Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Discount 10% off Everything in every shop!

I don't post a lot but when I do it's something you need to read. I've just loaded up my shops with the first ever Black Friday sale in A Beaded Affair history. Cool huh?

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.
 Each store has different beads and findings and supplies. Lots of items at true wholesale and discounted prices. Main store has stringing and other extras too. Take a look.

 Each store has different beads and findings and supplies. Lots of items at true wholesale and discounted prices. Main store has stringing and other extras too. Take a look.

Fill a box. Any shipping costs in excess of a priority box will be refunded too, so stuff that box!!

Start here:
Questions?? email me at

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

@HyperspaceHippo - Voyage of the Hyperspace Hippo: Creating a Gift

Many of you know that I often spend my twitter time re-tweeting the hand made copper jewelry pieces you post on Twitter. In fact, that's how many of you found me in the first place, when I tweeted a piece you posted. I've always thought it was a win-win situation for both of us. If you post a piece from your shops and add the words copper, copper jewelry, hand made copper my Social Oomph search engine notifies me. Most mornings and some evenings I'll go through the lists and re-tweet at least a few of the pieces I like. Every once in a while I get to help someone with a copper project or answer questions about wire wrapping or copper wire. One night a couple of weeks ago was one of those occasions. I met @HyperspaceHippo.

@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

Just Joined a Great Team - Etsy Supply Street Team - ESST Team

I'm thrilled to announce that I have joined the best supply street team at Etsy. Here are a few things from the team members. If you create it they have everything you could possibly need to make it. Check out all the ESST Member shops for all your creative projects.

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While shopping, don't forget to check out all the new wire, findings and beads available at A Beaded Affair

Saturday, July 10, 2010

This is fun - Free Ads for your Etsy Store

Free ads for your Etsy Stores from ESellerAds - Try it out! Lots of fun and who knows you might sell something.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Special Treat with your Copper Purchase

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

The Jewelry Widower - Is that your tool or mine?

Like most men, I have a bunch of tools. A passage of manhood, you might say. Heck, some of them are still in their boxes. I swear I will learn to use that router some day, and every guy needs to have a belt sander.
With my wife doing a lot of jewelry work, of course she needs tools. The other day she asked me if I had a dapping block? It bugged me that a) I didn't know what she was talking about, b) she had to tell me what it was and what she needed it for, and c) I did not have one. I have loaned her several of my tools, and have to follow up on getting them back. Her complaint is that I leave tools all over the place. You never know when you will need a screwdriver, Vise-Grips, hammer, wrench, or nail setter, right? I just like to have them quickly available.
Ever since my wonderful wife began creating her marvelous jewelry, I have been supportive. At first she was interested in the gems, so I bought her as gifts all different types of scopes, weighing devices, magnifying visors with a cool light, tweezers, and other types of gadgets that I thought she would be interested in using. She has taken over the back bedroom and has multiple work areas, though after all that she is frequently doing her work in the bedroom. I even put in a high def TV so that she could have entertainment while back there. I have built her a neat bin holder on wheels so that she could store her different beads, fittings and other whatchamaycallits she may need. There is a great vise with a vacuum bottom so that she could attach it where she needs it. To top it off, she has her photo studio set up in there, with a tripod from my photojournalist days and a photo cube with lights. All she would need is a fridge, microwave and a hot plate and I might not see her for weeks.
Having found myself at a nearby Harbor Freight on the way home from work today, I thought I would surprise my wife with a gift of the dapping block. I went in and asked one of the workers there where I could find one, and received the strangest look. He had no idea what I was talking about, and after consulting with several of his co-workers he told me that they did not have any dapping blocks of any size. I went back to my car to call my wife on the phone, asked her what size dapping block might she be interested in for her work. Lois informed me that she did not remember what project it was for, or what she was going to do with it, but thought it would be nice and a handy tool to have.
I believe the gulf between men and women is not as large as one might be led to believe. I plan on buying for myself a very large vise that will be mounted on my almost completed workbench in the garage, and that way I know that it will not be borrowed, along with my router and belt sander. If I can find those missing instructions for the bench then I can finish putting it together. Heck, it's been almost a year. But that is another blog.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Copper Wire Jewelers Welcomes 600th Member - Christina Stewart - White Rose Creations

One of the best things that has happened to me as a result of opening the jewelry group, Copper Wire Jewelers, is getting to meet so many wonderful artists I might never have met but for the group. One of those people
is Christina Stewart of White Rose Creations and TwistedWireJewelry. I’d like you all to help me welcome Christina, our 600th member and learn a little bit about her with me.

Christina hails from Oak Harbor, Washington on the Island of Whidbey with her supportive husband who’s getting in the act too by working on Viking knit and considering some lampworking and her nine year old son who seems to
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 asked Christina how she got started making jewelry?

“I started out with chainmaille. A friend was working on a shirt, and we used to have chainmaille parties where several of us would work on various parts. The classic 4 in 1 pattern was too plain for my liking and I ventured into doing more difficult weaves. I was working on chainmaille jewelry when my friend pointed me to DeviantArt so that I could put pictures of my work online. I got to cruising the site, looking for other chainmaille when I stumbled upon wire wrap jewelry. It was craft at first sight! I began looking at what other artisans had done with their pieces and it just clicked.

I downloaded several tutorials, and failed at every single one of them. I went back and looked at the wonderful pieces that others had done thinking that this was just not something I was meant to do. That was when my creative muse stepped in and slapped me. My first piece took forever to make, but was worth it in the end. It was more elaborate than the stuff I ended up making later on, but I'm slowly progressing back into that type of wrapping as I learn. I just started making some really nifty looking rings out of silver, gold, and copper that really challenge my skills.”

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.”
Above piece by Sarah - Paradigm Shift Jewelry

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

The Jewelry Widower - Still alive

Just a reassurance that after my first blog my fingers were not broken, nor any other bodily harm inflicted. There were a few fellow JW'ers (Jewelry Widowers) who have let themselves be known. I do not suffer alone, thank heavens!
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


Please welcome our guest blogger and my husband - The Jewelry Widower - Al Linquist

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 . Hope you enjoyed.

Visit for all your copper jewelry wire needs.

Monday, May 24, 2010

So, Where do You Store Your Copper Jewelry?

A Copper Jewelry Box of course!

These beautiful boxes are the work of Ana Maria Enciso.

"In my work I seek to recover the folklore and joy of the Andean people."

"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

This is from the site Novica -
NOVICA unites you with more than 2,000 extraordinary master artists around the world. Read about their lives, explore their

fascinating cultures, and select from more than 30,000 handcrafted works

of art. 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

Copper Wire Jewelers - Featured Artist #2 - Dianna Wolfe - After Midnight

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

Copper Wire Jewelers - Featured Artist - Melissa N. Cox

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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Copper Wire Jewelers Welcomes Member #400 - Danette Steimle

Please join me in welcoming Danette Steimle, our 400th Member at Copper Wire Jewelers. A multi-talented Jewelry Artist  who creates dynamic and exciting pieces from her "little yellow house on a hill in the countryside of Brush Prairie, Washington.", Danette tells me much of her inspiration comes "from sitting and just looking out the window at my view."

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.

Our 400th member is a life long crafter, creating with her hands since her teens. She has enjoyed "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 says, "Where are the sales?"

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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