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UK Freepost offer!
Just in time for stocking up for Xmas, get Free Postage on all UK orders over £10 until Sunday 20th November.  Simply use code FREENOV at checkout!




Amazing new cabochons in the shop...
Just arrived, new selection of cabochons for the shop:




Gorgeous!  


Free Resin Offer!

Resin is back and we are celebrating by offering a free 75g set of ECO resin with any purchase of standard or low viscosity resin!  You can find both options here, in two different sizes: 75g and a large 375g set.  So if you purchase one set of resin (either type, either size) and we will throw in one free set of ECO Resin!  This is not just another free sample offer, this is a full size 75g set free with any purchase of resin!  This offer is open until Sunday 18th September.

ECO Resin is a new range of resins that we will be offering that are solvent-free, non-toxic and easy to use for top quality domed and cold-enamelled items.

We also sell colourants for these resins and lots of accessories for all your resin makes (do also look at our bezels which are perfect for filling!).  Please note it is only the full 2-part resin sets that attract this offer, and not any colours or accessories.

We are unable to send resin overseas at this stage, so regrettably this offer is open only to UK customers.

Our resin is manufactured in the UK by RF Bright, a family owned business from Kent that specialises in resins for industry and jewellery making.  The resins are lovely to use, they mix easily and take colour and inclusions well, don't produce noxious fumes and the end result comes up clear and glossy.  We love these resins and are planning lots of projects using them - keep an eye out on our tutorials page!




New Website Offer
 Jasmin Studio Crafts new website!


That's right - our NEW WEBSITE is finally here!  it has only been, oh, three years in the making, presented us with countless trials and tribulations, and a lot of hard work, but we finally got there, and now we can offer lots of lovely things: many more products, a much easier way to shop, we now have wishlists so you can save all your favourite items for a later date, and customer accounts where all your purchases will be saved and returns can be managed directly from one place...

We have been aware for a long time that our old website just wasn't up to the job, so we hope you will like the new site.  Some improvements:
  • Your basket will now save for a few days, so do go ahead and make that cup of tea, your basket will still be there when you come back.
  • You can now buy a larger number of items individually if you really only want to try out a new piece, 
  • but if you want to buy 10, as before, it will still be the same price as on the old website.
  • If you prefer to buy in larger quantities, the website will now work out a wholesale discount automatically.  Our wholesale prices are available to all, and you can check them out within each item's page. 
  • Stuck for gift ideas for a crafty person?  consider a gift certificate
We hope you will enjoy browsing through our new site and do please let us know what you think. You can email us any comments at mail@jasminstudio.com, we fully expect that there may be the odd fluff here or there, so please let us know if you spot anything that looks amiss.

 Jasmin Studio Crafts new website

So we would like to thank you for your patience and continued custom by offering a huge 20% off EVERY ITEM in the store - simply add code CELEBRATE at checkout. This code is valid until Sunday 26th June and can be used multiple times.

Christmas Opening Times


Please see below for our shop opening hours this Christmas:


Wednesday 23rd
12pm-6pm
Thursday 24th
12pm-4pm
Friday 25th 
Closed
Saturday 26th
Closed
Sunday 27th
Closed
Monday 28th
Closed
Tuesday 29th
12pm-4pm
Wednesday 30th
12pm-4pm
Thursday 31st
12pm-4pm
Friday 1st
Closed
Saturday 2nd
Closed

We will continue to send orders on all the days that the shop is open, except weekends. 


We would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas!  


Holiday Timetable


Summer is upon us and we're seriously in the mood for a slowdown - we figured if we don't stop now, we will not stop until after Christmas so to save our health and to be fair to our ever-patient families we have decided to have an August that's full of rest.

You may order through the website as normal but orders will be sent only three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during August. 

Our Streatham shop will be closed from the 2nd until the 10th of August (we are back on Tuesday 11th) and for the rest of August we will be in the shop only half-days from 1pm until 6pm.

If you need us during this time please email us (mail@jasminstudio.com) and we will reply as soon as we are back in the shop.  Or leave us a message on 0208 0908 443 - and we will revert as soon as we can.

