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It's All in the Details

There are many articles on selling your jewelry such as , and to name a few. And many of us jewelry-making entrepreneurs are wearing quite a few hats these days whether it is an Etsy shop, brick and mortar store, website sales or shows. We are...

The Power of Words

Poet and Nobel Prize for Literature recipient, Rudyard Kipling stated, "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." From the dark depths of devastation of a "Dear Jane" letter in junior high school to the joy of a new baby...

Peyote Stitch Pleasures

For Krystal Wick, the peyote stitch, "has turned into my Zen practice." She weaves an interesting tale about the peyote stitch, why this stitch is her favorite and how seed beads got in the mix.

Angels Among Us

Learn why angels have become so engrained in society and examples of how you can be an angel in the life in others.

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Changing up your Jewelry-Making (among other things)

In this article, author Kristal Wick suggests ways to incorporate those strict New Year’s resolutions into your jewelry-making routines.

Feed a Funk, Starve the Blues

I don't know about you all but there are moments I fall into a funk, feel like I'm battling the blues and simply cannot tap into my creativity for one reason or another. Maybe it's too many hot summer days in a row, or running out of my frozen Girl...

Beading as Meditation

I've taken yoga and meditation classes for eons. I've even stayed at an ashram with a real live guru and participated in a silent 4-day noise fast to tackle my "monkey mind" (quite similar to Julia Roberts in only she has better hair), and I gotta...

Growing Your Mailing List = Gold Mine

Many artists overlook the all important task of keeping in touch with customers. I mean, let's face it, we'd all rather be in the studio making stuff, 24-7 as in those early days of dreaming what our fairytale lives as an artist would be like, am I...

Why Do We Love Swarovski? Let Me Count the Ways

You know you're a blingaholic when any of the following occurs: Fellow blingsters, we're a mighty bunch and wear our obsession proudly on our sleeves (and ears and necks and fingers and wrists and ... ), well, you get the picture. Whether you buy...

Organize Your Nooks AND Your Crannies

I remember a time when all my tubes fit into a shoe box ... LOL! That lasted about 12 hours and 1 cuff later--Seed Bead Tsunami! The seed bead storm hit and it's been wailing ever since. After getting past the first 3-row-struggle (key to every...

Lucky Clovers

As kids, we were constantly on the look out for four-leaf clovers. The woods of Minnesota contained miles and miles of lush green grassy magical wonders, sure to house many fairies, wood nymphs and perhaps a leprechaun or two. We'd spend hours...

Zentangle® Your Jewels

Zentangle has been sweeping the world as one of the new art movements. When you try your hand at it, it's obvious why it's caught on like it has. It feels good! Google Zentangle or look on Pinterest and you'll find all kinds of blogs, examples and...

Flower Power - Kanzashi Then and Now

Kanzashi really reached its peak in popularity during the Edo period (1603 to 1868). The Japanese hairstyles grew larger and more complex, incorporating more than one hair ornament at the same time (this must be where Cher got her inspiration for...

Key to My Heart

and have fascinated us for centuries and although there is no absolute certainty as to where the first lock and key was invented, evidence suggests they came from the Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. One of the first known lock and key...

Handcrafted is the New Black

I don't have to tell you how quickly the holidays are coming, it happens every year. Geeeeze, you'd think we'd all remember last year with all the last-minute chaos and days flitting by like butterflies in a wildflower meadow. You'd think we'd...

Righteous Beady Vibes

There's no denying the power of the almighty bead and I know I'm preaching to the choir here but it's also commonly believed that there are many natural healing qualities of the gemstones and crystals we love so dearly. We're all drawn to certain...

Mix and Match Your Bling

I have to admit, color is my #1 fave part of jewelry design. Everything else ties with 2nd place and there's no 3rd! When writing my first best seller, I spent a lot of time putting together sample color pallets showing mixtures of different...

Surviving Your First Bead Show

Whether you're attending The Bead and Button® Show in Wisconsin (the biggest retail bead show in the world) or one in your local scene, there are some survival tactics directly from bead veterans I'd like to share with you. Preparation is key to...

Beading On The Go

I have a theory ... many precious minutes are lost when one could be beading; waiting at the airport, picking up the kids from soccer, chatting on the phone, happy hour at your BFF's, etc. But let's face it, packing everything up, making sure you...

Be Your Own Valentine

Gone are the days of our youth when we handmade Valentine Boxes in grade school, laboriously embellished with red and pink construction paper hearts, glue paste (that one kid in class always ate to gross us out), and the pièce de résistance ... lacy...

Newbie-itis

Everyone gets stuck in a creative rut from time to time. After avoiding ANY bead stitching for years (I seriously was hauled down that path kicking and screaming the whole way), I wound up falling in love with the almighty stitch. And now I spend...

Bling in the New Year

After the holidays, it's a hum-drum-back-to-reality-I-gained-6-pounds-on-fruitcake-and-spent-all-my-money-on-presents reality isn't it? Re-entry is painful and every day feels like a Monday ... or is it just me? This year I decided to prolong the...

Put the Fun in Fundraising

So your kids' Glee club needs new outfits; the football team needs new helmets; the bingo gang needs more daubers (that's the word on the street). Whatever the need, how about a fundraiser? With more and more budget cuts these days, fundraising has...

Non-Traditional Ways of Selling Your Jewelry

Whether you want to start a business selling your jewelry, or you just want to pay for your habit, where and how to sell your own creations is one of the hottest topics in the DIY arena. Etsy and eBay have made it easier than ever to get started,...

