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  • You’re not going to believe what they called this turtle August 17, 2017

    s56222 ImpressArt Stamps - 6 mm Design Stamp/Punch - Shelly

    This week – we have a new selection of stamps for you – the ImpressArt stamps are top quality and one of our most popular products. You tell us you love these stamps – and we agree! They are made from hardened carbon tool steel, precision cut for crisp impressions, and designed to last! You can stamp them on metals from aluminum to copper to brass to sterling, or if you work in softer materials, there is no reason why you can’t use them on polymer clay, or metal clay before firing. Or after firing. Both works! Speaking of metal clay – more on that in a bit.

    So this week – we have added a somewhat nautical – sea-based selection. There is an anchor, and a lighthouse, and a musical note – so you can sing sea shanties.

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    Not so nautical is Gerry the Giraffe. And some vines for him to eat. I can already see lots of possibilities for the vines – you could really go to town making borders and long vines and wreaths and meadows and stuff.

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    And then, there is the turtle.

    Named Shelly. Because she has a shell. She’s Shelly. And you all say I’m bad. 😉

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    And also new is a new typeface – Arcadia – available in UPPERCASE, lowercase, and num63r5.

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    Or check out all the new stamps.

     

    Now – on to the metal clay. We very much like the Prometheus metal clay, and are impressed that they continue to develop and expand the choices. It is reasonably priced and easy to work with and fire, so that the learning curve isn’t as steep, and the occasional “un-successes” aren’t so expensive as some of the other metal clays. (In fact – if you are new to metal clay – the Prometheus is an excellent starting place.)

    The white bronze was probably the fussiest of all the Prometheus products to fire, and in response to customer feedback – they have created a new “white” metal clay – this one is also a bronze alloy, but with the brighter, silver white look of sterling silver and a simpler firing schedule. It is not sterling silver – despite the name – Jeweller’s Sterling White Bronze Clay. It is still a bronze alloy, but it is not priced like sterling silver either! Feedback has been very good so far and the firing process is easier than the original Prometheus White Bronze. (The image on the 200g pack is of a piece done by Liz Reynolds – who teaches at here at BeadFX!)

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    As always – there is interesting new stuff all over the website – so check it out.

    Cheers!

     

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Our Class News

  • Summer Classes Wrap-up: “Not Already!”

    It’s okay – I’m just giving you a head’s up that September is around the corner. But, before that happens, there are still lots of summer opportunities and classes at BeadFX!

    Metalwork artist and instructor Kelly Garland is offering our last comprehensive class for the summer. The five-day course is an ideal time to learn all about working with metal, including soldering, sawing, annealing and more! Marilyn Gardiner has two great chainmaille projects and Pamela Kearns is teaching how to create a pendant on the Clover Mini-Loom. Of course, the Happy Hour Torching, the Open Bead Nights and Afternoon Bead Teas are continued so join us then too!


    Here are the classes scheduled August 21 – 31:

    Monday, August 21
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Practice your techniques or just come in for the fun of it with other lampworkers!


    Wednesday, August 23
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your beading and work in cool comfort!


    Thursday, August 24
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Mini-Loomed Pendant
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Perfect for small projects, take your looming on the go!


    Saturday, August 26
    NEW Ocean Waves Bracelet
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    You can almost smell the salt in the air and hear the seagulls you watch the tide go out with this new chainmaille project!


    Jens Pind Bracelet
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    2:00 – 5:00pm
    This is a challenging but beautiful, classic chain that you’ll love to wear!


    Monday, August 28
    NEW Beginner Metalsmith – Mastering the Basics (5 days)
    Instructor: Kelly Garland
    11:00am – 6:00pm daily
    Learn to saw, anneal, solder, make cold connections and more – a perfect way to get all the information you need about working with metal!


    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Get help and assistance with your lampwork from Carol!


    Wednesday, August 30
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Bonnie Cottingham
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Work on your PHDs and UFOs with your beading friends!


    Thursday, August 31
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Bring your work and enjoy the crazy conversations!

    Click on the class or open session title to see more information including course descriptions and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the August class calendar to see all of the opportunities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Dragonfly Meadows

    Dragonfly Meadows

    Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer

    Blue skies, where the dragonflies fly. Above meadows green, calming and serene.

    Sit. Stay for a while and watch the dragons flutter on by.? A light breezes gently moves thru the long grasses; blowing the clouds above. Sweet heat leaving butterfly kisses across your skin. Cicadas making their music, and a gentle hum envelops you.

    Be present. Stay in the moment.

    Making your necklace:

    First I started by making all the separate components, then I laid them out and started piecing the necklace together. Please take full advantage of your artistic license and change or adapt anything you may not like.

    On the 22 gauge wire (I kept it on the spool) put on your bead, make a wrapped loop with as little excess wire as possible – before cutting the wire off the spool (with your bead) cut with enough excess wire to make another wrapped loop.? This is how I made all my wrapped loop pieces.

    3x turquoise long rectangles
    6x olive cream olives
    3x dragonfly coin
    3x 2/0 3-cut rocailles/poined oval/rocailles

    Then I cut about a foot of Softflex. Crimped one end and started stringing on about 6-7 inches of 6/0 seedbeads Ravenswood. Crimp the other end when finished. (This strand I decided was going to break up the wrapped links I made earlier)

    I made another strand about 11-12 inches long. (This strand I decided was going to go around the back of the neck)

    Back to our wrapped links. I laid them out on the table and placed them into a pattern I liked. I ended up making them into 2 strands with the shorter strand of 6/0’s in between.

    1st wrapped link strand – attach using 4mm jumprings –

    Olive/long rectangle/olive/dragonfly coin/pointed oval/olive

    Attach to short strand of 6/0’s using jumprings.

    2nd wrapped link strand – attach using 4mm jumprings –

    Long rectangle/dragonfly coin/ olive/pointed oval/olive/dragonfly coin/ long rectangle/olive/pointed oval

    Attach to the other end of the short strand of 6/0’s using jumprings.

    Now we can attach the longer strand of 6/0’s we made up earlier. Attach using the jumprings.

    Where we just attached the jumprings and closed up the necklace, is where we are going to attach the 2 strands of chain.

    24 inches of the fine chain and approximately 20 inches of the larger chain.

    I choose not to add a clasp because the necklace is large enough to slip over your head. If you prefer a clasp, I would probably choose a decorative toggle and place it on the side where we connected the necklaces.

    Now you can go off chasing dragonflies through the meadow.

     

    Components

    Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!

    Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.