June 20, 2017

Featured Maker: Emily at Warped Wire Studio

We really dig Emily's style. She's totally into copper right now and we love what she's creating. Let's meet Emily at Warped Wire Studio.

I started making jewelry as a hobby about six years ago. I adored handmade jewelry but many of the pieces I liked were out of my price range. I was one of those folks who said, “I wish I could make that.” Well, when my coworker gave me a gift certificate for Christmas, I decided to take the leap and purchase my first set of jeweler’s tools, wire, inexpensive beads, and a couple of how-to books. Since then, I’ve been working on refining my style, learning new techniques, and incorporating additional materials.

I started selling jewelry as a reasonable way to finance my growing hobby. I try to keep my product prices low (considering it’s why I started making jewelry) but fair considering the time and effort it takes to make each piece. I like donating jewelry to local fundraisers and adding bonus pieces in new customer orders.

At the moment, I really enjoy working with copper. It’s such an inexpensive medium to work with and there are so many things you can do with it. I often emboss copper blanks with a rolling mill, stamp patterns with metal design stamps, and oxidize the components with liver of sulfur. I will, occasionally, use ink patinas to bring out stamped details but I prefer the look of natural patinas.

Recently, I learned how to solder thanks in large part to Beaducation’s free online tutorials. Torch work and soldering adds new dimensions and opportunities to jewelry design. Annealing copper makes stamping much easier especially when using detailed metal stamps. Currently, I love Beaducation’s art deco fan, radiant heart, and Buddha stamps. Incorporating soldered pieces with my stamped blanks has really allowed me to expand my creative horizons. 

My latest jewelry design adventures include learning how to work with sterling silver. Fortunately, Beaducation has a wealth of free and helpful information for those of us who are either starting a new hobby or furthering our skills.

Emily Rollings-DeHaven
Warped Wire Studio

Shop at Warped Wire Studio at Emily's Etsy store and follow her on social.

If you would like to be considered as a Featured Maker, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.

Featured Maker: Heather Hawker at The Silver Birdcage

Congratulations to Heather at The Silver Birdcage for celebrating three years in business! She has really cute, fun and whimsical pieces but lately we've been noticing some of her beautiful Mandala designs. 

Let's meet Heather from The Silver Birdcage
I started stamping in November 2013 after getting a starter kit for my birthday! After much practise I opened my online shop in Jan 2014. I am so proud to be able to say I have just celebrated my third year in business.

Let's meet Heather from The Silver Birdcage - Mandala Necklace Designs

I started off stamping on spoons as I loved the idea of being able to make some thing personalised that can be used or kept as a keepsake. After a while I realised there was so much more to learn and discover with hand stamping. I started making a few necklaces for myself with my girls names on. I then made a few gifts for friends and as they went down so well decided to offer them to my customers.

Being able to sell items that I have made has always been a dream of mine. I think I am quite a creative person and I love to learn new things! Over the years I have taught myself / dabbled in painting, cake decorating and I even did a part time jewellery making course back in 2005/6. 

Let's meet Heather from The Silver Birdcage - Mandala Necklace Designs

I plucked up the courage and opened my shop when I was at the end of my Maternity leave. I knew there would never be a 'right time' to do it so I decided to give it a go. Unless you try, you never know. I didn't want to leave it too long and then be wondering why I didn't give it a go?

I would say my favourite kinds of jewellery are probably cuff bracelets. This is probably because I have / wear so many myself! I love that you have the choice of stamping on a hidden side so you have a secret message just for you. I am also so excited to have just bought a Dremel and so am looking forward to trying out some new designs using sea glass this year.

Let's meet Heather from The Silver Birdcage - Mandala Necklace Designs

There are so many things about metal stamping I love! It's a great creative outlet that can be taken up as a hobby to make gifts for friends / family or it can be turned into the business. There is such a wide variety of things you can make and personalise to make truly one of a kind gifts. Plus you get to play with a lot of tools and hammers which is always good fun!

I would say the ones I get asked for most commonly by my customers are hearts and stars however I have a long list of personal favourites! The Dandelion and Fluff stamp is so pretty and detailed it's hard not to love that one. I think all of the Beaducation animals range is brilliant and I have a lot of them already. I also couldn't live without Beaducation 11mm Heart and the Beaducation Robot!

Let's meet Heather from The Silver Birdcage - Robot Keychain Designs

Inspiration for my work comes from all over. Of course there are trends which come and go however the work I love to make the most is anything involving inspirational sayings or words of advice. To be able to make something which can give someone a lift in their day is just perfect for me. The world we live in can sometimes be crazy and staying positive can be hard. If I can help someone remember they are not alone and to reach out for help when it all gets too much then I'm happy.

Here is how you can find The Silver Birdcage:


Meet more of our Featured Makers here. If you would like to be considered for a feature, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.

June 15, 2017

Soldering for Beginners - Free Video Tutorial with Kate Richbourg + & 6 DIY's!

What's Hotter Than Solder?
Blazing Hot DIY's!!

Our solderables are tiny but stacked together, like these chevrons, they make a big statement! They also look fabulous when used one at a time.

They turn a plain blank into a unique handmade piece. Give it a try. You will love it.

Find all you need to make this necklace here!
They may be tiny but they have big personality. Turn any of our
solderables into earrings!

Customize with a design stamp or two and your ears will be screaming with style.

Get loud and proud and start making your own earrings here.
Believe in Something

This necklace is simple but makes a big statement. Personalize it with a solderable accent and make your own statement.

We chose our tear drop blank and unicorn solderable accent but with over 1300 blanks and almost 300 solderable accents to choose from you can create your own unique styles.

Find step by step instructions on how to solder here. 

