May 28, 2015

« New chevron blanks! 4 sizes, 7 metals »

Chevrons are the "it" shape and we now offer blanks in four sizes and seven metals. Make a simple pendant using just one chevron, or combine them with jump rings to make a pattern.
This trend is not going anywhere!

Here's why you'll love them:
  • Four sizes that nest with one another
  • Seven metals to choose from: copper, brass, nickel, silver filled, sterling silver, gold filled, rose gold filled 
  • The holes are not pre-punched, so you can customize your placement
  • Prices range from $0.60 to just $4.80 for the large gold filled
  • The chevron trend is so popular!

Want to see the components we used to make the stacked pendant you see above on the right? 
It is our newest project on the Design Ideas page!

May 21, 2015

Horizontal Bar Necklace - Still a HOT HOT Trend!

The horizontal rectangle necklace (aka, the bar necklace) still sits at the top of the trend charts. We see it long, short, stamped, or sometimes just left plain. Whatever fits your style, we have got the rectangle for you! Rectangles have almost surpassed circles as our most popular stamping blank shape!

Our Beaducation designers have been taking the bar necklace one step further. Below are some ways to add more space, dimension, and color to your next bar necklace creation.

In the Triple Horizontal Necklace necklace we linked three different metals together. Having three bars gives you the space to stamp more names or words and offers the opportunity to use mixed metals. Using Rose Gold FilledGold Filled, and Sterling Silver makes this a high quality keepsake piece.
Triple Horizontal Neckace
This Secret Message necklace is hiding something. Shhhh! It's a secret! We have stacked a narrow rectangle over a wide one and stamped words to embellish it. Flip the top blank up to reveal your very own secret message.
Secret Message

Finally, here is a chance to add color to your piece! This Ladder Necklace uses our pewter rectangle pendant in a fun way. First we cut off the top loop and filed it smooth, then we turned it on its side so it will hang horizontally. This pendant comes with the perfect spot to glue in a Swarovski flat back crystal for an added bit of bling!
Ladder Necklace

Remember that with any of these designs, choosing the correct jump ring is key. If the ring is too small, the bars will overlap. If the ring is too large, there will be a lot of space between each bar. There is not a magic recipe for me to give you; it will all depend on where you punch your holes. I usually use a ring around 4mm ID (18g is my go-to jump ring thickness) but you might want to play with different sizes to get your piece to hang exactly the way you like it.

Have you started designing with rectangles yet? What look is your favorite?

May 14, 2015

Stamping Sale Starts ... NOW!

It's that time again, our big stamping sale! And this year, we have made it even bigger. We have added the most important stamping tools along with all of our design stamps and letter sets.

Now is the time to check your stash of design stamps and pick up the ones you've been meaning to add to your collection. And how about investing in a Beaducation Original Letter Set? They're the best! In fact, let Lisa demonstrate what makes these sets so special:

This sale is valid from May 14-20. One week only to save 25% on letter sets and design stamps and 10% on tools! Our most popular designs/sets may sell out, so shop early for best selection. Sorry, the offer is valid on in-stock items only.

May 7, 2015

Instructor Spotlight - Aisha Formanski

Aisha is no stranger to the Beaducation headquarters. She teaches many of our most popular classes! Even though she recently moved to Minneapolis, she remains an employee here at Beaducation, telecommuting and flying out to film classes every other month. Let's catch up with Aisha!

What have you been up to lately?
Aisha turning wood
I am busy! I am teaching at Quench Jewelry Arts, shooting classes for, writing tutorials for magazines, and working on my 2015 line for Everthine Jewelry. I have also been taking a lot of classes myself: lapidary, chasing and repousse, and woodturning.  I LOVE taking classes; it keeps my creative gears oiled.

How have you seen our industry change in the past 5-10 years?
This is a big question! The big bead boom is over. The brick and mortar bead stores are few and far-between these days. This makes me sad because I grew up visiting bead stores. They were a huge source of creativity for me; I also worked in them for 16 years. With that said, the convenience of online resources is amazing. You can now take classes and purchase anything you can imagine without leaving your home or studio.

Are any recent trends speaking to you?
Lapidary is getting more popular, and I am jumping on that bandwagon! I have been buying slabs and cutting and setting my own cabochons. It's so addicting!
Aisha's studio
What inspires you?
Materials and traveling is where I find most of my inspiration. There is something about the color and feel of sterling silver that inspires me. Or, while walking a bead/gem show, I can’t help but be inspired by a found treasure. I attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show this year and I couldn’t stop making Southwest style designs when I returned home.

What is your favorite color?
Turquoise, in general and in stones!

What is your favorite technique these days?
I have been working on improving my soldering skills lately. I am most comfortable with cold connections, but there are limitations. Soldering is a technique that takes a lot of patience and time to master, and I have a long way to go!
Punched Metal Jewelry

Are there any links you want to share with our readers so they can keep up with you and continue learning from you?
The best place to see my recent work and schedule is on my website: Of course, Beaducation is where you'll find my online classes. You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a link to my classes at Quench Jewelry Arts. Oh -- and don't forget about my book, New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry.

April 30, 2015

Polishing with Power Tools

What is your go-to method for finishing your metalwork? If you hand-polish each piece, have you ever found yourself thinking, "There must be an easier way!" If so, you are correct! The answer is polishing with power tools!

There is a free online class at that will teach you the technique. In just 30 minutes, instructor Joe Silvera will show you the difference between the two most popular power tools, the different polishing bits, and takes you through a few sample projects. 

The information learned in this class will help make finishing your work fun and easy! The class is also available on the Beaducation YouTube channel:

Have you watched this class? Tell us what you think! We now offer reviews for all of our products, classes, and design ideas. Reviews are a great way for you to provide feedback that can benefit other jewelry makers as well. We value your input!

April 23, 2015

Swarovski Xilion Charms = more BLING!

You can never have enough bling right? We have just added new bling to our product line!

These xilion-cut crystals measure 4mm square, and the entire charm measures 8mm including the loop. The loop will accommodate jump rings up to 18g. These are the perfect embellishment to any stamped pendant. We have them in all of the birthstone colors, making them them perfect for personalized Mother's Day gifts.

Why not mix and match colors and shapes with our Navatte or Channel shape crystal charms?

April 16, 2015

GET YOUR FILL - all filled metals are 25% off!

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Now is the time to stock up on the fancy metals you'll need to make one-of-a-kind jewelry for Mom.

We're making that a little easier, with 25% of ALL filled metal products!

Filled metal is unique because the thick layer of gold, rose gold, or silver is mechanically bonded to the base metal core. This bonding process makes the finished product much more durable than silver- or gold-plated jewelry. Filled metal is considered to be high quality in the industry and our customers love it. If you haven't worked with it yet, now is a great time to give it a try!