January 29, 2015

Trendy Bracelets for You to Personalize!

Charm bangles are popping up everywhere and we want to make it easy for you to get in on the trend. We are excited to supply these expandable bracelets that are perfect because you can personalize them with your own hand-stamped charms!

Made from hardened wire, we offer this bracelet in four plated finishes: silver, gold, antique brass, and antique silver. These look great layered up, especially if you mix and match your metals.

Have you jumped on this look yet? Are your customers asking for it? Tell us -- and show us -- what you are creating!

January 22, 2015

Instructor Spotlight - Colin Mahler

Welcome to the first post in our Instructor Spotlight series! For each post in this series, Lisa will highlight one of our Online Class instructors, giving you a look into how they got started, what they are doing today and what inspires them.

To kick things off, I have chosen to chat with our chainmail instructor, Colin Mahler. Chainmail is one of the first techniques we started teach on Beaducation.com, and it is still as popular as ever.

A little bit of trivia for you: Colin was Beaducation's second employee and we are lucky enough to still have her in-house. Since Colin's office is just down the hall from mine, I walked down there to visit with her and ask some questions. Even I learned something new!

How long have you been doing chainmail?
I first learned chainmail in 2003 and I started teaching in 2004.

What is it about chainmail that attracts you?
I like the math, that it involves formulas. I love the zen quality of either just opening and closing the rings or flowing through a pattern. I also love the endless possibilities with this technique.

If someone is brand new to chainmail, which of your classes should they start with?
Well, first of all, the most important part of chainmail is properly opening and closing your rings, so I would suggest starting with Intro to Chainmail, where I spend quite a bit of time teaching how to work with rings. Then I lead you through four very basic chains. After mastering that, I would suggest moving on to the Byzantine Chain.

Speaking of properly opening and closing jump rings, what are you favorite pliers?
Absolutely the RX series from Lindstrom! I predominantly use the Chain Nose in my right hand (where I do most of the opening and closing) and Bent Chain Nose in my left hand (the passive hand that does most of the holding and bracing). I prefer Lindstrom because they are lightweight and the handles are narrow, which fit well in my hands and cause less fatigue.

How do you stay inspired?
I love the history of chainmail and I want to help keep the art alive and well by teaching what I know. That said, I am inspired by the new directions and uses of modern chainmail.

You teach all 13 chainmail classes on Beaducation.com. Wow! How can students see more of your work?
On my Etsy page, Wolfstone Jewelry!

We love hearing feedback about our classes, and we are delighted with the number of students who take the time to let us know how much they enjoy Colin's classes. Here is what folks are saying about Colin and her teaching:
A big THANK YOU to Colin Mahler! I just completed her class for the European 4in1 earrings with beads and it was fantastic! I have this pattern in a book and for the life of me could not master it. The way Colin taught it makes it so much easier and fun! I highly recommend the class and Colin! Cheers, M.
I loved Colin's video showing how to make the elf chain bracelet with crystals....so clear and explained so well....even showing common mistakes and how to correct them....she's a great teacher and I will be trying this one!
Love Colin's instruction!!! I took a chainmail class a tradeshow one year and hated it!! Now I wish I could find it and finish it!!
Great video. Colin explains every step very well and always make sure you have a good view of every movement made. Colin takes her time doesnt get flustered and is very pleasant to listen to. I have been a fan of chain maille for years and it is because of Colin that I have now taken the plunge and started to make jewellery items. I am very pleased with the bracelet and matching pair of earrings that I have been able to make by following Colin and her instructional videos.
I absolutely love the online classes! I just watched the Full Persian Chain Online Class with Colin Mahler and, as usual, I wasn't disappointed. Colin is a great teacher; she's so easy to follow along with. The great thing about the online classes is you can always go back and re-watch them, even in your pj's! I'm looking forward to watching more classes to learn additional chainmail techniques for beautiful jewelry I can make myself.
So, are you ready to give chainmail a try? What are you waiting for? With 13 free classes -- and more slotted for 2015 -- it's time to add chainmail into your designs!

