2013 Tucson Jewelry Classes at JOGS

December 7th, 2012

See Tucson Gem Show Classes at JOGS 2013

We are so excited to be bringing you 100+ classes this year at JOGS Gem and Mineral show this February 1st – February 12, 2013. We have pulled together a very impressive international team of instructors to bring you the largest selection of classes available in Tucson. Please browse our class schedule either by date or by Instructor to find the classes you want to take. You may register for as many classes as you would like all on the same order.


Surprise Grab Bags are Back!

November 7th, 2012

We received so many requests to bring the Surprise Grab Bags back, we knew it was time!  For those of you who missed our Grab Bag specials over the summer, we hand-picked beads and other elements to create a goody bag that is perfect for jump-starting your creations.

It works out great for everyone — you get a fun new beads to create with at a great price, and we get to clear some space in our overflowing warehouse!  It’s a win-win.

Each one is slightly different from the other — different colors, different beads, but all are thoughtfully color-coordinated to give you beautiful results.

The latest edition of Grab Bags will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday November 8, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.  Each will contain strand after strand of Czech glass beads, wood beads, metal shape blanks, and a coordinated color of mesh ribbon.

If purchased individually, they have a retail value of at least $60.  Our price on this special edition Grab Bags are $30, a 50% savings!

Look in the Special Offers category of the website at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow to get yours before they are gone.

More Beautiful Bead Soup Results

November 5th, 2012

We have heard back from two more recipients of the Bead Soup Giveaway from Kalmach Books!  Here are their beautiful results.

From Heather Otto, here is what she started with:  a sterling silver clasp, lampwork focal bead and beads to match:

And with her amazing wire wrapping, here are the beautiful results:

Thanks Heather for participating!

From Rubyjule, here is what she started with:

And with some incredible creativity, she created this gorgeous piece!  She named it “The Infinity of Pink Pears.”



Bead Soup

October 12th, 2012

Kalmbach Books puts together a fun event called “Bead Soup” on their Facebook page, which we were happy to participate in this year.


Here’s the premise: different bead stores send in a mix of beads, which Facebook followers of Kalmbach Books enter to win and make a piece of jewelry.  Fun, right?

Our bead soup was won by Stephanie Weiss.  Look at this beautiful wire wrapped necklace she created!  She added some copper wire and smoky quartz to the mix.

Thanks Stephanie for participating!  We love what you created with our bead soup.

Come see us at BeadFest Texas!

September 30th, 2012

One month to go, and we can’t wait.  For the third year, Wired Up Beads will be at BeadFest Texas October 26, 27 & 28!

We will be emailing free passes in October — a $12 savings! — so be sure to sign up for our newsletter.


Everything is bigger in Texas, and our booth is no exception.  We will be taking up four booths to have room for all the incredible tools and supplies we are going to bring.

We are bringing all of our popular Wubbers Pliers for you to hold and feel the difference.  Patti Bullard, inventor of Wubbers and owner of Wired Up Beads, will be there demonstrating all you can do with Wubbers Designer Pliers, including the Squares, Jumbo Round Mandrels, and Looping Pliers.

Part of our booth is reserved for Ginnovations, our resident lampwork teacher’s creations.  Ginny Hampton-Schmidt does incredible work — stop by and get some beautiful glass beads for your designs.

We will have some giveaways and prizes each day, so be sure to stop by to join in the fun!

BeadFest is held at the Arlington Convention Center, next to the Texas Rangers Ballpark, at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington Texas, 76011.  Parking is $5 per day.

  • Friday, October 26: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 28: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.