October 27, 2012

Another Client in the News

In the last post, I wrote about a Magpie Gemstones client whose work was recently published. When I (Karen, both an employee and client) finished writing that entry, I realized that we had not shared my recently published piece with you. Shame on me! If you don't blow your own horn, who is going to do it? Actually, this is more about sharing than about blowing. You might enjoy the tutorial that I wrote for the magazine.

The October-November 2012 edition of Step by Step Wire Jewelry contains a Tri-Loop Necklace that I designed earlier this year. It evolved from one of those serendipitous moments when I was goofing around with coiled wire. The tri-loops are not made on a jig, but rather constructed from a three-loop coil. The hardest part for me was remembering how I made the first one. Does that every happen to you?

The sterling silver piece that appears in the publication features some lovely amethyst gemstones from Magpie Gemstones. The second photo shows you the copper version with Magpie Gemstones' carnelian and turquoise. I finished both pieces with handmade chain and clasp.

I try not to be upset when someone compliments one of these pieces or any of my other designs by saying, "that's a nice designs, but I really like those beautiful beads!" It looks like I just need to continue getting them from Magpie Gemstones.

Blowing the horn for our wonderful clients, we are Magpie Gemstones.

Karen Meador, PhD

October 10, 2012

Clients In the News

Whooo Me?
Look what Cindy made! Congratulations to Cindy Cima Edwards whose marvelously creative necklace in published in the October 2012 edition of Bead Trends. You can see other photos of this piece and the tutorial for it on her blog at http://www.cindycima.com/published-2012/

Magpie Gemstones was especially excited to see that she used flourite beads that came from our store. As a thank you, we're sending her a gift of the beads shown below. It makes us smile when artists mention they got beads from us and we hope she likes her gift.

Cindy markets her jewelry through Zimaj (http://www.zimaj.com/) and we think you would enjoy seeing her creations. Check it out.

We love it when our customers share successes.

Clapping for Cindy, we are Magpie Gemstones.

Karen Meador, PhD

October 5, 2012

Free Fun

The two words in the title are not always put together, but if you love making jewelry, Magpie Gemstones can help you join them by providing free fun. We're hoping you have already joined our Facebook group, Jewelry Makers and Beads Lovers. Actually, 1000+ people have done just that and so we gave away this great pendant.

I know, you're probably wishing that you had won it. Dar Miller from Dartsmouth, Nova Scotia was the lucky winner. She markets her jewelry through Sun, Stars and Sea Jewelry Design and contributes comments, etc. to our Facebook group.

This is the group where we share the free tutorials and discuss how to improve our work. You can get many ideas from this amicable group of jewelry makers and there's no advertising done in the group. If you haven't joined us, now would be a good time. You just never know when we might give away something else. It's definitely Free Fun!

Working to benefit you, we are Magpie Gemstones.
Karen Meador, PhD