April 10, 2014

A New Way to Darken Your Stamped Impressions

Introducing a new product that will darken your stamped impressions: Gilders Paste! We were so excited about an alternative to the trusty Sharpie that we took some newly-stamped pieces and shot a new product video to show you how easy it is to use.

Gilders Paste comes in the smart little 1.5 ounce container you see at left. It looks a lot like shoe polish and smells like it, too. That small container holds enough paste to cover thirty square feet so your $11 will really go a long way!

Gilders Paste will stain your fingers, so we recommend applying it with a Q-tip, paper towel, or cloth. It dries to the touch after ten minutes and is completely cured in about twelve hours. There is no smell whatsoever once the paste has dried and you put that cap back on the container!

Gilders Paste works with every metal, though it is most exciting for those who enjoy working with Aluminum blanks since we are not able to use Liver of Sulfur or Silver Black on aluminum. There has never been a more permanent option for darkening impressions -- until now! With Gilders Paste, you can be sure that once you 'apply and let it dry,' you can swim the English Channel with your stamped pendants and their darkened letters will remain intact! It's that water resistant! In fact, we put our stamped blanks through the dishwasher to see how they would hold up. Sure enough, those impressions remained dark even after the hottest cycles.

Check out our Product Video to see how we apply it and just how easy it is to use.

April 3, 2014

{HOW TO} Choose the Right Chain Length

You've worked hard on creating the perfect pendant, now it's time to show it off as a necklace. What size chain should you choose? The answer to this question largely depends on what kind of look you're going for, but you should also consider the size of the wearer as well. Our very own Lora Curran is modeling a group of necklaces to give you an idea of the different chain lengths.

Keep in mind that Lora is 5'5" tall and has an average/slim build. That said, a person who is more petite might have a wider neck and a 16" chain will be too short and a tall person with a short torso might find that 36" is too long on her. The best way to get the exact size is to take a measurement, either with a tape measure or a string and ruler. Custom lengths are easy to accommodate when you're buying chain by the inch and adding your own clasp -- it's a perfect fit every time!

March 27, 2014

Introducing Rose Gold Filled

Rose gold has been around since ancient times. Many instruments used to be made of rose gold and often yellow gold would turn a red gold color due to copper unintentionally finding its way into the batch of gold during the smelting process.

These days, you see rose gold everywhere! Its popularity is at its highest now with engagement rings, pendants and earrings. The best thing about rose gold filled is that you can purchase it for a fraction of the cost of solid rose gold.

Here at Beaducation, we started out with our four most popular circles in rose gold filled to begin our collection. Based on your demand, we then expanded our offering to include hearts, a rectangle, and additional sizes of circles.

Our 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 5/8" circles in rose gold filled are all 24 gauge. The photographs really do not do them justice. They are bright and shiny and a beautiful blush hue. Our vendor is able to obtain this look by pressure bonding the rose gold to the brass core. The rose gold is comprised of  58.33% 14K gold, 1% zinc and 40.67% copper bonded to brass.

For the first time ever, you can create a three different colored stackable circle necklace without using any base metal. Below you see we have used a rose gold filled 1/2" circle blank, a gold filled 3/4" circle blank and a sterling silver 1" circle blank. 

We have tried soldering with the rose gold filled blanks and had great success. We also tested out the allergic reaction on our General Manager, who is ultra-sensitive to copper and she had no allergic reaction whatsoever! Her skin has had no ill reaction and the rose gold filled blank is as shiny as ever.

In a nutshell, these rose gold filled blanks have our seal of approval. So stay ahead of the trend and pick up some today - you will love having the beautiful color of copper and the feel of a precious metal on your skin!

March 20, 2014

New FREE online class! Punched Metal Jewelry with Aisha Formanski

Hot off the press (or in this case, the editing room), another fun stamping class that's FREE! In our newest online class, Punched Metal JewelryAisha Formanski shares her signature technique - using basic design stamps to create repetitive geographic patterns. Aren't they beautiful?

Watch as she inspires you to use your stamps in a whole new way to create patterns that really pop. In just 24 minutes, you will expand your stamping knowledge using a few simple design stamps and graph paper.

This class is an excellent companion to Aisha's book, New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry. In the book, she features 20 gorgeous designs and even includes eight patterns for you to follow until you're ready to create your own. 

In addition to stamping and design techniques, Aisha offers basic metalworking tutorials featuring:
  • Riveting
  • Creating holes
  • Shaping
  • Antiquing
  • Basic polishing and 
  • Filing
Best of all, Aisha focuses on inexpensive metals such as copperbrass, and nickel to create these designs. Beautiful jewelry does not have to be expensive! 

