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September 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Uncategorized
With Christmas approaching, I know that lots of our customers have seasonal sales of their bead creations to raise a bit of extra cash. I know that we have plenty of customers who are real regulars at craft fairs, running jewellery parties or supplying shops and stores with the jewellery they make. I often get phone calls asking for advice about starting to make and sell jewellery so I thought I’d write a few of the tips and hints down in thi sblog over the next week or so. As I used to make and design for independent and multiple retyailers I hope I will have a few bits of good advice for you. I am going to focus on more local events rather than supplying chain stores in this series.
Know your Market
This really applies if you want to sell jewellery in a targeted sort of way. If you are simply taking a few pairs of earrings or a couple of necklaces, that you have made, into the office just to see who likes them then you don’t need to worry. BUT if you have booked a stall at a craft show or a table at a charity event it would be a good idea to find out what the paying punters for your handmade jewellery are going to be looking for. Consider the age range & the type of function, for example will they be retired ladies or young Mums. Find out from the organiser who came last year and which jewellery stalls did well and are coming back this year.
The same applies to pricing the jewellery you make. Don’t be too greedy but don’t make your beaded goodies so cheap that you are threading beads on to headpins for peanuts either. Account for your time too. look around in stores to see the going rates for similar pierces. Many people are prepared to pay a little extra for bead jewellery with a personal touch. Maybe add some pretty packaging, or sterling earwires. Check out the competition from your fellow jewellery makers and see what they are charging. Your necklaces might be cheaper, make a feature out of their good value but NEVER run down the competition. If your handmade bead jewellery is a little more costly than others, explain why. Have you used better quality beads, maybe some Swarovski crystal beads or sterling silver. Explain all this to your customers and have some display cards to point out unique selling points!
Next time: Where to sell your jewellery and following bead trends to increase sales of your beaded jewellery. Happy selling beaders.
September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Uncategorized
If you are a creative sort of person who enjoys various other crafts, then you may want to look into making your own jewellery. Making your own jewellery requires a little skill but in actual fact it is a very easy thing to learn how to do. Once you have the right tools and equipment, you should find that making jewellery is very simple and can be achieved with very little training and just a small amount of practice.
First of all you will need to decide which sort of beads and gems you want to use to create your jewellery pieces. If you want to make something a little ethnic, then you may want to look at using wooden beads. Wooden beads are nice and light so you can use big ones for a dramatic effect, they look amazing and come in a range of sizes so you can really create something that looks unique and individual. Mix them up with beads in other materials. If you would prefer something with a little bit of sparkle, try gorgeous Swarovski crystal beads and silver findings. For a bright chunky necklace mix lampwork glass beads in with tiny xillion swarovski spacers to give space in the design.
There are lots of ideas and help on jewellery making in out Tips and Hints section.
January 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Uncategorized
Bluestreak Beads will be introducing loads of fabulous new beads for jewellery making over the next few months. There are new Swarovski crystal beads, glass beads, shell beads and semi precious beads sitting in our bead warehouse awaiting listing on Bluestreak Beads. So keep your eyes open for all the lovely new beads and let us know what beads you want to see us selling
We want to keep Bluestreak Beads the very best one stop Bead shop online in the UK.
June 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Uncategorized
If you are a jewellery maker who likes to use sterling silver findings where possible you will be pleased to see our new bails. Pretty and reasonable priced findings are always good to have in your bead box.
We have three new bails to choose from starting with a tiny 10mm peardrop shape which fits the 10mm sawrovski hearts.
This Open Heart bail pictured left is 16mm long with an 8mm heart motif. We’ve shown it on a small carnelian chunk.
It has to be the easiest way to make jewellery but don’t knock it, the simplicity of a Pandora style bead bracelet means that you can take it to bits and change the look in a heartbeat. Add a few extra beads or a different charm to the snake bracelet, or take off the beads and use them for a necklace for a couple of days.
For the bracelet pictured, I have made charms out of Venetian Glass hearts, and little silver plated lockets, to give a twist of originality to my jewellery making.
Many more Pandora style jewellery kits are to be found at Bluestreak Beads
September 3, 2009 at 8:29 am | Uncategorized
Here is a fantasic recent piece of archaeolgy about beads from centuries ago.
Shell beads newly unearthed from four sites in Morocco confirm early humans were consistently wearing and making jewellery as early as 80,000 years ago.
A team of researchers recovered 25 marine shell beads dating back to around 70,000 to 85,000 years ago from sites in Morocco, as part of a European Science Foundation EUROCORES programme ‘Origin of Man. The shells have man-made holes through the centre and some show signs of pigment and prolonged wear, suggesting they were worn as jewellery.
“Either people went to sea and collected them, or more likely marine shell beads helped create and maintain exchange networks between coastal and inland peoples. This shows well-structured human culture that attributed meaning to these things,” said Francesco d’Errico, lead author and director of research.
For the full paper on ancient beads, jewellery making and trading look at the cordis news site.
For our up to date shell beads in bright fuchsia as well as more natural finishes look on our “shell beads page”
August 27, 2009 at 8:55 am | Uncategorized
Handmade beads from Venice don’t come cheap but you do get what you pay for. the Venetian bead makers pick the most vibrant glass and use real silver and gold foils to wrap the cores in. We are delighted to have our full range of Venetian glass beads back in stock even though it has taken a while for them to arrive, they are well worth the wait.
Most of the beads are made on Murano, the famous Island of glassmakers but some of ours are actually made in Venice itself in a tiny glass works by a quiet quayside. Their workshop is bursting with brightly coloured canes and shelves stuffed full of beads, moulds and tools. The history of beadmaking in Venice dates from the time of Marco Polo when he returned from his journeys with beads from Asia. Local artisians used their glass making skills to reproduce these precious stones for jewellery making and trade.
In Venice and Murano, bead production has historically been womens’ work.During the 1930s there were as many as 30 companies making the seed beads, employing hundreds of women.
August 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Uncategorized
Lots of newbies to the bead jewellery making world ask us for jewellery making tips and techniques. There is a special section on the Bluestreak Beads website devoted to help and tuition. I have included sections on basic jewellery findings, how to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces and tons more including which jewellery tools to choose and a helpful tutorial on the basic techniques of jewellery making from turning a loop in a headpin to fitting clasps and the use of jumprings. It’s not difficult to get started creating your own beaded jewellery.
August 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Uncategorized
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