Archive for August, 2012

$25 Grab Bags Go on Sale Monday!

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Get ready for our ninth offering of limited edition Goody Bags!   We’ve been busily packing up a new selection of fantastic items just for you.

Week Nine’s Goody Bags will be available for sale on our special offers page on Monday, August 20th,  at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).

They include a 2″ square of shimmering dichroic glass, strands of Czech glass beads, gemstones, seed beads, and bugle beads, all in a re-useable storage case.

Each grab bag has been thoughtfully color-coordinated to optimize your creativity!  Priced at only $25 this week — with a retail value of at least $60 — be sure to get yours early because these grab bags go fast.

Have a great weekend!

New Copper Findings — 15% off Introductory Sale

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

We have just added over 50 new copper findings on the website–beads, spacers, clasps, earwires and findings!  For one week, they are 15% off, and the sale ends next Sunday, August 26th.

Below you will find some pieces we made for you so you can see how gorgeous these copper findings are.  We have a tough job, don’t we?  *wink, wink*

Mixed Metals and Amethyst Necklace

1. Copper Bead – Geometry

2. Copper Bead – Nautical

3. Antiqued Copper Chain – 8.5 mm

4. Copper Toggle Clasp – Braid

5. Copper Crimp Beads

6. Copper Wire Protectors

7. Soft Touch Beading Wire

8. Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

8. Sterling Silver Spacers and Amethyst Beads from artist’s collection

Copper Connector Chainmaille Earrings

1. Copper Connector Bead – Trinity

2. Weave Got Maille Silver Jump Rings

3. Copper Jump Rings – 18 gauge

4. Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

5. Wubbers Bent Nose Pliers

Copper and Czech Glass Rondelle Bracelet with 

Handmade Hammered Clasp

1. Copper Bead – Crush

2. Copper Wire – 20 gauge

3. Czech Glass Rondelle – Argon

4. Wubbers Looping Pliers

5. Wubbers Round Nose Pliers

6. Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

7. Wubbers Bail Making Pliers – Large

8. Chasing Hammer

Copper and Czech Glass Rondelle Earrings

1. Copper Bead – Crush

2. Copper Wire – 20 gauge

3. Czech Glass Rondelle – Argon

4. Wubbers Looping Pliers

5. Wubbers Round Nose Pliers

6. Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

7. Wubbers Bail Making Pliers – Large

8. Chasing Hammer

Dreaming of Ireland Bracelet

1. Copper Bead – Barrel

2. Copper Bead Cap – Petal

3. Antique Copper Wire Protector

4. Antique Copper Crimp Bead

5. Czech Glass Rondelle Beads – Grassy Meadow

6. Soft Touch Beading Wire

7. Copper Toggle Clasp – Hex

8.  Wubbers Chain Nose Pliers

Two Choices for Goody Bags on Monday

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Week Eight of Goody Bags is almost upon us!  This week we are excited to offer not one, but TWO Goody Bag choices!

Does your toolbox need a few extra goodies?  Week Eight’s limited editions are:

1. For the metal clay enthusiast – textures, sanders, scrapers, and cutters. You might find that special tool you never knew you were missing!

2. For the tool addict (and we know a few) – with this grab bag you can file sand, texture, measure, or scoop your materials!

They will be available for sale as the first item on our special offers page on Monday, August 13th,  at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).

Due to our limited supply, we are only able to offer 20 of each type of grab bags this week, so order early to “grab” one.  They will be $30, with a retail value of at least $75.

Read the bottom half our previous post for tips on the best way to make sure you snag a goody bag – last week’s sold out in less than ten minutes.

 

 

Introducing Our New Tutorial, Free with Purchase!

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Recently we discovered Weave Got Maille jump rings–isn’t that just the best name?–and we absolutely fell in love with all of the gorgeous colors.  If you are into chainmaille-style jewelry making, or want to add color to your designs easily, these jump rings are a delight to work with.

Weave Got Maille Enameled Copper jump rings have many features, which makes them our top pick for chain maille designs:

  • made from enameled copper wire
  • tumbled four hours for strength and shine
  • highly durable enameled color coating
  • saw cut, which gives a completely flush closure
  • wide variety of sizes and gauges
  • 20+ colors to choose from
  • matches Parawire colors

We discovered adding beads to jump rings adds another opportunity for color and dimension, and have been creating bracelets with them ever since!  Our obsession has spawned The Cascading Colors Bracelet Tutorial, which marries colorful Weave Got Maille jump rings with seed beads–the color combinations are virtually endless.

