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Surprise Grab Bags are Back!

Wednesday, 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.

Growing Your Jewelry Business

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Recently we launched our new line of marketing packages, which grew out of the feedback we received from our customers.  We have heard these comments again and again: “I’m totally in love with making jewelry.  How do I sell my jewelry so I can keep creating?” and “I would love to do this full-time.”

We know exactly what you are going through, because we have gone through it too!  Patti Bullard, owner of Wired Up Beads, started out at her kitchen table making jewelry, and with some great advice, research, and with equal parts of determination and sweat equity, has grown the company into what it is today.

It can be hard to wear all the hats of a business owner – CEO, designer, fabricator, marketer, accountant, fullfillment, customer service…  the jobs never end and you are always on call.

It can be overwhelming and confusing, but you don’t have to feel like you are in this alone.  We have put together a monthly package to inform you of new marketing techniques, provide guidance, and you get a discount on our website to boot!

Our Marketing for Designers subscription includes:

  • Monthly newsletter from Michael Bodnar, our Marketing Director with 15 years marketing experience.  He will share his knowledge of marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and more to grow your business.
  • Monthly newsletter from Tyler Hogue, our Social Media Director who writes on how to brand, personality marketing, social media marketing, social media optimization, and more.
  • An in-depth industry marketing report analyzing online shoppers and their behavior.
  • Chance to be featured on our social media outlets.  One subscriber will be chosen at random per month to be showcased.
  • You Pick First – get the opportunity to purchase new items before they are released to the public.
  • 10% off wiredupbeads.com* during your membership period (excludes Wubbers Pliers).
  • Free access to informative Designer Marketing Webinars, which include a live Q&A.
We know as jewelry makers that having the right tool can make all the difference.  So can having the right resources — we want you to succeed, and you can grow your jewelry business and realize your dreams.  We are here to help so you don’t have to go it alone.
Get started now before the holiday rush starts up soon — you will be happy you did!

Tomorrow’s Grab Bags — What’s Inside!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Hello Friends!  Hope everyone has had a great weekend.

Just a quick update to tell you more about our limited edition Goody Bags.  They will be available for sale on our website on Monday, June 25th,  at 6:00 a.m. (Central Time).

Each bag will include a fine silver pendant, beautiful clasp, a variety of beads and other beading supplies.  We are so excited to offer these treasures to you — each grab bag was assembled with coordinating colors so everything works together and will spark your creativity.

Remember, there are only 30 grab bags, so order early to snag one.

Best wishes for a great week, and happy jewelry making!

New Item: Dimple-Forming Pliers!

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

We just received a batch of the brand-new dimple-forming pliers, and we love these for adding texture to metal!  So simple to use–instead of getting out your hammer and punches, you can add perfectly round dimples with just a squeeze of the hand.

We spent some time using the pliers on our metal shapes, and here are our findings:

  • The dimples were rounder and more uniform than using a hammer and dapping tools
  • They work best on metal sheet 24-gauge or lighter
  • Working with dead-soft metal eliminates the need for annealing (all of the metal shapes we carry are dead-soft)
  • Should you work your metal so much that it becomes work-hardened, annealing the metal will soften it to make texturing easy again
  • No annealing was needed for the already-soft aluminum Lillypilly discs and sheet metal.

There are so many fun things you can do with these pliers!  They are not just for texture–you could use them to write a message in Braille, or a Zodiac constellation with dimple marks representing the stars would make a great personalized piece of jewelry.

Below are some pieces made with the dimple pliers.  We hope it sparks your imagination!

 

 

Copper Earrings made using:

  1. 24-gauge copper sheet
  2. Lindstrom Metal Shears
  3. 20-gauge copper wire
  4. Chasing hammer
  5. Large Wood Dapping Block
  6. 1 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  7. Euro Punch Pliers
  8. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  9. Lortone Tumbler Kit

Copper Heart Bracelet made using:

  1. Copper heart shapes
  2. 1 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  3. 3 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  4. Chasing hammer
  5. Euro Punch Pliers
  6. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  7. Lortone Tumbler Kit

 

Brass Earrings made using:

  1. 1″ Brass discs
  2. Chasing hammer
  3. Fretz Circle Texturing Hammer
  4. 3 mm Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers
  5. Large Wood Dapping Block
  6. Euro Punch Pliers
  7. Liver of Sulphur Patina Gel
  8. Lortone Tumbler Kit

Cozy Up and Make Something Special!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Some bracelets are sure to make you smile, and this Christmas Past Bracelet design is one of them!  Featuring Tierra Cast fine pewter charms and findings in either antique silver or gold, these new kits will be a welcome adornment for your wrist or that of someone special to you.  Tierra Cast products are certified as lead free, and have a high quality fine metal plating that lasts for years.  Skip the long shopping lines, and order our carefully assembled kit, which includes all the materials that you need to make a true keepsake.  Here’s wishing you time this weekend to cozy up with your pliers and a nice big mug of hot chocolate for some quality jewelry making time!