Beads, Baubles and jewels

Have you ever seen the PBS show Beads, baubles, and jewels? It’s a weekly beading show that showcases designers, interviews at bead shows, and many, many free projects. In case you can’t receive it, or have missed an episode – they feature all of the projects on their website. More inspiration! http://www.beadsbaublesandjewels.com/index.htm Speaking of inspiration, I’m going to try my hand again at making technique video’s. We’re set up tonight to make a video on my birdsnest rings. Hopefully, if it all works out we’ll have a little video for you to watch tomorrow 🙂

Haunted by Earrings

Now I’m being haunted by earrings. After last week’s post on the topic of earrings – we got a suggestion from the folks at the Corsage Project that, as they ran out of earrings last year when outfitting the girls – that if at all possible, more earrings this year would be very much appreciated! So, yesterday (Sunday) was one of our Corsage Project Play Days – (next one is Thursday, I think, but check first). So, we focused on earrings! After last week’s pondering on the topic of earrings – fashion accessory vs statement – I figured I better …

New CreativeFX Kits a Comin’

Whohoo! We’re a little overdue to get the new kits up, but with March Madness and all we fell a wee bit behind. I was determined to get them picked yesterday. We’ve got three new kits selected for next week. Stay tuned! It’s a fun process selecting our kits. First we start with a focal of some kind, not necessarily a huge bead – but something unique and hopefully a little bit different. Then we select the supporting cast. This is where we get to play with colour. The selection process can take quite a bit of time, and some …

Linky Thursday

I’ve recently come across a few sites that show you how to do, well just about anything. These sites have lots of craft instructions including videos. The first is eHow.com – Everything from how to make your home more energy efficient, to thrift store shopping tips. Lot’s of bead related stuff too, but that’s a given 🙂 Next we have Instructables, – This site is a web based documentation project that started at MIT, and then became Squid Labs. Tons of cool, and wacky projects here. There is even instructions on how to build a multi level kids castle in …

Before I get into the class stuff for this week, I would like to remind everyone about the Corsage Project Playday on Sunday March 29th from 11-4pm here at Beadfx. Jennifer, Rosemary and myself will be here and we hope that you can make it too! This is a great way to get the projects done and dropped off at the same time, have a little snack and enjoy some great company. Hope to see you all here! As for classes, we still have some great stuff coming up in the last bit of March. Nadine’s Basic Bead Stringing on …

Intensive Beginner Art Clay Class

Heather and I taught an Intensive 2 day class this past weekend. I couldn’t believe the awesome stuff our students made. 2 Days can make a big difference in what you can accomplish. We made everything from basic pendants, to rings, clasps, findings, 3d beads, and cork filigree. 2 of our students were also lampworkers, so they were very excited to learn they can now make their own unique findings and clasps to match their beads! All of their beads have now been fired, and now we’ve got them in the tumbler to polish them up.

Earrings as the Main Course – Earrings for Earrings Sake vs Earrings as an Afterthought

A friend confided to me the other day that she was really stumped when it came to earring design. “I can’t seem to get away from the oval bead on a headpin thing,” she admitted. I thought about this for awhile – and decided that: a) earrings fall into two categories – the little coloured accents made out of leftovers from a necklace or bracelet OR earrings made for their own sake, and b) I pretty much suck at them too. Further thought brought me to the conclusion that point a is probably over-simplifying – but I think you get …