Shelly from A Stone’s Throw makes original jewellery with beach stones which she collects on Cape Cod.
Her other specialty are necklaces called NeckWreaths. They are crocheted from fine gauge sterling silver wire and then “woven” together with her secret sewing technique! They close with sturdy “mag lok” TM magnetic clasps which are embedded in her handmade polymer clay cones.
The wreaths are adjustable in length from 16-18″ long. They incorporate new beads, like the photobeads, vintage beads as well as resin and semi precious stones and pearls.
The Mother’s Garden bracelet is the first Photobeads project with Vintaj natural brass findings. The combination of Royal Garden rose photobeads and Vintaj bead caps and charms turned out to be stunningly beautiful! You can download the full project description here.
The Mother’s Garden bracelet competes in the Vintaj April 2009 Sprouting Blossoms competition.
Nubia from DANUGS takes dried seeds and fruits and pretends they are beads! The result – very original statement pieces.
Her jewellery is made mainly with Brazilian dried products, seeds, gemstones and wood pieces. If you can read Portuguese visit her blog. (If your Portuguese isn’t that good, try using the translator tool on her blog or simply watch the pictures!)
…and then there is bad news. The marvellous logo beads we have made for several of our customers are not suitable for bracelets. When the beads touch any hard surface (a table, beads of another bracelet) logos seem to come off! So these beauties (and many other) where all called off:
It’s not the first failure. Photobeads are unique and rare because they are very difficult to make. I’ve been working with dozens of suppliers in these two years and only three can make photobeads at the moment. But this time it’s different – now my customers are upset and that’s just not right!
Well, we will keep on trying to make logo beads on ceramics and who knows… I’ll keep you posted!
Spring has arrived with it’s sun, first leaves and birds, so let’s celebrate! And while we are happy in love with the spring, let’s get ready for the summer with it’s full sun and abundance of flowers.
Get a free five-pack of Bloomy Coins with each €15 of your order!* This offer is valid through April 15, but remember that time passes very quickly. Don’t let this opportunity to pass you by, place your order now!
*There is a maximum of 20 free Bloomy Coins packs per customer.
How do you present beads in your shop? Many shops sort beads by colour or by material. This is convenient for the customers who know what they are looking for. But this is not the best way to draw attention of your customers to your special pieces.
Your special focals might be purple, but if they combine well with pink beads – put them there! These combinations will stimulate customers’ creativity and give them impulses for new jewellery designs, probably featuring your specialty beads.
This is even more important in an online shop. Remember that in a traditional shop customers can simply put beads next to each other to see how they combine. But it’s impossible in an online shop and matching becomes way more tricky. Especially if you organise your beads by material and not by colour. Featuring combinations is a very helpful tool for customers, yet it’s very rarely used by the web based shops.