Tools – Crimp Pliers

Crimp pliers – oh sure – you can get by without them. You can crimp the crimp tubes that secure the beading wire by first flattening them with a pair of flat nose pliers, and then crushing a gap between the wires using your round nose pliers. But even the most tool-phobic person can see that is a clumsy way to go about it – that’s what you do when you can’t find your crimpers. The secret is that they have two holes – and you use the second one first. The second set of holes is shaped like a …

Tools – What to buy

OK – so if you don’t need 15 inches of solid stacked tools (see yesterday’s post!) – what do you need? What is the minimum tool kit for someone making jewelry – stringing beads, making earrings, etc.! Here it is: 1 pair wire cutters – flush cutters – good quality 1 pair crimpers 1 pair roundnose pliers 2 pairs chain nose or small flat nose pliers – or 1 chain nose and 1 flat nose, or 1 chain nose and 1 bent nose. That’s it. Pretty simple list, eh? I know the tool junkies will be disappointed, but really – …

Basement Craft Room Project – Making progress

I have come to the realization that this project will take me a lot longer than a week. I am quite determined to see this finished though. The sheer amount of work involved is quite staggering! We have cleared through a LOT of junk. You can now actually see the floor! I can walk from one end of the basement to the other without climbing over empty boxes. I’ve got on a coat of primer in some spots, and I”m hoping to get the rest of the primer up later today. I ran out of steam yesterday. I’m also heading …

Tools

Hi, My name is Dwyn, and I’m a tool junkie. It’s been 3 days since I bought a tool. Guys do not have the market cornered on loving tools. I have probably met as many women tool-junkies as men – maybe more. I personally love to try out new tools, in the hopes that they will make some tricky task easier. I also love it when I find some tool that is beautifully designed or overcomes a design flaw from other versions of said tool (As witness to this – I offer “True-Parallel Love” from my OTHER blog – primarily …

Eye Candy – Bulgari Jewelry

The opening page of a website – if it does not contain a lot of content, but just a teaser or a short animation to get you more interested, is called a splash page. Bulgari takes this literally – with a delightful and delicious little video of truly beautiful jewelry being splashed through water. Worth watching twice, actually. But then you get into the site – and oh my! Lots of content! And the jewelry! Oh my! Be sure to check out “Magnificent Jewels” – both “Bulgari Creations” and “Photographic Artwork.” If that doesn’t get you thinking differently about fruit …

Basement Craft Room Project – The beginning

I’ve got a week off. Can I completely organize the mess you see below into a decent craft room in one week, and on a serious budget? I tried to do this about a year ago, but life got in the way, and it was never finished. Now the whole situation is far worse than it ever was. 🙂 The goal is to get rid if the years of accumulated junk, organize, brighten it up, and install a sink. What we’re working with is an unfinished basement, lots of already available storage options, and about $700 in Christmas money/gift cards. …

Jen’s Bracelet Variations

Last week – Jen promised to show you some variations on a bracelet that she made for the Inspirations. But then, she had some technical difficulties. Jen finally managed to locate the bracelets – but not the photos – so she sent them with me for shooting. Here they are. The original bracelet is in the centre – and the colour variation is on the left is the second one. This is a pleasing combo of dark blue, light blue and light mauve. The third variation, however, proved to be quite interesting. Instead of the 6 and 8 mm pearls …

Happy Holidays!

I would like to second what Dwyn posted yesterday. I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday/turkey day. I’m still stuffed, and am buried under a mountain of kids toys. Today, we’re doing more visiting, and of course the organizing begins. – Where do we now put this new toy mountain? Must get it out of my living room! I got the most awesome gift from my husband…The promise to clean out and organize my studio. It’s probably a gift to himself more than anything. 🙂 I do a lot of crafts, and so do the girls. Our house has bits …

2009 is looking good!

The class schedule for 2009 looks great. We have tons of classes, some new and some returning. This week I will talk about the returning classes and next week about new classes. First off for all the avid lampworkers, Dwyn has just booked the Lampworking 201 class. It begins February 5th and runs for 8 weeks. This is an intermediate class and should be tons of fun.We have Laurie-Anne Clinton’s YoYo Leaf Bracelet on January 8thHeather Bell-Denison’s Charmed I’m Sure on January 10th Heather and Jennifer also have an Intermediate Intensive Weekend coming February 21st and 22nd. Amy Waldman-Smith has …