Saturday, March 30, 2013

NEW Spring Soap Line

Introducing BWS Spring Soap Line
 
This weekend Black Willow Soaps will be launching new soap products for our Spring 2013 line! The first launched today! Don't forget that ALL bath and beauty items are on sale through the end of the month, including these amazing new soaps! Don't miss out!
 
Vanilla Peach Swirl Avocado Cucumber Soap with Apricot Seeds

Fiery Frangipani Olive Oil Soap with Blueberry Seeds

French Vanilla Lilac Olive Oil Soap with French Vanilla Shea Butter Frosting

Painted Lilly Avocado Cucumber Soap

Rose Bliss Avocado Cucumber Soap with Rose Petals

Sweet Pea Shea Butter Soap with Poppy Seeds


30 Day Bead Challenge Day 30

The last day! Yay! I made it!
 
Collection
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Shells & Stones Collection
 
 
Stones & Shells Collection by Black Willow Designs
The stones and shells collection features the Fiona bracelet, the Faebian earrings, and Oceana necklace. Each piece is individually handmade by artist, Natalee (Gradeless) Wright.
Fiona bracelet – This bracelet features 68 sterling silver plated, 8mm rings that were hand linked by the artist to create a chain maille style bracelet; 7 inches in length. The handmade chain is decorated with individually hand wire-wrapped Sapphire shell beads, Soladite stone beads, freshwater pearls, and engraved silver heart spacer beads. This piece is finished with a sterling silver plated, twisted toggle clasp. ($35.00 value)
Faebian earrings – This earring set features three sterling silver plated, 8mm rings that were hand linked by the artist to create a cluster, dangle style earring; 1 ½ inches in length. The handmade ring links are decorated with individually hand wire-wrapped Sapphire shell beads, Soladite stone beads, freshwater pearls, and engraved silver heart spacer beads. They are finished with sterling silver plated hook style earring loops. ($17.00 value)
Oceana necklace – This necklace features a sterling silver plated twisted rollo chain; 18 inches in length. The chain accented with three sterling silver plated, 8mm rings that were hand linked by the artist to create a cluster, dangle accent. The handmade ring links are decorated with individually hand wire-wrapped Sapphire shell beads, Soladite stone beads, freshwater pearls, and engraved silver heart spacer beads. This piece is finished with a sterling silver plated alligator clasp. ($30.00 value)


Friday, March 29, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 29

Colorful
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Chameleon Czech Seed & Bugle Beaded Stretch Bracelet
 
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 28

 
Wire Wrapped Bracelet
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Antique Gold Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Blue Beads
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 27

 
Mixed Media
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Skeleton Key Wine Charm with Emerald Green & Crystal Clear Beads
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 26

Pearls
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Mocha & Gold Pearl Earrings
 
 

Monday, March 25, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 25

Chain Maille
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Black & Gold Chain Maille Flower Earrings
 


Sunday, March 24, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 24

Use a clasp as a focal point
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Heart Toggle Clasp Necklace with Red Glass Pearl Bead
 
 


Saturday, March 23, 2013

30 Day Bead Challege Day 23

New Technique
 
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Regina
 
 


30 Day Bead Challenge Day 22

 
Movie Inspired Jewelry

Black Willow Designs Entry: Peanuts Charm Bracelet (for my Charlie Brown fans)
 
 
 


Thursday, March 21, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 21

Stackable Bracelets
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Heather
Triple Stretch Bracelet; Navy, Fuschia, Black, White & Silver
 
 
 


30 Day Bead Challenge Day 20

Spring Cleaning
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Frosted Tuscan Orange & Clear Amber Czech bead stretch bracelet with turtle dove pendant
 


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 19

Seed Bead Fringe

Black Willow Designs Entry: Triple Fringed Dangle Earrings with amethyst purple & crystal seed beads


Monday, March 18, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 18

Make chain jewelry
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Dakota
 
Dakota is a trendy, earthy pair of earrings made with antique gold chains, antique gold filigree leaves, emerald glass beads, clear glass bicone beads, and natural polished Tiger's Eye stone beads.
 
 
Dakota is an amazing earring set that goes well with the Black Willow Designs Hazel bracelet.
 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 17

Something Green
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Agatha; Green Pearl & Glass Bicone with Copper Skeleton Key Necklace
 


30 Day Bead Challenge Day 16

Destash
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Pastel Purple, Metallic Silver, & Silver Stretch Bracelet
 


Friday, March 15, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 15

Make Swarovski Earrings
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Silver Plated Chain Earrings with Freshwater Pearls & Crystal AB Swarovski Bicone Beads
 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 14

Make some girls night out bling jewelry

Black Willow Designs Entry: Swarovski teardrop pendant earrings with AB black bicones & silver twisted spacer beads.
 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 13

Seed Bead Creation
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Black Chain Earrings with Amethyst Seed Bead Accents
 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 12

Finish an existing project

Black Willow Designs Entry: Metallic Blue Pearled Tree of Life Pendant
 
 
To find out how to make a Tree of Life Pendant, visit YouTube! There are a lot of great step-by-step tutorials that will help you create the perfect tree!
 
