Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Summertime

Friday, July 15th, 2011

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.  ~James Dent


Summertime is often the perfect opportunity to embark on new projects and expand your jewelry-making expertise. Whether it is a long drive to a relaxing vacation spot, taking advantage of the longer days, or the fact that social obligations are not as demanding in the summer, there just seems to be more time to pursue personal interests in the warmer months.

If you are looking for a project or two to get your hands on this summer, you should definitely check out the tutorials section of our website. We have topics from basic techniques to wire working to fusing projects, and the best part is they are all free! We have recently posted a couple of new tutorials that we know you are going to love. Our featured kit this week is the Summer Triplicity Necklace.

We’ve also put a kit together to make this project a stress-free adventure! You can get it here: Summer Triplicity Necklace Kit.

While you’re at it, check out the New Items section of our website, we are adding new products daily and there is sure to be something new to inspire your next masterpiece!

Gems of Inspiration

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

If any of you have ordered online from us recently, you’ve probably noticed the colorful index-sized cards placed in your package. If you haven’t yet, be on the lookout! These cards are little treasures designed to inspire and instruct about all kinds of topics related to jewelry-making. They are all a part of the Creative Gems – A Treasury of Ideas collection.


Designed to enhance your skills and inspire your imagination, this series will include topics such as:

• Work with wire to create free-form designs

• Use shape as a catalyst for design inspiration

• Create custom ear wires to enhance your earring designs

• Increase your color confidence

• Gain mastery of your tools

And many many more!

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned jewelry maker, this series will earn a place of value on your jeweler’s bench. We are also now introducing a special collectors file box (pictured above), designed to house all of your collector cards. At your workspace or on the go, keep your Creative Gems organized and on hand for creative inspiration.

Starting your collection of Creative Gems is easy! The cards are free with any order from Wired Up  Beads, and we will be sending out a new one every 3-4 weeks. To get your special collectors file box simply make an order of USD $30.00 or more, put the collector’s box in your shopping cart, and we will ship it with your order for free! (Limit one per customer!)

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Have you started your collection yet? Let us know what you think about the cards, and if you have any suggestions for what topics you would like us to cover.

Ready for the Weekend!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

Bill Watterson

Well, its Friday again and we thought we’d celebrate by posting some photos of our favorite earring projects, and we have an assignment for you all!

It is now midsummer, and here in Texas it is HOT outside. Our weekend high is 102*F! This is prime time for jewelry making. It is too hot outside to venture outdoors (unless you have a pool, and in that case we’d love to come over!), so why not spend your downtime creating and experimenting?

So, your assignment this weekend is two fold:

Part 1: Take some time for yourself.

  • One of the best ways to revive your creativity is to take time to relax. So, take a bath, an evening stroll, see a movie…just take some time to enjoy yourself!

Part 2: Create!

  • It doesn’t matter if the project is simple or complex as long as it is something you want to do. Nothing feels better than knowing the work in front of you is something that you created, its exciting!

We’d love it if you shared the results of your weekend projects with us. You can always email photographs to clara@wiredupbeads.com if you want to share them in our Facebook gallery (send us your business information too if you want to post it along with the picture). We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Stamping Inspiration!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Stamping is one of those fundamental building blocks of metalworking that can be intimidating. It all seems simple from afar, but once you have that hammer and stamp in hand you start to realize it isn’t as easy as it seems: your letters are all wonky, you can only get half a leaf to imprint, and you hit your thumb too many times to count. Don’t give up, we’ve all been there! We have a few helpful hints to make your next stamping project a success.

These are some of our favorite stamping tools:

(1) Thumb-Saver, $18.95; (2) 40 Hole Stamp Stand, $9.50;(3) Bench Block Helper, $29.75; (4) Small Economy Disc Cutters, $51.95; (5) Nickel Silver Discs, $10.50; (6) Leaflet Stamp, $9.25; (7) 1 lb. Brass Hammer, $24.99; (8) Nail Head Rivets, $3.00; (9) Sleeping in the Clover Stamp, $9.25; (10) Red Brass Sheet Metal, $6.25; (11) Circle with Lines Stamp, $9.25.

We have also been really inspired by the projects in this book:

 

There are some basic guidelines for stamping that are helpful to know:

  1. Always practice your design on scrap metal first.
  2. Hold your stamp as straight as possible, otherwise you may not get a complete image.
  3. Hit your stamp firmly–a heavier hammer can help you do this without straining yourself. Our 1 lb Brass Hammer works well for this type of job.
  4. If you are stamping a word, it helps to use masking tape or a sticky note to line your letters up against.
  5. Sharpie can be removed from metal with steel wool or during the  pickling process, so you can use one to outline your design.

It takes a while to get used to the process, but with a little practice you’ll be a pro in no time!

Below are some photographs from a Staff Development we did on stamping–there are only 3 or so of us that would be considered stamping “experts”–the rest of us are novices. We had a great time though, and our pieces didn’t turn out half bad!

So get out there and try some stamping, we know you’ll come up with some great projects!

 

 

 

The Art of Gift Giving

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

” Something handmade is so much more meaningful”

–Beth Wert–

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means that children everywhere, from little kids to adults, are shopping for their moms.

You can make her something that is beautiful and more meaningful than picking up something generic at the store. Don’t forget to check out our wide range of products, they are sure to inspire something your mom will love!

(1) Vintaj Chain $6/ft. (2) English Meadow Glass Beads, $7. (3) Sterling Headpins, $8.90/pkg. (4) Turquoise Nouveau Button, $3. (5) 12  g Aluminum Wire, $7.50. (6) Vintage Silver Watch Face, $7.50. (7) Purple Hydrangea Micro Suede, .67/yd. (8) Sterling 24 mm Ear Wire, $1.32/pair. (9) Hill Tribe Shining Heart, $4. (10) Book-Mixed Metals, $22.95. (11) Wild Flowers Fastenables, $6. (12) Made with Love Charm, $9.45. (13) Wubbers Looping Pliers, $28.95.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our free tutorials, we have some really fun designs posted and the videos and step-by-step instructions will ensure you get a professional-looking final product. You can access that part of our website by clicking on the link below, or by clicking the “Tutorials” tab on our homepage.

Wired Up Beads Free Tutorials

Do you have any gift-giving suggestions to offer up? We would love to hear them, so feel free to leave a comment or shoot us an email so we can share your tips!