Sunday, November 28, 2010

Discount Bead Vouchers: 1 for Me, 1 for You!

Purchase $30 worth of gift cards from The Beadin' Path or in any combination, and receive a $10 shopping voucher! Purchase $60 worth of gift cards, and you get $20 in vouchers, and so forth. That's right, the gift of giving. We literally give you a gift for giving. Treat yourself, or use the voucher as an extra gift to the beadlover on your list.

We are giving you plenty of time. Order gift cards online and they're emailed to you right away during business hours (Mon-Fri 9-6pm EST). Or visit our Freeport, Maine store 7 days, from 10-6pm.

Offer expires Friday, December 24th at 12pm noon EST. Shopping vouchers will be handed out or emailed at time of gift card purchase. Vouchers can be redeemed from January 1st, 2011 through March 1st, 2011. One $10 voucher for every $30 worth of gift cards purchased.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How to Make Earrings from Stacked Pendants

We show you how to make stacked pendants in our latest beading tutorial. Design stunning earrings or pendant necklaces with this easy technique of stacking center-drilled beads.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Small Business Saturday: November 27th

Show your support for small businesses this Saturday, November 27th! Join the movement on facebook. Just “like” the Small Business Saturday page and American Express will donate $1 —up to $500,000— to Girls Inc. to teach young women to be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

As part of their commitment to supporting small businesses, American Express is giving registered Cardmembers a $25 statement credit when they shop at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 27th.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Black Friday Bead Shopping: Join us for Moonglight Madness

It might be crazy, but it's all right: we're opening our doors, after Thanksgiving at MIDNIGHT! 

Join us on Black Friday for an amazing store-wide sale & gala event. Join us Friday morning at 12:01am - 3am, November 26, 2010 (make sure you take that nap after you gorge on turkey, Thanksgiving afternoon) for a fantastical storewide sale. The first 30 customers in the door will receive BeadinPath Gift Bags. Enter to win a $100 Gift Card & enjoy wine & cheese, and the best part? All of The Beadin' Path SAVINGS!

20% off storewide!*
50% off Sale Bin Items
*Wholesale buyers will receive 10% off WS pricing.

  • $100 Gift Card Drawing
  • Gift Bags to the First 30 Customer in the Door 
  • Storewide Savings
  • Wine & Cheese
  • Holiday Jewelry Making demos
  • Stamped Pendant Make & Take for $5. 
  • & more...

And we're not alone... loads of our neighbors in Freeport are opening their doors at midnight as well.

The event kicks off with a Fun Run from Coffee By Design down to West Street, Depot Street & back to Bow Street ending at the Nike Store.  Last year there were hundreds of Fun-Runners chasing Santa down Main Street on a Harley.  Now where else can you see that happen?

Other stores participating in Moonlight Madness are: The Beadin' Path, North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, Cole Haan, Tommy Hilfiger, Timberland, Wilbur’s Bow St. Location, Coffee By Design, L.L.Bean – All locations, Mexicali Blues, Earrings and Company, Coach, Van Heusen, Sunglass Hut, Brooks Brothers, Nike, PacSun, Oakley, Calvin Klein, Izod, The Maine Dog, Famous Footwear, Lids, & Bass.  Of course, to LLBean, it's just another day of overnight shopping hours.  But, during Moonlight Madness they'll have lots of company. 

Join us! (Heather, Katie & Carisa) and we hope to see you then!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Beading Tool: Pierce & Rivet in one tool!

We are so excited to be one of the few distributors for the new Crafted Findings Riveting & Piercing Tool.  There's also another fly wheel that can be added to do eyelets (ahem, yes beaders, that means add a clean hole to your blanks & metal parts).  This is just an introductory video - we'll be adding our own how-tos using this exciting new tool very soon.  We expect to have them in stock next week, so keep an eye on our site!

Pendants for Jewelry Making: How to Make Your Jewelry Line Stand Out

Pendants are a great way to make your jewelry designs different from what everyone else is making.  Building your own beaded pendants can bring your line of jewelry to new heights & give you that custom look you've been searching for.

Ashley Bunting is our head designer at The Beadin' Path.  Her job is to come up with exciting ways to use new & vintage products that come in.  Sometimes this can be challenging when we have a hole-less metal leaf come in, or a filigree without a traditional bail or hole.  However, Ashley is great at manipulating our jewelry components in new & exciting ideas.  She'll grab a metal hole punch, stack things up you'd never have imagine would have worked together & create a new and exciting pendant.  She'll then write up a jewelry how-to that showcases what she's developed & share each & every tip and trick.

A peek at our Lucite warehouse
We've always tried to carry a different line of offerings than other wholesale bead dealers and retail bead shops.  It wasn't that we had a grand business plan to do so.  But we're all just honestly addicted to digging for treasures and tend to unearth things that can be used in non-traditional ways.

New Flower Filigree Pendant Kit
Stacking our lucite filigree components & metal beads just seems to come naturally.  Our email that went out this week showcased some great new products that work well when making your own stacked pendants.  It also unveiled our newest kit that is making it's debut for the holiday shopping season.  It's designed by, you guessed it, Miss Ashley & will give you a great primer on making a stacked pendant.

Swarovski Crystal
Christmas Tree Earrings
Some other Updates this week: We got in loads of Czech glass beads that are perfect for making the ever-popular beaded angel earrings & beaded Christmas tree earrings for the holiday season.  Reinforcements of the Swarovski crystal components for the 'Crystal Christmas Trees' are on their way as well.

We're REALLY excited to announce - although, this is just a quiet announcement at this point, that we're going to be one of the few exclusive vendors of a new and innovative Piercing & Riveting Tool.  It can take that hole-less piece of vintage metal I talked about above, and make it into something totally beadable & stackable and wonderful.  I'm hoping to have a demo video done this weekend on it because it gives me an excuse to play & do beady things all weekend.

I hope you're all having a great Fall season! - Heather

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nautical Jewelry Trend Alert!

Fashion forecasts are still weighing heavily on nautical themed accessories. We have anchors in Lucite and metal, life saver buoys, and loads of lucite chain and beads to match in the ever-popular nautical colors of red, white and blue. Nautical jewelry accessories compliment most outfits with a touch of retro classic. Design delicate with our vintage metals, or go big and bold with our sassy Lucite.

The carries many hard-to-find nautical beads and charms. Our vintage bead collection is second to none, and many bead wholesalers buy directly from us. Design nautical with vintage Lucite life preserver beads, vintage Lucite anchor pendants, Lucite cherry red chain, and vintage Lucite opaque round beads. If you're a metal junkie, don't miss out on our limited selection of vintage matte 24k gold plated and vintage sterling silver plated anchor pendants.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cabochons and Beads: The Candy Craze

Now that Halloween is over, do you find yourself wanting to WEAR your candy? It happens. So as not to be tempted to eat your new delectable necklace, we suggest you design with beads that merely look like candy! All kidding aside, these colorful beads and cabochons make wonderful additions to your creative palette when you're designing against the winter blues.

If you've been shy about using color in your designs, these components are sure to break you from your rut. Our most popular candified item is the cabochon. We have a gorgeous assortment of vintage Lucite cabochons that resemble hard candy with colorful stripes. If you're new to the cabochon, it is a hole-less bead with one flat side. They are perfect for beading around or setting for earrings, rings, pendants, or whatever your imagination can dream up!