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Entries from January 2009

Poppy Jasper and Hill Tribe Necklace

January 30th, 2009 · 5 Comments

By Kristy Hager, Art Department Lead

By Kristy Hager, Art Department Lead

Hi, my name is Kristy, I work at Artbeads.com in the Art Department. One day I was browsing our website looking for a project and I came across a beautiful piece in our learning center that inspired me. The piece was “Hill Tribe Jasper“. I found a gorgeous pendant that I wanted to work with and I really enjoyed the Red Poppy Jasper Puffy Rounds, I thought they looked great with the silver. This project was fast and easy, I am very happy with it. It’s my favorite so far!

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Employee Gallery of Designs

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Do you have a piece of jewelry or craft project that you’ve made using all or mostly Artbeads.com products? Would you like to share your design with everyone on our blog? Submit an image of your work to artbeadsblog@gmail.com along with your name (or let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous), a small description about your project, such as what it is, how it was inspired, why it was easy or hard, etc. All submissions will be reviewed and selected images will be used on our blog and other Artbeads.com affiliated websites.

Submissions must use all or mostly Artbeads.com products. Artbeads.com has the right to choose whether or not to provide back links, Not all submissions received will be posted. Artbeads.com gains rights to use submitted images with no restrictions on this blog, the Artbeads.com website, and other Artbeads.com affiliated web sites.

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Customer Gallery of Designs

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

 Do you have a piece of jewelry or craft project that you’ve made using all or mostly Artbeads.com products? Would you like to share your design with everyone on our blog? Submit an image of your work to artbeadsblog@gmail.com along with your name (or let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous), a small description about your project, such as what it is, how it was inspired, why it was easy or hard, etc. All submissions will be reviewed and selected images will be used on our blog and other Artbeads.com affiliated websites.

Submissions must use all or mostly Artbeads.com products. Artbeads.com has the right to choose whether or not to provide back links, Not all submissions received will be posted. Artbeads.com gains rights to use submitted images with no restrictions on this blog, the Artbeads.com website, and other Artbeads.com affiliated web sites.

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Help has arrived for marketing your jewelry business.

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Have you turned your passion for jewelry making into a money-making business?

Would you like to? It seems that more and more of our customers are doing just that and many in fact have been doing it for years.

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to think about starting a business or generate some fresh ideas on how to grow the jewelry making business you have. If this has been on your mind, you may want to plan a last minute trip to Tucson.

For the first time ever at this year’s Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show, two of the most respected jewelry marketing pros have created a jewelry designers marketing academy.

Cindy Edelstein of Jeweler’s Resource — the designer business source and Marlene Richey — author of Profiting by Design will be bringing a series of jewelry designer business workshops to Tucson. This event includes a variety of classes held from Feb. 4-6 that will help designers gain valuable insights and skills for making their jewelry business a success.

You can join Cindy and Marlene for one, two or all seven classes — your choice — at the historic Manning House downtown near the Convention Center. The Manning House show is bead-centric but her classes are not. They’re business advice for every design entrepreneur.

Each class is $95 or $80 each for two or best of all, $70 each for three or more. Registration is going on now on the Manning House website.

To read more about these jewelry marketing classes, visit the Jeweler’s Resource website at www.jewelersresource.com


The complete class schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
1. How to Make a Living at Your Art w/ Marlene Richey
9:00am – 11:20am

2. Defining Your Brand Identity w/ Cindy Edelstein
12:00pm – 2:20pm

Thursday, February 5, 2009
3. Building Your Marketing Toolkit w/ Cindy Edelstein
9:00am – 11:20am

4. Craft Fairs, Trade Shows and Personal Appearances: How to “Show Up” for Success w/ Marlene Richey
12:00pm – 2:20pm

Friday, February 6, 2009
5. How to do Your Own PR w/ Cindy Edelstein
9:00am – 11:20am

6. The Art of Selling w/ Marlene Richey
12:00pm – 2:20pm

7. Profiting from an Online Presence w/ Cindy Edelstein and Larry Chasin, Ideal Diamond Solutions
3:00pm – 4:30pm


Cindy and Marlene are also offering one-on-one speed coaching in the afternoons to help you put your plans into action. They invite you to bring your designs, plans, marketing materials — whatever you need input on — and they’ll consult right there on the spot for the special rate of $2 per minute. Consultations can be booked via email to cindy@jewelersresource.com.

There’s also fun to be had in Tucson so we hope to see lots of designers at:
Contemporary Deign Group’s Annual Awards Dinner – Wed. 2/4
GemJammin’ – our industry’s own ad-hoc garage band playing at The Hut – Thurs. 2/5

You can read all about the JRB Marketing Academy at: www.jewelersresource.com

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Tags: Beader's Resource

My Top Ten Artbeads.com Products

January 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Hello Beaders! My name is Jessica and I am the Photographer at Artbeads.com. I have always been into wearing jewelry, but only recently become interested in actually making jewelry. I get to handle all of the products that we offer on the website, and often imagine how I would wear them. There are so many more options when you can design your own jewelry! Here are my top ten favs. in no particular order.

1. 6190 23 mm Rock Pendant, Light Sapphire. This is by far my favorite Swarovski Product. It reminds me of ice, and the matte finish adds a unique touch.

2. Sterling Dolphin Clasp. I was shooting a jewelry idea yesterday for the Learning Center, when I noticed this clasp. At a distance, it looks like a regular clasp. When you take a closer look, the dolphin appears. I love that!

3. Black Onyx Mucha Neo Classical Portrait. I love all of the Russian Artist Pendants, but this particular design is my favorite. It is a hand-painted portrait of a woman at rest. The craftsmanship is very impressive, the details are amazing.

