We hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday! Today, we have collected some exciting free jewelry project ideas from our best selling Trios Beading Wire Collections. Our Trios Packs are fun mixes of color. Perfect for exploring. If you normally conceal your beading wire beneath your beads, color is a gateway to incorporating your beading wire into your designs. Color is a fantastic way to think out of the box and challenge yourself to make something new and appealing. Show your colors!
There are a lot of fun jewelry ideas here. Earrings that any beginner can make. A project that breaks down how to use Square Kumihimo Plates - with an easy-to-reference pattern! Necklaces full of happy hoops. You can make these with any Trios Beading Wire Pack and the color spectrum will change each design dramatically. Let's learn how to make some fun beaded jewelry!
We have a large assortment of color beading wire to shop from. We have 30 foot spools if you like a particular color. We have 10 foot spools if you want a specific color for a couple designs. We also have Trios collections. Our Trios beading wire packs are comprised of three 10 foot spools of Soft Flex Wire. Trios are themed packs of color wire. We have Trios that evoke moods. We have Trios that celebrate the color spectrum of holidays. And we have Trios created to highlight our Design Kits.
The Tranquility Trios collection was created to evoke a mood. Tranquility is the glassy surface of a quiet ocean. Cool and calming is the mood we think this Trios color set embodies.
We included Tanzanite, Dark Blue Lapis, and Blue Topaz Colors.
Designer Jamie Hogsett
Skill Level Intermediate
Tranquility Trios Beading Wire Set (Tanzanite, Lapis, Blue Topaz)
2x2mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 19 pcs
3x3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 7 pcs
5x7mm Blue Kyanite Barrels - 24 pcs
10x12mm Lapis Rectangles - 7 pcs
4mm Translucent Pale Blue Czech Glass Rounds - 21 pcs
9mm Pale Blue Czech Glass Twisted Rounds - 6 pcs
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Finished Size: 29 1/2"
Step 1: Cut thirteen 4" pieces of Tanzanite wire. Repeat with the Lapis wire. Cut fifteen 4" pieces of Blue Topaz wire.
Step 2: Use 1 piece of each color wire to string one 3x3mm crimp tube. Use each wire to string one 4mm Czech glass round. Use all the wires to pass through the tube again to form a ring, trying to waste as little wire as possible. Crimp the tube using Mighty Crimping Pliers. Click here for crimping instructions. Repeat six times to form a total of seven triple rings.
Step 3: Use 1 piece of Tanzanite wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and one 9mm Czech glass twisted round. Pass through one triple ring, then pass through the tube again, and crimp using Regular Crimping Pliers.
Step 4: Use 1 piece of Lapis wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 4 Kyanite barrels. Pass through the previous ring, then pass through the tube again, and crimp.
Step 5: Use 1 piece of Blue Topaz wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 1 Lapis rectangle. Pass through the previous ring and one triple ring, then pass through the tube again, and crimp.
Step 6: Repeat Step 3, passing through the previous triple ring. Repeat Steps 4 and 5. Repeat entire step.
Step 7: Use 1 piece of Blue Topaz wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 1 Lapis rectangle. Pass through the previous triple ring, then pass back through the tube again, and crimp.
Step 8: Use 1 piece of Lapis wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 4 Kyanite barrels. Pass through the previous ring, then pass through the tube again, and crimp.
Step 9: Use 1 piece of Tanzanite wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and one 9mm Czech glass twisted round. Pass through the previous ring and one triple ring, then pass through the tube again, and crimp.
Step 10: Repeat Steps 7-9 twice.
Step 11: Use 1 piece of Blue Topaz wire to string one 2x2mm crimp tube and 1 Lapis rectangle. Pass through the previous triple ring and the first triple ring (used in Step 3). Pass through the tube again and crimp.
The Mermaid's Lagoon Trios collection was created to celebrate one of our mystery Design Kits. Our Design Kits are themed kits full of beads, components, and wire - enough to make a bunch of jewelry. Mermaid's Lagoon was an exploration of the aquatic realm. We loved the colors of the kit so much, we created a Trios collection to match.
