Friday, November 26, 2010
OK, so everyone is running sales.....what makes this different? Shop at any of my stores, save 10% on everything, no limitations, no limits on the number of times you can use the coupon and save even more because I'll combine shipping for you from all the stores and ship together.
Fill a box. Any shipping costs in excess of a priority box will be refunded too, so stuff that box!!
Questions?? email me at Lois@abeadedaffair.com
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
@HyperspaceHippo had a simple request for some solid copper lobster clasps. Not easy to find in solid copper, I had found some in 3 sizes for my shop but hadn't added them yet. We tweeted back and forth a bit to find out what she needed and I told her that I would post them for her. She also needed a small length of chain and a couple of jump rings to go with the clasps for a very special project. I don't carry chain or jump rings yet but I had them in my personal stash that I would share with her. So, off went the package and I thought that was that, until this morning.
I love waking up to find a mention on Twitter. @HyperspaceHippo has written an article about the project she needed the supplies help with Voyage of the Hyperspace Hippo: Creating a Gift
What a very special loving gift she created. It's truly an honor to have met her and helped with this gift. Sales aside, this is really what Twitter should be all about. Making friends, creating relationships that, even though online, have the power to touch you. @HyperspaceHippo did that today.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
While shopping, don't forget to check out all the new wire, findings and beads available at A Beaded Affair
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Many of you know that I often throw a little extra in with your package. This year many of you received A Beaded Affair pens with your purchases. A few weeks ago, while drinking a cup of "Happy Belly Tea" by Om Shanti Handcrafts, my favorite hand made soap slinger, a light bulb went on.
I contacted Kate with my idea and now, for a limited time only you can try out a sample size of Om Shanti's fabulous soaps with any order from my main shop A Beaded Affair, while supplies last.
So, step right up, order some wire and enjoy a little treat for your hands on the side.
Om Shanti and A Beaded Affair are shops created and designed by Hot Glue Media with e-commerce powered by Wicked Plum. Developed by artists, for artists.
Speaking of artists, July 15 is the posting date for the next issue of Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine and this one should prove to be the most exciting one yet with the fabulous art and articles from the artists at Copper Wire Jewelers. Don't miss the launch. Leave a message here if you would like the free link sent to you on the publishing date.
That's all for now. Just click on over to the shop and pick up your copper fix and get a little treat in the bargain.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
have final approval on each piece. Isn’t it wonderful to have such support from your family? She has her craft table set up with all her supplies but finds herself creating where ever the mood strikes. You might find her on the couch or creating at the kitchen table or even on occasion at her day job. Time not spent with family or wire often finds her with sketch pad in hand designing future pieces.
I enjoy the earthy tone of Christina’s work. She says, “I'm a big fan of rough stones as opposed to cabbed or faceted. I use them all but there's just something about the natural look of the rough stones with the orderly wire
wrapping that calls to me.” Combining stone and wire is not new but there’s a freshness and individuality about her work that is very appealing.
Asked who she admires, Christina sites Sarah from Paradigm Shift Jewelry. Of her swirling wire work and gemstone creations she says, “It was her wire work that got me making wire jewelry. Eventually I would like to be able to make wire pieces with as much flow as the pieces Sarah makes.”
For the future, Christina looks forward to having her own studio some day and not having to share her space with her son’s dinosaurs, who she says are “starting to give her looks”. Ahead, the artist in her would like the opportunity to
leave her day job and create jewelry as a career. Keep an eye on this talented lady. It’s possible she may be one that goes the distance.
Thank you Christina for sharing a bit about yourself and your art and for being the 600th member to join Copper Wire Jewelers. Our group has grown so much in such a short time. It’s a treat to be able to feature one of
our new members.
If you work in copper or any alternative metals and you are looking for some
inspiration, stop by Copper Wire Jewelers for an incredible array of artwork you can wear. Now 600 members strong, over 3000 individual photos and the 3rd issue of Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine will be coming to a computer near you on July 15 with all new work and many new artists along with some old favorites.
Leave a comment on this post if you’d like a link to the magazine sent directly to your email.
See our previous issues here: Issue #1, Issue #2
Don't forget to stock up on copper wire, beads and findings at A Beaded Affair .