This is a great way to use up those beads lurking in your bead stash–our very own Lisa created the bracelets below, some with seed beads left over from previous projects.  If you don’t have any extra seed beads, we offer a wide range of Miyuki seed beads.  We can’t say enough about these bracelets–how they lay on your wrist–so silky and smooth!  You are going to want to make one in every color.

Interested in getting the new Cascading Colors Bracelet Tutorial?  It is currently only available with the purchase of two bags of Weave Got Maille Jump Rings.  Order any two bags, and we will send you a free printed tutorial and you can get started making your bracelets right away!  You can read more about our new tutorial offer here.

For inspiration, check out these examples:

 

Christmas Colors

1. Silver Lined Ruby Seed Beads – Size 6/0

2. Transparent Emerald Seed Beads – Size 6/0

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Gold–18 gauge, 5.0 ID

4. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Evergreen–18 gauge, 4.5 ID

5. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Red–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

6. Brass Lobster Clasp

 

School Colors – this is easy to customize to your school!

1. Antique Ivory Seed Beads – Size 6/0

2. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Black–18 gauge, 4.5 ID

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Orange–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

4. Tierra Cast Black Toggle Clasp

 

Blue & Brown Bracelet

1. Seed beads from a previous project

(Need beads? Shop our selection of Miyuki seed beads)

2. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Silver–18 gauge, 5.0 ID

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Vintage Bronze–18 gauge, 3.5 ID

4. Sterling Silver Lobster Clasp

Turquoise and Gold Bracelet

1. Seed beads from a previous project

(Need beads? Shop our selection of Miyuki seed beads)

2. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Gold–18 gauge, 5.0 ID

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Gold–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

4. Tierra Cast Toggle Clasp

Same beads, different colored jump rings.  

Changing the jump ring color makes a huge difference!

Silver Colored Bracelet (left)

1. Seed beads from a previous project

(Similar to our Berry Lined Topaz Seed Beads)

2. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Silver–18 gauge, 5.0 ID

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Silver–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

4. Sterling Silver Lobster Clasp

Smoky Quartz Colored Bracelet (right)

1. Seed beads from a previous project

(Similar to our Berry Lined Topaz Seed Beads)

2. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Smoky Quartz–18 gauge, 4.5 ID

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Smoky Quartz–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

4. Vintaj Hook and Eye Clasp

1. Seed beads from a previous project

(Need beads? Shop our selection of Miyuki seed beads)

2. Focal bead from a previous project

3. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Silver–18 gauge, 5.0 ID

4. Weave Got Maille Jump Rings in Silver–20 gauge, 4.0 ID

5. Sterling Silver Lobster Clasp


Pandora’s Box–Week Seven Goody Bag Sneak Peek

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Wow, can you believe we are already up to Week Seven of Goody Bags?  They have been so much fun to put together each week.  While rummaging through our stash of beads, findings, and other supplies for this week’s grab bags, we came across these cute storage boxes, which were crying out to be filled with jewelry goodies!  Each of the 18 compartments has a jewelry treat inside, and we have nicknamed them Pandora’s Box — oh, the fun you will have with these!

Pandora's Boxes, ready for creating gorgeous jewelry!

 

As you can see, each box is color-coordinated to spark your creativity.  Week Seven’s limited edition is filled with a little silver, a little gold, and lots of beads–Czech glass beads, seed beads, silver beads, butterfly beads, textiles, and findings!   They will be available for sale as the first item on our special offers page on Monday, August 6th,  at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).

This week’s offering is limited to 30 Goody Bags, and are $30, with a retail value of at least $75.

We have had quite a few questions on how to “grab” one – some of our WUB friends haven’t been able to get one in time.  We wish we had more to offer!  But since we are pulling these treasures from a limited stockpile of goodies, we only have a limited number of Goody Bags we can offer each week.

We have seen the Goody Bags sell out in under 15 minutes (and once it was only four minutes!), so we recommend buying them as close to 11:00 a.m. Central Time as you can.  We have noticed a trend on Mondays–customers are online shopping around 10:30 a.m., then right at 11:00 a.m., when we make the listing for the Goody Bags live, they add it to their cart and check out.

Hope that helps you “grab” one of these Goody Bags!  And we can’t wait to see what you make with them!