Monday, December 13, 2010

You Are Invited!

"You're Invited To Our Annual Open House"

When: Sunday, December 19 ...Where: Pudgy Beads...Time: 12pm-4pm. Enjoy some traditional Red Velvet Cake, beading demonstrations and Holiday Cheer. For your last minute Christmas gifts we will offer 30% off on all Semi-Precious Stone Beads and Freshwater Pearls.

Upcoming Classes

You will be creating an EXTRA Luxurious Sterling Silver or sterlingplate bracelet by learning the age-old technique of Viking Knit. This art form was found in Scandinavian gravesites. It's made by weaving fine gauge wire around a mandrel and pulling it through a drawplate to create this beautiful woven bracelet. Class Fee: $40.00 - 2 hour class  Saturday December 18th. Materials not included. Call 562-427-0018 to register.

MARKETING 101 - Get serious about selling your jewelry in 2011. This class is by request for people who purchased our bestseller on marketing "You Made It Now Sell It". We will highlight some points throughout the book and help you perfect your marketing plan. We will focus on determining the right price points of your designs, consignment issues and getting the business you need. Bring your questions and jewelry to get pointers on making your designs better sellers. Included free in the price of this class is our "Reps Reference Book" (valued at $39.00). 
We will be using our book "You Made It Now Sell It" in this class and the class fee does not include this book ($19.95)If you already have a copy please bring it to this seminar. For more info on our books visit  Fee: $75.00 - 5 hours.. Saturday January 29th,12pm. We have this workshop once a year and spaces fill up fast. Call 562-427-0018.Class


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Current Class Schedule

Basic Wire Wrap Class

In this class you will learn basic wire wrapping skills. You will use wire to create a structural frame, or saddle around a cabochon, glass or stone. The frame will securely hold the piece and convert it into a pendant. This class is a must for enhancing your beading repertoire. Class Fee $35.00 Nov. 28,1PM- 3PM. Material cost from $10.00 to 20.00.

In this advanced soldering class you will perfect your bezel setting techniques by setting a smaller stone. You will form a ring shank with Sterling sheet and solder them together to form a ring. You will be using 3 solders, easy, medium and hard in this project. Class Fee: $65.00, Materials cost not included. Perquisite: Must have taken basic soldering.Date: Sat. Dec 11, 12:30pm – 4:00pm
If you are interested in learning to solder, call us at
562-427-0018 and get on our basic soldering class waiting list.

PMC Basic Class
Discover the new and exciting world of precious metal clay (PMC) by making your own pure silver pendant or earrings! The silver, in clay form, can be molded, shaped, stamped, carved and cut to create original and unique pendants. Come prepared to play with clay. We will be using a micro torch to fire our pieces.
Class Fee: $65.00, Friday, Dec.10, 11:30pm-3:30pm. Material cost approx.$25.00 - $40.00

To sign up for classes call us at 562-427-0018.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pudgy Beads


Black Friday Sale

30% off

On the entire store

Discount does not include Sterling Silver, Gold-filled, Chain or Clasp

Freshwater pearls starting at $2.00 String

Close-out on glass beads from our storage

Store opens as usual at 11am

Can't make it on Friday..check your email for a 25% off coupon to shop during
the following week. (Nov 27 - Dec. 2)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pudgy Beads Birthday Bash

Thank you for helping us Celebrate our Birthday!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended Pudgy Beads 6th birthday party. It was a funfilled day. Everyone attending received beautiful free rings or bracelets and beading magazines filled with great projects. It was fun sharing beading projects, chit chat and seeing familiar faces that we had not seen in a while. Remember if you bring your Purple Pudgy Beads Recycle bag back to the store when you shop you will receive 5% off whatever you purchase (excluding crystals, sterling chain and sterling findings).

Chatting it up & feasting...what could be better!!!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thank You & Happy Memorial Day!

REMINDER: Pudgy Beads will be closed to observe Memorial day. We will be closed on Sunday May 30th and will reopen at our regular time on Wednesday June 2nd. "Happy Memorial Day"!
A huge "THANK YOU" to everyone who attended our annual "Tucson Sale". We exceeded our expectations and tripled our sales from last year. I hope this is a sign that the recession in behind us. We are happy that everyone got some unique and special deals.