4. 16x 16mm Multi-Color Matrix Discs. I know as the photographer, I shouldn’t be saying that anything looks better in person, but something should be said for the tactile quality of these glass beads. They’re fun and they’re colorful. They feel great in my hands, and I don’t know why.

5. Black, White, and Pink Pillow Bead. I love black and white, but sometimes adding one more color makes an incredible impact.

6. Multi-Oval/Size Single Link Chain. One of the best things about making your own jewelry is being able to use only quality materials. I have to be picky with the metals I wear. I love silver, and this is one of my favorite decorative chain styles, it doesn’t even need any embellishment!

7. Swarovski Gold-Plated Crystal Filigree Lily. Not only would I wear this on a necklace, but also as a button on a jacket or purse, or attach it to a head band or barrette! These are gorgeous, and look much more expensive than they are.

8. Cosmopolitan Charm. I know most people try not to wear their drink, but this is one exception that I’m sure we can all agree on!

9. Borosilicate Glass Toggle Clasp – Blue Latticino. These toggles were a pleasure to shoot and for being glass, felt very durable. I heard that you can drop them and they will not break, which is awesome, because that was my first concern with these. Obviously I try not to drop things, but if it does happen…I just feel better knowing that they can hold up to my clumsiness!

10. 18x 36mm Porcelain Flat Oval Green Plum Blossoms. It’s the middle of the winter here in Seattle, and I find myself dreaming of summer. This bead’s design is described as “Green Plum Blossoms” but all I can see is a watermelon! This bead screams summer to me, and “Get in the pool”!

Would you like to share your top ten Artbeads.com products with us? Send us your list with a brief description of yourself to artbeadsblog@gmail.com and we’ll post it to our blog!

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Tags: Top Rated Products & Reviews

Interview with a New Beader

January 15th, 2009 · No Comments

1. What’s your name and how long have you been beading for?
      Megan, 2 months.

2. How did you get into beading?
      By working at Artbeads.com

3. What got you hooked on beading?
      I am very picky with the Jewelry I wear. This way, I can take what I like from
      other designs, and make my own unique pieces.

4. What do you enjoy the most about beading?
      Its something you can do alone or with friends.

5. What is your favorite thing to make when beading?
      Earrings! They are fast and easy…usually.

6. Do you have a favorite type of material to work with?
      Half-hard sterling silver wire.

7. What was the first piece you made?
      A bracelet.

8. What are you currently working on?
      A pair of earrings for a friend.

9. How would you describe beading to someone who was
    considering learning?

      It’s something that takes patience, but its only as complicated as you make it.

10. Where do you find the inspiration for the pieces you make?
      Most of the time its from other pieces I see.

11. What do you find to be the most challenging part about
      beading?

       I don’t consider myself a very artistic or creative person, so sometimes it’s
       hard to find inspiration.

Are you a new beader and would like to submit your responses to the above questions? Send us an email with your answers to artbeadfriends@gmail.com.

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Tags: Just For Fun!

Sterling John

January 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Fishing was always an important part of my life growing up in Alaska, but it wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that I discovered a passion for fly fishing. Perhaps it’s the closeness to nature, the required knowledge of local entomology (science of bugs), or the enjoyment I find in tying flies, which reminds me of the days when I used to create lampwork beads, bar the molten glass.

Or perhaps it is because there are similarities with another passion of mine: doing business on the worldwide web. Think about it. With fly fishing, you approach water that holds fish with great care and delicately cast and present your fly in a way that is attractive to those lurking below. A poor presentation will yield nothing more than casting practice, as will a fly that is not appropriate for the water type, the season, and even the time of day. On the web, we have a good idea who our potential customers are, but to engage these customers we must present them with images and descriptions that bring a nearly tactile experience to their monitors. But it doesn’t end here. It is important that customers feel confident that  they are making the right choice and that making a purchase entails very little risk. And lastly, we must present products that are seasonally appropriate within the context of current fashion and are, simply put, DELICIOUS.

For a fish: looks like a bug, swims like a bug, is the right bug for this time of year. BITE!

Featured above is a fly that I tied last night that I will call the “Sterling John.” This is a size 14 Copper John fly designed by John Barr, but tied up with one of Artbeads.com’s 3mm sterling round beads (SS-RND3) and 28 gauge sterling silver wire (SSWR28HH1). I also used feathers from one of neighbor Dave’s chickens. I will try this fly out on a small river in Washington tomorrow and will report back with results.

Devin Kimura, CEO

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Artbeads.com Holiday Party 2009

January 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

On January 8, we gathered for the annual Artbeads.com holiday party. We were able to come together to socialize and enjoy a delicious Italian feast. Devin and Cynthia Kimura, the owners of the company, addressed the employees. They gave a rundown of the company’s progress and goals and thanked the employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the entire year. Following the meal, door prizes were awarded and several employees went home with gifts ranging from a toaster oven to an iPod. It was a fun evening with plenty of laughs and tasty food.

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Can I use a bead reamer on Swarovski pearl beads?

January 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Q: Hi, I have an idea for using Swarovski pearl beads which requires about a 20
gauge wire.  I know the beads come in a version with a larger than normal
hole but I may still need to enlarge it a bit.  Do you know if a bead reamer
can do this?  I know the bead is made of leaded glass and I don’t have any
experience using a reamer on this material.

Thanks for your answer.

Patricia

A:  Hello Patricia, After receiving your question I tested the bead reamer on a Swarovski pearl. While the hole did enlarge, the pearl coating around the hole became rough and unsightly. Because of this, I would hesitate using the bead reamer on Swarovski pearls.
 
Sincerely,
  
Bailey Beader

Have a question you’d like to ask Bailey? Email her at artbeadsblog@gmail.com or post your question to our blog.

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