Pinterest is a great visual bookmarking tool which you’ll no doubt have heard of already. You may have whiled away quite a few hours before now browsing all those beautiful pins that can be found on there.
But as well as being an interesting place to check out when you’re looking for an amazing craft tutorial or gluten-free dinner recipe, Pinterest is also an incredibly valuable marketing tool for craft businesses. In fact, pretty much any business could benefit from developing a Pinterest strategy.
In this post, we’ll be exploring why you need Pinterest for your craft business and how to start using it to your...
There’s nothing like the pretty colors of spring (and the first rays of warm sunshine) to get your creative juices flowing when making jewelry this season! In this post, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite beads and supplies which we think are just perfect for spring DIY jewelry projects.
Also included in this post for inspiration are beautiful pieces of spring themed jewelry from talented artists on Etsy.
Our Top 5 Spring Picks
1. Periwinkle Blue Lucite Flower Beads
These delicate pale blue Lucite Flower Beads would look stunning as part of spring earring projects. Use them singly or in clusters to make flower...
We’re pleased to bring you another free beadweaving pattern today for a pair of cheerful brick stitch earrings! We’ve named this pattern “Sunny” because the colors used in this pattern are reminiscent of warm sunshine. Hopefully, this pattern will get you in the mood for spring.
We’ve covered circular brick stitch as a tutorial already on our blog, but this pattern uses regular brick stitch and you’ll need to be able to increase and decrease your stitches to make the diamond shape for these earrings.
To familiarize yourself with increases and decreases when working in brick stitch, check out this article.
This week, as part of our Jewelry Through The Ages series, we’re revisiting the 1920s and 1930s to find out more about an iconic style of jewelry that still influences jewelry design today – the style of Art Deco.
The Art Deco era took place from around 1920 to 1935. By this time, the First World War had changed the world in many ways. It had impacted directly on women’s fashion and the way they lived their lives generally.
During the war, women were required to undertake some of the physical work that men generally used to do. This required them cut their hair, shorten their sleeves and replace their long dresses and...
Here at Golden Age Beads, we’re always on the lookout for inspiration when it comes to craft related projects and at Easter time, we haven’t been disappointed with our findings!
In this post, we’ve put together some of our favorite Easter craft projects from around the web. We hope they inspire you to get creative over the Easter holidays!
Giant Knit Bunny
You don’t have to be a skilled knitter to have a go at this project! We stumbled across this giant knit bunny (made via arm knitting techniques) over at Flax and Twine. This is a super cute project, ideal for nursery decor - or just for keeping next to your couch so...
In celebration of Easter, we have another jewelry-making tutorial for you today! Find out how to make a 3D beaded cross, which you can use as a pendant (or earrings if you want to use smaller beads).
This tutorial uses Right Angle Weave (RAW) stitch in beadweaving. If you’re not familiar with this technique, we’d recommend you check out this tutorial first.
To make this project you’ll need the following materials:
Developing a promotional strategy for your craft business is vital if you want it to be successful. At the same time, keeping your overheads down is important if you want to return a good profit and let’s face it, advertising can be expensive!
Luckily, there some ways you can spread the word about your business without breaking the bank. In this post, we’ve put together some promotional methods that you can use that won’t need much of your money – but may need quite a bit of your time to carry out.
Start your own blog
It doesn’t cost much money at all to start a blog to help you promote your products – just a few...
As part of our mission to explore jewelry through the ages, today’s article is all about jewelry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries - Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry.
Before we begin with Art Nouveau jewelry, let’s first look at what the Art Nouveau style is all about. It’s considered an international philosophy and complete art style, one that includes decorative and fine arts, interior design, architecture and textiles.
The Art Nouveau style was most popular between 1890 and 1910. The name Art Nouveau literally means “new art” in French and that’s what it was. It was a reaction to the academic art of the...