How to Use the Conetastic Inverted Attachments

This post brought to you by BEADALON!Wire Working-Sandra Lupo's Conetastic Tool for Jewelry MakingAre you into wire working?  Then you need to know Sandra Lupo!
Sandra Lupo demoing her Conetastic tool at the Beadalon Tent SaleShe is the inventor of the Conetastic tool for Beadalon.  The Conetastic is a fun tool that makes wrapping wire into well, a cone shape!  I’ve gotten to know Sandra over the last year and she is one of the most delightful people in the DIY jewelry making industry.  That makes using her tool that much nicer, doesn’t it?Conetastic tool invertedFor the tent sale, Sandra showed off her new Inverted Conetastic attachment pieces.  Now you can make two bead cones at once OR a cool bead piece like she did for this tutorial.  Remember those Steampunk earrings I made about a year ago?  Those were made with Conetastic 1.0 attachments.
Inverted Conetastic Tool how toJust like before, the inverted version comes in multiple sizes, so pick your size and attach one end to the Conetastic handle piece and the opposite cone piece threads onto the tip.  It should look like an hour glass shape.

These are the days of our jewelry making lives….

Sorry, I couldn’t help it.
Wire working-make bead cones wth the Conetastic toolAnchor your wire in the hole at the base of the cone (see the arrow?) and start turning that wire!  For this one, Sandra made a long coil in pink thin Artistic Wire using the Coiling Gizmo (also by Beadalon) and slid them onto the copper colored wire to add a second layer.Conetastic bead cone making tool in actionKeep wrapping through the hourglass shape.
Jewelry Making Conetastic tool with Coiling Gizmo coilsShe pulled the coil out so you can see some of the metal underneath.  I was loving all of this layering action!
Conetastic tool for making jewelry findings by BeadalonThen she snipped the pink wire and finished wrapping how she started with only the copper wire.
Inverted Conetastic tool from BeadalonThe variation in copper and layered pink is really fun right?  The possibilities! Conetastic bead cone makerNow to free your coiled bead from the Conetastic tool, cut the anchor wire…
Jewelry Making - Inverted conetastic maker tool from Beadalon and Sandra Lupoand unscrew the top cone attachment piece.
Wire working for jewelry makers - Inverted Conetastic Tool to make beadsShore up the wire ends and tuck them in with pliers.  Ready to string.  You guys, this thing took seconds to whip up!  Amazing.  Here are a few ideas from Sandra’s stash on her table.
Sandra Lupo for Beadalon using the Conetastic toolCheck out how she stacked the cones on top of each other?  Also, how about that twisted Artistic wire in the bottom bracelet??  Hot.Using the Inverted Conetastic tool by Sandra Lupo with flat Artistic WireAnd for this one she used Artistic Flat wire.  The beads nestled down in had me at helloooo.

Good stuff Sandra!  Thanks for showing us how to use the Inverted Conetastic tool!  Here’s a link to Sandra’s website so you can see more Conetastic inspiration!

How To Make Steampunk Jewelry

This post brought to you by Beadalon. How to Make Steampunk Jewelry  Earring tutorial with Beadalon's Conetastic ToolHere we are with October knocking on the door!  Already!  This post is going to show you the basics of using Beadalon’s new Artistic Wire Conetastic tool designed by the lovely, Sandra Lupo.  This is my first tutorial from my new home office.
Candie Cooper studio work tableSo welcome!  I had my work table downstairs for the summer because we don’t have air conditioning.  Now that it’s cooling off, I’m back up in my nest and LOVIN’ IT!!!  Do you like my Ikea task lamp?  I’m still in the stage of trying to keep my desk really clean.  Day 3: so far so good.  By Christmas it will look like a tornado went through the craft store.
How to Make Bead cones with wire and Beadalon's Conetastic Tool on Candie Cooper's BlogBack to the Conetastic!  This jewelry making tool is designed to work with Artistic Wire so you can make your own coiled bead cones.  It’s a really nifty little tool!  This is my first time taking it for a test drive and after sleeping on it, I have some more ideas to try.
Artistic Wire and Conetastic tool from BeadalonThe first thing I really liked is how compact it is.  For this tutorial, I’m using it with Artistic Wire 18g. in Tinned Copper (my fave).
Conetastic wire working tool from BeadalonWhen you open the packaging, you’ll find awesome instructions.  To get rolling, you twist open the end cap and all the parts come out.  Also, I liked how heavy the pieces are–definitely a tool made to last.
How to use the Conetastic toolThere are three different cone sizes and a little wrench.  The wrench loosens the pin so you can set the desired cone size in the tool and then tighten it in place.  Super easy!  I practiced with the tiny cone first.
How to coil wire for jewelry makingIt took me about 30 seconds to make one coiled bead cone.  Already I’m thinking I need some silver plated Artistic Wire so I can oxidize it with liver of sulphur and then distress it to highlight all those coils.  I love the liver of sulphur patina.
Artistic Wire 18g. along with Conetastic toolWrapping the 18g. wire really made for a heavy look.  Depending on your project, you might want to play with wire gauges and cone sizes to get just what you want.

When you are finished coiling, all you have to do is snip the ends of wire away from the tool and spool.
Making earrings with coiled bead conesFor my next experiment, I used the largest cone to make some more playful and loose coiled bead cones.  That’s when DIY steampunk jewelry popped into my head.  Playing with layers in jewelry making is a love of mine so these Conetastic bead cones fit right in.  Here’s my first attempt with brass bead cones under the coiled pieces with glass pearls.  Fail.  The glass pearls just weren’t cuttin’ it.
How to make earrings with coiled bead cones on Candie Cooper's blogWhen you are settled with the bead stack, string everything onto a regular head pin and then finish the end with a simple loop using round nose pliers.
Making coiled cones for jewelry making with Conetastic toolGrab some chain nose pliers and open the loop from side to side.
Attaching the ear wire to earringConnect the Modern ear wire and close the loop.  I accidentally squashed one of the coils down too much, making it look a little wiggly, but I’m ok with it.
How to make coiled bead cones on Candie Cooper's blog

Earring Tutorial with DIY Wrapped Bead Cones on Candie Cooper's BlogWire Wrapped Bead Cone Tutorial

Wire wrapped bead cone tutorial from Candie Cooper using Beadalon's Conetastic tool

Here’s a link to shopping for the Conetastic tool in case you want to add it to your Christmas list. 😉