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Purple Rain Design Challenge Now Open for Voting!

We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Purple Rain Design Challenge”! Customers were required to use purple beads purchased from Bead Inspirations. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 7 2016. Challenge Winner will be posted on Friday, July 8. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore. We LOVE all of these designs and know it will be difficult to make a choice. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page with any encouraging feedback, comments, or acknowledgement about these amazing designs.

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“Purple Rain on the Beach”

Artists Inspiration:

I spent a year living on the Oregon Coast, and rain often conjures up memories of drizzly days on the beach. Those memories inspired my use of the sea star bead and purple drop charm. The beads are strung on hemp cord, which I love for its grounded, earthy vibe. I used one of my other passions, crochet, by utilizing a tiny crochet hook to chain stitch in the beads. Lastly, I wanted this piece to be versatile, so it can be worn as either a wrap bracelet or long necklace.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love how this artist built her design around her memories on the beach using the Lentil Lampwork Glass Bead: Starfish You can also find a lovely assortment of Czech Glass beads and stringing options including Hemp Cord in the shop!

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“Early Morning Purple Rain”

Artists Inspiration: It was inspired by early morning rain drops rolling down my window.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love that this artist uses a mix of sizes of Swarovski Pearls and uses a wire coiling technique taught in our Coiling, Weaving and Wrapping Class. Bravo!

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“Purple Rain Passion”

Artists Inspiration: Prince to me was a man of many passions; his music, flair, and fashion. These Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicons with their changing colors and gold plated melody links, reflect this passion to which we were all drawn. Purple Rain Passion is my tribute to a legend – brilliant, colorful, unique.

Bead Inspirations Notes: We love how this artist uses the Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicones, plated melody links, with our bead caps to create a simple yet elegant design.

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“With love”

Artists Inspiration: I made this bracelet for my daughter who would be spending the summer away so that it would remind her of me when she wore it. It is not made with colors that she typically wears, but includes some of my favorite colors and gemstones. I hope it gives her a warm feeling and makes her smile when she wears it.

Bead Inspirations Notes: We love the ombre effect of color this artist created using several of our gemstone beads.. We also applaud the choice of natural leather with these lovely stones using the techniques she learned in our Wrap Bracelet Class.

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“Purple Wraps”

Artists Inspiration:  I really like working with wire and had been perusing the beading magazines at Bead Inspirations and a necklace design I saw in one of them. I thought it would be good practice to make a single link to get the technique. I decided to use the colored wire 20 gauge. I really loved the way it looked so I made another link. I like rustic Jewlery and did not need the earrings to match perfectly.

Bead Inspiration Notes:We love the very creative and intricate earrings. The artist uses creative wire and seed beads from Bead Inspirations to create these striking and inspired earrings.

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“Diamonds and Pearls in the Purple Rain.”

Artists Inspiration: I have always loved the color purple, and I am a fan of Prince so this challenge really resonated with me. I took into consideration Prince as an artist as well as his body of work when I was choosing the beads: Purple Swarovski Pearls, and Black Swarovski bicones with black seed beads. The pearls have a green hue to them when viewed in bright light, which speaks to the depth of Prince as an artist: more than meets the eye at first glance. I also liked the sparkle of the bicones which represents the charisma and flare of Prince, the seed beads represent the many songs Prince wrote. He was a prolific writer not just for himself but his songs worked well for so many other recording artists. In these earrings I see Purple Rain as well as Diamonds and Pearls.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love the way this artist uses Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicones along with seed beads from our shop to create an amazing pair of earrings.

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“Purple Cascade”

Artists Inspiration: Prince and his music were a big part of growing up for me, in a very rainy climate near Portland, Oregon. I remember humming along to the song Purple Rain as it was playing in my head, walking to class in the constant Oregon mist and thinking it was just perfect. My concept for this piece started with water and rain, and I envisioned a sort of cascade effect, using chain and purple beaded rungs to evoke that feeling. The design took a few different tries to get right, but I’m so happy with the result. The wordplay with rain and cascades of water and the Cascade mountains of Oregon appeal to me and make me smile. I used the flat round stones with a herringbone wrap because they remind me of beautiful purple eyes. Prince had such beautiful eyes, and I hope that his view now, wherever he may be, is broader than in his (too short) earthly life here with us.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love choice of materials and techniques chosen by this artist to create this inspired design. The herringbone wrap (taught at Bead Inspirations) truly brings out the uniqueness of each of the Lavendar Jasper Coin Beads. We also love the thoughtfulness in selecting various Swarovski Pearls chain, crystal bicones and other components from our shop.

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“Purple Rain”

Artists Inspiration: “Purple Rain” was inspired by the photograph, I used Keshi pearls to resemble his white stand up landau collar, and nesting floral breads to pick the folded pleates of the guitar band holder. Classic Purples colored stones in verying sizes to add dimension and richness. The dark Purple Rain symtobol is an symbol of all of his musical achievements and with music of his guitar. I backed the photograph Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, then did a simple peyote stitch border stitch around the base and finished with 8/0 beads. I hung the picture with chain from the pearl strand. The intent is to remember Prince with the laughter and joy that his music gave and the moments of happiness that he brought into your life.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love the way that this artist was able to reflect a true tribute piece balancing the Glass Bell Flower Beads with White Keishi Pearls and a mix of Amethyst Beads with her treasured photo and Symbol charm.

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Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs! If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of “Purple Rain Beads and Components” Want to know when the next design challenge is happening? Join our email list!

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Design Tip: Use Bead Caps!

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.

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Beautiful Zipper Pulls

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.
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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.
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It was fun to help her with this creative solution. Robbie’s going to look great in her new dresses at her upcoming events!