Have a great summer!

 




Easter Freepost
Last weekend our website host was bombarded with traffic from a DDoS attack on its servers which made access to our website difficult.  To apologise for this blip, and to help with costs for all the Easter crafting that you have planned for the long weekend and beyond, we are offering Free Delivery on UK orders placed between now and midnight on Easter Monday.

Simply use code EASTERFREEBIE at checkout for a £2.50 discount on your total bill which is equivalent to our standard postage rate (international customers will also receive the £2.50 discount). Please note that postage upgrades are not included in this offer.

Minimum £10 spend required.

Happy Easter to all our customers!

jasminstudiocrafts.com

We are sorry that the discount cannot be applied retrospectively.




Anglo-Saxon Jewellery Day
We had a ball on Monday when all sixty Year 4 pupils from Immanuel & St Andrew's CofE Primary School visited the shop to put together their wonderful handmade beads. This was a hands-on art project that formed part of their studies in Anglo-Saxon history. At school they had made some very lovely beads out of clay, which were decorated in the colours of long ago; and in the shop, they strung their beads together and learnt how to secure the ends to make a wearable piece of jewellery such as might have been worn in Anglo Saxon days. So out went the lobster clasps, and in came the hooks and rings!



We discussed the materials and design elements that Anglo-Saxons might have used in their adornments, and some groups even had a chance to try out making their own clasps out of wire. Below, a lovely necklace in progress:



Of course it helps a great deal to have your very own in-house helper for all that setting up that is needed, so a big thank you to where it is due.


We had lots of fun, and hope to do it again next year! 


Christmas Opening Times


Please see below for our *revised* shop opening hours this Christmas:

Monday 22nd Shop Closed - but we will be sending website orders
Tuesday 23rd 10:30am-6pm
Wednesday 24th 10:30am-4pm
Thursday 25th Closed
Friday 26th  Closed
Saturday 27th Closed
Sunday 28th Closed
Monday 29th 11am-4pm
Tuesday 30th 11am-4pm
Wednesday 31st 11am-4pm
Thursday 1st Closed
Friday 2nd 11am-4pm
Saturday 3rd 10:30am-6pm

For all orders placed online, the recommended last posting date for standard 1st class delivery within the UK is Friday 19th December, but if you add a Faster Post upgrade to your delivery, we can send orders up until Tuesday 23rd.  Please make sure all orders are placed before 2pm.  If you are close to us in South London, you can always mark your order for collection and pick it up from our shop in Streatham up until Wednesday 24th at 4 o'clock.  Orders for collection will be ready the following day, so please order early.

We would like to wish all our customers a very merry Christmas!   


A Momentous Week
This week has been quite something.  There has been a lot of hard work involved, but the team and I seem to have taken to this shop-keeping thing. We had previously managed to convince ourselves we were happy to hide behind the walls of our website, but really we do love discussing jewellery craftiness with our customers in person.  And we have been quite overwhelmed with the positive response we have had from our neighbours, new customers, and the local community here in Streatham.  

I think we are going to be very happy here.


We wanted to give a little something back to those who really paved the way for us to open a shop, our lovely online customers who have been loyal to our offering since we began four years ago, so from now until November 20th, we are celebrating the opening of our shop by offering freepost on ALL orders. Just use code VISITSTREATHAM at checkout.  And we hope we get to meet you, in person, soon!

Thank you.  x




We're Open for Business!
We are very excited to announce the opening of our shop!  Yes we now have a proper bricks and mortar shop which you can visit for all your jewellery bits and bobs. We are in Streatham, South London and our shop is literally seconds away from Streatham Common Railway station.  This little shop has been several months in the planning but we are glad that we can finally open our doors!

We would like to share some photos with you:

you will recognise us by the light blue shop front

we sell all our glass in individual pieces as well as the usual bigger packs

and we now stock a huge range of ready-made cabochons in a variety of materials... 

