Saturday, 28 January 2012

Touchy Feely Texture!

That title just popped into my head there..hehe. I liked it. As you may or may not guess from that, this post is all about my new textured beads!
I've recently started making a new style of clay beads and I thought now would be a great time to show them off. I spent quite a while trying to find a good way of texturing my beads and i'm fairly happy with my current method at the moment. Who knows when i'll get an urge to mix it up again and try something new though :p

Currently, I'm working with earthy/muted colours. So, no neon or pastels from me for a while!! Throughout my shop, all you'll see soon will be tribal inspired jewellery in a variety of natural colours. Of course, my handmade clay beads will feature heavily in a lot of items, but I'm also integrating some other types of natural beads. These include wood, bone and horn. Don't worry though...all materials are reliably sourced and all the beads I use will be made ethically :D

The bracelet shown at the top of this post(and below) is the first of my new style of adjustable bracelets. There's some great tutorials available online for braided jewellery. I'm always looking for new ones but i'm hoping to post my own one day as a way of giving back for all the helpful hints and tips I've picked up online over the years. There's some very talented crafters out there and i'm proud to be a part of the community.

This, and many other bracelets and necklaces, will be available from my Etsy shop from the end of Feb! Keep checking back on the blog, or on Facebook or Twitter, to keep up to date with what's happening so you don't miss out. Don't forget, although it's possible for me to make multiple items that are similar, it's almost impossible to recreate any piece exactly so they are all one of a kind items!!

Lastly, the UBER CLEARANCE SALE is still on over at Etsy in order for me to clear out my shop to make way for all the new fab tribal jewellery that'll be popping up in Feb!! The sale items will never be listed again so grab them before they go!

That's all for now, thanks for reading :)

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Off to a flying start

I received my first delivery of beads for 2012 yesterday. I was a little (ok,a lot) excited! So much so that I was beading away until I ran out of elastic,hehe. Thankfully I'd already ordered more so i'll be back to making more items as soon as it arrives.
Today I started making some new clay beads. I have discovered a new technique for creating textured beads. I think it will become a staple design in my new creations. It will be unveiled along with many, many more designs at the end of February, so watch out for that.
Things are going well for the revamp at the end of Feb. I'm quite excited about it but there's still a few things to get sorted.
I'm currently working on the logo, as well as designs for the facebook page and business cards. Toying with the idea of setting up a wordpress blog, so i'll update you all as soon as it happens. Pretty much everything is changing slightly, except the name!, so i'll be fairly busy over the next month getting it all done. It'll definitely be worth it though.
I do know that the new colours for the logo will be purple and orange. All product images will hopefully share these too and i'll be incorporating them into the blog as well.
I think that's everything for now, but i'll keep you updated on the latest from DysfunctionDesigns.

One more thing... There's a sale on in my Etsy shop at the moment due to the fact that some items just won't fit into the new shop look so head on over there now and grab a bargain before they're all gone!!
Don't forget to spread the word!!!

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

New Year..New shop!

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a good one. Mine was fantastic. I had some time off work that was spent with friends and family and it did me the world of good. There was a major lull in production and all jewellery related issues at the end of 2011 for me and I apologise for that. I'm hoping to start (almost) a fresh this year and shake things up a bit, so it should all be back on track very soon.

I'm planning a shop revamp for the end of February. I'll be changing the look of the shop, and some of my items, and generally making a few tweaks to enable me and the shop to get back on track. It should allow me to offer my customers the high quality, focused and unique service they deserve. I'll keep everyone updated with that as it happens. I'm terrible for updating the blog so please like us on Facebook so you don't miss out on new products and exciting offers!!

I'll still be making my own clay beads and jewellery along with buying in some fab wooden and bone beads for creating some one-of-a-kind tribal pieces. I will as always offer items for both male and female.

Until the revamp is complete, there's a sale on that includes all items that won't fit into the new look shop so head over to the Etsy shop and grab a bargain before they all disappear!! Some pieces are up to 50% off!!

I think that's all the news for now. Thanks for reading and please keep sharing the word.
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