Silver, copper and brass jewelry offers the advantage of being less expensive than gold, but over time such pieces can tarnish somewhat more than gold jewelry. Especially if the cheaper metal jewelry comes into contact with different substances like chlorine or other chemicals.

Luckily, there are ways to clean up your tarnished jewelry easily without having at home. In this post, we’ll explore how to do this, starting with removing tarnish from sterling silver jewelry.

How to remove tarnish from sterling silver jewelry

You’ll need an aluminium tray (or you can use aluminium foil inside a bowl), salt, baking soda and hot...

It won’t be long before summer comes to a close, but here at Golden Age Beads, we want to make the most of it for as long as possible! After all, in a few weeks, we’ll all be thinking about the fall and related themes like Halloween and Thanksgiving.

So let’s hold onto summer for a little longer. We’ve been hunting around the web for some great summer-inspired craft projects and we’ve rounded up our favorites in this post.

Why not inject a little sunshine into your day by trying out some of these summer crafts below?

1. Easy Terracotta Pot Makeover

Celebrate the final weeks of summer with this beach-inspired...

Following on from our Handmade Showcase post earlier this week, we thought we’d publish an introduction to freeform embroidery. You can use this technique to make beautiful bead embroidered jewelry, such as earrings, pendants, statement necklaces and bracelets.

Freeform bead embroidery is fun because you can be really creative with your designs! In this tutorial, we’re showing you how to embroider around a hand-drawn pattern, including how to embroider around small cabochons.

To get started with bead embroidery, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Round seed beads (as as Toho rounds) in any size and...

Bead embroidery is a technique often seen in couture fashion and bridal wear. It’s also a rather fascinating technique used in jewelry-making!

There is a definite art to hand-sewing hundreds, even thousands, of tiny beads onto fabric and then turning that piece of beaded fabric into an amazing piece of jewelry.

In today’s handmade showcase post, we’ve featured some beautiful pieces of jewelry from talented designers on Etsy. Each one of these pieces below has been lovingly hand-crafted and many will have taken several hours (even days or weeks to complete).

Finding a niche within the market you serve could be the key to success when it comes to your craft business. In this post, we’ll explore what it means to find a niche market so that you can deliver a different kind of product that some of your customers will really want and – most importantly – need.

What is a niche market?

A niche market is a subset group of a larger market. Let’s say you run a craft business creating beaded hair accessories and tiaras. Your main target audience is probably going to be female adults who are looking for special occasion or bridal headwear.

This audience would be classed as the...

Jewelry-making, as fun as it usually is, can have its tedious moments. Such as when you’ve spent a couple of hours making a beaded stretch bracelet and the knot comes undone so that your beads fly off in all sorts of directions...

How about when you’re trying to make a loop in a headpin and it ends up being either too small or too big to use properly? Then, when you try to fix it, you just end up with a crooked loop? Or when you get a knot in your beading thread and you have to spend 20 minutes trying to unravel it?

Those sorts of tedious moments can put a dampener on your creativity, that’s for sure!

In this post,...

When you’ve put time and effort into creating a special handmade product to sell, it’s crucial to make sure that your packaging and presentation won’t let the overall product down! Even the most beautiful of handmade products won’t look as good as they should do, if the packaging doesn’t do them justice.

Handmade buyers take notice of the way their product has been packaged and sent to them, so it’s a good idea to make this part of the process as memorable as possible – for all the right reasons.

Craft business owners should ensure their packaging and presentation is creative, ethical and reflects their brand. In...

on Aug 03, 2016 .

You may have already seen from our home page that we’ve started doing videos here at Golden Age Beads! We now have our very own video channel on YouTube where you can check out some awesome jewelry-making tutorials and find out more information about beads and gemstones.

We’ve highlighted just a few of our latest videos below so you can see what we’ve been uploading lately: