As we hit “publish” on this post, many of the B3 team will be heading into our classroom to participate in our weekly event, Weaving Wednesdays. (Yes, we know how lucky we are to work here!)

Weaving Wednesdays is part professional development, part team building exercise, part creative stimulation and part fun. We teach and learn from one another, and get the opportunity to play with the bevy of jump rings we have at our disposal. It’s time like this that we get to tinker with weaves – and sometimes even come up with new ones. Which leads to a question Rebeca gets asked A LOT.

“How do you come up with new weaves?”

So here is a challenge for YOU! Host your own version of Weaving Wednesday (doesn’t have to be today, but try for this week). Find some time to sit down and experiment with Helm Chain. Add to it, twist it, deconstruct it – whatever. See what happens! Then, head to our Facebook page or comment here and post a photo of what you came up with – and we want to see the great results, and even the not-so-great ones.

Flex those creative muscles and see what happens. (And hey, if it’s great, consider submitting it for our B3 Guest Designer program!)

Happy weaving! 

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Emily Fiks Blue Buddha BoutiqueThis October, Raven’s Roundmaille will come rapping and tapping on your chamber door! B3 team member Emily Fiks was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s legendary poem, The Raven, to create this seasonally spooky kit. Roundmaille accented by spikes? Yes, please!

Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite Raven’s Roundmaille color combination (our sample here uses black AA and plain aluminum)! 

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guest-designer-logoWe are again looking for original designs created by YOU to become the next Blue Buddha Boutique tutorial. Since our last call for submissions, we’ve published great projects like Chunky Cuff, Concentric Force and Mngwa. Thank you for consistently reminding us that we have the most creative and talented customers and peers. What do you have in store for us next?

We are excited to be *this close* to releasing a new line of rubber rings. They’ll be available in wonderfully bold colors, and in sizes that correlate well with many of our most popular metal ring sizes. And they’re exclusive to B3. You won’t find these anywhere else! With that in mind, for this round of design submissions, we are looking to highlight the use rubber rings. They can be bracelets or necklaces, but don’t forget these other categories:

  • Finger rings or other hand jewelry
  • Head pieces (simple and contemporary-looking preferred)
  • Men’s jewelry
  • Advanced- or expert-level projects

KIT-LTCE-BLK-PINK-big Interwoven-COPPLIME-700px KIT-RUBR-HP-RUST-bigHave a great idea that doesn’t quite work with rubber rings? Submit it anyway! We are always open to looking at original designs.

How to Submit Your Idea

  • Complete our project proposal form which includes basic information about the project (materials list, description, etc.).
  • In the form, you’ll need to include up to three photos of the finished piece.
  • Mid-November, our Product Development team will review all designs and and contact the designers whose pieces we are most interested in.  At that point, designers will be required to submit a full sample using B3 rings (yep, we will mail the sample back to you), as well as basic photos and instructions for how to create it (these can be super basic—even cell phone pics will do). Our PD team well make final selections from this round of reviews.

Submit your idea to us by 5pm CT, October 31, 2014, to be considered. It will also be helpful to read our FAQ page about what it means to work with Blue Buddha to create a chainmaille tutorial. Still have questions? Send us an email at community@bluebuddhaboutique.com. Happy weaving!

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X LOCK HUGEOur Omni is at it again! We love his new designs and twists on old favorites. This time he took one of our favorite Byzantine variations – X Lock – and turned up the volume. The connector rings in this version are BIG. CC15, to be exact. :-)

The base of this Big X-Lock Bracelet will be aluminum, but what color do you want those giant connector rings to be? (The sample here uses red enameled copper.)

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Almost everyone who makes jewelry for themselves as a hobby may hear a friend say this at some point: “Wow, that’s a great piece! I’d love to buy one from you!” That’s an exciting point in any hobbyist’s life, and if it happens to you, congratulations! :-) After the initial excitement wears off, you may have a couple of questions:

1 – Do I want to sell my jewelry? Some people honestly prefer not to earn any money from something they do for fun. Those folks may decide to only give away certain pieces as gifts, and never sell anything. Others may decide they’d like to make just enough money to pay for their addiction hobby, and therefore sell their pieces at nominal prices. Still others decide to take the full-fledged plunge of selling at shows and to boutiques and galleries. You’ll have to figure out what works best for you and what you really want to do.

2 – How do I price my jewelry? That’s a whole ‘nother topic, and definitely worth covering, which we have done in our FAQ post about Pricing Your Jewelry and in our Ask The Artist Series on our blog. (You can view a summary of several posts on the topic in the Learn to Price Your Crafts post.)

If you made your jewelry using instructions from a book, magazine, or anywhere on the Internet, you may have another question:

3 – Am I even allowed to sell it?  That’s a great question, and you should know the answer to that question before making the piece, so that you’re prepared to let your admirer know if the piece is for sale.  By knowing which pieces you can’t sell, you’ll avoid stepping on artists’ toes and could even avoid sticky legal situations.

Most instructions for jewelry projects will specify if you can or cannot use the instructions for “commercial use.” Examples of commercial use include making the project and selling it (even selling it to friends counts, because, hey, a sale is a sale!) or taking a photo of the project and using this photo in any of your marketing materials, including on your website.  Be sure to read the fine print for any book, magazine, or website where you encounter instructions to make sure you know what the wishes of the artist are. If you aren’t sure, contact the artist directly.

We can’t speak for all the other instructions out there, of course. But for B3 chainmaille instructions, including CHAINED, you are allowed to sell projects you make. Here’s B3 owner Rebeca Mojica’s take on the topic:

 

Empowering customers and students to sell what they make from Blue Buddha patterns is so important to Rebeca that she insisted her book publisher include text on the inside cover clearly stating her position:

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Not many books do this! We are proud to be an organization that fosters creating beautiful pieces of art. We believe allowing folks to sell what they make from Blue Buddha patterns, openly publishing the ring sizes used for our patterns (instead of requiring customers to purchase a pattern to find out the sizes), and sharing images of what people make on our Facebook page all allow the chainmaille community to grow. This attitude may not make us more money. But it gives us great satisfaction knowing that we’re helping people all over the world discover and embrace this art form. So feel free to look through our chainmaille projects, find something you like, make it, and—if you want—sell it! You’ve got our blessing.

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