Crystal and Beadalon Flat Memory Wire

Beadalon Flat Memory Wire BraceletReading through your messages on Facebook there are often questions about Beadalon memory wire. I thought that I would put together a little project for you to try with Beadalon’s FLAT memory wire. [Read more…]

How to use crimp beads

This post is sponsored by Beadalon.  All opinions are my own.  I’ve been making jewelry since sixth grade though.  I’d be writing this post whether they are sponsoring me or not.  It just helps to keep the lights on when they do. Beadalon provided me with the supplies to make this crimp beads (crimp tubes) tutorial.Crimp bead tutorial with Candie Cooper

Sometimes the best things are simple.  Real simple.  Like this beaded bracelet made with gems, beautiful clasps and links. Crimp Bead Tutorial Supplies

These don’t take a ton of time to make either.  I’m using 6mm beads from Dakota Stones.  Pick your power stone and set to stringing.  You can add a wild card bead too while stringing–see the faceted pearl or rough cut hematite bead?  Wild cards like these beads make for interesting design.

NOTE: I will be using the term crimp beads and crimp tubes interchangeable throughout the post. They serve the same purpose just look slightly different.
Crimp Bead Tutorial StringningString a crimp bead (crimp tube) onto the end of the strung beads.  If you’re unsure about crimp beads/tubes or beading wire–check out my “what in the wire” post.  Because I’m using .018, 49 strand beading wire, I need size #2 crimp tubes.Crimp bead tutorial with claspNow string one end of the link and the tail of wire back through the crimp tube, with about a half an inch on the other side of the crimp tube.  In other words, just enough to hold onto…
Crimp bead tutorial crimpingFirst put the crimp tube in the opening closest opening next to the handles.  It looks like a “U” shape.  Hold the wires while securing the crimp tube in the opening and squeeze down.  The crimp tube should be formed into a “U” shape.Crimp Bead tutorial final crimpTurn the crimp tube ninety degrees and place in the outer opening of the crimping pliers–it’s shaped like an eye.  Squeeze the handles down until you can’t press any further.  The crimp should be secure. Crimp Bead tutorial trimming ends
Trim the extra wire tail so there is approximately 1/4″.  Crimp bead tutorialCrimp bead tutorial crimp covers

One of my biggest regrets in my Craftsy class was not using crimp covers.  EVERYONE asked why.

I don’t have a good answer.

Moving on.

Crimp covers are little pac-man shaped beads that you can attach right over the top of your crimp tube.  This is an excellent way to hide crimps, and use up extra space on your crimped strand of beads.Crimp Bead tutorial crimp covers

You can attach them with chain nose pliers.Crimp bead tutorial closing crimp covers
Like this.Crimp bead tutorial Crimp bead tutorial crimp covers

They come in different sizes–that’s the assortment pack from Beadalon above and they come in gold or silver.Crimp bead tutorial
String another crimp tube onto the opposite side of the beads followed by the second side of the clasp.  Thread the tail of wire through the crimp tube, remove the slack and crimp.  Follow it up with another crimp cover.Crimp bead tutorial

How to open and close jump rings-for DIY jewelry

Here is a quick project to show you the ins and outs of using a jump ring.

This post is brought to you by Beadalon–thanks Beadalon for sponsoring my blog posts and supporting my love of DIY jewelry.Jump Ring Assortment

One of the very first things I show people how to do when making jewelry is how to open and close a jump ring.  It’s such a simple act and you can make so many things by knowing this technique for making connections in DIY jewelry.  That’s how I made this sweet moth necklace.
Moth Pendants connected with jump ringsThe jump rings at the tip of the wings connect the moth to the chain.  In about 5 minutes, you can have yourself an over the head layering necklace (and a really good time).  Check out the tutorial and video at the end of this post for details on opening and closing a jump ring.
Opening jump ring with pliersIt’s helpful to use two pairs of chain nose pliers (see materials list at the end of this post) when opening and closing rings.  Some people like to use a bent chain nose pliers to help hold their jump ring as well. Beadalon also has a super helpful jump ring tool to make opening jump rings much easier. You will still use your pliers to close the ring when you are finished.

