July 25, 2016

💚 Gardening With Love 💚

For many of us our garden is a labor of love. We work hard to make it pretty, choose the right fruits and vegetables to plant and of course, maintain it the best we can for a great crop. 

Here is a super cute and personal way to make your garden even more attractive, especially when working with heirloom tomatoes, beautiful basil, delicious cilantro, fresh mint, calming chamomile and more. They are also great gifts for family, friends and colleagues who garden with love too!



Tools & Materials

TIP:
The colored craft sticks shown in the photo faded almost immediately. We recommend spray painting the craft sticks or plain wood so the color lasts longer.
  1. To stamp your blanks, follow the instructions in our FREE Online Class, Stamping On Metal.
  2. Darken the impressions using Gilders Paste. I chose gilders paste because I thought it would last longer than Sharpie ink, especially since these will get hit by the sprinklers on a daily basis.
  3. Immediately after applying the gilders paste, use a tissue to wipe the excess paste from the surface (leaving it in the impressions). I used steel wool to remove the excess gilders paste because I wanted a slightly brushed look. The small hands of an 11-year-old work great for this step! :) 
  4. Use epoxy to affix the blanks to the sticks. Let them sit for 24 hours to fully cure.
  5. Plant your garden! Throw those ugly plastic stakes out and label your plants with your fancy handmade ones.
  6. Water, weed, repeat... then EAT!
And you know what comes next...share! We would love to see your gorgeous garden and what you created to personalize it! #beaducation


Here are some of our favorites:

July 18, 2016

Dad LOVED His Father's Day Gift!

Dad's are pretty special and some are pretty practical. So what did we get Dad this Father's Day? A gift from the heart and a cold one from the fridge. Ok, close enough. We customized a bottle opener  just for him. The reward from all of our hard work was the cold one...press play.

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Here is what you will need to make a personalized bottle opener for a gift, an item to sell on Etsy or just to have for yourself. Whichever you decide, this is a quick and easy way to make something custom and useful.


What did you make for Father's Day? Share with us! #beaducation

July 11, 2016

4 Ways to Use a Half Circle

So we keep hearing "less is more" and we think Danelle hit the mark on this one with her half circles necklace and earrings. While we are working with half the circle we are certainly getting a big bang and well, more.

Danelle asks "How Many Half Circles Make a Whole Necklace"?

School has taught me many things including fractions...but this math problem has one answer! The answer is: as many Half Circle Blanks as you want. You will have a necklace that will be the envy of every mathematician. I think Einstein and Newton would fight over these pieces because they're genius!!!

We have to agree. Get the steps and a list of all the items you need to make this necklace and earrings here.



Want something less shiny and more textured? No problem - take a peek at this half circle necklace. Learn how to Punch Metal Jewelry or how to Stamp on Metal.


And of course, our signature, Metal Stamping. The simplicity of this necklace leaves room for so much. Put the name of your love, your child, your pet, yourself, a short quote, a flower and so much more. Search our stamps for inspiration or something new to add to your collection.


Share with us! We would love to see what you create! #beaducation

July 5, 2016

Introduction to Soldering (+ a GREAT Solder Sale!)




So you want to solder? Awesomesauce! Once we get through the basics, the safety things and what you need to get started, we can move on to the fun part and get creative! Plus we've included a great deal for July! Free Shipping - scroll to the bottom for details!


Safety

Instructor Joe Silvera talks with us about Butane Torch Safety and Setting Up for Soldering at Home.

 
Before you spark your butane torch watch this class with instructor Joe Silvera. Learn to ignite the torch, understand the flame, and refill your torch with ease. At the end of the class, you’ll know the ins and outs of handling your torch safely and with confidence. 

You don’t need a professional jeweler’s studio to solder like the pros. Instructor, Joe Silvera shows how to set up for soldering at home safely and ergonomically. Learn what tools you’ll need to have your very own soldering setup at home.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

Great question! We bundled everything you need to get started soldering into a kit. It’s a steal at $99! Already have some of the items in the kit? Just pick and choose what you need from the categories here under the Beginner Soldering Shopping Guide.


Here are a list of FAQ's and as always you can send us a note if you have more questions.  

Now on to the FUN and CREATIVE part!! What will you make? 

Let's start with Kate Richbourg's free online class: Introduction to Soldering

This class teaches everything that you need to know to get started with Basic Soldering. Kate shares many tips and tricks in this class including set-up and safety, how to use paste solder to solder jump rings, make chain and create and fabricate an embellished bead. This class breaks down the complicated steps to soldering and makes it easy for the beginning metalsmith to get started at home! 