March 13, 2014

Introducing 7 new design stamps!

The Design Team gets excited when there are new stamps to use in the studio, so this week was especially awesome as we launched seven (count 'em -- SEVEN!) fantastic new design stamps

We are very excited to be adding two arrows to our collection. One is a very classic arrow, and the other has a heart at the head and teardrop-shaped petals as the fletching. They look beautiful stamped individually or as part of a pattern:

It's no surprise that hearts continue to be an all-time favorite. Thankfully, love never seems to go out of style! We have three new hearts to add and you are going to love the versatility of these designs. Don't forget one of our all time favorite things to do with a design stamp: use it as a border stamp! Our new Radiant Heart looks great stamped in repetition around this circle blank with a monogram initial in the middle.

We have also added two new stars to the collection, one large and one small. These are a great way to punctuate your design!

All of these new additions are Beaducation Originals, which means they are high quality stamps that are designed and made the USA, and stamp like a dream! 

We think the two lined hearts and two stars make a great set, so we put together another Beaducation Design Stamp Collection called "Tiny Embellishments II" that includes all four of them. Save $3.50 when you buy them together!  
What will you make with these lovely designs?  We have been playing around with samples and found that the possibilities are endless!  Combining the Classic Arrow with the Tall Lined Heart on this Brass Circle blank made the pendant below. Sweet!


We hope you enjoy these design stamps as much as we do and we would love to see what you make with them! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram and join the conversation by showing off your projects!

March 6, 2014

Do you like saving money? We thought so!

Punched Blanks take about 2 weeks.
Tax season is a great time to think about how you can save more money in the new year. We want to help! We invite you to pull out that shoebox of receipts and take a look at how much you spent on your jewelry supplies in 2013. (We know, it's a scary thought!)

How many of any one blank did you purchase throughout the year? Those Sterling Silver Swivel Pendants are your most popular design, so you probably bought a lot. Maybe you added in Puffy Hearts midway through the year and those designs are becoming more popular with your customers. If you are buying large quantities of one particular model number, we have a program that will help you save more when you buy more.

Introducing Special Orders! The program is not new to Beaducation, but we don't talk a lot about it and we want to make sure you know it exists. You could save 20-30% off your go-to blanks! Here are the thresholds you need to meet and the savings you will enjoy:
  • 50-99 = 20% off
  • 100-199 = 25% off
  • 200+ = 30% off 
Cast Blanks take about 8 weeks.
You might not think you will use 50 or more of any one blank in a year, but have a closer look at those receipts and add it up. Our customers who are currently placing Special Orders are very happy they are leveraging those discounts!

Danelle Street: Special Orders
The savings that you could be adding to your bottom line will require a little bit of planning. If you are ordering Artisan blanks (which are cast), the wait is about 8 weeks. If you are ordering a Punched Blank, the wait is only 2 weeks.

Special Orders are handled by Danelle Street, Inventory Extraordinaire. You may have seen her on some of our fantastic free classes and product videos. She is a master collage stamper and quite the renaissance woman. Danelle is the one who will handle your special orders. Email her the model number (i.e. SS002) and the quantity you need, and she will email you back an estimate for the amount.

The reason you will be given an 'estimate' on the price is because we base our prices on the silver or gold market that our vendor charges us the day they make the blanks. Danelle will call you for your credit card information and charge you one half of the estimate when you confirm your order and then will email you to confirm charging the other half (which may be a little more or a little less, based on the final invoice sent by the vendor).

Your final price will have been at least 20% less than if you purchased those blanks through our online store! Money in the bank, baby! So if you enjoy any of our Sterling, Silver Filled, Gold Filled or Rose Gold Filled blanks, shoot Danelle an email and find out if you can stock up for a few months -- or even for the year. You will be thanking us when you tally up your supply costs next year at tax time!

March 3, 2014

SALE! All Beaducation Originals are 25% off!

March is Craft Month and we want to encourage you to get crafty. Not only are we having a Design Challenge that features our Beaducation Originals, we're putting those products on sale!

That's right, we are offering 25% savings on Beaducation Original Letter Sets, Design Stamps, and Blanks. These are products that our Design Team created in-house, and they are true originals. You will love working with these USA-made stamps, and our blanks are designs you won't find anywhere else.

Just look at just a few of the things we've done with them:

Our DIY Designs section is teeming with inspiration using the Beaducation Originals. Have a look to see them in action and to be inspired to create your own one-of-a-kind designs!