Think about how many online jewelry stores exist! It is staggering. The big guys, like Fire Mountain, has everything you can imagine.......just like the other big online stores have, the same things with the exception of a few exclusive items.
Do you want to be REALLY different?
Do you like rustic style?
Do you like the look and feel of soft buckskin and wood?
There is a need for high quality jewelry with diamonds and gold. I have always preferred silver and turquoise.
I am more attracted to copper, leather, lace, and wood. They team up pretty well together.
Rustic Beads.com will not be selling ear wires, jump rings, glue, or any of the basics you need to finish a product. We will be selling very unique items for you to work with on your own. The wood blanks can be shaped easily with a Dremel. You could do an inlay, a resin pendant, or whatever you can imagine. You can stain wood, dye it, easily drill and shape it, and people love it.
From wood, birch bark, agates, and etched copper beads, to hand cut deer hide from deer that I personally processed, we are going to keep adding more items.
I just finished creating some spreadsheets so that I can keep things organized. I still have a lot of photography and editing to do.
Plus I have to learn how to work the shopping cart and get everything up there.
It is exciting. I hope you all will hang-in there and check back soon.
Merry Christmas to you!!!!!!!
We are excited to finally be getting our shopping cart set up. Please check back to see our progress.
We have some exciting new handmade beads available, and can't wait to show them off!
I wanted to get organized so it would be easier for me to work on projects in the house during the winter months. I only have a small workbench for jewelry making. I took some measurements and built a tool holder. Here is the basic plan and how it turned out. If you plan on making one of these, be sure to clamp it to your workbench., otherwise the weight from the tools will cause it to tip over.
I thought I would try my hand a micro macrame. I have seen many photographs on-line, on Pinterest, and FaceBook. I think I ordered too skinny of thread. It took FOREVER to get this little gem done.
Like a lot of us who are getting into micro macrame now, we used to do macrame wall hangings and pot holders 30 years ago.
I'm not giving up just yet on this tiny stuff, but this is more of a winter project.
I think the next project will be earrings or something, maybe a bracelet.
I just wanted to post a pic.
I was asked what types of beads I will be making. This was my response.
I plan on making all different types of wood beads and components, but I also have tons of polished agates and stones for pendants also (resale). I will also have many different types of wood pieces in raw form for people to work with. I am still experimenting with thicknesses to cut and different types of wood. I have been cutting wood for many years and have saved logs with very unique character just for that purpose. For example, I have a willow log with bright red spalt streaks in it and it is beautiful…..just trying to figure out the best way to cut it. Those unique types would be fantastic for resin projects when it has a natural deformity, like a imperfection, void, or branch cavity. I will also have large hole beads for macramé projects made from birch branches (treated to keep the bark), as well as small twig beads with the bark on and holes (one hole, two hole, round and square beads) drilled. Beads made from driftwood or weathered branches. Hand burned (pyrography) wood beads. I get so many ideas it is hard to keep track of them all.
In addition to that, I will be making some very interesting display stands and organization cabinets for both home, craft booths, and retail use. Right now I am making jigs to build jewelry boxes out of live-edge wood slabs. So far, so good!
Like I said, it will be a long time until I get everything photographed and put up on the website. I also own Rustic Woodworking, which keeps me pretty busy as well.
I'll keep you posted!
My first attempt at etching copper. I took a scrap of copper sheet and used a Sharpie as a resist and drew some shapes. This was supposed to be some kind of bail. Here are some before and after shots.
Sandy is a long time artist and loves working with natural, rustic style medium.