Jewelry

Bracelet Design Tutorial Published in Beadwork!

 

Beadwork Magazine
Feb-Mar 2017
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I am so excited to finally be able to share this design with you! It’s my debut jewelry tutorial project design with Beadwork magazine. I love that it is showcasing how to use Soft Flex beading wire in a non-traditional way – with Kumihimo! This design uses a flat braid pattern made with the square kumihimo plate combined with superduo two-hole beads.

I just love the elegant look of the braided wire and the flat braid is so comfortable to wear.

 

If you get a chance, I hope that you will check it out and give it a try!

Healing Stone Collection: Gemstone Shield Necklaces

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Do you ever wish you could walk through life with the knowledge that you are protected? That you sense an invisible shield around you, keeping negativity at bay and amplifying more of the positive energy you want to embody? I want that too! I believe in the power of gemstones and created the gemstone shield necklace collection as a beautiful way to support you so you feel confident to walk boldly in the world. Gemstones emit vibrations that that can aid the wearer in different ways. Each stone’s unique composition infuses it with powerful energy that can be utilized for specific purposes, such as to protect, heal, release spiritual blockages, energize, provide mental clarity, and more.

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Click to see the collection and the energy each necklace embodies.

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2016

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February buzzed along with excitement in my corner of the beading world. I can’t believe it was a month ago that I was down in Tucson for the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show. I was at the To Bead True Blue show for two days working with Soft Flex Company.

This an international gem, mineral and fossil showcase and it’s mind-blowing how many vendors are crammed into every corner of Tucson. There isn’t just “one show” there are many shows of varying types in convention halls, hotels, motels and parking lots around the city.

I have lost count as to how many times I have been there however, this is the first year I branched out and purchased some stones and I LOVE them. Since I go to work in Soft Flex Company’s booth, you’ll find me at the beading/jewelry making oriented shows which have a limited range of minerals and stones. I did manage to find a really pretty tanzanite aura quartz, a smooth rose quartz and a small geode slice that I plan to make into a pendant, all shown in the picture above.

Of course, I can’t leave the Soft Flex booth without picking up some much needed jewelry making items. I grabbed a new bead board as mine has seen better days, 4 spools of medium .019 diameter colored Soft Flex beading wire, 2mm silver filled Soft Flex crimp tubes, double density round kumihimo disk and two tubes of superduo beads.

Speaking of superduo beads, I used these little two hole beads for a new jewelry tutorial design that was picked up by a national beading magazine! I’m in the process of writing out the instructions and working on a second color option. I’ll share more about that when the magazine is due to come out!

DIY Bracelet Booklet Co-Author!

Bracelet Projects Booklet
Reg: $11.95 – on sale through the end of the year for just $9.56!
Available for purchase online at SoftFlexCompany.com

I have been providing how-to jewelry tutorials on Soft Flex Company’s beading blog and website for years but, I took it up a notch and teamed up with my friend Sara Oehler to co-author a DIY bracelet project booklet. Inside Soft Flex Company’s Bracelet Projects booklet you will find 8 modern bracelet designs using Soft Flex beading wire. You will learn about beading wire brands, diameters, crimps, crimping pliers, kumihimo boards, macrame boards and knitting on a spool. This is a great book for a beginner or an advanced beader that is looking to take their beading in a new direction.

Handmade Wire Wrapped Brazilian Agate Necklaces

An outfit is never fully put together without some finishing touches – a hand wrapped wire and agate pendant necklace is the perfect finishing touch for the gypsy, goddess, free spirited, bohemian woman.

Brazilian agate balances the four energies: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Worn for protection, centering, healing and strength as well as better concentration, confidence and an overall composure. Protects you from stress and energy drains. These are one of a kind, gift one to a fierce woman in your life or grab one for yourself today. Live in your strength.

Style is saying something without speaking a word. ~ Rachel Zoe.

Hand Wrapped Brazilian Agate Necklaces $25

Shop >> https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeStash

For sales through Saturday, December 5th, I’m offering a 15/10 deal – 15% off discount on handmade jewelry and 10% of the sale will be donated to UMOM New Day Centers. Use the coupon code GOODKARMA at checkout to redeem your discount. Offer is exclusively for my handmade jewelry section.

Good Karma Sale

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GOOD KARMA SALE! What’s that? It’s a chance to make the holidays meaningful + spread good karma! For sales through Saturday 12/5, I’m offering a 15/10 deal – 15% off discount on handmade jewelry and 10% of the sale will be donated to UMOM New Day Centers.