We included Bone, Blue Topaz, and Turquoise.
How To Make A Square Kumihimo Flat Braided Bracelet
Kristen starts the video talking about the Kumihimo Board. Today she is going to be using a square plate. The design will be a flat braided finish. The round Kumihimo Disks create a rounded finish. She shares a similar design using Two-Hole SuperDuo beads that was featured in Beadwork (Feb/Mar 2017, page 44).
Kristen shows a design she created for our Soft Flex Bracelet Projects Booklet. This booklet is fantastic for beginners that would like to learn how to create a beaded bracelet using different mediums. The booklet features designs made on knitting spools, Kumihimo Boards, and Macramé Boards. It also features a great deal of information about crimping, how to select a diameter, what tools to use, and much more. If you are an advanced jewelry designer, the booklet is fantastic for inspiration.
If you would like to learn more about Two-Hole SuperDuo Seed Beads or would like some ideas using a variety of seed beads, make sure you check out Seed Bead Revolution. Seed Bead Revolution was written by Kristen Fagan and Sara Oehler. Seed Bead Revolution is an extensive look at bead stringing. The book goes in depth on techniques, tools, beading wire, and more. The designs featured use SuperDuos, Minis, Dragon Scales, Quads, Rizos, Rullas, and many more varieties of seed beads. Nealay Patel also has a design in the book. It is a fantastic book for all skill levels.
Kristen places the camera down so we can see the materials and tools she will be using. She has her project laid out on a bead mat. She has a six inch square Kumihimo Plate. She has her Soft Flex Beading Wire in three colors: Spinel, Tanzanite, and Dark Blue Lapis. The Soft Flex is all medium diameter (.019). Medium is our all purpose diameter. That is - it fits in almost every bead channel you will be working with, it comes in the largest variety of colors, and it is extremely durable and flexible. She has pack of size 8 seed beads in matte silver. Kristen grabbed her seed beads from Funky Hannah's in Racine, Wisconsin. You can find similar beads from Fusion Beads, Shipwreck Beads, and other local bead stores. Kristen has a Kumihimo Weight. Soft Flex does not carry these weights, but you can find them at Design and Adorn in Tucson, Arizona – or online. Kristen has a toggle clasp, 3x3mm, and 2x2mm crimp tubes. Kristen has Bead Stoppers; she is using ten, but wished she had eleven on hand. Bead Stoppers come four to a pack. They are fantastic for many bead stringing projects.
For this design, Kristen is using 14 inch lengths of wire she cut off her spools. Kristen set aside two Dark Blue Lapis strands. Four of the Spinel strands. And four of the Tanzanite strands. She taped those wires together as she was lacking a Bead Stopper. She leaves a three inch tail near her weight. She places the wire through the Kumihimo Plate. She places her wire on the numbered slots on the plate. Numbers 3-8 on the top of the plate. Numbers 14-17 on the bottom of the plate. She says you do not have to be overly concerned with color placement. She just placed the colors in slots as she saw fit, there was no order to it. Different color set ups on Kumihimo Boards will produce different designs. Part of the fun of braiding with the boards is seeing the end result of your color placement.
Once Kristen has the wire in place on the plate, she strings six beads on each strand of wire. Once the beads are in place, she puts a Bead Stopper on the end of the strand. The Bead Stopper will hold the beads in place while she works. She likes to vary the placement of the Bead Stoppers on the wire. If you place all of the Bead Stoppers in similar spots on each strand, they can tangle up and make the braiding difficult. If you have bobbins on hand and would rather work with those – they can be used in place of Bead Stoppers. She suggests taping the soft Flex wire to the bobbins and Soft Flex has a nylon coat and can be slippery.
Once the strands are beaded, Kristen takes the wire at slot ‘5’ and moves it across the side to the slot labeled ‘e’ on the left side of the board. She takes slot ‘6’ and move s it to the right side of the board at slot ‘E’. She moves slot ‘16’ to slot ‘6’. Slot ‘7’ to ‘16’. ‘17’ to ‘7’ – she is working on the right side of the board. ‘8’ to ‘17’. She then takes ‘e’ back up to ‘8’. This completes the right side of the board.
