November 19, 2015

Stamping on Stainless Steel - Tips & Tricks

Stamping on stainless steel is a popular trend right now. Many people are getting crafty by stamping on stainless flatware and ask us for our tips and tricks all the time. We are here to help!

We recently started carrying two letter sets (uppercase, lowercase, and numbers) that are rated for stamping on stainless steel. We also have five design stamps for you to embellish your projects.

Keep these things in mind when stamping on stainless steel:
  • You can't tell how well the piece will take to stamping until you dive in. In our experience, blades of knives (even butter and cheese knives) are often way too hard to stamp. You should be okay on most handles of utensils and bowls of spoons.
  • You must ONLY stamp with stamps that are rated to impress on stainless steel. If you try to stamp with stamps that aren't manufactured (hardened) specifically for hard metals, you will completely ruin (flatten) your stamp. Stamps should say in the title or description that they are approved to stamp on stainless. 
  • You will have the most success stamping on things with a nice flat surface. Tape that surface down and brace any long handles into place. If the piece isn't resting flat against the bench block, it will bounce and result in a shadowed impression. We've got a quick video that will show you how! 
  • If stamping on a something that will be used with food or drink, don't use ink or oxidizing products to add black to the impressions. You don't want to ingest that. It's harder to read the words without that blackness, but it still looks great!

If you haven't seen it already, check out our All About Metals guide that highlights the differences between the many kinds of metals used to make jewelry and why it is important to use stamps rated for stainless steel when working with this metal. 

November 12, 2015

NEW! Hand-Drawn "Tree of Life" Design Stamps

Just in time for holiday gifts, our custom Tree of Life Design Stamps are finally here! 

The concept of a tree of life dates back to ancient times and alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet.
There are so many modern interpretations of the tree of life, and we love how it has come to signify "family" for so many.
Our new design stamps were hand-drawn in-house and we just love how they turned out! These have been a long time in the making and we are excited to introduce two sizes for you to create with!
The large design measures 10mm wide by 10.15mm high; the small one measures 7.35mm wide and 7.85mm high. To help you gauge size, we have stamped the large tree on a 7/8" circle and the interior surface of the small artisan pendant is 3/4". 

We also carry four tree of life charms, if you're interested in adding more of this motif to your designs.

November 5, 2015

Words of Wisdom from Kate Richbourg

If you've been a student and/or customer of Beaducation's for very long, you are probably familiar with Kate Richbourg. She teaches 14 of our free online classes and too many product videos to count!

When Kate isn't on-site shooting a new class, we keep up with her by reading her blog. Last week, she posted a fun infographic with some recent musings. A lot of these resonated with us, and we thought you might be able to relate as well. Thanks for sharing your talents and ideas with us, Kate!

October 29, 2015

What's All the Fuss About? Highly Reviewed Classes!

Since we added the Reviews feature to our site, our customers have been speaking up -- and boy do they love our FREE CLASSES! Here is a sampling of some of our highest reviewed online classes.

In Polishing with Power Tools, instructor Joe Silvera takes the mystery out of polishing bits and customers love it! This class has eight reviews, and all of them are 5 stars!

Colin Mahler's newest class, Square Wire Bezel Pendants, has only been available for one week and it already has NINE gleaming reviews. Have you checked it out yet?

Kate Richbourg's newly launched class, Drilling Stones and Found Objects, quickly became a fan favorite!

Folks are still enjoying my Spiro Pendant class. It's a technique that is quick to learn and fun to play around with once you have it down. These pendants make beautiful gifts!

Mandala Stamping is a great addition to your personalized jewelry designs. Taryn McCabe is so inspiring!

We love hearing from you, and your reviews help other customers and students decide where to spend their time and money. If you have feedback about any of our products or classes, we invite you to share your thoughts in a review!

October 22, 2015

Stamp For A Cause!

Fundraising is an important part of supporting charities and causes, big and small. Hand stamped jewelry is a great way to participate and contribute to those causes that are near to our hearts. Colors, shapes, symbols, names, and dates -- these can all be used to create a design that conveys its special significance.   We have a wide variety of blanks and charms that can be personalized to broadcast the message you are sending. Below is just a small selection of everything we offer!

Some examples of how you can help your favorite cause:  
  • Contribute to a fundraising auction or raffle. The winner can have a piece stamped with whatever they like.  Lisa often uses the Stamped Cuff Bracelet for this giving opportunity:
  • Create many pieces of one design that is symbolic of the cause. These pieces are then gifted to supporters as a thank you for their contribution. Don’t think you have to do this alone -- have a stamping party and put your like-minded friends to work!
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  • Create and sell a design that reflects your theme, maybe offering a personalized element, and the profits go back to the cause. This would be fantastic fundraising project for a school Booster Club! Add a student’s name, activity, or jersey number to personalize. Get a “Stamping Team” together to support your school.

It feels good to stamp for a cause. We hope you’ve been inspired!  
If you love stamping and want to enlist the help of people who haven’t stamped before, we can help! Let them know how easy it is by introducing them to our 5-Minute Stamping Tutorial. Once they're hooked, have them dive into the more detailed Stamping on Metal class. Want to get kids involved? We have a class for them, too! All of our online classes are free, and no registration is required. Simply click, play, and learn!

October 13, 2015

Fall Stamping Sale ~ STOCK UP!

When we filmed our first stamping class, we proudly announced that we had over 22 design stamps! Boy were we excited! Since then, we have updated and reshot that original class and stepped it up big time. We now have over 300 Design Stamps, and guess what my friends...


And it gets even better! All of our Letter/Number Sets are on sale as well, and so are select stamping tools.

Now is a great time to look ahead to the holiday season and stock up on those stamps or tools that you have had your eye on!

Looking for some new inspiration for your stash of design stamps? Check out our DIY Design section! Here you will find loads of ideas for holiday designs, gifts for men and other stamped jewelry designs. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started:

What a great way to use a large variety of your stamps!

Mix it up with different design stamps and different fonts!

Start looking at your stamps in a whole new way for collaging or patterning!

If you've got the basics of stamping down, be sure to check out our growing curriculum of free classes. We are teaching techniques that go beyond the basics and really explore everything you can do with stamping: 

October 5, 2015

Pretty in Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we have a handful of specials that are pretty in pink! Save up to 20% on these 20 items!

Here are a couple of design ideas that might inspire you to create with these crystals and blanks. We also have an awareness ribbon design stamp to dress up any blank.