Nov 29, 2019

FTF: Five'n Ten Bracelets


Kate's Free Tip Friday was all about the quick 'n easy...so she introduced us to the Five 'n Ten Bracelet! Using a pattern of five beads and ten knots, this is a super simple, fantastically fast, and sweet and chic bracelet stack that is perfect for gift-giving.

Kate's Ingredients:
1 Betty Button- Brass
1 Tea Leaves Button- Antique Brass
1 Button Eyes Button- Brass
1 Spool Peony 0.4mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Spool Spring Leaf 0.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Spool Blue Gray 0.8mm Chinese Knotting Cord
1 Tube 8-1017 Silver Lined Emerald AB 8/0 Seed Beads
1 Strand Little Shadows- Antique Brass
1 Strand Amethyst Blue 8mm English Cut

The Basics:
3 Small-Medium Buttons
3 Spools Chinese Knotting Cord (any colors, any sizes)
1 Tube 8/0 Seed Beads
1 Strand Little Shadows
1 Accent Bead

You'll also want to have:
Project Tray and Insert
Zap Glue
Thread Burner
Thread Snips
Clampers





Nov 15, 2019

Purse Charms!

Our new JUMBO Swivel clasps were just made the be used for Purse Charms! Kate took a look at this trend on Free Tip Friday today, and we love her tassel idea. Find her ingredients and the video below!




Ingredients:
1 Tube E6000 Glue





Sep 26, 2019

The MG Walk Returns!


In the winter of 2017 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis, or MG. It's known as the Snowflake Disease, because it affects each of its patients so differently, but the basics are the same: muscle weakness. My brain and my muscles actually both work just fine, it's the connection between them that's deteriorating. The more I use a muscle, the weaker it becomes. Rest helps, and there are surgical options, drugs, and treatments that can help. But there is no cure and I am currently untreated. Why? Because my best options are drugs that can cause more harm to the rest of my body than good...and research hasn't brought us a cure or treatment that's safer--yet.

After posting this blog in September 2017 explaining my situation and why it was so important to me to raise funds for Myasthenia Gravis research I received one of the largest outpourings of support to date: from you
I have been so happy, humbled, and simply floored by what you have helped us to accomplish. We raised so much money that beadshop's name has twice been called out during the annual awards ceremony at the National MGFA Conferences. Due in large part to the fundraising from our Bead Fam the MG Walk asked me to be their "Walk Hero" last year, and now I am honored to be a part of the National MG Walk Committee.And so the time has come once again, ladies and gents! It's time for MG Walk 2019!!

This year, my team Kiss Myas(thenia Gravis) and I hope to raise major moolah! We've set our goals even higher than last year and I can't wait to blow them out of the water.  Janice and I, along with my friends and family, will be walking on Saturday, October 12th, at the MG Walk of Virginia in Springfield. This is not only an opportunity to raise funds, but one to spread awareness of MG and be a part of a community I didn't even know existed until just 2 years ago. Janice and I want to invite any locals to join us! Last year I was so happy to see Aileen R. come and support us in person, and I would also love to see YOU there.

Once again, we have a raffle to help raise those much-needed funds:

Janice has donated a $50 beadshop.com gift card 
that we are "raffling" off to YOU

To win, you donate
For every $10 donated you will receive one chance at winning the gift card. So if you donate $10, your name goes in once. If you donate $20, your name goes in twice, and so on. I will keep track of the donations and tally up the names and numbers, and on Saturday from the MG Walk, Janice and I will broadcast LIVE on our Facebook Page and select a winner. I have also done a little shopping, myself...and you may find that a few other names will be pulled from our hat to win surprises from our Society6 shop!

Donations must be in by Midnight PST on Friday, October 11, 2018 to be eligible to win. Donations must be made to the "Beadshop Dotcom" team member in order to qualify.

Questions? I'm happy to answer and happy to help.Just email me at Drea.beadshop@gmail.com
Many thanks and, as always,Happy Beading!Drea



Aug 9, 2019

Free Tip Friday: Wire-wrapped Components... the perfect earring!

SO excited to share this favorite technique.

The recipe is easy and so is the making... Here is what I used.

Briolettes. Larimar, Peach Moonstone, Citrine, Garnet, Green Amethyst and Rutilated Quartz. Earwires in Copper, Silver and Gold.

4mm Hematite Rondelles. I used Golden and Coppered.
4mm Rounds. I used Garnet.


Hoops. Medium, Small and Mini, as well as Drops and Rounds.


Chain. I used Endless Love and Three Worlds.



As well as 26 and 28G wire for wrapping.
Find all the pliers I used in the broadcast, here.

Enjoy and I can't wait to see what you make!

Looming with Two Hole Beads...an alternate colorway!

On  Beadshop LIVE  today, Kate made a gorgeous  Leather and Looming  piece using our  December 2019 Monthly Mix, Descendence . This is a ...