Monday, October 10, 2011

Beaded Clasp Tutorial Giveaway

Beaded Buttons and Toggles Tutorial

Over the last few years of metal-free beading, I’ve had a lot of time to test out, perfect and improve upon custom beaded clasps and components. I’ve been making matching bracelet and necklace clasps for so long, that I can’t imagine doing it any other way.

There are many varieties of custom beaded clasps and closures, but I tend to stick with two basic forms of buttons and toggles. Each of the variations that I use the most have all been included in tutorial projects, and now they are available as a single lesson in beaded clasps.

This new compilation tutorial features instructions from four different beading tutorials, highlighting the beaded clasps, with new tips and insights for making your own custom closures. The tutorial includes instructions for making brick stitch buttons with two different finishes, odd count peyote toggles and even count peyote toggles.

In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving today, I’m giving away a copy of the Beaded Clasps tutorial to a pair of lucky readers! I’m so grateful to be able to create and share jewelry designs and ideas both here on Inspirational Beading, and through my shop. I hope that we can all continue to share and learn together for years to come!

How to Enter

For a chance to win a copy of the Beaded Clasps tutorial, simply leave a comment on this post, answering the following question:

What aspect of beading are you most grateful for?


If you do not have a Blogger profile with email contact enabled, be sure to leave a contact method such as a website or email address, so I can contact you if you win! Two winners will be drawn at random on Thursday, October 20th.

Good luck, and happy beading!

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34 comments:

  1. Hi Mortira! I am most grateful for the ability to play with color... there's no limit to the imagination when you've got beautiful colored beads laying all over the table!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!~
    {Hugs!}

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  2. I am most grateful for the amount of concentration needed! When I bead, I can tune out all of life's ups and downs and focus on what I am creating.

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  3. I love your tutorials and would love to win this! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. beading hs always been a sort of therapy for me, it sooths me, I guess for that reason I have been doing it for almost as long as I can remember!

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  5. Hmmm, What aspect of beading am I most grateful for? I think it's that moment when beads I have had for a long time finally speak to me and tell me what they want to be made into. You know, those beads that you struggle with and just put aside until the time is right.

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  6. I am most thankful for the beading community. As a beader I have had the opportunity to meet not only national known teachers but local beaders as well and everyone of them are gracious and go giving of their experience, knowledge and talents. The beading community not just in this country but all over the world is this way as far as I have discovered. If you meet a beader you meet a friend. It has only encouraged my desire to be a member of this group of people.
    Patricia Williams, Mousebelle@yahoo.com

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  7. I think I'm most grateful for the fact that it relaxes me. Beading is better than taking a bath with a glass of wine. I love going into my zen beading place (until the cat decides it's time to play with all the pretties).

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  8. This is a great post! I love the idea of a metal-free, beaded closure. I am new to beading and have been playing around with bead embroidery and some beaded bracelets. I would love to learn how to do these clasps. I am most grateful that beading allows me to create something with texture and color and that it is such a versatile medium.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Carol

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  9. I like beading because it lets me be creative in a "portable hobbies" way. I can take my work with me any ware.

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  10. I am grateful for the vast array of colors in seed beads

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  11. The therapeutic aspect is what I’m most grateful for. I found beading during a very bad time about 3-1/2 years ago. It has given me something creative and enjoyable to focus on ever since. (I have an anxiety disorder that keeps me from getting out much.)
    I’ve always liked jewelry and color. Then I was lucky enough to have a bead store open right by my house! I took a couple of bead weaving classes and new doors were opened for me. I’m still learning all the time.
    I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Thank you so much for your site. I really do enjoy it and feeling connected to others. :)
    ~Vicki

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  12. I'm new to beading as of this summer to I like everyting, but I especially appreciate the seed beads patterns. Also don't know what beading would be without the beautiful bicones.

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  13. I am grateful for the beading community of awesome people who share inspiration, designs and laughs. Thanks again for a great giveaway!

