Bronze Clay is a comin’

Whohoo! I know this has been eagerly anticipated by quite a few of you. For those of you who haven’t got the foggiest idea what I’m talking about. Have a look here. Bronze Clay is distributed by Rio Grande, and the artistic expression afforded with a far more economical metal clay is extremely exciting. I’ll be posting more detailed info over the next few weeks, and once I get a chance to fully experiment with it. Most likely not until after our sale is over…and once I’ll the orders are picked and out the door. Have any of you had …

The Durability of Lampwork Beads

When we did one of our surveys a couple of months ago – someone commented that they were reluctant to buy lampwork beads because of they weren’t durable. We were completely surprised, but it’s one of those things – sometimes you forget what other people don’t know about a given topic. Properly annealed lampwork beads are very, very durable. They will most certainly outlast us all. Archeologists have found lampwork beads that are now thousands of years old – durability is not a question. Glass is a substance that lasts and lasts! What can happen though, is that glass needs …

Another Few Hours Lost: The Luck of Dennis St. Michel, Viscount Stokington

Here’s an entertaining blog with a twist. This blogger can actually write! Try reading the historically styled “The Life, Times, and Misadventures of Dennis St. Michel, Viscount of Stokington, Soldier, Gambler, Diplomat, Scoundrel, Notorious Rakehell, and Lord of Menacing House, in his Own Words.” The Luck of Dennis St. Michel, Viscount Stokington.It’s one of those – “oh, I’ll just read another post, just one more, and just one more” kind of blogs.

More from the Fashion Show – Coated Beads

Another thing we got to see at the Fashion Show the other night was a preview of new firepolish colours. Some fabulous oranges and new shades of green and purples and blues. A number of these colours are coated, and we’re always a little hesitant to dive right into beads that get their colour from coatings, as opposed to being coloured right through. In the past, some coatings have been known to wear off, and we like to think that we are all making heritage jewelry that will some day be worn by granddaughters, or possibly grandsons – depending on …

A Life is Not Long Enough to Say Everything about Beads

Last night, our Buyer and I attended the 2nd Annual Jablonex Fashion show here in Toronto. This was hosted by John Bead – Canada’s largest wholesaler and importer of beads. This was a real fashion show, with a runway and tall, skinny models and music and the whole nine yards! There was kind of a fantasy feeling to the evening – if you squinted, you could almost pretend that you had just wrapped shooting a movie with (insert hunky actor of your choice here) and you were taking in a fashion show before jetting off to your private island. The …

Dogs Do Lie

Jen has a wicked cold today – courtesy of having kids going to school – thank you very much. There is, in my humble opinion – no better disease vector than children in school. Ask any parent. The most annoying part is that they bounced back after a single day and Jen is well into day two of her own private hell. I hadn’t planned to write today – so I don’t have anything particularly beady in mind – so I’ll just bore you with a story about my dogs instead. Because if you think I can blather on about …

So, What got you started?

I’m curious, when and how did the beading obsession take control of your life? Or, are you one of the unlucky ones that can just make the odd bit of jewellery and put it away for a while. Have beads completely taken over your home? Do your friends roll their eyes as soon as you mention the ‘b’ word? – I’d love to hear your comments, and your story! I’ll go first – grin I’m pretty sure it started somewhere around the time I was 14 – 16. There used to be a bead shop in Scarborough called the Nautilus. …

Sneak Preview

We’re having a sale! Yes, another one this year. Stock up for all of your holiday shows, and gift giving. The sale will start this coming Saturday, and run for a full week. More details will be announced in our newsletter this coming Thursday. Are you signed up for our newsletter? You should be! – Each week, be the first to find out about our new stock, and any sales, classes, and events! You can sign up here We respect your privacy, and we never sell or give out our email list! – Don’t worry, we hate spam as much …

Five Things You Need to Know to Make Jewellery – Part 5 – Simple Loops

As promised – the final installation in the 5-part saga of everything, well – a lot of what you need to know to make jewellery. This week – the simple loop – as opposed to the wrapped loop of two weeks ago – the simple loop is great for light weight beads and where there won’t be a lot of abuse and tugging – i.e. earrings – which even I concede need to be fairly light in order to not permanently deform your earlobes. And, as the simple loop is pretty simple, I’ve shown you how to make a pair …

The Right Way, The Wrong Way, …

and the military way. This week, for your amusement, I present a site – the Naval Safety Centre – that summarizes weekly mishap reports. The headline What Could Possibly Be More Relaxing Than Messing Around with Propane and Potatoes? would seem to say it all – but no, it gets funnier than that. Even funnier is that I know guys who have tried this – only they used hairspray as the propellant. And even they didn’t … no, I won’t spoil it – go read it for yourself. Those of you with sons – be afraid. Be very afraid.