Continue Learning with Kate Richbourg: Simple Soldered Pendants

Have you wanted to learn how to solder one metal blank to another to make a pendant? Have you tried to glue those pieces together, just to find out that what you really need to do is learn to solder?

Soldering IS simple...Kate breaks this technique down in an easy to follow step-by-step class that teaches how to use a butane torch to solder sterling silver, copper and gold-filled blanks to make simple, yet stunning pendants.



Soldering Jump Rings with Kate Richbourg

Soldering a jump ring to a stamped blank will never stump you again! In this FREE class, instructor Kate Richbourg guides you every step of the way and soon you’ll be soldering jump rings with confidence. Your pendants will be safe and secure with a permanently closed ring.

As an added bonus, Kate also shows you how to create a simple link chain using the same technique. It’s not as hard as you might think, so gather your soldering tools and let’s get started!
If you are Intermediate in skill try Kate's ​Soldered Rings and Bezels or Soldered Rim Pendant.

And for the finale....FREE SHIPPING in July - details below!

June 27, 2016

25 Ways to Bring Some Bling

So you love you some bling? Us too. In fact, we love it so much we've create a whole bunch of cool pieces to share with YOU!

With over 150 Swarovski crystal options, you are sure to find some bling you just cannot live without. Let us help.

Check out our NEW Swarovski Raindrop Pendants in both Rhodium and Gold, Crystal and Crystal AB (for those of you who love rainbows). What is the difference you ask and what is this about rainbows??

Swarovski Crystal offers a wide range of colors and special coatings. Special coatings are bonded chemically to the outer surface of the Swarovski crystals for a more brilliant effect. The special effect and special coating of the beads are permanent. Aurora Borealis, known as "AB", is one of the more popular (and one of our favorites) Swarovski Crystal coatings that gives off a rainbow-like effect. Aww the rainbow.

Bring a little color into your piece with the Crystal AB option or keep it simple but elegant with just the Crystal option.



We love how the Swarovski Raindrop Pendant brightens up this beautiful necklace.

 

Want more? We don't blame you. Keep reading and see links for How To's below too! 🦄

Swarovski Red Drops

Wear these fancy briolette drops and you're sure to catch a compliment or two. Swarovski Briolettes are available in a rainbow of colors and birthstones for every occasion. Just open and close jump rings and you have instant beauty. 

Find everything you need to drop it like it's red hot here.
Getting Married?

These personalized bridesmaids necklaces are not only a special gift for each of your special friends but they won't break the bank.

Try something different with these three necklaces. Here are a variety of ways to make something very special for the VIPs in your wedding party. Make them feel the importance of your big day with personalized, hand stamped necklaces, complete with Swarovski Crystals in the color of your choice! 

Our Swarovski Crystals come in an awesome array of colors and shapes including our newest additions the Navette and the Raindrop Pendants. You can even customize your bling, from simple, to Va-Voom! 

Check out our FREE class Wrapped Head Pin Dangles to get started.


Swarovski Navette Flower Pendants

We love how these beautiful Navette Crystals look like petals and leaves when clustered together. This project is an easy way to create a colorful garden of flowers in your jewelry. Whether you use large blanks for your base, ornamental heart blanks, or small simple ones, the results are beautiful. 

All you need to connect these beauties together are rivets and hex nuts. Hooray for cold connections!

Find everything you need to make these Navette Flower Pendants here.


Washer Prong Setting

This project is inspired by our free, online class, Prong Set Pendants. We took the basic ideas, like making prongs and soldering, and then included our favorite technique, STAMPING

We love how sparkly these are with the Swarovski stones. The custom stamped message on the back just makes them that much more personal.

Find everything you need for this sparkly project here.


Crystal Embellished Fleur de Link

This necklace is a crystal embellished version of our Fleur de Link Class. Within an hour and fifteen minutes you can learn all you need to know to create this beautiful link. Layer in a few Swarovski Briolettes and Channel Charms and you have a chandelier necklace that adds the perfect amount of glamour for a special day!

Find everything you need to make this gorgeous set here.


It's Raining Briolettes

Grey skies are going to clear up when you make this stylish silver necklace dripping with Swarovski Briolettes! Roll on over to our new class, FREE: Wrapping Briolettes for a great tutorial on how to get started with this Design Idea.

