If you have a loved one, you probably love Valentine’s Day. What a nice day to put all of that hustle bustle on hold and bring out the romance. Everyone has their own ideas about what romance should be. To me, it doesn’t have to be a big fancy thing, like dinner or some special event. I just love having my sweet husband look into my eyes and tell me he loves me and just snuggling up together and spending some special time with each other. Although, not necessary, flowers are always wonderful to me….I just love flowers. I’m one of those sweet, sappy romantics.
For those who like to show their love through getting a gift for their woman, the love of their life, jewelry is always something most women love to receive. That special sparkle, the thing that a woman can wear that makes her think of her sweetheart.
I as an artist, enjoy creating jewelry that may be that special piece. I love working with pearls, crystal, gemstones, wire….the materials used to make that one special piece.
Please take a minute and look at the special pieces that I picked for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re interested in the sterling silver vintage upcycled heart in the picture, here is the link.
At Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy, many prices have been reduced for the End of Summer Blowout…..necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Also, I am happy to announce that the shipping fees have changed to $2.00 on first item…$0 on the rest of the items in your order. Yes, that’s only a total of $2.00 shipping on any order. So, have a look at my artisan bling. Satisfaction guaranteed.
I’ve decided that periodically, as I come across some item or tool that can help a fellow artist, I’m going to blog my opinion on that particular item or tool. I’m not expecting everyone in the world to agree with my reviews, but it’ll just be my personal opinion on something that I feel works well or helps a creative person in what they do. If it helps you, GREAT! I’m glad to help someone.
Today I’m going to tell you about the greatest little tool that a jewelry artist can have…they’re called “bead stoppers.” These little spring-like things are great to use when you are a clutze like I am and you are stringing beads. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked on a necklace and had gotten it close to done and mistakenly dropped the wire and a thousand beads fall and scatter all over the floor. What frustration!!!
These little helpers are an essential tool for any jewelry artist….I would almost bet that anyone could come up with at least one use for these other than holding your beads on the wire. I can think of one right now….as someone who paints, I can see using one to hold your photograph to your work area or easel. They come in two sizes and several to a pack….see here http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203873BS and http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203287BS . There is also a how-to video on the Fire Mountain website http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/beading_projects.asp?docid=9731 . Watch this video, they tell you all about the different ways to use these tiny helpers.
Wholesale Beads and Jewelry Making Supplies – Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
Whether you are a jewelry making novice, who makes jewelry for yourself, or a professional jewelry designer with a shop or small business, you will want to save money by purchasing your tools and supplies wholesale. It’s amazing how much money you can save when buying wholesale. In many instances, the way it is done is the more you buy, the more money you save. For example, the above link is for Fire Mountain Gems, who has increments where if you buy 15 to 49 items, you get the first stage of a discount, and if you buy 50 to 199 items, you get the next stage of a larger discount and so on. I must say out of all the jewelry supply companies online, Fire Mountain Gems is my favorite for one, saving money, two, huge variety of everything you need, and three, excellent shipping (reasonably priced). They also offer free jewelry instruction and video tutorials. They’re your one stop shop for everything you need to design and make jewelry. They frequently have sales too.
Jewelry Supply Company would be my next favorite for their weekly sales and clearance items. They also have discount levels. I especially like the variety of pearls that they offer. I have purchased pearls for wedding jewelry there. Their items come packed very well and shipping is reasonably quick. They have DIY projects and videos for free instruction.
There are many other jewelry making companies online and most offer a free catalog and newletter. It is good to sign up for these, as I feel you are continuously learning new techniques and the newsletter, especially, informs you of upcoming sales.