New Product Giveaway ~ Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Giveaway, we truly enjoy reading your stories and appreciate you sharing how jewelry making has opened doors for you in your life.

The winner of this NEW Vintaj Product collection is… Lin Standke

Here’s what Lin had to say ~

Doors connect our inside and outside. Opening a door symbolizes both “welcome, step into my world” AND “what’s new out there?” I’m so grateful for jewelry making on both sides of my door. “Inside” I’ve fallen back in love with color and shape, learned how to creatively use those “why do I have these beads???” and recognized that the give and take design process applies to my personal life, too. “Outside” my door is the FABULOUS world of bead stores, artists, students, customers, designers and suppliers who constantly fill my brain with stimulation and my heart with joy.

Click New Product at Vintaj.com to see all of our newest offerings, including our favorite Doorway Blanks! You can express yourself with poetry, art and color using several techniques, and you can play with different Vintaj embellishments to create interesting closures (or door knobs!). Be sure to check out our Vintaj Doorways board on Pinterest for inspiration & fun design ideas!!

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New Product Giveaway!

We are giving away this sampler of our New Products here on the Vintaj blog! We are so excited about our new Doorway blanks, beads and coins we wanted to share them with a lucky winner!

To participate tell us in the comments of this blog post how jewelry making has opened doors for you! Please keep your entries to no more than 100 words.

Example: “I let my schedule get so busy that it started to affect my health. I started making jewelry as a hobby and it relaxed me…gave me something to share with my friends. I now make jewelry full time and have watched those stress symptoms disappear!” #opendoor

The giveaway deadline is Thursday July 3, 2014 at noon CT and the winner will be posted Monday July 7, 2014.

Join us on Twitter & Instagram (@vintajco) for our #opendoor chat for the entire month of June, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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The Winner of our Global Village Giveaway!

Wow, we encourage everyone to read the comments of our Giveaway post for inspiration and to sense the jewelry-making community we’re all a part of! Thank you to everyone who participated, we really enjoyed reading your entries!

The winner of our Global Village giveaway is….Cindy Mead!

“I have only recently joined the beading/jewelry community, although I’ve been creating wearable art for many years. I do want to give my fellow artists Dawn and Cheryl, a shout out for always encouraging me to follow my dreams, despite my many health setbacks and hurdles. Also a huge shout out to Lima Beads and countless sellers and shops on Etsy that feed my beading obsession. I am very anxious to begin working with metals and will be using Vintaj products and watching Beadaholique tutorials when I do. (Another shout out, Beadaholique makes the best tutorials out there). My thanks to all artists who inspire me every day by sharing their unique artwork in whatever form it may take. May we always keep that creative spark burning!”

Congratulations Cindy!

Stay tuned for more frequent giveaways on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and check out our new blog on Tumblr!

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2 Day Comprehensive Workshop Recap!

Thank you to the students who traveled to Galena for our 2 Day Workshop last week! We had so much fun and enjoyed meeting all of you!

To see photos from our workshop click HERE!

To see the finished jewelry each student brought home, click through the gallery below!

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DIY: Hammered Jump Ring Bracelet


Create this easy bracelet in no time! This simplistic design complements any wardrobe & can be worn everyday alone or layered with other bracelets…


Technique:
Hammered Jump Rings & Linking

Tools & Supplies:
rubber bench block
steel bench block
4 oz. ball pein hammer
chain nose pliers
metal reliefing block 

Materials:
(4) 5mm Smooth 18ga Jump Rings
(16) 7.25mm Smooth 16ga Jump Rings
(1) 10.25mm Smooth 16ga Jump Ring
(9) 15mm Smooth 15ga Jump Rings
(1) 12mm Classic Lobster Clasp Set


Happy Designing! ~ Mackie  

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A Special Event ~ Vintaj on Zulily!


Head to Zulily for our 1st Event! Browse our newest jewelry & tool kits!

“Emboss, etch and create picture-perfect patinas—this collection from Vintaj is all about designing one-of-a-kind DIY jewelry. Try out the special edition Sizzix BIGkick machine and textured dies that create stunning impressions on malleable metal embellishments. There’s plenty of creativity-inspiring supplies and tools inside to create bracelets, rings, necklaces and more!”


Event ends Sunday, April 20th ~ take advantage of these great deals!
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Global Village Giveaway ~ Vintaj & Beadaholique!


vil·lage [vil-ij]
noun
1. a small community or group of houses in a rural area, larger than a hamlet and usually smaller than a town, and sometimes (as in parts of the U.S.) incorporated as a municipality.
2. the inhabitants of such a community collectively.
3. a group of animal dwellings resembling a village: a gopher village. adjective
4. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a village: village life.

