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Archive for February, 2009

Archive for February, 2009

The “Spreader of Love” award

Over at The Purple Flower blog, Swati bestowed a “Spreader of Love” award on the Rings & Things blog and me.  Thank you!  A condition of the award is that you go on to recognize 5 more people, who brighten your own blog. So today, let me write about “who we love.”  Here are the new recipients of the Spreader...


Green = SMART (awards) at Rings & Things

Since I wrote the other day about “greening our commute” at Rings & Things, I though it would be fun to share more good news… Rings & Things is in the first group of businesses certified by the City of Spokane, Washington for their implementation of green and sustainable management practices.  The Spokane supplier of beads and jewelry components was...


Sterling rings & bails for gluing–exclusively at Rings & Things

You asked for it, and we listened! By (very) popular request, you can now buy sterling “glue-on” adjustable rings and oval bails — exclusively at Rings & Things. Glue on your favorite art bead, upcycled found object, or polymer clay creation. Our new customizable finger rings are sterling silver, 1 to 1.5mm thick. Their glue pad is a textured 7...


Books on wire wrapping

All around the world of handmade jewelry, we’ve been seeing quite a bit of wire.*  This style has enjoyed sterling* popularity for several years.  You can grow your business by making sure you have the skill to incorporate custom-made wire findings and more into your creations.  How?  Just wrap* your head around some of these fine* wire books, and make...


Trendspotting: Inspired by fine art

Here’s a bit of a trend lately: Jewelry inspired by fine art.  Now that’s a natural fit! There’s a great book on this theme, by Judith Durant & Jean Campbell.  It’s “Beadwork Inspired by Art: Impressionist Jewelry and Accessories.”  (Click to see a review at the Web’s most entertainingly-titled blog, “Snap Out of It, Jean! There’s Beading to be Done!”) ...


Grow your business: Marketing your jewelry online

The most important part of growing your business is marketing.  We’ll take a look at some pointers for getting the word out about the craft jewelry you make.  Today let’s start with marketing online. The more people that know about your jewelry, the more you can sell.  Get noticed. That’s marketing.  Now with that out of the way, let’s move...


The Bead Silencer™

Val here at Rings & Things was photographing some bead assortments the other day: Scoop a sample, pour, catch the spillover in a bead tray.  Which makes a considerable racket–especially if you sit near the boss, who’s talking on the phone.  Necessity (or Val) is the mother of invention, so spying a sheet of foam, Val lined the bead tray,...


Bead news, good news: RSS

Yes, I said bead news. ? A secret of many thriving Internet jewelry and craft sellers is called RSS. Use it to keep up on trends and grow your business! RSS means “really simple syndication”. Actually, that doesn’t mean very much, does it… It boils down to getting news sent straight to your computer desktop. With RSS, you don’t have...


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