New in this weekend 16gauge 1/2 round wire. Great for wrapping on bracelets!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
How many of you have been involved with helping out with shows? I was volunteered to help set up for a recent show in Quakertown, PA. I am off from my job as a Registered Nurse every other weekend, so I normally look forward to my time off, even though there are other things that require my attention, such as mowing the grass, cinematic exposure (watching movies), and of course going to my computer to save the world from aliens, falling bricks, asteroids, etc. The show in Quakertown was on my weekend off, of course. It was a tedious setup, with the wind trying to knock over the tent and all of the displays. Luckily, I had created several containers with sand to tie to the tent, and also strapped down the dummy heads, (not mine) which my wife uses to display her fine necklaces. It was also necessary to arrange the setup so as nothing else would be blowing away, though I did comment that if people found her business cards down the street they might look for her. (There's your litterer, Officer)
As the people started wandering in, many had questions about the fine work that my wife had created. All I could do was stand and point to my wife and say, "You have to ask her." My fantastic spouse would then go into vivid details about her creations, explaining that it was all hand made, of natural gems, and silver or copper. There were no artificial stones or materials. Of course, hearing this several hundred times during the day can make you a little ear sore, but I did my best to tolerate it, being supportive of my wife. She would introduce herself to the hopefully-to-be customers, "Hi, I'm Lois." She would then be gracious and point to me and identify me as the husband. Not being a shy guy, I would introduce myself as "Manuel" which brought forth many a questioning stare, and would clarify with "Manuel Labor." A few still wandered away with head-shaking bewilderment.
An important lesson learned from doing previous show with my wife was to have a decent meal beforehand, and to make use of the facilities. Why, you may ask. Because no matter where the show is, your site will always be farthest from the port-a-potties, and by the time you finally get there they are 1) full, 2) there is a long line, 3) you are standing downwind, and 4) there is no place to wash your hands. Always carry hand sanitizer with you as part of your set-up gear.
It turned out to be a fair day, and at the end is the take down of all the equipment, storing it in containers, then loading it into the car. It is tiring and always such a relief to get that done. But the greatest feeling is when it's all done, we are packed up, and on the way home, my wonderful wife turns to me and says, "Thank you honey, I am glad you were here to help me, it would have been much harder without you."
What can you do at that point, but square up your shoulders, look her calmly in the eyes, and say, "That's okay dear, I was glad to help.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
MY wife makes jewelry. I am sure that there are many other "Jewelry widowers/widows" out there, and faced with the same situations. Does your partner spend almost every free moment involved in the process of making jewelry? From the actual making of the items, to the photography of such items, and then putting them on the computer on their web pages. I appreciate that my mate wants my opinion frequently about her artwork, and I do really mean art, but have you ever been in the middle of something with great concentration, ie; football game in the final seconds, reading the great novel, or saving the world from asteroids when suddenly the newest creation is put in front of you for your comments? I find that I must pay close attention to the item, and also the question asked. I do not want a sneak question coming up on me, such as "Does this necklace make me look a] too fat, b] too thin, or does it go with any other item that may be mentioned.; I like to think that I am very supportive of my wonderful wife, and am truly impressed with many of her creations. I have found that at times she even listens to my input, for I have seen her make suggested alterations. There are times when I am sure her inquisition is purely perfunctory, as any comment I can make seems to be unheard. I was even informed that I was allowed to blog here, and this is my first blog ever anywhere. Considering that, if I am never heard from again, it is because I have been banished, or worse. There is always the great Husband's Answer to any question: "Yes dear, you're right, I'm wrong, I'm sorry."
Thanks Al for your keen insights into the life of a Jewelry Widower. Al will be an occasional guest blogger here and at his main blog http://copperwirejewelers.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-jewelry-widower . Hope you enjoyed.
Visit http://www.abeadedaffair.com for all your copper jewelry wire needs.
Monday, May 24, 2010
A Copper Jewelry Box of course!
These beautiful boxes are the work of Ana Maria Enciso.
"I was born on April 17, 1952. For 24 years I have dedicated myself to
metalwork in the city where I got married to an able smith, from whom I
learned the art of working with silver and plaques. Today we have a
small family business, in which my children are also involved, and... Read the rest of the story here http://www.novica.com/itemdetail
This is from the site Novica -
fascinating cultures, and select from more than 30,000 handcrafted works
...in association with National Geographic.
Even if you aren't searching for something for your home this site is full of eye candy from artists all over the world.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
One of the artists that welcomed me into the realm of wire jewelry art is Dianna Wolfe. From the first time I met her online she was encouraging and supportive of my work. I still look at the pieces she makes and am amazed at how she takes a pattern and creates simplified beauty in the control and grace she imparts to her work.
Aside from being an active member on Copper Wire Jewelers and running several Yahoo Wire Jewelry groups, you can find Dianna's work at her beautiful site, After Midnight. It's visually stunning and filled with the fabulous work of Dianna Wolfe.
While your here stop in the shop and pick up some copper wire and create something beautiful today.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Have you met Melissa N. Cox? A talented Mixed Metal Artist from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this Wife and Mother of two creates fun, funky and inspirational jewelry. There is a simplicity and charm to Melissa's work that I am drawn to. Here's a few of my favorites from her web site Mel's Treasures .