Find everything you need to make it rain here.


Birthstone Links

What fun way to add birthstones to a necklace! These Swarovski Crystal Channel Set Circles great as charms or links in necklaces or bracelets. For the stamped dangles, we started with two of the same rectangle blank; we cut and filed one to create different lengths.

Find everything you need to charm this necklace up with some bling here.


Spiro Spectacular

This necklace incorporates three different sizes of notched washers andSwarovski Crystals to create a true statement piece! 

The middle washer has one hole already punched into the blank. When you punch the second hole, make to sure position the holes at 10 and 2 as on a clock face. Check out our FREE: Spiro Pendant class to start mastering this technique right now!

Find everything you need to make this fabulous necklace here.



This hair comb is stunning on, and perfect for an added embellishment to your updo. With the help of our Free Folded Flower class, and our Introduction to Fine Silver Fusing class, you will have a great base of knowledge to get started on this amazing project. 

Our Swarovski Navettes make a perfect crystal petal for the riveted flowers on this comb.    

Find everything you need to dress up your hair with this piece here.



We still have more to share so check out 25 of our favorite bling'd pieces below. And of course, we would love to see what you create! Feel free to share with us and tag #beaducation.


June 9, 2016

Let's Go Places!

What's better than an adventure? 

Aside from the actual adventure I would have to say memories. Whether you and your friends reminisce about that time in LA with the weird guy and his pet bird or your latest trip to Disneyland with the littles, reminders can put a smile on your face at any time.

Our state blanks and stamps have been a big hit so consider this a reminder and get excited about what's to come.  

Create a key chain with a special message that maybe you and yours know as an inside joke, go the traditional route with "I left my 💜 in San Francisco" or list some of the activities you all enjoyed on your state blank. So many options, so many states and...yes, so many metals to work with.


If you are new to stamping, welcome to the wonderful world of stamping - you can learn how for FREE here

If you are an advanced stamper, you know we want to see your uh-mazing work so feel free to tag us #beaducation


Metal Stamping Tips:
For best results with Design Stamps, make sure there is NO padding under your Bench Block, make sure you are working on a stable table, and use a hammer which weighs at least 16 ounces. We recommend a Brass Head Mallet

Feel free to hit the stamp more than once, but hold the stamp steady, making sure you don't shift at all between hits. The more confident you are with the hammer and the strength behind it, the better your impression will be.

Find more tips here.

We wish you happy stamping and a safe trip across the United States 👍


June 3, 2016

Birds of a Feather, Make Crazy Cool Stamped Jewelry Together

Our Fascination with Feathers

You may have noticed how much we love feathers from, well, the crazy number of feather blanks, metal design stamps and design ideas we have. If you too are a fan of feathers, let's flock together...with these fun feather ideas, inspiration and of course, NEW Beaducation Original Feather Blanks in SIX different metals!
NEW!!
Brass  |  Aluminum  |  Copper  |  Nickel  | Sterling Silver  |  Gold Filled
 
 

Beginning Stampers
New to stamping on metal? No problem! Take this 5-Minute Metal Stamping Tutorial and start stamping your little heart today. 

Stamped metal jewelry is not only fun and easy, it's all the rage right now! In this quick 5-minute tutorial video, Lisa introduces you to the basic tools and techniques to make your own personalized jewelry.

Advanced Stampers
Wanna delve even deeper into this technique? If you are an advanced stamper, check out Lisa's more extensive class, Stamping on Metal

Here are four uh-mazing (if we do say so ourselves) feather stamps that we can barely keep in stock. They have been a huge hit with our customers so far and we hope you love them as well. 

 

 
Metal Stamped Necklace Inspiration
And of course, what is a stamp without some ideas? So here you are...share with us at #beaducation if you want to show off your creation.

Click on the images to find everything you need to make that necklace.

 
 
 
 

You Charmer You
Finally, for all of you charmers, we have feathers for you too.

We can't resist the boho look of this dream catcher necklace, and it's super fun to make to boot. Combine Lisa Niven Kelly's Spiro Pendant with our feather charms and you will have happy dreams too! Remember, we have lots of leather if chain's not your jam.  See a cute dream catcher metal stamp below.

 


Dream Catcher Metal Design Stamp & Feather Stencil / Template
Just when you thought you were all feathered out...a cute dream catcher metal stamp and feather stencil / template to give you even more options.
  
 
We hope you enjoyed this blog as much as we enjoyed creating it.