Monday, May 3, 2010


When: Saturday May 8th
Time: 11am -5pm
Where: 1150 East Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90807
Join us for our annual"Tucson Madness Sale". We made some fantastic deals this year and we are passing the savings on to you.You will rack up huge savingson our sale table at 50% off.(Some items will be deepely discounted at ($2.00-$3.00) The entire store discounts areat an amazing 25% off. Not only will all of our gemstones and freshwater pearls be 25% off, but all of our Swarovski Crystal too.
First 20 receipts through the register with a minimum of $50.00 will receive an extra 10% off.

Monday, January 25, 2010

We will be closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.Our hours are the same, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm,
Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm

Tucson Gem Show

Tucson Gem Show – The largest in the world!

Every year from January 29th until February 13th Tucson Arizona hosts the largest gem show in the world. The entire city becomes one big gem show where you can find anything related to beads and gems, this includes diamonds, ruby’s, gemstones, glass beads, findings etc. There are entire shows devoted to only one product.
This is the time of year if you are a bead-a-holic to literally shop until you drop. I wrote this article as a guide to help you navigate yourself through the many shows.

How to shop for Beads and Gems in Tucson!!
Tucson can be truly overwhelming for first timers and veterans alike. With every venue (hotel or roadside tent) vying for your dollars. My goal is to perform magic and turn a ten-dollar bill into a hundred…well, at least you’ve come to the right place if you are in search of gems and beads. I’ve come up with a checklist for making your shopping experience a profitable and fun one.

First: MAKE A LIST, yep, that’s right do some homework and make a list…even check it twice for the must haves. If there are things you have to match up beads, gems etc. buy some stretch magic or any stretchy cord and string your samples. Wear this on your wrist as you shop so if you are trying to find coordinating beads you’re actually be wearing your sample, or you can carry them in a clear ziplock. If possible avoid digging and looking for samples inside of a handbag or shopping bag, this may appear suspicious to a seller who may question your motives.

Second: come up with a money amount for your budget. Its not like you have to stick with it to the letter but at least have some idea of what you can afford tospend.

Third: Know what venues have what you’re searching for. Some locations like the Holidome carry a mixed group of vendors (gems, beads, stones, finished jewelry). Some venues are for mainly glass beads. Make sure you check for dates and hours of shows and if there are any special requirements. For wholesale only shows, make sure you bring your license with you. I made miniature copies (credit card size) of mine at a copy place and laminated it so that it stays protected and I can carry it conviently in my wallet.

Fourth: Know what you are buying, compare apples with apples. Carry a small millimeter gauge with you so when you’re shopping for that special bead or stone you’re at least know the size is the same. Know your beads and stones…like is the coral you’re buying dyed or natural. Things like that determine the price. Are the pearls the same quality, are the gems you want faceted or machine cut?

Fifth: Know the difference in grams and ounces. Carry a chart with you if you need to. If one vendor is selling sterling for so much a gram and another is selling by the ounce know how to compute the difference to get the better deal. Buying sterling can be tricky; the only guarantee you have that you are getting what you’re paying for is the reputation of the person selling it to you. Some sterling plated over pewter items is so good that it’s hard for even a professional to tell the difference.

Sixth: Watch out for those 50% off tables and the buy so much get so much free. Remember if it seems too good to be true it probably is. A lot of vendors play the 50% off game, but again make sure you’re up on your prices. The vendor has already marked their prices up double to give you a 50% discount, which is really the original price they wanted to sell the item(s) for. No vendor is giving away inventory. Some vendors say “buy $500 get $500 free. The truth is, the vendor has calculated his or her desired profit margin no matter how much you buy. Don’t scramble to meet someone’s minimum and buy something you don’t really want. If you are a bead buyer, figure out your price per bead. I know for a fact that sometimes the vendor who’s not in the game of discounting can have just a good of a price and some times even better. If a string of beads has 20 beads at $10.00, then each bead costs 50 cents. The 50 per cent off or discount vendor may have the 20 beads at $20.00 and then tell the customer, 50 percent off.

Seventh: If you are purchasing items you know are in abundance at different venues, keep a list of prices, items and booth numbers to make sure you are getting the best prices. Collect cards with booth numbers on the back and keep them in a folder. I carry a miniature stapler to staple them to my notebook. Besides this gives you a permanent record of vendors you may want to contact later.

Eighth: Get a show guide and map out the places you intend on shopping at so that you can cover the most amount of territory with the least effort.

If possible bring a small travel bag with wheels to make carrying your purchases easier.

Above all make this a fun experience. Happy Shopping!!