Creative Jewelry, Crafts, And A Big Weekend - The Great Bead Extravaganza Is Back!

The Great Bead Extravaganza is back! Join the party this weekend. We hope you have a chance to check out the live jewelry demonstrations and get involved in the excitement. If your schedule is full, you can always catch the replays and highlights - but live viewers often have a chance to win a giveaway or two. Live viewers can also interact with their favorite jewelry designers and get jewelry making tips from the community. Before the world's biggest online bead show begins, check out videos from our week in jewelry. Learn how to paint jewelry components and design with seed beads. Let's make this weekend a celebration of creativity!

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Kristen started the week with a painting demonstration. If you have ever wanted to paint your findings and jewelry components, this video will show you how to get started with Colourful Soul Ultimate Paints. Explore a creative new way to make signature handmade jewelry pieces. Sara sat down with Cassandra Spicer, of Beads to Live By, for a fun beading party. Learn how to make eye-catching seed bead designs with Cassandra's Curated Collections.

The Great Bead Extravaganza is back! Midsummer Market 2023 is going to be a fun fueled weekend of jewelry demonstrations and sales. Learn a technique from your favorite designer and then visit their shop to find a spectacular deal. Check out the schedule below and join the official Facebook group so you do not miss a minute of the shows you want to see.

Also this week, we visit Rachel and Sam Siegel from Sam's Bead Shop. They unboxed the Sam's Bead Box for July 2023. The Viva Magenta is an incredible mix of beads and an exclusive Soft Flex Trios Beading Wire. Finally, we check out Marcie Creates and watch her make a necklace with Sam's Bead Box.

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Lavender Lemonade & Beads To Live By Necklace by Sara Oehler

Got a minute? Check out our latest reels and TikTok videos. Soft Flex Company's Instagram Reels and our Soft Flex TikTok Page will teach you how to make jewelry in under a minute. These videos move quickly but are easy to follow. If you need more assistance, make sure you check out our YouTube catalog for deeper dives into jewelry making education. You will find in depth discussions on how to use your tools and finish your jewelry on that channel. Instagram Reels and TikTok are great tools for learning something new or finding quick inspiration. Check out our 1 Minute Videos and explore the wonderful pins on our Pinterest page. Learn from Soft Flex Company jewelry designer pros at the pace you choose! If your creativity needs a quick cup of coffee, make sure you visit us for a much needed jolt of crafting caffeine!

The Great Bead Extravaganza Midsummer Market 2023

Check out our exhibition at the  Great Bead Extravaganza. The video above will go live when the show starts. You can watch the replay anytime. Kristen is joining our newest Soft Flex staff member, Joyce Trowbridge for an educational and entertaining jewelry making demonstration. Those two creative talents are sure to amaze you and teach you a new trick or two. Check out our special TGBE sales and giveaways. We hope you win a great price or a wonderful prize!

And make sure you follow the calendar of events. So many exciting designers! Join the official Facebook group so you are up to the minute and catching the inspirational moments as they are filmed!

How To Make Painted Wooden Pop-Out Earrings With Czech Glass Beads

This week on Free Spirit Beading, we took a creative journey with Kristen. Kristen loves to explore art. She is a painter, an author, and all round crafty adventurous soul. She showed us how to make our jewelry shine with Colourful Soul Ultimate Paints. Painting a jewelry component will make your work one-of-a-kind!

Colourful Soul Ultimate Paints are a permanent paint on wood, metal, resin, acrylic, leather, fabric and most anything under the sun (except silicone & rubber). Paint your crimps. Paint a boring metal pendant. Give your work a blast of pizazz!

If the painting bug bites you, make sure you check out our  Colourful Soul Wooden Jewelry Pop Outs and make your own exciting jewelry designs or decorations with this fun medium!

Painted Wooden Pop-Out Earrings by Kristen Fagan

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Colourful Soul Ultimate Paints
Colourful Soul Wooden Jewelry Pop Outs
Soft Flex Craft Wire in 20ga & 22ga
Czech Glass Beads
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Multi-Size Mandrel Looping Tool
Burr Cup
Wire Whacker

Painted Wooden Pop-Outs by Kristen Fagan

Live Beading Party With Cassandra Spicer Of Beads To Live By: Fun With Seed Beads

We always have a blast hanging out with with Cassandra Spicer, of Beads to Live By. If you are going to have a beading party, you can be sure that Cassandra will make the sit down a fun event and full of laughs.

If you love seed beads, you need to check out the fun jewelry designs that  Sara and Cassandra made. Cassandra showed off her Curated Collections and Sara revealed our latest seed bead collections on the Soft Flex site. Check out our new Beadwork category and grab Miyuki thread, needles, and beadwork findings. 

Live Beading Party with Sara Oehler & Cassandra Spicer

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Seed Beads from Beads to Live By Curated Collections
Czech Glass Beads
Soft Flex Beading Wire
2x2mm Soft Flex Crimp Tubes
Soft Flex Craft Wire
Crimping Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

Lavender Lemonade & Beads To Live By Necklace by Sara Oehler

Sam's Bead Shop: Viva Magenta! Sam's Bead Box Featuring Exclusive Soft Flex Trios

Marcie Creates: Viva Magenta Necklace With Sam's Bead Box And Soft Flex Wire

Join our Facebook group – VIB. Stay in the know. Stay up to date. From our bead shows to our video shows and sales, you can stay in touch with us. The community is full of artistic and helpful beaders and crafty people. Inspire and be inspired. Share your pictures and get the beading bug from others!

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Thomas Soles

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