May 11, 2017

Coupons and Giveaways and Codes, Oh My!

When there's a sale or a giveaway at, you'll want to get that order placed quickly! But wait...Where does that coupon code go? And how to you get the giveaway??

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you through the checkout process easily, no matter what kind of device you are using.

For a Laptop or Desktop Computer:

When you have finished shopping, head to your cart. You can do this either by clicking “go to cart” on the bottom of any product page or by clicking the small cart icon found on the top right corner of the page.

Once there, you’ll see a list of all the items you are about to purchase. This is a great time to review your items. Have you forgotten anything? Need to switch out a color? You can delete items or change quantities here as well.

Below the list is a little box that says “Anything you’d like us to know?” This is where you’d write in any notes for us. We refer to these as “Order Notes.” If you have a giveaway phrase or need to let the Shipping Team know about anything, this is the spot to type it!

Once you’ve added your Order Notes (if needed) click “check out.” If you would like to use PayPal or Amazon Pay, don’t worry. You can select those payment options later. Clicking “check out” at this point instead of the alternate payment buttons ensures that you can use your coupon codes on the next page.

So! You’ve clicked “check out” and have been brought to a new page. This page is where you fill out your information. On the right, you’ll see a box labeled “Gift card or discount code,” which is where you’ll enter one if you have one! Be sure it’s spelled correctly!! Click the grey “Apply” button next to the box, and watch your total price DROP!

Once that is done and your information is filled out, click to continue through the checkout process. On the subsequent pages, enter all your info and select how you’d like to pay.

For a Smartphone or Tablet:

On a mobile device, you can still click “go to cart” on the bottom of any product page, but there's no other cart symbol like on a desktop. Instead, the small word “Cart (X)” with the X being the number of items in your cart can be found on the top left of any page, just above the search bar. Now that you're in your cart, again, below the list of your products is the Order Notes box that says “Anything you’d like us to know?” Type any giveaway codes here!

Just like with the computer version, you'll click “check out," but you'll notice there doesn't seem to be a coupon code box on this next page! Don't worry...It's just hiding. On the top, you’ll see a blue cart and the words “Show order summary,” which you will need to click, and then poof! The discount box appears. It is labeled “Gift card or discount code,” which is where you’ll enter one if you have one! Be sure it’s spelled correctly!! Click the grey arrow button next to the box to apply.

Once that is done and your information is filled out, click to continue through the checkout process. On the subsequent pages, enter all your info, and select how you’d like to pay. Once you’ve paid, you’re all set! Sit back and wait for your goodies to arrive!

May 6, 2017

Memory Wire Beading Tips

Memory Wire Assorted Sizes in Copper
We are welcoming back Memory Wire into the beadshop inventory, and to celebrate the return of this wonderful jewelry making product, Janice and Kate made it the star of one of their Facebook Live Shows: Making Magic with Memory Wire

During the show, Janice and Kate demonstrated how to work with the wire, and while they made jewelry and answered questions from a live audience, they also shared some helpful tips for creating with this product. Below are just a few gems of knowledge from the show:
  • When stringing beads on multiple loops of Memory Wire, Janice likes to tape one end of the wire to the table. Then, with the other end of the wire, she feeds beads onto the wire, allowing them to spiral down the loops of wire as she continues to add on more beads. This trick makes adding lots of beads to the wire surprisingly fast.
  • Kate demonstrated how to make loops on the end of the Memory Wire to help finish off a piece. She used round-nose pliers for this. Once you have the loops made, you can also attach dangle elements to each end.
  • Headpins and eyepins are useful for adding dangles to the loops on the ends of Memory Wire, but you can also use headpins to connect separate loops of beaded Memory Wire together to form a type of cuff-style bracelet. 
  • To work safely with Memory Wire, which is made of carbon steel, Kate and Janice both reminded us that pieces of the wire can go flying when you cut it. In order to prevent this, cover the section you plan to cut with your hand while cutting the wire.
  • Cutting memory wire is another issue discussed during the show because you can damage your good wire cutters if you use them to cut Memory Wire. Instead, it is worth investing in a Xuron Memory Wire Cutterwhich is made specifically for cutting Memory Wire. 
  • Xuron Memory Wire Cutter

You can find an assortment of free Memory Wire projects to inspire and instruct you in designing with this fun and simple jewelry making supply in the new Memory Wire Is Back project area. Beginners will love how easy it is to make these multiple loop bracelets, and seasoned beaders will enjoy how fast they can create them.

