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!

September 4, 2014

Rose Gold is Here To Stay!

Rose gold has made a huge splash this year and looks like it has staying power. We're glad, because it's so beautiful! Our first foray into this metal was a budget-friendly option -- rose gold filled. We started out with our staple circles and had such a high demand for new shapes that we branched out to our most popular hearts. 

With the trend of the 'bar necklace', we continued to get requests for rectangles so folks could personalize them with stamped sentiments and hang them horizontally, simply by popping a hole on each end.
We knew it wouldn't take long before our customers wanted the wire and chain, so we recently added in 22, 24 and 26g rose gold filled wire as well as two gorgeous finished Rolo chains in 16 and 18 inch lengths.

You know how magazines are featuring a plethora of celebrities such as those Kardashians loving their gold bar necklaces, well it just might be your turn to stay ahead of the trend and trump them with a rose gold filled bar necklace!

There has never been a better time to upgrade your favorite copper designs by creating them in rose gold filled -- especially with the holidays around the corner. This is the season to buy something truly special for loved ones and nothing says special like the blushing hue of rose gold filled items.

A note about the quality of our rose gold filled items: not only with they not tarnish, mechanically bonded rose gold will not flake or rub off its brass core. It is there to stay without the worry of any allergic reaction.

August 28, 2014

A Year of Designing with Plaques

It has been one year since we launched our plaque blanks. Where does the time go? These four distinct shapes (Mod, Scholarly, Elegant, and Lanky) come in two sizes and five metals; there are so many combinations you can create! Because of their versatility, we have had fun working with these blanks to create pendants, rings, bracelets and more.

Here is a sampling of the beautiful jewelry these blanks have become over the past year, compliments of our in-house design team:

You can find a lot of these projects in the DIY Designs section of our website, where we list out the tools and materials needed to make them. Others are shown as an alternative view to the product. Can you identify the jewelry making techniques we have used -- stamping, riveting, enameling, soldering, and fold forming. If you aren't familiar with any of these techniques, check out our free online video classes to learn!