...a lot of which fit into our standard settings...

which are now also available singly or in our usual pack sizes

but wait, there's more.... a hint on the photo above!

yes, we have beads! 

very many beads!

 a huge range in fact

in several colourways and very many styles and sizes

as well as a collection of chains and strings, and bead strands

The shop sells a number of items either individually or in larger packs, and if you want to continue to take advantage of the wholesale discounts available through the website, you can also request that your website order be sent here and we will get it ready for you to collect the next day. 

So if you are anywhere near London, do pay us a visit.  We look forward to meeting every one of our website customers in person after all these years of being a web-only presence!

We are at:
4 Greyhound Lane
Streatham
London SW16 5SD
(practically opposite Streatham Common Railway Station)


 xx


Freepost Offer!

We are running a flash freepost offer - be quick! it expires at midnight on Monday 8th September.  

To take advantage of this offer and start to stock up for all your autumn makes, simply use the code LOVEFREEPOST at checkout, and £2.50 will be deducted from your total. 


New Archive of Vintage Images
We're squealing with delight at the news of another repository of copyright-free images from old books.  See them all here.  It's a Flickr stream with an astounding 2.6m antique images, called Internet Archive Book Images (full web address: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/with/14784850762/).



It is an invaluable resource for historical information no doubt, but for all of us vintage-ly inspired folk, this is also an amazing source of inspiration.  Thank you to all those involved in the uploading and curating of such a wonderful and important collection.



Easter Weekend FREEPOST!



We are happy to announce another of our popular Freepost Weekends running through the Easter Weekend until midnight on Monday 22nd April.

Our offer is for free standard post within the UK. Orders to all other countries will benefit from a £2.50 discount on their postage.

To take advantage of this offer use the code EASTERFREEBIE at checkout.

Please note discounts will not be applied retrospectively.  If you place multiple orders during the weekend, they will be sent in one shipment.

We will be back at work on Tuesday 22nd April and will prepare your orders then - it will be a busy day and we will be sending out orders on a first come first served basis, so if you need your items quickly, make sure you place your order early!  Our shop website is: www.jasminstudiocrafts.com

Happy Easter to all our lovely customers!

Christmas 2013 Order Deadlines & Shop Timetables
Edit 23/12/13:
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We are now closed for the holidays, but we will be back on 2nd January to prepare all your orders and reply to emails.  We thank you very much for your custom and support this past year, and we look forward to being able to supply you with lots more fab new products next year.  

With love and peace from all of us at Jasmin Studio Crafts,

Jasmin, Alodie, Michelle & Donna xx

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In order to allow us to get your festive purchases to you in good time, we would ask that you kindly note our last order dates to allow us to get your items to you in time.  The dates below are for parcels sent by Royal Mail’s standard services:

UK:  Thursday 19 December 
UK with Faster Post upgrade: Friday 20 December
Western Europe:  Monday  9 December
Eastern Europe:  Friday 6 December
USA & Canada:  Monday 9 December
Everywhere else:  Tuesday 3 December

International courier deliveries will vary, please ask for details.

We will be closed for Christmas from 24 December, but we’ll be back on 2 January ready for a brand new year full of brand new jewellery!




The Glaze is Back!
We are excited to tell you that we have received a delivery of large bottles of Diamond Glaze, and the standard 60ml bottles should be in the shop early next week are in stock NOW!  This must have been the most long awaited product to return to our shelves!

In other news, we have lots of exciting new items in the shop - have you seen our fabulous new cufflinks?


They take a 14mm glass cab or sticker, and we are quite sure you will not find a better quality cufflink.

Did you see our new resin birdies?


And hooray, at long last - our very own resin!!


Roll on Christmas - we are ready for you! 




Planning ahead, wholesale orders & lovely discounts!
Somewhat alarming considering the sunny last post, but our heating is on and in just a little while we will all be starting to get ready for Christmas.  Goodness, here we are - again!

The preparations start early for makers and sellers, and once again we anticipate a busy period.  To help you plan ahead and ensure you can obtain your materials in good time, we taking wholesale orders now.