For the left side of the board, we start at ‘15’ move it to slot ‘5’. ‘4’ to ‘15’. Slot ‘14’ to ‘4’. Move slot ‘3’ to slot ‘14’. Finally, slot ‘E’ to slot ‘3’.
This completes one full pattern. The Kumihimo Plate now looks like it did when Kristen first started.
Kristen repeats the process a second time. Right and left side of the board, again, we are back to where we started. Kristen says it is the same pattern over and over, so it is easy to do once you know where the wire goes.
Here is the pattern:
‘5’ to ‘e’
‘6’ to ‘E’
‘16’ to ‘6’
‘7’ to ‘16’
‘17’ to ‘7’
‘8’ to ‘17’
‘e’ to ‘8’
‘15’ to ‘5’
‘4’ to ‘15’
‘14’ to ‘4’
‘3’ to ‘14’
‘E’ to ‘3’
Kristen adds her beads on the two ‘E’ (‘e’ and ‘E’ on the plate) strings. For the beginning and the end of the project, she prefers to leave two cycles without beads.
Kristen shows a design she finished using the Mermaid's Lagoon Trio. This design needs crimps and a toggle to complete it. She places a 3x3mm crimp tube on each end and crimps it down with Mighty Crimpers. This will secure the piece. She finds a single strand on each end. She cuts all of the other wires off at the crimp bead, save for the single strand she selected. Now she has a single strand remaining. She repeats this process on the other side. She says it is good to keep the remnant pieces she cut off for later projects. Kristen crimps the toggles on to the bracelet with 2x2mm crimps. She uses Magical Crimping Pliers, but regular crimping pliers are fine too. Magical Crimping Pliers are fun as they create a rounded crimp bead.
Kristen shows off some previous bracelets she created. They are all variations on the designs. Different color s and different beads will add some variety.
Kumihimo Boards are fantastic. They are so easy to use. They may look complicated at first, but it is simply following a pattern.
Note your calendars for Mondays. Free Spirit Beading airs on Mondays at 12:00pm PST. If you watch live, you can interact with Kristen and she will answer any questions you might have about bead stringing or art in general. If you miss her and have questions, you can always email her.
The Egg Hunt Trios collection was created to evoke a seasonal mood. Egg Hunt is bouncing joy and holiday celebration. Childlike wonder and Easter is the mood we think this Trios color set embodies.
We included Purple Amethyst, Chrysoprase, and Turquoise.
Make A Fun Easter Inspired Necklace Using Soft Flex Trios
Sara wanted to design something fun for Easter. She opted to use one of our Multi-Color Trios Beading Wire Packs to create something fun and lively. Our Trios packs are a collection of three 10 foot spools of wire. We created each pack to fit a mood, holiday or celebrate a Design Kit we featured and loved. Trios make it so easy to use color in your design. We took all of the guesswork out of the color theme, just grab a pack and go! Being so close to Easter, Sara selected our Egg Hunt Trios.
Sara wanted to recreate a design she made years ago. The necklace was featured in a magazine – which was eluding Sara when she filmed her segment. She guessed BeadStyle or Stringing. The design was a simple necklace with a large focal area. The focal area was comprised of looped wire with beads and crimps at the center of the loops. She used a pair of regular crimping pliers when she created the necklace and wanted to update the design with a pair of Magical Crimping Pliers. She also wanted to try different beads and use our Egg Hunt Trios to create a holiday necklace.
It is amazing how a simple color variation can change the mood and look of a jewelry design. Both necklaces are beautiful and even though they are essentially the same design, they look vastly different. Both designs use 2x2mm crimps tubes, however, the one on top uses regular crimping pliers and the one on bottom uses the magical crimping pliers.
This is an elegant necklace for any Easter occasion. Symmetrical and wonderful!
