Customer Appreciation Week - All The Jewelry Making Demonstrations In One Place

We want to thank you! Last year saw so many global changes. It was a scary time for small business. We were fortunate to have a community that let us thrive during a time when the future was uncertain. Thank you! We hosted Customer Appreciation Week for you. We wanted to give back. We brought some friends together and hosted a week of educational beading classes. All of the shows were free to attend. We wanted to show you techniques and bead stores that might not be on your radar. Each exhibitor offered beading kits and supplies if you wanted to make-along with them. What a blast! If you missed out on the fun or just want to revisit the excitement, we have collected all of the shows in one spot. Let's make jewelry!

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We gathered 9 bead store friends for a week of beading fun and jewelry making demonstrations. This unique event was full of creative minds and unique jewelry designers. Our guest presenters were:  Andrew Thornton and William Jones of Allegory GalleryAbbi Berta of The Bead PlaceKay Goss of Star's BeadsJoyce Trowbridge of Just Bead It!Elena Zuyok of Mirrix LoomsRebecca Combs of Design & AdornKellie Sutton of Kellie's Bead BoutiqueJamie Yoshida of The Bead Gallery, and Nealay Patel of SilverSilk & MoreSara and Kristen, from Soft Flex Company, hosted the live shows. If you would like to take a deeper dive into the DIY jewelry and hobby/craft industry, this is your chance to get up close and personal. We engaged each presenter with a casual interview and then made jewelry right along with them. If you grabbed a kit from a presenter, this was your chance to make what they made. If you opted to just watch, this was a chance to learn a new technique - like kumihimo or using a loom.

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Learn How To Make Jewelry In 30 Seconds

Allegory Gallery Pendant Necklace by Sara Oehler

Check out our 30 second jewelry tutorials on Soft Flex Company's Instagram Reels! This week, Sara showed us how to braid Soft Flex Beading Wire. Braiding adds texture and is a lovely visual element. She added beads from our Butterfly Garden Bead Mix and finished the necklace with a stunning pendant from Allegory Gallery. Master a new technique in minutes. These videos move quick but are easy to follow. You will get a sense of how to use your tools and finish your crimps securely. If you need more assistance, make sure you check out our YouTube catalog for deeper dives into jewelry making education. Become a better beader today!

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Soft Flex Company Customer Appreciation Week: Kick Off Party

Let's meet the presenters! We gathered a fun collection of makers and artists. You may recognize some of these faces from the  Great Bead Extravaganza. Others are joining us for the first time (in this format). Many of the designers you meet will have met up with us for a beading party. This is your chance to find an exciting new store or craft. This is a great way to get informed. Some of the presenters will be doing advanced techniques, but every project will be slow and this is a great teaching moment. You are sure to learn something new, even if you did not grab a make-along kit.

Note: We will provide a short description of the kits that were sold by our presenters. Kits may be sold out as there was a big demand for them. If the kits are sold out, you can find similar beading supplies and goodies from each store. You may even be able to direct message or contact the exhibitors and find out what you can purchase that would be similar to the kits.

CAW Presenter: Allegory Gallery

Soft Flex Company Customer Appreciation Week Kit

Feeling in a slump and need something to get your creative juices flowing? This kit is a great way to jump-start your creativity! We've curated a collection of components that we think will be perfect to motivate you to create!

Shop: Allegory Gallery

Allegory Gallery Kit

CAW Presenter: Sara Oehler and Kristen Fagan

Butterfly Garden Design Kit

The Butterfly Garden Design Kit was a colorful collection of beading supplies. This kit included beading wire, components, and beads. Everything you need to make a bunch of lovely jewelry designs. You just need basic tools to finish - cutters and crimping pliers. If you missed this kit, make sure to check out our other limited inventory kits. Each kit is brainstormed and designed by Soft Flex Company. Each kit is hand assembled and full of love!

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CAW Presenter: The Bead Place

Jupiter's Bangle

Our Featured Kit for Soft Flex Company's  Customer Appreciation Week is Jupiter's Bangle. Inspired by the planet Jupiter itself, and named after the ancient king of the Roman gods, this monochromatic bracelet features nods to both astronomy and numerology. The bracelet is constructed using 5 ft. of Heavy Soft Flex Beading Wire in Antique Brass, 1 10mm rhinestone sparkle ball bead, 35 gold washed taupe Czech Glass accent beads, and 1 2x2mm 14kt gold-filled crimp tube. We hope you'll join us for our live segment demonstrating the versatility of Soft Flex Beading Wire. This design is adjustable in size to fit comfortably over ALL hands and on ALL wrists!

Shop:  The Bead Place

The Bead Place Kit

CAW Presenter: Star's Beads

Dagger's Delight

Daggers Delight is a fun design to get you playing with dagger beads! These earrings are sure to delight with all the fun patterned daggers along with more than one way to design with them! Kits are limited.

