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Get Your Juices Moving

Teaching others how to create--that's Alissa Henrickson's outlet. "We all work for our art. It's a labor of love," says Henrickson. "No one is an artist overnight." Henrickson is the owner and...

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10 Essential Start-Up Suggestions

T he time is right to start your own handmade business. Your craft is solid and unique. You've put some money aside for working capital. You've researched your market. You are passionate and eager to...

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Many of my orders from Fire Mountain Gems arrive in flat Priority Mail boxes that are about 9 x 12 inches. A bead mat fits in nicely and any unfinished project that needs to be put on hold can be stacked and stored neatly.
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Pushy or Persuasive

There's pushy-pushy and gentle-guidance pushy. Our job is to find the perfect balance between being persuasive, but not arrogant or annoying. Remember the saying, "The customer needs to come first."...

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Greek Chic - Minoan and Mycenaean Influences on Jewelry Design

What's old is new again--and what's really, old can become amazingly fresh to our eyes. The style influences of ancient Greek and pre-Greek societies give us a whole new view of jewelry...

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Hematite OR Hemalyke®: Knowing the Differences

They're not identical twins, even if everyone assumes they are. They're both a gorgeous metallic grey--popular in both men's and unisex jewelry styles--and are iron-based, with plenty of physical...

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All About Earnut Jewelry Findings

Earring backs or earnuts (sometimes also written ear nuts) are a jewelry-making finding that is immensely convenient and oftentimes overlooked--as well as frequently lost! They disappear down drains,...

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Art Doesn't Sell Itself

hat actually sells art? Is it the work itself, the way the art is exhibited, the artist, the artist's reputation, or something else? There isn't one right answer, as certain factors outweigh others...

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Belief

To begin with, my story is more about a dove than angels. After a severe health scare 3 years ago, I had to be flown to a larger hospital an hour away. I had never flown before. I was extremely...

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Unakite Meaning and Properties

Unakite is a true rock: a composite material made up of multiple other stones. This gives unakite its familiar moss-on-brick appearance and makes it a popular lapidary material. The patterns,...

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How to Get Your Jewelry Into a Magazine

You are ready to up your game and increase the exposure of your jewelry designs. That includes getting them published in industry-related magazines. Because you are probably familiar with our...

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State Gemstones, Minerals and Rocks

Along with state flags and state mottos, individual states within the U.S. have often designated an official gemstone, mineral and/or rock. These official recognitions and designations often promote...

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The Struggle is Real

How often do you toil over pricing your handmade products? Finding your profit ''sweet spot'' involves a thorough evaluation of the cost of materials, your time, and artistic value. It's a judgment...

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Style Snapshot: Make Boot Bling Jewelry

Add a little kick to your step by creating these anklet-like projects to adorn all the boots in your closet. Boot jewelry is a great idea for craft shows and resale, drawing lots of attention and...

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Obsidian, Golden Sheen Meanings and Properties

Obsidian gets its English name from a mistranslation of Natural History by Pliny the Elder (the guy who died at Pompeii): Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed in swiftly cooling...

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The 2017 Bead and Button Show Annual Recap

What a fun show and a fun trip it was this year! Seeing everyone at the show each year is so rewarding and I'm so grateful for our creative, fun and excited customers! I wanted to share a brief recap...

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My dog's moist food comes in little plastic white trays. I (obviously!) wash them out and reuse them to hold current bead projects. They're also perfect for paints and powders. The octagonal shape of them even allows me to poor the tiniest seed beads back in the bag.
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Cigar boxes to hold plastic templates and cash box. Broccoli elastics that hold lots of things in place. Christmas ornament hooks for displaying. Painter's canvas drop cloth for a tablecloth. Soup can tins to hold my scissors and tools. Toothpicks to spread glue. White plastic takeout containers with clear lids for sand...
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You can keep your creations in cellophane bags, or take photos of them, so you can visualize your progress.
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I use antique pipe stands to hold hand tools, such as pliers and cutters. Originally intended to hold a variety of smoking pipes, some of these stands also have boxes incorporated that initially held tobacco. These keep tools organized and close at hand.
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