You are part of our beady village and we appreciate you all! We want to hear about your village…who keeps you going and inspires your jewelry making? Do you participate in forums on websites like Jewelry Making Daily? Is your village online or do you get together with friends in your community?
To enter our Global Village giveaway, inspired by the colors, textures and variety in the Vintaj embellishments, beads & supplies from Beadaholique … Give your village a shoutout and share their first names in the comments of this post. If you want to share any blogs, websites or bead shops where you meet feel free! We can network our villages and maybe find something new!

Example:
My friends from the office inspire me every day – Jess, Jeanne, Wendy, Mackie & Rose! Our creative sessions at the studio are the best!

*If you are new to our blog, we may have to moderate your comment. Don’t worry, it may not show up right away, we’ll make sure comments that fit the contest rules are accepted! The deadline is Friday, Monday May 5, 2014 at midnight CT. The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 8 2014.

Click HERE to see our Global Village inspiration board & REPIN your favorites!

Click HERE to BUY the beads & supplies from Beadaholique! **You can go to our Idea Gallery to view the designs we created for direct links to the beads we used!**

Click HERE to go to the Beadaholique blog!

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The Winner of our Field Journal Giveaway!


We asked you to tell us your story of a special collection you’ve started or a memorable trip where you collected special treasures to enter our Field Journal Giveaway. Once again our 70+ blog readers blew us away with their tales of travel and sentimental treasures! The winner of our Field Journal Giveaway, who will receive this stash of lovely handcrafted Polymer Clay nature pendants, charms & beads by our friend and Art Bead Partner Heather Powers of Humblebeads and Vintaj embellishments is…..Christina Hickman!!

“My Boyfriend and I went on a camping/fishing trip to Yakima. On the first morning there, we woke up to a stunning red and grey sunrise, and as I got my camera out to take a picture, a raven flew overhead. Later, we found a bead shop in town. The owner was cutting some new cabs, he handed me a piece of Serape Jasper-it has brilliant red and grey bands and it looked like the sky that morning. I bought the cab on the spot, along with a beautiful Ellensburg Blue Agate, which the owner also cut. The agate I had made into a ring, which I wear daily, and the jasper is part of a bead embroidered necklace that also has a raven.”

Congratulations Christina and thank you to all of the talented writers who participated! Stay tuned for our next giveaway, details coming soon!

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DIY Basics ~ Messy Wrapped Loops: Vintaj Colored Wire

I love working with wire! Vintaj natural brass, artisan copper, artisan pewter & arte metal colored wires come in a variety of gauges that you can create beautiful wire wrapped jewelry components with. Mixing the metal wire colors is fun and gives your designs interest & dimension…

Vintaj Colored Wires ~ Vintaj Colored Wires were developed specifically to complement our findings. It’s 100% lead and nickel free.

Natural Brass, Artisan Copper & Arte Metal colored wire is permanent copper core wire, which tends to have some lighter tones and a shiny finish.

Vintaj Artisan Pewter colored wire is an aluminum core wire, which tends to have some lighter tones and a shiny finish.

We recommend our wires for a multitude of projects. Not only are these wonderful beading jewelry components, but they are perfect for embellishing other projects too!

See how Betsy and I incorporated different Vintaj wires into our “Field Journal” designs featuring fun spring inspired handmade Humblebeads polymer clay charms & pendants. Create a messy bird nest, bead links, wire wrapped pendants & more!

Nature’s Hope bracelet ~ click photo for product links

20g Artisan Copper colored wire

20g Artisan Pewter colored wire

Tiny Flowers necklace ~ click photo for product links

20g Artisan Copper colored wire

20g Artisan Pewter colored wire

Collected Treasures necklace ~ click photo for product links

20g Arte Metal colored wire

Happy Designing! ~ Jess

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Stringing Magazine Spring 2014


What the world needs now is COLOR, especially those of us going through one of the longest winters EVER! Jewelry Stringing Magazine pumps up the color with their Spring issue, full of monochromatic beads and cord inspiration along with our favorite, Bead Soup, where designers bring together different bead shapes and colors into one cohesive design. We also loved the Spring Greens section, featuring various hues of one of our favorite colors. We’ve highlighted two of those designers, who used Vintaj findings and chain in their designs!



As usual you won’t want to miss the eclectic collection of bracelets on pages 24-25 and the earrings on pages 48-49.

Click HERE for more information on this issue!

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