What color do you like your pearls?


Monday, March 11, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 11

Make Jewelry with a Found Object
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Wire Wrapped Washer Earring with Blue Czech Beads
 
I only made one so that I would have a project to finish for tomorrow's bead challenge!
 
 
 
 
What found object do you think would make a great accent to jewelry?


Sunday, March 10, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 10

Make a wire wrapped ring
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Wire Wrapped Moss Agate Rings!
 
I chose to use three different metals for these. The one to the left is copper. The one in the middle is black. The one on the right is rose gold.
 
 
 
What is your favorite base metal?


Friday, March 8, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 8

Have a bead party with friends
 
Well, it was just me, myself, and I...and any multiple personalities that I may have picked up along the way. I did have the usual Friday Movie night with my grandmother and mother, but they don't exactly get into the jewelry making. It would have been more of a class than a bead night.

Black Willow Designs Entry: Two toned green earrings on copper
We (me, myself, and I) made a bunch of them, so the next ten customers at Black Willow Designs will receive these as free gifts! Yay!
 
 
Did you have fun with your friends this Friday?


Thursday, March 7, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 7

Use Cord in Your Jewelry
 
Black Willow Soaps Entry: Black Cord/Chain Necklace with Black AB & Emerald Glass Beads 
 
For this necklace, I used black faux leather cord, Figura chain, 8mm Emerald glass bicone beads, 6mm Black AB Glass bicone beads, 4mm silver jump rings, silver closures, silver eye pins, and silver alligator clasp.
 


What is your favorite color of cord?



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 6

Create Jewelry using a New Metal
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Rose Gold Wire Wrapped Fluorite Ring
 
There aren't many metals that I haven't used. So, I decided to use the newly popular rose gold. I have only used it once before.
 
 
Did you try anything new today?


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 5

Create Jewelry from Leftover Beads
 
Black Willow Designs Entry: Heart Earrings with Red Glass Beads & Clear Seed Beads
 
Check in from time to time at Black Willow Designs to see the latest creations!
 
 
What did you create today?


Monday, March 4, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 4

Learn a New Bead Weaving Technique
 
So, I learned today that bead weaving is not my strong suit. I tried several different patterns and came up with lots of tangled, knotted beads. Ick! So, I chose to submit my blue version of the already listed Katherine Ring. So, meet Blair. She is as weaved as I will probably get!
 

Come see Katherine, Blair, and her friends at Black Willow Designs!

What crafts are you aware that you need more practice at? Did you weave anything today?


Sunday, March 3, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 3

Create Jewelry for a Friend
 
I chose to use three tones of green to make a gorgeous St. Patrick's Day themed bracelet. This bracelet will be a free gift to the next customer to purchase from Black Willow Designs or Black Willow Soaps (even through Tophatter)!
 
Here is my three tone green bracelet:
 
 
Want to know how to make this bracelet? Give me a comment and I will tell you how!
 
What do you like to wear for St. Patrick's Day?
 
Did you make any jewelry today?


Saturday, March 2, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge Day 2

Challenge: Simple Beaded Necklace or Bracelet
 
I chose to do a simple beaded bracelet. This bracelet is made with copper eye pins. Each pin is linked together. On each pin is two olive Czech glass beads and one emerald glass bicone bead held in place by copper crimp beads. All finished with a copper alligator clasp.
 
Want to learn how to make this design? Let me know in the comments and I will make you a step by step guide! Otherwise, keep checking back with us at Black Willow Designs for the listing!
 
 
What was your day 2 challenge entry? Did you string anything together today?


Friday, March 1, 2013

30 Day Bead Challenge from Fusion Beads!

Fusion Beads has launched a 30 day bead challenge to all beaders! I am taking that challenge. I will post my daily challenge entries here on Black Willow Soaps Blog! Challenge entries will eventually be available for purchase at www.blackwillowdesigns.etsy.com!
 
Today's challenge: Make a pair of earrings
My entry: Periwinkle & White Pearl with Blue Gemstone Spacer
 


Keep an eye out at Black Willow Designs for this amazing pair of earrings!
 
What earrings did you make today?