Wonderful Video Tutorials Using Wubbers

September 14th, 2012

We stumbled across this wonderful collection of free tutorials on You Tube (while browsing Pinterest, naturally).  Rachel is a very talented jewelry artist from Loughrea, Ireland, and teaches there.

We were absolutely THRILLED when we saw her using Wubbers Pliers in the videos.  You can see her round nose Wubbers on the far left!  Here is the video that initially caught our eye:

 

We hope you enjoy all of her videos, which you can view on her channel.  She even uses her “well-worn” Wubbers pliers handle to form ear cuffs.  What a creative use of Wubbers!

We can’t wait to see what she does next, and we have to admit we love her accent almost as much as her tutorials.

Rachel gives her advice for beginners working with wire:

I’m a great believer that things happen as they will, and it has not always got a lot to do with us, when making jewellery I suggest that people relax and allow the wire and tools to almost do what they want, I am often amazed and surprised at what I produce. 

The frustrations caused by faulty of inferior tools only add to a stressed environment and I don’t think that beautiful things can be created when you are worrying about whether the pliers will mark the wire or if they twist worryingly when you bend a piece of wire.  Mangled bits of jewellery are frustrating enough when you have years of experience behind you but for a beginner it is devastating, soon they believe that they can’t make jewellery and almost wish they had never tried in the first place, but if they get the basics, the right tools, wire and information and then I think that anyone can relax and let their own creativity take over the task.   It’s what I teach in my classes, there are no mistakes in wire jewellery just new designs and design features.

Thanks Rachel!  Here is some of her gorgeous work, all made with Wubbers:

Growing Your Jewelry Business

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!

September’s Jewelry Making Classes are Now Online

September 3rd, 2012

Can you believe it’s almost autumn?  Neither can we!

We have been busy arranging new classes for you at Wired Up Beads.  Our jewelry making classes are filling up September’s calendar, and we are thrilled to have over a dozen planned for this month.

You can view our class descriptions and register here, or view in calendar format here.

We are especially excited to be hosting Master Lampwork Artist Sam Hibler in our Dallas/Fort Worth studio this month!  Sam has three incredible classes scheduled September 14-16.  If you are in the area and want to learn advanced techniques for making glass beads, this is the class for you.

 

 

We have been having a blast with our $10 Happy Hour classes on Friday.  These popular classes have been selling out – and it’s no wonder!  You get to learn a new jewelry technique, hang out with fun people, and we even give you a $10 voucher to use that day, which makes the class essentially… FREE!

Grab a friend and come join us for some fun at WUB!

$25 Grab Bags Go on Sale Monday!

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

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