Meet-n-Bead

Remember your first bead? Was there anything better than falling in love with those magical little bits of possibilities? So many things to learn such as correctly, , and , to name a few of the all important basics in beading. It was exciting...

Look Up, Look Down, Looking For Inspiration

Recently I developed a new technique for inspiration (and tried it on myself). So, consider yourselves all guinea pigs and report back to me your findings! Location was --here is how I structured my tour: Turn off the inner critic and any other...

Nature's Jewels

As for the colors, I love how the bronze of the pearls reflects the colors of the surrounding strands. I chose gold-colored metal cubes in two different sizes, for their reflective qualities. I was inspired to add in this element based on the...

Accessories for Your Pets

Those of us who have pets love our pets, I mean LOOOOOOOOOVE our pets, right?! We're also jewelry makers and we create jewelry for our loved ones, so why the heck wouldn't we make jewelry celebrating our pets? . Let's get going! One of the best ways...

Springtime

Some of my favorite sunflower, fern green, vintage rose, padparadscha, erinite and now the two brand new colors, rose peach and crystal luminous green, call out to me rather loudly during the doldrums of winter. They're so bright and cheery...

Do You Organize by Color, Size or Shape?

Is this the age-old question of every beader or what? I'm a sucker for , and all those cute little tiny for organizing my beads. I even have to confess my many purchases of Talenti® gelato just for the containers (haha! For those of you who...

The Art of Gratitude

Living in a "more is better" society, it's become a habit to look at what's missing and to exist in it's-never-enough type of lifestyle (especially when it comes to beads!) Upon my death bed, my last words uttered will surely be "if only I had that...

Are YOU Ready for Your First Trunk Show?

A trunk show is an event where you make a personal appearance at one of the shops or galleries that carry your work. A trunk show is held for a specific amount of time, such as a weekend or an evening; you meet and greet the customers and sell a new...

Creativity Time Management

I think we all feel there's no longer 24 hours in a day. Along with budget cuts, there seems to be time cuts as well, and 24 hours feels significantly less these days! That's why it's even more important than ever to fit in your creativity time....

Why We Bead

I was born with 6 fingers instead of 10. It's no secret--you can see this in my DVDs and TV segments. You can see when I teach a class, and you can certainly see it in person when you're around me. But you'd never know it when you see my jewelry or...

Memories Out of Memory Wire

In this touching account, designer Kristal Wick explains how she used memory wire to create a wearable memorial. She wanted to share her experience and how to make these sentimental bracelets with you.

Summertime: Flavors That Inspire Jewelry Designs

One of my favorite summertime traditions is homemade ice cream! My dad used to haul out the old hand crank ice-cream maker and we'd jump up and down for joy in anticipation of those delectable flavors he'd come up with (this was before you could buy...

Are YOU Ready for Your First Craft Show?

Everyone in your family has an entire jewelry wardrobe from you--earrings for their birthdays, bracelets at Christmas, necklaces for Mother's Day. In fact you've given so much jewelry as gifts, they can't even rotate through them in a year and that...

"NO" is a Complete Sentence

I blurted this out one day while venting to a beady buddy about a deadline I surely could not meet in this lifetime! The requester kept pushing me, then looked at me in disappointment expecting a legitimate reason for saying, "No." As I relayed...

Bead Along

With the winter blues upon us, I must plan loads of fun events to keep myself charged through the less inspiring chilly months. You know, it's like a battery running low, not all pistons are firing! You want to just tunnel under the down comforter...

South Beach Flavors

On a recent b-day trip to play in paradise with a buddy, we spent four days in South Beach, Florida. WOW! What a trip for this Denver-based, Midwestern-sure-ya-youbetcha-home-grown type of gal. I'd heard this was where "the beautiful people" go to...

Bead in the New Year

Resolution is a dirty word. Like a new diet, it always sounds like a great idea in that moment of deep clarity (ha! right after the good luck pork dinner or that extra glass of champagne) then in the light of day, the brilliance fades, you fall off...

Mixing Metals for the Brave

Mixing metals used to be a fashion faux pas, but now it's a fashion go-to when you're creating some amazing metal jewelry.

Homage To The Little Black Dress

The LBD was birthed in the 20's as a result of women tossing off their long, layered, heavy dresses, cutting their hair and enjoying a new social party life, daringly displaying more shoulders, backs, and legs for the first time in history....

Where are my Beads?

I've long been aware of a couple major types of jewelry makers: the messy ones and the organized ones. Oh, sure there's a lot of grey in between the two types, but I've concluded your DNA is preset in this area and basic cellular structure and...

Falalalala and Deck Your Earlobes

One of my secrets of life is enjoying the holiday season ... EARLY! As kids we waited and waited, counting the days for the big guy's visit with the all important bag of goodies. Now, as adults, time passes so quickly and our lives are filled with...

Channeling Your Inner Cupcake

Hide the goods. Your better half doesn't really NEED to know about every bead purchase, right? Here are some very effective hiding places for those little vials: car trunks, underwear drawer, and empty luggage. Shhhhhhh! There are hundreds of...

Online and In-Person Swaps/Swapping with Your Peeps

Swaps are all the rage in the world of jewelry and crafting. The bracelet, is a great swapping example--each of my friends made a charm then added a jumpring; they each made dangles to go with their charms, so by the end of the "swap night" we...
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