Wholesale orders have a minimum order quantity of 100 pieces per item.  For those items where we have the 100-packs in stock already, they will be showing through the website, however where they don't appear on the website, please get in touch and we should be able to get them in for you.

To place a wholesale order we request a 50% deposit payable at the time of placing the order, and the remainder when the order is ready to be shipped.  This includes a non-refundable 12.5% fee to cover our costs in the event of a customer cancelling or changing the order (the fee will not be charged if the order is completed as agreed).

Some special order items can take as much as 12 weeks to restock so please bear this in mind when placing your order.

This year we have had supply problems with Diamond Glaze - we apologise for this, we have tried hard for very many months to get hold of some but the distributor has been unable to supply it.  Did you know however that Glossy Accents works just as well as Diamond Glaze?  Give it a try, we are sure you will love it!


Remember also that we have discounts available for other large orders.  For all orders over £100 (before P&P) you can use the code TENPERCENT at checkout and obtain a 10% discount on your order.  We also offer reduced rates for large orders of the same item (100pcs and up) - where these are not offered as 100-packs on the website, please do ask.  If we have them available we will be able to offer the discounted rate (usually 20%). Please note only one of the two discounts will be applicable to any order, not both.

Our flat rate domestic postage rate will not apply to wholesale and special orders; carriage will be charged at cost.

Happy planning!

Feeling hot?
What a scorcher of a summer, and who worried that we wouldn't get one at all?  We know we did!  For those of us who can't resist a bit of crafting outdoors, some seaside stacking rings - made with our glass cabs with some easy Sharpie drawings in lively colours, and glued onto a set of pad rings.



Can you feel the sunshine?

Playing with Words
This week we have discovered a new toy - a website really, tagxedo.com that lets you create some funky designs using your own words, favourite passages from books you love, websites, or any text...

This was what it gave us when we entered our blog address:


We can see this being a lot of fun.  With the right words, it would make some excellent backgrounds for jewellery.  And you can give form to your words...


Tagxedo works along similar lines to Wordle, which allows you to create word clouds.  Here's a link to a Wordle cloud we made earlier.  We find Wordle clouds a bit tricky to save as an image and print for the purposes of making something with them, but it is brilliant if you fancy livening up a wall with a cool new print.

We rate both apps as fab. :)




Sweetly Scrapped
Today we'd like to introduce you to a lovely shop we found on our web travels - Sweetly Scrapped.




Run by Emily from across the pond in the US, it offers a fabulous selection of scrapbooking goodies as well as a freebie section of images for download which are free for personal use.  We love the tags which we will definitely be using together with our handmade gifts for upcoming birthdays:


Cuuute!

Kids' Party Ideas
My seven year old daughter had some friends over last weekend and they soon found a stash of trays and epoxy stickers that I had hoped would have been a well-orchestrated surprise at the next birthday party.  They are all crazy about My Little Pony and Hello Kitty and I had some images that I knew would be great for making pendants and then taking home as part of the party bag.  

So whilst the cat was out of the party bag, making these necklaces kept them quiet, focussed and entertained for a good long while:  


(Incidentally, images of these and other popular characters are all copyrighted and as such you really should not make them up for sale, though I suspect a small bit of making for personal use may be allowed?)  

Next time I won't wait for a birthday - they are all asking to do it again!  But it would be a great crafty activity for a birthday party.   We have plenty of slight seconds that are cheap as chips and perfect for letting the kids loose on their creative adventures.  Get some magnets in also and some superhero images for the boys - they will all enjoy it!  

I mean really, who cares about cutting a perfect circle when the lovely Rainbow Dash is smiling at you?






What Would You Put in Yours?
As you will have realised, we love jewellery that displays little worlds and tiny treasures.  We have been playing with a few ideas for our fabulous glass vials - but we wondered, what would you put in yours?  Answers on a postcard, or leave a comment below, far easier.  The best idea will win a set of one of each of our glass vials (that is one sphere, one tube and a glass heart).

Here are some of our suggestions:


Not sure if you can see it very clearly, but there is one single dandelion clock in that tiny tube!



