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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Shop our Closeout section & SAVE!

Out with the old to make room for the NEW! Take a look at our Closeout items at Vintaj.com to buy these items & much more while supplies last! Including natural brass, artisan copper & arte metal; charms, embellishments, pendants, altered blanks, decorivets, bead caps, findings, sampler packs & bezel sheets…

Incorporate these pieces into your jewelry & craft projects, add some Patina for a customized effect!

Click project photo(s) within the product descriptions to see inspirational designs like this bracelet, Painted Wings by Jess Italia Lincoln, in our Idea Gallery!

Happy Shopping & Designing!

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Vintaj on Instagram

Have you joined all the fun on Instagram yet?

We love it and are looking forward to sharing a different look into Vintaj; behind-the-scenes, sneak peeks, fashion favorites, inside the studio, outside the studio, what inspires us, handy tips, day-to-day experiences & much much more! *Say CHEESE*

Follow… Vintajco

Follow… JessVintaj

Follow…MackieMullane

Join the chat at #vintaj, and like & comment on our photos… we’d love to hear from you!

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New Product & Vintaj DIY Basics at Hobby Lobby!

Hop on over to your nearest Hobby Lobby store to see our collection of NEW Natural Brass charms, embellishments, pendants, findings & jump rings! If your store aisle doesn’t have them set just yet, they should in no time…

There’s over 75 NEW items sure to inspire your creativity!

You’ll also be excited about the FREE Vintaj Jewelry DIY Basics, you can take them home with you or PIN your favorites to a Pinterest board so they’re just a click away.

letter stamping, embossing, etching, filigree wrapping & patina…

jump rings, simple loops, wrapped loops & curving metal…

{Click on the above DIY images to view full projects at HobbyLobby.com}

Did you know that this year approximately 70 new Hobby Lobby stores will be opening?
How exciting is that!

Happy Shopping & Designing!

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DIY Basics ~ Rubber Stamping: Patina & Sealing

This technique was perfect to incorporate into some of our “Field Journal” inspired designs. It not only adds color, but also a beautiful graphic image or decorative text which can look handwritten like field notes. Betsy & I stamped with Ranger’s Jet Black Archival Ink over a blend of marine & jade patina, using different shaped altered blanks but similar stamps, the results each reflect a unique feel…


Nesting Bird necklace {click image for product links}


Field Journal necklace {click image for product links}

Watch this quick tip video explaining this process and see how easy it is to seal ink & patina with our Glaze…

This Vintaj DIY Basic features this technique to create more of a distressed effect with metallic patina over Arte Metal blanks…

With our large variety of altered blanks, all the different patina color combinations you can create, and with the never ending collection of rubber stamps on the market, your design possibilities are truly endless! What would you create?

Happy Designing! ~ Jess

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Enter to win our Field Journal Giveaway with Vintaj & Humblebeads!


Walking along a wooded trail, something catches your eye. It inspires a quick sketch and a note to remind you where you were & when. Anyone who makes jewelry has a collection of beads, embellishments and findings that remind them of a time & place. A handmade art bead from a trip to Colorado, a piece of filigree from a visit to Galena…a little rabbit charm that reminds you of your childhood trips to Grandma’s. Somehow these pieces never make it into your jewelry designs!

To enter our Field Journal giveaway, inspired by the lovely handcrafted Polymer Clay nature pendants, charms & beads by our friend and Art Bead Partner Heather Powers of Humblebeads… tell us your story of a special collection you’ve started or a memorable trip where you collected special treasures. Write your story in the comments of this post and please keep them under 125 words.

Example:

My family was vacationing in South Haven, MI a couple of years ago. We set aside a day where we strolled along the quaint Main St. lined with shops. I spotted a bead shop down a little walkway and told my family to walk ahead. While inside I spotted some beautiful pendants in gorgeous colors with images of birds, nests & flowers. I picked up a bead in the shape of a house with tiny yellow flowers that reminded me of the little cottage we rented. I will always remember that special time with my family in our quiet little cottage near the lake…every time I see that bead.:)

*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, April 4, 2014 at midnight CT. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Click HERE to see our Field Journal inspiration board & REPIN your favorites!

Click HERE to BUY Humblebeads in Heather’s Etsy Shop!

Click HERE to go to Heather’s Humblebeads website!

   

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