, but I love how it looks on this lady - so beautiful.
How cute is this? I had a mom ask me about making these just a few months ago and it was the first time that I had heard of it. I think that this is an awesome concept!
It is an adorable idea to drape a baby girl in beads for pictures.
Beaded Blinds Pull
This is a great safety idea. We definitely have a long way to go before we'll be baby proofed around here!
Oooooh, a beaded garland. That could add the pop of yellow that I'd like to see in our nursery.
I really like the clear crystals in this mobile. I think that I know the perfect stringing product to make this! Wouldn't it be fabulous using Soft Flex in white!
Anyway, I am knee deep in ideas for how the little miss and I can enjoy beads together right from the start. If you have other ideas, please feel free to comment and leave a link so that I can check them out. I'll keep you posted as things progress along.
(2) Celtic Beads
(12) 4mm Green Fire Polish Beads
(10) Silver Spacer Tubes/Beads
(2) Silver Ear Wires
Cut Soft Flex Beading Wire into two 8" lengths, one for each earring. String Celtic style bead, then crimp tube. Take the other end of the wire make a circle back through the crimp tube for your first loop. Now using the tail that went through the crimp for the loop, string your beads for the second loop. Alternate 1 green fire polish bead and 1 silver spacer tube until you have 6 green fire polish beads and 5 spacer tubes. Then take the tail and feed it through the crimp tube again making your second loop.
Now take the longer wire tail and feed it through the crimp tube in the opposite direction making a small loop at the top. This little loop will attach to your ear wire. Adjust wires until you are happy with size of all three loops. When ready, use your Mighty Crimping Pliers to close the crimp tube.You use the Mighty Crimping Pliers just like the Regular Crimping Pliers. For crimping instructions, click here.
Finally, trim off the excess wire close to the crimp and use your chain nose pliers to attach you ear wire to the top loop. Make your second earring the same way. When making the second earring pay attention to the loop sizes of all three loops before crimping.
To see more free project ideas available from Soft Flex Company, click here.