JILL MACKAY BRAND LAUNCHES ON ARTBEADS.COM
www.artbeads.com has sold my work for years now so what's the launch about? I am so excited that my work will now be sold in the branded section under my logo and brand! They extended the range of Jill MacKay products in a big way (Yay!) This wonderful site supports independent designers such as myself (and several of my talented friends) and offer an amazing selection of products at good prices that makes for happy jewelry makers! Besides the fine sterling silver components, www.artbeads.com will be selling my newest clasps and components produced in stainless steel and bronze. CLICK HERE to see me on Artbeads.com
If by some small chance you don't know about www.artbeads.com then you might want to check your pulse. They are the most happening jewelry supply making website going! Check them out, you'll be glad you did. They are a wonderful, progressive company who are a joy to work with. They care about their people, their customers and the artists and brands they represent. Artbeads.com equals an assurance of quality product and good price. No kidding, they inspect every single piece that comes into their warehouse before it goes up for sale on-line. It is my pleasure to have a working relationship with them and I am just thrilled to be amongst the few brands represented on their site.
One of the things artbeads.com will be featuring are my new seed bead clasps in
Here's how it's used:
Why do seed-beader's need clasps especially designed for them? Please see the illustration below paying special attention to those points marked by the purple arrows. You will see that in the techniques shown making the connection to the closure comes down to a single thread. Not good. Then glance back at the photo above and see how much more integrated the connection to the closure is. That's why!
Item # JLW53213 Magnetic Bar clasp shown in bronze.
I use seriously strong rare earth magnets of superior quality. These clasps have an unusually strong hold. This clasp does not accidentally become unconnected or get knocked and slip off. Not happening. Also please notice the slight curve in the center of the clasp where they join. This curve allows the clasp to "seat" meaning it will not slide around.
Below item # JLW53215 Magnetic Sun Ray Clasp shown in stainless steel, which means it never tarnishes and looks just like silver at a much better price! Stainless steel is the new sterling silver and bronze is the new gold. I'm designing innovative new products that offer you the high end look without the high end price!
Below item # JLW53212 Open Heart Toggle clasp, shown in stainless steel.
Calling all designers if you have a project for publication in a book or magazine and would like to use one of the new clasps, please contact me directly and you will be supplied at no cost. I only ask for an image of the finish piece and notification of when the project publishes so I can link to it from my blog. Those of you who may use the clasps but are not publishing, please send me images of your finished work so I can blog about you and your work. I look forward to seeing all the different ways my clasps will be creatively used by YOU! Thank you!
Stay tuned my next blog will be on all my new stainless steel and bronze beads! They allow you to have that high end look with half the expense of sterling silver or gold.