This soldered pendant is a perfect way to show some love. We took the Alphabet Letter K and cut off the top loop to solder it neatly to a circle blank.

Then we added in a few solderable accents -- our tiny copper hearts and silver hearts.

Find everything you need to make this personalized necklace here. 
Stamped Stackable Rings

This project is a great variation on one of our free classes, Stacked Rings. We took some of our smaller blanks and solderable accents and stamped them to create little personal treasures.

Find everything you need to start stackin' here!
Fell In Love At The Seaside

I love the look of a cuff! LOVE THEM....but I don't LOVE how they feel on my wrist.

Adding chain to a Sterling Silver Fancy 4" Rectangle allows the bracelet to move freely. It's the best of both worlds: comfort and style.

Create your own bracelet here!

June 13, 2017

Featured Maker: Rosie Posie from Ring Around the Rosie

So there we were perusing Instagram when we found Rosie's feed. The vibrancy and life in her artwork hit us so hard we pretty much checked out everything she posted. Her choice of colors and the fun flair and style she has brought us happiness. We dig her style. Let's meet Rosie Posie.

I've been creating art & making jewelry since my oldest was newborn. She's 24 now!

We had moved from Phoenix to Colorado Springs when she was born and I was looking for a hobby to keep me busy! I found a cool little bead shop in the heart of town and I was immediately hooked! (It's cute when all you own is a shoebox full of beads!) I then met a friend who also loved beading and we started making millefiori beads out of sculpting clay! They were gorgeous!

As the years passed, I delved Into all sorts of art mediums, but jewelry was always my main focus. I found that making anything from metal was so therapeutic.

Although I am a Pediatric R.N. by profession, I've always maintained a commitment to my jewelry. About 10 years ago I decided to begin teaching workshops on jewelry making. I found the love for metal stamping which took my hobby to a whole new level! I watched tons of how-to videos on YouTube and Beaducation to learn the basics.

I would say now that after all of these years I have finally found my niche. Metal stamping offers such diverse options for creativity. I love to mix stamped metal coins or plates with leather, chain or beads using cold connections. I also incorporate other mediums into my stamped pieces.

A few favorites are enamels and metal etching! I love large whimsical and icon type stamps with bold designs. My favorite are a large feather and sacred heart that I tend to stamp on most of my work. I'm also a typography fan, so mixing fonts is also a common practice in my designs. Mostly, I love to teach others the art form of metal stamping.

Rosie Posie

Meet more of our Featured Makers here. If you would like to be considered for a feature, please email Angela@Beaducation.com.

June 8, 2017

How to Mandala Stamp on Metal Video Tutorial with Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe

Authors of New Stamped Metal Jewelry, Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe show us how to Mandala stamp on metal. They include a ton of tips for Mandala stamping and will teach you how to make gorgeous necklaces for you and your bestie. 

and receive it signed with FREE domestic shipping!

June 6, 2017

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to stamp on metal rings. She personalized a couple of simple and super cute wide band rings. 

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

Over the past few years, metal stamping has become one of my favorite ways to create jewelry. Ever since I got my first set of stamps and realized how easy it is to do, I’ve loved being able to make pieces that are completely personalized, both for myself and as gifts for others.

I’ve made and shared tutorials for all kinds of stamped necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and keychains, but the one thing I wanted to do and couldn’t was create stamped rings. I did attempt it, using aluminum blanks you stamp first and then bend into shape, but we all know that adjustable rings aren’t the most comfortable things in the world. The blanks were very short, too, so the ends didn’t even close around my fingers. 

I finally decided to do a little research on what I would need and get the right tools to stamp on non-adjustable rings that were already shaped. Here’s what I discovered and how I stamped my own!

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

  1. Metal Stamping Hammer
  2. Alphabet Stamps {I used the ImpressArt Juniper Lowercase alphabet}
  3. Steel Ring MandrelSandbagStamp EnamelWide Sterling Silver Ring Blank
  4. Soft Cloth or Paper Towel
Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

Step 1: Place your ring snugly on the mandrel.
Push it down as far as it will go so that it doesn’t move.

Step 2: Nestle the mandrel into your sandbag.
Another option is to use a table vise to hold the mandrel still while you stamp.

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

Step 3: Stamp your words, letters, or images as normal, turning the mandrel as you go.

If you’re new to stamping, you might not want to make this your first project; try a few practice blanks on a flat surface first just to get a feel for it. Hold your stamp vertically with the image/letter touching the blank. Give a very firm tap on the top of the stamp with your hammer. One good solid tap should be enough to create a clean image. Tapping too many times may cause your mandrel to shift slightly and give you a messy or double impression.

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

As far as what you stamp goes, the sky’s the limit. You can write a word, a name, a phrase, or anything meaningful to you. Here I used two initials with a little lined heart stamp in between.

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

Step 4: Cover the stamped area with stamp enamel.

Fill it in completely, then wait 10-30 seconds for it to dry. Use a soft cloth or a paper towel to wipe the surface and remove the excess enamel. Everything on the top should come off easily, while the enamel down in the grooves of the stamped areas will remain.

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

That’s it! You can remove your ring from the mandrel and wear it or give it away!

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

There are a variety of ring shapes and sizes available at Beaducation, including these Wide Bands, Thin Sterling Silver Bands, and bands with heart, circle, and rectangle shapes.

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

I love how these turned out, so now I am anxious to give some of the other styles a try! What do you think? Which styles would you most like to stamp and wear?

Metal Stamped Rings by Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama

I’d love to hear what you think and see your own stamping projects! Be sure to join us on Facebook in the One Artsy Mama & Friends group and share your latest creations.

Thank you Amy Latta at One Artsy Mama for a great step-by-step tutorial on stamping on rings.