Wraptastic!

Sara Pedersen taught her first class here at Bead Inspirations, teaching students how to make the Wrap Bracelet in our Alameda bead shop.  The class was full of jewelry making enthusiasts and people made really cool bracelets!  Here’s some samples.

Janice used all components from Bead Inspirations.

Janice used all components from Bead Inspirations.

Janice is regularly in our shop looking for beading supplies.  Her project included the Tierracast copper plated leaf button, 2mm brown leather cord, and 8mm round jade beads (only available in our Alameda bead store).

Diane used 1.5mm brown leather with water agate beads.

Diane used 1.5mm brown leather with water agate beads.

Diane from San Francisco used 1.5mm brown leather with 6mm faceted water agate beads (only available in our Alameda bead store).

Maureen is using this adorable chihuahua button as her clasp.

Maureen is using this adorable chihuahua button as her clasp.

Maureen from Walnut Creek let me know today that she has a chihuahua and has bought some of our chihuahua charms.

It was so fun to see everyone’s projects, unique and beautiful.  Sara will teach the Wrap Bracelet Class again on Saturday, November 2, for those who didn’t make it today.  Sign up and reserve your spot before it fills up!

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Leather Debut!

We’ve been enjoying making creative new leather bracelets at the Leather Debut Free Make & Take! There are more chances to make leather bracelets for Sunday & Monday.

Setsuko hammering leather bracelet
Leather Bracelets by Setsuko and Shino
Setsuko and Shino added personal touches.
Leather Bracelets by Vicki and Cindy
Cindy added some unique embellishments on the red bracelet. Vicki added some decorivets.

Leather Charm keeper Necklace by Judi
Judi created the charm keeper in red leather with gold findings.
Leather Bracelets by Zanella and Ainsley
Zanella is working on a Lazy Zig-Zag Bracelet with gold and brass oxide findings.
Ainsley showed what to do with the D-ring sets.

Leather Bracelets by Gypsy & friends
Gypsy & friends made these three bracelets above.

Check out our new selection of leather straps and leather findings, with an introductory sale of 10% off our already low prices! Saturday, Sunday, Monday August 31, Sept 1 and 2, 2013 in our retail & webstore.
Frequent Beaders get up to an additional 5% off. No further discounts.

Times for Free Make & Take

Saturday 12-2pm
Sunday 1-4pm
Monday 2-5pm

The first 20 people on each day will get a free make & take project! Choose from either the necklace or the bracelet. The free make & take project includes the leather, rivets and clasp to complete the project shown. However, it does not include embellishments or charms. If you arrive after the free make & take projects have been claimed, you can still participated, but will need to pay for the materials, which are just over $7 and on sale!

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Beach Party! 20% off beach themed beads, pendants & charms!

It’s time to hit the beach!

Beach bead, charm & jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations!

Beach jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations

Beach jewelry bonanza at Bead Inspirations

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Do you want to make the last weeks of summer special by creating some lovely beach-themed jewelry? Grab your towel, sunscreen, and beach blanket because we’re having a beach party all week here at Bead Inspirations! That means we’re taking 20% all our beach-themed charms, pendants, clasps, and beads, including starfish, sand dollars, dolphins, fish, seashell charms, and more! Stop by and see what the tide brought in.

Sale continues through Thursday, August 22nd at 11:59pm. Does not include jewelry kits, gemstone beads, shell beads, or pearls.

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Gem strand coupon and glazed clay bead sale!

Gem strand coupon and glazed clay bead sale!

Use this coupon to get 40% off any one gemstone strand in our retail store through Tuesday, August 6th! We’re also having a 20% sale on glazed clay beads in our retail and webstores through the 6th. Use the code wglzcly20 at checkout to get your discount!

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August 1, 2013 · 3:42 pm

Announcing the Summer Heat Design Challenge Winner!

We received a lot of fantastic entries for the Summer Heat Glazed Clay Design Challenge contest, and today we’re excited to announce the contest winner.  Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted in this challenge.  Drumroll, please…

The winner is John Salinas with his Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings!

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Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings “After taking the earring making how to class at Bead Inspirations, I’ve had fun making them. Silver Blue Jeans was created because I like the look of the clay beads, the color and spotted pattern reminds me of well washed jean pants. Silver beads were added for a sparkle. The versatility of jean pants for casual to casual dressy, I feel that I’ve also shown in the earrings. Adding the chain, to make them dangle, is something new in creating earrings that I’m currently trying out!”

With the elegant combination of blue glazed clay beads and silver chain, it’s easy to see why John’s earrings were the popular favorite.  It’s great to hear that our Basic Earring and Wire class gave him the skills he needed to start making beautiful earrings like these, and that he’s still experimenting with new materials and techniques like adding chain to make elegant dangles.  Congratulations, John!  We look forward to seeing more of your creations in the future.  Enjoy your $50 Bead Inspirations webstore gift certificate.

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Summer Heat Design Challenge Now Open for Voting!

We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Summer Heat”!  Customers were required to use glazed clay beads purchased from Bead Inspirations, and expand their design ideas using other beads and materials. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 28, 2013.  Challenge Winner will be posted on Wednesday, July 31.  Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore.

Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings

Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings “After taking the earring making how to class at Bead Inspirations, I’ve had fun making them. Silver Blue Jeans was created because I like the look of the clay beads, the color and spotted pattern reminds me of well washed jean pants. Silver beads were added for a sparkle. The versatility of jean pants for casual to casual dressy, I feel that I’ve also shown in the earrings. Adding the chain, to make them dangle, is something new in creating earrings that I’m currently trying out!”

Moon Goddess Necklace

Moon Goddess “As soon as I saw those giant greenish blue beads I felt called to make a piece with them. I love their largeness, round shape and vivid turquoise-like color and I wanted to make a necklace that provided a ” setting” to showcase these beads. The necklace is designed to focus the eye on the 3 big round beads so that the viewer can appreciate them without being distracted by anything else.”

Days on the Beach Necklace

Days on the Beach “The glazed clay heart anchors the necklace and symbolizes my love of summertime at the ocean’s edge. Yellow glazed beads represent rays of sunshine; crystals represent the water’s sparkle; pewter fish, abalone, freshwater pearls, and sea glass beads are treasures from the ocean.”

Sunrise over the Water Necklace

Sunrise Over the Water “I’ve always been inspired by water, and I like to make “bohemian-style everyday wear” to reflect that. The colors of these beads felt like sunrise, and I spiraled the knots in the cord to make my waves. I picture this as a fun necklace to wear walking along the beach.”

Twist of Lime Necklace

Twist of Lime Necklace “As soon as I read “Summer Heat” I was transported to summer’s past visiting my grandmother in the 1950′s. The corner drug store had a soda fountain where they made the most delicious lime rickies, and my friends and I spent many sweltering afternoons there. When I saw the green beads, everything came together, memories filled with lots of ice and refreshing green limes for my “Twist of Lime” necklace !!!!!”

Earthly Delight Necklace

Earthly Delight Necklace “The clay bead pieces I selected are very organic and playful. When designing the necklace I felt that the findings should have those qualities, too. Hence, leaves, hearts, kitty cat findings and flower clasp. The colors within these beads are deep aqua and pale mint, and I wanted to make a fuller feel to the necklace with three strands. I felt the coloring of the clay beads, pearls and multi-colored seed beads called for warm copper beads and findings.”

Glazed Beads with Tree Pendant

Glazed Beads with Tree Pendant “My original idea was a necklace with a goddess pendant, as though it was found at some Goddess site of long ago. However, the goddess pendant looked too big on this short necklace so I substituted the bronze tree pendant, as I have a strong affinity for trees.”

Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs!  If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of glazed clay beads.  Want to know when the next design challenge is happening?  Join our email list!

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Is it hot enough for you? Take our Summer Heat Glazed Clay Design Challenge!

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Summer is a season of inspiration: the hot sun shining down on land and water, enjoying nature’s beauty at the park and the beach, traveling to new places and taking in new experiences.  Here’s your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design using glazed clay beads from Bead Inspirations.  These handmade beads come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes, making them perfect for all kinds of jewelry and creative projects.  Just like these beads are baked from wet clay in the heat of a kiln, let your creative ideas take shape in the heat of the summer sun!  Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it’s time to start creating!

Submissions are due by noon (PST) Sunday, July 21, 2012. Voting will be open from July 22-25 at 11:59pm, with the Challenge Winner posted on Friday, July 26.  Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore.

DESIGN CHALLENGE RULES
To enter our Design Challenge: Email submissions to cre8@beadinspirations.com  and include the challenge name in the subject line.

  • Submissions must be your own original work and showcase a good percentage of Bead Inspirations findings and embellishments.
  • Designs must include glazed clay beads purchased from Bead Inspirations.
  • Necklace, bracelet, anklet, ring, earrings — any type of jewelry applies. Photos of jewelry sets (i.e.: earrings with a necklace) will be cropped to show only one piece. Only one submission & vote per person.
  • Email ONE good quality photo of the piece you wish to submit. Preferably photographed on a neutral background.
  • Include your name, title of the piece, and inspiration (*see below REQUIRED).
  • JPG size should be under 1 MB, if you’re savvy with resizing you can send your image between 250 and 500 pixels per direction.
  • *REQUIRED: We would love to hear the inspiration behind your designs.  Share with us a short paragraph describing your design and inspiration.  Many of our customers are interested in hearing your design thoughts and your inspiration will help them with their voting process. Please keep your description to around 50 words.
  • In the event of a tie, we will reopen the polls for a tiebreaker. Polls will be reopened for an extra day or two, thereby pushing back the posting of the Challenge Winner by a day or two.

Your entry will then be posted on our blog and the poll will be open for 3 business days (unless an extension is necessary). The winner of the challenge will be determined by viewer votes and will receive:

  • $50 webstore gift certificate (some restrictions may apply)
  • A posting on our blog and/or feature in our email announcement, with a link to their site or blog.

***We reserve the right to deny a submission for any reason.***

To spark your imagination, here are some of Bead Inspirations designs using glazed clay beads:

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