Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Acrylic Beads: Cheap and Tacky or Smart?

One of the things that drives me crazy about chandelier earrings is that they are so darn heavy. I feel like they can rip through my earlobes with the slightest movement. Another pet peeve is that sometimes you want your jewelry design to have lots of "bling", but your customers are unable to afford above a certain price point, which is understandable in this economy.

I've always thought of acrylic beads as cheap, and reserved for lampshades and other home decor, but recently I have been very pleasantly surprised at the quality of acrylic beads out there. Using lightweight acrylic beads would solve the problems I've mentioned. There are some that are so high quality, you would swear they're real crystals. They're worth searching for, and unfortunately, many bead stores don't carry them.

I've been on a quest to find these types of acrylic beads, and have been successful. I will be selling them on LexiBeads. If you flip through fashion magazines, you'll see that many upscale jewelry designers like R.J.Graziano use acrylic beads in their designs often! Be on the lookout!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Etsy Treasuries

Etsy treasuries are fun to make, and exciting to be a part of. Choosing a theme, and then, meticulously seeking out beautiful items from among thousands that not only go with the theme, but are aesthetically pleasing, colorful, and varied.

My Sherbert Necklace was recently featured in a treasury on Etsy...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Alternative Metals

With the price of gold and silver skyrocketing, alternative metals such as brass and copper have become more appealing to jewelry designers. Not only are they less expensive, but their rich colors add an intensity and interest to their pieces.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rings and Things Bead Tour

I love traveling around the country to bead shows looking for unusual beads and pendants to use in my own jewelry designs as well as to carry in my shop. Rings and Things is having their 2011 Wholesale Bead Tour! You know I'll be there! I'll let you know what goodies I find.
A couple of years ago, I bought a very unusual, handmade Peruvian good luck amulet from a bead show, and used it as a focal piece in a necklace. It had green leather, blue glass, and red and black seeds, as well as silver adornments. Never saw anything like it, and haven't since. That necklace sold immediately! Clients want something unique, handmade, not mass produced. That's why these trips are worth it to me...

My Latest Creation...

My latest creation....

Cool Tutorial

Item from Alexis Studio Design

Items from LexiBeads

Welcome to LexiBeads!

Thanks for stopping by!  I have two stores on Etsy, LexiBeads and Alexis Studio Design. I've been addicted to beads and jewelrymaking since I was a little kid, and my mom would take me to these bead stores in Manhattan. She was looking for something to add to some dress she was making, but while she was browsing, I became lost in the aisles and aisles of beautiful, colorful, sparkly beads. She bought me a few beads and findings, (to shut me up), and I taught myself to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets. This continued through grammar school, high school, and college, where my friends would steal my handmade earrings.

Then it all came to a screeching halt...I got accepted into medical school. No time for anything but studying, much less hobbies. The hectic life never stopped. I married, had two kids, a medical practice, worked 80 hours a week...

One day I received a call from my younger daughter's first grade teacher. "Your daughter is here crying...she hasn't seen you in days". When I sat down and thought about it, she was right. By then, I was a divorced, single mom, so between my crazy hours, my being on call, her visits with Dad, she was right.

That was the day I resigned, and decided to stay home and raise my children. They have blossomed!
I also resumed my jewelry making passion, and started Alexis Studio Design, then LexiBeads. It's been a long haul, but I'll never have these years back with my children.

So, welcome!! I look forward to getting to know you guys better, and sharing some bead and jewelry talk, and maybe some other stuff!