Melissa is the featured artist today chosen from the over 500 members of Copper Wire Jewelers and it's never an easy choice. Look for more featured members of CWJ. Who knows, one day it might be you.
While you're thinking about copper, stock up at A Beaded Affair copper wire in all the popular gauges of round, half round and square wire.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Like me, Danette loves pearls and it's evident when you visit her new site Fine Windings . Touch of Lavender, one of her favorites and mine too is a cascade of lavender fresh water pearls and sterling silver which you can find right along side the equally lovely Gold Class with, you guessed it, gold pearls and gold filled wire. Yumm! But Danette's not limited to just pearls and incorporates stones, crystals and of course Copper in her work. Fine Windings is for her richest pieces but if you are on a bit of a budget, and who isn't today, you also need to visit her Etsy store Fine Windings on Etsy which features gorgeous jewelry for under $50.00.
"crocheting and knitting, stamping, scrap booking, painting, making jewelry, beading, sewing and decorating. Currently she's crocheting Shopping Bags and always has a project waiting to be worked. With a thirst for knowledge, Danette, strives to learn so that she can master, not just play, at the craft work she loves. I often warn people of the addiction that is wire wrapping and Danette's been bitten by the wire bug. She says, "It wasn't until last year that I started wire wrapping, and I instantly fell in love. I don't think a day has gone by that I haven't created something from wire since then (though not all of it has been admirable! lol)." Hard to believe with the beautiful examples I've seen.
Hand made is a family affair at Danette's house. She creates from her home studio, complete with computer set up and jewelers bench, hand made by her husband, to her specs, not to mention the recent addition of a TV also courtesy of her husband. Now that is husbandly support, I tell ya.
"Our oldest kids have left for college and we have a daughter at home who is a 17 and a son who is 12. Aside from Jesus, my husband, Matthew, is the light of my life along with my children. It's a real blessing to be able to work from home and be here for my family, too!" and of her home she says, " It's just paradise here."
I predict great things to come for our 400th Member. With her creative talents, thirst for knowledge and the drive of a natural artist, she's sure to be a success. Welcome to Copper Wire Jewelers.
Follow Danette on Twitter @FineWindings and Facebook Fan Page Fine Windings (Love her Welcome Page, check it out)
If you like making, buying or just drooling over Copper and alternative metals jewelry you might like to join Copper Wire Jewelers. Come on over and take a look! Copper Wire Jewelers where silver is the alternative metal.
Visit A Beaded Affair for copper wire in 1/2 round, round and square plus unbeatable bead bargains. Lots more findings and beads coming soon!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Rose of Sharon Jewelry wrote an article on her blog that got me thinking. "Where are the sales?"
What a good question? One I think all jewelry makers working to create an online presence have struggled with. We've been told by all the experts that we must Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, Fan Page and Flickr to be successful. I know I get lost online searching, following, writing and drooling. I love to spend my off hours, and truthfully, some of my working hours surfing, reading email, tutorials, shopping for more supplies and generally keeping all my Social Marketing Venues active and up to date. How much time do we devote to craft and how much to the necessary evil of marketing. I'm on the computer way too much but have generated a fair amount of business with my online time. I figured out early that jewelry sales online are tough and switched to supplies, a much easier marketing job as I'm targeting the people who I like to follow any way. I keep most of my jewelry for in person sales through shows.
I keep reading that you need to be online about 2 years before you will make an impression with a web site. You must brand yourself and become a recognizable member of the online community. It's a case of building a following that keeps returning and generating enough interest that your web ID goes up so you show up higher in the search rankings. But the market is so saturated with jewelers that getting noticed is almost impossible. And, to make it worse, everyone is doing the same things so you are competing in a saturated market, doing the same things everyone else is doing. From a marketing standpoint, that is a disastrous position.
Almost 30 years ago I attended a sales seminar and I wish I could remember the speakers name because he made a serious impression on me. He said, "Figure out what everyone else is doing and do the opposite or at least something different." The seminar was for Real Estate sales and I used that theory the entire time I was selling real estate to great effect. I think we need to do the same with jewelry. But what could we do differently and still make use of the tools like Twitter and Facebook?
I don't have the answers to that question yet so I'll keep on plugging away, featuring sellers, trying to find interesting information to post, making sure you know where to buy the best copper wire (shameless plug) and generally trying to support other artists in their quest for online nirvana, a jewelry sale.
Got an idea how we can do it differently? Post it here. I'd love to see your ideas.
Stop by Rose of Sharon Blog and her Etsy Shop or her Artfire Shop for a real treat.
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