Sara is a fabulous teacher. Her videos are easy to follow and so instructive. This design is a snap if you follow along. But feel free to think outside of the box. We encourage beaders to explore. Use different colors and beads and lengths of beading wire. You never know where your creativity will take you. But, you can be assured that the journey will be exciting.
The Serenity Trios collection was created to evoke a mood. We felt this Trios collection was calming. Peace of mind is the mood we think this Trios color set embodies.
We included Bone, Turquoise and Fluorite Colors.
How To Make Dangle Earrings With Trios And Magical Crimpers
Kristen kicked off the week with a lively episode of Free Spirit Beading. She filmed her segment on Monday. This Monday happened to be Earth Day. Kristen was inspired to create something floral and earthy. She opted to design some efflorescent earrings with a bead mix and our Trios Beading Wire Packs.
Kristen chose our Serenity and Neon Nights Trios Beading Wire Packs. Both wire sets look stunning with the beads in our Flower Power Bead Mix. The color combinations seemed to evoke the mood of a quiet spring morning.
Earth Day was founded by an American politician, Gaylord Nelson, on April 22, 1970. Earth Day is a globally recognized day that celebrates our fragile planet. Almost two hundred countries stage events to encourage environmental protection and awareness. It is not considered a holiday but an occasion to recognize our footprint and reflect on how we can leave this world a better place for our children.
Happy Earth Day! We are excited to share that our wire is environmentally friendly! Stainless steel used in the construction of Soft Flex Beading Wire is 100% recyclable. Our nylon coating is derived from renewable resources and can be recycled. Our spools show the recycled logo on the underside, they can be recycled along with the clips. Just tear off the label as you would with any recyclable item in your very own kitchen and put the empty spool into your recycling bin. In addition, our Extreme Flex Beading Wire brand is free from heavy metals and made with a copper core. Copper can be recycled continuously and can be reused over and over again for multiple purposes.
Serenity Trios Beading Wire Packs were created to evoke a sense of calm. We felt the colors of this collection reflected peace of mind and composure. This Trios set includes 3 ten foot spools of Bone, Turquoise, and Fluorite Beading Wire. These colors are great by themselves or used in tandem to create a theme. These earrings certainly feel like a serene piece of jewelry.
Be My Valentine
The Be My Valentine Trios collection was created to evoke a seasonal mood. Be My Valentine is buoyant love and holiday celebration. Passion and joyous infatuation is the mood we think this Trios color set embodies.
We included Pink Rhodochrosite, Pink Tourmaline, and Spinel.
Be My Earrings
Designer Sara Oehler
Skill Level Beginner
Be My Valentine Trios Beading Wire Set (Spinel, Pink Rhodochrosite and Pink Tourmaline) - 20" each color
3x3mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes - 4 pcs
Sterling Silver Heart Ear Wires - 1 pair
Mighty Crimping Pliers
Finished Size: 2"
Step 1: Cut 4 five inch lengths of wire in each of the 3 colors. Arrange the wires into 4 piles containing 1 strand of each color. Choose 2 piles of wire and set the other 2 piles aside.
Step 2: Hold all 6 wire ends together and use them to string 1 crimp tube. Adjust the wires and crimp about 1 1/2 inches from the end. Click here for crimping instructions. Trim 5 of the 6 wires at the crimp.
Step 3: Bend 3 wires to the left and 3 wires to the right to create the heart shape. Use 3 of the wires to string 1 ear wire.
Step 4: Use all 6 wire ends and the uncut strand from Step 2 to string 1 crimp tube. Adjust the crimp so that there is about 2 1/2 inches of wire on each side of the heart and the one strand in the middle is about 1 inch. Crimp the crimp tube and trim the excess wire.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4 for a second earring.
Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.
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Blog contributor Thomas Soles loves Jazz Age writers and crunchy french fries. His favorite gemstones are Lapis and Pietersite. His favorite hobby is day dreaming. And his favorite mustache is Freddie Mercury's. As you can see, he has a healthy (or possibly unhealthy) sense of humor. You can write to him at Thomas@SoftFlexCompany.com