Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Four - Trapeze Earrings, 24K Gold Bangles, Watercolor Statement Necklace, Seed Bead 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 the 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.




Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Four - DIY Faceted Clay Rings, Wire Heart Ring, Eessential Oil Diffuser Bracelets, Roman Coin 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 the 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, July 17, 2015

Friday Four - Morse Code Bracelets, Multi Strand Necklace, Ladder Stitch Earrings, Tribal 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 the 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, July 10, 2015

Friday Four - Trios Wave Bracelet, Easy Hoop Earrings, Darling Dangle Earrings, Seed Bead Necklaces

Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks the 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, July 8, 2015

Double Density Kumihimo Boards!


If you like to use wire on the kumihimo board, these new boards are for you. They are twice as thick as the original boards, which makes them a lot stronger for working with cords that are heavy duty like wire. Soft Flex starts to slice into the thinner boards even on the first project. Recently, I worked on a really weighty project on a thinner board and noticed that it was buckling the board a little as I worked. This won't happen on the double density. It is just so thick and strong.

They come in two sizes. The mini is 4.25 inches while the large is 6 inches

If you have never tried to kumihimo, you can learn all about it in Kumihimo Basics and Beyond by Rebecca Combs. 

At such an affordable price, this tool is an asset to any beaders arsenal of materials. I personally have been enjoying the ease of creating kumihimo projects. It is quite relaxing and you can create some phenomenal pieces! 


Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at Sara@SoftFlexCompany.com.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Four - Fireworks Necklace, Star of Glory Earrings, Sparklers Earrings, Fourth of July Bracelet

Every Friday, I highlight some of my favorite do-it-yourself jewelry ideas found on Pinterest for your weekend inspiration. Here are my picks the holiday weekend. Happy Independence Day!


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, June 30, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Swarovski Cosmic Triangle Necklace


Since I had another one of these beautiful Swarovski cosmic triangle crystals I had to make a matching necklace to this knit bangle tutorial I shared earlier this month. I just love the richness of the champagne color paired with smokey quartz, gold and red wire.


Materials

1. Cut 54" length of Soft Flex beading wire in red. Wrap the end of your beading wire around one side of the triangle crystal and back through a crimp tube. Leaving one wire tail long enough to string your beads on, crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Trim excess wire on the shorter tail. Click here for magical crimping instructions.


2.  String 1 crystal round, 1 gold spacer, 1 crystal round and 1 crimp tube. Create a loop with your beading wire feeding the end back through the crimp tube. Crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Trim excess wire and push strand to the one corner of the triangle.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the  other corner of the triangle.


4. Using your chain nose pliers, open the jump rings and attach a jump ring to each strand loop and to your chain. At the back of your chain attach 2 more jump rings and your lobster claw clasp. 







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.
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bead Dreams - Lampwork

We have the extreme privilege of sponsoring the lampwork category for Bead Dreams at the Bead and Button Show. I'm excited to share with you the top three winning designs for 2015.

First Place: Splash Pendant
Designer: Gregory Burgard

Hey, check out how this designer used multiple strands of beading wire to showcase their pendant. Here is a free project idea doing this with our Econoflex wire, but you can totally use Soft Flex or Extreme (24K looks gorgeous above) to make the same style necklace.

Second Place: Yoga Bears 
Designer: Kari Chittenden

Third Place: Sea Turtle Beads
Designer: Kari Chittenden

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday - Swarovski Crystal Knit Bangle


Check out this beautiful Swarovski cosmic triangle crystal! The richness of the champagne color paired with smokey quartz, gold and red wire gives  the design a feeling of bold elegance.


Materials

1. Knit a 5" length wire cage with Soft Flex beading wire in red and a 5-pin knitting spool. using using Style 1 in the instructions. Click for instructions on how to knit with beading wire. (Style 1 is also the basic instructions that come with each spool). Leave at least a 2" tail of wire at the beginning and end of your knitted wire cage. 



2. Once your knitted wire is approximately 5" in length, remove the knitted wire from the spool. One by one, drop (12) crystal round beads inside the knitted wire cage unstrung. 

3. Weave your wire tail through the knit loops to close it up. I go through the loops a few times to make sure the end is secure. You will now have a closed knit wire cage with a one strand wire tail coming out each end.


4. On one tail end of your knitted cage, string 1 crystal round, 1 gold spacer, 1 crystal round and 1 2x2mm gold filled crimp tube.



5. Wrap the end of your beading wire around one side of the triangle crystal and back through your crimp tube. Crimp using the magical crimping pliers. Click here for magical crimping instructions.

6. Repeat steps 4&5 on the other side of your knitted cage. Since the finished design will stretch, you do not need to attach a clasp.


7. Cut 16" of craft wire in bronze, thread about 2" of wire through the knitted cage and wrap around a couple of times to secure. Now, take the longer end and continue to wrap around the cage until you have created a cone that covers up the ends of the knitted cage.  Repeat on the opposite side.







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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