Spotlight on Heartmade Beejoux

Today’s spotlight is on Heartmade Beejoux, who makes beaded jewellery.  I particularly love the cake necklace, and Monica also has some great tips for craft sellers.

My name is Monica and I am the designer at Heartmade Beejoux.  I am 28 years old and I moved to the UK almost a year ago.  I’ve always been attracted to beading, ever since I was 5 and transformed one of mum’s broken necklaces in a bracelet for myself.  I wore it for a very long time and since then I knew I would like to make more.  I started beading more seriously when I received a professional jewellery making tool kit.  I was so excited about the whole process that I ended up buying tiny beads.  I got better at that now! heartmade beejoux cake necklaceI always ask myself if I’d wear the item I’m making, so I end up making lots of bracelets.  I love wearing bracelets and watches!  I only make bespoke items and you can find a piece of my soul in every item.  I love each one of them in their own little way.  Of course it happens often when I have a finished item that I ask myself if I’d wear it and end up not selling it in the end.  That’s the fun of beading, I suppose! 

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Any tips?

I’ve been selling on various websites throughout the years, but now I can be found on Etsy and Folksy.  One of the most important aspects to selling my items online are the photos.   They make a real difference.  They are the best way to show my customers exactly what they will get, and they are what sticks in a buyer’s mind when they are making their choice. 

I only started my blog for a couple weeks now, so I am still learning on that side – baby steps – but I found it’s very important to keep it updated, to keep people coming back.

heartmade beejoux teal and goldI love the craft world and currently am a full time beader, sharing my time between beads and social media, from my home in Surrey.

Where to find Heartmade Beejoux

Folksy – https://beta.folksy.com/shops/HeartmadeBeejoux
Website – http://heartmadebeejoux.com/

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Craft swap!

A little while ago, I sent a load of owl keyrings to my sister to give to her friends.  I had a lovely thank you card and beaded keyring in return from Kim, who I know stops by every now an then.  Thank you Kim! bead keyring

Pearl anniversary card

I made this card to mark my parents Pearl wedding anniversary.  This is going to be a bit of a tutorial, although overall the project is fairly simple albeit quite time consuming! beaded heart cardIngredients

  • lots and lots of beads
  • Needle and thread (I couldn’t find my beading needle but a normal small sewing needle worked fine)
  • piece of scrap card
  • thick card as backing
  • ribbon
  • decorative papers/bits if you want to embellish further

Instructions

Cut a shape out 2 of yours shapes, one from the scrap card and one from the backing card.  Thread your needle and then start beading by sewing each bead into place.  I worked from the centre and then moved outwards, using different size and shape pearls to fill all the gaps.  Once finished, if it looks slightly wobbly, cover with some mod podge (which dries clear).

Once it is dry, sew your ribbon into place on the back, shown below.  beaded heart back

Finish up by using more glue to stick the beaded shape onto your backing card.  The decoration is really heavy, so you do need some sturdy backing card.  Add your embellishments as required, I put a small label on the ribbon, as you can see from the main picture.

It would also work well with buttons, although I am very precious about my button collection 🙂
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