Tall Meadow ~ Sample and Project by Janice Parsons

May 2, 2017

Join us for our First Annual Bead Retreat!

St. Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista, California

Please save the dates: September 15-17, 2017

We have an amazing beading and design retreat planned for 
a small community of 25 beaders. We hope you can join us. 
We're going to the rustic but beautiful 
St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. 

There will be lots of learning, good food, graceful surroundings 
and hopefully, the chance to meet new friends and reconnect with old. 
Come and get away and bead with us for a weekend to remember.

Kate, Janice and Emily will be sharing their three styles of Designing with Color:

Kate will teach you how to tap into your personal color intuition 
and find your inner color voice. 

Janice will help train your eye to see beading 
through color and to select palettes that reflect your "bead print". 

And, Emily, the newest addition to our Learning Team, 
will share how to create a color story 
via the process of color-staining beads.

We'll do all this while creating the most amazing jewelry!

by Kate Richbourg
By Janice Parsons

On May 15, we will be posting information with complete details 
on how to sign up. 
Until then, just pencil us in on your calendar. 

(PS- It's Kate's birthday weekend, 
so we're going to throw her a surprise party...don't tell anyone!)

Soft Flex Collection Arrived!

Soft Flex Collection
The choice of which brand of beading wire is very subjective for most jewelry designers. However, Soft Flex is a brand that has a wonderful reputation and is popular with many beaders. We are happy to announce that Beadshop now has Soft Flex beading wire as well as many other findings and tools from this company as part of our Soft Flex Collection.

Soft Flex .014 Satin Silver
Probably the most well-known Soft Flex product is the Satin Silver beading wire in .014 diameter. It is available in both 30 foot and 10 foot spools. This beading wire is made up of 21 strands and micro-coated so that it is strong but also flexible. The thickness ideally works with an assortment of light to medium weight beads such as pearls, gemstones, and seed beads, as well as glass and crystal beads

Beadsmith Double Notch Crimping Tool
While you can finish the ends of Soft Flex beading wire with clam shells (also known as bead tips), many veteran beaders like to finish off the wire with crimp beads. Therefore, you want a good tool for this, and the Beadsmith Double Notch Crimping Tool is exactly what you need to get a good seal on 2mm to 3mm round tube-shaped crimp beads. 

Enjoy browsing through this new and extensive assortment of beading wires, tools, and findings that are part of the Soft Flex Collection. You will discover simple methods for giving your jewelry pieces a finishing touch that looks clean and professional. 

Apr 30, 2017

Memory Wire Joins the Team...

Lily by Kate Richbourg and Janice Parsons

It's always so fun to bring a product back from "the old days" that inspires new, robust creativity. We found that to be truer than true when we added Memory Wire back into our stable of stringing materials.

When we used it back in The Bead Shop circa 2005, it was not like it is today; it was super hard wire and only came in dark grey. The new memory wire comes in colors and shapes and sizes that were not even conceived back then. So, the possibilities are endless!

We recently did a Facebook LIVE Episode all about Memory Wire. Kate and Janice had such a fun time trying out new permutations. We hope you get a chance to watch the video, see the project samples and try out Memory Wire again. Whether it's your first time or, like us, it's a long, lost friend, think about it when you want to add more creativity back into your designing.

Apr 25, 2017

Jewelry Making on the Go

Spring is here, which means summer time is soon to follow. For many of us, summer includes travel plans, which can put a hold on our jewelry making time. However, if you plan well, it is possible to bring a project or two with you, and beadshop has a number of tools that will make that possible. 

First, you can macrame in the car, airplane, hotel room, or wherever you are. Instead of using our regular macrame board, scale down by opting for the Mini Macramé Board by Anne Dilker, which is only 10-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches big. 

Mini Macramé Board by Anne Dilker
To keep your jewelry tools to a minimum while on the go, think of ways to use tools that have multiple uses, such as Handy Tape. This self-adhesive measuring tape is 25 feet long, and besides measuring in inches, it also shows millimeters.
Handy Tape 25 Feet Self-Adhesive Measuring Tape
Macrame means you will need lots of stringing materials, and to organize them, nothing could be simpler to use than beadshop's Little Box, a cardboard box that is 5 x 2-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches and holds eight spools of C-Lon.
Little Box 5 x 2-1/2 x 1-3/4 inch Cardboard Box
The right tools, packed along with your beads and beading supplies, can make your trip that much more enjoyable because you can continue to create, no matter where you happen to travel. 

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