Shop:  Star's Beads

Star's Beads Kit

CAW Presenter: Sara Oehler

Butterfly Garden Design Kit

The Butterfly Garden Design Kit was a colorful collection of beading supplies. This kit included beading wire, components, and beads. Everything you need to make a bunch of lovely jewelry designs. You just need basic tools to finish - cutters and crimping pliers. If you missed this kit, make sure to check out our other limited inventory kits. Each kit is brainstormed and designed by Soft Flex Company. Each kit is hand assembled and full of love!

Shop: Soft Flex Company

Butterfly Garden Bracelet by Sara Oehler

CAW Presenter: Just Bead It

Magical Sparkle Maker

Bead along with us as we create our version of a suncatcher with a mermaid theme! Featuring a “beaded bead” woven together with Soft Flex Very Fine Beading Wire and Czech glass beads, see how to create a one-of-a-kind, magical focal piece. Then, add a Crystal prism to the bottom to bring rainbows and sparkles all around!

Shop:  Just Bead It!

Just Bead It Kit

CAW Presenter: Mirrix Looms

The Bonifacio Bracelet

This summer transport yourself to the island of Corsica where the sea and sand are as inviting as the apéritif you savor in at shady restaurant by the harbor in Bonifacio. This bracelet, made with Soft Flex wire, C-Lon Thread and stunning stones in two colorways, “ Sea" and “ Sand", is perfect for one’s first foray into bead weaving on a loom or for anyone looking for a quick, polished, and beautiful bracelet project. The combination of wire and stones (Peach Moonstone and Porcelain Jasper or Apatite and Fluorite) give the bracelet a certain elegance that makes it a perfect piece to wear from bistro to beach.

Shop:  Mirrix Looms

Mirrix Looms Kit

CAW Presenter: Sara Oehler and Kristen Fagan

Summer Rain Design Kit

Lightning races across the summer sky in a magnificent flash. This is the herald that Summer Rain is upon us. Dark clouds, heavy with rain, release a long needed shower. The earth turns damp and wet. Plant oil is diffused into the air, it mingles with ozone and the odor of petrichor intoxicates us. Drops tap our shoulders and mat our hair. The water tickles our skin and invigorates our senses. Summer Rain has arrived and world is vital and whole.

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Summer Rain Necklace by Sara Oehler

CAW Presenter: Design and Adorn

The Illusionist

They say a magician never reveals their secrets, but with The Illusionist necklace kit you'll peek behind the curtain to learn some very cool tricks. The Illusionist necklace features six strands of Czech glass beads that appear to float on Soft Flex beading wire. Six strands become three and then disappear into TierraCast hammered endcaps. From there the necklace transforms into a color changing beaded kumihimo braid. The Illusionist is a kit for all levels. Previous experience with the basic round braid (kongoh gumi) on the foam disk is helpful, but not required.

Shop:  Design and Adorn

Design and Adorn Kit

CAW Presenter: Kellie's Bead Boutique

Garden Party

The kit consists of a mixture of Soft Flex, Czech Glass Rondelles, Matte Ebony Wood and Metal Accents. You will also learn how to create crimp covers using leather knots!

Shop:  Kellie's Bead Boutique

Kellie's Bead Boutique Kit

CAW Presenter: Sara Oehler

Summer Rain Design Kit

Lightning races across the summer sky in a magnificent flash. This is the herald that Summer Rain is upon us. Dark clouds, heavy with rain, release a long needed shower. The earth turns damp and wet. Plant oil is diffused into the air, it mingles with ozone and the odor of petrichor intoxicates us. Drops tap our shoulders and mat our hair. The water tickles our skin and invigorates our senses. Summer Rain has arrived and world is vital and whole.

Shop: Soft Flex Company

CAW Presenter: The Bead Gallery

Summer Love Bracelet: Shell, Glass & Stone Bead Mix or Kit

Bring home a 'pocketful of paradise' in this breezy, beachy mix of shells, recycled glass and stones. Custom-blended here in Hawaii, you can use this mix in a variety of stringing projects for a tropical vibe that will carry you way past summer!

Shop:  The Bead Gallery

The Bead Gallery

CAW Presenter: SilverSilk and More

Light and Magic Necklace Design Kit

SilverSilk & More's kits are all sold out but, Nealay has a wonderful selection of design kits, knitted chains, and more. Visit his site!

Shop:  SilverSilk & More

SilverSilk and More Kit

Soft Flex Company Customer Appreciation Week: After Party

We thank all of you in our community. You made this week special. We hope you enjoyed this week of jewelry making classes. We hope you have found a new designer or store that intrigues and inspires you. We hope to keep educating and enlightening new beaders for years and years to come! Thank you!

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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 [email protected]