February 11, 2016

Have you seen the new Fretz stamping hammer?

Introducing a new stamping hammer from Fretz. This changes everything! Like all Fretz hammersthis beautiful tool features a rosewood handle that feels so good in your hand. We first introduced this hammer in December and it sold out within two days. We are delighted to have it back in stock now! 


This hammer is different than other stamping hammers you might be used to. You might have noticed that the head is made of tool-hardened steel, not brass. It won't flake the way the soft brass does.

The biggest difference is in the way you handle and work with this hammer. Rather than gripping the handle from the top like you would a normal hammer, rotate your wrist so that the comfortable wooden handle rests where your fingers meet the palm of your hand. Position the hammer over the stamp and let the 2-pound head drop onto the stamp. This is different than working with a brass mallet, where you actively swing the hammer onto the stamp. We've put together a handy video to show you what we mean. 

February 4, 2016

How is it February already?

Yep, February is here! And you know what that means -- time to start (or finish up) your Valentine's Day jewelry! Need some inspiration? We've got you covered!

The most obvious place to start is with hearts. We offer a lot of heart blanks in every metal we carry -- sterling, silver filled, copper, brass, gold filled, pewter, aluminum and nickel. By far our best selling hearts are sterling silver, and here are the ones that are most popular:


We also have a great selection of heart-themed designs stamps. These are my personal favorites:


Check out that 11mm heart stamp in action on our Instagram page!


Looking to save some money? For a limited time, we have a handful of Valentine's Day-themed products on SALE!!!


If you still need more inspiration, we have a whole DIY Design Ideas category devoted to Valentine's Day. Personalized jewelry is the perfect way to express your love. Now that you have browsed the products, here are some ideas to get you creating!


What are you waiting for? We have you all set up with inspiration as well as the right tools and materials for the job. What will you be stamping this Valentine's Day and, more importantly, who will you be giving it to?

January 28, 2016

Save 30% on All Pewter Blanks & Charms!


For the first time ever, we are offering all of our pewter blanks and charms at 30% off! Our pewter is lead- and cadmium-free and made in the USA. The soft metal makes it easy to stamp - perfect for beginners! If you have been thinking of working with a new metal, now is a great time to give pewter a try! With 30% savings, you can't go wrong!

There's more exciting news! Introducing three new pewter blanks that are included in the 30% off sale! Never before have we discounted products that are brand new! 

January 21, 2016

More stamps rated for stamping on stainless steel!

Beaducation now has 14 different design stamps that are rated for stamping on stainless steel.  Actually, make that 64 stamps, since you can order a stamp of every US state. WOW! 




Made in the USA, each stamp is precision engraved and made on a round, non-slip, perforated steel shank. For $24-29, you will get a stamp that will never dull, stamps on any metal, and will last a lifetime!
If you're new to stamping on stainless steel, take a few minutes to watch our free product video that will show you some tips and tricks for successful projects.
  • 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 ok on most handles of utensils and bowls of spoons.
  • 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.
  • 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!
Customers have been over the moon for stainless stamps, so stay tuned as we will continue to expand our selection!

January 14, 2016

A new way to darken your stamped impressions!

Looking for a new way to darken the impressions in your stamped jewelry? Look no further than ImpressArt Stamp Enamel

This enamel is very easy to use. Be sure to shake the product well, then use the applicator tip to fill your stamped impressions. Wait approximately 30 seconds, then wipe off the excess with a soft cloth. 

This enamel has quickly become Lisa's go-to product when she's oxidizing her stamped projects in the studio. 

"I love it! So easy to work with. It's very quick and clean -- no need to scrub with a pro polish pad or steel wool. It can be a little messy, so have tissues on-hand or wear gloves." 

We recommend this product for all stamping projects except rings. The day-to-day wear and tear on rings caused the product to chip/flake out sooner than when using silver black or liver of sulfur. But for everything else, we love Stamp Enamel


Check out this week's Specials for savings on select stamping tools and supplies!



January 7, 2016

Looking Back at Januarys Gone By

While thinking about what to write about this week, I decided to look back at blog posts from Januarys of previous years. Sifting through these memories was a lot of fun! It turns out that January has historically been a very exciting month for us, and quite the month for launching successful new products and education.

2015
Last January, we launched the Wire Charm Bracelets. These are very popular, very on-trend, and have given our customers a sassy way to display multiple small stamped pieces.


2014
In 2014, our pal Kerry Bogert wrote a free project article for our customers. Have you tried this yet? It's a fun one!


2013
A few years ago, January brought us the Wrapped Head Pin Dangle free online class. This has been one of our most watched classes of all time! With this technique, you can add embellishment to your jewelry with beads and wire. Most of our customers use this technique to add a birthstone color bead or a pearl. Check it out!



2012
January 2012 was a biggie. That's the month we launched the Swarovski Crystal Channel Charms and to this day, they continue to be among our all-time best sellers.

  

2009
Let me go back a bit further in time to one of the all-time most exciting years for Beaducation. January 2009 was the month of the great Kismet madness! We had just launched our lowercase Kismet sets and they sold out immediately; we were madly tending to the waitlist for this product.

A little history before I go on... When I first created the Kismet lowercase stamp set, there was nothing like it on the market. The ONLY sets available were uppercase block letters. Boring! So I took a chance. People were used to spending $10-$60 on a letter set but this new Kismet set would be made in the USA (yay) and would retail for $135. It was risky, but we knew people would love it --and we were right! We first ordered 25 sets and they were gone in a day. So then we ordered in batches of 50. Again, gone in a day. Our supplier couldn't keep up! It got to the point where we would get in a batch, add it to inventory, and place bets on how quickly it would sell out. At one point, the response was so fast and so large that it broke our server!

Which brings me to the blog post we wrote in January 2009, where we had to apologize to customers and admit our lessons learned. We got it all straightened out, have since sold thousands and thousands of Kismet letter sets, and the feedback has been overwhelming. Of the over 50 high quality font sets that we well, Kismet is still, to this day, our #1 seller.



While other companies are catching their breath after a busy holiday season, we are gearing up to share more exciting products, classes, and projects with you. January 2016 will give you plenty of reasons to get excited about the new year!

December 31, 2015

2015 - By The Numbers

As we ring in the new year, we thought it would be fun to reflect on what 2015 was, by the numbers. How many of these statistics surprised you? 



To celebrate our bestsellers, we put them on sale!
Now through January 10, save 20% on all these must-have items!

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