7 Wonder-Full Tips for the Jewelry-Maker

by Barbara van Look, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
7 Wonder-Full Tips for the Jewelry-Maker

You've just discovered the world of beading and, Oh! it is full of wonders! Where to go? What to make? Who to give it to? Here are Seven Wonders open to you in the jewelry-making world:
  1. I'm feeling a bit lost at sea and I need some guidance.
    Don't worry--you'll find the friendliest Customer Service in the business is the lighthouse that'll bring you to shore. You can call, email, mail or even LiveChat with real, live Customer Service Representatives.
  2. I can't find anything to work with.
    Hang out in a veritable garden of over 100,000 beads, tools, findings and other jewelry-making supplies--from the basic (crimp pliers) to the sublime (Swarovski crystal pendants). You'll find everything you need.
  3. I'm having a colossus of a problem with my project and I don't know how to fix it.
    Go to Ask the Experts to find quick answers to beading and jewelry-making questions. The quick search window allows you to look at the answers to previous questions. If you can't find what you need, ask the experts yourself!
  4. I'm tired of always using the same techniques.
    Throw an Olympian-sized lightning bolt at your creativity! A collection of over 200 books and videos or free patterns that can walk you step-by-step through an entire design--or free your creativity to try new paths.
  5. I'm trying to build on the techniques I already know.
    Free online how-to videos give you new building blocks for your beading and jewelry-making skills. It's no pyramid scheme--whether you want to learn how to Make a Peyote Stitch or are curious about different Glues, there's an online video to walk you through the process.
  6. I'm trying to find some new inspiration.
    Don't put your imagination in the mausoleum! Take a look at over 6,000 Design Ideas in the Gallery of Designs--each and every one is there for you to look at, think about and adapt to your own inspiration.
  7. I'm feeling like I don't know anything at all.
    Give yourself the time to appreciate one of the wonders of the beading and jewelry-making world--you! Like any artist or work of art, it takes time. You have access to one of the temples of beading and jewelry-making and you're still learning. The best part of learning the art of jewelry making is that once you make your first piece, you're not a beginner anymore. You're a designer/artist!
The Seven Wonders of the World were:
  1. The Lighthouse at Alexandria
  2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. The Colossus of Rhodes
  4. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  5. The Pyramids of Giza
  6. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  7. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

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