February 28, 2011

Exciting Week

If you have been reading the recent blog entries here, you have probably realized that I'm (Dr. Karen) writing for Szarka, allowing her more time to get all those great beads where we can all see them in her store. Since I'm not an owner, I am free to do a bit of bragging on the way things work at Magpie Gemstones.

(Come read about all of us if you have time. Our bios just went up on the site. We would love to meet you.)

As you may know Gibby, Szarka's hubby, who is home and doing well now, had a heart attack last week. I'm not telling you this to gain sympathy, but to remark about the fact that the business continued to flow perfectly even in time of difficulty.

Szarka obviously spent considerable time at the hospitol, yet she managed to keep facebook posts and newsletters going while Kateri diligently got our orders out and off to the mail on time. If I hadn't been privy to a phone call, I wouldn't have known what was going on. Kateria even got away to do a gem show in Pasadena, Texas, last weekend as Szarka returned to fill orders. A good working business stays oiled and moving even if something tries to upset the machine.

OK, that's enough accolades for one post. What about the beads? Have you seen the new azurite that just went into the store? I have to get some of them because I think they will work well mixed with the Spring colors or standing alone.

You might enjoy looking at the new article that just went onto the site this week. It pertains to what you might do if your muse leaves home and you are left without design ideas. The title is Generating Jewelry Ideas by Making Connections. The manner in which the article suggests you generate ideas may seem a bit farfetched, but I can assure you it works if you give it a chance. We'd enjoy seeing what you come up with.

Speaking of "what you come up with", we would also enjoy seeing pictures of your pretties and putting them in the Magpie Gemstones client's blog. You can send those to turquoisemagpie@hotmail.com. The client's blog is another good place to help you generate ideas. Something you see there can inspire a design of your own. Many clients also sell their work from there. It's great exposure and your get a link pointing to your site.

Until next time, we're working hard for you at Magpie Gemstones.

February 21, 2011

Give Away - Tourmaline

We are only 200 people away from having 4000 fans on the Magpie Gemstones Facebook Page. Once we hit 4000 we will give away this strand of Tourmaline Cubes to a Fan. Come on down and sign up.

Once you are a fan you will hear of new beads, promotions, sales for facebook only and get the skinny on all the articles as well as meet up with other jewelry designers.


February 19, 2011

How to Wire Wrap a Briolette

Well that was cool! I put this on youtube and the program automatically put it on my blog. Ya got to love new technology. Too bad it didn't know how to also include the information with the video!

This is a short video on how I wire wrap a briolette. It is not a beginners video. If you are just starting out be sure to go to youtube and search wire wrapped briolettes and watch those. Then come back and watch this one to see my twists and turns on how I do it.

Want to see other videos and free tutorials?



February 15, 2011

More New Beads

Magpie is beginning to get many of the new beads from Tuscon into the store now. Have you looked at the website lately? It's pretty amazing to realize that there are about 250 different types of turquoise in the store. Would that be a "plethora" of opportunities for buyers? I think so!

The photos obviously show only a smattering or what's available, so why not take a moment and look at those "T" gemstones on the website?

One of my favorite new beads that went in the store this week is the blue tigereye. My current issue with these is trying to decide which of my design ideas I should start on for these beauties. Maybe I should just get started! I'm hoping to see lots of ideas when customers, like me, finish pieces and sent them to Szarka to go in the client's blog where she posts our designs.

By the way, there's a monthly meet up of wire workers that occurs in San Marcos, Texas each third Thursday. Szarka from Magpie Gemstones will be demonstrating how to make wire clasps this week and others will be showing links etc. as we put together handmade chains and belts. If you are in the area, let us know as we would be glad to see you. If not, I hope there is something going on in your area where you can share ideas with others. It can be quite invigorating.

. . . until next time, we're still working for you at Magpie Gemstones.

February 9, 2011

New Beads, Bead Shows and More News

 It's been a very busy couple of weeks at Magpie Gemstones. The company appreciated the great customer response to the 20% off sale and following its completion the owners were off to Tucson for the bead show. I hope you were able to follow some of this adventure on the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MagpieGemstones and can appreciate the dedication it takes to get and find the very best beads at the very best price to bring home for customers. (I can say this because I'm not only the guest writer, but also a big customer.)

Yesterday, I found everyone working diligently to start getting the new beads organized, stored, priced, through their photo shoot and in to the store. There were beads everywhere! Look at these beautiful kyanite rounds. They are huge!

Although it will take some time to get these beads into the store, those of you near upcoming bead show locations may have the opportunity to see a few of the beauties. You can find Magpie Gemstones in Georgetown, Texas on February 19-20 at the Williamson County Gemboree and in Pasadena, Texas on February 26-27 at the Clear lake Gem & Mineral Show. For more information check out the bead show page on the website.


Not near these locations? . . . Perhaps if you start driving, flying or walking fast now you can make one of these shows.

This week you can find new additions to the gemstone properties on the website. Take a peek at the properties of the different types of quartz that just went in.


Although I provided information about other stone properties some time ago, I'm just getting to these different quartz descriptions.

Have a happy, productive week and know that Magpie Gemstones is working for you. ~Karen Meador~