January 15, 2015

Start Prepping for Valentine's Day with a SALE!

Valentine's Day is around the corner! Are you ready?!

Jewelry is a very popular gift on a holiday that celebrates love, and we want to help you prepare. We have a selection of our most popular hearts on sale for 20-35% off!

Did you see that our popular Swarovski Heart Charms are included in the sale? These are being discontinued, so now is a great time to stock up. When they're gone, they're gone for good!

We also have a selection of blanks and solderable accents on sale. Find your favorites and save! Not sure what to make? Be sure to check out the Valentine's Day projects featured on our DIY Designs page!

January 8, 2015

New Year, New Inspiration!

The beginning of a new year always has me thinking about fresh ideas, fresh starts, and the desire to take on something new. For me, I would like 2015 to be about soldering. I know how to solder, I have taken many classes, but I have yet to do some deep designing and become one with my torch.

Maybe you, too, are wanting to try something new. If so, our DIY Designs are a great place to start! The Beaducation Design Team is constantly designing new and inspirational ways to combine techniques and explore our extensive line of products. Our projects are broken down by technique and most are completely doable for beginners. If a project requires some advanced knowledge, the details page will refer you to some of our classes or product videos for further learning.

To celebrate the new year, we are delighted to share some new inspiration with you!

This Oxidized Chevron Necklace explores ways to add dimension and trick the eye with patinas, in this case, Liver of Sulfur.

Wipe away those winter blues with this spring-themed idea! This Leaf and Flower Garden Borders Pendant shows you how to achieve stunning results with our colored patinas.

Charm bracelets never go out of style, and these days bangle charm bracelets are all the rage. You can document a fun trip or stamp your family's names. Better yet, keep a reminder of your resolution/goal for the year on your wrist! My word this year is BALANCE.

This Chain of Names necklace is perfect for those who want to show off their family, friends or just favorite words. We love how you can keep adding to it without changing up the design.

Keep tuning in to our DIY Designs section of our site; we are are constantly adding in new ideas and new inspiration!

Happy New Year from Beaducation!

December 26, 2014

End of Year Sale Starts ... NOW!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for -- the Beaducation End of the Year Blowout!

We have hand-selected and discounted over 200 products. These are staple products like circle blanks and chain that you will want to stock up on! We have also included many new products that have never been discounted before! Looking to upgrade your tools after a busy season of creating beautiful jewelry? Now is the time! Been thinking about adding some new designs to your work in 2015? Have a look through every category and see what catches your eye. You are going to love shopping the new Beaducation site with prices like this!

December 23, 2014


From all of us here at Beaducation, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Please note that our offices will be closed on Wednesday December 24 and Thursday December 25. We will not be answering the phones or checking email.

psst! Be sure to check our site on Friday December 26 for a special treat! 

December 18, 2014

Bead&Button Show 2015!

I love this time of year, when the Bead&Button Show class catalog arrives in the mail and I can sit down and browse through all the wonderful and creative classes being offered. You, too, can check out all the classes and events by visiting their website. This is the biggest and best show of the year! If you are into making jewelry and love shopping for beads, then you need to head to Milwaukee in June!

A handful of instructors here at Beaducation.com will also be at the show. If you love their online classes, you should make it a priority to participate in a live one! Click on an instructor's name to see which classes they are teaching at the Bead&Button Show in 2015:

Beaducation is once again a proud sponsor of the Wirework category in the BeadDreams competition at the Show. Click here to view some of the amazing finalists and winners from the past few years. We encourage you to dig deep, get creative, and enter this competition! There are some amazing prizes in each category. For the Wirework category, the top 3 finalists will receive gift certificates to Beaducation.com ($300 for 1st Place, $200 for 2nd Place, $100 for 3rd Place). Entry deadline is March 15th.

What are you going to make?