Place the ring’s opening at “12 o’clock” and twist the ring open with the two pairs of pliers.  Don’t open it so the ring looks like a “C” because it’s super hard to get the ring to go back into a perfect circle after this.
Twist open of jump ringConnect your clasp, chain, moth, etc… and twist the jump ring closed.

This is a super quick project with beautiful results. You can use any pendant that has two holes as the top to complete this project, let your imagination take over.

Supply List:

Beadalon Ergo Pliers

Beadalon Jump Rings

Jesse James Bead’s Moth Pendant

LIVE from Beadalon-Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendants with Wyatt White

This post sponsored by Beadalon.  All opinions are my own.  Thanks Beadalon for supporting mine and many others love of DIY jewelry.Wire Wrapping BailsIs anyone else intrigued with pendants like these?

They just. don’t. stop.

Wire turning and twisting, up then down and around and ta daaaa–you’ve got a pendant.

Yesterday on the live show, I had Wyatt White from Beadalon show the basics of making wire wrapped cabochon pendants.  He actually shows how to make the wrapped crystal on the right using a Swarovski faceted flat back.

According to Wyatt, you can set lots of things with this technique.  He’s a wizard and if you’re curious about wire wrapping and setting cabs, definitely watch this video.  He has designed special banding pliers from Beadalon that make the wrapping process really easy.  So many comments were expressing excitement about these pliers.  We like easy around here so thanks Wyatt!Beadalon Wire Wrapping Giveaway

Materials:

Wire Wrapping Component & Stone Setting Booklet, by Wyatt White

Double Band Banding Pliers

Single Band Banding Pliers

Practice Wire Kit

Candie Cooper and Wyatt WhiteWatch the replay of the live video for how to make amazing pendants like these.  And join us daily on my Facebook page at 2:30 EST for fun daily doses of DIY jewelry and mixed media techniques.

 

Scenic Drive Stone Slab Necklace

Full Disclosure:  I work with Beadalon and LeatherCord USA.  They are sponsoring this post.  All opinions are mine.
Stone Slab Necklace PendantThis stone slab pendant (here me sigh a sigh of aw).

One of the women in this week’s Facebook Live video said it was picture Jasper.  I believe it because each one is a landscape painting, a forrest, the painted dessert or whatever you see ….
Stone Slab Necklace Flat Wire ConnectionI wire wrapped leather lace with Beadalon’s flat Artistic Wire.  So easy!  Simply make your leather link, then wrap the middle with the flat wire, crimping it with chain nose pliers in between each wrap to cinch it.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant DetailLittle knots give the ends of the leather a finished look.
Stone Slab Necklace Pendant connection

Materials list:

Beadalon flat artistic wire, 3mm width

Leathercord USA deertan lacing, 1/8″ width

Picture jasper pendant:  etsy.com/shop/candiecooper

Watch the live video recap here and join me almost daily at 2:30 EST for the Candie Cooper Facebook Live Show featuring easy DIY jewelry making ideas.

Now Watch Me Whip…This Wire Pendant Up

This post brought to you by Beadalon.com–maker of jewelry findings in all types and metal colors.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chainRemember that pendant I made a couple weeks ago with the wire piece from the hardware store?

Meet it’s new BFF.

DIY bead wrapped horn pendant. Wearing multiple necklaces in fashionThe idea of wearing these chains together was a coincidence.  I had the first two pendants on when we shot the tutorial.  Naturally, I needed this statement horn piece to complete the look.

