Winner will receive a $50 Bead Inspirations gift certificate!
Submissions are due by noon (PST), Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Our inspiration for this challenge is also a tribute to the artist known as Prince (1958-2016). Whether you would also like to pay tribute to Prince, just love the color purple, or are intrigued by a challenge, here’s your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design. Using ANY purple or garnet colored beads from Bead Inspirations including Amethyst, Ametrine, Garnet, Czech glass, Swarovski Pearls, Fresh Water Pearls, and Crystals. You may also be inspired by other purple components or supplies like purple leather or purple patina paint! We challenge you to design your own piece of jewelry to enter into our contest. Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it’s time to start creating!
To enter our Design Challenge: Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the challenge name in the subject line.
Read our contest rules for more info. Shop our purple beads online!
We’ve got something fun happening every day this weekend. Check these out &
sign up to reserve your spot!
Saturday: Flat Strap Bracelet, with riveting, eyelet-setting, leather stamping
Design your own unique bracelet using leather, cork, or cotton flat straps.
Learn to rivet, and make eyelets in any of the flat straps. Learn to stamp leather!
No previous experience needed. Taught by Suzy Schuman.
Sunday: Coiling, Weaving and Wrapping Class
Learn how to beautifully coil, weave, and wire wrap stones to create your own
beautiful, unique pendants. With these techniques, you will take your wire wrapping
skills to the next level and be amazed at the professional pieces you create!
Prerequisite: Student must be very comfortable with the basic wire wrap. Taught by Roberta Miller
Monday: Tin Cup Necklace Class
Make the “Tin Cup” necklace sported by Rene Russo in the movie Tin Cup! In this new exciting class, you will use silk thread bead cord with beads and crystal beads to create the illusion of a floating bead necklace. The possibilities are endless and the result is amazing! Taught by Dona Fisher.
Where: Bead Inspirations
1544 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
Sign up today to reserve your spot!
If you’ve you are designing jewelry and want to make your design really pop: use bead caps! If you peruse
our necklace design ideas, bracelet design ideas, and earring design ideas, you will notice a lot of bead caps and spacers. My favorite designs use a lot of bead caps. Below are some samples of some jewelry designs
using bead caps.
Robbie came into my Alameda bead shop with 3 dresses with zippers down the back. With her arthritic hands, she finds them difficult to pull up and down with the tiny little zipper pull that comes standard on the zipper. She talked with a friend about a possible solution and they thought that putting a loop of some type on the zipper instead of the standard zipper pull would be better, and that Bead Inspirations might have just the thing. Then she could use a hook to pull it up and down. So we looked through our toggle clasps and Vintaj components section to find some things that were decorative enough for the dresses.
I attached them with a jump ring over the existing zipper pull. For the silver toggle ring, we used the nice heavy rhodium-plated jump ring. With the Vintaj components, we used the Vintaj 7.25mm brass jump ring.
On one of the dresses, the neckline had a lot going on, so she didn’t expect to wear jewelry with it. So we added a little decoration to the zipper pull. We used the Vintaj Waterlily Pendant, added Vintaj Brass Fine Ornate Chain and crystals.
It was fun to help her with this creative solution. Robbie’s going to look great in her new dresses at her upcoming events!
Sara Pedersen taught her first class here at Bead Inspirations, teaching students how to make the Wrap Bracelet in our Alameda bead shop. The class was full of jewelry making enthusiasts and people made really cool bracelets! Here’s some samples.
Janice used all components from Bead Inspirations.
Janice is regularly in our shop looking for beading supplies. Her project included the Tierracast copper plated leaf button, 2mm brown leather cord, and 8mm round jade beads (only available in our Alameda bead store).
Diane used 1.5mm brown leather with water agate beads.
Diane from San Francisco used 1.5mm brown leather with 6mm faceted water agate beads (only available in our Alameda bead store).
Maureen is using this adorable chihuahua button as her clasp.
Maureen from Walnut Creek let me know today that she has a chihuahua and has bought some of our chihuahua charms.
It was so fun to see everyone’s projects, unique and beautiful. Sara will teach the Wrap Bracelet Class again on Saturday, November 2, for those who didn’t make it today. Sign up and reserve your spot before it fills up!
We’ve been enjoying making creative new leather bracelets at the Leather Debut Free Make & Take! There are more chances to make leather bracelets for Sunday & Monday.
Setsuko and Shino added personal touches.
Cindy added some unique embellishments on the red bracelet. Vicki added some decorivets.
Judi created the charm keeper in red leather with gold findings.
Zanella is working on a Lazy Zig-Zag Bracelet with gold and brass oxide findings.
Ainsley showed what to do with the D-ring sets.
Gypsy & friends made these three bracelets above.
Check out our new selection of leather straps and leather findings, with an introductory sale of 10% off our already low prices! Saturday, Sunday, Monday August 31, Sept 1 and 2, 2013 in our retail & webstore.
Frequent Beaders get up to an additional 5% off. No further discounts.
Times for Free Make & Take
The first 20 people on each day will get a free make & take project! Choose from either the necklace or the bracelet. The free make & take project includes the leather, rivets and clasp to complete the project shown. However, it does not include embellishments or charms. If you arrive after the free make & take projects have been claimed, you can still participated, but will need to pay for the materials, which are just over $7 and on sale!