Feb 28, 2018

Free Tip Friday Making Hammered Clasps and Components

Hey Gang!
Super excited to share my hammered clasp design with you on Free Tip Friday this week. This broadcast was a bit of an epic one, so fast forward about 15 mins to get to the actual "how-to" for this technique.

I used our 16G wire to make these components. The clasps can be made with 18-14G and sized to fit your project.

In addition to the wire you'll need the following tools:

Feb 23, 2018

Free Tip Friday: More fun with wire frames!

Hey Everybody!
Thanks for joining me today on FTF. These broadcasts are always an off-the-cuff adventure and today was no exception!

After the broadcast I finished up my earring design and changed things up just slightly. You'll see the center wire with the briolette has been slightly redesigned. I shuffled the beads around to make everything fit symmetrically across. I also took it off, and finished wrapping the armature and then added it back on, as the poor wire was getting pretty mangled in my wrapping process.

I really love the way these turned out. Kinda Boho with a bit of a '70's vibe thrown in. 
As promised, here is a list of the ingredients I used in the design.

Tools Needed:

Hope you enjoy the project and let me know what you make! Check out the entire broadcast below.

Feb 16, 2018

Free Tip Friday: Let's do the Herringbone Weave!

Hey all!
Thanks for joining me today. As promised, here is a wrap up of what I used on the broadcast:
Matte Green Aventurine Round-6mm
Azure Hematite Faceted Rondelle- 4mm
London Blue Quartz Briolettes
Canoe Wires- Sterling
Silver Wire in 24 & 26G
I used the materials to create the earrings and bracelet pictured. The technique is simple and so adaptable to many bead and wire sizes.

You can download the handout at this link and view the broadcast below. Enjoy and let me know what you make. 

Feb 9, 2018

Free Tip Friday: New Love Float Necklace

Hey Gang!
Thanks so much for tuning in to #FreeTipFriday.

The project today featured our Monthly Mix for February, called "New Love" and Soft Flex Extreme in 24t Gold. You can find all of the ingredients on our website, www.beadshop.com.

As promised here are the materials I used:


We also chatted about our Soft Flex collection as well as our glue selections. E600 will be added to the website soon.

Check out the entire broadcast below. Enjoy and let us know what you make. We'd love to know what you create with this technique.

Feb 7, 2018

Facebook LIVE 2.7.18: Fun With English Cuts! Kate & Emily's Ingredients Lists

Emily's Rosary Necklace 
1 Strand 10mm English Cuts- Ivory Mercury
1 Strand 8mm English Cuts- Ivory Mercury
1 Blooming Jade Carved Component
1 Pkg Tierra Heishi-Antique Copper
1 Pkg Circle of Bronze
1 Pkg Old Cameroon
1 Strand Shadows- Antique Copper Plate (Note: Emily used one single bead!)
22g Craft Wire- Antique Copper
1 Pkg 4mm Jump Rings- Antique Copper
1 Pkg 7mm Jump Rings- Antique Copper
2 Ft Circle Back Chain- Antique Copper
1 Ft Teardrop Bauble Chain- Antique Copper (used the drops from 1-2" only)

1 Swivel Clasp- Antique Copper
Tools: Round Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Xuron Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter, Nylon Jaw Pliers

Kate's Ombré Tribal English Cuts
1 Strand 10mm English Cut- Pink Fuchsia 
1 Strand 10mm English Cut- Silver Mercury 
1 Strand 10mm English Cut- Red Picasso 
1 Strand Tribal Heishi- Brass
1 Strand Little Shadows- Bright Brass 
1 Tube 8/0 Metal Seed Beads- 24K Gold Plate  (Note: Kate points out that you can use either Little Shadows or 8/0s, or both like she does...or whatever you have on hand!)
1 Pkg Happy Donuts- Gold Plate 
Tiny Tassel in Blush/Gold 
Plain and Simple Toggle- Gold 
Sanctuary Charms- Bright Gold
Willow Charm- Satin Gold
1 Spool Soft Flex .014- Golden Bronze
1 Pkg 5mm Jump Rings- Gold
1 Pkg Crimp Tubes- Gold
1 Pkg Crimp Covers- Gold
1 Pkg Wire Guardians- Gold
Tools: Xuron Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter, Xuron 4-in-1 Crimping Tool

Close-up of the closure on Kate's Ombre Necklace

Emily's Hammered Paddle Headpin Earrings
1 Spool 18g Craft Wire- Vintage Bronze
1 Strand 10mm English Cuts (Emily used Ivory Mercury)
1 Pair Earwires
Tools: Bench Block, Chasing Hammer, Nylon Jaw Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Xuron Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter

Kate's Cords & Knots Necklaces (One with .5mm CKC, one with .5mm Leather)
1 Spool .5mm Chinese Knotting Cord- Grey

1 Pkg .5mm Leather- Metallic Pearl 
1 Strand 10mm English Cuts- Avocado Gold
1 Strand 10mm English Cuts- Amethyst Blue
1 Strand 8mm English Cuts- Amethyst Blue
1 Tube GS Hypo Cement

Flash Sale Friday...get creative!

Last week Kate went shopping for some special strands at a local gem show, and she brought back six stone strands she couldn't live with...