Can you say, power play?DIY jewelry making toolsI’m using Beadalon’s new bail making pliers at in this tutorial.  More on those later, plus:

Beadalon bail making pliers tool for wire wrappingSo first, make a loop using the bail making pliers.  The thing I like about these pliers is that they are not conical like round nose pliers.  This makes it easy to get consistent size loops every….single….time!  And that makes me happy!
Horn necklaceLoop in the horn pendant.How to make jewelry with beads and wireGrab the chain nose pliers and hold the loop while you wrap the extra wire.
How to make a perfect wrapped bead link in jewelry makingString some unique beads…
Artistic Wire for making wrapped bead link jewelryand make a 90-degree bend just above the last bead.
DIY jewelry-Beadalon bail making pliersUse the large section on the bail making pliers and wrap the wire up and around.How to make a Wire wrapped bead linkNow wrap the extra wire above the last bead.
DIY wire wrapped jewelry with Beadalon bail making pliersSo easy!
DIY jewelry with wireCut away any extra wire with the flush cutters.
Wire Wrapped beads DIY pendantHave I ever told you that I think there should be no spacer beads left behind?  That’s my philosophy–I think beads look so nice in a spacer bead frame.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant and brass chainjpegThread the chain through the wire loop.
DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant -- how to link chainDetermine the length of the necklace that you want, open a link and connect the ends–No clasp needed.DIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with brass chainDIY jewelry Making Wire Wrapped Horn Pendant with chains from Candie CooperThat’s all there is to it!  Let me know if you decide to try those bail pliers!

Have a great weekend!

Lucky Wire Wrapped DIY Pendant

This post is brought to you by BEADALON–makers of great jewelry findings and tools.
Make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon Artistic 22g. wire and chainThis pendant.  I’ve worn it every other day since I made it.
Candie Cooper DIY Jewelry projectsThis morning I was watching GMA and they were making dinners that cost $5.   (or really close if you play your coupon cards right).  It’s just as good, right?

Now I bring you the $5 DIY jewelry edition.  You ready?
DIY Jewelry Making project. Easy wire wrapped pendant with crystal rondellesI’m using a dollar strand of beads, Beadalon’s antique brass chain, a retainer ring from the hardware store (look for it in the washer/bolt section of the store), 20g. antique brass colored Artistic Wire, a couple jump rings and that’s all.
Bead stringing on wire for wire wrapped pendantString a row of 20 to 25 beads onto the Artistic Wire.  It’s definitely better to have more so you can wrap your heart out.
Best wire for jewelry making Artistic Wire from BeadalonArtistic Wire for jewelry making and crafts comes in every color under the rainbow.  If you’re making this project with tweens, I would work with 22g. vs. the 20g. so it’s extra easy to wrap.
How to make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon wireHere’s a closer peek at the retainer ring.  This thing is made of steel so you’ll need to rub it with some beeswax or spray it with a lacquer so it doesn’t rust–I learned this from the master of steel wrangling, Brenda Schweder.

Secure your wire with a couple wraps.
How to make jewelry with supplies from the hardware store using Beadalon Artistic WireSlide a bead next to the retainer ring and make a full wrap.
How to make easy jewelry with supplies from the hardware store and Beadalon Artistic wireRepeat.  Repeat. Repeat.  Each bead is separated with a full wrap of wire to help with spacing.
Beadalon jewelry making tutorialAnchor the wire the same as when we started with a few wraps.  This is the back side of the pendant.
Beadalon brass chain for DIY jewelry makingUse jump rings to attach the pendant to the chain.How to make jewelry with Beadalon findingsBoom.
Make a wire wrapped pendant with Beadalon Artistic 22g. wire and chainDonesies.

A little design tip after wearing this necklace a few thousand times.  Leaving it long is awesome, but if it’s too long, you can make an overhand knot so it hangs shorter–like we used to with super long strands of pearls found in grandma’s closet.
The best winter boots and Candie Cooper DIY JewelryI don’t know about you, but we are in the thick of winter and I need all the instant gratification I can get.  This necklace fits the bill.

Until next time, stay warm and visit Beadalon.com for the goods!