October 30, 2014

A new shopping experience at Beaducation.com!

Things have been very busy around the Beaducation offices. Not only have we been delivering new products and making beautiful designs to inspire you, we have been working behind the scenes on a brand new shopping experience for you!

Our new shopping cart and improved online store will make it quicker and easier for you to find what you're looking for and purchase your items. We are delighted to make these improvements before the busy holiday season, knowing how valuable everyone's time is.

These updates are live NOW! Take a look! Please do us a favor and email us with any feedback you have or if we can help you find what you need. We appreciate your patience and understanding!

We are so excited about these changes! Here are a few of our favorite updates:

Product Listing Page
We have made it easier to see more products at a glance and add multiple products to your cart without being directed to the View Cart page each time. 

Product Detail Page
All of the information about a product is provided in a more consistent format. We have also included a Videos tab that shows the relevant online classes and product videos. 

My Account Information
Access all of your account information in one handy place: your address book, a new Favorites section (formerly Wish List), Product Notifications, and Gift Certificates you have purchased and redeemed. You can also see your current order status and entire order history on this page.

CheckoutWe have made checking out easier than ever -- everything happens on one page!

We've left the homepage and navigation menus the same (for now), so you can still find everything the same way as before. Our goal is to make it easy -- and pretty -- for you!
We hope you enjoy the new shopping experience at Beaducation! As always, we welcome your feedback!

October 23, 2014

Introducing our new Etsy shop: BeaducationToo

Chances are, if you are a crafter, you have your own Etsy page and/or you support others' Etsy shops. Our business is based on helping DIYers learn and create beautiful jewelry and we love how Etsy has enabled so many budding entrepreneurs to bring their goods to the masses. As founder of Beaducation, this aspect of the business brings me the greatest pride.

In the spirit of small businesses helping other small businesses, Beaducation now has an Etsy page as well! It's called BeaducationToo and we think of it like a little sister. Sisterhood is actually what started this shop. Years ago, my older sister Nancy started her own business of selling stamping supplies on Etsy. She primarily sold Beaducation Original products and named her shop "Stamping Sisters." She recently switched gears and invested in a new business -- a Kona Ice truck (how fun is that?!). Stamping Sisters was a successful shop and we didn't want it to just disappear (and neither did her customers) so we decided to take it over and change the name to BeaducationToo.

Because so many of our customers have successful Etsy pages selling their stamped jewelry, we consider Etsy a key contributor to the success of Beaducation.com. By having our own Etsy page, we are supporting Etsy and offering our goods to people who are loyal to Etsy and prefer to do their supply shopping in one place. Our whole company loves Etsy, we shop on Etsy and we believe in their vision. We are passionate about supporting the handmade movement and are excited to be a part of this community!

For now, the site focuses on stamping tools and supplies. We feature our Beaducation Original design stamps and letter sets, as well as important basics like bench blocks, hammers, and hole punch pliers. So far, we have had great feedback regarding our Etsy page and are delighted to be another resource for budding stampers! 

For those of you who shop with us in both places, please be aware that our Etsy shop is separate from our online store at Beaducation.com. Each has its own inventory and are run as separate businesses, meaning we cannot combine orders.

Come visit BeaducationToo!

P.S. If you have never heard of Etsy, you're welcome! :) Get ready for a new addiction! Let's continue working together to keep the handmade movement alive and strong!

October 16, 2014

SALE! Save 25% on Letter Sets and Design Stamps

Our stamping sale comes around just once a year, and that time is NOW! Save 25% on all letter sets and design stamps!

If you have been waiting to invest in some our newest stamps, now is the time! This is the first time we have discounted our new 7mm Kismet font, which is available in individual letters as well as the full set.

We also have so many new designs added to our Beaducation Originals design stamps collection. Here are a few of our favorites! Get them now while they're in stock!

October 9, 2014

{REPOST} Choosing a Chain Length

This post was originally published back in April and we've had so many people thank us for it that we wanted to post it again. Heading into the holidays, you are likely making a lot of pendants and will be fielding questions from your customers about what size chain they should purchase. We can help!

