23 February 2013

Men's Jewelry Design by Pamela Bead Jewelry

Hi, I enjoy making beaded jewelry for girls, women, and men. As a woman, making necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for girls and women is a piece of cake. Picking out the colors and the beads is the best part because your mind is having fun with all the possibilities of creating jewelry. When the subject of men's jewelry pops up, it becomes a very different matter. A jewelry designer for men have to always be mindful of one important key component. Masculinity, the quality of being masculine. For example, when I shop for beads to make men's jewelry, I look for wood beads that do not have a "cute" or "pretty" quality. I keep asking myself,"If I were a man, what would I be okay with wearing?" I also keep the size of the beads in mind. I do not want to use the tiny beads for their jewelry. I want large or medium beads to work with. Another important component is length. Most men in some cases want their necklaces to be long so they steer away from a feminine look. They also like to be able to easily place them over their head without dealing with clasps. A length over 26 inches, say 38 to 40 inches would be okay for them to be comfortable in. With bracelets, it is best to make sure a man's wrist from medium to large can fit a stretch bracelet. When a man puts on a bracelet, his hand is what stretches it till it gets to his wrist area. The bracelet do not have to be snug on his wrist. As long as it cannot slide off when his arm is down you have made a good men's bracelet. Making jewelry for men is about allowing him to feel that he will look good wearing a piece of jewelry. Few if not many, find it hard to wear jewelry for their own personal reasons. Making jewelry is suppose to attract their attention in a positive and confident manner. Masculinity is not to be lost but kept when providing jewelry for our men. My online store is Pamela Bead Jewelry. Check out my pieces at http://PamelaBead.artfire.com www.facebook.com/pamelabeadjewelry

Checked In Today Guild Weekly Update 2-16-13

Your Guild at Work for You
What is new at the Checked In Today! Guild for the week of February 16, 2013?

-- New Members

- We want to welcome the following new members to the Checked In Today! Guild:
Urban Gypsy

Wooden Garden

Pink diva

Oh So Pretty Creations

Floral Designs by Alka


- The Checked In Today! Guild is 185 strong.- Please remember to check in daily using the Check in button on the My Artfire page. It is on the left hand side and is blue until you click it, then it turns orange. It is good for 24 hours and is part of this guild's membership requirements.

If you wonder why our numbers seem to never move, it is because we will have 10 new members and then seven who never check back in again and disappear. I remove them after they have been a week or so.

-- New Collections-
Here are the latest collections from your fellow guild members. Take a few moments to rate, comment and share these great collections. Making collections is time consuming and the more views these artists get, the more exposure your guild and your studio gets.

-Reminder: Please post your collections on the Guild Forum so we can see them and make sure they get promoted. Here is the thread to post on - http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Please NOTE: We are posting under a thread for the month, so we can find the new collections easier. Also, there is now a NON-Guild thread for all your other collections. Please ONLY post the guild collections with only guild members under the monthly thread. Confused? Just yell and we will help.
Need help posting a collection to the guild forum? Here is a How To thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1661
All the Colors of the Rainbow by Crafty Day Dreams
Pretty Greens for St. Patricks Day by Pretty Gonzo
Yellow and Brown by Luvncrafts
The Classic Look by JNLDesigns
Down By The Beach You Might See . . . by Shadow Dog Designs
Beautiful Dreamers by Quilt Tops
Crisp! by Urban Gypsy
Please feel free to post your NON-Guild collections to this thread, so we can stop by and help you promote. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Post your February guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Stop by and see some really great non-guild collections that are deserving of 5 Stars.

What is a collection and how do I make one?

If you need a comprehensive guide to making a collection, posting a collection and sharing a collection, I have written a tutorial blog post with pictures to help you. http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-make-collection.html

- Success Stories – send us yours, both big and small, and we will feature it on the Checked In Today! Blog – we want to hear from you. Success stories always encourage everyone around them.

~ On the Front Page of Artfire
> Luck of the Irish Shamrock by JKindtMetalWorks – non-guild
~ Artfire Daily Email
> Luck of the Irish Shamrock by JKindtMetalWorks – non-guild
-- New Blog Posts
- Stop by the Checked In Today! Blog and read the latest posts. You will find these new posts on the blog this week.
- Pamela Bead has shared her springtime jewelry designs Spring Time Jewelry!
> Reminder – we welcome posts from current members of Checked in Today! guild – please let me know if you are not an author and would like to be listed as one on the blog. If you have a how to article or anything of interest, please share! We love to see what everyone is up to.
-- Facebook Hilights- Facebook Checked In Today! page is filled with activity and you might find these outstanding posts worth reading.
- Meet new members, see the latest collections, discuss the advantages of marketing and learn about Chatterbox forum posts by staff.
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions posted the latest link to the Mother’s Day Countdown Blog Hop post. http://bmebluprint.blogspot.com/2013/02/mothers-day-gift-idea-countdown-week-2.html

> Aya of Aya Designs shared her latest necklace, which sold in less than an hour! Awesome!

> Pamela of Pamela Bead has shared several of her latest creations:

> Jennifer of Forever’s Memories has featured Scott of Berkshire Bowls in her latest blog post. It’s a wonderful read of nostalgia and Scott’s charming creations.
> Elaine of Zoomgrapiks is once again in the publishing mood; she is in need of turquoise and copper! Contact her with your submissions Elaine Loiselle Dumont
> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions shared three new blog posts this week.
Buffalo Jumps and Cooled Lava
Black is Always a Classy Choice
All Fun and Games and Redneck Skating Rinks
> Susan of Susan Knits shared a new pair of gorgeous earrings she created.

> Linda Landig shared her pretty new earrings as well.

> Julie of Blue Morning Expressions asks, What’s on Your Workbench? She also laments the lack of the appropriate beads for the project, although she has 40 pounds of beads.

> Artist SLWaldon of Islands of Time has successfully ventured into bead weaving.

- Checked In Today! Guild Forum
Heard around the Guild Forum this week:
There is a new post on how to check into your Artfire studio if you are having a little trouble finding the button. The post is pinned to the top of the General Tab. http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2576
> The guild forum is quiet at the moment.
Post your February guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/2599

Post your non-guild collections to this thread http://www.artfire.com/guild_forums/view_thread/1877

Please take a few minutes to click on the collections and tweet the sale items for your fellow guild members.
They will return the favor, which will increase sales for everyone.

-Your membership in this guild is greatly appreciated and it will help all of us be successful at something we love.

Disclaimer: This bulletin is compiled from things posted by members around the guild forum, Facebook and blog, so if you do not see something you feel I
missed, just let me know and I will update the post. I try and keep up with everyone, but I do miss things.
Julie and Blu