3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers

3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers
by Dan Day, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Tip #1

Use All Assortable Pricing - Don’t miss out on this: Quite simply, All Assortable Pricing means buying any combination of products will count towards a total that leads to even larger discounts.

Here is how our Ask the Experts section explains All Assortable Pricing:

There are four prices listed for each item in the catalogs and on the website. The four prices are for orders of 1 to 14 units, 15 to 49, 50 to 99 and 100 or more. The black colors are the lowest prices per unit. All Assortable Pricing counts the total number of units.

All Assortable Pricing

Therefore, you do not need to order 15 units of the same item to reach the 15-49 price break: you may add any number of items and the sum total of units is the key to the price break given. 50 of 1 unit or 1 of 50 units, it is all the same. This gives you flexibility to either dive deep into one particular product or add many different products to your shopping cart and receive discount pricing. In other words, mix and match to your heart's content.

And now, here’s a testimonial from one of our customers about how All Assortable Pricing is a powerful money saver for you (and your friends):

''It really pays to take advantage of Fire Mountain's assortable pricing - if only to be able to get everything you need on one order, and pay only a single postage charge. To get the assortability deal, just count up the total number of items you buy on your order. It isn't based on how many of each item. This total number of items qualifies you for the price you pay. For example, if you only buy 50 total items on your order, you get charged the third column price, the 50-99 item pricing (which is sensational!).''
- Tammy (Tennessee)

Tip #2

Beads left over from projects can be combined into new projects. Even if the beads are mismatched, you can creatively combine them in a tasteful ''Mulligan stew.'' For example, create patterns or swatches of like beads and arrange them in necklace or bracelet. Or, different styles of beads can be combined into a mosaic pendant that goes great with Bohemian styles.
3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers

Here are some examples of what those designs can look like from Rose, a jewelry production specialist here at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads:
3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers 3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers
3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers
Design Idea C838--great for using tassels you saved off of the ends of fine gemstone bead strands (that come with tassels).
3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers
3 Great Money-Saving Tips for Jewelry Makers
D62Y--an elegant way to use leftover cord after creating kumihimo designs.

An excellent resource for advice and tips for making use of leftover beads and findings is Tammy Honaman’s book Secrets to Beading Success.

Hot Tip: Be inventive--take apart some of your finished jewelry for different jewelry-making components.

Tip #3

Use substitutes such as:
  • Pewter (tin-based alloy) or ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy) for the look of silver
  • Plated materials or silver-filled
  • Colored wire instead of precious metal wire
  • Unconventional materials such as computer parts, interesting paper, photographs, small pieces of plastic, tiny cake decorations, small toys, microscope slides, dollhouse miniatures, game pieces, playing cards and cereal box prizes
Antiqued Sterling Siler vs. Antiqued Silver-Plated Pewter

For more, read the article ''The Art of Mixed Media Jewelry'' by jewelry production specialist Jamie Smedley.

Also, check out these articles by Jamie for more ideas:
  • ''Refreshing Revamps'' - incorporating broken or old jewelry into inspiring new designs.
  • ''Upcycled Jewelry'' - taking something that is destined for the trash bin and transforming it into something of value and beauty.

Some Quick Tips

Time-saving tools and products--using the right tool for a specific task can save you time and money. Here are just two examples:
  • Organizers put the components you need within easy reach without having to dig around
  • Organizers

    Item number H20-3198PK

  • Having the right set of pliers can increase your efficiency. But there are many types, how do you know which pliers you need? Not to worry, we have ''A Guide to Jewelry-Making Hand Tools'' to help you choose which pliers will produce the best results for your project.
Improve your technique--save money by saving time: you can learn techniques and how to use tools more efficiently with our many online tutorials.

The beaders and jewelry-makers in our community have lots of helpful advice to save time and money they want to share with you. For example, how to reuse packaging such as bottles and containers.
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