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!

October 2, 2014

{NEW PRODUCTS} Our Product Manager Picks Her Faves

Beaducation adds so many new products each month that I often wonder if folks are able to see them all! As Product Manager, I'm lucky that each one crosses my desk and I get to experiment before they are available for you to purchase. I love my job!

It's not fair to play favorites, but I'm going to call out a few new products that really stand out. One is the spin off (ha!) from our classic Four Sided Swivel Pendant -- introducing the Double Swivel Four Sided Pendant. Folks have always adored our classic swivel, but with so many people now wearing their rectangles horizontally, it makes for an awesome twist that is very current.


The pendant swivels 360 degrees, is made of solid sterling silver, and is easiest to stamp by hanging both of the swivels off the corner edges of your bench block so you don't alter the shape of your swivels.

Best of all, this pendant is incredibly comfortable to wear and is versatile enough that you can wear it with a cocktail dress or just a T-shirt and jeans. Because it is a Beaducation Original, you won't see it anywhere else. One more reason that this makes a perfect gift for the holidays for those friends who already love their vertical swivel.

Another favorite new blank (also a Beaducation Original) is our Leaf Blank that comes in Sterling, Silver Filled, Gold Filled, Brass, Copper and Nickel Silver. A leaf shape never really goes out of style and we were not able to find a classic leaf for years, so we decided to make our own. We are so pleased with how it turned out!

It is the perfect size at 13mm x 25mm. It's small enough to create earrings or make a statement necklace by riveting several leaves of different metals together, as Lisa Niven Kelly did in our Spring Leaves Design Idea (shown at left). We have seen designers stamp it both horizontally and vertically and both ways look smashing!

The most exciting sparkling addition to our Beaducation inventory has to be our Foiled Rivolis. We added in Crystal Rose Gold Foiled and Iridescent Green Foiled Rivolis to our Swarovski crystal collection. The shine is so sleek and modern that wearing a pair of these earrings or a Spiro Necklace will have people mistaking you as a glistening creature of beauty from the future.   

September 23, 2014

FALL INTO SAVINGS! 25% Off Sterling Silver Blanks!

Fall is in the air, and that means it's time for our annual Sterling Silver Blanks Sale!

We have our entire collection of sterling blanks at 25%, and a hand-picked selection of 16 blanks that are up to 35% off.

This sale comes around just once a year, so stock up and save! Be sure to shop early for your favorites; sale prices are valid on in-stock items only and we know our most popular designs will sell out!

September 18, 2014

Make Personalized Gifts Using Our Engravers!

It's no secret that I love hitting stamps with my brass mallet, but I have traded my hammer for a different tool lately and it has been so much fun. Engraving! Beaducation offers two different models of engravers: for those on a budget, the Micro Engraver works great and for those doing a lot of engraving who want more power, we recommend our Complete Engraver Tool Set.

My most recent obsession is engraving on glass to make personalized drinking jars. A big ol' mason jar topped with a Cuppow Lid is a fun and practical gift! Let me show you how.

Start by drawing your pattern on your jar with a sharpie pen. I like to do Zentangles so I did some of those patterns on the cup you see below. (Zen-what? A quick Google search will give you tons of info.) Next, put on some safety glasses and a dust mask and you're ready to start engraving! Simply "draw" over the pen marks with your engraver. Don't worry if some of the pen marks still show slightly; you can rub them off after you are done with a Pro Polish Pad or some super fine Steel Wool.


All done and filled with iced tea

Imagine the possibilities! You can engrave on jars, wine glasses, ornaments, even windows!

And don't forget, you can also engrave on metal like Aisha does in our free online class, Winged Heart Necklace! I engraved on this pendant for a friend's birthday using a Gold Filled rectangle!

With the holidays right around the corner, now is a great time to pick up an engraver and start practicing. Make this the year that all of your gifts are handmade with love!