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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Welcome to the Stone Age January 17, 2019
As promised at the beginning of the year, this week we start rolling out some premium stone beads and pendants and cabochons that were recently unearthed in the preparations for my renovation. Ahem. My bad – but the good news is, this is quality that even a few short years later, is getting harder and harder to find.
First up – a stunning assortment of Amazonite. Strands of beads …
Or these One of a Kind strands of large, freeform stones that you can use one at a time, or in one fabulous statement piece.
Turquoise Heishi, just because.
Reaching for a somewhat deeper shade of colour, we have some Chrysocolla. These are by the each.
Next, we have some Malachite Azurite cabochons. These too, are One of a Kind items.
Going still deep and richer in colour, we have some Lapis Lazuli. Lapis is one of my favourite stones, and I know that it has been a favourite stone of many, many people over thousands of years. The rondelles are awesome, but the faceted cubes, O.M.G!
Still a deep blue, but with splashes of peach – Orange Sodalite. These are particularly nice – with the contrast of the colours and the intensity. We think you’ll be “so-delighted.” 😉
Onward to the Amethyst! If you like your amethyst dark and gemmy – have we got a treat for you!
Or, if you think variety is the spice of jewelry, then we have that amethyst too!
Look! More Larimar. Not as intensely coloured as some that we have offered recently, but full of interesting inclusions and matrix. These are pendants, they have holes for hanging, and I have to say, these first two have massive side-to-side holes you could drive a truck through (over 4 mm!)
And finally for this week, some New Burma Jade. New Jade, Burma Jade, New Burma Jade, are all a “trade name” for Serpentine. It is a different family, technically, than Jade itself, if you are any good at keeping that stuff straight, but no less attractive for someone’s decision somewhere to change the name. It’s green, and translucent, and the flat ovals with a hole at each end present some interesting design possibilities, no?
That’s it for this week. More wonderful stuff next week – but you know how these one of a kind items fly out the door!
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Our Class News
- Getting the most from a BeadFX class, part 2
Learning is an investment in yourself. It requires time to take the class and practise your skills. There is also a financial cost for the fees and any materials you require. So, how do you get the best return on your investment?
I asked our instructors how students can help themselves to get the most out of a class. Part 1 of this article is posted here. Here are some more tips to help you become a great learner.
Perfection is not a requirement. View making mistakes as an extra learning opportunity. Often times making a mistake enriches the experience of trying something new, the solutions to fixing errors are invaluable.
If you’re overly concerned about what to expect, then check-out a You Tube video about the particular technique. Keep in mind that the instructor may teach the topic a little differently than You Tube. What is the bonus with a live instructor? You can ask questions!
Keep your planner up-to-date. This may sound obvious, but many students have completely forgotten about a scheduled class.
Shop for materials before the class. If the class has started and you’re still shopping, then you are losing out on valuable learning time.
A class is not a contest. You don’t actually need to prove to the instructor and all the other students what a great artist you are – relax, learn, have fun.
It’s okay to be a slow and steady learner. If you are finding something difficult, then congratulations! You are learning something new.
Practise your new skills! Bring your instructions and your material and come to Open Bead Nights, Afternoon Bead Teas, Open Metal Studio and Happy Hour Torching sessions. The facilitators are all experienced and are ready to help you learn.
Do you have any tips to help others learn? Let me know at email@example.com!
Our Latest Inspiration
- Something a little different
Want a change from jewelry, but still decorative and pretty? These Miyuki Decor Kits are a little different – good for cold, snowy days.
Sure, you say, but what ARE they?
Kits that you bead up and frame to hang on your walls!
So that you end up with something that looks like this!
Find them on the Miyuki Kits page!