Teeny no-hole beads in pinks and reds


A little lock of hair - this my daughter's!


It doesn't look particularly appealing and perhaps I should have let it dry thoroughly before popping the lid on - a bit of earth from a place that I love.

What are your ideas?   Closing date for suggestions: Sunday 2nd June.




How to Make a Glass Tile Pendant with a Bail
We realised recently that in all the blog posts we have written, there wasn't one on how to make a glass pendant using a bail instead of a tray.  This can be tricky sometimes as the back of the glass isn't always very attractive after you have glued on your image.

The simplest way by far is to cover it with something more attractive.

Here I will show you how I do it.

I had a beautiful little bird image that I glued onto a cabochon and let dry for, oh, about a year... not intentionally, I just had lots of these from a previous project!


I got some Glossy Accents, E6000 glue, some glitter and a bail.


The birdie cabochon was nice but a bit rought around the edges, and the paper was obviously too big for the cab, so a bit of cutting and tidying was in order.  The dried glaze that had oozed out of the glass cracked as I cut it but as it would be covered again with more glaze, this did not bother me.  You can find it easier to use a nail file to tidy up the edges.


It bothered me more that the edge of the paper was so bright white, so I painted it with a purple pen to match the glitter I had.


So far so tidy.  No sharp edges, no visible paper, no ink onto the image.  All good!


Next, I glued the bail onto the back using a smidgen of E6000 and ensuring it is nice and straight.



E6000 will leave 'hairs' so I used tweezers to remove these.  You will see in the picture below a good blob of E6000 that doesn't look so good if left uncovered.  If that is your intention, then you can always apply the E6000 with a tootpick onto the bail - just a small amount and none will seep out.  Of course I didn't do it so elegantly here, but it doesn't matter as it will get covered up.


Once the E6000 was dry, I applied a layer of Glossy Accents....


And immediately sprinkled it with glitter so the entire glue surface was covered. Blow gently onto the piece so the excess glitter cleans off.  The bail looks covered in this picture but it cleans up nicely when dry.  You don't want to handle it too much at this stage as it will be very wet. I let this dry straight (aided by the tweezers!) for a good long while.  A day or two is good.


When completely dry, apply another coat of Glossy Accents on the back.  You don't really want to have bare glitter next to your skin or clothes.  Again leave to dry.  As this will be your top coat, look out for bubbles - keep a watch as they may not appear initally.


And there you go - a beautiful pendant, with a smooth glossy and professional looking back!  The coat of glaze over the top (we used Glossy Accents again here) makes the glitter become more of a shimmer, a little more subdued. We like this effect a lot!




Other methods you can try for finishing the back:
- using ModPodge, cover with a decorative paper, and when dry, file the edges and apply a layer of glaze
- paint it
- try using a fabric covering instead of paper
- coat the back with a funky nail varnish
- decoupage the back with pieces of paper and ModPodge
- instead of glitter, try flocking material
- use a stamp and embossing powder
- if you sell these pieces, it's a good place to add your own signature, your logo or your website details

Show us how you make yours on our Facebook page @ jasminstudiocrafts.com!




Time for Tea!
Today we thought we would share with you a cute little project that can be ready in - literally - five minutes.

Grab your kit - here we have a 25mm round bezel ring in antique bronze finish, a wooden tile to fit, a Sharpie pen, a couple of bronze plated charms in the shape of a teapot and a cup and some E6000 glue.



Start by painting a simple criss cross pattern on the tile which sort of resembles a gingham tablecloth.


Then glue on the charms


And pop into the ring bezel.


Et voila!  A very simple piece that is certainly worth more than the sum of all its parts!





Bank Holiday Freepost Offer
We thought we ought to celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend by having another freepost offer.  The offer is for free delivery to our UK customers by standard post (does not apply to upgraded post options), and our international customers can apply the same code to receive a £2.50 discount towards any purchases. No minimum order!

Simply use the code BANKHOLIDAY at checkout.  Valid until midnight Monday 27th May.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!