Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Four - Anthro Earrings, Mixed metals Bracelet, Jingle Bells Necklace, Beaded Snowflake Earrings


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


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P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial link to our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

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.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Jingle Bell Necklace


 'Tis the season for a statement necklace to go with your holiday outfit! Tired of the traditional giant jingle bell on a rope? Want to add a little sparkle and pop of color? I think this super simple update on the jingle bell necklace is just the thing to give your holiday a last minute jingle, jangle color burst.

Materials:

Begin by separating your jingle bell beads into colors. Cut 8" strand of beading wire from your spool. I chose to use Soft Touch, our premium wire, in this design because of the soft thread like drape you get with it.


String a 2x2mm crimp tube on one side of your wire. Loop your wire back through the crimp tube leaving a small loop and crimp. Cut off excess wire. For step by step instructions on how to crimp with the magical crimping pliers, click here.

String 6 silver, 6 gold, 6 green, 6 purple, 6 silver, 6 blue, 6 pink, 6 gold, 6 pink, 6 blue, 6 silver, 6 purple, 6 green, 6 gold and 6 silver jingle bell beads. String a 2x2mm crimp tube. Loop your wire back through the crimp tube leaving a small loop and crimp. Cut off excess wire.


Measure your chain to your desired length and cut into two lengths. I cut two 9" of chain. Using your chain nose pliers, open two gold jump rings and attach each chain length to your crimp loops on each end of your jingle bell strand.


Lastly, add a jump ring to each end of the chain and attach your lobster clasp.


With my leftover jingle bell beads and chain, I created another smaller version of this necklace. The smaller version can be worn shorter or pair them together for a double jingle jangle design!


To see 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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bead Dreams 2015 - Entries due March 25, 2015


Bead Dreams is a wonderful beading competition organized by the Bead and Button Show. Soft Flex Company sponsors the Lampwork competition.

Lampwork
Includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more glass made by the applicant. Entries that use someone else's glass beads or components will be placed in the Finished Jewelry category.

We provide gift certificates to the winners: 1st Prize: $300, 2nd Prize: $200, and 3rd Prize: $100.

The deadline for BeadDreams 2015 is March 25, 2015.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Four - Festival of Lights Necklace, Stardust Bracelet, Beaded Sbowflake, Star of David Ornament


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


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, click here

P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial link to our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

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.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Soft Flex Gallery Open House

You may have missed it, but never fear, we are open every Wednesday all year long with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. We will also offer another weekend Open House this Spring. Here are  few snapshots before folks arrived!

Gallery Location:

22678 Broadway, Suite 1
Sonoma, CA 95476
Broadway is also known as Sonoma HWY 12 / ROUTE 12 / CA-12
Go down the long driveway and turn right at the stop sign.
We are located adjacent to Wine Country Party & Events.

Regular Hours of Operation:

Open to the Public
Every Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:00pm





Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Four - CZ Earrings, Christmas Tree Ornament, Word and Tassel Bracelet, DIY J. Crew Necklace


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


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, click here

P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial link to our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

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.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gallery Open House - Holiday Sale in Sonoma, CA!


It is that time of year again! We will be opening our gallery doors for the weekend of December 6-7th and offering great deals, treats and even a huge $350 Gift Certificate Giveaway! How awesome is that? If you live in driving distance of Sonoma, CA, we highly suggest that you check it out!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - Candy Cane Charm Necklace


Just in time for the holidays! This silver and red, long and layered multi-strand candy cane charm necklace is the perfect solution to your holiday outfit. This easy to wear necklace is lightweight and festive and elegant at the same time.


Materials:


Cut 3 strands of beading wire about 24" each.String a pattern of alternating long and short silver tube beads for the longest layer.

Next string the middle layer in the following pattern; 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 candy cane charm on a jump ring, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead, 3 red crystal beads, 1 double heishi spacer bead,3 red crystal beads.

Lastly, string a pattern of alternating barrel and square silver beads for your shortest layer.

Take some time to look at the three layers together on a bead board before crimping to make sure you are happy with bead placement. Starting with your shortest strand, string a 2x2mm crimp tube on each side of wire. These crimps will hold your beads in place. Attach a bead stopper on one side of your wire close to the crimp, this will keep your beads secure while you crimp the other side. Then remove the bead stopper and crimp the second side. Repeat this process for the remaining two strands. For step by step instructions on how to crimp, click here.

Once you have all three strands complete and beads crimped into place, use a bead stopper to hold all three strands on each of the necklace being sure to leave some wire at each end for adding your clasp. Adjust your wire as needed until you are happy with the placement. 

Attach 1 jump ring to the toggle and 1 jump ring to the toggle bar. String a 3x5mm crimp tube on one end, loop wires through the toggle jump ring and back through your crimp tube. Crimp using mighty crimping pliers. Cut off your excess wire. Repeat on the other side of your necklace. For step by step instructions on how to crimp, click here.


To see 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, November 28, 2014

Friday Four - Macrame Bracelet, Family Tree Pendant, DIY Bird Nest Necklace, Bird Ornament Tutorial


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


To follow Soft Flex Company on Pinterest, click here

P.S. If you share a tutorial online using Soft Flex beading or craft wire, pin your tutorial link to our "Cool Designs with Soft Flex" board and we may feature it here on our blog.

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.



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday - DIY Wire Wrap Napkin Rings


Wrap up these twig inspired wire napkin rings for your Thanksgiving day gathering or gift them as a "thank you" for this year's holiday hostess! 



Materials

Two Tone Champagne Colored 3 Cut Czech Glass Beads
Tube to wrap wire around (I used wrapping paper tube) 

Cut 40" of Craft Wire. Use your nylon jaw pliers to smooth out the wire. Wrap wire around the tube 6 times.

 Remove from the tube, take the short wire end and using your chain nose pliers wrap the wire tail around one of the loops to secure the ring.


Now use the long wire tail and feed it through the ring. Zig zag the wire up and down adding in two or three beads on every other pass. I found that if my wire was even slightly bent some beads had a hard time passing through. Using my nylon jaw pliers to smooth out the wire before stringing the beads helped in most cases.If you happen to run out of wire, you may easily add more by wrapping the end of a new wire piece around one of the ring wires and then continue zig zagging up and down and adding beads as you were.

 
Continue until you have used most of the wire and wrap the wire end around the ring to secure. 


Many wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! 
To see 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.
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