Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Four - Wire Bangle, Bead Snowflake Tutorial, DIY Blue Stone Bracelet and Tranquility 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!


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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, January 20, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Evil Eye Talisman


Throughout history, man has made many forms of talismans designed to ward off bad luck and in Turkey, the tailsman is the Nazar Boncuğu (evil eye). I picked up this evil eye pendant at the 2014 Bead&Button show to give to one of my best friends to display in her home. It is said that when an evil eye cracks, it has done its job of protecting you. I gave it to her this weekend. I wasn't sure if she had one already but, her mom assured me that you cannot have too many!

Materials:

Cut a 24" piece of white string or cord and feed it through the pendant hole evenly. Grab both string pieces, wrap around your finger and tie a tie at the base of the pendant.




Put a dab of glue on the end pieces of the string to stiffen it and make it easier to thread through the dichroic beads. String 1 dichroic bead onto one of the strings and then holding both strings make a knit close to the bead. String 1 dichroic bead onto the opposite strings from the first and then holding both strings make a knit close to the bead. String 1 dichroic bead onto the first string again and then holding both strings make a knit close to the bead.


Put a dab of glue around the knot of the string and cut off excess string. Attach the jumpring to the final knot.


Cut a 10" strand of black Soft Flex beading wire and feed through the jumpring. Then string 1 large silver spacer bead, 1 Samunnat clay bead and 1 small silver spacer bead. You should have two wire ends coming up from the last spacer bead.

String a 2x2mm crimp tube on each wire end. Loop your wire back through the crimp tubes creating the top loop and crimp. (Note: You just need one crimp to securely make a top loop, I choose to use two for the symmetrical look). Cut off any excess wire. For step by step instructions on how to crimp with the magical crimping pliers, click here.




Lastly, using 10" of colored silk ribbon tie a bow through the jumpring between the string and beading wire to finish it off.


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, January 16, 2015

Friday Four - Knitted Pearl Bracelet, Birds Nest Necklace, Pearl Party Earrings and Pearls and Bows


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, January 14, 2015

Visit us at TO BEAD TRUE BLUE in Tucson February 1-9

OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THE 2015 TUCSON SHOW
Soft Flex Company will be at the
To Bead True Blue Show

February 1-9, 2015
10am to 6pm

Doubletree Reid Park
445 S. Alveron Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

Complimentary On-site Parking

Visit us in the BOARD ROOM
(SEE SHOW MAP BELOW)

Purchase 8+ spools
and receive 20% Off


See our full spectrum of colored beading wire

60% Off Closeout Items 

Buy a new pair of Magical Crimping Pliers
or Wubbers Pliers


Free Demos 
 Learn how to use colored beading wire
Learn all about crimping

We would love to see your smiling face!
Find us in the Board Room
 

For information about the To Bead True Blue Show
visit their website:

www.tobeadtrueblue.com

Visit our website at:
www.SoftFlexCompany.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Turquoise Nugget Cluster Dangle Necklace and Earrings


The Tucson Gem and Bead Show is right around the corner! I think that had something to do with me reaching for these turquoise nugget beads. Will you be visiting Tucson this year? It is a tradition for owners and designers to gather in Tucson every year and search for new and exciting beads, gemstones, and jewelry and Soft Flex Company is in a whole new location for 2015. This year, you can find us at the To Bead True Blue show from February 1-9th at the Doubletree Tucson Reid Park, we'll be in the Board Room. Hope to see you!


Materials:


 We'll start with the necklace cluster dangle. Cut three 6" pieces of bone Soft Flex beading wire. On each strand, string one gold 2mm crimp tube and one round bone bead. Loop the wire back through the gold 2mm crimp tube and crimp. Cut off excess wire.  


Next, string one turquoise nugget bead and one gold cube bead on two strands of the three strands of wire. On the third strand, string a turquoise nugget bead, a gold cube bead, another turquoise nugget bead and another gold cube bead. 


Add a gold 2mm crimp tube to each strand. Aligned the longest strand in the middle and two smaller strands on each side. For each strand loop the wire around the 10mm jump ring and back through the crimp tube. Leave a little bone beading wire showing on each strand before crimping for a flexible dangle. For step by step instructions on how to crimp with the magical crimping pliers, click here.

Attach the small 4mm jump ring to the top of the 10mm jump ring. 


Now let's create the necklace. Cut 24" length of bone Soft Flex beading wire. Place a bead stopper at one end. String 25 gold cube beads, one 3mm gold plated round bead, small 4mm jump ring attached to the dangle you created, one 3mm gold plated round bead and 25 gold cube beads.


Tie a figure 8-knot on one side of the gold beads then remove the bead stopper and tie another figure 8-knot on the other side. (Note: you could also add a gold crimp to each side and crimp the beads in place if you prefer). For step by step instructions on how to tie and 8-knot, click here.


Lastly, figure out your desired length, string a 2mm crimp tube on each wire end. Loop your wire around the toggle and bar clasp on either end, back through the crimp tube and crimp. Cut off excess wire. For step by step instructions on how to crimp with the magical crimping pliers, click here.


For the earrings, create two dangles the same way you created the cluster dangle above. Instead of attaching to a jump ring you attach each strand to a gold plated ear wire.


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, January 9, 2015

Friday Four - Wire Heart Jewelry, Waste Not Bracelet, Vega Rich Bracelet, Soft Flex Wire on a Loom


Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. This week, I chose ideas using the Pantone's 2015 color of the year - Marsala. 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.



Monday, January 5, 2015

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Four - DIY Bangles, Mountain Top Bracelet, Golden Rings Earrings, DIY Tassels


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.



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!


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 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.
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