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Vintaj Arte Metal Jewelry Designs

Vintaj Arte Metal is a ferrite-based alloy.  It is 100% nickel and lead free compliant just like the Vintaj Natural Brass line.  Eco-friendly, “green” processes are used to age both metals which include rubbing with natural oils to achieve their unique color and luster.  No environmentally harmful chemicals are used in our process.   These are not plated in any way, but left in their natural state.
Key to My Heart Necklace
Violet Garden Necklace
The necklace above features the following Vintaj products: ADP0007, ADP0023, AP0018, C4H10, CH30, CL45.

Altered Daisies



Antique Coin Bracelet – Designer: Mackie Mullane. Components include: Ancient Chinese Coin, AHW018, ADP0025, CL0004, JR60, JRD10. The Antique Coin can be secured with Vintaj Bronze 24g wire or Artistic
Wire Gun Metal 24g wire
. Use an embossing die or embossing folder to create the embossed effect.


Sweet Lovin Necklace – Designer: Rose Noble. Components include: AHW018, ACL50, CHW0008, VPK34827,
CHW0004, Petite Etched Cable Chain, DP0005, P290. Use the 1/8″ metal letter stamps or select another cool font!

The necklace above, designed by Wendy Mullane, uses the following Vintaj Brass and Arte Metal components:
Bamboo Bezel Large Pendant, model no. 9317
, Deco Vines Filigree – wrap, model no. 6971, Bird Charm, model no. 6938, Nail Head Rivet 1/4″, model no. RV010, Round Keyhole Decorivet, model no. 13040, Crimp End 8mm, model no. 7856, Suede Cord – Dark Brown, model no. 5226, Jump Ring – 7.25mm, model no. 5638.

Copper Fields
Vintaj Jewelry Design - Purple Pansy
The necklace above, designed by Mackie Mullane, uses Vintaj Patina Kit – Antique Window, Vintaj
Arte Metal Nouveau Floret ADP0002
, Vintaj Scrolled Filigree Ring, Vintaj Delicate Crest Filigree.

Rock On

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Wraptastic!

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 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 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 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!

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Beach Party! 20% off beach themed beads, pendants & charms!

It’s time to hit the beach!

Beach bead, charm & jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations!

Beach jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations

Beach jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations

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Aqua Shell earrings at Bead InspirationsSand and Surf earrings at Bead Inspirations

Do you want to make the last weeks of summer special by creating some lovely beach-themed jewelry? Grab your towel, sunscreen, and beach blanket because we’re having a beach party all week here at Bead Inspirations! That means we’re taking 20% all our beach-themed charms, pendants, clasps, and beads, including starfish, sand dollars, dolphins, fish, seashell charms, and more! Stop by and see what the tide brought in.

Sale continues through Thursday, August 22nd at 11:59pm. Does not include jewelry kits, gemstone beads, shell beads, or pearls.

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Summer Heat Design Challenge Now Open for Voting!

We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Summer Heat”!  Customers were required to use glazed clay beads purchased from Bead Inspirations, and expand their design ideas using other beads and materials. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 28, 2013.  Challenge Winner will be posted on Wednesday, July 31.  Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore.

Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings

Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings “After taking the earring making how to class at Bead Inspirations, I’ve had fun making them. Silver Blue Jeans was created because I like the look of the clay beads, the color and spotted pattern reminds me of well washed jean pants. Silver beads were added for a sparkle. The versatility of jean pants for casual to casual dressy, I feel that I’ve also shown in the earrings. Adding the chain, to make them dangle, is something new in creating earrings that I’m currently trying out!”

Moon Goddess Necklace

Moon Goddess “As soon as I saw those giant greenish blue beads I felt called to make a piece with them. I love their largeness, round shape and vivid turquoise-like color and I wanted to make a necklace that provided a ” setting” to showcase these beads. The necklace is designed to focus the eye on the 3 big round beads so that the viewer can appreciate them without being distracted by anything else.”

Days on the Beach Necklace

Days on the Beach “The glazed clay heart anchors the necklace and symbolizes my love of summertime at the ocean’s edge. Yellow glazed beads represent rays of sunshine; crystals represent the water’s sparkle; pewter fish, abalone, freshwater pearls, and sea glass beads are treasures from the ocean.”

Sunrise over the Water Necklace

Sunrise Over the Water “I’ve always been inspired by water, and I like to make “bohemian-style everyday wear” to reflect that. The colors of these beads felt like sunrise, and I spiraled the knots in the cord to make my waves. I picture this as a fun necklace to wear walking along the beach.”

Twist of Lime Necklace

Twist of Lime Necklace “As soon as I read “Summer Heat” I was transported to summer’s past visiting my grandmother in the 1950’s. The corner drug store had a soda fountain where they made the most delicious lime rickies, and my friends and I spent many sweltering afternoons there. When I saw the green beads, everything came together, memories filled with lots of ice and refreshing green limes for my “Twist of Lime” necklace !!!!!”

Earthly Delight Necklace

Earthly Delight Necklace “The clay bead pieces I selected are very organic and playful. When designing the necklace I felt that the findings should have those qualities, too. Hence, leaves, hearts, kitty cat findings and flower clasp. The colors within these beads are deep aqua and pale mint, and I wanted to make a fuller feel to the necklace with three strands. I felt the coloring of the clay beads, pearls and multi-colored seed beads called for warm copper beads and findings.”

Glazed Beads with Tree Pendant

Glazed Beads with Tree Pendant “My original idea was a necklace with a goddess pendant, as though it was found at some Goddess site of long ago. However, the goddess pendant looked too big on this short necklace so I substituted the bronze tree pendant, as I have a strong affinity for trees.”

Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs!  If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of glazed clay beads.  Want to know when the next design challenge is happening?  Join our email list!

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