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  14. Beading gives me a way to play with color and shape, which I adore. I'm most grateful for the kind and helpful spirit that infuses the beading world. Beaders are very generous with their time and knowledge. The quality of beadwork today would not be what it is without this.

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  15. I am a new beadier, I love to see the beauty and feel the satisfaction of a piece that I completed.


    Eva heckelamb@comcast.net

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  16. I am most grateful that beads are found all over the world. I love that I have beads from Italy, beads that I helped make in Africa and beads locally. I find when you buy artisan/ non massive produced beads you are supporting a family. When you take time to talk you learn so much from the people as well. Sometimes I make a special something and sometimes I keep them in a special spot and remember their journey. I am thankful for the story beads tell.

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  17. I love the joy of color, and the meditation of bead weaving.

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  18. I've just begun beading and have learned bead crochet and peyote stitch so far. I am thankful for the beautiful beads that are out there and that when you accumulate stash, it's small. (I've been a spinner, weaver and knitter for many years)
    Tobie Lurie

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  19. I love taking beads of different colors and shapes and putting them together in a beautiful design.

    And, playing with beads in general. I also love wirewrapping!

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  20. I'm grateful for the endless design options even with simple designs.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I am a painter and sculptor. A few months ago I saw a beautiful beaded necklace in the market and thought - I could do this. I went online for some guidance and discovered a whole new world of beading...I have not stopped since.Your tutorials have helped a lot. Thanks.

    The aspect of beading I am most grateful about is that I can do it anywhere and anytime unlike painting or sculpting. Mostly I do it late at night. I can't sit idle!
    And its fun to gift! My only lament- I do not get the ideal materials and findings here in India.
    Revati
    revati_sharma@yahoo.co.in

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  22. I'm most grateful for the opportunities that beading has given me to create thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones and the delight in sharing their joy.

    Thank you for sharing your insightful thoughts and experiences.

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  23. Oh My Gosh, First and foremost I am grateful for the fact that beading saved me!! As a child when I was having a difficult time in life, I turned to beads, they calmed me & fed my spirit. They gave me hope and showed me beauty! I really learned to tap into my creativity and find peace in those small lil bits of glass. So now as an adult, I am most grateful for the calming & creative effect beading has on my life. Just felt like i had to share that :)

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  24. That is a big question! I am mosst grateful to beading for the history I have with it. It is the one creative process that has given me a connection to my Mother.

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  25. Well, I'm a cure-your-depression-through-art person, so I'm most grateful for the fact that beading makes me forget about all of my troubles. It has not miraculously cured my depression (yet, I hope), but it calms me and sometimes even makes me happy. (Especially if I hear people like what I made ;)
    So, well, I'm grateful for that.

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  26. I'm grateful for the focus beading gives me when my life is stressful. Beading is very calming, and the results are lovely. Thanks, Mortira, your blog is just the best, and I'm very interested in your method of beading closures.

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  27. I am grateful for the colors, shapes, and textures that give endless design options. Also for the Zen relaxation effect the beads have on me! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. I am most grateful for the way that beading takes me completely away from all my problems. It is impossible to create something beautiful if I let the day's problems intrude so I am able to 'get away from it all', even if it is only for an hour or two.

    Darlene

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  29. I am grateful that beads just exist

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  30. I love that I can be creative and do it my way... I get to choose the colors and the design! :)

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  31. I think I am most grateful that really the sky is the limit with beading and you can express yourself as much or as little as you want to and still create a wonderful piece of art. You do not need to be especially qualified to start beading and beads can be used in many different ways.

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  32. I am grateful for meeting so many talented people in the beading art who are generous enough to share what their knowledge. I feel very thankful to have such friends.

    I have learned so much through such free tutorials and other resources. What a community and I am part of it:)

    Dita.

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  33. Love your blog! The aspect of beading that I am most grateful for is how I am able to bring more beauty into my life, into the lives of other people and into the world with my hand-made beaded creations.

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  34. I love your site... for me beading is my passion.... I love to create and to share my creations with my family and friends and bring smiles to their faces. E

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