Shop >> https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreativeStash

Use the coupon code GOODKARMA at checkout to redeem your discount.

Offer is exclusively for my handmade jewelry section.

UMOM New Day Centers, located in Phoenix, Arizona, provide safe shelter, housing and supportive services to homeless families in need. They keep families together and provide care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing.

I was published in Belle Armoire Jewelry!

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Thank you Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine and editors Cynthia Levens and Natalie Way for selecting my macrame bracelet design to feature in the Autumn 2015 issue.  It is really exciting to be published and for it to be in of my favorite magazines, I’m ecstatic! Check out my published design tutorial in Belle Amoire Jewelry magazine on sale through November!

 

Luxe Macrame Bracelets
by Kristen Fagan
Belle Armoire Jewelry
Autumn 2015 Issue

 

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I adore the texture and shimmer in this design. Soft Flex beading wire colors complement the etched shell donut pendant by Lillypilly Designs perfectly. The gold cubes and button clasp add an elegant touch and the hand wrapped bronze wire crimp covers give the design the hand forged feel I love so much.

The autumn issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry features a must-see Designer Collection by the ICE Resin Queen Susan Lenart Kazmer. Learn how to create textured polymer clay jewelry, embossed pendants, and gorgeous metal manipulations, plus, you won’t want to miss a tribute to turquoise stones. From winding wire in innovative ways to creating colorful clay collaboration bracelets to a pendant necklace that pays homage to leaves and nature, there is something for every jewelry artist to try their hand at. What an honor! I have been a lover of ICE Resin for years and it’s so cool to be in a publication with the ICE Resin Queen! Pick up your copy at a bookstore or the Stampington & Company website and get full instructions on how to create my macrame bracelets on pages 16-19.

Brazilian Agate Necklaces

I added a few new wire wrapped agate necklaces for sale in my shop.

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Brazilian agate takes about 80 million years to form and each slice is an original. Brazilian agate balances the four energies: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Worn for protection, centering, healing and strength as well as better concentration, more confidence and an overall feeling of composure. Protects you from stress and energy drains.

Shop Agate Necklaces.

Handmade Bracelet Bonanza

I have been an a bracelet making kick! I have new designs as well as restocked a few favorites in my shop.

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First up are these new art deco + bohemian chic macrame bracelets.

I shared this jewelry tutorial on how to make this design and instantly feel in love with it that I had to make a collection of colors. Beautiful when layered together or with other bracelets. Made with high quality beading wire coated in nylon that will never fade, fray or chip.

Shop Macrame Bracelets.

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Next up are these dainty, delicate modern bar bracelets.

Minimalist elegance on your wrist. Beautiful and simple alone and lots of fun when layered. I made a bunch of these to sell at a local shop and they sold out fast! So naturally, I whipped up a few more. This is the last batch for awhile as I need to replenish my supplies.

Shop Modern Bar Bracelets.

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Last but not least I restocked these one-of-a-kind knitted bangle bracelet designs.

I hand knit the bracelet with high quality flexible beading wire and a knitting spool. These bracelets fit like a bangle and are for those of us who like a piece of jewelry that’s bold, one-of-a-kind and makes a statement. Sizes and styles vary.

Shop Knitted Bangle Bracelets.

 

Art Bead Scene Challenge

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I have been reading the Art Bead Scene blog for a few years and it’s a wonderful blog dedicated to art beads with features on art bead artists, inside the studio highlights, jewelry designs and jewelry tutorials. Art Bead Scene hosts a fabulous monthly design challenge that incorporates art beads and is based on a work of art. I usually read the challenge, view the entries, enjoy  and move on. But in July, I decided to participate and submit a design to their Flickr pool for the monthly challenge and low and behold I ended up being chosen as a random winner! How lucky is that? I think it was a nudge from the universe for me to get involved and challenge myself artistically more often.

This was the July challenge:

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The Little Mermaid, 1911 by Edmund Dulac
Pencil, pen, black ink and watercolour with scratching out on paper
12¼ x 9 7/8 in. (30.8 x 25.2 cm.)

This is the design I submitted to the Flickr pool:

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Just for participating in the challenge, I was chosen as a random lucky winner and won these beautiful beads from Gaea Handmade!

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Really, how gorgeous are these? I am so happy to have these jewel tone beauties in my bead stash and look forward to creating with them. Thank you Gaea Handmade and Art Bead Scene!

Click here to see the Art Bead Scene July Monthly Challenge Recap

Click here to read the Art Bead Scene blog.